2 Jan 2017 90 comments

A Year In Review.

What a year it’s been! As much as everyone else is excited to see the back of 2016, I’m a little upset to wave goodbye to such a happy, memorable year for me.
I sat down and rounded up the best bits of my year – and there have been many…

Top Five Highlights

– I got engaged! Jordan got down on one knee on the very last day of the year, and it was definitely the best moment of December, of 2016, of my life! I’m beyond excited for planning and pinning.
– I also finally managed to travel back to my home country of New Zealand! I haven’t been back here in almost 20 years, so seeing my old home and the village I grew up in has been unreal. I also got to see my lovely grandparents too. It’s been a trip full of nostalgia!
– I formed a few special friendships this year, and I’ve definitely become a lot more confident and social as a whole. I like this busy, fun side to myself!
– I travelled solo to San Francisco, Paris, LA and New York this year – something I didn’t think I could do. It was nerve-wracking at first, but it definitely gave me the space I needed to find myself a little.
– My dream floors happened! This is probably a boring highlight to some, but I finally got the perfect chevron floors I’ve been lusting over most of my adult life. They are flawless.

Work Achievements

– I hit 100,000 subscribers on YouTube! This was a big one for me, as I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with filming and uploading videos. Reaching this milestone made me realise that there are people out there that genuinely enjoy my content, so ever since I’ve made it my mission to be a regular uploader.
– My double-page feature in Stylist magazine! I worked with Renaissance Hotels and Stylist magazine for this awesome double-page feature, and I felt super proud of how it turned out. Definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment in my career!
– Travelled almost once per month. I’ve been a busy, busy bee this year with so many trips lined up. I ended up turning down so many travel opportunities because I had so much on! Here’s to more fun plans in 2017…
– I found my way with branded content. I love, love, love working with brands, and I’m finally at a point where I feel super proud of everything I do when it comes to sponsored activity. It’s a weird one to talk about so candidly, but I definitely owe a lot to you guys for being so awesome with feedback and support.
– I finally uploaded an apartment tour to YouTube! What’s more, within a few hours it was my most viewed video ever! The response was overwhelming and I’m still shocked at how much the views go up every single day. It’s been crazy!

2016 In Numbers

– 770; the number of Instagram uploads I posted
– 7; the number of countries I visited (most of them a few times!)
– 240; the number of blog posts I uploaded in 2016
– 36; the number of ASOS orders I made this year (not as bad as I thought!)
– 8864; the number of comments I received on katelavie.com! (A massive thank you to you guys, you really are all so awesome!)
– 1861; the number of songs I listened to on Spotify this year

A Few Personal Goals

– I (almost) finished the flat! Our apartment has definitely been looking a lot better lately, and my interiors have been taken up a notch. I still have a few things to do, but the big jobs are mostly done, which is a great feeling!
– I felt better in my skin. One of my 2016 goals was to love myself a little better, and I totally nailed it. I worked on my skin issues and was generally good to myself as much as possible – and what a difference it made!
– I purchased a few luxe items. I finally felt like I was in a place to buy myself a few treats this year, and just knowing that I’m able to do that is such an amazing feeling. Yay for being able to support yourself and buy cute bags!
– I lived in the moment. A lot of blogging and vlogging means living life through a viewfinder, but I really felt myself living in the moment this year. I relaxed and stopped stressing about getting the perfect Instagram shot, and I felt a whole lot better for it!

In 2016 I Discovered…

– My love of Manchester Orchestra! Seriously, what a band. I’m completely obsessed.
– How good I feel when I regularly go to the gym. Not just for looking better either, I really do think it does wonders for my mental health too.
– I reignited my love of gin, and now my bar cart is always well stocked!
– My obsession with all things pink! I never had myself down as a girly girl before, but boy do I love the blush tones!

It’s been a seriously good year, and a very fun one to look back on too.
What were your top moments of 2016? I’d love to read through them!

