Friday, 1 January 2016

2015 In Review

Review 2015 personal lifestyle post favourites best bits

Happy New Year!

I wasn't going to do this sort of post, but after enjoying so many fantastic ones over the past few days, I just had to!  Here are my best bits of 2015 (if you want to read my 2014 in review post, click here)!



Best Film - Insurgent
I adore the book trilogy by Veronica Roth, so this was a highly anticipated one for me.  Although (as always) I much prefer the books, the films are actually pretty impressive - I really enjoy them! Admittedly I have yet to see Spectre - that might change everything; I'm a big Bond fan.
Close Calls: Inside Out, Pitch Perfect 2, Star Wars The Force Awakens

Best TV series - Luther
I was so happy to see this return, it's without a doubt my all-time favourite TV programme and even though it was only two episodes long, I still loved every second.
Close Calls: Suits, Pretty Little Liars

Best Song - Little Something
In November I was lucky enough to go to the Above and Beyond Little Something charity concert in Wembley (official after movie here) and we had such a brilliant time - this song will always remind me of that fantastic night... and Rob singing it on repeat for about three months before the concert.
Close calls: Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly, Sigala - Easy Love


above and beyond little something concert wembley london


Best Book - Robert Galbraith: The Silkworm and Cuckoo's Calling
I have reviewed The Silkworm separately (here), but these are both the sort of book that you just can't put down.  I guess it's not much of a surprise as Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for JK Rowling, and even though her writing is completely different, it's just as intriguing.  These novels about a private detective are full of unexpected twists and turns, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one in the series.
Close Calls: Veronica Roth - The Divergent Trilogy, Angela Marsons - Evil Games, Lucy Christopher - Stolen, SJ Watson - Before I Go To Sleep, Peter James - Roy Grace series 

Best Month - December
Although there's been a lot of fab memories made in 2015, I have enjoyed December the most.  For the first two weeks of the month I was in my little Portsmouth flat with Rob. I enjoyed the relationship I have build with my class as they have finally begun to behave during lessons, and it was so sweet watching them get excited for Christmas.  Work was filled with food, parties a bit of assessment (which wasn't too painful) and a few sad goodbyes.  The last two weeks of the month have been spent back at home in South Wales with my family and friends celebrating Christmas - I've loved every minute!

Best Trip - Marbella
Rob and I spent a week of August sunning ourselves in Marbella.  I've written a post about our holiday here (part one) and here (part two) but in a nutshell we had a brilliant room with a sea view in an incredible location and the weather was amazing! We loved everything about Marbella and I'd definitely like to visit again in the future.

marbella lollipop holiday balcony night evening


Best Meal - A Bar Bistro, Portsmouth
In case you haven't noticed by the amount of posts in the little 'Restaurant Reviews' tab at the top of my blog, since moving to Portsmouth in 2014 I have loved trying out loads of different places to eat.  my favourite one this year has been A Bar Bistro.  I have a full post (here) about my visit in July, but I've eaten there two or three times this year and every time it's been incredible!
Close Calls - Langland Brasserie, Swansea; I Italian, Portsmouth; Azzuro, Portsmouth; Southsea Beach Cafe, Southsea

Best Day Out - Isle of Wight
In July, my parents came down to visit Rob and I to celebrate my 22nd birthday and we hopped on the ferry to spend the day on the Isle of Wight.  The weather was stunning and we had such a fab day - here's my post about our brilliant day.
Close Calls - Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Winchester Christmas Market, Southsea Food Festival, Abergavenny Food Festival, Brecon County Show

Best Post - Favourite Lipsticks
According to my stats, my most-read post of this year is this post from June about my favourite lipsticks (at the time - there's been a few changes since then, I might have to do an update soon!). I hate the photos in this post though, I'm hoping to work hard to improve my blog photos in 2016!
Close Calls: Lush Intergalactic Bath Bomb, Isle of Wight

instagram best nine lillieslipbalm

Best Instagram Photo - Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay Palette
Although the above photos are apparently my 2015 Best Nine (get yours here), my favourite Instagram upload of this year is this shot of the gorgeous UDxGwen palette. By the way, if you don't follow me on Instagram, I'm @lilieslipbalm.
Close calls: Charlotte Tilbury goodies, Christmas presents, Marbella sunset, MAC Cut a Caper selfie  

I would love to read about your best bits of 2015- if you have a similar post or a review of your year please let me know in the comments!

32 comments:

  1. I agree with Insurgent - such an amazing film! I love your blog by the way. :)

    sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. seems like you had a lovely year. i always wanted to go to marbella. head so many amazing things about it. i wish you all the best for 2016.


    loovelle.blogspot.com

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    1. It's brilliant there, I completely recommend it! Thanks sweet, you too :)

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  3. Lovely blog post! I need to watch 'Luther', I've heard so many people rave about it!!

    - Holly
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    http://iblogthefashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I love this post, what a great idea! I really want to start watching Luther, especially if it topped Suits - means it must be good!

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. I love Suits, but Luther is definitely better in my books!
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  5. Your year sounds so amazing! I too read and loved the Galbraith books :) haven't read the newest one yet though.
    Happy New Year girlie :)
    Emma xxx

    www.wellemma.com

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  6. Such a great post. Would love it if you could check out my 2016 hair trends tutorials!
    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love 

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  7. This is a cool post! I think those pictures in the lipstick post are good haha! But I have the same goal this year of taking better pictures!:) Also that Marbella lollipop is awesome!

    Shannon Sage

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  8. Sounds like a great year! Hope 2016 will be even better :)
    Love, Charlotte Luisa | charlotteluisa1.blogspot.com

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  9. Insurge was a damn good movie!! Hope you have an amazing 2016! :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. I LOVED it, it was brilliant! You too :)
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  10. Sounds like you've had a fab year! And now I really want to read A Cuckoo's Calling!

    Pippa | ballpointsandbiscuits@blogpot.co.uk

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    1. I have :) I definitely recommend it!

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  11. Such a lovely type of round up, I also adore the divergent trilogy, like you i prefer the books but the film was very good, i cant wait for allegiant! Happy 2016 x

    Dana || Fashion Dew

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  12. Amazing roundup post, like to see these posts. Wishing you all the best for the new year.

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  13. Love these kinds of posts. I still need to see Insurgent, but definitely agree with your close calls - the new Star Wars was one of my favourites too! It sounds like you've had a great year. Hope 2016 is fab for you too!
    Laura x FloraLooTwo

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    1. So do I - I love reading them! Hope you have a brilliant year too :)
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  14. Love these types of posts! They are so cute! xx http://hollybanfield.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Such a lovely post! I loved reading through and I really like your method of reviewing the year by dividing it into best bits :) good luck for 2016 and I hope you have another great year! xx

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    1. Thanks lovely :) I hope you do too!
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