My 2017 Recap!

HELLO 2018!!!

I truly can’t believe another year has passed, why does it feel like they keep getting shorter and shorter?! Looking back, 2017 was filled with so many amazing memories and I wanted to do a recap of some of my favorites! Leave me a comment letting me know your #1 favorite memory from 2017!

#1 Starting 2017 on a CRUISE SHIP

The year started off with a bang (literally…gotta love fireworks). We were on one of our annual cruises when the clock striked 12! Such an exciting way to start the year!

#2 Our First Road Trip

When I was a kid, my family would take 5 hour road trips to Montreal quite often but I had never done a road trip like this one! We drove from Texas all the way to LA in the span of 4 or 5 days (we stopped in New Mexico for a couple nights!). Such a fun experience and a great test on my relationship with Taylor haha!

I have a whole blog post on our trip if you want to check that out HERE!

#3 I moved into a bigger apartment!

This was a really big and exciting move for me! I moved from my one bedroom apartment to a TWO BEDROOM, all on my own! That’s something I’m super proud of. I worked my butt off in 2016 to afford this beautiful apartment I get to live in, so I thought it was fitting to add it to my 2017 recap!

#4 Spoke on a panel with other influencers

If you know me even the slightest bit, you know how big of a deal this was for me! I have extreme anxiety when it comes to public speaking and I had many many anxiety attacks leading up to this panel. Seems kind of silly because I technically speak to thousands of people as my JOB, but actually standing there in front of people makes me want to throw up. But I did it, I put my fears behind me and I talked about things that were important to me to important people. I left that afternoon feeling SO proud of myself, one of the best feelings ever.

#5 Drank (too much) Wine on a SAFARI

Wow so much fun. We got to visit the Malibu Wine Safari and this is easily one of my favorite days out of the whole year! All our friends got together in Malibu and drank wine while feeding a bunch of different animals… how can you go wrong?! Needless to say, I think by the end of it we were all prettyyyyy drunk hahah!

Full blog post on this HERE!

#6 Quick trip to BEYOND WONDERLAND

Our second year in a row, Jill and I went to Beyond Wonderland! I’d never consider myself a “raver” or anything like that, I barely even like dancing (unless I’ve had some alcohol). Although when the opportunity comes up to attend a really cool event like Beyond Wonderland, you bet your a$$ we’ll be there. Turned out to be such a fun night with my BFF!

#7 Road trip to San Diego!

Yet another road trip! My boyfriend was on tour and had a show in San Diego so I thought it would be fun to go down with him for the weekend! It’s just a 2 hour drive so we head down to SD and did all of the fun trendy things to do!

Full post on this trip HERE!

#8 Starting this blog!

I actually started in this social media world on Tumblr! I used to love taking pictures and posting about them on there. Once I kind of grew out of it, I moved over to youtube which I’ll always be incredibly thankful for. In the last year I was looking for something to push me creatively and that’s when the idea of creating a blog came to me. Getting to write (something I’ve always loved) and share my photos in one space seemed like something I absolutely needed to try. I’ve loved every minute of this blogging journey and I cannot wait to see where this continues to go!!

#9 Went to Disneyworld for FREE!

This was so spontaneous and amazing. We were in Orlando Florida for Playlist Live and on a day where we had nothing to do, we were offered free tickets to Epcot! Jill and I had been together a couple years back, but getting to go again (and recreate a photo from 2015) was SO much fun. I did not wake up that morning thinking I’d be roaming around Epcot, I was beyonddd thrilled.

#10 My first time in Chicago!

I had always wanted to visit Chicago and I finally got to with my parents in May! We had such an amazing time there and I’d definitely want to go back in the summer months so it would be a little warmer!

Full blog post HERE!


One of my all time favorite trips ever. I got to go with some of my really close friends on a 3 day all inclusive trip to Costa Rica! From the daily drinks at the swim up bar, to getting a million bug bites, it was a trip I’ll never forget! So beyond blessed to get to do such amazing things with amazing people.

Two blog posts about our trip!! HERE and HERE!

