I don’t think there’s been a year in recent memory that’s garnered such a bad reputation as 2016 has.
What say you?
2016: the year that was on Styling You was a good year but GEEZ, it’s not come without feeling like being dragged through quicksand as it unfolded.
I made a big, behind-the-scenes business decision mid-year that had been brewing inside of me for some time. Executing the decision definitely helped ease some of that angsty, quicksand feeling. I head into 2017 knowing and feeling like it had been the best decision – and the last few months have definitely proven that.
Making big decisions is part of the deal when you run your own business but I make them with not only myself but with incredible Styling You community in mind.
Yes, YOU. You make this an incredibly rewarding place to be. And you’ve definitely helped fill up my 2016 cup.
The 2016 Styling You highlight reel
The Styling You Shop popped up for autumn-winter and spring-summer. It will be popping up again in 2017 but stay tuned as we’ll also be permanently stocking some of my favourite things in our online shop.
We hosted two Style + Champagne events in Brisbane with the gorgeous Champagne Cartel girls.
Nina Proudman and Offspring returned to our TV screens and into our fashion hearts and wardrobes.
We launched the Styling You Everyday Style Facebook group in July and there are now more than 4700 women sharing their style and supporting others in this community. I’m so grateful to have the support of two amazing community managers with this group – if you haven’t checked out Robyna’s and Kirsten’s blogs, then click on over.
In September, we launched the first Styling You online style program – the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe style challenge – with more than 300 women signing up to plan their spring-summer wardrobes. We’ll host this program again in autumn and spring 2017.
I hosted the first Styling You travel escape with Hello Me Escapes and Woogsworld (CLICK HERE for news about the 2017 escapes to Melbourne and back to Bali).
In November, blogger Miss Chardy invited BabyMac, Mrs Woog, Cooker and a Looker and I to speak at the Barkly Women’s Day. Meeting so many incredible women from some of the the most remote parts of Australia and hearing about their lives was a big highlight.
I partnered with FRANKiE4 Footwear, Toowong Village and Adrift/Surafina as ambassadors. Without the support of amazing brands like this, I wouldn’t have a business. I’m just so fortunate that they are brands I know and love. Stay tuned for another ambassadorship announcement early in 2017.
The #everydaystyle hashtag, which I started three years ago, has now had more than 200K shares from women all around the world. We introduced monthly challenges – with prizes from Adrift and Surafina. These will be back in 2017.
Top 10 posts on Styling You 2016
You continue to love seeing real-world fashion advice for each season. Noted. There will be more of that in 2017.
You LOVED a capsule wardrobe – there will be more of those.
While not making the top 10, the Monday Model and Me fashion posts collectively were the most popular of posts across the year. I started these six years ago and will continue them in 2017. Not only are they a way to show how a garment might look on a non-model, they are a chance to show my support for independent fashion brands.
3. How to dress like Offspring’s Nina Proudman (all the posts from Series 6)
These were the nine Styling You Instagram photos you liked the most. Love seeing my family and our puppy in there among a few outfit posts.
Thank-you so much for being the reason I show up here and on Facebook and Instagram every day.
I’d love to know what’s been your favourite post? Or series of posts? Leave a comment below and let me know.