December 28, 2012

Personal Bests in 2012

Well, folks, it’s that time of year again. Time for me to jump on the bandwagon and compile a “Best Of” list. Time to scroll through the sixty-nine blog posts I unleashed into the world in 2012 and select some favorites. Time to take a moment to pat myself on the back at my fairly respectable body of blogging work.

And most importantly, time to thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my stuff. (THANK YOU!)

This past year, I wrote a whole lot more about house-related purchases than fashion-related ones (a side effect of being a first-time homeowner). I also saw art exhibitions (Gaultier at the DeYoung Museum and Ai Weiwei at the Hirshhorn were especially enjoyable), daydreamed about a beach vacation, captured the angst and elation of gift wrapping, and got wistful (as usual) about the month of May.

So without further ado, I humbly and proudly offer you my ten best posts of 2012 (in no particular order):

El Camo Reyle

Connecting luxury make-up brands, artist Anselm Reyle, camouflage and tree bark.

Anselm Reyle for Dior eye shadow.

The Closet Dream

This one holds a lot of sentimental value since it was my first post after we moved into our new home.

Double-wide dream closet. (Not quite as good as a huge walk-in but I’ve got no complaints!)

Double-Take Tuesday: Ed Furlong and a (Female) Model

I like this post for three reasons:

1) I decided to launch the Double-Take weekly feature in October. (Yay!)

2) It’s not often that I successfully come up with male and female look-alikes.

3) After finally joining the Twittersphere this year, I was thrilled when model Henriett Barabás retweeted this post.

Hungarian fashion model Henriett Barabás.

The Fall Buys

Returning to my roots: a reminder that I had originally started this blog to talk about fashion and dispense some practical advice.

J.Crew pleated crepe skirt in one of my favorite colors.

Gettin’ Toasty

My grand discovery this year: affordable, reusable and playful wall decals. (My only regret is not having known about these while renting.)

A tasty trompe l’oeil in our dining room.

Fall N’ Objects

Seeing patterns between domestic objects and the Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collections.

A look featuring a paisley print from the Etro 2012 RTW Collection.


A lovely day in August at the newly-unveiled Barnes Foundation Museum with my mom.

A museum unlike any other.

Cinderella in Running Shoes

My dream of running in Nikes comes true at last.

Style on the run.

Two of a Kind: Alaïa and Asawa

Masters of design and construction during my trip to San Francisco.

Sublime dresses in a subdued palette by Azzedine Alaïa.

Deck the Halls

I happily spent a good chunk of time doing research and crafting this piece. While the skateboard was the epitome of an impulse buy (and it’s currently selling at a 50% discount), non, je ne regrette rien.

10 Crosby Derek Lam skateboard for the Target/Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Some of my other favorite lists from around the Web:

Vogue: Fashion’s “It” Girls of 2012

Harper’s Bazaar: Best Fashion Ads of 2012

T Magazine: The Best in Women’s Fashion and Beauty

Apartment Therapy: Great Ideas from 2012 for Living Well on a Budget

Fast Company: Favorite Products of 2012

NPR Music’s All Songs Considered: The Year in Music 2012


From my archive: Personal Bests in 2011.