a year in review

December 30, 2016

hello, my loves.

where has this year gone?!  i cannot believe tomorrow is new year's eve!!  i am just in shock with how quickly each year just flies by.  when i think about it, i feel super incomplete.  i wish i accomplished this.  or i wish i did that.  but as i sit here and type this, and am really looking at everything that i've done in the past year, i am in awe.  what a wonderful year 2016 has been!

i thought it would be fun to take a look back and relive some of my favorite moments of 2016.

 junior and i rang in the new year with his parents in puerto rico and spent a few weeks there exploring the island.  we closed off the year at a secluded waterfall (in an old man's backyard) which was magical.  we explored puerto rico a lot that trip!  i can't really choose a favorite because that entire trip was my favorite, but the cotton candy water was such a beautiful sight to see.  pretending to be a wood nymph is one of my favorite memories.  oh!  and feeling like we had an entire island to ourselves was pretty bad-ass, too ;)
in february, junior launched his website and i diy'd a cute heart garland to decorate for valentine's day.  we also celebrated junior's birthday and explored an abandonded warehouse in brooklyn.
in march, we visited the paterson great falls and celebrated easter with my family.  i also diy'd some coasters and shared my lasagna recipe (which is junior's favorite!).
april wasn't that eventful over here, but we did go see impractical jokers in brooklyn and visited the cherry blossoms before they were gone for the season.
in may, i went to punta cana and had the best time.  give me all the sun and sand, please and thank you!  junior and i also did a fun photo shoot of me at a railroad track.
for memorial day weekend (which was in may, but i shared it on here in june), junior and i took  a day trip to boston and i even made a small film of our trip.  i shared our engagement story and pictures.  we went to coney island and to brooklyn bridge park both for the first time.
we drove all the way to chicago for the 4th of july weekend (day 1 here and day 2 here) and i shared a small film of our trip.  we also went had a little casual date night in montclair and did some shopping in montclair.
in august, junior and i visited a near by waterfall and i was in heaven!  those pictures are my favorite!!   i even shared a little bit about my imperfections (because we all have something we're insecure about).  and we also did a fun photoshoot in a subway. i did my first collaboration with a brand and even shared a little behind the scenes video us while we're shooting.  and the of course, we celebrated my birthday!!  we went to a sunflower farm and i shared a little birthday note ;)
when september came, i wasn't ready for the summer to end. but i embraced the fall, since the warm weather stayed around for a while.  i was invited to see a show at new york fashion week which was so amazing. junior and i also went to a robi draco concert (which is junior's favorite artist).
in october, i met amber fillerup of barefoot blonde and my life was made!  we went back to the waterfalls that we visited back in august for one last trip before the cold weather came.  went went back to the abandoned warehouse in brooklyn and we went on a hike and took the most amazing pictures at castle ruins that i shared on halloween.
in november, junior and i celebrated our third wedding anniversary.  we went to montreal for our anniversary weekend to celebrate.  i also became a charlotte russe it girl and i celebrated my first blogiversary.
in december, i had my annual ornament exchange with my friends and explored a new (to me) park with junior.  i also hosted a holiday party for charlotte russe and met a few other cr it girls in my area.

bravo to you if you made it this far!!  ha!  that was a long post.  thank you for sharing this past year with me. see you in 2017!!

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  1. What a fabulous year!!!! Wonderful AMAZING moments! So happy for all of your achievements and accomplishments!! You shine like a beautiful star! You touch and inspire so many lives! You are an inspiration! Never change! I admire you so much beautiful!! 2016 was a fabulous year, and now to another year! 2017 here we come! Xoxo! So proud of you and Junior!

  2. Congrats rali!!!! Wish you many more years of success <3

    1. thank you so much!! and thank you for all your love and support! i truly appreciate it! <3


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