The Best of Hey There, Chelsie 2016
Although this year was crazy, I definitely don’t feel like it flew by as fast as others. Between all the crazy moves and huge life changes we made, this year definitely had times where time went by a little slowly, and other times where it sped right up. All in all, though, I am really grateful for this year and all the lessons I learned from it. But, I’m also really looking forward to 2017 (hopefully the year of NO major moves) and to continuing to grow HTC in new and exciting ways.
I wanted to round up some of my best posts this year (a combination of those that did well on social media and some of my favorites that I wrote.) It’s a really good way to look back at the work I did and to see the fun partnerships I had, along with the growth I’ve been able to accomplish. So, if you’re new around here or if you want to take a peek at some of the posts you might have missed, here are the best 25 posts from HTC during 2016!
The Best of Style:
10 Affordable Fall Outfits to Wear – This was one of the most intensive fashion/style posts I put together, but it was so much fun! I loved being able to rebuild my fall wardrobe on a budget and sharing several style ideas for fall!
Thoughts on Leggings and 2 Ways to Style Them – Sharing my opinion on the great “are leggings pants” debate and two ways to style them!
3 Ways to Style Your Inner Harry Potter Nerd – Not even sorry that I deck myself out in HP graphic tees and jewelry! If you are a Potter head, this post is for you!
Edgy Valentine’s Day #ootd & Loving Myself – I love dressing up for Valentine’s Day for my husband, but this year, I wanted to get dressed up for me, as well. This may not be a typical Valentine’s Day outfit, (it’s definitely on the edgy side) but I love that I am learning to embrace my flaws and rock clothes that I most definitely would have shied away from before.
December Weekend Outfit & Simple Addiction Coupon Code – Sharing my most favorite shoot from the year, a cozy jacket, and a 15% off coupon code to use on Simple Addiction’s site! You know you want to treat yourself to some super soft leggings!
The Best of Beauty
6 Fast & Effective Acne Products – After having a major skin meltdown, I got to work and tried out every acne product I could get my hands on. These 6 are the ones that worked!
Easy & Effortless Beachy Waves Tutorial – I finally mastered the beachy waves hairstyle and shared my first youtube video on this post!
Top 10 Beauty Products Under 10 Dollars – I’m not afraid to spend money on high-end products that work, but I also love myself a good bargain deal! These 10 beauty products are easy on the wallet and truly deliver results!
Worth the Hype? Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette – Another post that gained a lot of traction on Pinterest! I loved putting such a comprehensive review together on this palette and sharing several different looks you could achieve with it. Plus, this was some of my best product photography of the year!
The Best of Blogging
5 Ways to Get Re-Inspired to Blog – After losing my way during the summer when it came to blogging, I finally sat down and found my inspiration again. This post outlines the 5 things I did that helped me get back to blogging!
Why it’s SUPER Important to OWN your Blog (and not rely just on social media) – After having two very ALARMING things happen to me/the online community, I realized how important it is to OWN your website and not rely just on FB or Instagram!
Bloggers, BEWARE Passionfruit Ads – Remember that time Passionfruit Ads stole money from me for over a year? And also stole thousands of dollars from other bloggers? This post gives you all the details on exactly what happened!
6 Reasons Why I Follow You on Instagram – Instagram is arguably the most important social media platform for bloggers to be on, but how do you grow a loyal and engaged audience? This post gives outlines 6 different strategies you can apply to get followers on Instagram!
How to Apply for Sponsored Posts on Social Fabric – One of my most detailed posts to-date, this is FULL of information for bloggers looking to monetize their blogs through Social Fabric. I even have a FREE eBook with a proven pitch template and exact pitches that were approved!
The Best of Lifestyle
How to Start a Bullet Journal – This post has gone viral on Pinterest and it’s been awesome to see so many others hop on the bullet journal train. After going through countless planners and wasting a ton of money, I’m glad I finally found a solution to planning that works for me!
4 Things We Do Together to Get a Good Night’s Sleep – My darling husband is a very loud snorer and it’s been pretty hard to get some good rest with him! This post shares some of our tips for getting good rest at night and one of our favorite communication methods!
The Ultimate Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando: Hogsmeade – This post shared ALL the details of our magical trip to Hogsmeade and all the tips and tricks we learned to help make our trip as amazing as possible!
6 Things to Do After you Move to a New State – I’m the queen of moving after 2016 and have definitely learned my fair share of tricks and tips when it comes to having all your ducks in a row when moving across the country!
Worth the Hype? Plated Subscription Box – Thinking about trying one of those fancy food subscription mail services? I’ve got a completely detailed review on the Plated Subscription box, along with the truth on whether or not it is worth the hype!
The Best Personal Posts
Was I Fearless? A Look Back on 2016 – Reviewing my attempt at living the year as fearlessly as possible and sharing the lessons I learned in the process
Hey There, I’m Chelsie – I decided I should take the time to re-introduce myself on the blog and ramble about my love for Harry Potter, Ron Swanson, and Christmas music.
10 Years Cancer Free & Headbands of Hope – Reflecting on my official 10-year remission anniversary, the lessons I learned during the last year of being cancer-free, and sharing a cause that is near and dear to my heart.
How Cancer Complicated Birthdays – One of my most raw and honest posts to-date where I opened up about how hard of a time I have celebrating my birthday because of survivor’s guilt.
Dear 16-Year-Old Me – Taking a moment to write a letter to my 16-year-old self and giving her some much-needed needed truth and encouragement during the hardest year of her life.
It’s been a whirlwind of a year, and I can’t thank you enough for sticking by me this whole time. I’m planning out my content calendar for the new year and would love to know what kinds of posts you enjoyed or what posts you want to see in the new year! Let me know below!