2012-Looking Back & Moving Forward

Reflecting on 2012 I realize that it has been a fabulous, at times trying, but over-all successful year both for the blog and personally. Looking back at a lot of my earlier posts (which you are not allowed to judge me for!!!) makes me want to cringe (Was I suffering a temporary loss of sight when I put that outfit on?!? Did a 2 year old take these pictures?! Ummm did I actually think the things I said were funny???!!), but it also makes me happy to see how far I’ve come, how much I’ve learned and how much the blog has grown. Thank you all so much for reading along & for all of your continued support! It means the absolute world to me! I hope you enjoy the highlights (of Food, Fashion, Fun, Travel & DIY Projects) that I’ve put together below. As for 2013, I have lots of fun projects in the works, but I would also love to hear if there are things you would like to see more of, or if you have any suggestions. Please let me know in the comments.

Most importantly, cheers to an even better 2013!

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Double-Nutella Donuts//Butternut-Leek Ravioli//Blood Orange Donuts//Perfect Steak Dinner//Cookie Bowls//Reuben Wonton Bites//An old favorite//1st Happy Hour Drink//Nicoise Salad//Healthy Pasta Salad//Celebrating the Olympics//The stickiest thing I’ve ever made//Seasoned Oyster Crackers//Ho-Ho Cake//Not your average meatballs//A new way to cook pizza// Cheesy Waffles//A classic winter beverage

Fashion

Flannel & Fur//Face Lift//It’s my birthday//Not my usual look//Santorini Striped//Chanel in Paris//A new favorite Color combo in a new favorite city//Show Clothes//Blueberry Picking//Concrete Jungle//Pink & Pleated//Wild Thing//Denim Double//Double Striped//Up To My Neck//Classics//Holiday Attire  

Fashion

 

Barbados  Barbados pt 1//Barbados pt 2//Barbados pt 3

Santorini

Santorini//A Santorini Happy Hour//Santorini Activities//Santorini Food

Paris France

       Shopping In Paris//A Parisian Happy Hour//Parisian Activities//Parisian Food//The French Countryside

DIY projects

                   DIY Cupcake Bouquet//DIY Terrarium//DIY Letters//DIY Ombre Cut-Offs

Fun

 A Birthday//A new blog series//

Special photos captured in a special place//

My first Video

Paris- What We Did

Although it may seem like we spent a lot of time not enough time shopping,  champagning it up, and stuffing our faces, we did manage to fit in some “typical” tourists attractions….

Notre Dame- In awe of how gorgeous this was!

One of the many beautiful stain glass windows found within

The Louvre- In awe, again, of all the amazing artwork. Also, notice the hearts in the stone up there? People used to draw a symbol in the stones to keep track of how many they made in order to get paid correctly.

Incredible detail, even on the ceiling

Boat tour on the Seine (pictured above is the backside of Notre Dame as well as some house boats)

Eiffel Tower-No words needed!

Place de la Concorde

And we ended the trip with dinner (which I talked about here) & a show at Lido

Paris- What We Ate

Best steak and frites in Paris (aka eat-this-and-gain-twenty-pounds!)

Taking a break from champagning (is that a word??? if not, I’m making it one!) for a very French, very elegant, very insanely delicious lunch by a Michelin star chef at the beautiful and picturesque Hotel La Briqueterie

In-room picnic- including fresh bread, meats, cheeses and olives from (you’ll never believe this!) a drugstore (side note: this is why I now want to move to Paris, because, let’s be real, who wouldn’t want to go pick up some band-aids & leave with fresh bread and macaroons?! They also have a book section (that incudes many Chanel books)….what’s not to love?!)

Laduree macaroons in Paris are a must!

Dinner at Lido

Best hot chocolate (it was ridiculously rich and creamy!) in Paris (and probably the world) at Angelina’s

Paris to Champagne Country

Castle, countryside and vineyards

I know you were waiting on the edge of your seat to find out where I was on Thursday, because, I mean, it was next to impossible to tell from the pictures. But if you somehow managed to guess Moet & Chandon, well, you are one smart cookie! Please allow me to celebrate your smartness with some champagne!

Dom Perignon statue, the church where he is buried & his grave

At Moet & Chandon 

Beautiful exterior & interior

Dom bottles for days, signs indicate the “formula” in those particular bottles, champagne cellars at Moet, bottles waiting to be turned

My favorite part of the tour- the tasting!

At Mumm’s 

Me & a barrel that I wish was full of champagne and I could take it home with me, a map of the champagne region, various bottle sizes, the perfectly sized bottle :)

Final tasting