I'm Lisa Kirk, a wife, mama, writer, and founder. Since 2010, Something Pretty has been home to my favorite memories, reflections, and inspirations. Thanks so much for reading!

Favorite Blog Posts of 2016


Phew…2016 has been QUITE the year in the Kirk family! Finding out we were expecting on January 20 meant that our entire year, from beginning to end, was consumed with planning, preparing for, and adjusting to life with our new family member. It made blogging particularly exciting this year, and as always, I’m thankful to have all these posts to look back on. As we close the door on this life-changing year, I wanted to share a few of my favorite 2016 blog posts!

A fun trip to Maman NYC kicked off my new Style series.

Almost a year after the big day, I finally shared the story of our wedding! Recapped in eight posts: Our wedding morning, our first look, our ceremony, our portraits, our cocktail hour, our reception details, our reception moments, and our highlights film.

Our rehearsal dinner was the sweetest start to our wedding weekend.

As soon as our wedding was blogged, I announced we were expecting!

My gorgeous friend Aelish‘s wedding was such a joy to be a part of, and I was so happy she let me share the photos!

We spent our first anniversary in my childhood home of Singapore, recapped here: part 1 and part 2

After having a baby, buying a house was our biggest life change this year. I recapped our house hunt here: part 1 and part 2

Our home tour on move-in day!

Five things always in my fridge was a kind of random, but really fun post–I’d love to do more of these in 2017!

Our baby showers were so joyful! We celebrated with a backyard barbecue in Syracuse and a French-inspired summer white party in North Carolina.

I shared our newlywed apartment tour right after we closed on our new house.

Our nursery tour was totally surreal to post–this room remains our favorite :)

Our downtown Raleigh maternity photos are some of my favorites ever taken of us–plus, the inspiration behind them means so much to me.

Charles Kolbe arrived on September 22!!

Charlie’s baptism party was a highlight of the year–he was baptized in the church where Dave and I were married, and then we hosted a dinner party for 19 in our house!

Our newborn photos rounded out a year of Callie (of Nancy Ray Photography) capturing our most special moments. We’re beyond grateful for her!

Thank you, friends, for joining me during such an exciting year! Here’s hoping 2017 is a lot more relaxing, but every bit as joyful :)






  1. Dana says:

    Year of the baby!! And a billion other very grown up things. Proud of y’all :)

  2. Catherine says:

    What a beautiful year! I love seeing these recaps of everything that happened in 12 months. I still haven’t blogged our wedding, and we’re going on two years–oops! Fingers crossed I will get to it soon!

  3. Hannah Hardy says:

    What a FULL and FUN year you have had! I have loved reading along with your posts and seeing all of the adventures you’ve had this year. Blessings to you and your sweet little family this new year!

  4. Kristina says:

    What a year it has been for your little family! Thank you for sharing bits and pieces on Something Pretty and therefore allowing us to go along for the ride. You are a true inspiration and even though I am nowhere near in life where you are (despite being your age ;-) ) I have been so encouraged and motivated by so many posts you shared! Happy New Year and may God bless you! xx Kristina

  5. Robyn says:

    I’ve just loved following along on your blog this year, Lisa!! What a wonderful, exciting year it’s been for y’all! Happy 2017 to you and your sweet family! xo!

  6. Rhiannon says:

    My goodness! From the job at SW, your engagement at the launch party, your gorgeous wedding, new home and finally SWEET Charlie, it has been such a pleasure to watch these much deserved blessings come your way, Lisa. I can’t wait to see you in a few months and hug you. Enjoy ringing in the new year with your boys. Xoxoxo

  7. Em says:

    A lot more relaxing, and every bit as joyful – I wouldn’t say no to that, either! So happy to have experienced so many of these sweet milestones and moments alongside you! :)


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