It’s only natural that as the year comes to a close, to doing a little looking back at where you’ve been, what you’ve done and in my case (and probably yours too) what you wore. I can say undoubtedly that in the first two categories, it’s been a pretty amazing year. In that last one, there have been hits and misses but that’s what it’s all about, right?
Seriously though, 2013 has been a really wonderful year. All of the highs have outweighed the lows and I look ahead to 2014 with so much to be thankful for and so much that I’m excited about. I’ve also got a to-do list a mile long in my head of things I want to accomplish, enjoy and just plain finish (organize, paint, clean) but that’s one of the fun things about the start of a new year.
I’m thinking about doing a little resolution post, mostly as way to keep myself accountable and have a running list of things I’d like to do next year. But until then, I thought it would be fun to do a look back at some of my favorites outfits of the last year. It’s a list of look that have been inspired by gals on the streets, magazines, other bloggers and the sheer panic of staring at my closet and needing to get out the door in 20 minutes. Hopefully a couple of these looks has helped you conquer the closet panic but mostly I hope it’s showed that you don’t need to buy a million new things or spend a ton of money to look put together.
Thanks for sticking with me this year – it’s been a lot of fun growing and I’m looking forward to sharing more style spotting, getting more readers involved and just keeping this thing moving in the right direction in the new year. Definitely let me know in the comments what you’d like to see more or less of in the new year.
A big, giant thank you goes out to Whitney Neal – the photographer extraordinaire that puts up with my crazy on a regular basis. If you just got engaged or are looking for someone to shoot your family, baby or personal portraits – you need to give her a call. She’s the best.
So how did you fare in all the holiday shopping madness? I scored a few great deals yesterday on Cyber Monday but ultimately passed on the lamest gift for myself – a Dyson vacuum cleaner. Lame right? Sorry but our dog is black and sheds. Too bad that closeout Macy’s one was all sold out. I settled for grabbing some gifts for some of my favorite people.
Now that all my gift madness is out there, I’m going to settle back into my regular posting routine. First up, this casual look from my inspiration board. What I lack in model looks and ease, I try to make up for in silly smiles and enthusiasm over my new favorite top. I decided against the collar (they never look right on me) and opted for this soft number with a bold necklace. Since the weather has been all topsy turvy, this trench was all I need the last couple days although I know it will be back to bundling up in no time flat.
If you’re like me and trying to stretch the clothes in your closet so you can save up for gifts, I definitely recommend combing Pinterest for some solid inspiration. Every time I get lost on there, I find tons of looks that can easily be recreated with things I already own. Gotta save up for that fancy vacuum, ya know? Yeah right, I’m saving up for a new bag first.
Trench Coat: Banana Republic (Love love love this one & it’s 30% off with code BRHOL13); Jeans: Banana Republic; Top: Anthropologie; Flats: ZARA; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (seen here and here); Cheetah Scarf: c/o H&M (it’s only $13!); Necklace: Dandelion Boutique
Photos by Whitney Neal.
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