The Best Things About 2016

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Bullet Journal Diary

After 10 days or so off from blogging it’s time to come back and make 2017 an epic year. As we’ve waved goodbye to 2016 and welcomed 2017 into our hearts after a few weeks of mass chocolate and alcohol consumption it’s time to look back on some of the ways that 2016 was in fact pretty awesome. Yes, there were a lot of political stuff which crapped over 2016 but it’s all about the smaller things in life right?

Stranger Things

This was almost certainly one of the best things to come out of 2016 in terms of entertainment right?! The Netflix exclusive show was so hyped up that it took me a good few months to give in and watch and it and my god am I glad that I did. It was so well produced and the kids were just incredible, genuinely such an awesome collection of people. I am very intrigued to see the direction they go with Season 2.

Marvel movies

2016 was a fantastic year for Marvel with Deadpool, Civil War and Doctor Strange which were three incredible movies. Deadpool was such a funny movie and so lighthearted, Civil War was badass and includes one of my favourite ever fight scenes (the airport one of course) and Doctor Strange was visually incredible and really warmed me to Mr Cumberbatch.

Solo tripping

2016 saw me head out my first ever solo trips including joining a group of strangers over New Year in Morocco, heading to Edinburgh for the first time completely solo, flying out to New York on my own (although I spent quite a bit of time with my friend) and headed to Copenhagen for a weekend on my own as well. Solo traveling is so liberating and something I hope to do more of.

Liquid Colour Pop

Liquid lipsticks

2016 saw me pretty much purchase all of the liquid lipsticks I own (which is quite a few), you can see my obsession here. And I definitely feel like having these has seen my look change as I used to hold off on lipstick sometimes as it would wear off so quickly that I’d give up.

Blogging

For me 2016 was a great year for my blog as I started building my following, increasing in DA and getting more brands wanting to work together. This Christmas was the best for me in regards to my gift guides which went out every week from mid-October and saw me working with a lot of brands, quite a few of which I had heard of before.

Bullet Journals

2016 was the year I created my bullet journal and while it isn’t as pretty or as creative as most of the ones I see on Instagram mine has been a huge help. I don’t use it for daily to-do lists but when it comes to keeping lists, checking off things, blogging stats, to watch movies and my general diary it has been a godsend and means I don’t have to carry around a diary and a notebook alongside having various phone notes and Google Doc spreadsheets.

What were you loving in 2016?
January 3, 2017
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  • Jo Wiggins

    I’ve never been a big fan of Marvel movies but I loved Deadpool. It was so funny and not what I expected at all x

  • I loved Stranger Things as well – can’t wait for the second series of that to come out this year x

  • I still need to get around to watching Stranger Things!! I have heard great things about it.
    Well done for traveling alone….I have never been brave enough x

  • My husband is a huge fan of the Marvel movies so I have watched them all and do enjoy them. I have loved how my little blog has grown in 2016 and looking forward to watching it carry on growing in 2017

  • Natasha Mairs

    I had some great blog opps last year. This year I am hoping they continue. I have also been given a filofax for Christmas and I am using that as my bullet journal with lot’s of cute stickers

  • I definitely had a busy year with my blog and lots of comps during the holidays. I love how much travel you were able to do, you had such a great year traveling x

  • Jazmin Williams

    Liquid lipsticks are my absolute fave right now and found some gorgeous ones in 2016!

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I still haven’t watched Stranger Things, but it’s on my list to watch soon.

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I travelled solo as well last year and to New York too. I was meant to go with a friend but he had to cancel because he got ill, so i ended up going on my own. I had an amazing time x

  • I worked with some fantastic brands in 2016 as well and I do love liquid lippies. It sounds like 2016 was a good year for you x

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    Stranger Things was amazing!! One of my faves of the year

  • Solo tripping is so great – I did some too, and it was great! And liquid lipsticks are the best too!

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I’ve never been solo tripping before I’m not sure if I would have the confidence to do it myself.

  • Oh I do hope you can do more solo traveling, I actually miss it. I used to love traveling by myself and the freedom that comes with it. Now that i’m engaged, be basically do all our traveling together.

  • I loved having a bit of a blog redesign last year, it really helped me have a think about what I wanted to focus on. I got to work with some great brands last year and hopefully 2017 will be the same!

  • I always wanted to travel when I was younger and it’s one of my biggest regrets I do hope I can travel when the kids grow up though we love getting away for a few day

  • How amazing that you visited so many places alone! I was obsessed with stranger thing too! xo

  • 2016 was definitely an incredible year for most of us except for the political mess. It was a year of many solo travels for me too

  • beautykinguk

    I am seeing ‘bullet journals’ popping up everywhere right now and I still have no idea what they are!

  • What an amazing year. I’d really like to solo travel one day. The thought of it terrifies me, which is why I want to do it. You’ve achieved so much this year! x

  • What a brilliant 2016 you had and 29017 is EPIC. I love solo travel too, yet I love family travel even more so that’s what I am doing more of :) Thanks for sharing!

  • 2016 was also the year that I started bullet journaling, and I love it! I think it’s wonderful that you have embraced solo travelling! x

  • Kira L Curtis

    I honestly wasn’t a fan of stranger things, I watched the first three episodes and was a little bored but the Marvel movies were all fantastic! I love each one! Can’t wait for this years! I love watching PLL, even managed to get my boyfriend into it, but sad it will be finishing this year!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I am impressed you did the whole Solo travel thing, I am not sure I could x

  • Bex Smith

    I love positive posts like this! I think you’re so brave going travelling solo – I couldn’t do it x

  • francesca

    I really want to start a bullet journal!!! I also LOVE liquid lipstick and have a colourpop order on the way!!!!

  • What a great year! I love your achievements and look forward to seeing what you get up to this year! I want to do some solo travelling this year too xx

  • Jazmin Williams

    Liquid lipsticks were a major beauty crush of mine in 2016! I also really loved the concerts I attended. Hopefully will be going to many more this year :)

  • Ah the Marvel movies were fab! I love the idea of solo travelling but never seem to get around to it, you may have just inspired me :) xo

  • I still have to see Stranger Things. I’ve heard so many good things about it but have only watched half of the first episode x

  • Kacie Morgan

    I still need to get back into blogging after the festive period! Shame on me.

  • Yes to liquid lipsticks they are so good!! Hate to admit it but the kylie jenner kits are my fav!!

  • Esther Mukoro

    2016 was indeed a great year for you. Wishing
    you a more successful 2017! Travelling solo sounds very interesting – I should
    add that to my bucket list.

  • Sounds like you had an awesome year, how liberating is solo travel!? I seriously need to do more!

    xo

  • Gem

    Stranger Things and liquid lippies were my faves too!

  • Kat

    Solo travelling is so much fun. I travelled a lot solo before I had B. Will definitely start again on the odd short trip here and there as he gets older. I think I may go to Morocco again this year, having been a couple of times, so great for year round sun and an explosion of colour and culture – where did you go? x

    Kat | Kitty & B

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