#12 Getting sent to Milwaukee for Summerfest

I had the amazing opportunity to be flown to Milwaukee and attend 2 days at Summerfest! I had never been to Milwaukee or Summerfest before so I was really looking forward to the new experiences. I had such a fun trip with my boyfriend, we ate SO much fried cheese and I couldn’t be happier. Getting to explore a new city is always so exciting and truly never gets old.

#13 Meeting my parents in San Francisco!

Another trip with my incredible parents! They flew from Toronto to SF and I met them there since LA is just a quick flight away. We road tripped all the way down the coast from San Francisco back to LA, making many cool stops on the way! Now that I live so far from my family, I really appreciate every moment I get with them (especially when we get to go somewhere cool haha).

#14 Getting to be in a video for Buzzfeed

I have been an avid Buzzfeed watcher for years now and it was a HUGE honor being asked to be in a video for them. Little ol’ me, on Buzzfeed, racking up 2 million views in the first couple days. The experience of being on a Buzzfeed set and filming everyday for a week for this video was so cool. I felt like I was living out all my 16 year old dreams.

Click here to watch the video!!

#15 Celebrated 1 year with my boyfriend

365 days after agreeing to be his girlfriend, here we are! Still thriving! Celebrating one year together was so exciting, it felt like our relationship was solid. We became “official” on August 9th after spending the day at Disneyland, so we thought it was only fitting to spend our one year there as well! A few days later Taylor actually got us tickets to see Sam Hunt in concert, so we got to celebrate twice!


Very spontaneously, mom and I booked a European cruise. Sounds crazy right? I know. I did many blog posts on this trip so I won’t say too much, but this was most definitely one of the biggest 2017 highlights.

Dubrovnik | Montenegro | Greece | Split

#17 I dyed my hair brown

As I’m sure you know, my hair is naturally brown. I’ve gone back and forth from brunette to blonde so many times over the years but stuck with blonde for the last year and a half (or so). I was finally tired of my straggly ends and the amount of upkeep needed to keep it looking good, so I dyed my hair back to my natural color! I’m SO happy with my decision and feel so much better about not damaging it constantly with bleach, maybe it’ll finally start to grow again (hopefully hahah).

#18 Got to attend a PRIVATE John Legend Show

Ugh, let’s just talk about John Legend. Truly, a LEGEND. It’s no shocker that he’s an amazing artist but WOW was he mind-blowing in person. I got an invite to attend a wine tasting for his new collection LVE where he did a Q&A (I was standing like 3 feet from him and basically couldn’t breathe because I was so excited). Post Q&A we were led up to the penthouse roof of the Roosevelt hotel in Hollywood where he performed around 4 songs for a Jimmy Kimmel taping. This afternoon took my breath away, I was so astonished that I was standing on this famous rooftop watching one of my favorite artists. I am so thankful for this life.

#18 Road trip to Lake Tahoe

The last road trip of the year was to Lake Tahoe, another place I hadn’t visited before! We were gone for 3 nights and it was a great little taste of “winter” before I went home to Toronto. Such a beautiful trip, so many great sights and we had so much fun together!

Full blog post HERE!

#20 Got a PUPPY

The love of my life right here, little Bradey. She already has an instagram (@babybradey), I highly recommend you follow it if you like puppies (who doesn’t…?). I flew home to Toronto for the holidays and also to pick up my mom’s new puppy! She’s now a 10 week old cockapoo puppy and she’s getting bigger every single day (which makes me so sad). This is the biggest thing that happened in 2017 because she’ll be around for many many years to come, our family dog!! I had a dog growing up but she passed away when I was 14, so having a dog back in the house feels so so nice!

WOW, there it is, my whole year in a single blog post. Looking back at some of my favorite 2017 moments has been so much fun, been quite a few road trips eh?! I didn’t even realize how much traveling I had done over the last year until sitting down now and going over it all.

What an amazing year with amazing people and I know 2018 has so much more in store for all of us! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and look forward to all the new posts to come this next year! 🙂

xo Happy New Year ♥



  1. Isabelle
    January 3, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Such a cute post! I hope lots of success comes to you in 2018 Tara!

