Theme Layout

Boxed or Wide or Framed

Theme Translation

Display Featured Slider

Featured Slider Styles


Display Grid Slider

Grid Slider Styles


Display Trending Posts


Display Author Bio


Display Instagram Footer



© 2015 mo'adore | Content and design by Morag Lee | Powered by Blogger.

Saying Goodbye to 2011

Oh 2011, what a year you have been ♥. Maybe I could be as polite to say you have been my best year yet. Filled with some excellent adventures, personal developments and lots of professional opportunities and events. You were certainly a scorcher!

I'm not going to lie that the year previous to you, 2010, hadn't been so kind. 2010 could easily have been my worst year yet to date (in fact, it was). I won't steal any limelight from you by giving 2010 anymore attention, but thank you for giving me something to smile about after all that suckiness. 

I entered 2011 still mending a broken heart. Not one to sit around and mop for too long however I decided that after some time at home with some family I would return to Dundee with a new perspective. I made a bunch of resolutions and some shake-ups to my morning routine - the majority of which I kept to throughout the year.

And those resolutions and determination definitely paid off. 2011 was the year that I finally made some important decisions and lifestyle choices! From finally working out what I wanted to do with my life, to becoming a vegetarian to finally living by myself and even starting this blog after having floated between "maybe-starting-my-own-blog-to-ohmygawwillanyonereadit?" for a good few years.

A collection of outfit photos form this year - style and photo taking abilities changed!

Physically I rang in the bell with Gillian in our local pub before heading out on an adventure into our village playing on swings and taking a walk round our old primary school. I returned to Dundee the next day ready to head out for a "post-Near Years eve" party armed with a load of natural new beauty products I had received for Christmas. Then I started university again where I got knuckled down with the newly formed Business Society and into the charity event I was planning for my university's RAG organisation. And also classes, and the first semester was filled with some classes I actually enjoyed - such as my own mini-dissertation where I got to pick the topic. 

Early in this year was also when I secured the job that I have to this day. From what started as a part job where I thought I would just be updating Facebook and Twitter has turned in a fury of freelance projects and a career choice which makes graduating in 2012 really exciting! I feel truly valued in this job and I understand my roles purpose and this was one of the aspects of this year that I am very grateful for <3 How many students get part-time work which is relevant to their career choices? Not many...

A cake I made for the Valentine's Charity Bakesale - I swear it was meant to say cute!

Enter February and we had Valentine's Day. My first single Valentine' Day since my school days (2011 was the first year since 2007 that I entered single and left single) which I had to admit I was nervous for. But the day came and went without a tantrum. I helped with a charity bakesale and spent the evening watching Anchorman with people who, despite not having been a big part of life pre-2011, became big features for the rest of the year.

Me looking AMAZING! after 24+ hours getting trips for free to Leeds!

The intercept between February and March was also the weekend I took part in the weirdest and possibly bravest things I've ever done. A charity hitchhike!! An event where you have to blag your way from your starting point to wherever you can, being sponsored for charity. Furthest point wins. My team made it from Dundee to Leeds, which was the fourth longest distance and the third shortest, so sweetly in the middle. My team raised £175 for the charities chosen that year and it was a strong test of character, physical endurance and team work! 

One week after this I came down with a really bad bout of tonsillitis. This led me home to my parents home to be looked after. This came as a big wake-up call that I needed to slow down. After a week and half of bed rest, loads of garlic, hot soup, water and baths I came back to Dundee still feeling a bit shaky. 

Unfortunately I couldn't stay at home longer because of an event I had been planning since late November. It was in aid of Fairybox and theme of the night was reliving your own childhood memories from fancy dress to musical statues. However due to low energy levels and not feeling completely well-supported in the venture it only raised £14. I moved onto the next thing. 

After a full recovery I got ready to start throwing myself into the Dance Team's 2011 show which took part in April. This year we had a proper stage and even a professional stage manager! With the theme being Sins vs Virtues (I represented Envy) we had each dance representing a sin or virtue. The dances this year also ranged more than previous years with Irish, tap and Bollywood being added into the mix. 

And somewhere in all that preparation I celebrated St Paddy's for the first time ever...and had one of the best nights out I've had this year.

That's years Eurovision costume! I was Russia! 

Roll on May I was within the throws of coursework deadlines, with me receiving an A for my practice dissertation module. But not without a bit of gallivanting! I attended a Eurovision party where I dressed up as a Russian and brought along some Russian pancakes and vodka. This may not sounds like much but Eurovision, for me, is one of the best annual events there is! Cheesy music and the option for fancy dress? Yes please!

Outside Edinburgh castle!

I also took a trip down to Edinburgh for some fun with Gillian. Through the four day trip we acted like proper tourists visiting all the shops and I also had one of the best nights out this year during that four days. 

Not long after this it was time to return home to my parents for the summer and take up my summer job waitressing yet again (not a highlight of my year I assure you!) but not after enrolling in a TEFL course! However I decided teaching English as a foreign language wasn't really for me so I don't plan to do much with that qualification. But crossing out options get you closer to your actual dream!

After parking for the very first time!

Not long after being home I was thrust into the world of learning to drive. Scary and liberating at the same time. Learning to drive was a big box ticked off in my world of becoming independent.

