Happy New Year friends!
It’s hard to believe that the holidays already came and went. Even though I expect it, I’m still surprised at how quickly it’s all over. With yet another year under my belt, I wanted to take a minute to look back on some of my favorite moments from 2016–either for the outfits or something particularly memorable about the post.
This blog has evolved so much over the last year, and I’m sometimes amazed by how much I continue to learn by writing it. Not just about fashion, but also photography, web design and development, social media, networking, running a business… the list is endless. And as I look ahead to 2017, I am really optimistic and excited about what the new year will bring. Even though it can be very time-consuming, this blog is truly a labor of love, and I always look forward to sharing new content with all of you.
Until then, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts from 2016…
This outfit is one of my all-time favorites on the blog. I feel the most “myself” wearing overly feminine looks, and gravitate to delicate and girly details on my clothing. The swiss dots on the tights, pleats on the skirt, and bow on the blouse all fit that bill. Being that this look is created in an entirely neutral palette gives it an overall understated look, which I prefer.
Ah, this is my last look of the year with my long hair. When I feel really lazy, and don’t want to get dressed for work, I wear this general uniform. And those shoes, they are falling apart but I absolutely love them. I have had them for six or seven years, and I’m about to take them to a cobbler to be repaired because I still adore them.
I remember this day so vividly. I had cut off my hair the day before, and I was one month into the crazy new position at my job, so I was working on a Saturday. I got home from work about 2 p.m. that day, and we immediately took photos so that I could blog my new haircut. I also had a dentist appointment that morning, and it was the first day of getting Invisalign. Arnie’s brother was here and we were cooking wings for dinner. Since it was my first day with my aligners, I couldn’t get them in and out yet, and I was so upset because I wanted to eat the wings so badly!
So. Much. Snow. This was right after I got my “Bean boots” which I had to wait months for. Arnie ordered them in October for my birthday in November, and they finally arrived at the end of January. I wore those boots to death last winter when it got so cold!
This was my first time wearing a below-the-knee pencil skirt. I wasn’t sure how it would work on my petite frame, but I really loved it once I tried it on. Pairing it with pale pink makeup and a blush blouse and shoes felt so soft and feminine for the Valentine’s holiday. To date, this skirt is one of my favorite closet staples for work. Bonus: it keeps me from zipping down the halls, cutting people off, at work. I walk so fast that at least once a day, I nearly knock someone over.
This look is one of my favorites just because of how simple it is. I purchased that sweater last winter, and it’s so pilled now from constant wear. In fact, I just had to talk myself into parting with it during my recent closet cleanout due to too much wear, despite liking it so much.
This outfit is made up entirely of pieces that have been in my closet for years. I have always loved that striped turtleneck, and have worn it so many different ways. And that fur vest was a gift from my boyfriend’s family when I was a senior in high school. I think I just finally grew into it. :)
This was my first blog post in months. Because of my new position at work, blogging had become too much for me, and I had to give it up for a while. I was finally able to pick it up again in the springtime. On the morning of this shoot, Arnie and I had done some grocery shopping at Costco, and stopped to scout some locations on our way home. I remember telling him that I felt like my “modeling” was terrible because I was so out of practice. I think this shoot ended up taking us a bit longer because I couldn’t take a decent picture!
Oh my gosh, I will never forget this morning (and Arnie probably won’t either). We went to DeLuca’s for breakfast in the strip district (which worked out great for this babydoll top), and then we walked all over the strip district looking for a specific mural–that we didn’t end up finding–before settling on taking photos in front of this blue garage door. It was so windy that my recently trimmed hair was flying everywhere.
This eyelet romper was everything I loved rolled into one. White, eyelet, backless. The perfect one-and-done weekend or date night outfit.
These shorts were added to my wardrobe mid-summer and definitely received their fair share of wear (as you can see from multiple appearances below). At the same time, I had found this handbag at a Kate Spade surprise sale, and it became my favorite bag for the rest of the summer. It was the perfect size for toting around exploring the city or running errands.
This skirt was my first-ever purchase from Chicwish, and I wasn’t sure how it was going to fit. I had actually bought it at the end of summer the year before, and then put it in storage for the fall/winter months. I debated about whether the length was a bit too long for my height, but ended up preferring the midi length paired with a high heel instead.
This outfit ended up being one of my most-read, most-pinned post of the year. I love finding ways to look taller, and that’s what this post was all about. Arnie and I had gotten up pretty early to take some photoshoots downtown on this morning, so there weren’t many people around. We were able to get some coffee and casually take our photos. It was a really pretty morning.
This jumpsuit sucked me in with it’s criss-cross back. I wore it to a bachelorette party, a date night and a bridal shower. It was such a great piece for so many occasions. Who knew jumpsuits could be so versatile, right?
