2018 Highlights – A Catch-Up Over Afternoon Tea

I feel like it’s been ages since we had a catch up, and with the new year I think it’s time for us to sit down and have a chat over afternoon tea. I’m going to drop in some photos I took from when I went to Biscuiteers in London for afternoon tea, just to set the scene. So grab a cuppa’, a scone from Morrisons (but don’t forget the clotted cream and jam!) and let’s have a catch up.

2018 highlights - A catch-up over afternoon tea by hellolizziebee

2018 Highlights

I’m a married woman!

This year has been an adventure, starting off with the fact that I got married. Yep, I am a Mrs! I still can’t quite believe it but every day I just look at my ring and sigh with happiness. I am truly thankful to be able to share my every moment with the one I love, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. Every time I’m having a bad day I just look through our wedding blog post (as we haven’t been able to get a photo album yet) and it makes me so happy.

We adopted a fur baby

We’re finally parents to the most adorable cat in the world! As soon as we clapped eyes on her in our local rescue centre I knew she was The One. She’s three – almost four – years old, but she still acts like a kitten and loves chasing the laser pen around the room. I can’t wait to show you some photos but she always shys away from the camera.

I got featured in a magazine

And I covered a whole friggin’ page, too! Neo magazine reached out to me as they liked my article on the fear of being boring, and asked me to write a little bit about it for them in their November issue. When they sent me the pictures of the spread I nearly squealed with joy; because it turned out that my photo was used as the ‘cover’ for their article! How amazing is that?! Just thinking about it is making me grin.

WordPress is my new home

I recently made the huge shift from blogger to wordpress and it was so worth it. Pipdig were absolutely amazing and did everything for me – so all I had to do was wait! It was quite stressful because my mind always jumps to the worst possible outcome, but it was all okay in the end. I’m so happy with my blog looks and feel as if I’m a ‘real blogger’ now. There’s still a lot to learn about it, but I’m happy!

I went to my first blog event

And since then I’ve been to many more! I can’t believe how long it took me to reach out to other local bloggers, but I’m so happy I did because I’ve made so many friends through it. My first ever event was at Accessorize and I was super nervous! But now it’s almost second nature. I even got invited to go to the Cosy Club to try out their Christmas menu in Coventry, and that was the icing on top of the cake.

I got the travel bug

This year we managed to tick off so many travel destinations starting with our mini-moon in Morocco, the gal meet in Paris, another mini-moon in Amsterdam, Mansfield for my birthday, and then to Manchester for DriagCon (an independent Harry Potter event). I’m hoping to tick off more holidays next year because I have fallen head-over-heels in love with travelling again.

2018 highlights of hellolizziebee

Afternoon tea at Biscuiteers Biscuiteers boutique and cafe at Christmas by hellolizziebee

2018 Favourites

(In no particular order!)

So as well as listing this year’s highlights, I’d like to include some of my favourite blog posts over here on my little space on the internet, as well as some posts by other bloggers that I really resonated with this year. Y’know, to spread a lil’ love!

Favourite blog posts

  1. Dear diary – Today I married the one I love
  2. Proud to be me
  3. Lifestyle review – my new husband
  4. I’m finally comfortable with my gyaru style + it feels amazing
  5. Mission I’m-Possible – Creating the life I love

Favourite posts by other bloggers

  1. Daisybutter – My favourite seasons
  2. The Little Plum – How come nobody warned me about the ‘friend schedule’?
  3. Helene in Between – You can sleep when you’re dead
  4. Word of Rachel – Let’s talk: fake blogging engagement
  5. Hello Miss Jordan – On supporting others & knowing when to stop


All in all, it’s been a pretty damn good year, despite how negative I’ve been feeling. One of the things I’d like to work on next year is to practice self care more and not to be too hard on myself, but I’ll write more in another post!

So, how’s life been for you this year?

Lizzie xx

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  • kerry
    December 29, 2018

    I love this post! I found myself excited for you as I read it. You sound like you have had a great year! We have a rescue cat, Purdy, that sounds similar to yours. She is almost 4, yet acts like a crazy kitten. I adore her. She was our failed foster! I love that you aim to show yourself more kindness in the new year, thats a great aim. Im happy to have come across your blog xx All the best for the new year,

    • hellolizziebee
      December 29, 2018

      Thank you so much, Kerry! And awh your Purdy and my Daisy sound so alike! What kind of colouring is she? I’d love to know more (I love anything to do with cats tehe)

  • Val
    December 29, 2018

    What a great year you’ve had! Hope 2019 brings you even more fun adventures!

  • nati
    December 29, 2018

    aww lizzie I loved getting a little insight into your year – sounds like you’ve had such a wonderful one which is very much deserved ! still not over the fact that MY BLOGGING MATE IS IN A MAGAZINE – you are well + truly killing it, girl !

    hope you had a wonderful christmas !

    nati x | https://www.a-la-slowed.com/

    • hellolizziebee
      December 29, 2018

      Thank you so so much, Nati! And I know right? I still can’t quite believe it and I wished I bought another copy so that I could frame it! <3

  • Emily Harrison
    December 29, 2018

    You have had a busy year! Especially with the wedding and all sorts!

