2013: a summary

The end of the year is near (thank you, Captain obvious) and I think it's safe to say that I'm SO ready for a fresh new start. Today (er, yesterday, since it's now after midnight) I most definitely drowned in my own tears because life is just too much to handle at this point. I'm so unhappy with where I currently am at this stage of my life and I'm not afraid to admit it, really. This doesn't mean I am dwelling on my unhappiness-it's quite the contrary, actually. I am always, always trying to find the good in things, but there comes a point where you just can't lie to yourself anymore. You must admit your true feelings and accept it in order to make the necessary changes. It might take some time, but trying for change is the best anyone can do. I feel like every blogger's "Review of 2013" posts have been so happy and upbeat and here I am burdening you with this. I apologize, although I felt the need to say my truth regardless just in case anyone reading this is going through unhappy times- you are not alone and you will get through anything that is currently bringing you down. Keep on keeping on and let's make 2014 a wonderful year.

Aside from that little tidbit, according to my blog, this year, I...wrote a review on the iPhone App called "The Eatery", turned a year older, got featured on the lovely Natasha's blog , shared some of the books that I was and still am reading, wrote about some clothes I used to own, discussed my fear of getting a new dentist, tried the much raved about Wake me Up foundation by Rimmel, shared 15 random fact on me, myself, and I, had an Easter weekend getaway, tried the EOS lip balms for the first time, had an emergency scare with Djinn Djinn, my doggie, made my first Zara purchase, said goodbye to my childhood home, attended my first kite festival, changed my blog's name, took lots of nature walks, shared my summer to-do list, attended a new university, made a couple of visits to California's Hearst Castle, spoke about my personal style icons, visited the annual scarecrow festival, shared about the time there was a bear sighting on campus, went to several library book sales, saw Sarah Brightman in concert for the 2nd time, had a weird skin irritation on my chin, and of course, celebrated Christmas.

If I had to summarize my year according to instagram, I'd say I ate way too much pizza, acted as paparazzi with my dog too many times (I'm surprised he hasn't got a restraining order against me), made friends with real life Bambis (okay, so I just waved to them all the time, but that makes us friends, okay?!), aspired to be the next Van Gogh, took way more shoe selfies than actual face selfies, baked more homemade goodies than the average grandmother, and captured more sunsets than the entire instagram population. And oh, hey! While we're on the subject of instagram, did I ever tell you that recently I had a little "proud" moment when Bucco shoes featured me on their instagram page? Things like that are always fun. :)

Overall, I feel like I had a somewhat productive year. I know, I didn't discover a cure for insomnia or anything, but as I must keep reminding myself (because I tend to forget this easily), I am exactly where I'm supposed to be (we all are). As far as this blog is concerned, I'm happy- it's probably the happiest and safest thing in my life right now and I couldn't be more thankful to those of you who read it and especially those of you who offer kind and insightful words post after post.

Probably the main "improvement" I definitely want to make for the upcoming year regarding this blog is to take more outfit photos. I've compiled the ones from 2013 and I have to say, it's a disappointingly small group of photos. Out of 365 days, these are the only outfits I could come up with?! Seriously!? How is it possible for some people to take outfit photos nearly everyday? Those are the kinds of people who wake up looking like they're ready to walk the red carpet. In my opinion, many of these outfits were a bit plain other than colorful. I need to stop wearing my hair up so much (I blame my inability to find a good hair stylist) and if it ever stops being sunny (not that I want it to stop being sunny, but you know..), I might consider actually showing my eyes in photographs instead of only wearing sunglasses ('cause, yes, I do have eyes- they're brown- speaking of, has anyone ever seen Karl Lagerfeld without his sunglasses? Yep, me neither).

Yep, 2013 was a long, somewhat productive, and interesting year. Definitely not my best, definitely not the worst. Most of all, as with every year that goes by, I'm always thankful. Thankful...for everything.

This was probably my longest post of the year but I felt it was necessary, so I thank you for reading. FYI, 2014 is kind of an awkward number to say out loud (it doesn't roll off the tongue the way 2005 did). Just thought I'd point that out because you know, I'm sure you all cared to hear my opinion on large numbers. ;)

And now I bid you farewell

...until 2014.


  1. Lovely post! I'm sure 2014 will be the best year ever :)

    Jasmine xx For a Real Woman

  2. Hello from Spain: beautiful pictures of the year is over. I wish you a Happy 2014 and that all your dreams and new projects are met. Happy New Year.

  3. You're also going to get through it! Just write a lot, take a lot of pictures and enjoy the little things =) Hope you have an awesome 2014!

  4. i'm really sorry you're not feeling too happy at the moment, that's not nice to hear from anyone. it's good that you're looking for the good though, keep doing that. i hope things get better (and i suppose realising that they're not all too great is a good start!). happy new year! x

  5. Sounds like a very productive year for sure! I hope you are feeling better come 2014 and a new start. I loved hearing about many of the post you wrote on here and loved the look back of all your photos!

    Happy New Year Victoria!

  6. I'm sorry to hear that you've been feeling quite down recently but remember it can only go up from here! I hope you have so many great moments in 2014 and I'm definitely with you on taking more outfit posts. Definitely think you should keep the sunglasses on whether there's sun or not.. that could be your thing! ;) Happy new year! xxx





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