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Goodbye Year

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Anyone else getting ready to kick 2017 to the wayside and say hello to a new year? In all honesty, yes, as a whole, news-related, politics etc year, 2017 was a sh*t-storm... but, honestly, for myself, it wasn't a total flaming pile of trash. 

I will say its been a long year. A crazy year. But not an all bad year. In the last few weeks left of the year, I want to take some time and reflect, look at my goals and journal from the past year, and look forward to the year to come. 

I don't make resolutions in the technical sense... but I'm a list maker, and enjoy planning- so I'm sure I'll sit and plan out some things.

One huge thing I'm thankful for in 2017 is that I met some amazing lady friends via Instagram- and am digging having some awesome friends that I get to do big and small things with on a weekly basis. It makes life happy. 

Big THANKS to my talented friend Mikayla for these awesome photos we shot randomly after going to the Creative Babes Christmas Cheers Market on Sunday!


April Showers

Interestingly enough, one of the main ways I got involved on the internet and with blogging way back when was in a fashion community on Flickr and a site called My Style Diary. Fashion used to be extremely important to me- especially looking unique and different... think thrifted dresses and colored tights and costume jewelry. The more absurd the better.

On and off through the years I've had phases where I've done outfit photos- which has always been a bit of an exercise in placing myself in front of the lens. As a general rule I take the photos myself, either with a timer or with a tiny remote... because I am AWKWARD in front of the camera and I hate to subject others to how critical and weird I am. (my sister snapped some photos of me in this outfit yesterday, and in nearly ALL the photos I was squinting like a huge goober.)

I find it interesting to think back on my style evolution- I tend to think for artistic and visual people, personal style can tell a large part of your creative journey.

I had a plaid skirt and beret phase (Not lying. No, I will not post photos) a hippie chick with broom skirts and bell bottoms moment. I went through my crazy vintage stage and big jewelry, then only cute dresses (a la Zooey Deschanel) I had no clue what I was doing while I was traveling the world to come back and go pretty minimal, cutting out most colors and embracing neutrals.

This year though I find myself taking my minimal basics (stripes, chambray and black mostly) and adding some bohemian elements back in. I won't lie, I've always had a bit of a hippy chick floating around in my heart. Maybe it comes from my mom, maybe from the comfort of free flowing feminine clothing and the feel of a bohemian artist who travels the world (except I live in Ohio) I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I'm having fun taking it and mixing it with some of my more grown-up feeling pieces and making it mine.