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My 2016 blogging highlights

My 2016 blogging highlights

My blog is only around 18 months old so I’m still finding my way, however I’ve had some wonderful opportunities this year which I am really grateful for. I started this blog as a creative outlet and had absolutely no ‘plan’ or expectations so to see it grow has been both unexpected and exciting! I can’t wait to see what 2017 holds and will be setting myself some blogging goals in the new year – such as posting more regularly and improving my photography skills.

Here are my blogging highlights from 2016:

Vuelio’s Take 5

I was approached by Vuelio, Europe’s leading provider of software for communications, public affairs and stakeholder engagement to take part in their Take 5 series, where they feature bloggers and ask them 5 questions. My Take 5 interview was published on 10 October and I had fun writing it! They also shared it across their social media channels:

Travelex Takeover

In December I took over Travelex UK’s Instagram account when I went to Bologna for a long weekend. It’s the first time I’ve done a takeover and I shared 9 posts on their Instagram account, which had great engagement. The most popular post was of one of Bologna’s two towers.

Bloggers’ cooking event with L’atelier des Chefs and Tefal

In April I was invited to join fellow food bloggers at L’atelier des Chefs cooking school in London to learn how to make some yummy dishes using the Tefal Ingenio range. Not only did we get to cook some delicious, quick and easy dishes, we also got to take home a set of the Tefal Ingenio saucepans! I loved them so much I went out and bought the frying pan set too. I also feature in one of their videos of the day:

Baking up a storm at Le Pain Quotidien

In April I was invited to attend a baking class at Le Pain Quotidien in Borough Market. I took my friend Holly with me and we had a such a great time! I love these kinds of blogging events as I get to learn a new recipe or even a skill – In this class I learnt how to make bread, which I’d never made before.

Holly and Kirsty at LPQ

Visiting Japan

It’s always been a dream of mine to travel to Japan and we spent a wonderful two weeks there over October/November. I just loved the culture, history, food, temples, shopping and pretty much everything about the country! We’ve been so lucky to travel to so many places this year but Japan was definitely my highlight.

Harajuku in Tokyo

As 2016 draws to a close, I’m really grateful for all the wonderful experiences I’ve had – from baking classes, travelling to amazing destinations to restaurant reviews and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for 2017.

Happy New Year to you all!

Kirsty Marrins

Reader, writer, occasional runner, travel lover.



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