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Happy New Year ladies and gents! How are we all feeling today? Delicate, by any chance?! I spent my evening in London to watch the fireworks and embarrass myself in front of cameras. For the record, the fireworks are super pretty in real life, I've always been a fireworks-and-celebrations-cynic in regards to NYE, but I'm glad I broke out of my hermit habit and went out.

Thought I'd welcome another year with the obligatory resolutions post and recap on my list from 2012 (which sounds positively historical now, right?). In hindsight, I'd like to think I did relatively well with my To-Do List of 2011, which you can read here. The five remaining goals, out of my slightly optimistic seventeen, are all achievable or irrelevant this year, so I'm pleased with my willpower and dedication.

2012 is the year I graduate, enter the Real World, turn 21 and all sorts of fun shenanigans, so to go alongside it, comes an organised, even more optimistic list of goals. Big thanks to Sarah for her assistance in goal-writing! You can track my progress of the full list on the page I've set up, and if I'm seriously slacking at any point, feel free to gently remind me on Twitter!

· Save £70-£100 a month.
· Meet Abby, Bee, Gem and Lyzi.
· Visit the Harry Potter Leavesden Studio Tour.
· Graduate with a First or 2:1 in my degree. Coughcough First, please.
· Learn Japanese or Korean to a conversational level.
· Continue building my recipe repetoire (perhaps document on a blog).
· Land an entry-level position in the fashion industry.
· Venture into the world of NARS make-up.
· Buy a Mulberry luxury leather with my own money.
· Sort out my horrendous sleeping pattern: bed by 1am each night.
· Attend 5 concerts, including Big Bang and Taylor Swift.
· Read 20 (new) books.
· Mini photoshoot with Niran.
· Invest in Kiehl's or Dermalogica skincare.
· Go to a Bloggers' Dinner, HP Marathon and Quiz Night with Sarah in attendance.
· Make some lovely new friends.
· Handmake one part of each of my family's Christmas presents.
· Find my perfect red lip.
· Be published in a magazine.
· Find my signature scent/perfume.
· Start my Chanel fund.
· Go on a roadtrip!

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  1. I should so start a Chanel fund too...how I would love the classic jacket. I am going w ram at the knees thinking about it

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  2. haha this was so much fun ;) def up for HP quiz! i hope you are coming to bloggers lunch Sophie is organising xxx

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  3. They seem like really interesting resolutions and i wish you good luck this year! Hope you achieve
    all of them!

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  4. Hmm, I want to do at least half of those things too! Best of luck with it all :)

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  5. Safira @ Miss Stylicious1 January 2012 at 15:24

    Love your new year resolutions! They are so different, yet achievable. Looks like you had a good time last night. Hope you have a lovely 2012! x

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  6. ahh looks great!
    love your goals, especially the sleep-routine, that's a good one for myself too!
    nice you went out and had fun :) x

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  7. Hannah Valentine1 January 2012 at 15:48

    I wish I had proper goals for this year but I've not even thought about anything like that! Happy new year beautiful x
    www.JeMappelleHannah.blogspot.com

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  8. Such great goals! I had thought of a few of my own but yours sound fab! Good luck with them xxx

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  9. Lovely pictures Michelle! Your spot was really good! Me and Todd tried to get around Westminster but it was all closed off so we ended up getting a last minute (but good) spot on Waterloo Bridge! I agree, the fireworks are so much better in person.. so much gunpowder! Hope you had a lovely night and all the best for 2012. I think I'm going to make a 2012 goals post too!

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  10. TheFashionTellersNotes1 January 2012 at 16:25

    Fab goals lovely and I am sure you will tick off every single one of them as 'complete' by the end of the year! You have 365 days....so GO!!! ;) xxx

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  11. The london eye sure looks pretty in those photographs. Glad you had a great time. I have set myself a few goals also. I graduate too this year and turn 21so I think there's a bit of growing up, standing on my own two feet and getting out there that I need to do!

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  12. I so wish I'd gone to London now, the fireworks looked amazing on the TV!
    Good look with your resolutions, I'll probably blog about mine later :) I can't believe we're graduating this year, it's so scary! xx

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  13. Happy new year!
    I wish i was at the fireworks, they looked so amazing on tv, especially the music that went with them... best of British ;)

    I hope you succeed in all your goals! x x x

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  14. i definitely want to invest in some NARS makeup too! HOW ARE WE GRADUATING THIS YEAR?!

