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2017: bring it on

There’s nothing like the start of a new year to dust off the old and start afresh with exciting new plans. And never has a clean slate been more welcome than after 2016, the year that had an unexpected headline at every turn. Here, the M&S Style and Living editors take on our emoji challenge, telling us what they are planning for the coming year – and then translating those plans into emojis.

Rachel Sullivan

Rachel Sullivan, Editor

“I am so excited that my husband and I will be taking our baby son and three-year-old daughter on our first family holiday since we became a family of four. We’re planning a proper summer beach holiday: two weeks in the Greek sunshine, splashing in the sea and building sandcastles with the kids by day, and I’ll be treating myself to a cocktail by night. Life as a working mum means an endless to-do list, so I cannot wait for the chance to shelve (most of) my usual responsibilities and just enjoy hanging out with my children and husband – I plan to eat good food, catch up on some sleep (if the kids let me) and replenish my sorely depleted vitamin D stocks.”

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Rachel Sullivan

Rachel Sullivan, Editor

“I am so excited that my husband and I will be taking our baby son and three-year-old daughter on our first family holiday since we became a family of four. We’re planning a proper summer beach holiday: two weeks in the Greek sunshine, splashing in the sea and building sandcastles with the kids by day, and I’ll be treating myself to a cocktail by night. Life as a working mum means an endless to-do list, so I cannot wait for the chance to shelve (most of) my usual responsibilities and just enjoy hanging out with my children and husband – I plan to eat good food, catch up on some sleep (if the kids let me) and replenish my sorely depleted vitamin D stocks.”

plane parasol sun cocktail family

 

Kate Fitzpatrick

Kate Fitzpatrick, Loyalty Editor

“Last year, I moved half way across the world from Australia to London. Only, I’ve been so busy working and getting settled, I’ve forgotten to actually get to know the city. So, my plan in 2017 is to explore a new part of London at least once a month – not only will it help me get to know this huge city, it’ll mean fun days out that my husband and I can spend together. Setting up home has been our focus and our other big plan for next year is to keep to our savings plan so we can embark on our loft conversion project. While I am making the UK my home, though, I want to be better at keeping in touch with friends and family around the world; in a busy life it’s easy to let this slide – sometimes you need to remember that reading their social media posts isn’t a relationship; I’m going to make time for proper phone calls.”

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Kate Fitzpatrick

Kate Fitzpatrick, Loyalty Editor

“Last year, I moved half way across the world from Australia to London. Only, I’ve been so busy working and getting settled, I’ve forgotten to actually get to know the city. So, my plan in 2017 is to explore a new part of London at least once a month – not only will it help me get to know this huge city, it’ll mean fun days out that my husband and I can spend together. Setting up home has been our focus and our other big plan for next year is to keep to our savings plan so we can embark on our loft conversion project. While I am making the UK my home, though, I want to be better at keeping in touch with friends and family around the world; in a busy life it’s easy to let this slide – sometimes you need to remember that reading their social media posts isn’t a relationship; I’m going to make time for proper phone calls.”

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Emma Sleight

Emma Sleight, Food Editor

“I love to travel so, for me, planning the year ahead always involves an adventure abroad. My dream is to go to Reykjavik – the dramatic landscape sounds almost otherworldly; I can just imagine sipping Brennivín (a traditional Icelandic schnapps) from a spot overlooking a volcano or waterfall.

My other big ambition is to finally start that novel I keep putting off, so I’m going to rent a remote fishing bothy in the Hebrides, and get writing.

Closer to home, I finally want to get a place of my own so my brother and I are buying a house together. Then I am going to fill it with plants; I’d like to have my own edible garden. That seems like a fitting ambition for a food editor!”

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Emma Sleight

Emma Sleight, Food Editor

“I love to travel so, for me, planning the year ahead always involves an adventure abroad. My dream is to go to Reykjavik – the dramatic landscape sounds almost otherworldly; I can just imagine sipping Brennivín (a traditional Icelandic schnapps) from a spot overlooking a volcano or waterfall.

My other big ambition is to finally start that novel I keep putting off, so I’m going to rent a remote fishing bothy in the Hebrides, and get writing.

Closer to home, I finally want to get a place of my own so my brother and I are buying a house together. Then I am going to fill it with plants; I’d like to have my own edible garden. That seems like a fitting ambition for a food editor!”

flag volcano house chilli laptop

 

Ian Wright

Ian Wright, Menswear Editor

“One of the most important things I want to do in 2017 is make sure I see my parents and brother more often – it’s frightening how time can whip by and you suddenly realise you can’t remember the last time you had a good old-fashioned Sunday lunch with the family.

Talking of food, I keep saying I want to start a supper club: this year I am determined it’s going to happen. As is learning a new skill; I’d love to try painting – something that’s creative but totally different to my day job working in fashion.

Having said all of that, I am also planning to be kinder to myself. So if I don’t manage everything I’ve listed, I promise not to beat myself up about it.”

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Ian Wright

Ian Wright, Menswear Editor

“One of the most important things I want to do in 2017 is make sure I see my parents and brother more often – it’s frightening how time can whip by and you suddenly realise you can’t remember the last time you had a good old-fashioned Sunday lunch with the family.

Talking of food, I keep saying I want to start a supper club: this year I am determined it’s going to happen. As is learning a new skill; I’d love to try painting – something that’s creative but totally different to my day job working in fashion.

Having said all of that, I am also planning to be kinder to myself. So if I don’t manage everything I’ve listed, I promise not to beat myself up about it.”

family palette picture noodles fist thumb heart

 

Emma Robertson

Emma Robertson, Beauty Editor

“I am going to commit to breaking my habit of eating out all the time. That may sound joyless, but I see it as a good move – what I have always called my ‘cooking phobia’ is really just laziness. It’s not as though I’ll never eat out, but I want it to be a special treat when I do and if I make more meals at home it’s going to be healthier for my body and my bank balance. And I hope cooking proper meals will stop me snacking – my biscuit addiction has to go!

I used to do charity work and always found it so fulfilling, so I’m going to start doing that again – it may also help me realise my other 2017 plan: to learn the art of patience!

Finally, I am going to stop hoarding clothes under the illusion that I’ll need them for fancy dress one day. I won’t.”

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Emma Robertson

Emma Robertson, Beauty Editor

“I am going to commit to breaking my habit of eating out all the time. That may sound joyless, but I see it as a good move – what I have always called my ‘cooking phobia’ is really just laziness. It’s not as though I’ll never eat out, but I want it to be a special treat when I do and if I make more meals at home it’s going to be healthier for my body and my bank balance. And I hope cooking proper meals will stop me snacking – my biscuit addiction has to go!

I used to do charity work and always found it so fulfilling, so I’m going to start doing that again – it may also help me realise my other 2017 plan: to learn the art of patience!

Finally, I am going to stop hoarding clothes under the illusion that I’ll need them for fancy dress one day. I won’t.”

knife cookie money halo dress stop