As 2016 came to a pleasant close, I did the usual of transporting myself to the beginning of the year to relive its moments through my photos and vlogs. If I’m honest, December frazzled my brain and so I’d forgotten most of what went on throughout the year. But I took a moment to reminisce and looking back, 2016 was probably one of the best years yet. I accomplished adulting in many forms, from buying a house, renovating, to planning my wedding and hosting Christmas. I also travelled a hell of a lot – and it was awesome.
So I have picked a bunch of photos that sum up my year of the best moments that I’ve had:
Paris with my mum was a special time for both of us. I was celebrating my birthday, but I also wanted to take mum away for a little bit as she’d had a tough time at the end of 2015.
She’d never been to Paris and I’d only been briefly and as it is so easy to get to, I thought why not spoil ourselves for a few luxury girly days. We stayed in a beautiful hotel to which we were then upgraded when we arrived – marvellous start.
We spent our time walking and looking at all the beautiful sites, eating good food, shopping and finishing our long days by drinking prossecco in our bath robes with a box of Laduree Macaroons by our side.
I ditched the Brown. I have no idea of my thought process, but by dying my hair brown, I thought it would make people think I was more grown up than I was. I went through a phase where I wanted to ‘mature’ my content and for some reason in 2015 I thought that making my hair look kinda normal would do so. That was dumb. I got bored. Even my manager told me the silver should come back. So it did and so did the purple… and I was restored.
My trip to Dublin to surprise Matthew’s best friend Jourdan was pretty cool. I’d never been to Ireland before, but I’d always wanted to go especially after befriending Leanne who I went travelling Europe with.
We surprised him in a brunch spot, but as Maff had shaved his beard off, it took Jourdan a good 10 seconds to register who the man hugging him was – it was pretty hilarious and adorable. Millie (Jourdan’s girlfriend) had planned some great foodie spots and bars as they both are quite the beer and coffee connoisseurs, which I appreciated very much, as I travel with my stomach in mind.
Buying a house was probably the scariest things I’ve done. It was exciting don’t get me wrong, but the run up to the finish line was painful. It caused quite a bit of friction between me and Maff because, I’ll be honest, he’s not great with dealing with stress so he was an asshole for a few months. Also I took in upon myself to be responsible for everything, which also ended up with slight resentment for him.
We’re ok though, we pulled through. The other thing that is soul destroying is saying goodbye to a HUGE sum of money for a deposit. I felt sick walking into the bank to do the transfer. But after all the grit and shit, the moment I stepped into my house and danced around the empty rooms, all the doubts worries and stresses drifted away and the feeling of owning a property was pretty exhilarating. No more Magnolia!
Two days after moving house, I’d literally packed the last teaspoon away, I was off on the road to go on tour with my band, to support Brooklyn based Beverly.
We toured around the UK for a week, the first time that myself and Conor drove the van too. It was one of the best tours we’ve done as we were lucky enough that Beverly were such a nice group to tour with. I mean don’t get me wrong, we’ve toured with some great musicians, but Beverly made us feel really appreciated and loved.
The absolute highlight of my year was Trek America. I’ve written about it here and vlogged it here, but I cant stress how much of a great time we had and how much I recommend trying it for yourself or something similar.
I’ve always dreamed of road tripping, listening to day dream evoking music such as fleetfoxes, imagining a winding road through trees and on clifftops and thats exactly what we did. I had the pleasure of being with the most incredible group of people and being led by Darrin, our awesome guide.
I saw and learnt so much about the west coast with Trek that I would never of dreamed of if I were to do it alone.
I only went to 1 festival in 2016, I know pretty shocking right? But it was in Lisbon. It was Super Bock Super Rock and I went with all my pals. Granted I only really went because of the location, I didn’t really know a huge amount of acts on the bill, but I went and I loved it.
I saw the acts that I knew such as Kurt Vile and Iggy Pop and I was introduced to new acts too. We stayed in a big Air bnb with a roof terrace which we partied in during the day and as the evenings drew closer we walked about a 20 minute walk to where the action was.
All the work I have had the honour of taking part in has also been a huge part of my year. Obviously, I am grateful to all the brands that chose me to work with and I’ve had a cracking time doing so! Malibu took me to Ibiza as part of their #becausesummer campaign which was incredible.
They made sure we had the best time, with parties, fancy meals and a private boat trip. I have been to London Fashion week with Loreal and given fresh new hair then Front Row to the shows.
I’ve been to Movie Premiers, theme parks, Iceskating, Florida for Playlist Live, not to mention all the sponsored videos that have been so fun to make. Truly grateful for these opportunities.
Im very thankful for my incredible year. 2017 is going to be even more mental, do you hear the wedding bells….