Happy 2017!

Happy New Year, dear blogger friends! Hope you have an amazing 2017!

New Year's makeup

2017 has arrived! Happy New Year! Hope you have everything your heart wishes! Luck, success, friendship, great family moments, health, adventures, trips, many smiles, so, all the best in the world!

Happy 2017! Nail art

Happy 2017 nail art!

2016 had many terrible moments for the world. But let’s look at the year for what it was for each of us. Nothing is completely bad, as well as nothing is totally great. I’m sure that each of us had happy moments during the year! If we ever feel depressed, we should consider what we’ve done so far and what we’ve accomplished. Let’s not live always on “autopilot” – examining our lives is nice to plan and reach the things we want. It’s time to thank for what we have achieved!

I may change something this year: Friday Feelings will be sometimes Monday posts with or without outfits. I tried my best to publish 2 posts a week for 5 months, but I’ll go back to my previous 1 post a week. It’s better for me for a while. So next post will come on Jan 9th!

Many times I’ve shared a new year’s questionnaire on my previous blog and here too :) (here and here) So why not starting a new year with the “famous” questionnaire again? :)

How was 2016 for you? I’d love to know!

Burgundy bracelet and blue cloud earrings, Manoa

Burgundy bracelet and blue cloud earrings, Manoa

1.  What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? I went to Bergamo, Verona, San Marino, Oslo, San Sebastian, Biarritz and other places that I was longing to.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for this year? I don’t normally make new year’s resolutions, but maybe I have some plans… but no pressure! It makes life easier. I need to exercise, for sure and have healthier food habits. But I say this every year :)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?  Maybe not that close, but yes, I know friends who gave birth.

4. Did anyone close to you die?  Unfortunately yes. 2 people very very close :(

5. What countries did you visit? Two I never went before, 8 visiting again: Ireland, San Marino, Norway, Italy, Brazil, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, France and Germany.

Victorian bracelet, Bewdley Antique shop; Turquoise bracelet, Zoppini Firenze

Victorian bracelet, Bewdley Antique shop; Turquoise bracelet, Zoppini Firenze

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016? Healthier habits :)

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

January 1st in San Marino and later David Bowie’s exhibition in the Netherlands; March in San Sebastian – one of the happiest times in my entire life; but then June, because a very close family member passed away and July, when one of the best friends of my mother, also like a mother to me, passed away.

Japanese garden bridge

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finishing my 2nd year at Music College. Losing some weight :)

9. What was your biggest failure? Not solving all I need(ed) to, on behalf of the family and personal things, but that was not my fault – when you are in justice and lawyers’ hands you will have big delays.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Oh yes, I caught the swine flu and I don’t wish that to anyone, it’s awful! I stayed in bed for 2 long weeks!

Striped dress, Rery

Striped dress, Rery. Loved the leaves’ shadows on the umbrella, ella, ella – couldn’t help :)

Cristofoli shoes

Cristofoli shoes

11. What was the best thing you bought? Furniture, books, cosmetics, perfumes, shoes.

12. Where did most of your money go? Trips, books, shoes, clothes, cosmetics and furniture. But I always donate many things during the year.

13. What did you get that you were really, really, really excited about? Get, bought or gifted? It’s ambiguous! The thulite necklace and gloves in Oslobrooches and rings in San Marino and Italy and a fantastic clock in Dublin, for my birthday.

14. What song will always remind you of 2016? It was released in November 2015, so it was fresh in 2016: Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay. But also I Follow Rivers, although it’s not new.

I don't wear tight dresses very often, but this one was so comfy!

I don’t wear tight dresses very often, but this one was so comfy!

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? I guess the same. I try to be positive, always.

b) thinner or fatter? About the same, because I put on weight during 2016 and then lost it again along the year. OK, remember the 2-rather-4-pounds (1-2 kilos) I mentioned people should not worry about during Christmas? That happened to me :) And I’m not worried right now :)

16. What do you wish you’d done more of? Dance. Meditate. Draw and paint.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying about decisions? I’m not sure.

Just trying some new poses :)

Just trying some new poses :) Necklace, Vanilla in Bewdley. Crochet shrug, Kookai

18. Did you fall in love in 2014? No new love in 2014, very happy for the existing one!

19. What was your favorite TV program? Documetaries, always.

20. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Hating is too strong.  There are some people I dislike, but that’s OK because I think some dislike me, so it’s a balance. We cannot please everybody.

