2013- Looking Back & Moving Forward

As 2013 comes to a close, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little glad. It certainly hasn’t been the easiest of years (personally or professionally), but as I continue to try to be a better, more positive person, I realize that there is still so much to be thankful for (even if it’s just a lesson learned). Mostly, I’m thankful to be alive to ring in another new year. But I’m also thankful for….

birthday cupcake

{Celebrating 2 years of blogging}

Statue of Liberty

{Living in such an exciting place for another year}

fall NYC wedding ideas

{Celebrating one year of marriage with a whole week of wedding posts}

beer and cheese tasting party

{Working with HP + Intel and Project Runway, not once but twice, as well as with Budweiser and several other companies. Oh ya, and this little thing called a magazine appearance happened.}

As far as picking favorite posts, well, that’s never an easy task, but Friday Motivation and Piece of Cake stand out as ones that really helped me get through such a difficult year. Read on to see what other posts made my 2013 favorites….

Kansas Plains Kansas Plains

{A visit back to my college state (Prairie Lands + KC Snapshots)}

Bahamas

{Pictures from our Bahamas honeymoon}

Black and White Outfit

{Black & White outfits were a favorite of mine in 2013}

Chicken 'n Waffles Cupcakes

{One of my most viewed posts for 2013- Chicken ‘N Waffle Cupcakes; and in case you’re wondering, one of my most commented on posts was when I gave some not-so-typical blogging advice}

faux fur vest outfit

{Channeling my inner Rachel Zoe}

a tutu outfit

{Twirling around in a tutu}

menswear blog

{My dapper husband made a few appearances on le blog}

black and white outfit

{I wasn’t lying when I said I wore a lot of black & white}

marshmallow stuffed cookie butter cookies

{Marshmallow Stuffed Cookie Butter Cookies}

Leather Pants outfit

{Finally got my hands on a pair of faux leather pants}

blood orange recipes

{Blood oranges seem to have won the popularity contest in the RC food department…We made Blood Orangcello,  Blood Orange Coffee Cake, and Blood Orange Quinoa Salad}

DIY Bath Salts

{These homemade Bath Salts & Bath Salts Tea Bags made great gifts in 2013}

Limoncello Biscotti with White Chocolate Drizzle

{Limoncello Biscotti with White Chocolate Drizzle}

diy business card holder

{An easy DIY Business Card Holder made from things around the house}

How To Set Up A Guacamole Bar

{Set up a Guacamole Bar for Cinco de Mayo}

boho Brooklyn outfit

{Looked Boho in Brooklyn}

Portland, Maine

{Visited Portland and….}

Bar Harbor, Maine

{….Bar Harbor, Maine (also, seen here)}

summertime Canadian tux

{Rocked a Canadian Tux}

best coconut cupcakes ever

{Made the best Coconut Cloud Cupcakes ever!!!}

red dress blogger outfit

{Celebrated 4th of July in my All-American Girl attire}

how to make milano cookies

{Made one of my favorite cookies, Milanos, from scratch}

maxi dresses

{Maxed out all my maxis during the summer}

what to wear on a picnic

{Had a Polka Dotted Picnic}

how to make a ramen burger

{Ya, this totally happened}

girl in red scarf

{The Girl in the Red Scarf}

pink & black outfit at NYFW

{Pink & Black for NYFW}

How to wear a LBD {A LBD and some over-the-knee boots can never be wrong}

three ways to wear tights

{Showed you Three Ways to Wear Tights}

H&M red sweater

{My favorite outfit of 2013- Lady in Red}

Stuffing Filled Latkes with Cranberry Aioli

{My favorite recipe of 2013- Stuffing Filled Latkes with Cranberry Aioli}

new year's toast

As always, thank you so much for your continued support. It truly means so much to me. Cheers to a happy, wonderful, crazy, exciting 2014!

2012

I’m a little late in saying this but Happy New Years (the holidays really messed up my schedule)!

We brought  in the new year in a casual but very fun way by spending the weekend at our friend’s lake house in New Hampshire. It was full of good food (like brie wrapped in phyllo with Carmel sauce…thank you Carrie!!!) yummy drinks (champagne jello shots), pretty scenery and some fancy jewels (even if you don’t go out it’s still fun to dress up!).

2011 wasn’t the greatest of years so I am glad that it is finally behind me. Lots of upcoming changes and projects will be happening, including right here on the blog (so make sure to check back often…perhaps another contest will be coming your way?!).

In the meantime you can keep up with me/like me/follow me/stalk me via Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin’, Pinterest, Instagram (under Runway Chef) and of course I would love getting a good ol’ fashioned comment on any of my posts :)

Thank you again as always to all who take them time to read what I have to write. I wish you all the best in 2012!