Dear Diary: Bye, Bye 2013…Hello 2014!!!


I’m sure I say this every year, but wow 2013 went by quickly, and any bad feelings of the past year have just faded away after the most amazing Christmas ever – as I only went and got engaged!!!

My now fiancé really surprised me, I know for some 10 years seems like a long time to wait, but not for me – Paulie has always been the best thing in my life and, to be honest, I was more than content as things were – when people say “about time” I am just going to respond – “no – more like the right time”.

Paulie really did good, not only did he ask my Mum, she cried bless her, he designed the ring based on the one out of my favourite Christmas movie ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, exactly what I would have chosen for myself. But the way he proposed was not only so romantic but absolutely perfect – he had me running around the house on a scavenger hunt solving clues.

It wasn’t until I got to the final clue 10 and looked under the angel at the top of the Christmas tree that it registered to me that this was a proposal – I was so giddy that I think I jumped around for about 10 minutes. I nearly knocked the tree over and was screaming with excitement while Paulie asked me “Will you marry me” and then jumped about so much he couldn’t even put the ring on me. To say that it was a magical Christmas morning is a little of an understatement – it is one that I will never forget.


It is weird how different it feels to be engaged, not only am I completely mesmerised by my beautiful ring, I can’t stop smiling, and I have been blown away by the fabulous response from our family and friends – I’m not sure why but I didn’t think that anyone would care that much and knowing that they are happy has made me, even more, giddy and excited for the future.

So I am not sure if the wedding will be this year or next, I can tell you it won’t be traditional, it will be a winter wedding and take place in New York as well as here in the UK, and basically, it will include all the things we both want to include and things we don’t want like the sit down meal won’t happen. I, of course, will be blogging my wedding planning, I have already started with pinning ideas on my Pinterest boards, as well as buying up every wedding magazine in the newsagents – the pressure is on and I only got engaged a week ago – but no matter what it will be a great celebration.

Follow Fashionista Barbie Danielle Wightman-Stone’s board Wedding Inspiration on Pinterest.

I was planning to do a proper 2013 round-up, but basically getting engaged has made me too giddy – so I put together a little Flipagram of my favourite moments off Instagram – which includes lots of food, snaps of my cats, fun at London Fashion Week, a few outfit pics, press day mania, festive treats, as well as a bit of arm candy, trips down memory lane and laughter with friends.

Bye 2013 you’ve been great – here’s hoping that 2014 is even better – Happy New Year!!!

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  1. Bumpkin Betty
    January 2, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    So happy for you both Danielle, and I love what you have said about ‘the right time’ rather than ‘about time’ it’s so true and it just shows you that even after ten years, you can still be utterly surprised and bowled over! Amazing news and I CAN’T WAIT for all of the wedding posts! Eek! Here’s to 2014 and a wonderful year for you! xx

  2. Kathryn Barrett
    January 3, 2014 / 12:50 am

    I absolutely love this post. How very romantic your fianc√© is. I can’t wait to see you and see your ring in real life it looks stunning. Congratulations to you both again and heres to 2014. xxx

  3. Sue
    January 3, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    Another fantastic post love the picture of the 2 of you, can’t wait for the posts either xx