2016 Year in Review

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Today I'm linking up with Helene from Helene In Between for a 2016 recap & review.  It seems that 2016 was a terrible year for a lot of people. Personally, it wasn't one of my favourites either. There were some definite highlights but overall, I wasn't sorry to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017!

Helene in Between

January: The new year was off to a great start as we rang it in with friends! On January 21st, I not only started my blog, but also shared it to the world. I've had a number of private journals over the years but never stepped out of my comfort zone into the public realm. Starting this blog and sticking to it is one thing that I am super proud of this year! In January I also spent time with girlfriends and won a giveaway for a Lorac Mega Pro 2 palette on Adaleta's blog.

February: February was a great month for friendships. We travelled with our friends to the city for a Dragonette concert and had a delicious meal at Yellowbelly. My obsession with James Bay also started in February. We ended the month by booking a spontaneous weekend trip to Florida for March.

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March: Jordan and I jetted off to Orlando, Florida for a long weekend in March. It was his first time in Orlando so naturally we hit up the outlet malls and Magic Kingdom. I was also contacted by Make Up For Ever in March about a collaboration which has since led to further opportunities to work with them. I still pinch myself every day! I received and reviewed my first products from them in March.

April: We were getting together frequently with friends at weekly open mic nights but aside from that, it seems that I spent most of April complaining about the poor weather and wishing I could live on a tropical island. My obsession with Kat Von D liquid lipsticks begun in April and I discovered my new signature scent (YSL Black Opium).

May: In May I took a spontaneous day trip to the city with some girl friends and I got my nose pierced! It was something I had been wanting to for a long time but was too afraid to bite the bullet. I did another collaboration with Make Up For Ever. Jordan was admitted to the hospital with gallbladder issues, while I was sick with a cold that left me bedridden.

June: We made homemade sushi for the first time, spent time in boat, and Jordan had his gallbladder removed. I made a summer bucket list and we were able to check off camping in a tent during the month of June. We spent a lot of time with our tenants Matt and Brittany, who've turned into such good friends, and made some great memories camping together.

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July: I went back to work following my summer holidays. We spent time in boat and in the city and fell in love with The Fifth Ticket. I purchased my first Rebecca Minkoff bag and my own domain for this blog. We also booked a trip to Dominican Republic for August!

August: We travelled to an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic, which was a first for both of us. We enjoyed a relaxing week together and met some great people on our trip! We also camped and hiked in August. At the end of August, I celebrated my 27th birthday with the most adorable Sephora-themed birthday cake and tons of gifts, including a new Kate Spade bag!

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September: I did another collaboration with Make Up For Ever. I bought a new luggage set and my new favourite jacket. I ended the month as a bridesmaid in a wedding between two of my dearest friends. We rarely see them and had such a fun weekend with the bride, groom and their families!

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October: October was a pretty quiet month socially. On the blog, I reviewed a Dove Dry Shampoo through Chick Advisor. We celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and Brittany's birthday with friends. We also said goodbye to our precious cat Rusty.

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November: I collaborated with Maison Jacynthe and MyChelle on the blog. I love having the opportunity to try new brands that I otherwise wouldn't have been exposed to! I finally reached VIB Rouge status at Sephora and dyed my hair silvery-grey. We went to the city with our friends Lance and Jillian, where we attempted (and fell in love with) our first escape room.

December: Naturally, December was a busy month filled with work, Christmas parties, and last minute holiday errands. This year I took Christmas off for the first time in four years and was so thankful to spend it with family and friends. On the blog, I worked with Sole Patches, thanks to Brand Backer. I also signed up to be an Independent Consultant for Epicure and I am super excited to delve into that in the new year.

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How was your 2016? Be sure to leave a link below if you've done a year in review post!


  1. This is a fun idea for a post. Sounds like you had a great year! Congrats on your collabs (particularly MUFE - that's huge!). Also I love that JCrew jacket - I have a similar one from Gap that I picked up a few months ago and I just love it. Wish I could find a winter version of it.

    All the best to you in 2017!

    1. Thanks Nicole! I still can't believe that I've collaborated with MUFE myself on this tiny little blog of mine!


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