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Monumental Moments of 2017

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When I think about it, 2017 has been good to me. Before my very eyes, Margo & Me has not only become an informative, international platform that thousands of you visit and take advice from every day, but for me, it has always been an outlet. There’s a fine line I walk with what I publish here for you to read because I always want there to be a takeaway. It’s how I like to write because it’s what I like to read.

Reading someone’s story can sound a bit pretentious at times, so I constantly find myself writing thoughtfully and structurally. Always with you in mind! Whatever I do share, it’s a personal experience coupled by something for you to hopefully identify with. And I take this responsibility very seriously.

From style to travel and beauty, this March will mark Margo & Me’s 4th Birthday! That’s 1,460 days of posts, thoughts, emotions, outfits, lipsticks…you get it. I’ve always been someone who works with intention; that way, my work will maintain its integrity. But I’m constantly challenging myself to think bigger and do bigger, and this year was a perfect example of how what you think into existence, speak into existence, and write into existence will manifest itself into existence.

The Adventure

The first month of 2017, I took a helicopter onto a glacier and hiked my way through an ice cave! I can safely say that’s never something I thought I’d do. That experience alone was so incredibly grounding. I don’t connect with nature as much as I used to when I was younger and I miss it. This set the tone for how full of adventure the rest of my year would be. The #MMWorldTour was officially in full swing and my wildest dreams couldn’t even fathom what what was to come. Where do I even begin?!

My favorite trips were a toss up between our adventures in Cuba and our trip to Positano with Tom Ford. Wait, maybe Rome with Bulgari! And the entire way, I had my one and only by my side for which made these experiences just that much more memorable. Positano was like an alternative reality with a whole new group of people I’ve followed and admired for years. It was tremendously refreshing to share such memorable experiences and form new bonds with new friends. From the cliffs of Positano to the caves of Cabo, Freddie and I enjoyed eight marvelous days in the sunshine drinking one too many margaritas. Then Cuba! Oh how it opened my eyes to culture. It warmed my heart and grounded my soul. We’re currently plotting our 2018 return.

Freddie and I then had the incredible honor of joining Bulgari for a whirlwind weekend in Rome for the launch of their newest fragrance. Alongside anther group of incredibly inspiring men and women, we were given the keys to the city and saw some of the most historical landmarks I probably would have never seen in my life otherwise. I will forever be grateful to my Bulgari family for this magical experience.

As if we weren’t flying high enough from that experience, from there we headed down to the Cannes Film Festival where I attended the Amfar event with Belvedere Vodka. Needless to say, that was a wild night. What happens in Cannes, stays in Cannes, lol!

Freddie and I then set off on another one of our many road trips through the south of France seeing the poppy fields in Aix-en-Provence to hiking the Calques along the way.

From the Hamptons to Anguilla, Turks & Caicos, Malibu, Napa, The Venice Film Festival, Paris Fashion Week and Jackson Hole, we met so many incredible people along the way. To name them all would be longer than this essay.

In 2016, we set a goal, to see as many places we could. And we did. Further proving what I’ve always believed; if you’re passionate about something, set your mind to it and do it. What you want exists, don’t settle until you get it!

Asia 2018, here we come!

400K!

This may seem a little superficial, but it was beyond exciting to reach 400K on Instagram this year! If you haven’t yet read my article called The Instagram Struggle is Real, I highly suggest it. I never thought I’d reach 400K, and to see this community of ours grow is one of the most special things to me.

The Chop

I still don’t regret doing this LOL! Cutting all of my hair off was one of the bravest things I’ve ever done. For someone who’s never died her hair or cut more than three inches at a time, chopping 12 inches was one hell of a nerve-racking decision! Short hair has been so liberating, and while I miss my long locks when I look back at photos, I love how fierce I feel with it short. It suits how strong I’m feeling right now in my life.

