Posts tagged ‘New Year’

January 2, 2012

Resolutions 2012…aka Back from Hiatus

Hello! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful NYE and start to 2012. I forgot to bring my digi camera home to Dublin with me so if any of the 35mm evidence develops to be suitable, I may just share mine with you. In the meantime, here are some of my snaps from 2011.

For those of you that noticed (hi mum…), I took a little hiatus there. There was lots going on and the last thing I wanted to do was blog, OK? Jeez. Gimme a break already.

I’m back now though. And hopefully with a little bit more focus. 2011 was good in parts but really really sucky in others so I am pretty much glad it’s behind me. I am looking forward to this year and I plan on embracing it, and just being really really really good at stuff. Ha! I am giddy, as I am going back to London tomorrow after two weeks back home, and I am feeling restless for the big smoke.

So, here are my resolutions for this year. I feel that this is an appropriate thing to share with you because this blog is a resolution that I am still keeping two years on. It’s like my blogging birthday and I’ll do what I want I guess?

1. Get Fit.

I am not a naturally active person. My favourite things are napping and cheese. But I am pretty sure that I need to get up off my hole and take some responsibility for my body, both in terms of health and aesthetics. My friends deserve more from me than the usual wailing “WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY WON’T THIS OR THAT THING LOOOOK GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDDDDD ON ME????? UUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGH I HAVE NOOOOOOOOOOTHING TO WEEEAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRR”, etc, ad naseum. Sorry guys. I am going to do some jogging (i believe they pronounce that with a silent J) and some yoga style stretching…and generally be a bit better at being fit. Apparently being fit makes you happier too, but seeing as I have never been fit, I cannot verify this. Will report back later. I have also been toying with the idea of giving up smoking, but let’s be honest here – baby steps.

2. Take more responsibility for stuff

I am really good at letting things happen. And I have been pretty lucky that some really great things have pretty much fallen in my lap. But this year, life, I am coming for you. I wanna own up to my own shortcomings and fix them. Fix the crap out of them. And just push myself and be aware that I am responsible for the stuff that goes bad, as well as the stuff that goes good. And hopefully more good stuff will happen. Like Holidays. And new shoes.

3. Take a sun holiday

It has been YEARS since I have been on a hot sunny beach. I am going to fix that in 2012.

I hope that you have all made resolutions and have wantonly and gleefully broken them already. Well, that or kept them, and are on the path to a better you. Resolutions are important, because they are benchmarks we set for ourselves. Often who we think we want to be turns out to be a pain in the ass – trust me on this, detox Jane is boring as hell, and where’s the fun in that. I like breaking resolutions – blatantly and unashamedly breaking them, sticking two fingers up to self improvement and revelling in the fun of life the way it is. So this year, if you are going to break them (I probably won’t be too far behind you), do it as you do everything else in life – with style ;)

…………..Or with a pair of mouse ears.


all photograhy (C) Jane Alexandra – ie ME! if for some bizarre reason you want to use them, credit & link or die. 

December 31, 2010

Good Riddance!

2010 has been a funny year. And as much as some amazing things happened, I’m not that sad to see it go.

But in the spirit of positivity, here are some of the good things that came out of it.

1) I started Noisy Shoes.

To curb useless procrastination, and waste my time in a more positive fashion (ha!), I started this blog. Here’s my very first post. It was my 2010 resolution. I am glad that I did it, and I am grateful to every one of you who still read it, and leave me such lovely comments – I appreciate every single one of them. Here’s to a resolution I actually saw through, and I’m looking forward to another year of doing the same.

2) Best friends 2010

I’ve told you about him before, but my main bro Orlando is a stellar chap. He’s an unreal dj and an all round nice guy. You can find him over at This year we decided we were going to be best friends, because we thought “best friends two thousand and ten” had a nice ring to it (it does, doesn’t it). We djed a good bit together this year, got stupid drunk together, and generally acted the maggot. I’m pretty sure we’re still gonna be friends once January 1st hits, but here’s to best friends 2010. And seriously, check out his blog, his music is unreal.

Orlando & I. lol.

3) NYC baby

Back in February, I went to New York City. Pretty much enough said! It was rad. I want to live there for a while someday.

4) London town

In the summer, I interned in London. It was also an amazing experience, both in terms of work and what I learned, but also living with 5 of the best birds on the planet. Mostly the living with my best mates if we’re being honest. Works great and all but having the craic is even better!There’s really no way of describing how much fun it was without sounding like a total dickhead (it’s ok, all my friends are dickheads too), so I won’t. But it was great. Despite all of our (not) fixie bikes breaking. All 6 of them. That’s what we get for buying ropey bikes on Brick Lane though.

photo: Triona O'Neill

photo: Triona O'Neill

5) Published work

I do textiles in college, but I also want to work as a stylist/photographer as well (how original says you). This year, I styled a shoot that appeared in the Sunday Independent, and helped style & shot a shoot (?!!) for a friend of mine’s masters’ magazine, Tweed Yourself, which I was very happy to be part of. here it is here to look at.

one of my images from the Tweed Yourself Shoot

So that was 2010. I hope yours had more ups than downs, and that the same is true for 2011. I’ve decided to start a visual diary for 2011, that’s my new years resolution. I got two more cameras this week so it seems like the right thing to do….Happy New Year! x


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