What a Year it’s Been! 0

My Style Companion 2012

So along with winning the Freya Blog Star competition (a personal highlight!), what a year 2012 has been!

From getting married on the Amalfi Coast, Italy with 30 of our closest friends, shortly followed by my sister being admitted to hospital over there to prematurely give birth to my twin niece and nephew, Mia and Fin (now 6 months old, health and happy and keeping their mummy very busy!) nobody can say this year has been dull.

As if we hadn’t had enough excitement, my husband set up his own business – Sona Projects Ltd – designing and installing luxury integrated AV systems, and my brother in law also set up his own business meaning that everyone on my side of the family is now self-employed (SCARY!) apart from of course for little Fin and Mia, although perhaps they will also be little entrepreneurs one day!

I was blonde in May for the wedding, went all ombre in the summer and then brunette for autumn. Then after a spontaneous decision in the hairdressers, cut a lot of it off and went blonder again (when will I ever stick to one shade / style?!)

Chopped off my hair!

My Style Companion celebrated it’s 4th year in business and achieved record sales in personal shops and wardrobes, and trained up new stylists and shoppers in our academy and are now mentoring those new stylists as they begin their own personal styling businesses *proud mama*. I also released my first eBook on Amazon, called Nothing to Wear

I’ve traveled here and there with my husband and family, experiencing new places, cuisines and cultures and of course, experienced new roles in life like ‘wife’ ‘aunt’ and ‘mentor’, and am loving these new ‘hats’ I get to wear (how I love a new accessory!)

I feel I have ticked off a number of things on my ‘bucket list’ including dinner at Vertigo at The Banyan Tree, Bangkok (which 3 years ago, was a VERY distant dream), being featured in national publications for what I do (Daily Mail, Daily Express, Glamour), attending a red carpet event and meeting stars like Rita Ora, Emile Sande, Labrinth, TLC, Stooshe, Conor Maynard and Dionne Warwick (legend!) at The MOBOs with Freya. Wow. What fun.

2012 is ending with new strings to the My Style Companion bow such as Fashion Events (something I’m excited to do more of in 2013) more Training for new stylists and shoppers including teaching them how to ensure their clients are wearing the right bra, and the launch of My Style Masterclass Shopping Experiences! Very excited about that! Watch this space…

Find a well fitting bra

More importantly though, I try to never lose sight of the little things to appreciate day to day, as well as the big things I often get excited about such as the health of the loved ones I care about, laughter, a nice place to live, great friends and a fantastic family I wouldn’t change for the world.

A BIG THANK YOU TO FREYA AND THE REST OF THE BLOG STAR CREW, for the opportunity to be part of the Blog Star Team, and a big thank you to all of you who have supported me and My Style Companion over the past 12 months.

Have a wonderful Christmas all of you Freya Fans. Bring on 2013! :)

Nicola x