As 2016 winds up I think it’s important to look back on the year and achievements that were made or things you’re super proud of. Here are a few as well as a list of my personal favourite posts from the blog in 2016 that you can catch up on while I’m taking a week off to recuperate. See you in 2016 – may you all have a safe and happy holiday period.


I put me first
This sounds really strange but I’ve been with Isaac for almost 8 years and we are fairly reliant on each other. We live together, he helps me with working on the blog and we hang out with each other most weekends. When you’re in a relationship for that long there is a sense of routine and comfort with the familiar so much so for a while I felt like I needed Isaac. I needed him to be me. There wasn’t a great big event, fight or ‘thing’ that happened and maybe it’s because I’ve been working out and really trying to be the best person I can be – I’ve stopped feeling like I need Isaac. This sounds so morbid and maybe it’ll only make sense to someone else who has been there before but this year I realised that I am me.

There was one weekend where Isaac was away from the Friday until the Sunday and usually that’d make me a little uneasy or feel a bit lonely but it made me realise that I didn’t need Isaac there. Sure I wanted him around and I missed him but I’m no longer reliant on Isaac for happiness or fulfilment. It’s a really beautiful thing to realise that and maybe it comes in ebs and flows in relationships but for now I feel really great knowing I’m okay without him and that I really am going to marry my best friend in 2017.


I started at the gym and stuck to it
Ask Sarah in 2014 or even 2015 that I would be attending the gym most days and I would have had a fit of laughter for about 5 minutes. Never did I ever think that I would be enjoying exercise as much as I am or feel as great as I do. I’m really proud of myself because for the longest time I was really sick and when I wasn’t really sick I was scared of my disease coming back again so I choose not to do any form of exercise out of fear that I would hurt myself. It was a cycle I was in for years until this year I decided to tackle it head on, with my wedding day as my motivation, and here we are. There have been challenges thanks to my disease but I’ve never given up and (god I’m getting emotional writing this, I have tears in my eyes) I feel really fucking proud of myself. Now I enjoy the gym and I miss it when I don’t go. That’s something I never thought I would say.


This space changed
In 2016 I made the scary decision to move away from having such a huge focus on beauty and move into more fashion and lifestyle with hope that in 2017 that’ll continue until I find the right balance I’m happy with. When I started a beauty blog I never intended to be still doing it 3 years later and I’ve grow alot of the past few years. No longer did it feel quite right talking only about beauty so it’s been a bit of trial and error finding how to incorporate the other categories. You’ve probably notice much more of a focus on fashion and we’re still playing around with that – I’m really enjoying it though so I hope you guys are too.

Whilst planning our wedding this year I also stopped focusing on making money from blogging. I think I’ve only worked on a handful of sponsored content and Instagrams. It’s felt really right for me to feel out where I want to take this space and not have the added stress of needing this to be a source of income. In 2017…. Well we’ll talk about that after Christmas :P


I focused on being a friend
This year we had our engagement party and have been planning our wedding. When you have such huge milestones in your life I think it highlights who is important around you and who are just fillers in your life. This year I’ve really focused on being a good friend and making an effort with the relationships around me that are important. In the past few years I’ve felt like I haven’t done that or shown gratitude to the people I really value so it’s felt really good to make that effort with people throughout the year.


Here are some posts I’m really proud of from 2016:

A day in the life of a blogger

Look life you’ve got your shit together when you’re hungover

Raw pad thai recipe 

What are you grateful for? 

Kicking off your wedding planning

A game changing brush cleaning routine 

Why I didn’t like wedding dress shopping and that’s okay 

How to make floral work for you 

Throw together vegetarian nachos 

What I’ve learnt from getting engaged in my early 20’s 

Behind the scenes at More Than Adored HQ – office tour 

The best matte liquid lipsticks to try

Caring for nails post gel manicure 

An open letter to 18 year old me 


I’d love to hear something your really proud of from 2016 in the comments!

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    I totally get you with the whole being you thing. I feel exactly the same way. I need to start focusing on myself and putting energy into me. You are right when you say it’s hard to explain it unless you’ve been there. This year I have definitely kick started a healthy lifestyle and I’m so happy with it – next year I would like to focus on being a bit more stricter though. But I am happy with where I am at. Merry Christmas !

    Sarah’s Abode -xx

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      I’m so glad that was relatable for some because I was nervous writing about it. Congrats on adapting a healthier lifestyle Sarah – baby steps mean you’ll stick to it though :)

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    I hear you on wanting to change things up a bit in regards to blog content. Whilst I still predominantly blog about beauty, I’ve also begun to incorporate a few fashion, travel & life-related posts here & there as well. I’m still feeling my way in regards to a content shift because I don’t want to give up on beauty posts entirely, but I’ve never wanted to be just a beauty blogger, so any readers will have to deal with that.

    What’s something I’ve been proud of in 2016? 2 things spring to mind: dealing with the aftermath of skin cancer surgery & the scar I have from it (smack bang in the middle of my forehead) + travelling solo around the world without too many hitches. Oh & conquering a fear of activewear.

    Shell // The Novice Life

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      I think it’s fun to have a bit of a mix. Beauty is still a huge part of what I do but I’m more than just lipsticks and cleansers!

      Go you for dealing with such an intense surgery! That would have been really tough especially being on your face :)

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        The surgery part wasn’t tough but the aftermath was, especially when I had to have follow-up treatment to get rid of any remaining superficial skin cancer (mine was both superficial & underneath the surface – thankfully it wasn’t a melanoma). Looking like a scab face for a few weeks wasn’t fun!

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    I’ve loved your move to fashion posts Sarah, they’ve been fantastic (instagram posts on point too!). I’ve had a similar journey with learning to cope without my partner being around all the time too. Shannon started FIFO (only in November but it feels like longer) and I only see him 3 days out of a fortnight. It definitely has made the festive season (when he’s been back for a full two weeks) all the more enjoyable to have him back :)

    Kate |

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      That makes me feel like a huge sook because Isaac is home most of the time haha! I can’t imagine FIFO!!! I’m thinking I’ll keeping doing some fashion things but maybe not as intense as everyday because we did struggle

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    Happy New Year, Sarah! I hope 2017 will be a great one for you and I’m sure it will be with your wedding coming up. :) I always find it inspiring to read about women putting themselves first, not in a selfish way, but as a mark of independence. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, you should feel content and happy in your own company and the people in your life should complement it, rather than being there because you need them to. The people we share our lives with are a big part of it, they just aren’t all of it. There’s so much more that makes us up as a person; our hobbies, interests, passions, etc, and I think when you can rely on yourself for happiness, relationships (whether it’s romantic, friends, family or work) will flourish. :)

    Tenneil | Like Neon Love

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      You put that so perfectly. I think I’ve always struggled because I’ve been with Isaac since I was 15 (now 23) so he has always been there and in way it’s been difficult because I grew up with him rather then meeting him now. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know myself the past couple of years and especially this year learning I’m ME not US.

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