Happy New Year!

January 1st – New year, with a new post! Welcome 2015! I hope you all had a fantastic new year’s eve and that we all have a beautiful new year! Last Monday I read this beautiful quote – that we have 365 new pages now – and I ad: to write a beautiful story, adventurous, lovely, successful and all that you wish 2015 to be! I don’t really make new year’s resolutions, but I may have some plans :) 2014 was a good year to me, so I wish 2015 to be even better!

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I remember having answered a new year’s meme some years ago, so why not now again :) Here you can see my Christmas photoshoot for Stylishly Beautiful – I liked to do it so much that I prepared another one for the New Year :) That was the dress I wore on Christmas anyway :)

My Christmas photoshoot for Stylishly Beautiful

My Christmas photoshoot for Stylishly Beautiful

So I will mix my answers with my personal photoshoot :) Hope you like it!

1.  What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

I went to Russia, Hungary and other places that I was longing to.

My personal photoshoot - I bought this dress in November, especially to be worn on Christmas day!

My personal photoshoot – I bought this dress in November, especially to be worn on Christmas day!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for this year?

I don’t normally make new year’s resolutions, but maybe I have some plans… that I’m OK if I don’t accomplish. No pressure! It makes life easier.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?  Yes.

4. Did anyone close to you die?  Yes.

5. What countries did you visit?

14 this year. Some I never went before, some visiting again. You can read about them here. Russia, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Brazil, Belgium, Holland and Germany.


6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

Clarity of mind… to be able to make good decisions.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The World Cup :) Visiting the Byzantine Museum; having my luggage missing for 8 to 9 days – and then missing nearly 14% of time of a very wished trip. That was bad!

Dress: I don't remember, but I love the circle skirt and the petticoat! Shoes: Dolce Vita. Bolero: Patachou

Dress: Hearts and Roses – love the circle skirt and the petticoat! Shoes: Dolce Vita. Bolero: Patachou

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Some… solving with my lawyer official things that needed my attention, writing reviews on Stylishly Beautiful :) I like it very much!

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not spotting petty behaviors beforehand.


10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Mmm… I had a week of horrible migraines when the luggage was missing. Very bad.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Rugs, furniture, induction hob, pictures… then also books, creams, perfumes, shoes.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

That I wrote some reviews? Or helped my brothers… or cooked on Christmas… I think!

I really loved the dress the minute I saw it! As a tradition, I wear black on Christmas and white on new year's eve!

I really loved the dress the minute I saw it! As a tradition, I wear black on Christmas and white on new year’s eve!

13. Whose behavior appalled you?

Some. Racists, for example, I despise. I had seen some episodes about racism. I can’t describe it here, because the person will know “It’s me!” and I don’t want to create polemic. Superficiality as well. I love shoes, but I also love philosophy and read a lot. But I have seen so much superficiality, when the world needs food and water… it shocked me.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Trips, books, shoes, clothes, creams and furniture, frames, rugs… and no, it’s not being superficial, in my opinion, because I have donated many things during the year.

15. What did you get that you were really, really, really excited about?

Get, bought or gifted? It’s ambiguous! The Lenovo Yoga laptop/tablet and an emerald ring.

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?

Happy, by Pharrell Williams :)


17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier. I try to be positive, always. I may have some bad episodes like the missing luggage and something more serious, but I try not to be sad or I try to stand up again.

b) thinner or fatter? 700g fatter since I went to Greece – my friend’s mother is the best cook in the world!

c) richer or poorer? Financially? Or what? I see life like always being rich in experiences, lessons, knowledge, memories. I’m always grateful and count blessings. So, richer. But financially, richer and poorer –  I lost my vote (2 x 1 – me) and had to sell my favorite house, that I had with my two brothers, and then I may say I’m poorer if it deals with properties.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Dance. Meditate.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying about decisions? I’m not sure.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

At home with part of the family.


21. Did you fall in love in 2014?

No new love in 2014, very happy for the existing one!

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Documetaries, always.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Hating is too strong.  There are some people I dislike, but that’s OK because I think some dislike me, so it’s a balance :)

24. What was the best book you read?

Move your Stuff, Change your Life – by Karen Rauch Carter. Keep the good things and change what you think is needed :)

Vegetarian soup!

