The highs and the lows…

Last year was a strange year. It had some amazing highs and some spectacular lows for everyone, including my family and I.

I thought it would be interesting to look back over the twelve months, choosing my favourite picture(s), my favourite memory or adventure.

But of course you can’t have the highs without remembering some of the lows so I have covered them too.

So here goes… 2016 in review.

January 2016.

The highlight for me was the launch of my own website. Previously I had posted my blogs on “Blogger” But the wonderful Paul Burley of Pixelstylist had built my own site, navigated all my blogs across and made my page look pretty I really cannot thank him enough for getting me up and running.

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New Website

My favourite picture of January – taking Little Chick to her first ever live production of “The Rocky Horror Show” with the lovely Daisy and her partner.

Worst part of January was finding my Mum needed to have a large operation.

February 2016

This was actually an amazing month for me. I had lots of adventures, my niece turned 16 and I did lots of new things.

My favourite activity was taking part in “Moriarty’s Game” Which is a mystery hunt around London, solving clues and visiting unusual places in the City. We had purchased it for my Sister and Brother in Law, and they invited us to join them. It was a fabulous activity and we would love to do it again.

Favourite photographs of the month was when I met up with some Blogger babes at LondonEdge.

Worst part of February? Trying to strip the dye out of my hair and it going a little wrong.

March  2016 was a quieter month. The highlight was going to see Post Modern Jukebox perform live at Cambridge Corn Exchange with the amazing Ruby Thunder. It was an amazing night, and my voice was hoarse for a couple of days from singing along with every song.

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Post Modern Jukebox Gig

My favourite pictures were in the amazing outfits I wore at Florentyna Dawn’s blogger event. I loved them all, but fell in love with the black and grey one the most.

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Florentya Dawn – Lovely Lilac

Worst part of March?

There really wasn’t anything at all! Far too much positivity over the whole month.

April 2016

This was another month of new adventures. The highlight was going with (nearly) the whole family to see Les Miserables in the West End. It was a magical performance and I sobbed my eyes out.

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Les Miserables

My Favourite photo has to be this one. I had been wanting to get my nose pierced for several years and finally took the plunge.

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New Piercing

Worst part of April? The shocking and sad news that my Idol Prince had been found dead at Paisley Park. Utterly distraught.

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Rest In Peace

May 2016 was another busy month and the highlight was seeing all my plus size beauties at Curvy Convention. The sun was shining, the ice cream great and we spent hours chatting together. A perfect day… or so it seemed.

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Curvy Girl at The Curvy Convention

Obviously my favourite photo has to be of all the curvy ladies!

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The Curvy Collection

Worst experience was returning home from the Curvy Convention and getting abused and fat shamed in London, then touched up inappropriately on the train home. Horrible, just horrible.

June 2016 featured lots of visits to London, the most enjoyable one was to see West End Live, a free event in Trafalgar Square featuring all the top musical theatre and opera companies. The best thing is that it is all free!  We got VIP entry into the Mastercard arena and had perfect views over the Square. The sun was amazingly hot and we loved every minute of it.

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Ewa Harness and Lady Voluptuous

My favourite pictures of June area quick selfie at home. I am wearing  a Lady Voluptuous dress along with an Ewa Michalak harness bra. The second favourite was at West End Live. a quick selfie at home. I am wearing  a Lady Voluptuous dress along with an Ewa Michalak harness bra. The second favourite was at West End Live.

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West End Live VIP Enclosure

Worst part of June?  Work messing up my wages and paying me for only 18hrs a week, instead of 38!

July 2016

July is my birthday month so I had a fantastic time. I had a weekend in London and went to the “Pin up Picnic in the Pub” and met lots of wonderful vintage friends and made even more. I discovered a love of all that is “Lush”and spent lots of pennies in there. I went out for several meals with friends. I went to London. The highlight of the month was the announcement that I had been shortlisted for the Best Plus Size Blog in the British Plus Size Awards (more on this later in the year)

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It’s Me!!

My favourite photographs? Well there are just so many!

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Pin Up Parade

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Feeling Fruity

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Working Hard

Worst part of July? There simply wasn’t a bad part of the month at all.

August 2016.

This was another month of fun. Well, the summer usually has so much going on, doesn’t it?

