The Year That Was … 2016

Yellow Tulip on the streets of New York - Fashion Ave

There has been much to be grateful for, when I look back on 2016.  It has been a year which has been more about family and friends than fashion and frivolity.

So here is my year in review:

What isn’t to like about spending time travelling around New Zealand seeing and appreciating all that this country has to offer – the beaches and scenery were breathtaking; from Cape Reinga, to Rotorua and down to the Hawkes Bay – there was so much to see and do; it was hard deciding what to cram into a couple of days.   Driving along 90 mile beach; the Rotorua Canopy Tour and a trip to Napier were highlights.

There were a couple of trips to Australia to watch tennis, see family along with a blissful week relaxing in Fiji recharging the batteries and a trip to Cairns.  A sign of a good holiday is always coming back with a suitcase slightly heavier than when you started and a sun tan (that unfortunately fades way too quickly).  We need more holidays…

I  love my netball and decided to coach a team of 12-13 year olds at a school not far from home.  We probably won as many games as we lost which ultimately means, no we didn’t win the grade or even come close!! We had fun and ultimately no broken bones or major accidents occurred so all in all we survived to play another day.  Of course I can not forget running the Devonport Half Marathon in torrential conditions in September – it was survival of the fittest and unfortunately I ran my slowest time ever!!  Oh well.  I even managed (of sorts) to learn how to paddle board this year.

My love of music continues – Ed Sheeran and Rudimental were favourite concerts this year, along with playing my baby grand piano.  It always soothes my soul.

I was relatively restrained when it came to shopping exploits.  I had commissioned a couple of great pieces of furniture to be made for my dressing room (which I love); my favourite clothing designer is still Zambesi and often you will find me looking (and buying) something I don’t need but love.  The wardrobe remains fill.  I remain committed to quality over quantity.

It was many years in the making – but to finally undertake eye surgery after so long thinking and planning to do it; was a great milestone.  It truly has made a big difference to how I feel and look.

On a personal level – my birth father dying in June 2016 was a very sad event, as was the loss of other family members and a close friend’s Dad.  It felt to be a year of bonding with family and friends during such sad times.

I am so grateful for all the memories that have made 2016 a year of ups and downs. Ultimately I know it is a cliché but life is too short to not be happy; to forgive and to be grateful.  One thing is for sure – my love of yellow seems to only be getting stronger as each year comes and goes.

So I want to thank each and every one of you, who have made a difference in some way to my life.  I hope that 2017 will be one full of love and laughter and hopefully a trip to New York!


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I fell into the art of style quite by accident. There was no defining moment when I decided that I knew what I wanted to do. I want people to feel good about themselves. Many don’t know where to shop and/or how to wear fashion. It has never been solely about cost, but of finding quality at a reasonable price and being able to wear - to suit your own figure, style and fashion. Join me as we explore – What is Style? Yellow Tulip

9 Comments on The Year That Was … 2016

  1. Wow, you fitted in so much in one year, Yellow Tulip! But, you always seem too….
    Thanks for sharing all your adventures; enjoyed them.

  2. Well written Helen. You have had a great year. As one gets older family & friends mean even more. Have loved having you as a former workmates & now as a great friend I have really appreciated that. Thanks Helen.

    • Thanks for taking the time to read my blog – they have been few and far between this year but love the chance to write and share photos. I always love my trips to Christchurch and to catch up with you and Dave. I am excited about you both staying at my place next year to return the hospitality. Our friendship of many years is much appreciated too. See you in 2017. x

  3. I love what you said – life is too short not to be happy, and forgiveness gives me peace of mind. Here’s to kindness, creativity, growth, love, gratitude, the ability to receive and connection, See you in 2017 in Seattle!

  4. My phone call from Seattle was the perfect start for Christmas Day – and couldn’t agree more – kindness, creativity, gratitude and love – and our favourite of all sayings ‘life is short’ reminds us to always be grateful to be healthy and happy. Happy 2017. xx

  5. DW in Brisbane // December 26, 2016 at 10:24 pm // Reply

    Lovely words, Helen. Love, luck and happiness for 2017! xx

  6. Well written Helen, a good read. You really packed in a ton of stuff in 2016. Try NYC in September. The Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy is a must do.

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