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  15. happy 2012 michelle! well done you on finishing your 2011 goals, i always end up only finishing a few of mine :) those new year resolutions sound fab, hope your new year's amazing X

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  16. I love all for these resolutions, how some of them are serious and some of them are totally fun - I can't wait to see how you get on with them! I have not really made any of my own this year, as 2012 is going to be a pretty mental year for me without trying anything new, but I think I might need the whole year to think of some really good and meaningful ones for 2013!

    Happy New Year!

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  17. Mysentimentalheart1 January 2012 at 17:58

    Aww I love all of these resolutions! Especially buy a Mulberry, I'm thinking along the same lines!
    x

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  18. I like your resolutions :) I've just watched the video of the London fireworks, they looked amazing! x

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  19. Great resolutions, good luck with them.
    I'd love to go to London for New Years Eve one year, not this year as I'm hoping to go to Paris for News Years Eve for my honeymoon, maybe next x

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  20. Some of these resolutions are great, i'd love to do some of them myself but i know i'll never stick to them! x

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  21. I think you can do all of them quite frankly Mish! A few of our are the same actually. Wahey!! Love you xx

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  22. Love these goals Michelle! I hope you achieve them all :) Happy New Year x

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  23. I hope I can go to London for the new years next year; It looks amazing!

    http://www.sandra-thepuzzleofmylife.blogspot.com/

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  24. This looks amazing Mish! I love all your goals too!

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  25. Happy new year! And good luck with all of your goals. Start applying for jobs asap btw - bit of advice from a 2010 graduate, I only just got mine in November. Good luck :) I also plan on visiting the Harry Potter studio tour - can't wait! xx

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  26. Happy new year! Those are great resolutions, good luck on achieving them! :)

    http://thatismystyle-styleguru.blogspot.com

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  27. "bed by 1am each night" - haha! Wow, I read that and thought, your sleeping pattern must truly be horrendous! I'm a zombie at about midnight, and normally go to bed around 11pm.
    Really love your goals though! I've had "learn Japanese" in my to-do list for the year for about five years now, so I've accepted that it's just not going to happen - though considering your progress with the 2011 list, I'm sure you'll be able to pull it off!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  28. Wow that's a long list!!! Hope you do well in keeping to it :) See you back at uni xx

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  29. I've just had a quick trackback about the lunch, it's the day after my 21st and I'm not quite sure where I'll be or what I'll be up to yet! I must have the worst luck when it comes to blogger meet dates hahaha. xxxx

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  30. Thanks Nicki! I just thought I'd gather up all of the 'I wish I could...' and 'What if I managed to...' points that I've made over the past few months and try to turn them into reality! They're all achievable, and are all small goals as opposed to 'In 2012, I will become XYZ with ABC amount of moneyz' hahaha! xx

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  31. Great minds...! Thanks pal, you too!

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  32. Thank you! No time like the present to try and achieve lots! You too Safira, Happy New Year! xx

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  33. Thanks Yvet! I have a horrendous sleeping pattern at the moment, I got in from London at 3am last night, and the night before that, I slept at 4am for no reason at all :P Hope you had a great NYE (: xx

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  34. Happy New Year sweet! I never really wrote resolutions or goals before, but I'm a huge list-maker for some weird OCD reason, so it kinda made sense (:

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  35. Aw thank you! Good luck with yours too!

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  36. Thanks Ashleigh! They were just off my rained-on camera ;) Oh god, must've been such a hassle! We were there from about 9pm-ish? Best of luck with your goals too, shall have to go and read your post when it's up! xx

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  37. D'aw thanks Claire! Best of luck to you and Sara's Secret for 2012 too (:

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  38. I half wish I'd taken my DSLR but didn't want to risk it in the crowds! Thanks Katie, best of luck to you this year as well, especially with Uni (: xx

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  39. They were absolutely beautiful in real life, such amazing atmosphere (and it wasn't too cold either - bonus!) Thanks Hayley, best of luck with yours too! I know, I don't feel old enough to graduate at all! Might go on for an MA at, erm, Hogwarts ;) xx

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  40. Happy New Year, Jen! And thank you, hope you do as well! xx

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  41. Roll on loan day ;) Is there... NARS... in Southampton? Gah, don't remind me, I want to cry a little, it's all my family have talked about today, waaa!

