I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to kick off the new year on a high. Thank goodness for Christmas lights and positive vibes, because I think deep down everyone’s a little bit exhausted and bored of 2018 by this point!
As much as I hate to say it, I definitely delay productivity in December because I know that I’ll be ready to take on new challenges knowing it’s a new year as opposed to prior to a few weeks off. I don’t want to completely write off this time of year work-wise, however, so I’m currently at the stage of planning a lot of next year’s content and goals.
So what have I got planned for my blog in 2019? Let’s talk style / career / travel / + more…
Create a space for my readers to connect
I’m working on creating a monthly newsletter to say hello in your email inboxes every once in a while and find out how you’re doing, but I’m also working on building somewhere for you guys to discuss your common interests (style, travel etc.) and where we can chat a bit more - watch this space!
Experiment with denim
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, 2018 was, for me, the year of the raw hem straight leg jean. As much as I adore these Topshop beauties, I’m very conscious of the fact that they’re from a fast fashion retailer whose ethics I do not support (I bought them at the start of the year, before I’d started educating myself on the fashion industry’s environmental toll), so I’m looking not only to try out new denim cuts and silhouettes, but also to purchase from an ethically-conscious brand this time.
Move to a new city
I’ve got a couple in mind that definitely won’t surprise you, but I still have a few to check out that I’m considering too. Stay tuned …
Work with more brands
I’m going to put more time into promoting the work of stores and makers whose work I admire on my platform. There are so many brilliant brands out there who are doing wonderful things, and I want to shout about them!
Get my Instagram theme down
Ah, the classic challenge that is nailing an Instagram theme. There’s something so pleasing about finding an aesthetically and topically coherent feed, both visually and content-wise, and I’m going to work to take mine to that level. In the mean time, you can find me over there at @natimacchiato.
Visit Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris + Madrid
First off, I’m determined to visit Sweden ( and the Nordic world in general, to be honest ) thanks to The Mustards, whose content I’ve been loving for years now. Their vibe is totally my style, and I have a feeling I’d absolutely adore spending time in the capital - from what I’ve seen online, it’s absolutely gorgeous and the people are just lovely!
I haven’t been to Paris in over ten years, and with a direct Eurostar trip from London St Pancras on my doorstep, there really is no excuse. I’m ready for croissants, berets and Dior.
My grandparents live in Madrid, and I’m very excited to be back there to visit them next year. I’ve always visited them pretty regularly, so I know the city fairly well - I’m excited to work on a little city guide for you because I would highly recommend you check it out!
Collaborate with other content creators
I always find spending time with other creatives hugely motivating and inspiring, and I would love to create more content in collaboration with likeminded people. I have a couple of content creators in mind that I’d love to work with, and if you’re a blogger with an idea for a collaboration, I’d love to hear from you - say hello here!
Find a dress
This is a pretty self-explanatory one - I don’t own a dress at the moment that is suitable for weather under 20oC, so I’m on the hunt for a cosy and/or knit piece that’ll keep me warm and stylish in the ever-freezing land of Britain. Do let me know if you’ve got any recommendations!
Discover + shop with more independent stores
I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’m a huge advocate for shopping independent, so this one won’t surprise you!
Eat less meat
I’m determined not only to eat less meat, but to go vegetarian. If you know of any veggie content creators out there who share tips and recipes on the topic, I’d love to check them out - link me!