So Long 2016...and Hello 2017!

Last year was all about balancing the ups and the downs (and laughing at Spotify's "Thanks 2016, It's been weird" campaign). Luckily in 2016 I had many more ups than downs and as I look through my blog archive, it reminds me just how great a year it really was! A few of my 2016 highlights:

  • Deciding to take the plunge into fashion blogging



It was something I had really wanted to do since I started the blog but was I just too scared. In 2016 I committed to publishing an OOTD twice a week and I did it. No matter how awkward I felt on the side of the road hoping for a gust of air so either my husband or my children could snap the "blogger pose". I work really hard at this part of blogging and it does not come naturally. I can't thank you enough for sticking with me and for all of your kind words of encouragement!


  • Visiting England, Wales and Scotland





My family all live in the UK which is why I was so excited to visit with all my cousins to catch up. Some of them I had not seen since I was a young teen and others I had only known via email and Facebook! I am so excited to be working on my British citizenship and while I will always be a proud Canadian, I am also proud to be half British! Road tripping in the UK was much easier than I thought it would be. I left all the driving to AMH and I was in charge of the important things like music, and deciding if we need to stop and get another tea (always).  We managed to see everything on our list like Stonehenge (if you're interested in visiting read this post!), Liverpool, the London Eye, saw Les Miz, and toured beautiful Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Working with incredible brands



Blogging has given me a place to talk about all the things that I love (and that my house full of boys don't really care about) fashion, beauty and decorating and it makes me so happy to have connected with people and brands who share my vision for classic dressing, travelling big, and living a happy and full life. In 2016 I was lucky enough to partner with some incredible brands like L.L.Bean (above)












Pumpkinferno at Discovery Harbour (where I was scared out of my wits!)

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In 2016 I also managed to complete three more university courses (you can read about my adventures as a mature student here and here


and I started a new job! After five years working in disasters, I have left that life behind (for now) and have moved into a role that is so well suited for me, it's almost unbelievable. I'm only a few months in and still in the honeymoon phase, but I am pretty sure it will never wear off. It was scary to leave behind a career that I loved and knew so much about but there were many reasons why it was time for me to move on (that I am contemplating covering in a future post) and I'm glad I took the leap. I work with an incredible crew that has just been so welcoming and wonderful. I can't say enough good things. 

So what's in store for 2017? I am off to Mexico in a few short weeks for my friend's wedding, I have a few home decor projects that I am hoping to finish, and since this year marks Canada's 150th birthday, I am hoping to see as much of this beautiful country as I can! 

As for resolutions - I don't make them. Goals? Now that's something I can do. Add a little more yoga in my life and let go of things I can't control. Easy and attainable. 

Working on Celebrating This Life is one of my favourite parts of the day. I appreciate every bit of feedback I have received and luckily we are all on the same page. More fashion and more travel! There will be more fashion posts this year and less of the posts that I don't really enjoy (like cooking posts because as I have discovered, cooking stresses me out!) so be on the lookout in 2017 for more classic styles, more work related dressing posts, and as many travel recommendations as I can write. 

I wish you all a happy and healthy new year and thank you for all of your support. Cheers! R
  1. Happy 2017! Cheers to new adventures in fashion and travel!

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