31 December 2013

Goodbye 2013! It's Been A Blast!

The New Year always feels me with a touch of trepidation. It's that thought of leaving behind the last 365 days and 'starting again' that can result in all manner of mixed feelings. Tonight should be a lot of fun though; I'm going to a Vegas night (typical me!) so no doubt I'll be ringing in the new year dancing and singing along with an Elvis impersonator. Start the year as you mean to go on, that's what I say!

2013 has been a good year for me with many more ups than downs. I've baked to within an inch of my life, danced, chopped off the hair, hunted down the best cocktails, discovered the joys of Afternoon Tea and did my best to be a loving wife as well as a doting mum to fluffy Mr Jimmy Chew.

A major part for me was deciding to start Cocktails & Caroline back in February. I'd hoped it would be a half-decent alternative to Facebook; a place for family and friends to see what I get up to as well as an online diary for myself. But it became more than that. The blog gives me focus and the joy I get from working on it has only increased as the months have gone on. It's given me invitations to visit places I'd have never thought of visiting, encouraged me to discover new haunts that would have otherwise passed me by as well as being a lovely link between myself and my friends who have thankfully come along for the ride! I also love being in the position to help others plan their days and nights out in big ol' London town. Really, the only thing that’s missing from the blog is my gorgeous husband Alex...but he prefers to remain but a mystery in the world of Cocktails & Caroline!

 One of the best things about the blog is that it's lead me to make many new friends; those whose lives I love catching up with through their own wonderful blogs. Most notable of these is my new partner in culinary crime, Laura. We met up for a cocktail back in September when Laura moved down to London and our mutual love of blogging, food and finding the best things the city has to offer has made us firm friends.

So here's to 2014! A year that my diary claims is already shaping up to be a belter!

And to my readers - thank you so much for taking the time to read my ramblings and comment on them. I hope you will stick around! 

Have a blast seeing in the new year and I wish you a happy and healthy 2014!

See you on the other side!

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  1. I just loved this post! You summed up perfectly what blogging is all about.
    I'm so glad you invited me for that cocktail all those months ago, who would have thought back theny we'd become such good friends! :D
    Here's to 2014 and more adventures together! X

    1. I raise my glass to that! :D See you Friday! xx

  2. Happy new year to you lovely, have loved living vicariously through your blog!
    Hope your 2014 is stuffed full of love, laughter and adventure!
    M x

    1. Aw thank you! Happy New Year to you too! xx

  3. Your blog is ace! I love seeing what you get up to. Your life seems very glam. As are you! Happy New Year x

  4. Happy New Year! I've enjoyed getting to know you through your blog and I wish you all the best in the year to come.

  5. Happy New Year! I can't believe you've only been going since Feb! Can't wait to hopefully meet up again in 2014!


  6. Some beautiful photos.

    Have a great 2014!

  7. Happy New Year, Caroline. Wow! What an amazing year you've had from those photos!! Thanks for all your lovely comments on my blog; I'm looking forward to getting to know you this year, and perhaps expanding my knowledge of cocktails beyond pina colada and snowballs! xx

  8. Your blog was one of my most fun blog discoveries this year! I love checking in and seeing what you've been up to! Keep it up! And happy year!!

  9. Thank you so much for your lovely comments guys! xx

  10. For some reason, I couldn't reply to your comment on Google+ (I am technologically challenged at times) so that led me to your blog and I just love it! You're so cute and I absolutely love all of these pictures!

  11. Happy New Year Caroline!! Hope it's a wonderful one for you.

    Rosie xx

  12. This is a lovely post, with great pictures! All the best for 2014 :)


  13. I am really loving your blog! Wish I found it a while ago!

    Happy new year!

  14. It looks like you've had such a fab year, I now read your blog religiously and love it!

    Also I totes wanna go for cocktails with you and Laura - you both seem like so much fun!

    Have a fantastic 2014 - can't wait to read more of your adventures :)

    C x
    Lux Life Blog


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