  • Such a lovely post, so nice to hear all of your highlights. I really love the content you made for vlogmas, it’s nice to watch someone that is full time in this industry be so authentic and real! Also, I can’t tell you how flippin excited I am for you and Jordan getting engaged! Huge congratulations, I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve with wedding planning. I would love to know whether you have always had a specific/ your dream wedding in mind? My highlight of this year was getting engaged back in June, it’s taken me a good 6 months to narrow down different styles of location and themes to find the perfect thing for us (much more hard going than I first thought). Hope you have a fabulous 2017, and Happy New Year! x

    Jodie / jodiemelissa.com

  • Beautiful things happened in 2016 … Great memories captured in photos, glorious events captured by the heart . . . Here’s to a fabulous new 2017! πŸ™‚

    ❀LA BIJOUX BELLA❀ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Congratulations on your engagement! How exciting! Happy New Year and good luck with achieving your goals in 2017:-)
    Cloe X http://clxelouise.blogspot.com

  • Happy new year, Kate! Massive congrats on the engagements, and I have loved your blog content this year xx

  • Congrats on your engagement!! It was lovely reading your highlights from the past year, almost makes me feel like maybe 2016 wasn’t such a bad year after all… xx


  • Lucie Evans

    So happy you have had such a great year! I’ve loved your content both blog wise and vlogwise! Congratulations on your engagement, I can just tell you wedding is going to be Pinterest goals! X

  • Frances Kayleigh

    Well done for all of your amazing achievements this year Kate! This was so lovely to read. Congratulations on your engagement!! xx


  • Congratulations on the engagement!! What a way to end the year! You have achieved so much this past year Kate, I can’t wait to see what happens for you in 2017.

    Lynnsay x

  • Kelly glen

    Congratulations on your engagement, what a lovely way to end the year. It sounds like you have managed to do so much this year, here’s to a great new year.

  • Oh what a cool recap this was πŸ˜€ Fun to see the year in numbers like this.

  • Congrats on the engagement ! It was a lovely post to read as you achieved so much the past year, it’s very inspiring ! xx

    Enora | RemainReverie

  • Ah congrats on so many achievements! It makes me feel so much more positive about my 2016 because it made me remember the things that were overshadowed by the negatives. Here’s to 2017!

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

  • Congratulations on so many wonderful achievements Kate! Lovely post to read πŸ™‚
    – Ambar x

  • I really loved reading this post. I have been following your blog for years, and I can’t wait to follow it in 2017 too!
    Also, congratulations on getting engaged – how amazing! xx

    Claire | rose-tinted.com

  • Congrats on your engagement! I am so excited to see what the wedding will look like πŸ™‚

  • Ashley Christabelle

    A massive congrats on your engagement, Kate! I’m so happy for you. So glad to know I’m not the only one who fell in love with pink last year, hehe. x


  • Ruth (ruthlucie)

    Congratulations on your engagement. Been following you on insta for ages, can’t wait to follow your blog in 2017!!

  • Dreamy photo! So excited for you on your engagement, I spy a Pinterest worthy wedding! xo

    Love, Catherine

  • ninegrandstudent

    So many congratulations! My advice would be to hold off on Pinterest and really talk things through between the two of you instead – I found Pinterest to be the worst and I’ve only really just started planning!

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

  • Congratulations on your engagement! Best wishes for the New Year!

  • Sounds amazing! Congratulations on your engagement what a perfect way to end the year πŸ™‚

    Kayleigh | anenthusiasmfor.blogspot.co.uk

  • Jen

    So many congratulations, Kate! Looking forward to what this new year brings for you. xx

    Jen | affecionada

  • editionemmagrace

    Congratulations on the engagement, that ring is just beautiful! All the best for the year ahead xo

    Edition Emmagrace – Beauty & Lifestyle

  • Leanne

    This is all so lovely! Congratulations and enjoy planning the wedding. x

  • Jana Gr.

