Style Your Senses
A Life + Style Blog for the modern millennial who wants it all.
December 31, 2015 |
Wow, what a year! I can’t even begin to tell you guys what a whirlwind of excitement, projects, creativity, stress and gratitude this year was chock full of. I write this post with the most grateful heart and know that a “best of 2015” post wouldn’t even exist unless you guys even came here to my little piece of the web in the first place. The blog has taken on a new life in the past 365 days and has brought me opportunities that I never dreamed would be possible. I’m able to share what I love (fashion, home decor and DIY) with you guys, connect with so many amazing women from all over the world, and yet still be a full time stay at home mom to my sweet gal. Tapping on these keys to publish a post never gets old to me and wow that’s amazing…I’ve found something that I truly love. A huge thank you and a big bear hug to YOU for coming here every day, your support means the absolute world to me. Moving on from the sappy and on to to highlights…
Top Home Posts of 2015:
#1: Master Bedroom Reveal
Our One Room Challenge where we transformed our “builder beige” bedroom into a calming and serene master retreat was definitely the top post of the year
#2: Guest Room Reveal
Our One Room Challenge for the Spring where I took our dated guest room and gave it a bright and bold makeover was definitely a popular post this year too. People continue to pin that hot pink bamboo dresser, which is also one of my favorite things in the room!
#3: Front Living Room Reveal
You guys seemed to like our Formal Living Room reveal as much as I did. I don’t like to play favorites, but I really really like this room!
Top Fashion Posts of 2015:
#1: Blanket Scarf Tutorial
You guys were just as confused as I was as to what to do with a Blanket Scarf. Thankfully we have figured it out together! If you’re still in the dark see THIS POST on how to wear a blanket scarf 5 ways.
#2: Workout to Weekend Wear
This was one of my favorite posts of the year as well, because I love good + functional clothing. I worked with Carbon 38 to show you guys how to transition non-traditional and fashion forward workout wear to street clothing just by changing out a few key pieces. I love the term “athleisure” and that’s just what this post was all about.
#3: My Mom Uniform
Taking note that you guys really liked this super casual and not much of anything special outfit. In the post, I detailed my “mom uniform” and what pieces I throw on for a busy day chasing a toddler. Are these posts something that you’d like to see more of?
Top DIY’s of 2015:
#1: DIY Tassel Heels
#2: DIY Activity Table | Ikea Hack
#3: DIY Faux Orchid Planter
Definitely my favorite DIY of the year!
Top Instagrams of 2015:
#1: Guest Room Snap | 1,300 likes
#2: Chiffon Dress Snap | 1,200 likes
Similar Dress by the same brand HERE.
#3: Anniversary Sale Fitting Room Snap (items still in stock, see below) 1,100 likes
Hi-Lo Sweater | Black Skinny Jeans | OTK Boots (on sale!)
See below as to what these images have to do with my favorite memories from 2015!
1. Changing from Charming in Charlotte to Style Your Senses
What a scary move to make….a complete “re-brand” and “re-imagine!” Thank you so very much for sticking with me through it, embracing it and telling your friends to read and follow. Style Your Senses feels right to me and I’m SO happy that I switched over.
2. Turning 30
I never really believed people when they said that 30 was good. Real good. And now I do. I loved 30 and learned SO much this year…mainly about myself. I’m so much more confident in who I am…not only as a wife and mother, but also as a friend, daughter, blogger, etc. I know who I am and I know that some people will love me and some won’t. And I know that that’s OKAY. More about this next week.
3. Champagne Brunch Party for BHG
What a total dream it was to plan a champagne brunch party for BHG.com. Still pinching myself that they trusted me to fully imagine, curate and create a party to be featured on one of my all time favorite sites. What the what?
4. BHG Stylemaker in NYC
Wait so you mean BHG actually liked the party I planned for them and decided to invite me to Stylemaker in NYC?! Seriously out of a dream. Being amongst BHG editors and some of the most talented bloggers in the country was a honor that I’m not quite sure I deserved!
5. Sailing With the Scotts
How I ever ended up on a cruise ship with The Property Brothers is still a mystery to me, but man it was FUN! I had a blast hanging with the guys (see more about them here) and some pretty amazing blogger babes for an entire week while sailing to Mexico and back!
One of the major highs of blogging for me is connecting with amazing people. I can’t tell you how many women from across the country that I’ve met through blogging that I can now call friends. What an incredible “job” I have to be surrounded by like-minded creatives who are so supportive and push me to want to be better and do better. I’m so blessed that these two beauties are local to Charlotte, too…love me some Simple Stylings and designPost Interiors!
7. Deck Makeover with Home Depot
I’ve completed more than my fair share of makeovers this year, and this one ranks pretty high on my list. We partnered with HD to give our poor poor pitiful outdoor deck a much needed makeover and we truly loved the result. It’s definitely the project that we’ve gotten the most joy out of and have really loved eating dinner al fresco, roasting s’mores and entertaining our friends on our new deck.
Loved being in Dallas surrounded by some of the most fashionable women from across the world at #rsthecon. It was such a treat learning from the best and meeting some pretty incredible bloggers from around the globe. The two beauties in the photo (Style Cusp and B Soup) might be two of my favs 😉
Being able to attend both Spring and Fall Fashion Week Shows this year was so dreamy. For the February shows the hubby pulled off the most insane surprise for my 30th and flew me there on a whim for some major VIP treatment. Read about that HERE. For the Fall shows, I chose to go up and preview some of my favorite designers collections’…it was such an amazing time!
Thanks again for your support in 2015! I cannot wait to share my goals and plans for 2016…they might surprise you 🙂 Cheers to a safe, happy and healthy New Years.
Love you guys!
December 31, 2015 at 11:18 AM
I love this mix of DIY, interior design, and outfits 🙂 Great review!
Style Your Senses says
January 3, 2016 at 8:25 PM
Thanks so much, Maggie!
December 31, 2015 at 11:55 AM
Love seeing all these highlights! Not sure how I could have forgotten Stylemaker in my roundup lol! Happy New Year sweet friend! Couldn’t have done 2015 without you!
Stephanie @ ChalkSouthernToMe says
January 3, 2016 at 9:55 AM
An incredible year for you, it has been a joy to follow along in 2015! Xo, Stephanie
January 3, 2016 at 8:24 PM
Stephanie- Thanks so much for following along, you are the sweetest! Cheers, girl! xo
January 4, 2016 at 8:52 AM
Thanks for being so transparent!!! I agree that followers want to see relatable pics right alongside the styled ones. Personally, my fave of you is in your “mom outfit”….I think you look really pretty with your hair up in a pony, you should do that more often! 🙂
I can definitely relate to paring down activities and learning to say “no”; my hubby and I are in the process of adopting, I work FT for another company and am building my styling clients on the side. Honestly, it’s inspiring to hear other professional moms admit that there is no way to “do it all.” Life, like our blogs and Instagram, has to be carefully curated. I would love to see more posts like this, so keep ’em coming!
January 4, 2016 at 11:35 AM
Hey Jen! Girl, it sounds like 2016 is going to be amazing for you…I can’t wait to follow along! Believe me, that two letter word NO will be your best friend…especially when that little blessing arrives!
So funny you mention the “mom outfit” post…someone else came up to me and said the same thing the other day that it was their favorite post. Some times I over-think style and really I didn’t set out to blog about high fashion…so more mom style it is! And you’ll see that I actually wear my hair in a pony almost everyday, another reason Instagram lies sometimes 😉
Thanks for following along, big hugs! xo
What are you interested in seeing more of?