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New Year Reflections & Favourite Style Posts of 2016

Happy New year my cute comfies! 2017 is one jam packed year for my family from weddings, Anniversary’s, milestone birthdays, and even a new baby (no I’m not pregnant in case you were wondering).  I’m excited for this year and definitely want to make it a great one.  Don’t get me wrong I don’t mean in any unrealistic or grandiose resolution type of way…you know the usual goals to “eat 100% healthy”, “go to the gym everyday” and other resolutions we hear about this time of year which are often unsuccessful.  No I’m more referring to smaller yet significant things to enhance life such as being more present with family and friends and showing more kindness not only to others but also to myself (I can be quite the harsh self-critic as many of us are).  I don’t believe in resolutions but I do think making conscious effort for more subtle changes is a practical way to start off a new year. Those smaller changes can often make more of an impact on your quality of life, be it eating out less, calling friends/family more often as opposed to only communicating via text or social media, trying something new and the like.

Whatever you do make sure you are not letting your circumstances whether it is finances, a job, or dysfunctional family situations come in the way of the joy you can experience from all of the little things you come across in everyday life such as a smile from a stranger, a kind gesture or eating that delicious meal.  From my own personal experience something which has made a difference is having quality time with my girls and hubby on Sundays.  Sunday’s are a day I look forward to as we get to sleep in and enjoy church in the morning but soon after that I would often start thinking about work the next day.  This would sometimes impact my ability to fully engage or appreciate my family time.  I used to check work e-mails to prepare for Monday and this could add stress to my day given my work is crisis driven so I would often be reading about an urgent matter.  Well I’m happy to say for the last few months this is no more…I have made a conscious effort to fully enjoy my Sunday’s not only in the morning but the entire day as it’s still the weekend and my time off.  I am not checking e-mails any longer as it can wait until I get to work on Monday.  These are the kind of things I want to work on and it really is all of those smaller life adjustments that make such a difference.

Today I wanted to share my favourite style posts from 2016, just click on the links to be taken to the post where you can get all of the deets on these looks:

1. Marc Jacobs Crossbody Bag  /2. Burgundy Off-The-Shoulder Dress From SheIn
3. Maxi Skirt Two-Piece Set  /4.  Classic Fall Kicks: Adidas Superstar Sneakers

5. Casual Chic Style Made Easy  / 6. Black and White Chic For Fall
7. Being Stylish On a Budget: Old Navy Style  /  8. My End of Year Look: Off-the-shoulder Sweater

I’ve decided to take a bit of a hiatus from the blog as I need to focus on my new upcoming position at work and prioritizing family time. I will continue to post on Facebook and Instagram periodically if you want to follow along there.  Hope the beginning of 2017 treats you all well and I really look forward to seeing you all back later in February for another fun year ahead here on the blog.


  Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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  • Reply Andrea Nine

    What a wonderful year! You are one stylish lady! Wishing you the BEST 2017!!

    January 4, 2017 at 7:42 am
  • Reply Jill

    I agree, setting intentions works much better than a resolution. Love your style and all of these looks – #4 and #8 are my favorites! Enjoy your blogging break and time with your family! I’ll look forward to seeing your posts in February! Happy New Year!

    Doused In Pink

    January 4, 2017 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Blaire

    I definitely agree with you on the resolutions. I am not making any this year, but going your route of just bettering myself. You had such an incredibly stylish year and you will be missed during your blogging break. Take care!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    January 4, 2017 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Gina

    Love the outfits you featured here and I hear you on trying to stay present during family time! I’m impressed that you’ve been able to disconnect from work and really live in the moment on Sundays! Enjoy your blog break and see you back soon. 🙂
    Gina || On the Daily Express

    January 4, 2017 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista

    Congrats on the new job! Such a fabulous round up of outfits, especially loving the black and white look. Happy New Year <3
    Green Fashionista

    January 4, 2017 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Denise Kokinis

    I love the idea of embracing these subtle and smaller things to accomplish. I really love all of these looks, they are so well-styled and thought out!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    January 4, 2017 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Brittany Garcia

    Love all of these outfits! You are too cute.. Happy New Year!

    Brittany 🙂

    January 4, 2017 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Lillian

    Hi, you have a cute blog! I love your sense of fashion and YOUR HAIR! ^_^
    HAppy New YeaR!

    January 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Ruth

    What a fabulous year! I love your outfits! Here’s to 2017 and everything it brings!