Queue several visits to London, a vintage charity calendar photo-shoot, lots of clothes reviews and the absolute highlight? The Twinwood Festival, a weekend of music, dancing, drinking, shopping and camping. All with like minded friends and vintage lovers.  I had such an amazing time there and made lots of new friends, whilst reconnecting with quite a few old ones. I took Little Chick to a festival in London and we sat in the sun all day listening to bands and drinking Pimms!

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Charity Calendar Photoshoot

Favourite photographs? Lots from Twinwood!

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Strolling in the Sun

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The Marvellettes

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Living it Large with Leanda

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Pug Princess – The Monica Dress

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London Festival with Little Chick

Worst part of August? Having a relapse of a long term health condition. Something that is still plaguing me a lot.

September 2016 started off with a bang and didn’t stop! Highlights included LondonEdge with Boo and Kerry. Going to London to see Billy Joel, Elton John, Madness, Gregory Porter and more. Then in the middle of the month Boo and I flew off to Budapest for 5 days. It was absolutely amazing!

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Hyde Park Concerts

Photo’s galore here as it was such an amazing month.

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Double Selfie at Billy Joel

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Hyde Park Finale

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Beautiful Budapest

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Buda Castle

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Szechenyi Spa

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LondonEdge Autumn

Worst part of September? The negativity we experience in Budapest from some people. We are not sure whether it was due to the clothing, the tattoo’s or because we are fat. It was really unpleasant but the City was amazing and I would go there again.

October 2016 was another fun month. I went to a spa with my Mum and spent the day relaxing. I went to see The Bodyguard in the West End which was out of this World and I had my very first article published in the amazing Vintage Life Magazine. And I won a hair makeover with the amazing Lucie Luella!

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Vintage Life Article

My favourite photographs from this month were the before and after shots of my hair. I still am rocking this colour as I love it so much.

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Lucie Luella works Miracles

Horrible things in October? I genuinely can’t remember anything bad happening at all! BONUS!

November 2016

This was a month of activities too. The highlight was going to the British Plus Size Awards where I was shortlisted for Best Plus Size Blog.  I had a surprise package of a new range of bra’s from Ewa Michalak. I went to a Prince tribute concert which was fanbloodytastic. I went to a forties social dance and learnt the Breakaway Blues, Social Foxtrot and the Square Tango. The best thing? My daughters turned 20. The end of the month saw me going to the Pin Up Tiki Christmas and meeting a lot of new friends, including my vintage Idol, Miss Victory Violet!

Lots of photographs again. It was a jam-packed month and I loved it.

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Social Dancing

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Prince Tribute Concert – Purple Reign

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A Tiki Christmas in London

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Pin Up Beauties

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My Idol, Miss Victory Violet

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My Awards dress….

The worst part of November? The last minute cancellation of the British Plus Size Awards leaving me and many others out of pocket. Disappointed, Hurt and very let down. The plus side was when Curvy Kate and Club Indulge got together and many of us plus size beauties boogied the night away at their function.

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Just heartbroken

December 2016

This meant getting ready for Christmas and Boo and I jetted off to Prague for the Christmas Markets. Sadly it didn’t snow, but we had a whale of a time and took loads of photographs and saw all the sights. I finally met up with Jules, a very good friend I have had for a few years, having cocktails and dinner in London. I had a lovely family Christmas and Little Chick was home from University. Even better, I dressed as a mermaid for a Vintage Enchantment under the Sea ball.

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I am a mermaid!

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Awards Ceremony time

Of course, my favourite photographs have to be of Prague.

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Happy Christmas!

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Stunning Sunset over Prague

Worst Part of December. This was finding out I had actually won the “Best Plus Size Blog” award at the cancelled Plus Size Awards.

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And the winner was….

So that pretty much is my round up of the year. Whilst the lows were few, the highs were many. I can’t wait to see what this New Year brings; hopefully even more adventures than the last one.

Leave a comment

  • You certainly had a year full of highs and lows, hope 2017 is full of even more highs! x

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Looks like you had an interesting year. You look great in all of your outfits

    • Thank you Hannah, I hope your year is a great one x

  • You had such a full year and hopefully the good outweighed the bad for you. I love seeing all of your pictures here, and the black and grey Florentyna Dawn gown is just so beautiful, I think I love that one the most x

    • Me too! It was one of my favourite things to wear all year! x

  • Baby Isabella

    Wowee! Such a rollercoaster but on the whole you’ve had some great experiences! You work in the same type of organisation as my mummy does! 😉 xx

    • Ahhh I do? And yes, lots of great experiences! xx

  • Elodie

    2016 clearly was full of good and some bad for you. Let’s hope the good outweighs the bad in 2017!