  • Michelle
    December 29, 2018

    What an amazing year for you Lizzie!! I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings. Thank you so much for including my post in your round-up as well! xx

    • hellolizziebee
      December 29, 2018

      Awh thank you so much Michelle! And of course – I absolutely loved the post and I’m excited to see what 2019 has in store for you <3 xx

  • Chloe Elizabeth
    December 30, 2018

    Gosh it sounds like you’ve had a wonderful year! It was great to meet you and would love to see you again in 2019 (and CONGRATS on getting married and being in a magazine!!!!) xxx


    • hellolizziebee
      December 30, 2018

      Thank you so much, and I really did! It was lovely to meet you too and I hope to see you again! xxx

  • Hayley
    December 30, 2018

    Wow, you’ve had a huge year! Congratulations and best wishes for 2019 =)

  • Isobel
    December 30, 2018

    Ooo I must visit this place at some point! You’ve achieved so much in 2018 girly! Love how you’ve made this post! I do the same every year and recap what I wanted to achieve, whether I completed it and what I want to achieve next! It’s honestly so motivating!

    Isobel x

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    • hellolizziebee
      December 30, 2018

      It’s a really lovely cafe, although there were only two tables available when we went in so you’d have to book in advance. Thank you so much! 😀

  • Gemma
    December 30, 2018

    What an amazing year it’s been for you! Some amazing achievements and memories here, thank-you for sharing. It’s not until you reflect back on the whole year that you realise how good it was and exactly what you got up to. I cannot wait to see what 2019 brings youu, all the best.

    Gemma | https://anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com/

    • hellolizziebee
      December 30, 2018

      Gosh yes I totally agree. I thought 2018 was a bit shoddy until I wrote this post and reflected on all of the happy memories! Thank you so much Gemma 😀

  • Kei
    December 30, 2018

    I don’t think i ever saw the magazine you got featured in, is it still out? I want to see! ^^

    • hellolizziebee
      December 30, 2018

      Ooh I’m not too sure now as it was the November issue, but it might still be available online! It’s Neo Japan magazine 😀

  • Lana
    December 30, 2018

    it sounds like you had a blast in 2018 and that makes me so, so happy! I can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2019 and I hope that it’s everything you want and more!

    As for me, I suppose the highlights of my year were my trips to Thailand, Qatar and Japan (first time out of the continent, too) and moving to the UK and in with the other half!

    Love, love, love <3

    • hellolizziebee
      December 30, 2018

      Thank you so much Lana! <3 I am super excited for what 2019 would bring! Gosh I'd love to go to Thailand one day (and Japan again tehe) but I'm so happy that you were able to move to the U.K. with your other half! <3

  • Helene
    December 31, 2018

    Thank you so much for including my post! I had so much fun writing that one. It really does mean a lot. Thanks again!

    • hellolizziebee
      December 31, 2018

      Aaah you are most welcome! I’ve pretty much read your entire blog and live religiously off your travel posts. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  • Laura
    December 31, 2018

    Wow congratulations on your marriage x Sounds like 2018 was great for you. I wish you all the best for next year.
    Laura / https://www.laustworld.com/

  • Nat
    January 1, 2019

    Aww Lizzie you had such a fab 2018! 😀 You had loads happening, including getting married! 😀 I was so glad to have met you in 2018, as you’re such a beaut and I love your blog so much. 😀


  • Kieli
    January 3, 2019

    First off, congrats again. I’m so glad you were able to have a successful year. I am not even thinking about 2018. It was bad for me. But 2019 is when I will rise. And I hope that your year will also be nothing but happy. I also made the jump to WordPress as you prob know already xD and I’m also very happy so far!
    ~Kieli ❤️

    • hellolizziebee
      January 4, 2019

      Awh thank you so much Kieli! I’m sorry to hear that 2018 wasn’t so great for you, but I love your positive attitude and I wish you all the best for 2019! Congrats on making the move to WordPress – it’s so amazing, isn’t it?

  • Sharon Sinclair-Williams
    January 6, 2019

    I love this post. I stumbled upon you while I was researching the shortlists for the UK Blog Awards. I love discovering new blogs. You know that rabbit hole? I stopped because you mentioned afternoon tea at Biscuiteers which looks amazing. I’ve been a fan of theirs for years but had no idea you could get afternoon tea! xo

    • hellolizziebee
      January 6, 2019

      Awh yay well welcome to my blog! Yes I do love Biscuiteers and had a lovely time there – can’t wait to go again!

  • Emily
    January 7, 2019

    Oh my goodness, this place looks like a vendula bag! I need to visit next time I’m in London!!
    Great post ?

    • hellolizziebee
      January 7, 2019

      I had no idea what a vendula bag was, so had to search it up before I responded by yes it really does, and you should!

  • Kayleigh
    February 22, 2019

    It sounds like you had a fantastic year! I’m getting married this year, so it’s all go with the planning for me at the moment.
    I’ve recently found your blog through the Coventry Bloggers group (which I only just found and I’m so excited by), so hopefully I’ll get to meet with more local bloggers this year too. x

    • hellolizziebee
      February 24, 2019

      Oh gosh I am so excited for you! I hope that wedding planning is going smoothly?

      That’s awesome! I love how more Coventry Bloggers are coming to light now through the group. It’s a great way to meet new people! X