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  42. Happy New Year, Hannah! Best of luck with your goals this year! (:

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  43. Haha I know right ;) 'Go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour' is right up there at the top and everything! Ooh I'm intrigued, hope everything goes swimmingly for you in 2012 Rachel, and Happy New Year! xx

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  44. Yes indeed! I'm sure you and Sarah S will peer pressure me into doing at some point this year ;) xx

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  45. Thanks Heidi! Happy New Year (:

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  46. Thanks Leanne! Ooh Paris will be absolutely beautiful, I'm jealous! Best of luck for 2012 lovely (:

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  47. Thank you Kate! I'm more determined when I have a proper list written out like above, hopefully I'll manage to complete all or most of them by this time next year! xx

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  48. GOOD LUCK US! And this is the year of the meet, and when we shall outgeek everyone with our knowledge of the wizarding world, wands at dawn! Love you, hope the meal last night was food porn worthy - I'm expecting photos. xxxxx

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  49. Aw thank you Louise, Happy New Year to you as well sweet! xx

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  50. It was so, so good! Even from a NYE-hater, I'd recommend it! xx

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  51. Thanks Rani (: It was so pretty in London last night!

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  52. Thanks lovely! I've already been applying to jobs, internships and grad schemes haha, such an eager beaver! xx

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  53. Happy New Year, Olivia! Eeep, thanks lovely!

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  54. It truly is, Michelle! I sleep at 3am/4am most nights, because my Uni timetable was afternoon/evening based last semester and I've messed up my sleeping. Hoping my 9am/10am starts kickstart that goal for me ;) Thanks sweetie, I've heard through the grapevine that Japanese will be easier for me to pick up as a fluent Cantonese speaker! Fingers crossed, eh?! xx

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  55. There are 40 on my final list haha, all 'small' goals though, so hopefully I'll be able to stick to it! xx

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  56. Hope you will do everything you want in 2012 :) xxx

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  57. great resolutions michelle! you're such a hard working girl, i'm sure you'll achieve most (if not all!) of these this year. you definitely deserve it. happy new year! xx

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  58. I've already got one of your goals sorted: get Russian Red MAC, get it ;). Such gorgeous photos, wishing you the most incredible 2012 ever because you deserve it.
    xoxo

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  59. Eeeep, I hope so! I'm doubtful of the money-related ones, but everything else is achievable in my eyes! Happy New Year, Caroline! (:

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  60. Haha I don't knooow! :P Aw thanks Georgie, best of luck and well wishes to you too! xx

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  61. That's a lot you want to do this year! Good luck :) I hope we all get to see each other more often.

    Lovely photos, I'd love to go to London for new year sometime.

    Happy new year lovely :) xxx

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  62. Happy New Year! I watched some of the fireworks in London on the TV, it must have been amazing to see them in person. I just stayed in and looked out at the fireworks the neighbours set off in their garden haha!
    All your goals for 2012 sound great and definitely achievable, good luck with them!

    Gillian x
    elevatormusik.blogspot.com

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  63. Happy new year, Michelle! Fireworks are always better in real life, haha.
    Sounds like 2012 is going to be a big year for you, good luck with everything you do <3

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  64. Happy New Year beautiful one!
    These photos look gorgeous, looks like a good one! WOWZ at your list, a lot to do. but It's ok you got a whole year :-) x

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  65. Happy New Year Misch! I watched the fireworks on the TV and they looked incredible, maybe I'll head down there for 2013 :)
    You've got some really great resolutions, I'm loving the HP Leavesden Studio Tour one. Might have to stick that on mine too! xoxo

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  66. Good luck with your resolutions, have a lovely 2012!
    Jaz xo

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  67. How amazing you got to properly see the fireworks properly... I spent most of the night on the opposite side of the river haha! They were B-E-A-UTIFUL though. Happy new year :-)

    Dayner x my blog - mozzypop.com

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  68. You're welcome! :)

    http://thatismystyle-styleguru.blogspot.com

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