  2. Ewa
    January 3, 2018 / 11:20 am

    Oh I wish my year was as awesome as yours. But this year I’m feeling it and you’re definitely a big inspiration for me. I follow you for a really long time and see how you’ve been growing up is just amazing. You are AMAZING. I love you so much! 💕

  3. Victoria Jacobo
    January 3, 2018 / 11:21 am

    WOW what a year Tara! I’m so glad that you allowed us to join you on your fun adventures in 2017. You have taught me this year to be strong and to have fun. I thank you for that. I have to say my number one favorite memory of 2017 was going to the CA State Fair with my friends over the summer. I had a lot of laughs and made some great memories. Can’t wait to see what you do this year. Love you

    • Tara
      January 3, 2018 / 1:04 pm

      Ahhh that sounds amazing, thank you so much for sharing! Love you! 🙂

  4. Malvi
    January 3, 2018 / 11:38 am

    So proud of how much you have achieved over the year, really motivates me to work harder to achieve my goals. Love your blog, and can’t wait to see all the amazing things this year has in store for you. Love you!!! X

    • Tara
      January 3, 2018 / 1:05 pm

      Work hard play hard!!!! Love you!! 🙂

  5. January 3, 2018 / 11:46 am

    I’ve been following you for years and it’s crazy to see how we were with you through all your amazing moments in 2017. It’s amazing to see how you went from your first apartment by yourself while you were attending school to a 2 bedroom apartment. I hope you contuine to reach your goals because your vlogs have always inspired me so if you can do it I know that I can too being a Canadian girl from a city so close to Toronto!!

    If you could check out my blog too that would be amazing, I’d love if you could give me some advice on it and what I can do to make it better!!

    – Alê

  6. January 3, 2018 / 11:52 am

    This post was sooo cute! Found your buzzfeed video through this and it made me laugh a lot

    • Tara
      January 3, 2018 / 1:05 pm

      Thank youuu!!! Omg the Buzzfeed video was SO much fun 😛

  7. January 3, 2018 / 11:57 am

    I wish you the best for this 2018! I love you, thank you for being an inspiration for me💘💕

    • Tara
      January 3, 2018 / 1:05 pm

      You’re so sweet! Thank you so much girl ♥

  8. January 3, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    I feel like I’ve experience all of 2017 with you Tara!!! I always watch your vlogs and remember you doing everything from this post! I love you Tara, you’re the best♡

  9. Sarah Sabra
    January 3, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    love you Tara !!

    • Tara
      January 3, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      Love you more!!

  10. Paige O
    January 3, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    wishing you all the best in 2018! glad I was able to endure these milestones with you from your videos and blog posts! Bradey is sooo cute!! ♡

    • Tara
      January 3, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      All the best to you too girl! 🙂

  11. Courtney Lee
    January 3, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    I remember all of these from your vlogs!!! Sounds like your 2017 was AMAZING and I hope you 2018 is even better. Love you so much Tara!

  12. Neha
    January 3, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    love Reading your different post! it’s such a fun way to share in a different way your 2017 year!! simple and cute
    Also so excited to see what you have in store for us for this year 2018!! love you (since the iPhone vlogs) love from Switzerland xoxo

  13. January 3, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    I’m so genuinely proud of everything you’ve done this year, Tara! It’s been such a crazy experience following your journey for years, and it’s so heartwarming to see how truly happy you are! I hope our paths cross one day (especially since we both live in LA…), but for now, my #1 fave memory of 2017 is definitely starting my own blog (It would mean the world to me if you checked it out –! I made YouTube videos for four years, and I finally decided it was time to try something new, and a blog seemed like a great idea… so here we are! Love ya lots!! ❤️

  14. Laure
    January 3, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    Thank you Tara for sharing with us your travels, your days, your whole life. You make me travel, you make me forget my everyday life and you give me a smile. It’s thanks to you that I finally had the courage to do photography. By the way, I even create an Instagram account @lauregraphy to show my photos! Do not change, really. Your blog, your vlogs, your videos, your photos insta, I love everything. It’s been 5 years (maybe 6 ?!) I would say that I “know you” and really I saw you evolve, I even evolved with you and I thank you for it. I kiss you from France and I hope to see you soon! I wish you a wonderful year and share with us your favorite moments!

