Looking Back On 2017

Buckle in for one very lengthy, rambly post…

It’s the last day of 2017, a Sunday of all days, what a day to end the year on, but what a year it has been. Writing this post, the only way I can describe how I feel is full – ending the year on such a high, enjoying a little vacation in Tasmania with my sister and parents. A few months back I decided I wanted to share with you guys an overview of my year as well as some pictures I took throughout. There have been so many amazing memories I’ve created with some of my favourite people so I’ve compiled it all into one post to share and to look back on for myself. I just want to end 2017 by saying a quick thank you to all my gorgeous friends and family who have made my year such a fun and happy one.

Looking Back On 2017 | Cate Renée

JANUARY & FEBRUARY

Mum and I kicked off the year with a trip up north of Western Australia to Karratha to visit her best friend from high school, Linda. We spent countless hours soaking up the sun and cooling off at Hearson’s Cove – there certainly were a few Vodka’s in hand too. I loved watching my Mum and Linda catching up and reminiscing the good ol’ days. This holiday was beyond relaxing and certainly what the doctor ordered after a hectic 2016. As it was a bloody scorcher, I spent one of my favourite holidays, Australia Day, by the pool with my pot-luck family friends and later that evening enjoyed many laughs over a few too many drinks with my best friend Aimee at the Mullaloo Beach Hotel – if only you had seen my Snapchat story from that night #screechingcatvoice. Every year my girlfriends and I make a night of Valentine’s Day to catch-up and see a film. This year after much anticipation, the second installment from the Fifty Shades franchise, Fifty Shades Darker, came out. I really enjoyed it so much so that I ended up seeing it twice in the same week! I have been a long-time fan of Em Rusciano, she is bloody hilarious, beyond relatable and has an amazing set of pipes on her. For the last two years she has brought her stand-up comedy show to Perth’s Fringe Festival, and this year’s the Try Hard tour was a compilation of stories her editor deemed too scandalous to be published in her first autobiography of the same title – the show was a total crack-up.  I ended Feb in the most amazing way: the Adele concert. Words will not even begin to describe how incredible that woman is. I went with my Mum, friend Kendal and her Mum, and although we sat separately we all had a great night, sung out hearts out and chatted the whole way home.

Looking Back On 2017 | Cate Renée

MARCH, APRIL, MAY & JUNE

March was another month of concerts. Just a week after the Adele concert, my friend Kendal and I went to the Justin Bieber concert at NIB Stadium. In November 2016 I bought two tickets to see one of my favourite childhood bands for one of my oldest friends birthday. We grew up listening to the Dixie Chicks in her Mum’s car and every since I swore if they did a reunion tour in Perth that I. WAS. GOING. Prior to the concert we tucked into a massive bowl of creamy spaghetti carbonara at Jamie’s Italian on William Street in the city before walking over to Perth Arena for the show. I thought the stage set-up and lighting was modern and cool as well as the soft rock twist they put on their usual country sound. As the start of autumn rolled around there became an opportunity for me to start working for our family business and after just a couple of weeks I realised just how lucky I am to be able to work from home and with my Mum on something we are both passionate about. For my Dad’s birthday I surprised him with tickets to see one of our favourite artists, Pete Murray, together later in the year. I celebrated my friend Kendal’s 20th birthday at Tigerlil’s and caught up with some old friends I hadn’t seen in years from primary school. Afterwards my friend Aimee and I headed over to one of my favourite bars in Northbridge, Joe’s Juice Joint, to bust some moves on the dance floor.

Looking Back On 2017 | Cate Renée

JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

Winter is my favourite time of year, not only because it’s my birthday but mostly because I love the cold weather and the rain! July 26th was my 20th birthday and I was lucky enough to get the day off work and went to my hair done at my hairdresser’s home salon. She was so sweet and bought my a giant mint chocolate chip muffin to tuck into whilst she worked her magic. After getting my hair done and feeling fresh AF my family joined me for dinner at you guessed it, Jamie’s Italian. I had the most delicious mushroom ravioli dish and a few Rossini’s (Prosecco with red berry purée). Towards the end of July my Great Auntie Brenda and Uncle Jack came over from England to visit and we meet them and my grandparents for a pub lunch. Later we all came back to my house for birthday cake and tea – my Great Auntie and I were born on the same day 50 years apart! The concert tickets I got my Dad were for the night before Father’s Day. We don’t live close to Fremantle so we caught the train down in the afternoon and got some early dinner and drinks at the Sail & Anchor. Pete Murray played at the beautiful Fremantle Arts Centre and although we abided by the rules of not bringing a picnic blanket, no one else did and therefore we were absolutely freezing and ended up sharing a bottle of red wine to try and keep us warm. We spent the following day walking around Walyunga National Park in Bullsbrook in the morning and later relaxed in front of the TV with cheese, biscuits and a few beers. For more than a year I have told myself that I was going to sign up to the gym and get my rear in gear. Well that never happened but I did go to an open day at my local Xtend Barre studio and I have been obsessed every since. I have finally found a form of exercise which I love and leaves me feeling amazing. I’ve also meet some lovely girls at the studio which makes the whole thing even more fun when I go to class.

Looking Back On 2017 | Cate Renée

OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

My best friend Aimee had a joint birthday wine tour with her younger sister who had just turned 18 out in the Swan Valley. It was a glorious day, the sun was out and I had a fabulous time with all my girlfriends and Aimee’s family – many a laughs were had that day! At the end of November my Great Nanna turned 95… can you believe it?! She’s still going strong and because she lives a couple of hours away my grandparents, sister and I made the big drive down to see her the day before her birthday. She still cracks me up with her dirty jokes and comments even at her old age. One of the biggest things that happened in November was the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement *internally screaming* I am a huge lover and follower of the royals, as is my Mum and Nan, and I can’t wait to sit down and see what kind of dress she’ll wear, what flowers she’ll carry and watch the whole wedding unfold next May. For my grandparents birthdays my Dad and I got us all tickets to see Jack Johnson live at Kings Park Botanical Gardens. It was a stunning evening and we had some of the most amazing tapas at a restaurant called The Painted Bird in the city – highly recommend – we actaully ordered every item on the tapas menu. Lastly, I’m finishing off my year on my family vacation in Tasmania. We’ve spent six days in Hobart exploring the city and making day trips to see Port Arthur and Mount Wellington as well as dining at the beautiful Hadley’s Orient Hotel for Christmas dinner. And for the last few days and until January 3rd we’re staying up in Launceston doing much the same, exploring and relaxing and ringing in the new year together.