    That sounds like you had an amazing year! May 2017 be even better!

  • I love this roundup and can’t wait to see what you do in 2017! And congrats on getting engaged, that is SO exciting!!
    xx – Victoria | Viciloves Beauty & Lifestyle

  • Elizabeth Scott

    Congratulations on all your achievements in 2016 and congratulations on your engagement! I can’t wait to see what happens for you in 2017.


  • Sounds like a pretty good year! Congratulations on your engagement lovely! I never realised how much I loved the blush tones until you started styling it and now my wardrobe has dashes of it to! *monkey covering eyes emoji* Well done for all your blogging achievements and I am in ore of how much you travelled I wish to travel just as much as you one! Best wishes for 2017

  • Love this post! It sounds like 2016 was a busy but productive year for you and what a way to go out on a high note by getting engaged. Well done on getting so much accomplished and good luck chasing your dreams even further in 2017!

    xoxo – Kelly

  • Sounds like such an incredible year. Massive congrats of your engagement, how exciting! And your ring is BEAUTIFUL!

    Hannah | Oh January

  • Love this post! Massive congratulations on your engagement, and congratulations on all of the amazing things you achieved this year! xx


  • Today Souhaila

    it sounds like the best year ever, congrats on all that you achieved and I wish your 2017 will be full of more amazing stuff xxo


  • This sounds like an amazing year Kate! I’m so happy for you and everything you have achieved! <3

  • Such a lovely read, and it’s so great to see you blog going from strength to strength – I am now heading straight to YouTube to watch your apartment tour video!

    Zoe Newlove Beauty Blogger & MUA

  • It’s so fun to look back at all you’ve accomplished this year! Congrats on your success, and many happy wishes for 2017!
    Katie Actually

  • I loved this post, Kate. It’s so important to reflect and you’ve definitely had an incredible year. I, along with many. have thoroughly enjoyed following your journey during 2016 and I can not wait to see what happens next for you. Congratulations to you and Jordan on the engagement. You two are literally the perfect couple!

    Heather, Porcelain Beauty x

  • Brooklyn

    Sounds like an amazing year. Congrats on your engagement!!!
    I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for you πŸ™‚


  • So happy to see all of these great achievements and memories in this post <3 πŸ™‚ Congrats on reaching 100K on YouTube! Such a milestone! And of course, can't be happier for you about your engagement! Can't wait to see what great new content is coming our way in 2017! Keep up the great work!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Aww congratulations on your engagement Katie! You’ve had some great achievements in 2016 + wishing you lots of happiness for the new year.
    Jaz xoxo

  • Huge congrats on your engagement, and quite frankly an amazing year. I’ve loved keeping up with your posts and the variety of topics – can’t wait to see what you do in 2017!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Congratulations on your engagement!! Sounds like 2016 was a really great year for you! πŸ™‚

  • Congratulations on your engagement! πŸ™‚


  • Congratulations on your engagement and 100k followers, both amazing achievements πŸ™‚
    I think my best goals this year were getting to meet other bloggers for the first time πŸ™‚ x
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

  • Loved this post Kate!

  • Congrats on your wedding this year! Hmmm love to read all your blog posts.


  • i think i completely fell in love with you content. i’m so happy that 2016 has been a good one for you. would you do wedding related content? i would love to see that.


  • Wow, congratulations on ending the year on such a high note! <3 Let love rule and have an (even more) wunderful 2017…

    smiles, Franziska

  • Laaarock

    Congratulations, Kate! You are by far my favorite blogger. I really hope to read soon an interior book from you. Much love from Germany.

  • Congratulations on your engagement πŸ™‚ I hope 2017 will be as exciting and good as your 2016!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Natalie Redman

    I love reading these sorts of posts. Very envious of what you’ve achieved this year! Well done!


