Time To Say Goodbye To 2016

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Time To Say Goodbye To 2016

Yet another year has passed. It’s time to say goodbye to 2016 now. There were so many things had happened this year. As usual, there were many ups and downs, just like every year, but 2016 was a turning point for Diva In Me. It gave me a good memory to see how Diva In Me had grown from a baby to somewhat of a teenager. I did mention beginning of the year that there will be growth for Diva In Me this year (post here), and grow we did! While there are still so much possibilities for us to grasp, Diva In Me’s achievements this year, makes me feel contented.

* This song was in my head when writing this blog post (Someday – All 4 One). Listen to this while reading and I hope you’ll enjoy it just as much as me.

 

Let’s do a quick round-up of what 2016 had brought to Diva In Me:

1. REVAMPED THE BLOG

This was priority for Diva In Me this year. I had been thinking about it for a couple of years. It was a huge decision for me to change my blog from Blogger to WordPress platform. There were so many setbacks! I can’t give up halfway because I still need to continue blogging. Perseverance is key here and boy did I learn it the hard way. Look at it now! I am definitely proud of how far we had come and I’m still learning to use WordPress each and everyday. Did you still remember our old outlook? Check out the photo below =)

Diva In Me (Now and then)

2. FOCUS ON EVENTS & CONTENTS

In comparison to 2015, I haven’t been attending as many events and writing as much this year. That is because, I would like to stay focus on brands and content that would benefit the readers. I share in hoping that you will benefit through the contents, be it good or bad. Brands that had been inviting, sponsoring and gave opportunities to collaborate with Diva In Me, I hereby thank you all for your support.

In terms of FASHION, I hope you learn some tips & tricks to experiment it on yourself. I want you to look good in your own way. On BEAUTY, I also hope to introduce products that could be beneficial to you. I can understand that not every brand I’ve introduced might be suitable for you. At least you know about the brand and it’s part of your research to finding the most suitable product for yourself. As for TRAVEL, I do want to be an inspiration for you to experience the world! Create your own adventure and learn along the way. Now that there are so many budget airlines that fly internationally, and also Airbnb that could possibly fit your budget, it only makes traveling possible for all of us.

3. CHANGING HAIR COLOR

I’ve officially changed my hair color from red to orange! I believe this year is the most significant for my hair. To have 2 colors in a year and I’m still able to keep it pretty healthy. It was made possible by Toni & Guy Bangsar! If you’re walking in the mall and I’m there, you wouldn’t miss me due to my hair color! LOL!

Red and Orange Hair

Red hair beginning of the year and Orange by end of the year

4. FRONT ROW SEAT IN A FASHION WEEK

I could only thank one person for this. That is Justin Yap. He’s our local up and coming fashion designer. He even made my sister’s wedding gown last year. This year, he saved the best front row seat for me at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week. Yea, it’s not Paris Fashion Week or NY Fashion Week but to be seated on the front row, it’s still a huge achievement for Diva In Me! Not just that, he even dressed me up in his collection. A girl can only dream and when the dream came true, I’m grateful and thankful.

KLFW 2016

Top – Justin Yap’s KLFW 2016 // Bottom – Dressed by Justin Yap and hair by William Wong (Toni & Guy Bangsar)

5. WORKED WITH ESTABLISHED BRANDS

Looking back, I’m very blessed to be able to work with many established brands out there. Now that I’m listing it out, the list is kind of long – Dior (both fashion & makeup), Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, La Mer, Cotton On, Toni & Guy Bangsar, Me Aesthetic Clinic, Sephora – IT Cosmetics, Yu Academie Salon, Shu Uemura, Melissa and a few more..

