Hello my lovelies,

Welcome back to Cappuccinos and Cashmere, your one stop source for fashion, lifestyle, and beauty posts!  As the clock wound down on 2016, I sat down in my office to reflect on the past 12 months.

As a child, the years seemed to drag on.  When I was younger I remember being so excited to turn 10, a teenager, then to get my drivers license. Now, I would tell my younger self to enjoy my youth and live in the moment.  Life goes by in the blink of an eye.  The holidays always remind me of this sad fact.

Okay, enough with the sad-talks, if I keep going, I’ll cry.

This year started like any other, we made plans and set goals.  We stayed warm and celebrated Christmas. What changed in 2016 was my ambitions.

If you follow my blog regularly, I have mentioned how I wish I started my blog so much sooner.  I discovered my favorite fashion bloggers / Youtubers in 2013 and 2014.  I admired them for being such young entrepreneurs in a harsh industry.  More than anything I related to these women.

In January, I sat down with my husband one night and discussed the topic of starting a blog.  In the beginning my husband was skeptical but like any other situation he was supportive (I love him for that).

The next couple of months involved lots of research and analysis. I was determined to make my dream a reality.

Unfortunately, life can take some sudden turns and I was derailed from my blogging dreams in March.  I lost a loved one and I had to take time off to recuperate until June.  My first official shoot in June, prepped the blog post and the blog officially launched on July 7, 2016 (see the post here).

Even though starting the blog was a huge milestone, there was so much work that needed to be done to maintain the blog.  It is not an easy job but I am not complaining, I absolutely love what I do.

In August (to celebrate our wedding anniversary and Danilo’s birthday) we headed west to Arizona.  After Arizona we did a mini road trip through Southern California.  We had an amazing time and look forward to going back to both places soon. You can see more of our trip and Danilo’s birthday (here, here, here, here, here).

The autumn months meant spending a lot of time at home with family.  We turned our spare bedroom into an office and did some major reorganization around the house. I began a rhythm with the blog and I started posting twice a week (Monday and Thursday)!

In November and December I started my first two collaborations within days of each other.  I am an ambassador for Skinny Coffee Club and Zaful – both amazing brands that I love.

I am very happy with the way 2016 treated Danilo and I.  We can only pray that 2017 will be just as great for us. More than anything, 2016 taught me about priorities.  My husband has been and will always be my first priority and my focus will always be to do things to strengthen our love.  I can only imagine all of the adventures we will have in the new year together, can’t wait.

Finally, I hope that you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and wish you nothing but the best for 2017! Also, thank you so much for all of the love and support!  Continue to follow us on our journey!

xoxo,

Aleksandra & Danilo Culafic