2013 year-end review

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:
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....ek-of-work
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....hter-style
I really enjoyed adapting my pre-pregnancy clothes for maternity wear:
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....-factor-10
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....its-a-wrap
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....llet-flats

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!
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....-accessory
I even had fun doing the picture perfect challenge while postpartum:
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....-in-review

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.)
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....-two-weeks

My style has been going through a lot of evolution over the past two years since I've been at YLF:
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....revolution
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:
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....r-pics-too
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).
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....r-lookbook
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....1-lookbook
http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....2-lookbook

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!
XOXO,
Natalie

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4 Comments

  • Jewell replied 5 years ago

    My word, you were all belly and the most fab expectant mom I've ever seen! Your style goals for next year sound great. In fact I have the same goals regarding adding a bit of edginess to my polished style persona. Best of Luck and Happy New Year!

  • Shirley replied 5 years ago

    I like your evolution. And the cutest accessory!

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    Wow, I loved seeing all your outfits in one go. What a great year you've had. My faves continue to be your more formal tucked-in looks.

    Big standouts for me: the black trimmed jacket in #1, the orange hat (awesome!), the flapper (you are just gorgeous in that costume), #15 & 21 (complexity delivered simply), and the dragon fly shoes (just brilliant).

    Also, I love love it when you and mini-me dress to match. It's very powerful. No, really!

  • April replied 5 years ago

    Okay, now I'm officially ashamed of myself for being so lazy over this past year and even thinking briefly that it's because I was a SAHM.

    GP, I'm astonished that you managed to stay so chic throughout not just your pregnancy (the easy part, of terms of being busy, right?) but afterward.  Deeply, deeply impressed.

    The dragonfly shoes -- quick, my smelling salts...

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