three, two, one…

this is it – the last few hours of 2012! we hope you have a very happy and safe new year’s, whether it’s with friends, family, out on the town, or snuggled up at home.

new year's eve, peanut buttered

have you made any resolutions? we’ll be back here soon to share the promises we’ve made ourselves for 2013.

until then, we’ll leave you in the capable hands of zooey…

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with love, andrea and sarah xoxo

2012 in pictures

2012 has been one jam-packed year, full of surprises, challenges and lots and lots of laughter. it started off in los angeles and ends in london with trips to san francisco, barbados, mammoth, saint tropez, la manga and 24 hours in new york in between.

i found it so hard to select a few pictures from the year- i have so many happy memories so i may have gone a little crazy with the snaps below.

january: the first month of the year was completely booze-free. i was being ever so hollywood and thanks to ‘dry jan’ i threw myself into exercise, exploring the great outdoors. weekly hikes at runyon canyon became the norm. who wouldn’t want to workout while looking at this view?

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i spent lots of time getting to know malibu
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as well as taking time out to save lives at venice beach 
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february – after 31 days without a glass of champagne or a cocktail i was in the mood to party, luckily a debauchery-filled trip to vegas was on the cards. great company, crazy nights and a spot of rugby spectating were the ingredients to a killer weekend – one i’ll never forget.IMG-20120211-00566
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   i also managed to squeeze in a spot of skiing in mammoth – the journey there proved slight traumatic as we nearly ran out of ‘gas’ en route in the middle of nowhere
IMG-20120218-00617 Mono South-20120218-00625 Mono South-20120219-00631i attended pre-oscar parties and made some new pals

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Los Angeles-20120224-00689march: my parents came out to visit me in lala land and we kept busy wine tasting in santa barbara…

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and enjoyed a wet visit to san francisco

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i ate my way through the best brunch and lunch venues in los angeles

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april: another month brought more visitors out to los angeles. boon, cat and steph crossed the pond to come and see me and join in the fun. 

off i went back to vegas for another very silly weekend

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saw the sights of los angelesIMG_0470

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enjoyed bubbles at my favourite rooftop bar (high at hotel erwin)

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IMG_0669april also saw the birth of peanut buttered – hoorah!

may: i spent a lovely weekend in laguna beach IMG_0747

before heading out to barbados (via NYC) for the best holiday with the girls IMG_0924IMG_0990 IMG_1068i learned that rum punch and a rainy day in barbados is a very dangerous combination
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i became extremely snap happy IMG_1901

and returned to london (via miami and la) to be greeted by a heat waveIMG_2114

which meant drunken picnics in hyde park
IMG_2277june: the weather might have been dreary but spirits were high and i enjoyed an amazing view of the jubilee procession 
IMG_2545caught up with very old friendsIMG_2571and a few well known faces…554581_10100440883699328_199706715_53816194_136005059_n

i attended the most beautiful wedding in gloucestershire
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and shortly after my housemates got engaged
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july: sought refuge from the wet weather in england with a well-timed trip to st tropez where we partied up a storm at nikki beach and stayed at white 1921.
IMG_3980 IMG_3997 IMG_4159august: london 2012 brought with it sport, pride and the country was struck down with olympic fever IMG_4240we were lucky enough to meet some of the heroes from the games on a random evening outIMG_4394soaring temperatures made it easier to get into the festival spiritIMG_4452

and i bumped into a spice girl while queuing for the loo

IMG_4448i enjoyed a few precious days in la manga with the parents

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and hit the red carpet with pips
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september: spent lots and lots of quality time with this little lady
IMG_4950enjoyed a make-over (or two) at smashbox launch party 
IMG_5268october: fell in love with sushisamba
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paid a visit to manchester for nat’s birthday the alchemist new york street, best bars in manchester, new bars in manchester, living venturesnovember: arrived and london felt festive

december: flew by thanks to my birthday, work and christmas time

(more pics to follow)

2012 has been a cracker, but there have been a few downs as well as ups.

2013 is already shaping up nicely – weddings for two of my closest friends, hen parties, exciting trips and new ventures are ahead. watch. this. space.

happy new year xx

the year in pictures

to speak in cliché, 2012 has been a year of change and new beginnings. here is a round-up of what i’ve been up to…

i began 2012 living in a different home and working in a different job. the idea for peanut buttered was dancing somewhere in the back of my mind after a ‘wouldn’t it be great if we…’ conversation with sarah during her christmas visit to london from los angeles. wapping london, snow in london, peanut buttered

the bf surprised me with a trip to italy for my birthday in january to see the ruins of pompeii (big history dork)pompeii ruins, mt vesuvius, 2012 review, peanut buttered

in march we said goodbye to our beloved warehouse conversionlondon warehouse conversion, wapping london, peanut buttered

…and moved a little further east. columbia rd and broadway markets have become weekend hangoutscolumbia road flower market, east london, peanut buttered

in april, peanut buttered officially launched! working with one of my favourite humans on something we love is so much funpeanut buttered girls

a 1930s evening at charles worthington’s flagship salon was one of my very first posts for the blogcharles worthington salon

i began to embrace playing dress-ups on my nails with our weekly tuesday talons postsfairy nails, peanut buttered

the queen’s diamond jubilee was a great time to be in londonqueen's diamond jubilee, peanut buttered

… but i was in serious need of some sun, so a few weeks later we escaped to santorinisantorini caldera

for some sea, food, romance and sunsetssantorini, greece, peanut butteredlobster, mama katina's amoudi bay santorinisantorini sunset, peanut butteredsantorini, peanut buttered

it was an exciting day when my baby, betty, arrived kitchenaid

…so i popped her cherry with these little darlingsmr whippy meringue cupcakes

i finally learned how to mix a mean cocktail, at the taste of londontaste of london 2012

as summer finally kicked off, there were lots of festivals to attendfield day festival london

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sitting on the bf’s shoulders for jay-z and kanye west at hackney weekend was a particularly special momentjay-z at hackney weekend london 2012

at the other end of the social spectrum, the veuve clicquot polo in july was an amazing weekendveuve clicquot polo london 2012

in the middle of the summer, i took the leap and left my old jobsummer in london

… and just in time for the london olympics! a very fun fortnightlondon 2012 olympics beach volleyballlondon 2012 olympics, peanut butteredlondon 2012 olympics usain bolt 100m finallondon olympics 2012

in september, the pb team run amok in london at fashion’s night outlondon fashion's night out 2012

i got a shiny new toy, penny lanepenny lane vintage bicycle

as the seasons changed, it was out with the old and in with the new ‘dowinter hair

… there was some family time in irelandireland

in autumn, i made a culinary discover that rocked my world: home-made peanut butterhome-made peanut buttered

a cosy weekend away in the cotswolds welcomed wintercowley manor, the cotswolds

before we knew it, christmas crept up on us!skate somerset house, somerset house ice skating rink, london skating

we popped over to hamburg to see my parents and visit the christmas marketshamburg christmas markets

and then it was back to london for christmaschristmas tree

so that’s just a few memorable moments from 2012. going into 2013, there’s a new(ish) home, a new job that i love, same man (the best constant), and peanut buttered is going from strength to strength, with very exciting things to come in the new year. stay tuned!

sarah’s yearbook will be up tomorrow.

what have been your favourite moments from 2012? let us know –  @peanut_buttered or @andreamagrath or you can find us on facebook here