But before I do that: thank you so much for reading and supporting Hi There since it launched earlier this year. The blog began as a place for Natalie and I to share things that we loved with each other, but has quickly grown into something bigger and better. We can’t wait to share more lovely and inspiring things with you in 2009!
In the meantime, here are ten things I loved in 2008.
one / ukulele
I got a baby blue one from my Mum for my birthday, it’s beautiful. I can’t play it yet but I’ve named it Twiggy.
two / books
Natalie put this too but if you read this blog, you’ve no doubt realised we both have a deep love for books. Looking back, I haven’t actually read a lot this year (naughty) but I have bought a lot (due to my love of book fairs). Some favourites include Love Story, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Rosemary’s Baby, Less Than Zero, No Logo and a biography of Jackie O called Jackie Oh! (how cool is the typography?).
three / cameras
I’m not the world’s best photographer - in fact I'm really really terrible - which is why I love Polaroids. I bought a Polaroid camera earlier this year; I also bought a Diana but haven’t actually used it yet. R.I.P Polaroid film!
The year started with a crazily good Girl Talk gig and will hopefully end with a crazily good Santogold performance at Rhythm and Vines. Other 2008 live music highlights? The New Pornographers, Arcade Fire at BDO, Kylie, Cat Power, and um, others I can’t remember. I mainly went old school with my musical tastes this year: The Ronettes, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Dusty, The Monkees and The Kinks. Basically, if it was released in the 60s, I dug it.
five / hadley freeman
Words can’t describe how much I love Freeman’s writing: she is sarcastic, cynical, clever and hilarious and I wish I could write half as well as well as her. She’s the deputy fashion editor of The Guardian and writes for all of my favourite media: British Vogue, Style.com, New York magazine. This year she released her own book, a funny and interesting style guide called The Meaning of Sunglasses. (I’ll forgive her for ghost writing Victoria Beckham’s style guide; as a freelance writer I know that sometimes you have to sell your soul to make money).
six / home is where the heart is
My appreciation for beautiful interiors grew this year; I’m not sure why. Earlier this year I never thought I would get so excited over duvets, cuckoo clocks, coffee tables, chandeliers and lamps. Photos from The Selby
Halfway through the year I went from perky blonde to moody brunette. Actually, I was never perky, just blonde. My big change was inspired by Anna Karina in Une Femme est Une Femme, as well as girl crushes Alexa Chung and Zooey Deschanel (all of which have appeared countless times on this blog).
Good TV this year (on box set and otherwise): Arrested Development. Gilmore Girls. Dawson’s Creek. My So Called Life. Gossip Girl. The Daily Show. The Office. Scrubs. Family Guy. 30 Rock. Um, I didn't realise until now that I watched so much TV...
ten / get lost
Aren't road trips fun? This year I went on a whirlwind trip Up North, we visited all the tourist attractions plus a few random places in between. I love the freedom of being on the road, doing whatever and going where ever you want to. You also meet incredibly interesting and weird people, like the sweet woman in the second hand store in Kawakawa who told me I was beautiful and the gorgeous Maori woman at the Treaty grounds who appeared everywhere we went like a Scooby Doo character. Hopefully there will be a road trip or two involved over the summer break.
See you in 2009! xx