I have spent Christmas in a sunny place - but the sun really harms my skin. So to protect myself, I used an umbrella :)

I spent Christmas in a sunny place – but the sun really harms my skin. So to protect myself, I used an umbrella :)

21. What was the best book you read? Buddhist tales.

22. What did you want and got? There’s not much that I want and that I don’t get. Please, this is not arrogant. It’s just that I may be someone who is not dreaming about a yacht and then not getting it leaves the person frustrated… that’s not me. I have very few wishes.

23. What did you want and did not get? A material or an “inner personal” thing?  Material, a perfume – left to buy in another city (during a trip) and there it didn’t exist… and didn’t find it online :(

24. What did you do on your birthday? I went to Dun Laoghaire (Ireland, here) and I loved it. I never have birthday parties. I love the sea and at least I was near it.
Rings: Garnet one, from Prague, on the index finger. from Santander and the purple drop from the Tower of London

Rings: Garnet one, from Prague. On the index finger, from Santander and the purple drop from the Tower of London

25. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If I had lost more weight, to be like I was 5 years ago (before my parents passed away). But I am on my way :) And a very personal event and trip, that still didn’t happen.

26. What kept you sane? Writing, watching meaningful movies – meaningful for me, of course. Writing and reading positive quotes.

27. Who did you miss? My family and other very important people to me. Some fantastic friends.

Pearl bag, handmade, from Australlia

Pearl bag, handmade, from Australlia

28. What did you miss? Bushy Park view… I’m spending a semester abroad, so I miss Indian food… and the Pizza Parlour in Bewdley :)

29. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

No matter what, keep positive. You create your world by having positive feelings.

30. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

A bit dark… Crucify me. One word I substituted.  “Don’t hope to ever find me, I fear I’m too long gone”.

Nail art with some stars and 2017!

Nail art with some stars and 2017!

Finishing Touch

Happy 2017

Hope it wasn’t that boring – people normally don’t read posts! I’ll love to read your sweet comments!

Wishing you a great week and new year with many smiles! Thank you for stopping by!

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75 thoughts on “Happy 2017!

  1. hey Denise, long time no see! it’s great to read my favourite blogs again. and I think it’s really cool that you started your blog year with a long post like that. photos without stories and thoughts wouldn’t be as good as with them. I loved reading your answers to all those questions and when it comes to the photos – wow, just wow! they’re really beautiful and I have to admit I envy the sunny weather quite a bit. this photo where you’re sitting on the stone bridge – it’s really awesome and you should totally frame it!! and the first portrait too – looks like a shiny ad or something 😉 also, happy new year to you and thank you for all those wonderful comments you’ve left in my blog. let’s hope 2017 will contain more happiness, all wishes coming true and also more blog posts! all the best to you, dear Denise!

  2. Happy New Year Denise. I loved reading these types of questions so fun! Beautiful rings you have.
    Wishing you happiness and health for the New Year! Thank you for all of your support. It has meant so much to me and I feel blessed to have found your blog, it has given me so much insight and inspiration.
    Simera |Beautetude

  3. I thought this was a great way to review your year and learn more about you. You travel so much and gain new experiences ~ that’s wonderful !!


  4. Happy New Year Denise. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and celebrated the New Year in style. Sorry I’ve been out of the blogosphere for a while, I’m just struggling to get back into it at the moment and giving myself a little space from it all. I’m pleased things seem to be going well for you and I love your positive energy about the new year ahead and for sharing snippets of your life -sorry to hear of your losses this year.

    Thank you for all of your support during 2016 Denise.

  5. Ma che bellissime foto hai scelto per il primo post del nuovo anno cara Denise! Sei bellissima e radiosa ed il tuo abito mi piace tantissimo!
    Alla fine ogni anno porta gioie e dolori, secondo me sta a noi cercare di trarre il meglio da ogni esperienza, senza preoccuparsi troppo di fare bilanci o liste di cose da fare!
    Per quanto mi riguarda, io sono stata davvero felice di aver trascorso il 2016 in tua compagnia, sei una ragazza davvero speciale e dolcissima e ti auguro un 2017 fantastico, pieno di gioia e amore e tutto quello che desideri! Te lo meriti davvero!:D

  6. Happy New Year, Denise! This was a such a fun and interesting post to read! Oh my goodness – I didn’t know you had the swine flu this year! And I am so sorry to hear of #4. And wow, you’ve done a lot of traveling. I love it. :) I also love how positive you were in each and every one of your answers – especially about not hating others. :) Such a great outlook on life you have! I hope 2017 is off to a wonderful start for you, dear friend!


