2013-02-13

Year One

So, in a week it will be officially 4 years ago that I started my blog. I have a lot of feelings about this. I have a lot of feelings about everything, so this is no surprise... I wrote this long post after the first year of blogging and I think a lot of it still holds true. Though obviously in three years much has changed in the blogging landscape... I'll try to keep it short this time.
87% of the time, I love blogging and 13% of the time, I wonder what the bad word I am doing. That 13% mostly happens in the winter too... ugh, winter, why are you so cold and grey? Sometimes the politics, statistics and the business of blogging can muddle my feelings but the one thing that never changes for me, is the love I have for clothing. Some people like music, cars, hockey... I like getting dressed. And it's pretty cool to be able to share that with an audience and to connect with people who feel the same way. I'm not a blog superstar, a photography expert (though we've gone for 4 years without a DSLR and I think we make do pretty well...;) pat on back.) or a social media guru... I'm just a girl who likes cats, thrift stores, good sales and rambling on about little bits of my life. And as long as I am having fun and enjoying myself, than I hope you are enjoying reading here as well. And I thank you for reading here. 

Who knows what the future holds... Hopefully exciting stuff. And more cats.  

I just want to take a little look back and pick a few favourites from each year. Maybe a 4-part looking back post is a bit gratuitous but... I have no excuse... I just thought it's kinda cool to look back, see how my style has changed (and my writing) and to see so many pieces that I still love and wear. 
Again, thanks for reading, commenting, liking and for being pretty freaking cool!

bestofjuly09
(Thrifted vintage Ungaro skirt and the perfect wall as its colour compliment. This will sound so cheesy but this outfit and these pics were the first time that I just felt it all came together. HERE)

bestofjune09
(Elie Tahari dress I found for about $35... I've worn it to many weddings. That is my Mama's necklace and I could stand to borrow it again soon. HERE)

bestofsept09
(Of course I had to include my favourite floor length sequin skirt and a field of cows. HERE)

bestofnov09
(Zara dress, thrifted blazer and the leafy backdrop of the Hamilton escarpment. HERE)

bestofOct09
(Tried and true mix of casual and sparkly. And a giant bun of fake hair. HERE)

bestofdec09
(Thrifted sequins and playing around with Christmas lights. That's the wallpaper we put up in the living room of our old house. Awww... fond memories of that cute little place. HERE)

30 comments :

Martha said...

That first outfit with the pink skirt is probably one of my very favorite outfits you've ever posted/worn. So stylish!

FutureLint said...

Awww, congrats! Your blog is for sure in my top 5 all time favorite blogs! I love your thrifting, your sequins, and the fact that you don't take it all too seriously!

Frannie Pantz said...

I have to say, your genuine attitude, your writing, your thrifting and your sense of humor is definitely a reason that I have been a tried and true fan from the day I first saw your blog. Honestly, I totally am on the same page as you regarding blogging-especially lately. I have a massive love/hate relationship with it. I hope you blog for a billion years to come because my blogroll isn't the same without you (hashtag toomanyconversationValentine'shearts). Keep it up you gorgeous, fabulous, funny, witty, thrifty lady you!

Also--you don't use a DSLR??? I am super impressed!

CP and KW said...

cute! i love this summary post
kw ladies in navy

Jennifer said...

I will forever love your floor length sequin maxi skirt!

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

Unnati said...

Congratulations! I really admire you for keepin' it real. You still blog for same reasons that you started in the first place and that alone is one of the biggest reasons why I read your blog. I stopped reading many blogs because over time those bloggers went from thrifting to super expensive clothes that they got for free and clothes that I can never afford. So thank you for standing by your belief and doing what you love. I love reading your blog. Thank you for being honest.

Lindsey A. Turner said...

Congrats girl! I love everything you wear! You have great style and you are super inspirational! So glad you do what you do 100% of the time!

Lindsey
http://thriftandshout.blogspot.com

Jaclyn said...

