Thursday, February 28, 2013

3 Year Blogiversary

Today is the blog's third birthday! It's hard to believe that I've been posting on a regular basis for three years now. I didn't know whether I'd be able to keep up with it when I started. I only knew that I wanted some creative outlet to get me through the monotony of classes and schoolwork. Through this blog photography and the art of creative dressing have become my greatest and most rewarding hobbies.
I started the blog halfway through my junior year of college after discovering fashion blogs a few months before. I became obsessed with them, but I'm not the most tech savvy girl and so I figured there was no way I could ever participate. After some prompting from my friends I just decided that even if my blog was not up to par with the rest out there, it would still be fun to look back on myself and see the progress in my life throughout that time. The early days of my blog are quite embarrassing. I didn't put the time into it that I do now, and I also didn't know how to make my blog aesthetically appealing. This past year things have changed drastically. I put a lot of time into the things that I post and I'm more serious about quality over quantity in posting.
In these three years I have gotten married, moved a couple of times, finished a yearlong teaching residency, graduated college, went through a few jobs, and probably had many more experiences. 
I love blogging and don't see myself giving it up any time soon. Thanks to all who read my little corner of the internet- I am continually amazed that anyone other than myself is interested in reading my daily ramblings!

My style has changed so much over the last three years. Here is one photo from each month since I've started blogging. It's a lot of photos, but it was fun for me to look through and reminisce each season of my life since the time I began blogging. 

February 2010- my very first outfit photo...taken in a hanging mirror in my dorm room...oi vey!

March 2010- I discovered a spot of trees on a hill near my dorm, right behind the school theatre.

April 2010

May 2010

June 2010- This was one of the only photos from June. I would be getting married soon, so I was busy with wedding details!

July 2010- Sean and I got married on July 24, 2010!

And the one outfit photo from that month :)

August 2010- We moved into a small duplex together while I finished my last semester on campus!

September 2010

October 2010

November 2010

December 2010

January 2011- We moved to a new city and into the small apartment we are enjoying now. I started a few online classes to finish off my semester away from campus.

February 2011- I got a DSLR for my birthday! Still don't know how to use the darn thing as well as I should...
I also started working for Macy's and worked there throughout the summer.

March 2011

April 2011

May 2011

June 2011

July 2011

August 2011

September 2011- I began the toughest challenge of my life (so far), my yearlong teaching residency. I was taking a full course load of classes plus student teaching at the same time. For anyone who has got to school for teaching you know how tough that sounds! Most students don't take classes while they student teach.

October 2011

Early November 2011- This is the longest my hair has been, I had a photoshoot with two of my best friends in the woods and we had such a fun time!

Late November 2011- Then I cut my locks to donate. It was around 12 inches of hair!

December 2011

January 2012

February 2012- I started a job during this month along with taking classes and student teaching. I started working for the company I am with now-an afterschool program for children. At this point I was taking classes, student teaching, and working after school. I was at the school about 12 hours a day and then I'd come home and do homework. Not the most shining time in my life, haha.

March 2012

April 2012

May 2012- I graduated from college this month! It was the best. THE BEST feeling.

June 2012- I visited my grandparent's with my older sister and we got some fun vintage photos. :)

July 2012- Tried out a brief stint working for a daycare. It was horrible and I promptly quit and got my old job back at Kid's Inc. afterschool program.

August 2012

September 2012

October 2012

November 2012- Got promoted to a site coordinator position with Kid's Inc-which is what I am still doing now.

December 2012

January 2013

February 2013

Congratulations! You made it to the end :) I can't believe how things have changed. Sometimes in my day to day life I don't feel as though I accomplish very much. It's encouraging to look back on the past few years as a whole and see that I really have completed quite a few great things, which is wonderful to know.
Have a blessed day all! The husband and I are headed to the Twin Cities tomorrow to celebrate my birthday (because Monday birthdays don't count), so I will see you all after the weekend is over!
God Bless,

1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.


Ali Hval said...

Oh my goodness, happy three years, Katie! And what a memorable three years it has been. It was fun looking through your pictures to see how you have grown and how your style has changed... but at the same time, your style has always been you!

