I guess it's a good sign that I had a really, really hard time culling down my favorite outfits of the year! I still ended up with a huge number! 2013 was a huge transition year for me. I started out with a huge belly and ended up with a new "accessory", DS2!
I had a lot of fun dressing my third trimester bump for work and MOTG:
I really enjoyed adapting my pre-pregnancy clothes for maternity wear:
I was afraid of how I would figure out post-partum dressing, and was worried I'd have to hide under a rock for a few months, but I pulled out all the apple tricks I knew and managed to to post WIWs continuously, even from the hospital!
I even had fun doing the picture perfect challenge while postpartum:
As with a lot of life, it's never as bad as you fear it's going to be. Dressing through the postpartum change really bolstered my confidence that I can face any fashion (or life!) challenge if I put my mind to it. I went back to work full time at only 7 weeks postpartum, and even though life is crazy and hectic (and DS2 is STILL not sleeping through the night at 9 months), I just keep going with the flow and doing the best that I can.
I also turned 40, and Ms. Scarlet joined me to celebrate the change. She is surprisingly versatile (I actually like the casual outfits with the red Chanel purse even more than the typical dressy looks.)
My style has been going through a lot of evolution over the past two years since I've been at YLF:
For 2013, some things never change--I really love matchy matchy, especially when it's hypermatchy (10, 35, 43-44) or I get to match with my mini-me (8, 20, 26-27). And I still love ALGO and bright colors (18, 25, 41, 42) and playing dress-up (13, 16). My Demure Bombshell persona is here to stay (5, 6, 21, 28, 34). But lately I've also been gravitating toward more sleek and minimalist looks, with more neutrals, solids, leather and studs and "polished ladylike edgy" (29, 31, 33, 39, 40, 45, 46). Interesting that #31 is one of the most simple, but probably one of my favorite outfits of the year!
1-8. 3rd trimester
9-18. Postpartum (4th trimester)
19-27. Fab and forty!
28-46. Matchy matchy and polished ladylike edgy
What are my goals for 2014? I'd like to continue to evolve my style, exploring what Polished Ladylike Edgy means, and streamline and organize my life.
I guess this means that there may be another closet purge in store:
I'd also like to finish up my pregnancy lookbook--I did 1st and 2nd trimester, but need to do 3rd trimester and postpartum (4th trimester).
I hope you all have a happy New Year and can't wait to see what all of you at YLF have in store for 2014!