At this time of year we're inundated with countdowns and lists of the best songs, films, outfits and moments of 2011. So today the Lazy Oaf team are letting you know what our best discoveries were this year. Please let us know yours too! GEMMA: THINK PINK This year I discovered pink hair dye. This discovery came after a disastrous accident at Gemma's Salon (my bathroom) where my bezzy mate Sarah tried to bleach my hair for the quintessential dip dye look but instead I ended up looking a bit like a badger. So the only saving grace was applying tonnes of pink hair dye and I have continued to do this regularly for the rest of the year. I use Pink Moon dye by Fudge. ALEX: MERV MAGIC I have been desperate to buy a dog forever and this year I finally did it! Meet Merv the French Bulldog. At the moment he is a sleeping, chewing and pooing machine but I love him to bits. GILL: QUEEN OF THE KINDLE My best discovery this year was the Amazon Kindle. It's amazing, it fits in your handbag and is really light so you can take it anywhere. The best book I have read on it this year has been Gillespie and I by Jane Harris. JERRY: FROZEN PLANET APPRECIATION I usually only watch trashy TV but this year I finally found an educational television programme that blew my mind each and every week - FROZEN PLANET! In 7 episodes I laughed, cried, gasped and hid behind my cushion. My favourite scene was watching the male Polar bear retrace his female suitors foot prints in his quest to find love. I'm welling up even thinking about it. SHEVONE: BIKE BABE In 2011 I discovered personal endurance after surviving and completing a two day 120 mile bike ride across the UK on a diet of Wine Gums and flapjacks. We followed the Hadrian's Wall cycleway and the highlight was cycling in a tunnel under the River Tyne in Newcastle - it felt like being in underground tube, only without the trains. Next year I'll be upping the anti and cycling from London to Paris! STEPH: BIRD BEATS My best pick of the year is this video to Staring Out the Window by Fulton Lights. I love a good pigeon with their awkward movements and gammy feet, so this video of them singing, dancing and pretending to fly has brightened many a day this year. DEE: COVERED IN CATS
Photo via itsnother-itsme.blogspot.comMy best find of 2011 has gotta be these Jeffery Campbell Tapestry Platforms. Who wouldn't want shoes COVERED IN CATS. They're a dream come true. I like to think I will still wear these when I'm 75 and have hundreds of cats all for myself. ZOE: PIN ME DOWN Pinterest is a sort of virtual pin board, where you can pin photos, recipes, website pages, anything really, to look at later. I discovered this incredible site in 2011 and I've become obsessed with creating pin boards, and pinning new things on to them. I fear that in 2012 my friends and family may have to stage an intervention as I spend every free second on this website.... JADE: THE REGULAR SHOW DOWN In 2011 I turned 20, had a quarter-life crisis and watched too many cartoons, The Regular Show was definitely my best discovery, this or burgers you cook in the toaster, (gross/amazing). So there are our discoveries, now it's your turn to share yours.