2012: a year in review

Looking back, 2012 was definitely one of the best years of my life, and most of you probably know why, and I cannot wait to see what 2013 brings! I don’t know that I’ve ever done a year in review on my blog, probably because I’m still settling into blogging and style, but I think last year was chock full of great things; events, outfits, general… wonderfulness, and for those of you that are new, I thought I’d share the highlights of my year. (Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts.


I wore one of my favorite outfits, ever.

My blog hit 400 followers, and I revealed that after 23 years of waiting, I’d met my true love. I didn’t say in that post, but I knew he was the one even after only a month of dating.


Mr. Owl and I did one of our very first photoshoots together, and I began working at my current job, which fulfilled my secret dream of being a secretary.


Mr. Owl started taking my outfit pictures regularly, and it snowed!


I wore another of my absolute favorite outfits, moved to the most beautiful beach ever, and started a 30 Days of Dresses Challenge. Which I didn’t finish.

I turned 24, reached over 1,000 followers, started accepting sponsors, and started hosting my own blog.


I wore a fashion-blogger cliche outfit, found this awesome owl sign in Seattle, and wrote a tutorial on blog design.

I opened a blog shop, and got fancy for Mr. Owl’s and my 5 month dating anniversary.


I tried the 30×30 challenge… and didn’t finish that, either. Mr. Owl came with  me and my family to go camping at Kalaloch, one of the most beautiful places to camp, ever.

I made a dress, did my very first worn-my-way post, did a style post on Mr. Owl, and discovered how amazingly awesome Beauty Mint skincare is.


I wrote a post about body image, and bared my insecurities.

I posed with daisies, and found a field of flowers that I would later pick and dry for my wedding.

And, monumentally, I quit using the pseudonym of Mara, which I had been using ever since first stepping into the internet scene at the age of 16, and revealed my real name.


One of the best days of my life happened: Mr. Owl Proposed.

And Mr. Owl’s brother took some really amazing engagement photos for us.


I talked about self worth in regards to sex, because young girls and young boys need to know that their worth is more than what’s on the outside.

Mr. Owl and I went to a corn maze, which was SO FUN, and I finally got an iPhone, which meant I got instagram!


Mr. Owl and I did a late Halloween photoshoot, and I started writing for NaNoWriMo.



And, of course, the best thing of all: I got married to the love of my life.

2012 was a good year.

How was yours?

I hope you all have an absolutely smashing and wonderful 2013, full of everything you’ve ever hoped to accomplish!


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