2017 is finally over!!!! It was a rough year, and I’m really not going to miss it.
Yes, some good things happened. I am super grateful for those good moments and experiences because truly, it was those moments that kept me going. I usually don’t get too personal on the blog, but this past year, I have been dealing with some serious family-related issues, stress-related illnesses, and low-key depression. I’m still working my way through a lot and trying my best to be patient with myself and others. If you have noticed me being more absent from the blog this year, this is why. I’m hopeful that 2018 will be the start of a tide change, but right now, I’m taking things day-by-day.
While 2017 was kind of a fail, it was full of some fashion hits, and today, I’m sharing YOUR favorite posts of 2017!
#15 Shop Your Closet: The Lily Dress by Victoria Beckham x Target
Victoria Beckham’s collaboration with Target was unexpectedly great (the designer collabs seem to be hit or miss), and this dress with a lily print was probably my favorite piece from the collection!
#14 Shop Your Closet: The Mustard Moto Jacket
A moto jacket in mustard? Yes, please! This Shop Your Closet featuring three ways to wear a colorful moto was one of my favorites and yours!
#13 Manic Monday: Boss Lady
This post featured day-to-night looks and alterations of this perfect ELOQUII LBD. I can’t wait until the weather warms up so that I can wear this dress again!
#12 Earn Your Stripes & A Myrda J Giveaway
This dress was a little out of my comfort zone, but that’s what I really liked about it! Myrda J always brings out the sex, and as a fellow petite plus, she knows how to dress our bodies!
#11 Valentine’s Day LookBook: Non-Red Options
I love excuses to dress up as my 9 to 5 and life as a mom of five don’t really bring a lot of opportunities to do so. Red and pink are great colors but they can be a little cliché for Valentine’s Day, so this past year, I decided it would be fun to do a lookbook of non-red options. This soft pastel look was my favorite!
#10 Smiling Fearlessly with Smile Brilliant
My most recent post was also one of my popular of the year! I am obsessed with the mustard yellow color of my skirt, and I am still so excited about the results I achieved with my at-home teeth whitening kit courtesy of Smile Brilliant!
#9 Working It in 2017 & An ELOQUII Giveaway
Being petite is not without its advantages…like wearing tunics and longer jackets as dresses, for example! I love the ease of wearing this blazer as a dress.
#8 Wild Card Wednesday: Ruffle a Few Leathers
There’s something about mixing fresh cotton and girly ruffles with a faux leather moto jacket that just feels so right! I love how the blue pinstripes pop against the black.
#7 Shop Your Closet: Everything Old Is New Again
I’m a big believer in making fashion work for you – your body, your needs, and your preferences. This top was formerly a long tunic on me that wasn’t very flattering. I never wore it even though I absolutely loved the print. I decided to have it converted to a high-low crop top, and it became the perfect summer top!
#6 Wild Card Wednesday: Take Flight
This cute embroidered dress is so easy to wear, and it has become a work wear staple for me. I am so not a morning person, so I am ALL ABOUT one-and-done dressing for those mornings when I’m running late!
#5 Dressing Down
This look was another one out of my comfort zone. I had always worn this dress in more formal ways, but I thought it would be fun to give it a more casual spin with a metallic bomber and white Converse. I liked the look much more than I expected, and it reminded me to experiment and continue to have fun with my style.
#4 Wild Card Wednesday: New Year Ruffles
A piece that mixes fun and sophistication seamlessly? This dress – with it’s side ruffle, bodycon fit, and French phrase pattern – manages to do so!
#3 Favorites of 2016 & Welcome 2017!
My round-up of my favorite posts from last year was one of your favorites this past year! I’m still really digging this neutral look with a neon pop.
#2 My 5th Blogiversary & An ELOQUII Giveaway
I celebrated my 5th blogiversary this year, a milestone of which I am both super proud and amazed! Always a fan of a moto jacket over a feminine dress, this look included some of my favorite outfit elements – black and white palette, mix of textures, and a balance of “hard” and “soft.”
#1 Manic Monday: 9 to 5 Color
This colorful work look was your favorite post this year! Black will always be my first color of choice, but there is definitely power in wearing color. I especially love to wear color in the winter when the weather and short days tend to take a negative toll on my mood. Pretty colors are definitely elevating.So that’s it for my round-up – did your favorite posts of the year make the cut?
My Shop Your Closet posts continue to be popular, and I’m glad because they’re some of my favorite posts as well! I love showing how an item in your wardrobe can be worn in different ways or re-worked to maximize your purchases!
Not surprisingly, my giveaway posts were also really popular. I mean, who doesn’t love free stuff, right?! I hope to continue to partner with great companies to offer some additional giveaways this year!
Stay tuned to the blog for my personal highlights of 2017 (because I believe in focusing on the positive)! To my friends on the East coast, stay warm and stay safe!