I probably got the most compliments at work all year on the days I wore this dress. Maybe it’s the playful polka dots, or maybe it’s the overall simplicity and flattering shape, I’m not sure. Either way, this dress always has me feeling womanly and confident, so it’s a win in my book. As a bonus, it’s length is equally flattering with sneakers or flats for a dressed-up weekend look.
This is another one of my all-time favorite looks on the blog, and it’s so incredibly simple. I’ve loved this ruffle-sleeve tee from the moment I saw it. Number one, because it’s a t-shirt that I can wear to work. (Insert Ina Garten saying, “how easy is that?”). In this particular look, I just loved the way the mint green shoes popped against the black and white outfit. You can see this same tee styled here as well.
Oh man, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale–probably every blogger’s favorite sale of the year–is the only sale where items for the upcoming season go on sale before the season starts, instead of clearing out inventory at the end. This sleeveless turtleneck sold out almost immediately, but it was one of the most comfortable, easy and flattering pieces I have in my closet. I really love this piece.
This outfit is a favorite for two reasons: (1) the hat, and (2) the shoes. Also, my baby Jeep made the background of this shot. I remember Arnie telling me he did it on purpose after we finished. :) There were so many people walking the streets this morning in Oakland, which always makes for super awkward sessions. People don’t really know what you’re doing, and usually stare as they walk by. I always get so uncomfortable when that happens.
Ruffles? Check. Bow? Check. Yet another super-girly top in my wardrobe. In this look, I paired it with a hand-me-down skirt from my sister’s closet cleanout. Isn’t that the best part of having sisters?! :)
Okay… really my obsession with ruffles and scallops wasn’t all that obvious to me until doing this round up. It’s pretty clear that my personal style revolves around overly feminine details.
This photo has been the advertisement for my blogger photography services. I always love it when we find a simple brick wall background; such a simple background really makes the outfit stand out. You’ll notice that bloggers really love plain colored walls, and painted brick walls for outfit photos.
Restyling my #nsale turtleneck with this suede skirt that was under $15! Suede was all over the place last fall, and I was really excited to be able to try the trend at such an affordable price point. I definitely wore the crap out of this skirt; it was the perfect choice for our warmer fall days.
I’ll never forget the first time I wore this shirt to work. I had no idea it would be so controversial. I bought it because I liked that it was different and eye-catching, a twist on a classic button-up. When I wore it to work, people were oddly vocal about either liking it or hating it. Some felt that it looked like fabric was just thrown together, others thought it was really interesting and different. Either way, I like it and don’t plan to get rid of it any time soon.
This post wasn’t so memorable for the outfit, but rather the day we took the photos. We had made a trip home for the weekend (we were attending a wedding), and it was literally considered the peak weekend for fall colors. Our hometown in the fall is honestly one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen. The colors are just so beautiful, and if you can get high enough to see them against the rolling hills, it’s the most breathtaking view. I wish these photos did it justice, but they just do not at all.
I think this is my third favorite outfit of the year. The location was part of the Captured::Pittsburgh photo walk that I had done a week or so prior to this shoot, and the outfit is casual but chic. I really liked the way it was dressed down without looking lazy. Adding the lip color was just the right touch to take it to the next level.
Who doesn’t love a good bargain? I’ve had that vest for roughly seven years, and always end up pairing it with dresses sharing the same hem length. Arnie and I shot these photos before heading to one of our favorite date night spots in the city, Smoke. They have the best tacos, and I’ve always been really impressed with their customer service.
It’s funny because I just finished reading George Brescia’s Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life, in which he talks about wearing colors that flatter your natural coloring. This berry, and jewel tones in general, is a color that he picks as most complimentary to a “caviar” colored woman. This was also a fun day for scouting new photo locations. I ended up using this location for the lovely Tracy of A Trace of Cool because I liked the natural brightening effect it had.
I was so excited to collaborate with Pisarcik Greenhouses for this post. I think they have the most beautiful flowers, and their creations are all so pretty. During the summer months, I follow them to different farmers markets to buy their flower bouquets. In addition to having beautiful flowers, they are also just the sweetest girls. I really enjoyed working with them for this post.
And, last but not least, the winter brunch collaboration with some of my favorite Pittsburgh bloggers. It was really fun to see how these photos came together. It’s always fun for me to see the outfits that my blogger friends select, every one of them has their own unique style. This was probably my favorite post of the entire year.
WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Let me know which post was your personal favorite, maybe it’s not even one of those listed above. I would love to hear your feedback!
I hope that you guys are successfully easing back into your routines. I know it was a bit tough for me to adjust after over two weeks off at the end of the year. With two days in, I think I’m already back into the swing of things. I know I have a very busy few months ahead of me at work, but I’m feeling optimistic about continuing my regular schedule of posting three days a week. Why does work have to interfere with your passions anyway? :)