  • Congratulations on your engagement Kate! I got engaged this year and wedding planning is definitely involved but a lot of fun! Enjoy just celebrating for a while! xxx


  • Maj

    Congratulations πŸ™‚ Love the post! I didn’t know you could get stats from spotify lol. Lemme check mine πŸ˜€ and yes, pink blush has been a color go-to for me too πŸ™‚ happy new year!


  • Tiffany Tales

    Congrats Kate! Sounds like a pretty amazing year x

    Tiffany Tales | Beauty & Lifestyle

  • Laura Mareno

    You have achieved quite a lot of things!! Congratulations:D Have a wonderful 2017!


  • Massive congratulations Kate! Loved this post – you’ve achieved so much this year! Looking forward to some wedding posts πŸ™‚

    Laura x

  • awww congrats on your engagement πŸ˜€

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

  • Maggie

    Congrats on the engagement!


  • Congratulations on your engagement, Kate! One of my top moments of 2016 was getting married!

    Carrie | http://carrieelise.com/

  • Congrats on the engagement, what a perfect way to end the year! πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely use your wedding Pinterest board as an inspiration for when I’m ever tying the knot.


  • Awww. Congrats on your engagement and it looked like such a great year for you! I also fell in love with blush pink – and I’m not such a girly girl either!


  • Gin and the gym, two of my favourite things too! I wish I could get to the gym more but I totally agree with what you said about it being for yourself rather than changing how you look. Congrats on everything you’ve accomplished!

    xx, Pia

  • Nilla Austin

    Congrats on your engagement! Many people have been downing 2016, but it was a great year for me as well. I also got engaged, then I graduated from college and landed a job as a blogger for Plato’s Closet! Here’s to taking on 2017 and making it just a great, if not better! πŸ™‚


  • Congratulations on your engagement Kate! Hope 2017 is gin-filled and wonderful for you!
    Phoebe xx

  • I’ve loved being a part of this journey you’ve been on, and seeing you grow in so many ways in 2016 was incredible!! Your blog / YT channel / Instagram are always favorites of mine. You are the very definition of Pinterest-goals and I can’t wait to see even more snippets of your home! Also the chevron floors are amazzzing (been trying to convince the boy that we need them for our future place). So excited for 2017 and all the new opportunities it has to offer you!

    AND CONGRATS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT! Can’t wait to see all the wedding snaps / pinspiration πŸ˜€

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  • Miss Jamie-Leigh

    Congrats on your achievements this year! Especially your engagement [and your Chevron floors… they’re beautiful]. Wishing you all the best for 2017. Can’t wait to see what happens πŸ™‚

    Jamie-Leigh x | http://www.missjamieleigh.com

  • Congrats on the engagement! 2016 has been good to you – mainly because of your hard work! Hope 2017 will just be as fun. πŸ˜‰

    xo, Richel V. | Richel Goes Places

  • Anna

    I really love your blog and I’m very happy about your amazing achievements through 2016!
    Congrats on your engagement, too… I can’t wait to see your wedding plans!
    Anna From Italy

  • What an amazing year! I discovered your YouTube channel a few months before 2016 was up and ever since have been obsessed with everything you post on the Internet! You can see how hard you work and it is so inspirational. You deserve every success and more.

    Kara – Spread The Sparkle xx

  • Keri Butler

    This is such a lovely post! It’s so nice to read something so positive, it’s made me reflect on all the good things that happened last year. For me 2016 was mostly about planning, planning, planning and 2017 will be about finally getting to enjoy everything I organised last year! I’m getting married in a few months and then off on a Canadian adventure for our honeymoon which I cannot wait for. I’m really looking forward to seeing all your wedding planning posts. Before I got engaged I thought people were exaggerating about the amount there is to do, but it is crazy how much there is to think about!

  • Justine Ann

    This post is making me want to take out my dairy and write down my goals and things I want to accomplish, and be successful with my blog and work ! Also the self love and appreciation. love xox <3