A FAREWELL TO 2013 / A review of the past year and well wishes for 2014.

Happy New Year's Eve!  I thought with today being the last day of 2013 it would be the best day to reflect on the past year.  What were some of your ups and downs of 2013?  Is there a particular moment that stood out during the year?  And are you making any new year's resolutions? I am fortunate to say that I don't recall any major cons of 2013 however I can recount so many pros with one of the biggest being my first Eurotrip.

To summarize 2013 on the blog, I made a collage with 105 (!!) outfits from the year and my favorite 12 outfits front and center.  Clicking on any of the 12 outfits will take you to the original blog entry.  This was a blast to make because with each and every outfit a unique memory was brought forth and that is what makes blogging so special to me - it creates intimate moments that wouldn't have been possible without the blog.

Thank you for joining me on this blogging adventure in 2013!  It wouldn't be half the fun, and I probably wouldn't have made it through the year, without your love, support, and our connection and I am so grateful that 2013 was such a great year.  Blogging has definitely helped make the year zoom on by.  CHEERS to another year of good times with everlasting memories, new friends and great company, crazy fashion experiments, exploring new trends, and conjuring up outfits!



ONE OF THE LASTS / Animal print statement coat and black leather pants

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Did you have a very merry Christmas?  And eat a lot?  I got a good chuckle out of this meme that I've been seeing all over Instagram and Facebook and it rings true.  I ate so much this past week and I don't regret it one bit.  Had delicious lobster on Christmas and we saved the sauce to toss with spaghetti for lunch/dinner after the holidays, just delightful!  And with Christmas over and me writing this in the wee hours of the 29th, I realized that this is probably one of my last entries for 2013.  Unbelievable!  Time really does fly when you're having fun.

I wanted to continue with the holiday theme but this time lose the red and green and go towards the metallics.  This coat was perfect for just that.  It was hard to capture in pictures but this coat has a metallic sheen to it which was the right amount of shine for a casual outing (but also works for something more dressy).  Wearing it with black leather added an edge to the outfit.


MERRY CHRISTMAS! / A holiday greeting in a red dress and green accessories

Hello, hello, hello!  It's Christmas today!  If you celebrate Christmas then from my family to your's we are wishing you a very Merry Christmas.  And if you don't, we wish you the most prosperous and joyous holiday season.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones; one that is full of wonderful food, warm spirits, and everlasting memories.  Thank you always and forever for entertaining me on this blogging adventure, here's to another great year ahead of us!
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NAPA HOLIDAY / Olive sweater, red bag, striped sweater dress and lots of holiday spirit

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Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  With Christmas just a few days away and me being totally in the holiday spirit due to the week of holiday parties at work, it was hard not to incorporate some red and green in my outfit over the weekend.  Shane and I headed to Napa on Saturday so he could pick up some meat for Wednesday and then we made a pitstop to our favorite winery, had a picnic, and enjoyed a bottle of Moscato.  I had layered up real good so I could stay warm but it was actually not necessary (and I ended up removing a layer!) because the sun was shining bright and there was not a cloud in sight.  It seemed the east coast people got to enjoy some sun this weekend as well since there was a few shocked but happy posts from friends showing the forecast over there.


SWEATER WEATHER / Draped sweater cardigan and blue patterned dress

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Hi! I will surely pay for staying up so late when I get up in a few hours, roll around in bed, snooze a couple times, and am still tired.  I can't help it though, there's just so much to do in so little time.  This sweater is so cozy (it was my blanket on the plane!) that this season it has been the one item I grab when I need an extra layer.  The draping gives dimension, the knit adds texture, and the material packs warmth.  To be honest it is so comfy that I am surprised I haven't slept with it on, haha.


COAT CHECK / Classic bootcut denim, toggle coat. and bright Celine

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TGIF all!!  There is no denying that I love my little Rufus to death so it should come as no surprise that a couple nights ago I spent a good amount of time browsing JRT pictures on the web and pinning them onto their very own Pinterest board.  Just a little something to pick up my spirits when I'm feeling down, this one is especially true of Rufus.  And I am sure all dog lovers have heard of this site already but if you haven't be ready to get some good chuckles out of dogshaming.  That is probably one of my top 10 sites to visit when I need a laugh.


FALL BREAKS / Open-toed shoes with tights in a barrage of Autumn colors

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Happy Monday!  I am one to break fashion rules (like wearing brown with black and white after Labor Day) and here's another one to check off the list, wearing open-toed shoes with tights/stockings.  I usually dive in head first with fashion experiments but with this one I was a bit apprehensive because when I pictured it in my head it just didn't work like the others.  However I have opened the flood gates because I love the look and love that I can wear my spring/summer footwear in winter!  I'm going to be more experimental in the future and see what boundaries I can push with this rule, maybe venture into sandals and/or contrast.  If there's any standout open-toed with tights/stockings combinations you've seen please share as I would love to see so I can draw some inspirations =D


FLORENCE MEMORIES / Postcards from Firenze

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday filled with delicious food (turkey, cranberry, and pumpkin pie, oh my!), good health, and bountiful memories and spent with your friends and family!  Did you try any new recipes for the big meal?  If you have something easy-peasy to share that I can try next year, I would love to hear it.  Can't partake in the turkey recipes just yet, those will have to wait another few years =P

I spent my entire holiday with everyone and everything I am thankful for.  Bright and early Thanksgiving morning my cousins and I went hiking at Joaquin Miller Park, celebrated together over a piping hot bowl of pho, and I ended the day with a hearty meal with Shane and his family.  On Friday I snuck in a little Black Friday shopping with momma before I had to do some stuff at work (a good reminder that I am thankful to have a job...). And Saturday and Sunday I had to nurse myself as I got hit with nausea, cramps, and fatigue.  Feeling much better now and ready to conquer the week!

As I going through pictures from my trip, I came across a few, alright a ton, that I wanted to share.  This first set of pictures are from our day trip to Florence via the Trenitalia train system that took us from Rome to Florence in about 1.5 hours.  Shane was not pleased that I had us up and out by 630am the day after we landed in Rome and even less pleased that our train back to Rome wasn't until 900pm. I say that was my stealthy way to get over the jetlag.  I hope you enjoy the pictures!