  7. happy new year dear denise!! thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I totally feel you on publishing too much, I haven’t even had the time to publish one post in december! it was a crazy month now that i think of it! It is one of my goals to publish at least one post a week this year!!
    I really love your dress and your nails, you look so so lovely!
    sorry to hear about the passing of your loved ones, it is always so hard :( sending you my wishes.
    people are going to hate always, whether or not you do something or not. so its not worth stressing! I learned the hard way!
    I wish i didn’t stress as much either, I stressed way too much, and when I look back on my year I see how many great times stand out, and I barely remember the days I was miserable! lol
    I am soo so jet lagged right now, but I am trying to get some blog work done! :)
    will check back again to your post next week! have a wonderful start to the year dear friend! :)

    PS. you look amazing, you don’t need to worry about weight loss (referring to you saying you wish you lost more weight)

  8. Innanzitutto ti auguro un bellissimo 2017 e spero tanto che quest’anno potremo conoscersi di persona. Di questo 2016 mi porto tanti bellissimi ricordi, in particolare il “ritrovamento” della mia pace interiore. Il tuo questionario è stupendo e vorrei proprio farlo, ma non ho risposte così interessanti come le tue.
    Oggi sono rimasta deliziata da queste foto bellissime. Tu sei talmente bella e femminile e adoro il tuo ombrellino.
    Un bacione e a presto mia dolce amica.
    Maggie Dallospedale

  9. Liebe Denise, wie wunderbar, dass Du nun auch das zweite Jahr Deiner Ausbildung beendet hast! Du bist einfach begabt in vielerlei Hinsicht. Es gut mir sehr leid, dass 2016 diese lieben Menschen von Dir gegangen sind … und ich bewundere Dich dafür, dass Du immer versuchst, optimistisch zu bleiben! Und wow, Du warst 2016 an so vielen spannenden Orten und ich bin schon gespannt, auf das was Du über Deine Reiseziele in diesem Jahr berichten wirst. Bitte bleib wie Du bist, ich mag Dich sehr und Menschen wie Du sind wirklich eine Bereicherung für diese Welt. Außerdem bist Du sehr schön, wie hier wieder mit Deinem einfach wunderbaren Kleid <3
    Ein glückliches und gesundes Neues Jahr für Dich!
    Liebe Grüße, Rena

  10. This is such a great post to read about your year. It’s been wonderful to read your blog throughout 2016, you’re such a positive influence and I value your friendship. Looking forward to more in 2017. Also adore your nails and outfit here.

  11. This was such a good read, Denise. I enjoyed reading this questionnaire. Love your positive attitude to life , and how lucky you are that you travel to so many countries. Wish you a wonderful 2017. I believe you will achieve whatever you are planning to do this year.
    Nina’s Style Blog

  12. I love reading long posts so I guess I must be an exception that confirms the rule? Well, I think some people do read long posts. I’m always surprised how many people actually read my posts. Sometimes when I post something, I don’t really expect someone bothering with reading all of it- but to my surprise people often do. So, you never know.

    It was interesting to read about your year. Mine was kind of crazy in terms of figuring out some things, but I can’t say that it was bad. There were both sad and happy moments. I’m sorry to hear you lost two persons you were so close to, that’s always hard. I faced some losses myself this year.

    It seems to me that 2016 was difficult to many, but maybe it is just that this was a year when some problems us (the general public) wasn’t aware of surfaced…perhaps that last year wasn’t that much different from the rest of them. Well, anyway let’s hope for the best in this 2017.

    btw I didn’t know you are attending a Musical Collage, that’s so cool. I wanted to start University again and study something else this time, but my husband is not very supportive of this idea. He thinks I spent too much time as a student as it is…and I’m always trying to learn something new, that’s just my nature. I think we should always invest in ourselves- and learning new skills is the best way to do it. I was talking about it with a friend recently- her sister is a fashion designer and sometimes they organize courses. I was just telling to her that I should take one. If it works out, then maybe I will buy a sewing machine for myself. She told me it is best to get some practice first, then I can decide what kind of sewing machine would be best for my needs. I know how to sew by hand and I know embroidery but I have never worked with a sewing machine, I would love to learn it.

    on the subject on NY decisions. I haven’t any definite ones, but I do plan to lose some weight. I gained some weight this Autumn (not for Christmas but before it, I usually don’t gain weight for Christmas I think it is because there is so much cooking involved that I don’t have time to eat) and I have had back problems lately. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it but just to be on the safe side I plan to lose some weight. I’ve gained about an inch everywhere. I started working out more regularly too.

