I can’t wait for 2020 to be over, but it hasn’t been all doom and gloom

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Here are my highlights from the year

Most of us, if not everyone, is ready to say goodbye to 2020. It’s been a turbulent year, filled with uncertainty and loss. As difficult as it has been, there is always good to be found and this is what I’m focusing on.

Scrolling through my camera roll, there have been bright career moments, memorable travels and our big move back to the UK.


I always said that as soon as I made it to Haute Couture Fashion Week, that’s my career in magazines made so this January I was finally on the plane to Paris. It felt like a privilege to attend one of the key events on the fashion calendar and be among the most respected people in the industry. To sit directly behind Anna Wintour at Valentino was probably my highlight but I was mesmerised by Givenchy and dazzled by Elie Saab. To witness the highest level of craftsmanship come to life on the runway is like being present at an unveiling of an exceptional piece of art. If it was the only time I would attend couture, then I’m grateful to have had this opportunity.

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Just when I thought that was Paris done for the year, I was on the plane the following month to attend PFW where I sat at the likes of Dior, Chloé, Yves Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant. There was already evidence of COVID-19 with several attendees wearing face masks but that didn’t impact the buzzing atmosphere.

Then coronavirus hit

Then March came around and the world stopped. Dubai was placed under a strict lockdown where masks and gloves were essential for stepping out of the house. You had to text a dedicated police number to request permission to go to the shops and we all started to work from home. Just like with many firsts, the whole situation felt novel. We jumped on board with Joe Wicks PE classes, indulged in takeaways from our favourite restaurants and devoured Netflix. By the time summer came around, the novelty wore off and it was unbearably hot and boring. Luckily we could start going to the Malls and outdoors but everything felt limited.

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The big move

By the end of May, we packed up and arrived at an empty airport to board the only flight that day from Dubai to London. Although the UK was placed under several restrictions we managed to move in and enjoy the best of the British summer. Lola started nursery which she adores and along the way developed a fondness for rain and puddles. Well, she’s in the right country for that.

We have fallen back in love with the UK and have enjoyed driving to many castles for Lola (including Edinburgh). There is still so much to explore, including the beautiful coastline, so we can’t wait for the restrictions to ease off and plan our next road trip.

Happy New Year!

Now that we are making plans for an intimate New Year’s Eve celebrations, there is a sense of deep sadness that I won’t get to welcome 2021 with my parents (in Russia NYE is a big deal, similar to how families gather for Christmas in the UK). I know my mum is devastated not to have seen her granddaughter for over a year, but we will once again rely on ZOOM (I have started to hate that word).

We don’t know what the New Year will hold. I have a feeling that we won’t see much change in our routine until spring but I hope to see my family soon, for Lola to continue to grow and enjoy nursery, for Kip to feel happy in all his endeavours, and for me to find a solid next step in my career.

Despite the shitstorm of a year, there were a few things I am thankful for but think it’s time to shake it off and ring in a better 2021.

Happy New Year!

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