  15. Roxanne
    January 3, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    You have experienced so much in 2017 Tara, and I have loved every monent you have shared with us.
    I hope in 2018 you experience so much more with your family, friends and of course your boyfriend
    Love you so much xxx

  16. Martha
    January 3, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    This post inspired me to think about everything I did in 2017 and wow a lot happened! Thanks for sharing your life with us! I really enjoy reading your blogs and watching all your videos. Here’s to another successful year 💕

  17. Mika
    January 3, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    I’m so glad that you had a great year with many adventures and many accomplishments. Your blog is amazing!! I love watching your main channel videos and your vlogs and it’s so cool to read about it too! My biggest accomplishment in the year of 2017 was graduating high school and also graduating beauty college to become a cosmetologist! I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for you and what is has in store for me. I love you so much and happy new year!

  18. Madhvi Sharma
    January 3, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    I wish you the best for this 2018! I love you, thank you for being an inspiration for me💘💕

  19. Michelle
    January 3, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    It is SO cool to see you put together all your favorites from the year.. because I watched every vlog and every video, so I feel like I’m reminiscing too! 😊 you are one of the most genuine people I’ve ever “met”, and I so appreciate all of your positivity and gratitude towards life. It’s been so amazing to see you grow – I even feel like we’re friends! I hope 2018 is absolutely fantastic for you!! Best wishes girl! I love you! 💕

  20. Samara
    January 3, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    one of my favorite memory of yours has to be ofcourse bradey! loved how happy u and ur family were when u got her & another has to be your family trip to SF & you starting your blog! you inspire me everyday tara. i wish nothing but the best for you. :’) so exited to see whats in store for u in 2018!! 💕💕 (ps one of my favorite memories of my 2017 was meeting u at universal studios at horror nights!) 💗💗

  21. Samera
    January 3, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    so proud of how far you’ve come!! my favorite memories of yours has to be bradey of course! loved seeing how happy she made you and your family. also, your trip to SF with your parents and you starting your blog! you inspire me everyday tara. i wish nothing but the best for you. so so exited to see whats in store for you in 2018!! (ps. one of my favorite memories of my 2017 was meeting you at horror nights!!)♡♡

  22. Darija
    January 4, 2018 / 2:52 am

    What a year! 🙂 It’s actually pretty funny seeing all this and knowing exactly everything because I watch your vlogs.. I feel like we are friends 🙂 Glad you had an amazing year, hope this one is even better! Ly Tara <3

  23. January 4, 2018 / 10:12 am

    Such an amazing post Tara! You’re are such an inspiration and your success is very well deserve. Your pictures are so flawless, I’m in awe. Keep up the amazing work!

  24. Wadel
    January 4, 2018 / 11:54 am

    Everything about this post just makes me so happy. It also really motivates me to actually make an effort to do some fun things this year. They don’t have to be super extravagant just some fun stuff that I can enjoy with friends and family that way I can look back at my year and feel like something happened. lol basically make some memories and document them in some way.

  25. Lexi Wargacki
    January 4, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    I hope 2017 treated you well, and 2018 treats you even better. Your vlogs and main channel make me smile when ive been having a bad day. I think of you as an older sister, who always know what to say and gives me inspiration to be happy and consume myself with things that make me happy . Thank you for being you! Love you and have a blessed day, week,month, and year. -lexi p.s i say happy alot

  26. Morgan
    January 4, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    I have been subscribed to you ever since you have made your first youtube video!! I love you so much and love watching you grow into a person I want to be when I am your age! keep up the great work Tara.. and already missing the puppy blogs 🙁

    • Morgan
      January 4, 2018 / 10:20 pm


  27. January 7, 2018 / 7:59 am

    Hello Tara,
    Happy New Year I hope that 2018 will be a great year for you !

    I started to follow you in your vlog channel when you move into your new appartment. I love your vlogs, I love your videos, I love your appartment haha, so sad that we don’t have the same buildings and appartments in France, because I really like your kitchen/livingroom area. Yes I’m french, and I love to watch your videos and your blog is really amazing.

    Have a great day,

  28. Paige
    January 24, 2018 / 4:45 am

    I strive to have a year like you

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