Happy New Year! My highlights of 2015 and some 2016 ideas for you

So the new year started with a bang… from what I have heard. Unfortunately I can’t actually remember the first few hours of 2016 as I may have got a little too excited about the festivities. I did drink a third of a bottle of champagne before I’d even put my sparkly dress on!

I can’t believe how fast 2015 went, it just flew by but I have had one of my favourite years so far and these are definitely my highlights:

2015 has been great… especially my trips to Newcastle, Cambridge, Ibiza, Sunny Beach and Bruge!! And despite turning 20 this year I’m glad I have still embraced my inner child riding all of the rides at Thorpe Park, ridding Harry’s broom and flying Ron’s car at Harry Potter world and visiting Hertfordshire Zoo and London Zoo.

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New things I’ve done this year that I would love to do again and definitely recommend is a partying at a silent disco, having yourself a go at punting and seeing the Angel of the North in Newcastle.

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London life

Things I have loved about my second year living in the city… watching my fave chick flick, Mean Girls, on a sunny rooftop in Fulham Broadway, scaring all of the tourists when I dressed up as a petrifying Cheshire Cat for Halloween and partying at Notting Hill Carnival for the first time where I tried Caribbean jerk chicken. Mmm mm Summer in London this year was wicked!

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Winter

But I can’t work out if Christmas in London was even better… my favourite winter moments were  sipping a cocktail from a frozen glass in the Ice Bar, while wearing a huge igloo cape, and typically being a regular at Winter Wonderland and its German Bar.  But this year I got to embarrass myself going down the Magical Ice Kingdom slide and also watch Cirque Berserk, which was absolutely incred! This Christmas we did ice skating at Somerset House and I’m so glad we did because it is just one of prettiest places i’ve seen in London especially when it’s all Christmasy.

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Music

I have seen some of my favourite DJs, bands and artists play live this year and my highlights have got to be…

Chase & Status at Amnesia in Ibiza. This might even be one of the highlights of the life. I saw Chase & Status about three years ago at Reading festival and ever since I’ve been desperate to see them again! And omg there were even better abroad… probably because I dancing on the podium the all night grabbing strobe lights straight apposite the DJ set.

Rudimental at Ally Pally in North London. I loved this night even more because Alexandra Palace is such an amazing venue… You would actually feel like a Princess in a place if you were wearing a ball gown. I definitely recommend going to a gig there! I’ve seen Rudimental three times and they’ve never failed to impress… I loved it this year because their guest singers were flawless and I still can’t stop playing ‘Lay it on me’ all the time!

BESTIVAL. I know I go every year, so it’s no surprise this was one of my highlights!

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NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT – SEPTEMBER 13: Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jermain Jackson of The Jacksons performs on day 4 of Bestival at Robin Hill Country Park. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Getty Images,)

I’ve got to say though this year my faves were defs The Jacksons (can you believe they’re actually grown ups now?!), Duke Dumont, sweating it out in the Bollywood tent for Shy Fx, dancing in the pouring rain with the girls squeezing under one rain cape for Mark Ronson and of course Annie Mac at the port- she’s amazing every year!

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If you haven’t tried any of my 2015 highlights then make sure you do this year!!

Love Leeanna xo

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Day 3- free mags and an invitation to Westminster

I am so glad I wore my ankle boots today. I was hit by both mega rush hours and just needed that little extra height to be able to reach the top handle bars to save me from falling all over the place on the tubes. Good outfit choice today Leeanna.

So… my first duty of the day began with searching through the social networking sites of all the GoThinkBig brands like FHM, Grazia, Heat, Kerrang and Kiss FM to make sure each of the companies have been posting GTB’s latest opportunities. Doing this ‘Opps of the week’ task I definitely managed to fit in some extra cheeky reading. I just couldn’t help but read Heat’s latest articles posted twitter and Facebook- what a great job this was!

I was invited to an editorial meeting where I was offered another feature to write up for the site AND I was asked to go to Westminster tomorrow to help out with a video report! How crazy is that?! We’re doing a report on how to and how not to network and I might be featuring in the video. Firstly, what am I supposed to where to Westminster. And secondly, what is appropriate to wear on camera?! What a hectic morning tomorrow is going to be when deciding my outfit choice.

I wrote up the feature, Christmas temp 101, which will be going on the site on the first week of December. After being offered a permanent job from starting as a Christmas temp, I was more than happy to interpret my experiences into the feature too. I couldn’t believe my ears when Stevie said what I wrote was ‘perfect’ and ‘spot-on’! My day just kept getting better and better.

After being encouraged to watch Kanye West’s new music video in my lunch break, Sadie  invited me to join her in her trip to the Endeavour building on Tottenham Court Road. I was buzzing with excitement as I entered the home of magazines like Heat, Closer, Grazia, FHM and ZOO. I was even given the two newest editions of Heat and Closer- SUCCESS!

When we got back, and after Sadie gave her best advice, I was asked to help video-man Dan with some research for his up-and-coming video interviews for the site. On the GoThinkBig website there are various ‘I Love…’ videos by Dan, about people who have enjoyed a subject at school and gone on to gain a career linked to it. After researching careers linked to science, maths, geography, history and modern foreign languages, I came up with a few ideas that weren’t just the bog-standard jobs people expect to get if they enjoy those subjects. I’ve gathered up some contacts to get in touch with people who have loved certain subjects that have helped them go on to bigger things. They will feature in an online video interview for the site.

My day has ended with watching I’m a celebrity get me out of here. JOEY HAS TO BE THE KING.