Friday, December 30, 2011

Looking Back: Best of 2011

These past six months of blogging have been so fulfilling. I can hardly express how much I love this little place I've curated in the blogosphere. Thank you for reading, for your kindness, and for encouraging me every day. You all mean so much to me.

I'd like to take a moment to look back at my favorite posts from 2011. These all stick out in my mind as defining moments...

The first month of blogging, I really had no clue what I was doing. My photos were all taken with my laptop's webcam, so I was very insecure about their quality and what not. But I was very proud of these photos and proud that I was able in this post to marry my two loves: literature and vintage clothing. It's something I've continued to do.

In this post, I expanded my creative thinking and drew inspiration from music to create this outfit. As time has progressed, I find I'm inspired by increasingly random sources. 

Finally! I got a real camera! The photos in this post showed that I was really getting comfortable in front of the camera. This shot always makes me feel like a supermodel. Good feeling to have, right?

Every piece of vintage clothing I own is special to me, but this sweater, since it was my mother's, really deepened that connection with the past. You can see how she wore this sweater in my original post.

This post was the first time I experimented with photography in a public arena. It turned out well, and wasn't quite as scary as I had made it out to be.

The color of this sweater is delicious. You can tell I thought so since I was inspired to wear it by eating a pomegranate. I'm telling you, my inspirations come from odd places. You can read the original post here.

This photo shoot was done with my bestemest friend Angel, and I was so pleased with how the photos turned out. She is so beautiful! It was a fun day.

This post is one of my favorites simply because it involves Alice in Wonderland. Can't say there's any other reason.

This post is one of my most popular, and I am probably most proud of this one. I saw an opportunity for goofy photos, and I went for it. One of the best blog decisions I've made. 

The photos in this post turned out so beautifully, and it's another of my most popular outfits. Since the dress is so unique and lovely, I can't say this surprised me very much.

Thank you again for reading. I'll see you next year <3 


  1. Your blog is wonderful - the photography and writing and your terrific vintage style. Happy new year to you Rachel, and I will look forward to more of your posts : >

  2. You have such an inspirational blog! Your poetry, your photos, it's all so wonderful.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. so happy to have recently discovered your blog. Looking forward to what outfits 2012 will bring!

  4. I'm looking forward to what the next year will bring. (: I'm glad you've had some defining moments with you blog because that means you're gonna stick around!

  5. love your mothers sweater.... I am officially a follower, hope you'll do the same.......have a happy new years......xx

  6. Oh WOW, I love your photos--You should be modeling for Shabby Apple!! You're gorgeous!

    Happy New Year! I hope it is filled with awesome experiences~

  7. So happy you decided to start this blog and that we became good blog buddies! Happy New Year!

  8. I may be a brand new reader, but Im going to be a long-time one! your precious! happy new year n thanks for the lovely comment <3


  9. Really loved this recap post. Your hair is amazing!

  10. Oh, what a lovely recap! I especially adore the nr.5 :) delicious and beautiful indeed! I love love love your vintage style, and your passion for literature just shows through your amazing taste!
    Finally following your sweet blog!
    Good luck, and have a very Happy New Year!!!

  11. although I am a recent follower you have quite the journey. I admire that while you've stayed true to being a blog featuring vintage and literature you've still pushed yourself to do new things. I wish you all the best in this coming year!

  12. Can I just say that you have FANTASTIC hair? Hope you have a great 2012!

  13. Oh my goodness! You are so cute! I love your style and outlook on things... keep it up in the new year! Beautiful Photos! Happy New Years Eve!

    Love & Lollies... Jessa

    Confessions of the Cupcake Countessa

  14. This is a great post! I love how you can see the transformation in the photos alone before reading your descriptions! You've come a long way!


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