Happy New Year to all of my gorgeous readers. Let’s round up what for Precious Needs has been a fairly good start! 2016 has been the birth of the relaunch and I have had such fun in creating it for you. I thought I would reminisce on my year showing all the highlights and why I am feeling very grateful.
I have experienced what will probably be my best ever year of travel. This has been fuelled by me wanting to blog exciting places for you guys with the help of Expedia Travel.
Tobago – My year started with a very special trip to Tobago for Ed’s brothers’ wedding. We had been looking forward to this for almost two years and it was finally time to explore this beautiful place. Tobago proved itself to be just as magical if not more, than I had ever expected. It was simply stunning and if you haven’t visited, stick it on your bucket list. If you want to find out more about my Tobago travels, then click here.
Spain – We were back in England for a few weeks and then it was time to head off to our home in the sun (well that’s what we thought). My parents have bought a home in Benahavís and this was my first time visiting it. Unfortunately it rained almost the entire weekend but we still had a fabulous time and I felt extremely lucky to be able to call this beautiful house my home. It felt so homely and I relaxed instantly. If you want to read more about my home away from home, click here.
Austria – For Edward’s birthday I surprised him with a trip to Vienna for a long weekend. Neither of us had visited Vienna before but it was somewhere we had talked about visiting. We had enjoyed our weekend in Paris so much, that I thought this would be an ideal present. Ed loves an experience and really isn’t into “things”, so travel is something I knew would be a winner. It’s only a short plane ride away, so perfect for a romantic getaway. If you want to read more, click here.
Germany – Another European weekend getaway was to visit family. My auntie has moved to Erlangen in Germany and although she had lived there for a little while, I hadn’t yet had chance to visit. Dad and I headed off to visit for a long weekend and we really enjoyed ourselves. This trip was another homely stay and I’m hoping to be back there in 2017. To read more about my visit and what I got up to, click here.
Turkey – Home for just one day, I set off for my next adventure. Thanks to Expedia we were gifted £500 towards a summer holiday. Ed and I decided to visit Ölüdeniz because it looked so picturesque and we stayed in a romantic little hotel just off the beach. It was absolute bliss and we enjoyed our first relaxing holiday… just the two of us. Click here to read more.
France – To end the year we set off to Paris once again, to do our Christmas shopping. What a fabulous ending to a wonderful year. Paris is a favourite of mine and is incredibly romantic. It is a fashion capital and everywhere you look is effortlessly chic! I love going there and it is another bucket list must.
One would never know that I suffer with travel anxiety and I feel like 2016 has really helped to improve my anxiety to travel. In fact, by the time Paris came around, I had zero anxiety for the first time in years!
I have been lucky enough to be able to purchase some incredible fashion items. I thought twice about including this section as it is slightly self-indulgent… but then I figured that this is what my blog is about and it’s what you guys seem to love to read about. Shoes are what I am all about, I have selected my top 3 2016 purchases:
CHANEL Slingbacks – They took a lot of effort to get hold of, but that made them that little bit more special to me!
GUCCI Marmont Pumps – I won a deal and this was the reward!!!
Louboutin T-bar Pumps – Purchased from one of my favourite bloggers, these shoes have been loved and worn ALOT!
2016 Blogging Milestones
January – Precious-needs.com is launched and I had my first collaboration with Arbonne
February – My blog reaches 10 countries in one day! Expedia gives me £500 to travel!
March – My first Snapchat tutorial!
April – Jo Malone event
May – My most read blog on Crepe City. NARS HQ event.
June – INTHEFROW competition winner, to shop her wardrobe. 100 years of Vogue event. Entered the Bloglovin’ awards. MAJE featured my photo’s on their website.
July – Travel to Turkey with Expedia money
August – Work with hair stylist on shoot
September – Jo Malone event
October – Work with my wonderful new photographer! Collaboration with British Bobble Co.
November – Precious Needs comes to YouTube
December – Jo Malone event and my YouTube video hits 1,800 views!
So these are my small blogging milestones from 2016. I set myself a target of two posts per week and I am so proud to have achieved that for a whole year. I’m going in full force to 2017 with the blog being a big priority for me.
2016 has also had some amazing personal achievements for me and all in all 2016 has been a great year!
Once again, I want to thank you all so much for your continued support, each time you read or like or share… that means more to me than you know.
I hope you all had a wonderful NYE, what ever you got up to! Wishing you all a happy and successful 2017… LET’S SMASH IT!