31 Dec 2017 28 comments

My Year In Review.

The last day of the year!

It’s definitely a day to reflect, the 31st December. This year has been unreal, in so many ways – looking back at some of my favourite photos has been a little bit emosh, because in some ways I feel like this year has flown by and I never really stopped to take it all in. I guess there’s still time, right?!

As always, I wanted to look back on the year and share with you a few top moments!

My year in highlights…

01. We eloped! Yeah, so I’ve talked about this a fair bit, but on 1st June 2017, we got married on a rooftop in New York… just the two of us, surrounded by the Manhattan skyline. It was magical, and I’m going to have a hard time topping this day in 2018!

02. We visited the Grand Canyon! A short helicopter ride and a champagne picnic at the bottom were also involved, making it one of the best days of the year.

03. We opened our coffee shop, Market, after many, many months (probably even years!) of dreaming and planning. What a dream come true!

04. I upped my work game and really committed myself this year, and it’s paying off. My content seems to improve so much over the years and I’m still loving every minute, so that can only be a good thing!

05. I started living better. I stuck to routines, I went to the gym regularly, I ate better, I recognised unhealthy habits, and I worked on my mental health too. This is something I plan to stick at through 2018 too, but it was so good to see my progress come together this year.

My 2017 in numbers…

2,739,965 – the amount of likes on Instagram I got this year (thank you!)
2 – the number of new countries I visited (Mexico and Poland)
21,294 – the number of minutes of music I listened to on Spotify
42,998 – the number of Instagram followers I gained
3 – the number of potential wedding dresses I tried on

A few personal goals…

Looking back over my goals for 2017, I did really well in thinking about what I wanted from myself

01. I grew my hair! Can you believe this was one of my goals for this year? I really felt like I was stuck in a continuous cycle of cutting and growing my fringe over the last few years, and I was forever hating my hair.
I promised myself I would feel happier with myself, and I did it. I actually had it cut yesterday back to how I had it when I got married, and it feels so good!

02. We planned a wedding. I’m not sure if I really achieved this or not! While we didn’t plan the Italy wedding we were working towards, we decided to scrap the whole thing and elope – I don’t regret it at all, so I suppose that counts!

03. I bought less crap. This is a big, on-going goal for me. I wanted to buy less, and love what I had more. It’s taken me a while to get out of the bad habits I had (random ASOS orders, spur of the moment beauty purchases) but I’ve really seen a difference. Here’s hoping I can do even better in 2018.

04. I built a brand. I really wanted to have more of a brand this year, in the sense of a better design, more consistent content, and more photos of me/more personal elements. I did all of that, and more – I’ve really made it my mission to take my platforms to the next level, and I couldn’t be happier with how much I’ve achieved.

05. I travelled a lot more. I definitely did this! New Zealand (twice!), Mexico, Paris, San Francisco, LA, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, New York, Poland… it’s been a crazy year for travelling!

In 2017, I discovered…

01. Bleachers, a band that I absolutely could not get enough of this year!

02. The importance of mental health days – I’m a lot easier on myself these days.

03. Less is more, I’m just not about the cluttered life any longer!

04. Taking photos to keep, not just for Instagram. One of my biggest goals for 2018 is to keep a photo album of photos for ourselves – of our travels, of us, our friends, the cats!

05. Oat milk. Oat milk everything! Oat milk mochas, oat milk cream. Oat milk porridge!!!

My instagram best nine…

Yep, I got engaged and married! We announced both by Instagram (so 2017 of us) and it was a pretty nerve-wracking experience all round. We also got a new baby, and I added to my bag collection… and there wasn’t a lot of room for much else!

A few smaller triumphs…

Buying a Canon 5D Mark IV, writing our own vows, dealing with losing our luggage twice (once our bag was taken from the airport, the second time the suitcases contained our wedding clothes, rings etc.), celebrating Jordan’s 30th birthday, buying my dream Prada bag, finishing my office, shooting our engagement photos in the Highlands, having the ultimate girl squad, meeting one of my favourite musicians, getting the branding done for our coffee shop, donating to a foodbank for the first time, dancing in a room with our best friends for our wedding party, staying in a Cabana on the beach in Tulum, toasting to marriage on top of the Rockefeller Center the day after our wedding…

…and a few more favourite memories!

