2014 in Review

On this final day in 2014 (remind me how we’re here already?), I thought it would be fun to look back on the year. I always like reflecting around this time of year and this past week I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’d like to accomplish in 2015. One of those things is continuing to work hard on this blog. I’m very proud of the work that I put into this blog in 2014 and I want to continue to improve my little corner of the internet.

We’ll talk more about some of my 2015 resolutions on Friday, but for now I wanted to share my five favorite style, beauty, and lifestyle posts this year (click the image to go to the original post):

STYLE

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fall capsule wardrobe, fall capsule wardrobe 2014, stylemint striped tee, joe fresh striped tee, levis chambray shirt, j. crew dot boy shirt

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BEAUTY

Essie-Spring-2014

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LIFE

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Thank you so much for your continual support! You all are definitely a big part of what keeps me going and why I love pouring my time and energy into this blog.

Oui Oui

striped shirt, black mini skirt, knee high socks, skirt and knee high socks, classic stripes, stripes outfit I don’t know why, but I feel like I look a bit like a French school girl in this outfit. This is probably nothing like what French school girls actually wear, but in my head, this is how one might dress. Can anyone confirm or deny?

striped shirt, black mini skirt, knee high socks, skirt and knee high socks, classic stripes, stripes outfit Today is my last day in California and tonight I’ll be buckled up on a plane for a red-eye flight back home. It’s been really, really great to spend time with my family this past week and a half, but I’m also looking forward to getting back to my cozy little bedroom in NYC. It’s always nice to have some down time in the city. I don’t go back to work until the 5th, so I get to enjoy being on vacation for one more glorious week.

striped shirt, black mini skirt, knee high socks, skirt and knee high socks, classic stripes, stripes outfit Do you have any fun NYE plans? I think I’m going to do dinner with some friends, then head over to another friend’s apartment for a party. While I was in California, I picked up a sparkly top to wear on Wednesday and I’m still deciding what I want to do with my makeup. I’m trying to get back to the regular schedule this week, so check back soon for some reflections on 2014 and resolutions for 2015!

striped shirt, black mini skirt, knee high socks, skirt and knee high socks, classic stripes, stripes outfit Outfit Details: Joe Fresh black striped tee, LOFT black skirt, Forever 21 necklace, Cable-Knit Over-the-Knee socks c/o Aeropostale, Payless flats | Lips- Julep Plush Pout Lip Crayon in Cardinal Red | photos- my sister

Warm Christmas

fair isle jumper, boohoo christmas, christmas sweaters, family picture, family sweaters, matching sweaters, christmas pictures, holiday pictures I’m so happy to be home in CA! I made it home on Wednesday evening, after a long day of traveling, and since then I’ve just been chilling in my PJs and spending time with my family. My sister came back on Saturday night, so that means that now all four of us are together again for the first time this year (the last time I was home was Christmas 2013).

fair isle jumper, boohoo christmas, christmas sweaters, family picture, family sweaters, matching sweaters, christmas pictures, holiday pictures For most of my life, I’ve experienced warm Christmases. I spent most of my childhood in CA and here the temperature is usually a balmy 65 degrees on Christmas day. When Boohoo contacted me about recreating an old Christmas photo, I thought it would be fun to do a more wintry version of the Christmas pictures we usually take. I picked out these warm and cozy sweaters and yesterday there was actually a bit of a chill in the air, so it was the perfect time to wear them.

fair isle jumper, boohoo christmas, christmas sweaters, family picture, family sweaters, matching sweaters, christmas pictures, holiday pictures I can’t help but get a tiny bit mushy over the holidays because I love these guys so much and I’m so thankful that we get to spend this time together. Tonight’s plan is to try and watch Elf again (last night a few of us fell asleep) and enjoy some of the Christmas toffee that a neighbor gave us. I probably won’t be posting anything this week, so I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful Christmas!

fair isle jumper, boohoo christmas, christmas sweaters, family picture, family sweaters, matching sweaters, christmas pictures, holiday pictures Outfit Details: On the girls: Faye Fairisle Jumper c/o Boohoo, on the boys: Fairisle Mix Jumper c/o Boohoo, on me: American Eagle black hi-rise jeggings, Topshop chelsea boots | Lips- Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick- Kate Moss Collection in 01 | photos- my mom

Gift Guide 2014: For Her & For Him

gift guide, this holiday, gift ideas under 75, gifts under 75, affordable gifts, gifts for her, gifts for him, gifts for guys, gifts for men I can’t believe I’m already posting the final gift guide for this season! Today’s guide doesn’t have a theme- I just wanted to round up a few more gifts under $75 for women and men. Maybe I should have renamed this one the J. Crew/J. Crew Factory guide because a lot of these items come from there. If you’re looking for a one-stop shop, I’d recommended either store/site because they have lots of great gift ideas (and good sales too). I hope you enjoyed this year’s gift guides! I’ve bought about half of my gifts so far and I plan to do the rest of my shopping once I get settled at home in CA.

Tell me: How’s your holiday shopping going?

01. Hugo Guinness for J. Crew Ceramic Box 02. Starlight Bracelet 03. Snowflake Fair Isle Sweater 04. Clear Rosa iPhone Case 05. Golden Ikat Tee 06. Heart Pouch 07. Bow Ankle Socks 08. Salut Travel Cup 09. Leather Card Holder 10. Misc. Goods Co. Playing Cards 11. Touchtec Ragg Wool Gloves 12. Slim Sweatpant 13. Fishs Eddy for J. Crew Ceramic Anchor Mug 14. Twill Tablet Case 15. Winterweight Flannel Workshirt

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