You are one of my favorite bloggers because you "keep it real"! Always. We share a mutual love for thrifting (i love seeing your finds) + you are Charlize Therons's twin, just beautiful! ;))Happy 4 years!

xoxo
Jaclyn

Catherine S. said...

C'mon Yen, you are a blog Superstar!!

Kastles said...

awww this is so awesome! Also props to you for your outfits still being in style! If I looked back on mine I know I would cringe :)
Happy thursday
<3 Kastles

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

OMG that maxi skirt! I die!

I just found you recently so this is an interesting post for me to read.

Also I read that long recap post you wrote 3 years ago. Seems like things haven't changed one bit in the blogosphere.

bisous
Suzanne

Ingrid said...

You can thank me for reading, commenting, and liking your blog, but I'm not even slightly cool. That's why I read your blog...to see what cool looks like. Congrats on 4 years... Hope you continue to enjoy it! I certainly do!

Tracy said...

I love your blog!!I look forward to each and every entry,Every morning I check my facebook and then check your blog first before any other ones.I especially enjoy the fact that I too thrift,have cats,enjoy gardening, and my Dad is going thru some stuff too!I hope you continue to enjoy it as much as I enjoy reading it!

newpetite said...

I love our blog!! :)

Greetings from Texas! said...

You are a blogging superstar though - that's the thing. Also, I hate blogging 13% of the time too. Like for real. Congrats girl! Hope to see you soon!

Terri said...

It is you who is pretty cool. Thanks for helping us all look fabulous over the years!

http://stylishsass.blogspot.com

Bethany said...

I'm the worst follower ever because I never, never ever comment, but wanted to say hi and let ya know I've been following you since early 2010 - you are amazing! :)

Alexia Mickens said...

Congratsies on four years!!
Alexia of Sweet Bird + vintage shop, Beautiful Savage

Ayessa said...

Congratulations! Four years, wow! :) Been following you for more than a year now and you are definitely amazing. :)

PS. I love your sequined floor length skirt! <3

Lucy said...

Congrats on the anniversary, and thanks for reposting some of my favorite outfits of yours!

And I love reading your blog precisely because it's *not* totally slick and professional. It's real, honest, and isn't overrun by trends that everyone is wearing. I love seeing your thrift store finds! Keep up the awesome work. :)

amanda said...

i love you. and not just because my face fits perfectly in the middle of your bosom when you are wearing heels and i'm in flats. you are just such a genuine person. and pretty. and awesome. congrats on four years :)

Life etc... said...

Wow congrats on (almost) four years! I like how you summed it up as 'Some people like music...I like getting dressed' - I feel the same :)

life-etcblog.blogspot.com.au

pure Cane Sugar said...

Congrats on 4 years - thats a long time. I havent even been blogging a year yet and it feels like forever. Great photos too. Wishing you the best on the years to come.
♥ xoxo Cori

www.purecanesugarfashion.wordpress.com

Lady of Style said...

Congratulations on your blog-anniversary! I just read your long 1-year-review including the comments and really like your honesty plus your great sense of humour.
I only recently started blogging and wonder where it will take me ;-)

Looking forward to your future posts.
Annette
Lady of Style

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Laura said...

Congrats on your blogiversary! That is so exciting. My one year was this past week; and I have to get a little sappy here, your blog was the first one that I found that was really about thrifting, when I knew that I wasn't a complete crazy for loving thrifting than mall shopping. Thanks for being a great source of inspiration!

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

Heather K. said...

Blog to your heart's content. Though I've never heard from you, I follow you for inspiration and because I also love cats and thrifting.

We definitely have that in common. :)

Natalie said...

Pretty sure that means I've been following you for 4 years then :-) Happy blog-iversary!

Julia said...

I love this retrospective. The lights, the cow, the floorlength gown -- you look beautiful and I'm happy to be catching up on your posts. I've been out of the blog game for 1.5 years but I'm happy to be back and taking a peek at everything you're up to! Much Love, Julia

Sorren said...

I am loving your look back! Seriously, cannot get enough. I can't wait for year 3!