Thursday, 3 January 2019

December Round-Up

The last month of 2018 was pretty packed - two corporate parties (work not play), a friend in town for 24 hours, my parents visiting for Christmas and New Year, starting running again (and not hating it) and saying goodbye to 2018 with our annual cheese toasty tradition (a gluten free and vegan one for me).

The January blues don't hit so hard when the weather's always good and there's no empty schedule to bemoan either, although January is less drinks-at-the-top-of-the-Burj-Khalifa and more moving-apartments-for-the-third-time-in-two years. As someone who LOVES planning, scheduling and life-admin I am actually pretty happy about having an organising kinda month.

Here's what December looked like:

1. Brunch at Aubaine, City Walk. My boyfriend and I loved this spot so much we took my parents back a couple of weeks later.

2. Morning skies while doing Yoga With Adriene - I am so excited to start her "Dedicate" 30 days of yoga series today.

3. Taking an abra across the Creek when my friend L was in town.

4. Gin martinis on the 123rd floor of the Burj Khalifa. So nice to see the sunset and Dubai looking like a mini toy town.

5. Breakfast at Parkhouse - vegan overnight oats for me. I'm doing Veganuary this year and looking forward to discovering more of Dubai's plant-based eats, and maybe cooking something myself, too.

6. The most extra Christmas decorations at The Kempinski Emerald Palace where I took my mother to the opening of all'onda and we had a fun evening sipping negronis and sampling their Venetian/Japanese fusion food.

7. Wandering along Sunset Beach, a (mostly) untouched strip of Jumeriah Beach.

8. Christmas presents from my boyfriend, who didn't deny that I'd be getting a kitten for Christmas...

9. The most delicious acai bowl at Maisan15 while my parents were in town - driving them around Dubai and taking them to my favourite places was so much fun!

What do you have planned for January?


  1. Happy New Year, Lily! January's not my favourite month but we do have a Leila Moss gig to go to and I've also got to book a holiday for Mr P's 40th so that should help to lift the January blues. Here's hoping 2019 is a goodie x

  2. Happy New Year :) Sounds absolutely lovely. I can't believe this time last year I was planning my trip to Dubai. Ahh sad times for this January hehe!

  3. Happy new year!
    I think is the best time of year to plan trips away to have something to look forward to in the dark month ahead.


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