Vegetarian soup!

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Keywest in Dublin.

26. What did you want and get?

Picture frames, DVF dress, creams, rugs… there’s not much that I want and that I don’t get. Please, this is not arrogant. It’s just that I may be someone who is not dreaming about a yacht and then not getting it leaves the person frustrated… that’s not me. I have more down to earth wishes, I think.

27. What did you want and not get?

Some other picture frames, – you see, I love art -, but I’ll get them framed soon; some fashion books – because the book shop was too crowded last week :) and two perfumes that I couldn’t get because of “last boarding call”!

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

The Railway Man, with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.


29. What did you do on your birthday?

I went to Kidderminster. I never have parties. At least I wanted to be well dressed and wore a nice Missoni dress :) But I didn’t feel stylish – I think I was too pensive :)

Dior nail polish

Dior nail polish # 694, Forget-me-not

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

To have more clarity of mind.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

Practical and boho. Hippiesh flair.

32. What kept you sane?

Writing, watching meaningful movies – meaningful for me, of course :) Writing and reading positive quotes.

33. Who did you miss?

My family and some fantastic friends.

34. Who was the best new person you met? 

Ah, but then the question is not complete. Today we meet people virtually, as well as personally. If virtually, many blogger-friends!

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

“Try not to voice your opinions, even about yourself, if people are to immature and superficial to understand life and deal with it”. Not that I know a lot about life, either. But some people think so much about themselves and compare each other – I can’t understand that.

36. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth!



Hope it wasn’t that boring – people normally don’t read posts! I’ll love to read your sweet comments!

Happy New Year, my dear friends!!!!!! May you have love, success, peace, adventures, fun, all what you wish! May you have luck, friendship and many many smiles!

If you want to read some of my motivational quotes, acces my facebook page! I’ll be very happy!

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56 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Very interesting! I always read your posts, but I think you didn’t write so mucha last year.
    I’d like to do that meme, but I realized I don’t know how to answer many of the questions.
    Beautiful dress and you look wonderful as always!
    Have a great 2015, full of good things!! <3

    • Dear Ale, thank you soooo much! You always send me very lovely comments, I feel so flattered and motivated! True, I didn’t write much last year, at least not here on my blog – but this is changing little by little :) This was kind of a long post, though through short answers, and I think – actually I am sure – that some people didn’t read and won’t. But as I always say, this is my kind of diary, and that’s why I wanted to answer the questionnaire, to compare next year :) Hope you have an amazing new year, dear Ale, you know how much I love to read about your thoughts and adventures, so I hope you have many to share! Kisses!

  2. So so beautiful in your photos! And you prepared such a lovely table for the shoot. You look absolutely amazing. The dress and the ribbon is gorgeous, as you are! :)
    I miss you so much! Wish I could be there with you. It was nice reading all your answers! :)
    Filakia polla my dear friend!

    • My dear dear friend, thank you for this lovely comment! I tried my best to look OKish, you know, trying, trying :) I love ribbons, you know too :) So I looked at the dress and it had a belt, same fabric, and couldn’t really be seen – so even in November I decided to wear it with a ribbon, just didn’t know the color :) I also miss you, really really! But I am sure, really sure, that this year I will visit you again! Can’t wait, no joke! Filakia pollaaaaaaaaa!

  3. happy new year, Denise! and wow, such a long post from you! of course I read it and learnt numerous new facts about you. those questions, by the way, are pretty difficult when compared to other memes I’ve recently seen in blogs. but your answers were really good and interesting to read. and the photos – you look so happy and joyful, perfect mood for Christmas. oh and what a pretty dress too, definitely your style! 😉
    ps. thank you for the e-mail. it was so interesting and surprising at the same time. thank you for sharing :)

    • Hi, Maiken, thank you so much for your lovely comment! Hahaha, yes, I have some surprises, I am considered extravagant and unconventional :) I don’t mind :) Thank you for the compliment, I love that kind of dress! I bought some months ago, especially to wear on Christmas! Happy new year too, hope this year I finally know the beautiful Estonia! This week I’ll visit your blog – before my first trip of the year :) You know me!

