This has been 2016


I actually can’t believe its 2017 in a couple of days, what a year its been!


So much has happened this year that even writing this reflection post, I’m remembering more of what I’ve done and well forgotten really. To start off I finished university!

Yepp that’s me holding my dissertation that so happened to be on beauty blogging, of course I got a first in it! While I was at university I also had the pleasure for working with Songbird Bakery for a few month. I acted as their PR manager and getting them some publicity before they opened. It was an amazing adventure watching an independent business come to life and I’m so happy what a success this little cake shop is, if you haven’t been you need to..

I also got a little kitten. If you haven’t seen Oliver, where have you been?! This little guy (can’t believe how little he is here) has featured in lots of my posts on here as well as my social media, he’s the cutest thing ever and he’s like a blog prop now.. No seriously he loves the camera just like his older brother Darcy.

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In July I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in Media Studies. (here) Them three years flew by especially the last months at university but all the hard work had well and truly paid off.

I was lucky enough to get my dream job before my graduation as well. I’ve worked for the Mind charity for 4 months now as their Communications Officer and I absolutely love it! It was the first job I applied for after I finished university in May and it all seemed to come at once! I do all the advertising for the local charity and its exactly what I wanted to do after my degree.

Oh and I also turned 21 this month too, yeah very busy!! In August I jetted off to Ibiza for the third time and its honestly amazing, if you haven’t been you need to try it (here).

So many cocktails were consumed that week…


I also was lucky enough to win the Vice lipstick Vault from Urban Decay! (here) Literally a girls dream to win that many lipsticks. Blogging wise its been another fabulous year working with lots more amazing companies. I’ve been to a few blogging events this year such as a Fashion show, Bodyshop and Lush Cosmetics.

Oh yeah and my blog turned 3 in November too!

I’ve grown quite close with a lot of local bloggers and especially these two below, I’d class Lucy as a good friend now and we regularly have nights out to catch up. It’s so good to meet so many North East bloggers who has so many similar interests!

To finish off 2016 I also visited my favourite city: Edinburgh (here). I had such a lovely day at the Winter Wonderland. Lots of amazing memories this year, my 2015 goals were to graduate with a first and get a job and its so nice to say I’ve done just that!

I have no idea what my new years resolutions are. I am an avid gym-goer but in 2017 I’m starting a proper diet and going to the gym more weekly so being more fit and healthy is definitely one I suppose.

Apart from that I’m just looking forward to what 2017 will bring, who knows!

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I just want to say I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have a great New Year too! There will be lots more content in 2017 so I’ll see you all in the new year…

Have a good’en!

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  1. 29 December 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Sounds like such a wonderful year and a massive congratulations to you on graduating with first class honours and landing your dream job! Best of luck for 2017 my lovely lady xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    • 8 January 2017 / 2:24 pm

      It really was! Thanks so much lovely 🙂 you too!! xx

  2. LuxeStyle
    29 December 2016 / 8:53 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had an amazing year! Congratulations on graduating and getting a fab job x

    • 8 January 2017 / 2:24 pm

      I really did!! Thank you so much 😀 x

  3. 2 January 2017 / 2:11 pm

    This was definitely your year, Bethany!
    Here’s to another twelve months of success in 2017!

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