My 2016 BEST moments

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. 7th January 2017 / 11:14 am

    I went to Paris with my mom last year too and we both had such an amazing time! Laduree macarons in hand as well of course! <3

    Abigail Alice x

  2. 7th January 2017 / 2:39 pm

    such an amazing year! trek america is just the best, I’m hoping to go on my third one this year or next! I remember your hair brown and I really liked it at the time… but as soon as you went back purple I definitely loved it even more :) can’t wait to watch your coming year!

    Rose and Weston x

  3. 7th January 2017 / 4:06 pm

    You had such an amazing year Helen – I’ve been watching your vlogs all year long, and it was amazing to get to almost experience it all with you!

    Lucy | Forever September

  4. 7th January 2017 / 4:55 pm

    You’ve had such an amazing year and can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2017!

    Sophie x

  5. 7th January 2017 / 8:36 pm

    What a year! I hope 2017 is just as exciting for you (although that shouldn’t be so hard with those wedding bells ringing…). I always enjoy watching your vlogs and can’t wait where you’ll bring us this year… ;)

    Love,
    Dominique

  6. 8th January 2017 / 11:24 am

    Oh wow… you did have an amazing year indeed. I for one am planning on going on my first solo holiday with some friends this year and maybe also go to my first festival abroad. I cannot wait to see what you get up to this year? I am sure it’ll be awesome!! :-)

  7. Veronica Bizzarri
    9th January 2017 / 9:08 pm

    Such a good post to round up the whole of last year.. looks like you had a fab year of travelling.. was really nice watching you buy your house and make it your own.. i wish you all the luck for a great 2017 can’t wait to see what your wedding will be like

    Ronnie
    http://www.veronicabizzarri.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

  8. Ruby Adams
    16th January 2017 / 10:48 pm

    My boyfriend and I are currently in the process of getting a mortgage, and we literally today have been given the reply of how much the bank will let us borrow. My partner is currently working nights, so being given this information and not being able to talk to him properly about everything is killing me. The more research I’m doing, the more I’m finding it daunting regarding bills to pay etc once you’re actually moved in and have brought the place your living in.
    And have been watching your videos since the pastel hair colour days, it’s been a massive help to have a little insight of what life is like when “adulting” as I’m only 20 years old. So I thank you for documenting your life even on them stressful days.
    And basically what I’m trying to say is could you either write a post regarding all of the things you have to think of when starting this process, what things you maybe didn’t think of that kind of shocked you or wasn’t prepared for – and just a general post about the real shit when doing something as big as this. I’d also love to see a blog post of how you decided how you wanted your home too look. I’ve literally fallen in love with the way you’ve decorated your house, and it makes me so excited to be able to do the same in the near future. But there’s so much choice, how did you decide on things!

    Basically I just want to know everything about what you and Matthew have been going through! I have close family and friends that will give me advice, as well as my partner and his family and friends but sometimes it’s nice to get advice from someone who isn’t biased that may be giving biased advice.

    I give you both so much respect doing so much, in such a short amount of time and on a tight schedule. From even being self employed and buying to a house, to decorating it all before Christmas and Mathew becoming self employed. You both give me life envy! So fucking well done to you both for achieving so many things!

    I hope you get this reply, and it’s not too much of bible length to read!

    Sending love from Kent Coast,
    Ruby xx

    Ps, I used to live in Thetford so you living in Norwich I feel you’re a blogger/vlogger close to my heart!

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