Happy New Year's Eve!
As I think about all that happened in the past year I'm amazed at just how much really can happen in 12 months. We saw both a 70's and 80's clothing revival, some great Netflix (Stranger Things) and network shows (This is Us). We saw a woman run for the Presidential office, some good 80's reboots (Star Wars), a few not so good (Ghostbusters). We saw more deconstructed denim - this year focusing more on hems, "cold shoulder" tops, which continued into fall and winter in sweaters. And of course the epic breakups of Brangelina, Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney, Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs (and so many more). Then there were some of my favorites - Ashley Graham taking the fashion world by storm with her curvy figure and Tim Gunn giving designers a tongue-lashing in a Washington Post article about not designing for "real sized" women. "Make it work, people!"
Personally, 2016 was a year of ups and downs. I started the year off by celebrating good health with my mom, who had just finished radiation for a second bout of breast cancer late in 2015, then in February my dad went into the hospital with congestive heart failure. In May, we were home study-approved, which meant we were "officially" waiting for a birth mother to choose us as adoptive parents for her baby, but then as the months rolled by with no phone call, we realized this period of waiting was just as hard as the others. In the fall I started working on my Style Box idea which had been brewing in the back of my mind since summer, and today I'm actually putting the final touches on today and soft-launching in January (available for everyone in February!) Also in January, I'm also co-hosting a half-day women's workshop and am so excited to see that come to fruition. Hubby & I are hopeful to be chosen and get a baby in 2017....and I have some big goals for this year! SO with all that said, I'm claiming 2017 as "My Year to Sparkle!" And to celebrate, I'll be wearing what a friend of mine calls my "sparkle pants" tonight! Check out the rest of the outfit details below. And cheers to a great New Year to all of you. Thank you for reading and I hope 2017 sparkles for you as well!
NYE outfit details
Express zip cold-shoulder tunic sweater - on SALE| Sequin pants H&M | JCrew metallic heels (no longer available) similar and on SALE |I heart Charlotte clutch from Beautiful Idiot Clothing | Stella & Dot Sutton necklace (just the sparkle layer worn here)