BYE, 2016 & Looking Forward to 2017

December 31, 2016 15 Comments

Oh 2016, you were an unforgiving and straight-up savage year. I feel like there were more wtf moments in 2016 alone than the past 5 years combined. That aside, 2016 was still a year I can’t help but be grateful for. It was a year of some pretty serious milestones for me(graduating college, new job, moving to NYC, those kinds of things) and also a year of self-discovery. A year of letting go of insecurities and chasing dreams unapologetically. I fell in love with new places and new people. I let go of grudges and imaginary limits. It’s incredible how much can change in a year.

Most of my favorite 2016 moments are ones I don’t have a pretty Instagram picture or blog post for, they’re the little moments in life that actually shape you and your mind. It’s the 2 AM conversations about anything and everything, it’s the 4 hour road trips with people you sometimes take for granted, it’s the spontaneous ideas that arise last minute, it’s sharing life stories with people you’ve just met and may never see again, it’s the trips you didn’t plan but happened anyways, it’s all of those moments that just sort of happen and don’t need a stylized Instagram post to prove that they were great.

As cliche as this phrase is and always will be, I feel blessed for the good & the bad, for all of it, I’ll take it 2016.


Looking forward to 2017, I’m not one for setting new year resolutions or goals but with my current state of clarity I’m so looking forward to working on myself personally and professionally this next year. This blog is something that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed for the past 4 years & 2017 will be the year I start treating my blog as more than just my little free-time escape or hobby. I want to create good, engaging content. I love sharing this small facet of my life with you guys and will continue doing it as long as someone is here to read it.


Here’s to the New Year, make the most out of it, kids.



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    December 31, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog very, very recently but you surely became quickly one of my most favorite content creators. Well done, and happy new year.

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      December 31, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      That makes me so happy. Happy new year to you too!

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    December 31, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Loved this blog post and can totally relate. You are definitely my favourite fashion blogger and have followed you for the whole of 2016. Happy new year and love from the UK! Fatimah x

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    December 31, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I followed you every day of 2016 nd I will be glad to do it again in 2017, your such a real inspiration of me , wish you moore success . Happy new year!

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    December 31, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    I’m not the one to really read blogs, but this was so engaging and hope to read more!

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    Fatin Amran
    January 1, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Love everything about this blog.You’re my new fav fashion blogger!Hehe love from Singapore. xx Fatin ☺️❤️

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    January 1, 2017 at 6:49 am

    This is the first blog post of yours that I have read. It was interesting and I like your style of writing. I hope nothing but the best for you in 2017 inshallah. Love from the uk

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    January 1, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Loved reading your reflection on 2016, it was a hard year for most of us, but this time I also choose to believe every good and bad, every oportunity I had lead me to where I am now, and I like it here. Happy new year!

    Loving the blog and your style! xx


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    January 2, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Love your blog, excited for your future blog posts. If you keep on writing, we with out a doubt will keep on reading and appreciating. I hope 2017 is full of amazing adventures and opportunities for you xxx

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    January 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Loved reading you’re blog! Just have a little question, do you mind sharing what you graduated with from college and is you’re new job related to the field? Sorry if that’s too personal and I underatand if you choose not to answer :) I have been looking into college lately but feel very lost with what I’d like to pursue and you’ve always been an inspiration! Lots of love from Canada.

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    January 3, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    This is a topic which is close to my heart… Take care!
    Exactly where are your contact details though?

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    L A I B A
    January 5, 2017 at 6:13 am

    I loved this blog. Maria, you are just,.. OMG I have no words. You are so beautiful and you are making your dreams true. That’s somethng you have to work hard for. I hape you get all that you want in your life x <3. I discovered your INSTAGRAM account last year and I was there like "OMG she's soooo sick an d cute and nice and blah blah". Maria, I just hope you succeed in life and become a simbol of what Islam really is. A religion of peace and not terror. You're so cute. Keep it up!! With love laiba (IG @ayeeitslayba / @kavyaarose )