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12.21.12

HIGHLIGHT REEL

here are all of my favorite blogging moments & posts from 2012. a really huge thank you to all of you that have been following along this year. you have no idea how much i appreciate that.

natalie and I began working together on the DIY column in march. she has come up with some of the most creative projects and we have a lot of fun executing them together. soon after, we brought kim on board to starting shooting the column and it felt like a real team. this first post natalie and i did together, a painted camera strap, still is one of my favorites…

a few DIY POSTS for the holidays: 2013 CALENDAR  |  WASHI JOURNALS  |  HANGING LIGHTS

and it was fun to explore DIY videos this year too. i definitely hope to do more of those next year!

travel has definitely taught me a rediculous amount about myself. it has opened my eyes and inspired this blog beyond belief. paris is still the place that captured my full attention…i still think about going back all the time. it’s just the most magical place on earth. it was so great to get to travel there with my boyfriend for one trip and my best friend for the next trip.

TRAVEL POSTS: PARIS  |  LONDON  |  SYDNEY

and when we had some downtime in MEXICO!

it was my plan this year to really push myself with the style column. my love of costumes, concepts, color, and working with talented people came to the surface in full effect in 2012. people often ask me why i hide my face so often, which always makes me laugh. my goal was not to set out and model on this blog. it’s about the clothes and the ideas behind them.

HIGHLIGHTS: CLOCKWORK ORANGE   |  THE SHINING   |  TULLE   |  50’s NIGHTGOWN

or jumping around with lucky magazine…that was a good time.

still a true favorite of mine was working with max (in the hallway of our office building) and creating this fairy tale shoot! it’s like he could read my mind and knew exactly how i wanted these to come out…this was the post that got all my ideas spinning. i knew that style posts like this were going to take a lot of extra effort…and i was right. but i didn’t care.

and then max & i decided to take it in the complete opposite direction and went darker…

i get a lot of comments and emails asking for advice on blogging or graphic design. i remember sitting on the floor at the alt summit blogging conference last year and one of the panels i was listening to sparked something inside of me. i knew i needed to create more original content, add more contributors and ultimately grow. the advice column came alive that month…and every now and then i do more specialized posts about branding or working as a freelancer.

COLUMNS THAT STARTED IN 2012…
COLORFEST  |  ADVICE   |  DIY  |  DRESS YOUR TECH  |  PATTERNFEST

remember this post about jimmy’s awesome banners? and the video we made too…i love putting the spotlight on artists i believe in and really want to do more of that around here.

a partnership is always the best when they just let you run with your ideas. approached us about doing a DIY event, it was so refreshing that they just let us do our thing. and we do so much internet conversing, so it was really special to meet people in person.

ANTHRO EVENT POSTS: DIY inspiration string  |  DIY pom poms

and i know you guys are probably like “we geeeeeet it. you love teaching ” but looking through all the group photos (over 1000 students now!) brings me endless joy. sharing my love of blogging and design with all of these people has been unbelievable. where in the world is going next year? i really want a class reunion…and for more dudes to sign up!

i wish this gif would allow me to include all of the group photos!

BLOGSHOP POSTS: all of them right here

it was pretty special to have jesse capture me & my guy at the beach. and no, they weren’t engagement photos…we are perfectly happy not rushing into any of that jazz. thank you arian for being the most supportive of my random jobs, ideas, travel spaz outs, stressed out mood swings and of course for your good hugs and .

POST: malibu mush

this year i focused on bringing more giveaways to the blog. we had one…ahem…incident. but we had to pick up and move on from that day. you will be seeing a lot more of them in 2013.

and the column that juuuuuust made it into 2012? florals! thrilled to see where this one goes in the upcoming months.

REMEMBER THIS FLOWER POST TOO? here

and boy oh boy do we miss jen gotch around here, eh? she brought us some delicious recipes this year! (she’s all busy running a business now, so we had to part ways. sadly.) one of my favorite recipes was this potato pizza.

FOOD FAVES: GRANOLA PARFAIT  |  BAKED EGGS   |  SARAH’S SWEET POTATO SOUP

it’s been cool looking back through the archives. to be honest, i don’t really have any plans for 2013. my brain and my editorial calendar feel a bit like mush around the holidays…i am sure you can relate…but i am hoping that a few days off will kick me into motion again. that’s usually what slow days do to me.

i’ll see you back here in 2013, ok? let’s make it a fantastic year.

 

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