2016 In Review

28th December 2016

I started 2016 in Iceland, enjoying a week away with family. It snowed heavily whilst we were there and we had an amazing whale watching trip where we saw lots of Orca in a fjord. I had major creative block and hardly blogged throughout January.

We visited Paris in February, which was a pretty uneventful month besides the small matter of cancelling our UK wedding and planning another one with only 3 months to go … No biggie.

March was dominated entirely by planning our wedding.

April saw us putting the final touches to our plans and driving to Brighton to pick up our wedding cake(s) from Choccywoccydohdah. We demolished the narwhal cake with family before going to Iceland.

May -the best month of the year- meant it was time to fly to Iceland with our family for our wedding. It was the best day of my life so far and I still can’t quite believe we pulled it off and it was so perfect. We stayed on after the wedding for our honeymoon.

Whilst the post-wedding comedown was horrendous, it was lovely to be home. Hekla the British Blue joined our cat clan and we enjoyed Summer trips to the beach. With the stress of planning a wedding behind me, normal blogging resumed and I got one of my standout products of 2016, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette.

In July I finally said goodbye to my horrible old tattoo with a Disney inspired cover-up.

We spent lots of August at the beach and began doing some DIY on the house, with slightly disastrous results. Note to self, put kittens away when there’s paint out.

In September our renovation on the house began and we put a lot of time into the garden, moving all my succulents into their own rockery. I started to get excited about Halloween and went to pick our own pumpkins from a local farm.

By October our house was in chaos and the renovation was well underway, with out kitchen ripped out and the wallpaper from all downstairs rooms removed ready for plastering. In the middle of this I attended the annual Lush Cardiff blogger event which is always fun and got a kidney stone which was considerably less enjoyable.

Having spent weeks going back and forth from hospital and feeling really rubbish I was so relieved to say get better at the end of November, just in time to go to Svalbard and return to my neglected blog. The bulk of the renovation work was completed and just waiting for painting.

We actually ended up continuing with the renovation work right up until Christmas Eve-Eve and it’s not entirely finished but I love the way everything is looking and am excited for it to be so close to being finished. Christmas was spent cosying up in-front of the fire, stuffing our faces and braving the cold for a dip in the hot tub.

2016 has been the best year ever and I’ve loved blogging for another year and reading so many awesome posts. Thank you to everyone who has read my blog and left comments, I hope you all have a great NYE -we have something exciting planned which I can’t wait to post about- and 2017 <3

  • Yiotou_La
    28th December 2016 at 8:41 am

    Wow Amy, this year was magical for you and your wedding was one of the prettiest weddings I’ve ever seen! I wish 2017 is even greater for you! x


    • Amy
      29th December 2016 at 10:38 am

      Aw thank you Yiota! I hope you have an amazing 2017 too!! I hope you had an awesome time in London x

  • Taislany Gomes
    28th December 2016 at 11:03 am

    wow, so many amazing moments!

    Hope you have a lovely Wednesday!

    • Amy
      29th December 2016 at 10:38 am

      Thank you Taislany! I hope you have a great 2017.

  • Jacquard Flower
    28th December 2016 at 11:23 am

    Such a great year for you. I absolutely loved your roundup and remember reading many of the posts too. How gorgeous was your wedding cake!! I wish you have an even better 2017! And can’t wait to read your blog in 2017 too.

    Gemma x

    • Amy
      29th December 2016 at 10:38 am

      Thanks Gemma! I hope you have a great 2017 and I’m looking forward to reading your blog for another year <3

  • TheStyleRawr
    28th December 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Awww, I loved reading this post! 😀 You’ve had such a wonderful and eventful year. <3

    T xo

    • Amy
      29th December 2016 at 10:39 am

      Thank you! 2016 has been an amazing one for us both <3

  • Sophie
    30th December 2016 at 11:40 am

    Sounds like you had a great year 🙂 love the fact that you veto’d the uk wedding and all went abroad, and still love that cake! 2017 will be the year of wedding stress for me haha! All the best for 2017 xx


    • Amy
      30th December 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you 🙂 Ah an exciting year ahead for you! <3

  • Rhiannon
    30th December 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Agh I love this!! I don’t know if I’ve said before but you’ve given me serious wedding envy. It’s strange because wedding and marriage and stuff is so sooo not on the horizon for me any time soon but like, sometimes I find myself gravitating towards your blog JUST to look at your wedding pics all over again. All the best for the New Year, looking forward to read all you have to come! Xx

    • Amy
      10th January 2017 at 10:32 am

      Aw thank you so much haha! <3

  • Rachel Stinson
    31st December 2016 at 9:36 am

    This is such a simple yet beautiful idea for a post. I really liked reading this 🙂 Haha your wee kitten covered in paint reminds me of what happened when we painted our kitchen. Our collie and boxador (both a mix of brown/black and white fur) lent up against the wet walls and not only put hairs in the paint but ended up with white streaks all over their fur. Very annoying but also very funny. Here’s to 2017 🙂 xx

    Rach |

    • Amy
      10th January 2017 at 10:32 am

      Thank you! Haha oh no, pets and DIY do not mix <3

  • Michelle
    31st December 2016 at 11:26 am

    Love how you did this summary post. So many nice photos, definitely a year of highlights to remember for a long time for you. Happy new year! Hope 2017 is even better x

    Michelle •

    • Amy
      10th January 2017 at 10:33 am

      Thank you! Hope you’re having a great 2017 so far x

  • Alison
    1st January 2017 at 6:30 am

    What an amazing year. Excellent round up with photos to die for. I officially have Christmas Tree envy! And good on your for deciding to change your wedding plans and do what you really wanted. The photos from the day are utterly magical!

    • Amy
      10th January 2017 at 10:33 am

      Thanks Alison <3

  • Jessica Woods
    6th January 2017 at 12:36 pm

    What a beautiful year you had! I would love to go to Iceland someday. Congratulations on your wedding!

    I wish you the best for 2017 x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

    • Amy
      10th January 2017 at 10:35 am

      Thanks Jessica <3

  • Face to Curls
    6th January 2017 at 11:56 pm

    So many great photos and Congrats on your wedding! Looks like it was a great year for you. Happy New Year!

    Ann-Marie |

    • Amy
      10th January 2017 at 10:35 am

      Thank you Ann-marie <3

  • Mammafulzo
    7th January 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I loved this post, your photographs are incredible! I love your tattoo and the pic of the cat with the paint on made me laugh, this is such a lovely post, congratulations on your wedding too, what a great year you’ve had xx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

    • Amy
      10th January 2017 at 10:35 am

      Aw thank you Zoe!! <3

  • Roxie Ferguson
    9th January 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I love your Disney tattoo it’s beautiful! I can’t wait to eventually get my hands on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette.

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

    • Amy
      10th January 2017 at 10:35 am

      Thanks Roxie! I hope you get it and love it, it’s my favourite for sure <3