  13. Happy New Year Denise! Wow, looks like you had quite a rollercoaster year filled with tough moments, as well as wonderful experiences. I hope that the New Year will bring you nothing but awesomeness, love and unforgettable memories!


  14. Happy New Year Denise!!
    I like this questionnaire, it’s a great way to look back into the year, reminisce on good memories and get an idea of what we want and what we have to change for the new year. Sounds like 2016 was a full year for you. I’m sorry to read about your lost. I like that you got to travel and the caluble lesson you took from the year.
    My year felt a bit still but I learned to make the best of the moment and that there is always a positive side to all situations.
    I hope 2017 bring you much love, joy, health, good friends, success, happy memories a so much more Denise. :)
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

  15. Dear Denise, your posts have become perennial favourites for many reasons and thank you for always being a light in what some often call a self-absorbed blogging world. Firstly, Happy New Year! what a fantastic manicure. I know generally around the holidays I never count calories, I prefer to enjoy because it’s a rather feast and often massive celebration of family festivities during this time. But, now I will get back on track after having a little cold. Wish you the most marvellous start of 2017 and many happy and safe travelling ventures. <3 /Madison

  16. Denise i love this post so much awn I do your outfit and parasol! The nails are so colorful and fun, too, just like you.
    2016 was a good year, but that last half was very anxiety producing for me. Living in NYC and near “White house North” is a bit daunting, with police and military all around. This year, unfortunately was one full of personal losses, too. But I will say that It has been a good year, too, I have made lovely new friends, and my family is well, so that is a lot!

    Your clock sounds like a great gift, My favorite things to by is jewelry, I love that they are one of a kind and made by a local shop, as i like to support small business.
    I listened to many great books this year, too, and saw many gorgeous sunsets!
    Happy NY 2017!!
    xx, Elle

  17. Un hermoso y divertido post para leer! Disfrute mucho de ver estas respuestas ya que nos da la posibilidad de conocer un poco mas de tu vida, en este caso, del año pasado. :) Me alegra saber que tuviste la oportunidad de visitar lugares hermosos y algunos hasta nuevos para vos! Pero claro, como todo en la vida, hay altos y bajos, y espero que aquellos inevitables momentos “tristes” del año hayan sido leves.
    Tu vestido de este post es bellisimo, y muy alegre tambien! Perfecto para empezar asi el año. Tu manicura con el 2017 escrito es un sueño!!! Y el toque final de la sombrilla me pareció super adorable. No puedo esperar para ver que tiene guardado el 2017 para vos y tu hermoso blog. Por cierto, tus cambios son totalmente comprensibles, a veces hay que hacer prioridades para poder darnos el tiempo para todo.
    Feliz 2017!!!


  18. Wow I don’t wish swine flu on anyone either! I’m glad you managed to meet some goals though and healthier habits are a goal for 2017, they are for me too. 2016 was a tough year, you went through a lot, but hopefully this one will be better and you will grow stronger, Denise. I think going back to one post a week is fine too if it suits you! Happy new year!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  19. i am so happy u did the questionnaire, got to know u better! swine flu is terrible, my mom had it last year and its literally the worst thing as u have to be in quarantine environment always!!! you are right nothing is always great and nothing always bad!!! wish you a very happy and prosperous 2017!

  20. First of all wishing you a happy and healthy 2017, Denise. Looks like we had a similar up and down 2016. I am sorry about your loss, it’s so sad. And I am happy that you spent so many happy moments making beautiful memories. Wishing you that there will be even more happy memories to make this year. Love your outfit, girl, you look beyond beautiful here and so so happy. You are truly a real beauty, Denise. Stay the way you are, beautiful, lovable and adorable. The past year was more of a roller-coaster to me. There were some very bad moments, e.g. the illness of my bf father whom I truly love, more than I did loved my own father. I am so grateful that he is now so much better and his old self again. Oh and about my updates, next one will be tomorrow, Monday 7am PST. Have a beautiful Sunday, Denise.

  21. That is such a great way to start the new year post.
    Tell me about weight issues. I want to be at the weight level when I used to think I was fat 😀
    But all the food I tell you. Great that you got to visit so many countries.
    Swine flu surely sounds terrible.
    Hope you will have great 2017.
    Happy New Year!
    Richa | Fancier’s World

  22. Worryign about decisions is also a problem for me. I wish I didn’t stress so much! Well done on passing your 2nd year at music college- so good!!!
    Love your blue earrings here.
    I really enjoyed reading this about you.
    I thought of you before Christmas a lot as I discovered that a lot of scenes from my children’s TV serial favourite, The Box of Delights, was filmed in Bewdley!!x

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