    • Thank you so much, dear Kleoniki! It’s so nice to start the year and to have your lovely comment! I did visit some countries, but this year I don’t think I’ll go to that many – it’s a year to produce :) and maybe loads of fun will come later :) I definitely have plans to visit you, the girls and Markella again! So wait for me ad we will go to many cafes :) Hope you have a fantaaaastic new year, dear Kleoniki!

  4. Liebe Denise, vielen Dank für diesen wunderbaren Post! Du siehst einfach umwerfend aus, und so glücklich! Dein Kleid ist wunderschön und ich verstehe, dass es Dir so gefällt. Am meisten freue ich mich, dass Du in 2014 glücklicher warst als im Jahr zuvor und ich bin beeindruckt, wieviel Du gereist bist. Wie schade, dass Du Deine Stimme verloren hast und deswegen das Haus verkauft werden musste, aber ich mag es sehr, dass Du sagst Du bist an Erfahrungen reicher. Liebe Denise, es ist so schön, dass es Dich auf dieser Welt gibt! Ich wünsche Dir von ganzem Herzen ein wundervolles Neues Jahr <3 Und ich bin überzeugt davon, Du kochst einfach köstlich :)

    Alles Liebe von Rena

    • Liebe Rena, vielen Dank dass du es gibt’s! Wie kann ich so wundervolle Woerte bekommen? Ich verdiene so nicht, aber ich bedanke mich ganz herzlich! Ja, es gibt eine Zeit, wenn wir endlich “etwas” verstehen … und versuchen in dieser Welt bleiben, um unsere liebe Leute zu ehren (ist das richtig?) Weisst du, unsere Eltern geben uns das Leben, und durch uns leben weiter. So ich muss diese Ehre halten, und muss auch gluecklich sein. Ich waehle so, und ich bin sicher, dass die wollten auch so. Koestlich, hahaha – mag sein, am wenigsten alle Leute sagen so… aber nur vegetarisch :) Und trotzdem habe ich nicht Gewicht verloren – ich mag Suessigkeit su sher! Vielleicht dieses Jahr! Viele liebe Gruesse und vielen Dank fuer deine suesse Worte!

      • Liebe Denise, Du verdienst nur das Beste und es ist so schön zu lesen, dass Du es auch so siehst, dass unsere Eltern durch uns weiterleben. Und Liebe geht durch den Magen, nimm nur die Süße des Lebens nach Herzenslust zu Dir <3 Ich wünsche Dir ein wundervolles Wochenende! Alles Liebe von Rena

        • Liebe Rena!!!! Danke fuer die immer suesse Woerte zu mir! Ich habe es schon gesagt, weiss ich nicht ob ich so verdient, aber ich nehme deine liebe Woerte mit Freude! Die machen mein Tag schoener! Ja, nach einige Zeit, wenn du weisst – war nicht leicht… es kommt die Zeit wenn wir sehen Dinge in einer filosophischen Weise. Und es hat mir sehr geholfen, wie du es hier siehst :) Ich wuensche dir un deine liebe Familie, ein Jahr voll mit Liebe, Freude und fantastichen Dingen! Liebe Gruesse, immer!

    • Thank you so much, dear Anouk, for the lovely comment! I visit the Netherlands for more than a decade (sorry that I wrote Holland, but it was easier to some), regularly, my 10th visit, I think. I have friends living there and I love it! And I am definitely planning to go many more times! Hope you have a fantastic year, full of achievements and fun!!!! And that I see your beautiful outfits on facebook, always! XXX

    • Thank you so much, dear Roch and Tash, for the sweet comment – you girls are amazing! I thank myself for the wishes and wish you too, a fantastic year, full of joy and fun, nice people around, laughters and accomplishments! Happy new year!!!!!! XXX

    • A very happy new year, girls, and thank you for your lovely wish! I hope you achieve a lot this year, all your goals, that you have a lot of smiles, fun, adventures! Soon I’ll visit your blog, but guess what, leaving today without internet (total detox :), back on Monday! XXX

    • Thank you so much, dear Paola! I think the post was quite long, something I don’t usually do, but that was the meme and I wanted to accomplish it! I don’t think I’ll travel that much this year, thought the first trip starts tomorrow – but then I didn’t plan all these places last year either and they happened :) Happy New Year, dear Paola! XXX