Here's to another fabulous 3 years, right? :D

Bethie The Boo said...

Wow, three years! I am impressed! I will only be coming up on two myself this summer. I'm so happy to have found your blog, you have some of the cutest and loveliest vintage style around - not to mention you are a lovely person to know! Happy blog-i-versary and Happy birthday!

Mrs. Dork said...

Happy third blogiversary! I enjoyed looking at all of your old photos. It's amazing how much can change in just three years!

Lindsey Louise Bales said...

wow, congrats on three years of blogging! that's awesome! man, i have so long to go before that! (i haven't gotten to my one year yet!). i loved looking through all of these older photos of your style. it's so cute to see what has stayed the same and what has changed!

lindsey louise

Milex said...

I really enjoy your creaitvity

Kristian said...

Wow, congrats on three years Katie! It was so fun to see pictures of all along the way.

Also, you were one seriously pretty bride!

Chari T said...

Wow congrats to you!!!! In a few months I'll celebrate my 2nd bloggerversary !!! Your wedding dress was gorgeous!! I wish you many more happy years of blogging! Happy Weekend Birthday!!!
Much Love
Chari T (deep fried stilettos)

Rose-et-Violet said...

Wow, looks like a wonderful journey of three years! Congrats :)


Kristi said...

Congratulations! I loved seeing all of these pictures - you have an amazing wardrobe and a great way of putting these vintage treasures together. You are a styling and blogging inspiration to me!

Little-Hat said...

Happy blogiversary, beautiful lady!
LOVED seeing all these photos! And I noticed the bit about you trying to work at daycare and moving on quickly...heehee that's something we have in common! Along with getting married in the last few years. :)


Well... said...

3 years!? Congrats girl, I seriously loved being able to see a post summing up your blogging adventure :)
You seriously just gave me an idea now for when it's my blog's birthday.
Isn't it wonderful to be able to look back and remember? That's exactly the same reason I started my blog and the attitude I had! Haha, I never thought it would be where its at today - craziness.
Can I just say its lovely to be able to scroll through and see how your style grew? You've always had a wonderfully colorful, girly style huh? Haha, I love it! :)
Here's to even more years of blogging!

Trendy Teal

Carrie said...

Congratulations! So many gorgeous outfits!
Love your blog - I'm a new follower :)

The Adventures of a Shopaholic said...

Happy bday :)
Lovely outfits :)


Christie Marie said...

lovely pictures!

i just found an amazing clothing store online with cheap prices
i just want to rave how much i really like the style
what do you think?

i would also appreciate it if you follow my blog too!

Pardon My Fashion said...

Ah, this is great! That top in the photo from June 2010 is amaaaaaaazing. So gorg. Look how your style has evolved! Keep rockin it gurl.


Laura said...

eeeeeee! Congratulations on your blog's birthday! That is so exciting! It is wonderful to look back at your early years before I started following your blog! I love your wedding photos - you looked so radiant! Congrats again sweetie! So glad that we have become blog buddies.


Elana said...

Considering I just started reading your blog this past fall, this was SO much fun to see your posts from over the past couple of years! Gorgeous as always in all of them, Katie. Happy 3 year anniversary! Can't wait to see the next three :)

Cambria said...

Happy, happy, happy blogiversary to you!!! That is such an exciting milestone, and I'm so proud of all you've accomplished :)

It's really fun to see how your style has've got so many great looks, and I just am so inspired by the way you dress yourself with ladylike charm :)

<3 Cambria

Midwest Muse said...

Omg! I had no idea you had been blogging that long. What a feat. Your style has definitely gotten more classy and refined and I'm in love with it. Can't wait to see the future of your blog.

Elly said...

Congratulations! It's great how far you've come, and I love all your gorgeous outfits! :) I definitely can't wait to see more in the future!!

Sixth Tractate said...

Such a wonderful couple. I have to say that shot stole the show.


Lorena said...

Congrats Katie !
Isn't amazing to look back and see how much your style evolves ?