Firstly, thank you to everyone who reads, comments, votes on polls! Secondly, thank you to all of my wonderful fellow fashion bloggers, for your inspiration, style, humour, honesty and community. Thirdly, I thought it would be fun to do a retrospective of what I've done thus far.
The First Fashion Post. I was so nervous about putting my first outfit together. Oh, the pressure! How would I format the post? Should I write where I bought things? I had L take my pictures with our new camera (I hadn't figured out the whole timer thing yet). I sent the link to my blog out to all of my friends - so exciting!
2008: In early posts, I still hadn't figured out how to pose quite right, and I forgot to smile in most of the pictures (I only got one shot, as L is not very patient!). My hair is really short! I started taking pictures of my feet to show off my shoes.
The first comments appear - even more exciting - until I get a weird comment about my feet on this post (it was deleted - he wanted me to email him pictures of my veiny feet). I stop taking pictures of my feet.
Eventually, I figured out the timer. I love seeing my old clothes that I don't have anymore. I've only worn this dress once?
My first Dress Week is in May! I also start to objectively see that certain styles don't suit me (swing jackets, cropped jackets, skirts that are too long). I'm not layering a lot - my outfits are pretty simple, often with a belt or single bold piece of jewelry being my accent piece. My skinny jeans are still in my wardrobe then:
My consignment shopping finds start to appear, as do my first shots of the accessories ("the stuff"). By August, I am getting at least one comment on every post! Kasmira comments! I feel like I've "made it"! My hair starts getting whackadoo.
I also post my craziest outfit so far: what I wore to see Alice Cooper in concert. Not your everyday style! I got 6 comments on that post - the most ever to that point (not counting my own responses to comments).
My glasses snap in half while I'm out shopping - oh, the drama! New spectacles appear, and my very first guest on the blog, Mom:
I post a mini-tour of my closet. I am pushing my own limits on what is appropriate for work by wearing vintage jewelry, sparkly clothing and...pleather pants:
And for the first time, I post a picture of myself when I was fat:
Inspired by Jane (formerly of Work That Wardrobe), I participated in the first Capsule Wardrobe Challenge. Also inspired by her, I begin to ponder a resolution for the New Year...and I start making goofy poses:
I also give out Major Awards!
2009: The year of my Fashion Resolution - no new clothes or shoes! I shopped thrift, consignment, swapped with friends (and strangers at an organized swap event), and got gifts. I feel like this was the turning point for my style, as I got a lot more creative with mixing items.
A series of request posts (including the massive "How to Spice up Your Man's Look" post) yield a huge amount of comments. Wow!
Kitties appear at regular intervals:
More goofy poses, and a speech. Outfits go terribly wrong.
My new thrift/second-hand only shopping starts to yield some amazing pieces, like my python jacket:
I celebrate my first blogoversary by recreating what's left of my first outfit - my hair's getting long:
I stumble upon my Casual Friday rocker uniform, revolutionizing my casual look with layering tees over long-sleeved shirts, adding denim and texture and rocker accessories:
I got recognized for the first time! Vintage dresses are on my radar:
My jewelry box got an airing and I talked about cycling through your clothes for profit at consignment stores.
My yellow boots were acquired, causing a frenzy of Paint-drawing at work:
And I did the Canadian tuxedo: double denim!
The 2nd Capsule Wardrobe Challenge was a blast, and I blogged a whole week of what I ate. I also wore a leather dress to work:
And I got a tattoo:
But I finished my whole year of no new clothes/shoes - and did a recap and gave out some more Major Awards!
2010: I started to blurb about books and reading an hour a day (it's tough going).
I finally figure out how to brighten up my pictures!
My most comments ever (19) came from this outfit:
And here we are! That was so fast...and yet it feels so long. Again, thanks everyone for being here.