  5. Hallo Denise! Die Kleider sind zauberhaft! Das schwarze gefällt mir besonders gut. Eine schöne Tradition schwarz an Weihnachten zu tragen und weiß an Silvester. Ich habe jahrelang weiß an Silvester getragen, aber dieses Jahr mal was anderes. Ich mache mir immer Neujahrsvorsätze, die immer scheitern 😉 vielleicht sollte ich es mal mit Plänen versuchen wie du. Das tut mir leid das du dein Gepäck verloren hattest. Hast du denn auch alles wieder zurückbekommen? Ich wünsche dir ein frohes neues Jahr und hoffe deine Pläne gehen in Erfüllung. Wünsch dir das beste für 2015!!


    • Hallo, Glamdevils, und vielen dank fur die suesse Woerte zu mir! Der Gepaeck have ich nach 8 oder 9 Tage bekommen – es war geoeffnet, aber scheint alles da zu sein… obwohl ich weiss es nicht mehr. Das war so eine Schande, aber naja, schon Vergangenheit. Ja, Plaenen vielleicht, weil es ist scho mit mir passiert – alles gescheitert! Plaenen haben mehrere Zeit :) – 2 Jahre, vielleicht :) Ich bin ganz sicher, dass alles wasdu willst Wahrheit wird! Ich bewundere dich, dein Stil und so schoene Text audf deinen Blog! Ich hoffe, dass dir gut geht’s und dass du viel Spass und Freude dieses Jahr hast! Bleib wie du bist, weil du bist ganza besonders und ich finde, dass du super lieb bist! XXXX

    • That was such a lovely comment, thank you so much! I like to travel, this is true, but there are years with more trips, and some with fewer :) That was the “more trips” year – in 2015 I think I will be calmer :) I hope you have a great 2015 and I love to see your outfits – so may you always post the beautiful pictures you take! Thank you again for the sweet comment!

    • Thank you so much, dear Maggie! That dress was like a magnet for me when I first saw it! And I bought that in Ireland in November, especially to be worn on Christmas :) I hope you have a fantastic 2015, full of joy and achievements! Baci!

  6. Happy new year my dear friend Denise, You are so gorgeous and you have a beautiful smile. I love this post and the question and answer is great. I really like reading about all your travels and seeing all the beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for your beautiful friendship you know I really appreciate you.
    Kisses and hugs :)


    • Dear dear Jenny, you are always so kind and lovely! You know it’s mutual, I really love that we are friends and I am so glad we got to know each other! Thank you for the compliments, I try my best to look fine, but it’s difficult :) I should lose some weight, but alas, let’s enjoy life! I hope you have an amazing 2015, with joy, achievements, love and fun! And I thank you again for your wishes and your beautiful friendship! Many kisses!

    • Thank you so much for the sweet comment, dear Tina! True, the year was memorable and yes, Russia was interesting! So I hope 2015 is even better and I wish you and your family a great year as well – may everything you plan come true! I’ve read some of your plans and I think that they will all be true soon! Again, thanks for this lovely comment! Kisses!

    • Thank you, dear Anouk, for the kind and lovely comment! I don’t know whether the “better idea” of whom I am, through my answers, was good or bad :) But you are right, that’s who I am :) I hope you year is also amazing and full of happiness! Thank you again for the sweet comment!

    • Dear Diana, thank you so much for this sweet comment, you are always so kind! I thank myself for the wishes and also wish to you a fantastic year, with a lot of fun and joy and loads of achievements! They will come, for sure! Kisses!

    • Hi, dear Min! Thank you for your lovely comment! I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but somehow it seems it didn’t work :( I will see whether the problem is at my end, but I loved to read about “being warm” in the winter! I did go to some countries, yes, but I guess this year will be calmer = let’s see! I wish you a fantastic year – no colds! Achievements, fun, joy, luck, everything that is nice to the soul! :)

    • Oh, dear Anna, that was so lovely! I would love to have dinner with you too! No joke! Maybe one day? (Evening, of course!) I love cooking and people say I cook very well. Some people even say that I am the best cook in the world, so exaggerated friends! Obviously I am not – I only cook vegetarian. By the way, I bought that “mittens coat” as I call it, after I saw you! It’s so sweet and I am eager to wear it! A very very happy new year, dear Anna, you are always so sweet!

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