Diva In Me Collaborations6. TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE

It looks like Diva In Me team is growing! We now have a Beauty Writer and her name is Sharon Elsie. Actually, she’s been with Diva In Me since 2015 but only in 2016, she has been actively  contributing to the beauty blog posts. I just realize we didn’t have a picture together. That, I shall put in the 2017 goal – to have a picture with Sharon! =D

7. WELL TRAVELLED

Last but not least, I love looking at all my travel pictures. Being affordable is one thing but most important is the good health that allows me to walk and discover the world which I’m thankful for. Places that I’ve created so much memories are – Switzerland (Zurich & St. Moritz), France (Nice and stayed at the beautiful Four Seasons Du-Cap Ferrat), Hong Kong (re-visit), Monaco, Netherlands (Amsterdam), Spain (Madrid), Italy (Florence re-visit & Bologna), England (London re-visit, Hampshire, Stonehenge, Bath & York), Scotland (Edinburgh) and Ireland (Dublin). Pretty extensive huh? Who’s complaining?! I’m not.

Travel 20168. YOU

Yes, you, the one that’s been reading the whole post till this very sentence. I thank you for taking your time to read this post and sticking with Diva In Me through thick and thin. If you’ve been with Diva In Me since the start, I’m sure you can see how far we have come. But, if this is your first post, stick around and enjoy the ride from now on! We won’t disappoint.

Time To Say Goodbye To 2016What more could we asked for? There’s only one thing I would – to welcome 2017 with open arms and hoping that it’ll bring us to a greater height. Most importantly, with good health, Diva In Me will strive to be better. Wishing you a Happy Year 2017! Tell us, how has your 2016 been?

  • Such a beautiful post, Yen! Yes, it is always a great feeling to be able to look back at our achievements in life and celebrate them, no matter how big or small. It sure does look like you have so much to thank for and you have achieved so much just within a year, right?

    We can only wish for the things and people who come into our life, and these are our blessings and we could not have asked for more. You have always been an inspiration, be it a well-travelled gal, or the IT and chic fashionista you are, inspiring us through your blog here. It most definitely is a painful process when it comes to change, more so, such a huge one like revamping Diva In Me and changing platform all together. I bet it was a nightmare. Yeah, only perseverance could have gotten you through it. So it shows how much you love blogging then, right?

    Am glad you you have found a partner to work with, yes, two is always better than one, these days when we ourselves are so busy. I am glad I have one partner in crime too *_^

    Of course, we could have not come this far without the support of brands and most importantly, the readers who stick with us, through thick and thin, through time even. We are blessed in that sense, aren’t we? haha

    Nice number and here’s wishing you a much more exciting, better, fulfilling and rewarding year ahead, for blogging and everything else beyond this, for you deserve the best in life, my dearest friend.

    Keep rocking it, and have fun! Happy happy new year 2017!

    With love,
    Jeann | LUMINNEJ
    https://luminnej.blogspot.com

    • What wonderful comment you had left me on my blog. Thank you Jeann for your kind words. I would personally like to thank you for being a blogger friend from the start. Fate had us met at that event in The Gardens and we had been friends ever since. I’m very blessed to have you as a friend. To share blogging, photography, videography experiences and life itself. Also, have to thank you for taking your time to write a lengthy comment. It’s very much appreciated. I wish you a great 2017 and have fun along the way =)

  • Yen, happy new year my beautiful friend. I just found out you’ve gone orange in this post, hehe. Wow, that’s such a gorgeous hair color gradation effect, I feel that it’s so stunningly done and you slayed it. Yes, I remember the look of the old layout, I loved it then and I also adore this new sleek design you’ve got going on here. I just wanna wish you more awesome things to come this 2017 and that you will continue to be the best version of who you are, always! Thank you for inspiring me with your fashion sense and travel stories, you are someone I look up to! Have a lovely January <3 <3 😀 xx

    Shanaz | Reverie Sanctuary

    • Thank you so much Shanaz! I hope 2017 has been great for you so far. I’m still trying to catch up older messages and replying it, hence now you see my reply here =D
      Now, my hair is violet in color and sometimes the violet fades, it became ash instead! LOL!! Thank you for taking your time to read Diva In Me blog and follow me on Instagram too.