My Personal Health

January 2017 marked my journey to what I now consider to be my healthiest life. I was struggling with some not-so-major (more so annoying) health issues, that if not addressed, would be leading to larger issues. I was a slave to my body’s dysfunction and all because of what I was eating. In January, I began to see a nutritionist and we started a process called an ‘elimination diet’ which I strongly recommend if you’re trying to identify what it is that’s irritating your body. By March, I had never felt better. For the first time in my life, I was eating for nutritional purposes. I learned what foods gave me energy and what foods made me tired. I was in charge of my body simply by modifying what I was eating.

NYC Bound

As you may have seen from my recent Instagram post, we’ve announced that we’re moving to NYC and will officially be residents as of February 5th! My desire to live in NYC goes back to before I met Freddie. I actually had plans to move to New York when I first met him! But he told me he wouldn’t let me leave him in LA; that his family lived there and we could go back anytime we wanted. And we did, a lot!

Over the past 8 years, there have been countless flights, and each time I leave New York and arrive back in LA, I count down the days until I go back. Maybe NYC won’t be my home forever, but for now, it’s where we’re meant to be. The energy that’s come back into my life by just the thought of moving is like lightening. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. I’ve always believed in following your heart and your gut and for the past eight years, it’s been whispering to me, “New York, New York”. And l think it’s about time l listened.

Three months ago, Freddie and I made the big decision to jump and do the cross-country move. Cleaning out my closet, selling furniture, applying for a loan, figuring out movers and how I will ship my Piano, Margo, house hunting and every detail in between has consumed my thoughts, but in the best way possible.

I can’t wait for this next chapter, I can’t wait for a new year, in a new city! We’ve started house hunting and starting January, I am going to start a column called NYC & Me, a diary of my move to the big apple. Everything from the moving process, to places to eat, shop, and so much more. Channeling my inner Carrie on this one 🙂

So as we look forward to 2018, I wish you spiritual growth, good health, deep love and lasting laughter. See you back here Monday, January 1st for my 2018 #Goals essay where I’ll be sharing goals for the upcoming year! Happy New Year!

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39 Comments

  • Ashley Barker  • 

    Jenny!! It is pure joy following you, one of my very favorite bloggers. 2017 was huge for you and I including all of your readers can see it no doubt. I have been following you for many years and have seen you not only grow more SO much professionally, but grow immensely into a beautiful, unique, confident individual. And this year has most certainly shown that. Couldn’t be more proud of you and it is such a special thing to follow your kind, generous, open heart. Happy New Year, sending hugs!!
    P.S. CONGRATS ON THE NYC MOVE! I freaked when I saw it, as that is my ultimate dream xoxo

  • It’s always a pleasure to follow your adventure! You are a huge inspiration for me and I wish you all the best for the next year to come! I can’t wait to read you new articles!
    Tous mes voeux de bonheur pour cette nouvelle année!

  • So amazing! happy new year, babe!
    xx
    https://closettostreet.com/

  • Love your blog and happy for all your success this year! Would love to hear about the changes you made in your diet routine to get to a healthier place. It’s definitely something I can relate to since I have also had health issues and had to cut certain things out and it’s something I still struggle with. Wishing you another amazing year with many more monumental moments!

  • Ewa Macherowska  • 

    Beautiful <3
    Happy New Year! x

    http://www.evdaily.blogspot.com

  • Jo Ann DiGiacinto  • 

    Jenny, congrats on an incredible year for you. I have been following your blog for years and you and your team create such wonderful content. Your pictures are simply beautiful, as are you. I don’t often comment on blog posts but I had to let you know I see all the hard work you put into your posts/videos. They are not just pretty pictures. I love your style and your giddy personality. Best of luck to you in 2018. So happy to hear you are moving to NYC so a pre-welcome to NY!

  • Emma Louise Layla  • 

    What a full on 2017!

    Happy New Year to my favourite blogger – can’t wait to see your NYC content.

    ELL x
    emmalouiselayla.com

  • Christina C.  • 

    I would love to know more about your elimination diet and health journey! There are so many opinions floating around, I would love to see what worked for you as I will probably be doing the same very soon. Happy New Year!

