Friday, December 26, 2014

2014: Outfits in Review

It's the day after Christmas and all through the house, everyone's grumpy and looking for coffee because they might have added a little too much "spirit" to their eggnog.
My Christmas was pretty fun - dinner with my boyfriend's family on Christmas Eve, then board games and booze on Christmas morning. We're actually continuing the festivities this Sunday since his parents have been busy moving house and want to host us out in Indiana, so it's going to be an extended holiday this year.
I did get my Vintage Secret Santa gift in the mail, but I haven't had a chance to take photos yet. It's really fun and cute, and I should have photos up on Instagram pretty soon.
But anyway, I didn't originally intend to do a post like this. I don't really mind when other people do them, but doing them myself feels a bit... silly? Repetitive? Of course, part of that is the personal perspective - I don't remember other people's outfits with the same clarity that I remember my own, so when other people do a retrospective, it just makes me go "oh yeah, that was cute," rather than "yeah yeah, seen it, done it, whatever," which is my reaction when I do it.
Actually, I had another post planned, but that depended on me being able to take outfit photos earlier this week, which of course didn't happen. Pretend you're listening to The Beatles do Yesterday as you gaze upon my year in outfits.
Yesterday, I thought Blossom meets Pretty in Pink was a pretty good look...
Yesterday, I didn't realize that having a light source behind me meant my photos were going to be really dark.
Yesterday, I could still do victory rolls (oh, for those halcyon days!) and hadn't figured out how to do exposed stomach very well.
All my troubles seemed so far away when I was blonde and could do a killer beehive. And look, I was finally figuring out how light works!
I believe my pinup look was a little goofy, but damn. I looked pretty hot, right?
Suddenly, I realized what natural outdoor lighting can do for a photo.
Now I need a place to hide away from narwhals.
Why my hair had to go - well, repeated amateur bleachings didn't really do it any favors. Quelle surprise.
There's a shadow hanging over me... Wait, no, this is bright and sunny and totally cute. I love my Americana dress.
And then there was that one time I looked like a hooker getting the shakedown on Miami Vice.
Yesterday came so suddenly. That's why I look so surprised. Oh, and I learned how to accessorize!
Someone must have said something wrong, because I look so pissed. Could just be my RBF though.
Ok, giving up on the "use the lyrics from Yesterday" for captions, because the song isn't that long and I took a lot of pictures. It was muggy as hell that day and my camera lens got all fogged up. But hey, abs part 2 works way better.
Kissy face!
Doubtful face.
Concerned face.
My face is better than your face.
Staring at the sun face.
Ka-pow! Pants!
Bam! 60s!
Best. Dress. Ever.

So, what have I learned this year?
1. Natural, diffuse light and a windy day make for the best photos.
2. I need to come up with some more poses that don't involve my hands on my hips. I am not, in fact, a little teapot.
3. I change my hair like some (really gross) people change their underpants.
4. Have fun with my style, don't be afraid to experiment, but don't wear a mini unless I've got tights on because otherwise everyone gets a look at my bum.


  1. This is fun!!! I never get around to such posts.
    Hmmm, it's hard to pick a favourite look, as you were rocking it pretty good alllll year, but I think the Americana frock in my fave colour scheme is it!
    I really dig your narwhal, where do I get my own?! Don't hide from him, he's got something SPECIAL for you!

    1. lololol Yeah, that narwhal's got a real big... horn. :P
      Thank you so much! The sailor dress is a really fun one, I wish I'd been able to wear it a bit more often this year.

  2. A very lovely retrospect. It's amazing the variety of looks you captured this year. Cheers to another year. I must also say you need to do an ode to Cindy Sherman. A couple of these looks this thought popped up in my mind:) Just please don't do the freaky mannequin stuff:)

    1. I just had to google that one, and that is really awesome. A bit weird and off, but fun. You clue me in to some really awesome inspirations, Joanna!

  3. The key to a good recap post is, apparently, witty self-deprecating-or-amusingly-cocky commentary. Entertaining stuff :) I enjoy your wacky narration as much as your adventurous and fun outfits :)

    1. Thanks. I don't think I could do it without taking the piss out of myself a little bit. *lol*

  4. I like these kind of posts - although doesn't stop me also wondering why I'm bothering to write them... In this blog's case, I didn't see some of the earlier outfits before you had your chop though, so that's fun to see. Look at you with your waist out! I just love that blue and green patterned sundress, but as you know I've also really enjoyed some of your more 60s looks this year. You're definitely one of the more innovative style bloggers I read - kudos for that! CC x

    1. Thank you so much! That's a really fantastic compliment to receive. I'm never going to be one of those perfect, polished girls, so I'll happily take innovative.

  5. Goodness me, are you a fashion force to be reckoned with!!! I adored seeing so many of your creative, chic, fun, fabulous looks (and hairstyles/colours) again in one post. You are truly one of my favourite bloggers who shares their looks and I am continually inspired by the bold, beautiful, exciting ways you compose outfits, dear gal! Thank you for this super enjoyable 2014 recap!

    Happy New Year's Eve countdown!
    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thank you so, so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed it.

  6. Love these looks! Especially that navy dress with the red details - a combo that slays me every time. Happy Holidays!

    1. Thank you! That's one of my favorite dresses as well.

  7. I can't decide which outfit I like the most. I like the tartan skirt, the sailor dress and the sailor short pants a lot...but I like the whole set! I think it is outstanding how you could play with many different styles!

    I wish you happy christmas holiday!

  8. You are a GODDESS. Love this recap at just how fabulous you've looked over 2014. I'm expecting great things for the next year... x

    1. You definitely win for the most mood boosting comment. ;) Thank you so much!

  9. You looked awesome this past year!! Your Americana dress is super super cute!

    1. Thanks so much! Americana dress definitely seems to be the favorite.

  10. As I only started reading your blog a few months ago, a lot of these outfits are completely new to me. I didn't know you had longer hair before or that it was such a light blonde. I felt a little apprehensive when I did my sweater round up at the end of the year as well, but I did it knowing how much I enjoy all the other end of the year, round up posts on other peoples blogs. Plus, it was nice to look at them all as a group and see all the things I had done. Happy New, my friend.

    She Knits in Pearls