…getting another kitten, feeling confident in photos, FaceTiming our families from Central Park to say we had eloped, visiting Las Vegas for the first time, shunning self-employment guilt, giving up on a toxic friendship, keeping our elopement plans a secret, taking more risks, signing to management, changing my name, making time to chat to my family in New Zealand more, caring less about what people think, teaching myself InDesign so I could design a book, becoming a nicer person, planning a huge blog makeover, seeing The Killers live twice, believing in myself, hiring an editor for my YouTube videos, seeing more of Amy, Liv, Suzie and all my other fave blogger gals, working with some of my favourite brands, and dancing to our first dance.

My year in music…

2017 was an awesome year for music; some of my favourite artists released new albums this year, and I managed to see a lot of my favourite bands live too – including Manchester Orchestra, who I’ve wanted to see for so long!

I have a crazy long Spotify playlist from the year here, if you fancy listening to my top songs from 2017!

What a year it’s been…

I’m really so thankful for your support this year. It has meant the world to me, a million times over. Here’s to another amazing year – I hope you guys have had a good one, and I’ll see you in 2018!

Kate xo.

  • Ah I love this post Kate! So many beautiful memories, I wish you all the best for 2018! <3


  • Sounds like you had such a wonderful 2017! Lovely memories! Wish you all the best for 2018 πŸ™‚ x

    Kayleigh | http://www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

  • Lovely post – it sounds like you had an amazing 2017! πŸ™‚

    Sammy // sammyetc.com

  • Maj

    i’ve always had a wonderful time reading your posts through the whole year, Kate! cheers to 2018! πŸ™‚


  • I love this post! Happy 2018 πŸ™‚

  • Cannot wait for all of your 2018 posts! Happy New Year!

  • What a lovely post! It seems like you have had a great year. I wish you the best for the next one πŸ™‚


  • It sounds like you’ve had such an amazing year! Congrats on the coffee shop opening – that’s so exciting (and the elopement – your dress was stunning).
    I can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2018!
    xo April | April Everyday

  • I loved the feel and layout of this post. I really look up to your writing style and your ability to be so real and personal when writing. I love your blog and I hope you have a wonderful 2018, as your 2017 has seemed great!


  • I adore the wedding photos– I love the images of your happy life!


  • This is one of my fav 2017 roundups that I’ve read- not only because of what you did this past year but I love how you have your top favs, and then the number section as well as other great things and lots of pics! Happy New Year Kate πŸ™‚


  • I loved the layout of this post, Kate! Reminded me of reading a magazine page. I’m so envious of your gorgeous kittens too!

    Anna x

  • Allison Messimer

    LOVE this post – so positive and encouraging as we enter 2018!


  • I love how you shared your year in numbers…that is always some great progress!! πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great 2018.

  • Juliana Paz

    Such a wonderful ear 2017 has been. Here’s to hoping 2018 is another awesome year!


  • Happy new year! Such a great post and recap of the year!

  • Happy New Year, Kate! <3 πŸ™‚ Wishing you all the best for 2018! Sooo happy for all that you've accomplished this past year! Can't wait for more! Keep up the great work!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Rain

    I loved reading this and I am so happy for you and so excited for everything to come in 2018 beautiful Kate. You are my all time favourite muse and influencer πŸ’– I am also so happy that you two opened Market! Honestly, it’s now one of the main reasons I want to visit Edinburgh! Seriously 😍

  • Niki Szabo

    Happy New Year!! It seems you’ve had a wonderful year and hope you’ll have an awesome one in 2018. Cannot wait the new contents :). You are such an inspiration to me and I’m sure to many others. <3

  • Flo la vita

    It looks like such a great year xx


  • You had such an incredible year Kate and I’m so happy we got to follow along on here <3 I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for you xx

  • This is so beautiful! What lovely highlights from this year. You’ve managed to achieve so much Kate!
    – Ambar x

  • Absolutely loved this post! You had an absolutely incredible year by the looks, and no doubt 2018 will be just as good! xx


  • Emily Hammond

    What a year you’ve had gal! Defos visiting the coffee shop next time I’m home
    Emily x

  • And I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings! Congrats to an amazing 2017.

    xx Julia


  • charley McCaw

    What a beautiful year you had. hope this year is better

  • Love this style of review, you’ve had SUCH a year! Congrats on Market and your marriage, little Tim is a cutie and you deserve an even better 2018!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Cruelty-Free/Vegan Beauty β€’ Lifestyle β€’ Photography

  • Natalie Redman

    Sounds like you’ve had an incredible year!