Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Best of 2016

What a whirlwind this Christmas season (and year) has been! I ended up with the stomach flu on Wednesday and stayed in bed until Friday, which made me feel like Christmas week was cut short. To make matters worse, I gave it to Stephen, and he was sick through Christmas Eve! Despite the sickness, we both had a great Christmas and I may still be watching Hallmark Christmas movies.

It truly has been an incredible year. In some ways, January of 2016 seems like ages ago, but in others, it feels like we were just getting started! From different trips and travels to a few great blog opportunities to getting engaged and everything in between, 2016 will always be a year I'll love to look back on.

A few favorite moments of the year:

Getting engaged! This is probably no surprise, but this was easily the year-topping experience for me. Saying yes to Stephen will easily be one of my favorite days and not a day goes by that I don't think about what a special moment that was.
Engagements & weddings: It has been such a fun year watching so many of my friends get engaged and married. It is such an exciting time for so many people and I have loved being a part of it.

The Exumas: This trip. There are few words to describe how I feel about this one. It was 7 days of pure bliss with my family and if I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat!

Create & Cultivate: I loved attending this conference with Shelby & Taylor-Rae. I had never attended a blog conference before, so kicking off the year with traveling to Dallas was a blast for me.

First Ski Trip: I had never been skiing before, so going to Sugar Mountain with Stephen and our friends Emma & Austin was so much fun! We're going skiing again with friends in January and I'm a little nervous but looking forward to it!

The little moments: There have been so many great moments throughout this year... little things that may not have been documented, or written about or Instagramed. But those moments are some of my very favorite. 

Top 5 posts:

That One Dress: This post took off on Pinterest about 3 months ago, and ever since, it has been my most viewed post on Southern Style. I do love that dress...

We're Engaged: No surprise again, but this was certainly a popular post. Loved sharing our story here!

Why I Barre: Any posts I do on Pure Barre seem to be popular ones! This post from 2015 is high up in the all-time post views as well. 

40 Pieces for Your Fall Wardrobe: I loved this post as well because there were so many great pieces for fall this year, but it ranked high in engagement. 

Asking My Bridesmaids: Asking my closest friends to be in our wedding was a special time for me! The girls who will be standing beside me on August 5th are my nearest and dearest, and I can't wait to celebrate with them!

My favorite style moments:

Cheers to 2016 - and let's bring on 2017! I'm signing off of Southern Style until the new year but keep up with me on Instagram & Snapchat (zellebrown).


  1. What an incredible year for you! You've had so many highs and wonderful outfits, I can't wait to see what 2017 brings for you!

    The Adored Life

  2. You really had an amazing year! You look absolutely amazing in all of these looks and you got engaged to boot! I am sure that 2017 will be even better especially with a wedding on the horizon! Wishing you the happiest of New Years!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  3. 2016 was certainly a special year for you!! So happy for your engagement and can't wait to see your wedding in 2017!! Cheers!

  4. Love this recap! Such a wonderful year full of stylish and special moments for you. So sorry you got sick over the holiday!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  5. What an amazing year you had! Congrats on your engagement and here's to a great 2017.
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

  6. What an amazing and special year that you had! I enjoyed following along, and I look forward to everything from you in 2017! Cheers!

  7. You definitely had a great 2016 and I love ALL of your outfits from this year. Cheers to 2017!!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

  8. I love all your outfits from 2016! 2016 was definitely a great year for you! Can't wait to see what 2017 holds for you! xx, I'm Fixin' To

  9. LOVE all of those outfits from 2016 too! Beautiful and flawless!!! I am so happy to hear about all of the wonderful things that have happened to you this year. I look forward to hearing more about your wedding planning and seeing more of your fabulous outfits! :-)

  10. Such an amazing year for you!! So many of my favorite outfits that you've done, too! Cheers to a wonderful 2017!

  11. Such a good year for you! And you had some amazing outfits this year! I hope you guys are both feeling all better now!

  12. Sounds like you had an amazing year! What a fun little roundup!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  13. You had so many fab outfits in 2016 girl - looking forward to more in 2017 & seeing your wedding come together! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  14. Oh no! So sorry to hear both you and Stephen got the stomach flu during the holidays but glad to hear you're feeling better! You had so many great moments and outfits of 2016! I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for you... and of course your wedding! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  15. You've had such an amazing year girl and I love your fashion posts!


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