    January 4, 2017 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ Foxy's Domestid Side

    Happy New Year! My favorites were the adidas and the black and white, so cute. And I agree with resolutions, keep it small and manageable and deliberate.

    January 4, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Kathy Martens

    Great advice for the new year. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us all. I, too, am going to try to enjoy all the sweet little moments that make life the best.

    January 5, 2017 at 1:58 am
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks so much for the kind words Kathy! I’m really glad you enjoyed the post and I appreciate you taking the time to write a comment. I agree the sweet little moments are the best. Happy New Year to you:)

      January 5, 2017 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    #3, 4, 6 and 8 are my absolute faves! I really need to start doing less on Sundays and relax more before the start of the next week. I try to get caught up on so many things on Sunday to make my week lighter, but then I don’t relax at all on the weekend. Saturday I do a lot, too… so, it’d be nice to set aside Sunday as a day to relax after church and lunch!


    January 5, 2017 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Intentions over resolutions any day! And I love how you’ve put your foot down and carved out time for YOU to relax + recharge. So necessary!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    January 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Kathrine Eldridge

    Happy New Year Marta! I really appreciate what you are saying here. I am almost done with my break and discovered that kindness, love, and taking the time to appreciate life was a lifesaver. I am hoping to move forward with more grace for myself and others this year. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your gorgeous looks from 2016. Looking forward to seeing what you bring to 2017 after your break. Take care my friend!

    January 5, 2017 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Tina

    Enjoy your blog break – those priorities are definitely more important! Thanks for sharing a roundup of your outfits from 2016. My favorite is the one with the coat and leopard scarf!


    January 6, 2017 at 3:59 am
  • Reply Dawn Lucy

    A big yes to enjoying the little things along the way! What a year of chic looks. Can’t wait to see what you wear in the next year! Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday and I hope your 2017 is off to a fabulous start!

    Dawn Lucy

    January 7, 2017 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Jacqueline

    Love these looks! I feel the same way about Sunday’s! They are becoming my favorite!
    Stylin In St. Louis

    January 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    This is a great thing to do for yourself!!! I am also trying to do this once a week, even though it hard… we all need that mental break. Specially when it’s time to enjoy being with your family
    Thank you for linking up with Weekend Wear


    January 8, 2017 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Megan

    So many super cute looks Marta! Lindsay and I have a weekly style linkup I would love to have you come join. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

    January 9, 2017 at 1:27 am
  • Reply Tara

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing what life brings in 2017 🙂

    January 9, 2017 at 7:03 am
  • Reply Patti

    Wishing you a happy, creative and beautiful new year! thanks for linking up, xo


    January 9, 2017 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Erica

    So many great looks in 2016! My fave is #5. 🙂


    January 9, 2017 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Vanessa

    I will sure miss YOU here but I will be sure to follow-up on Facebook! Love you, and I cannot wait for your return!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    January 9, 2017 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply SincerelyMissJ

    These are gorgeous outfits! Love the one with the Adidas kicks. 🙂
    Happy New Year!

    January 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Shauna

    What a stylish year you’ve had!! Can’t wait to follow along in 2017. Have the best week!!


    January 10, 2017 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply rosie

    Love all the outfits darling. I would wear everyone!

    Life is just Rosie

    January 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply paul

    you look beautiful in all of your looks

    January 10, 2017 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply Adriele Dixon

    I love this post and I appreciate your honesty! I’m the same way- I love church and family time on Sunday, but I often start stressing in preparation with all of the things I’ll have to do the following day. I love your outfit choices! Stopping by from the Confident Twosday linkup!


    January 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm
  • Reply jj

    wish you a colorful year

    January 11, 2017 at 9:02 am
  • Reply alexie

    Great article, love it. BTW I’ve just written this post on how mascara can damage your eye lashes and thought you would like it :O)

    January 12, 2017 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Megan

    These are all great looks Marta. I love the adidas looks. Thanks for linking up for The Weekly Style Edit. Hope to have you back again this week. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

    January 13, 2017 at 1:54 am
  • Reply Dora Toubanaki

    Love them all!

    January 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Maria Jose Gomez

    Amazing looks

    January 18, 2017 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Adi

    All of these looks are beautiful!! I’m looking forward to see your looks in 2017!
    Adi xx

    January 28, 2017 at 9:56 pm
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