  • How beautiful do you look in the charity calendar shoot so gorgeous! I loved the fantastic floral dress too, you had a pretty epic year for the most part x

    • I really did Ana! I hope this year is a great one for us both x

  • Leah Shafik

    Absolutely loved this post! I can’t believe what a year it’s been and it feels like yesterday that your blog started – can’t believe it was in Jan! x

  • Louise O’Brien

    Loved looking at all your outfits you have great style, and especially loved you in that purple dress! X

  • You really did have quite a great year didn’t you, and you look stunning in every single photo x

  • Charlie Cohen

    It seems like 2016 has been a huge year for everyone! I’ve particularly enjoyed reading about your trips overseas (particularly as they’ve all been to my favourite places!) x

    • ahhh that’s great to hear! Hopefully there will be some more trips this year x

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    What a fab year you had – you look so lovely in your photos too 🙂

  • Katt Martin

    So much going on in just one year! Glad I got to share some of it with you 🙂

    • Me too honey! Hope to see more of you this year xx

  • So much happened in 2016! I’m gutted you experienced such an awful time at Budapest! xo

    • Thank you Dena Jayne, It was a shame, but still a beautiful place to go xx

  • Louise

    Looks like you had lots of positives last year! I’d love to see a live production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! x

    • I highly recommend it! I would go again tomorrow! xx

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    It looks like you had an amazing year and full of so many fun outfits too. Happy 2017!

  • Sarah D

    what a great idea to reflect on the year month by month – have a good 2017 x

  • Jo Wiggins

    I remember reading your post about the Plus Size Awards being cancelled last minute. I felt so bad for you but I loved how you turned it into a nice time away at the hotel anyway. So many highs in 2016 for you, I hope 2017 has many more x

    • It was a great year, and I hope this one is good for us both xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    You have had a pretty exciting year I’ve enjoyed reading all your lovely posts and seeing all the beautiful dresses. I hope you have a wonderful 2017.

  • Jodie Whitham

    Wow what a rollercoaster of a year like me. Hope this year is bigger and better! Thanks for sharing. I know it can take a lot especially to share your low points. I found that difficult when reflecting on my own year! I think i mostly skimmed over it. Also love your dresses – all extremely glamourous x

    • It can be tough, but we do have to take the rough with the smooth I guess. Glad you love the clothing too xx

  • Wow you have had a brilliany year. So sad that the awards had to be cancelled but well done for winning!!

    • Thank you Nikki, it was on the whole an amazing year! xx

  • Looks like you had a brilliant year, shame about the awards though. I hope you have an amazing 2017 🙂

  • Francesca Nelson

    You have had some awesome moments in the past year and as always you look so glam in all your photos!! I love all your dresses! I was also very saddened by the shocking death of Prince!

    • Awww thank you Francesca, it is true, I do love a good dress!! xx

  • Velondonista

    Looks like such a great year! Hope 2017 is even better for you
    xx

    • It really was. I hope your 2017 is amazing too xx

  • despite the bad events, you still look bloody amazing and enjoyed yourself. hope 2017 is amazing for you

    • I did! And will continue to do so. Happy New Year xx

  • You look absolutely amazing in the charity calendar – go you!

    • Thank you so much Sabina. It was such a great day x

  • What a year my dear! Congrats on winning the Best Plus Size blog! I am listening to Billy Joel as I type this and I am so envious that you went to see him! I hope 2017 is equally amazing! xx

    • Thank you sweetheart! He was fantastic to see live. Have a great 2017 xx

  • What utterly brilliant photos to look back on – you have had such a stylish year.Did you ever find out why the awards were cancelled?

    • It seems that the business ran out of money and couldn’t pay the caterers and the hall… such a shame, but life goes on! xx

  • Kira L Curtis

    I have loved reading your blog the past year! You’ve had some really lovely adventures! Can’t wait to hear about your 2017 adventures!

    • Thank you so much Kira, I love reading yours too and hope you have an amazing 2017 xx