Me presenting for Team Wibble at Social Innovation Camp 2011

Also within the summer I took part in Social Innovation Camp 2011 in Edinburgh alongside the team Wibble. Wibble is an app (not currently released) that helps volunteers track their progress. We didn't win but being thrown into that world gave me some much needed experience in project management and producing something within a short deadline - something that a career in business marketing will be sure offer me!  

Late August I attended Dare Protoplay. It's a game design competition so feel free to pass over this paragraph in a usually girly blog ;) I had a friend partaking this year and went along to see what she had created. I also seen some great talent that day. This weekend was when I also moved into my new flat. A flat that I get to share with absolutely no-one - a decision I should have made a year ago. I've also even towards the end of the year inspired someone else to make the same decision.  

My best purchase was also made near this time of year. My first ever smartphone: the HTC EVO 3D. I had wanted to own a smartphone for so long but because I didn't have a steady income until this year so the purchase had to be put off. Due to this year being so good professionally I was able to purchase one. And I went high end! The 3D is a bit of a gimmick but when you hold the phone properly game play can be so amazing!

Fast forward to the start of September I sat my driving test and passed first time. After a quick celebration I drove myself to the train station that night (!) and got a train to Dundee. The next morning (first thing!) I was in training for returning to my job as a Student Ambassador (a job I thoroughly encourage anyone to take up - if a similar one exists in your uni do it! One of the best decisions I made back in 2010). 

Back in time for Freshers Week where I was re-acquainted with my old crowd. 2011 was definitely the year I stopped pretending to be some big party girl. So I just had some casuals playing pool (an activity that became quite common towards the end of the year).

I also attended another geeky event round this time: Software Freedom Day. For anyone that's not in the know this is a global event to promote and educate the world on open-course software. Again, I explain: it's free (yay!) and the source code is available so others can add to the programmes! I had been aware of open-course software for years but this was the year I made more effort to make my own PC more open sourced than Windows. 

Meeting Saskia The Style Fairy

Not long after returning to Dundee I was off again. This time to Glasgow to attend one days worth of events at Social Media Week 2011. I could only attend the Monday due to academic commitments but boy did I pack a lot into that day!  I attended Blog Off!! where I met Saskia The Style Fairy, a blog I had read for some time. And then also attended Fashion Blogging 101 where I also spotted some familiar faces - and discovered some new ones! 

Then came the start of the academic year and societies were in full swing. I took up my new post as Head of Social Media within the Business Society. It was the during Freshers Fayre (an event where all teams and societies have a table to try and attract new members) that the Vice-President approached me about the possibility of a cupcake society which would raise money for charity.

Roll on a month later I became the President and founder of the Abertay Cupcake and Baking Society. And in the last few months of 2011 we had three bake sales where everything got sold for various charities. It's a lot of hard work, I'll tell you, but also great to know you're making a change somewhere.

Me as Katy Perry ala California Girls on my 21st. 

Welcome in November. The month of my 21st Birthday. I had been planning a Katy Perry themed night since about...April? Gillian came up from Edinburgh for it and many other people showed. It wasn't a high key event, quite low-key to be honest. But most of who turned up made an effort with their costume. <3

The night of my official birthday however turned out to be a magical treat! What was planned to be a casual few drinks turned out to be watching a woman shave her head for charity, a pub quiz and an impromptu trip to the 24 hour Tesco for the midnight launch of Skyrim (and a Waldorf salad). That randomness is personally my best idea of fun!

Next week I attended an event alongside the Business Society that was hosted by Business Gateway. The highlight of this was watching and meeting Apprentice Runner-up Jim Eastwood aka Jedi Jim! That was definitely a great way to wrap up November!

Then came December which was a more serious month with loads of coursework and someone I knew passing away. However I still got my first go at Pub Golf! And visited a bar I had never spotted in Dundee called the Snow Bar (seasonal, as the name suggests) which was easily one of the most beautifully decorating bars I had ever seen.

Also within December (hey it can't all be coursework) was the Scottish Blogger Meet! That day I met some of the nicest sweetest people I ever have. And it was great to know some people I can talk to about blogging! It's not quite mainstream thing yet!

And the not so good?
As much as I like to be positive I don't want to sound as if everything has been plain sailing. I'm not going to list everything bad that happened but at least add some realism to the mix and not stand here and pretend everything was glorious.

Early October I got burgled. An incident you always think happens to other people until happens to yourself. An event that will soon see me giving away a bag to charity as the memories stand to be too painful to look at it. Remember to close your windows, kids. One of the few nights I had left mine open was the one night someone with questionable morals walked by.

And as mentioned briefly above, someone I knew passed away in December. It wasn't anyone I had the pleasure of knowing too long but someone who didn't deserve to be taken too soon. Twenty-one may be too young a age to die, but death doesn't always work like that. I won't put out details because as far as I'm aware he wasn't into blogging or documenting your life via the internet and I always respect that. Sleep tight - you should have made it to 2012 as well. Live each day like it's your last, cause you never know, it might well be. 

Thank to everyone who has made the good parts of this year brilliant! 
Looking back at these photos the biggest change appears to have been my hair length! You even spot my photo skills getting better as the photos near the end match the width! But I know that wasn't the only change. So many great things happened to me this year and I am eternally grateful for every opportunity. <3

Morag x

morag | mo adore
Share :

RSSGoogle Friend ConnectBloglovinFeedly

Follow moadore on Snapchat!

Recipes, love letters and general chit chat can be sent to

Follow @moadore