1 Year Anniversary with my Dream Car

On this day 1 year ago, Fiona and I met for the first time at BMW Encinitas on a cold, cloudy morning. I remember waking up super early to make the 2.5 hour drive in my at-the-time leased X5 that I was prepared to turn in, with hopes of driving my dream 430i convertible back home.


It was totally meant to be, because everything went so smoothly. That day felt so surreal & too good to be true! Here we are, 365 days and some mods later – FiFi is still my dream car and we have become inseparable!

girl with bmw

I did not anticipate falling so in love with a car, learning about & getting into modifications, and crossing paths with so many awesome people from the BMW community on Instagram. It’s been a fun journey and I’m looking forward to post-pandemic adventures with Fi.

Since I was crazy enough to screenshot all of her dealership listing photos before they got pulled, I thought it’d be fun to look back and see how she’s grown up so far! Enjoy the transformation & stay tuned for more to come 🙂


This year, I’m most proud of her rear end transformation. My first major mod was upgrading Fi’s stock taillights to blackline LCI taillights, and it’s still one of my favorite mods to date! Earlier this year, I got a Valvetronic Designs exhaust on her. Not only does it sound amazing, the dual exit set-up really changes the look. I finally got an excuse to get her a carbon fiber rear diffuser as well 😉 Talk about a booty transformation! I’ll eventually replace the chrome badge with a gloss black badge soon, because small details make the biggest difference.


For the front so far, I swapped the black single slat M sport grilles for the double slat grilles, and got M4 style carbon fiber mirror units on her. I was planning to get Bayoptiks headlights this fall, but now I’m thinking maybe next year.


The front & side will be more complete with a carbon fiber lip and side skirt extensions, which are my next mods coming very soon! I placed a pre-order for the lip and it should be ready to be installed in about two weeks at European Auto Source. I’m excited!


From the side, new wheels are the most prominent change. It’s been a few months since we partnered up with Vision Forged to get her custom forged wheels, and I’m still really happy with how they turned out. They suit her beautifully and I love how the 19-inch wheels make the fitment look more flush even though I didn’t lower her. I also had the amber side reflectors replaced with paint-matched ones – an expensive mod (for what it is) but really does make the car look much cleaner. Worth every dollar in the end.


A side booty comparison because I just can’t get enough! Seriously obsessed with the symmetry of the dual exit exhaust set-up and the more aggressive rear diffuser.


We officially crossed the 5k mile milestone just in time for our one year anniversary, on a little road trip out to Joshua Tree last week!!!

girl with BMW 430i convertible

ILYSM, Fi <3 Happy 1 Year Anniversary & thanks for changing my life for the better – here’s to many more s(miles) and memorable times together 🙂

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