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia  • 

    What a wonderful year it has been … beauty through still images. Let’s bring in another fabulous memory in the 2018 year! ♥️♥️♥️

    ♥️LA BIJOUX BELLA♥️ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • What a year! I still want everything you wear. 😉 Looking forward to following along as you move to NYC. See you in Feb for NYFW!

    xo, Amanda
    http://www.aglamlifestyle.com

  • Veronique  • 

    Dear Jenny, that was a pleasure for me to follow you through 2017. I must say it loud: it was you with your stories, journeys, advices, videos, fashion and beauty choices who inspired me the most! I’m so grateful for giving me a whole year round lesson of how to celebrate life at its best and be truly yourself. I do appreciate the fact that you always interact with your readers, that’s such an important thing and a sign of respect that sometimes lacks in today’s media world. I wish you and your beloved ones a fantastic 2018!

  • caroline  • 

    What a year ! And congrats for your move to NYC, so exciting !

    https://www.pardonmyobsession.com/2018/01/one-and-only-saint-geran.html

  • Such a great year for you babe!
    Wishing that 2018 only gets better!

    Love,
    Nikki
    http://www.runwaytoroad.com

  • Rebecca Lately  • 

    I can’t wait to see where you go in 2018! I love following along with your adventures, style, and everything else. Happy New Year!

  • Libier Reynolds  • 

    This is so amazing, Jenny! I am in awe of the fierce woman you are. You are truly a HUGE inspiration to me and I value the work that you put into your craft. What gorgeous pictures you and your team created this year. You are an amazing model and most of all a precious woman inside and out. I love the way you write and how you curate your content with such care and classic taste. I look forward to seeing what God has planned for you in 2018. I believe you will blossom into even the highest version of you. May you know how delightful you are. Thank you for all your resilience and diligence! It shows how much you’ve overcome! -Libier Reynolds

    • Wow, how amazing are you?! You are making me have all the feels over here and I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for your thoughtful comment. Have a wonderful year! xx

  • Amazing post! You took some truly spectacular trips in 2017 that’s for sure! Thank you for sharing!

    Blush & Bordeaux

  • its_mathilde  • 

    Reading this blog post makes me understand ones again I love following you and looking at all your contents and pictures. You are doing such a great job with your team. I am just so impressed by the quality and all the ideas you are able to raise. I love everything and I love to see how you are growing in this world. Happy new year Jenny. May this year be amazing for you both and maybe the future baby. Love Mathilde

  • Merlin Samuel  • 

    Hi Jenny,
    Grateful for the year 2017 was for you… so many adventures, memories and experiences! As I read about how you longed for NYC all those years it sounds like my husband who has been wanting (for several years now) to live and work there as well. Denver is our home but one never knows where life and career moves can take us 🙂 So if my husband gets an opportunity there we will be there some day. I am therefore excited to read your column NYC & Me. We have visited the city so many times and loved every minute and memory. Living there will be a whole other ball game. So thank you in advance for your column which will help so many people like myself who love the city of cities.
    Happy New Year to you, Fred and Margo!
    Love,
    Merlin

  • What an incredible year for you! It’s been a joy looking at your memories from 2017. Can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for you, especially when you move to NYC. All the best for the new year! x

    http://www.yzwears.com

  • Just stunning photography, always! Can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring.

    xx Julia

    ExploresMore.com

  • Teresa Mitchell  • 

    I recently came upon your blog and love it. I also lived my New York dream for 17 yrs (leaving LA behind) but then I had to leave NY behind. It was the best 17 yrs of my long life(76 yrs old!). I look forward to reading your blog on the move.
    Your are a fabulous model. The picture of you walking in the poppy fields in that stunning white dress is breathtaking. Your clothes hang on you so elegantly. The choice of backdrops no matter where you are, are perfect. Your make-up, accessories, your style, hair (long and short) locations, you name it, are all so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your moments with us. I am a definite fan. You are the first blog I follow and I love it.

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