All Wrapped Up: Highlights & Resolutions

I always love starting the New Year by looking back at the highlights of the last year, and planning what I want to achieve going forward.

Blogger Outfit Cape Poncho Leggings Boots
Wrap: c/o Romwe / Blouse: c/o LOFT / Leggings: H&M (similar) / Boots: c/o Cougar / Bag: c/o Ever New

2015 was an exciting year for my blog – I got to meet some AMAZING people and work with brands that I love – what more could a blogger hope for? Here are my top blog highlights:

1) Nothing could beat having a full-page spread in GLOW magazine. I had originally signed on to do a Youtube video for Clairol – so being featured in a magazine was an unexpected bonus!

2) Meeting celebs (Rita Ora) and interviewing them (Jane Seymour!) as well as YouTube stars (the Pixiwoo sisters and Wendy’s Lookbook).

3) Working on several SHOPPING projects with malls (1, 2, 3, 4) AND winning a Blogger Styling Challenge!

4) Adding the dreamiest of dream bags to my collection…I never thought I’d own a Chanel Classic Flap Bag!

5) Lastly, but the best part – all the behind-the-scenes support and advice I got from my lovely blogger friends: Elaine, Jenelle, Lena. And although I haven’t met her in person yet, Noelle makes my week by commenting on nearly EVERY post I write! We’re blog friends and style twins – she’s the sweetest!

Chloe Drew Dupe bag
Close up of my Ever New bag (similar to the $$$ Chloe Drew bag)

As for looking forward, I know New Year’s Resolutions can be a love/hate thing – but I’m one of the people who love making them! Yes – some things come up EVERY year – but that’s ok – most goals in life need on-going attention.

1) Declutter and get organized! (Keep getting rid of stuff / dedicate one day a week for catching up on paperwork / meal plan)

2) Do things that help me get energized (go to sleep early / exercise / eat nourishing food)

3) Complete the second part of my driving test (for non-Canadians – we have a 2-test license system….I still have to take my highway test – eek!)

4) Focus on quality family time ( date nights with hubby / one-on-one activities with the kids)

5) Trying a more organized approach to blogging! I love blogging, and while it’s been fun treating it like a hobby, I could definitely be using my time better. I’m going to try and set aside days for photography, planning content and sharing on social media.

I hope you’ve had a GREAT start to the New Year – and would love to hear about YOUR highlights and resolutions! Also – I’d love any feedback on what blog posts you’d like to see more of this year!


  1. Gina Daily
    January 3, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    I love reading posts like this! I have been reflecting on what I want me goals to be quite a bit and I draw a lot of motivation and inspiration from others sharing their goals and ideas. Best of luck on your driving test!!Gina || On the Daily Express

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 4, 2016 / 7:48 am

      Thanks Gina – I've always enjoyed your resolutions posts – and also the ones where you evaluate your progress on them!

  2. Elaine
    January 3, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    😘 xoxox happy new year Zeba! So blessed to have you as a friend!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 4, 2016 / 7:47 am

      Thanks Elaine – I can't wait for our dinner <3

  3. Jenelle S
    January 3, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    You're amazing! Can't wait for our next coffee date.Also that bag is amazing.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 4, 2016 / 7:46 am

      Thanks sweetie – I'd been looking FOREVER for a Chloe Drew bag dupe – so glad I found it at Ever New!

  4. Melissa
    January 4, 2016 / 3:24 am

    If you can get to a smaller town(think something the size of Stratford with no actual highways but a road with a 80km limit) book your test there. It's so much easier, and the testers are a bit more relaxed since it's less busy.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 4, 2016 / 7:45 am

      Hi Melissa – thanks for the tip! My driving instructor has mentioned driving to one of the "no-highway" testing centers – and that does sound like something I could manage – fingers crossed for me 😉

  5. Beautygirl 24
    January 4, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Awwww I want to meet you SO badly! How amazing that would be! I'm happy that we've kept in touch over the years. There are only a few girls that I consider friends in this little community (or big now actually) and you are at the top! I'm so excited to see what your blog holds this year. I know it'll be wonderful!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 15, 2016 / 4:36 am

      Thank you Noelle – I think a meet-up would be so much fun 🙂 And until then – I'm loving snapchat!

  6. Christie Geiger
    January 6, 2016 / 3:16 am

    You look so pretty! I love that poncho. Looks like you had a great year!ChristieThe Closet by Christie

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 15, 2016 / 4:37 am

      Thanks Christie – it went by quickly but it definitely had some amazing moments 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 15, 2016 / 4:37 am

      Thanks Lindsey!

  7. Janna Doan
    January 14, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    zeba–what a year for you!!! i'm so happy 2015 was amazing for you! imagine the possibilities of 2016! xoxo,janna |

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 15, 2016 / 4:37 am

      I can't wait – it's off to an exciting start <3

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