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'12's Greatest Hits

Happy (almost) New Year! It's actually going to be 2013 tomorrow. I feel like 2013 is such a weird number... it makes me wonder if it's going to be a weird year. According to the Mayans it's a "new beginning".

For the start of the New Year, I decided I wanted to go through some of my older posts and make a "best of" sort of thing. As I looked through, I cringed at a lot of my older posts unfortunately. And I noticed that a lot of my favorites are the ones where the tone is more honest between myself and my readers. I also saw that as the year went on, and I changed my writing style in this way more and more, I started to write more solid and interesting posts, as well as take better photos. I suppose that's just what time and practice will do. A reminder that things are always getting better all the time, if you want them to.

Funny thing is, I don't feel like I'm getting better at all. Sometimes, I actually feel like I'm getting worse! I'm not always sure that I have something interesting to write about or share, even though I try. I guess it's just a testament to how hard I am on myself... how hard we all are on ourselves. Maybe we can give ourselves a break in the New Year.

Anyway, here is a collection of posts from the last year... in some cases, it was hard to only pick one favorite from each month, but I believe you will like them :)

January- I reminisced as we visited a Bess Eaton down the street from where I used to live as a kid. bess eaton

February- Made one of my all-time favorite treats... a chocolate peanut butter milkshake. chocolate peanut butter milkshake recipe

March- Took a little tour of my vanity, and showed you guys my favorite products/ a rushed version of my makeup routine. vanity

April- This was where I started to open up a little more about the things that were bothering me in the blogging community. I think it was a turning point for me, and I started writing and sharing a lot differently from this point on. coffee talk

May- I showed you how I made the CD cover for the Up to the Moon EP! From top to bottom, making and releasing this EP was by far, my proudest accomplishment last year. uttm make 12

June- I had a whole week of posts in June dedicated to my vacation on Block Island, one of my most very favorite places to visit when I was a kid. mohegan bluffs

July- In the middle of camp! This was a wonderful moment- performing one of my songs in front of the entire staff and all the campers. chantilly sings

August- A very emotional summary of my wonderful/ crazy camp experience, highlighting the good and bad. butterfly

September- A visit with my family after camp, style post, and a short reminiscing of what used to be... outfit 3

October- I LOVE brunch. Like love it. So much that I made a post about it. brunch 3

November- This is when I got my new glasses from Coastal! I really liked the way these pictures turned out :) derek cardigan

December- seemed to be one of the more popular posts in the past few months, and was one of my favorites too. I liked these pictures, and I'm so glad the sentiment of the post rang true to people. Stop diminishing ourselves!! IMG_1619

Have a safe and happy New Year tonight!! xoxo


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  1. I love this whole 2012 post wrap up concept! Great post! I can't wait to see what you have in store for 2013! :)

    Have fun tonight!


    1. thank you! we'll definitely see!! x

  2. What a nice post! It's a great way to see your year, even though I just started following you :-)


    1. yeah, i noticed a lot of bloggers do this :) guess i'm following the crowd, but i do think it's a good wrap up. and like you mentioned, convenient for new readers! x

  3. I love the glasses! so glad I stumbled upon your blog! new follower!



  4. You are so lovely! :)

    I really appreciate reading your April post about the blogging community. It's something I constantly have in mind as I endeavour to expand my own blogging network. I quit Facebook because of the inferiority complex it gave me (perfect lives, 24/7), and sometimes I have to battle the same experience in the Blogosphere. But I really try to focus on the value of the blogging network - connecting with innovative and creative people, and learning from them.

    All the bes for 2013! X


    1. omg, totally. when i first started blogging, i was so excited by it, and looked up to so many of the bigger bloggers. it made me really frustrated when i felt like no matter what i tried, my life couldn't be/ look as perfect as theirs. that's why whenever possible, i try to inject some honesty into my posts. i think it's really important. and you're right, your community and connections are absolutely the most important part of it!! not being the 'perfect' blogger. xoxo

  5. Thank you for your music!


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