2017 year in review

Goodbye 2017 and hello to 2018

floral sneakers / statement earrings (I have these in blue and love them!)

The end of 2017 is near! This means we can wave goodbye to the fashion trends we loathed, as well as might be a little sad to see go. At the same time, we can welcome in new trends from the runways, and the streets, for 2018! We may love some, and then, we may be skeptical of others; um is anyone else frightened of the fanny pack? Can it go the way of fetch? But I digress. . .

Goodbye 2017 trends

Greenery: Ah, green, where did you go? Like leaves fall off the trees in the autumn months, you disappeared with the start of the winter frost.

Bangles: Well, I loved this bangle trend, but it sure was fleeting! It didn’t even last through summer. Ah well, onto the next!

Ear crawlers, and multiple earring piercings: Like the 90’s, this trend is like, so over. Single pair moving forward ladies!

Loud Logos: We get it, It’s Gucci. We get it, it’s Louis Vuitton. And yes, we can see it’s Chanel. Now stop telling all the muggers what you’re wearing. 2017 is so over, and so are logos; return them to the swap meet.

Guitar Straps: Well, that was fast. This never really made it from the runway to the streets. Keep the strap your bag came with, it’s classic, chic, and not so fleeting.


Hello 2018 trends

Fanny packs: Kill me now.

Ultra-Violet: This is the most beautiful shade of purple! In 2018, you aren’t limited to just this shade of purple, light and dark purple will be your friends too. Love this hue!

Trench Coats: This classic, chic topper is back! Pull out that Burberry trench from storage, it’s hotter then hot in the new year.

Clutches: The daytime clutch is back! Please thank it for saving us from the fanny pack.

Small floral prints: Florals are so ground-breaking, AmIRight? For 2018 they are! Tight and small floral prints are all the rage in 2018. You can store your large floral prints, they are so last year.

Pencil skirts: Oh yes, this skirt from your old office suit in the 1990s is returning with a vengeance in 2018. Practice the walk ladies, and wiggle it, just a little bit. 😉 (please don’t laugh if I fall, my wiggle is out of practice! haha)

Dresses: This feminine staple is back. Simplicity is key in 2018. This is the continuing menswear trends’s yang, to it’s ying. Stock up on dresses-stat!

There you have it! The trends we are leaving behind, and a sample of  the new trends we are looking forward to in 2018, well, excluding the fanny pack. For a laugh, check out this post from last year.

Which fashion trends are you excited to leave behind? Which ones are you looking forward to in the new year?

Happy New Year!



2017 in review: my favorite outfits from each month

It’s always fun to look back through the year, as well as back on previous years, and see how I dressed! Do you ever do this? haha, I realized a couple of years ago I dressed up a little bit more then I do now. This year I wore more denim, and less high heels. I favored slides over sandals last summer, and booties over pumps at night. I wore less dresses this year then in previous years, and I wore bigger earrings in 2017 then ever before! To reflect, here is a month-by-month recap of my casual, 2017 style.


casual late winter outfit idea


karina spring dresses


how to wear ruffles with jeans



summer casual outfit idea


summer floral jumpsuit


Summer to fall transition outfit idea



new york fashion week street style


houndstooth coats fall winter


fall menswear blazers


What changes in your own personal style did you notice in 2017?



2017 in review: five fun blogging moments

As I reflect on the past year, I have come across some great memories. 2017 was a fun year for me as a blogger. I was able to attend my first rewardStyle conference where I learned more about building a better website, industry tips, and how to be better at what I do. In addition, I grew current blogger friendships, and made some new ones! I had a well-planned trip to New York Fashion Week in February, and a last minute, “Can’t believe I was able to swing this” trip to New York Fashion Week in September.

It’s a little bit surreal to think about how hard I worked, while my personal life was so hectic in 2017! I pulled my son out of public school in September, right after fashion week, and started homeschooling him. So, during the fall season, I had to learn to juggle two home-school kids, instead of just one. What a huge adjustment that was! I had no idea how easy it was to home-school one child. Adding the second, with a completely different curriculum, created a whole new set of daily challenges. While one is learning long division, the other is learning equations with two variables. Oh my! I had to re-do my schedule, and re-work it in order to manage homeschooling a 6th grader, and a 4th grader; as well as juggle work, and still keep my house clean! Hey, I don’t mind having a gardener and a pool guy, but no-one cleans my house but me! I’m a little bit weird like that. haha

Now that I have my schedule figured out, I feel positive that 2018 will be easier to manage; and go more smoothly! So, let’s get back to what this post is actually about; my five favorite blogging memories of 2017!

Checking out the rewardStyle wall in San Francisco with Dawn

white dress under $100 san francisco

*I can’t believe we didn’t get a photo together! We have a boomerang together, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to upload it to my website! Please excuse the fact that I had to use two photos to reflect on this moment. I’ll post the boomerang to Instagram-so be sure to check it out there!

Pretending to be Charlie’s Angel’s at NYFW in September with Laura & Dawn

Meeting Wardrobe Oxygen in real life and forming a friendship

how to use the liketoknow.it app

Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale with Dawn and my Mom

Braving the snow with Kali at NYFW in February

Well, you might see a theme here. My five favorite blogging moments from 2017 were all centered around the time I spent with my blogging buddies; and making a new one! I met Kali back in February 2015 while we stood in line before the ParkChoonMoo show in the tents at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week. We bonded over being from California, and freezing in the three degree weather! We also bonded over our love for fashion. She has been a fabulous friend over the years, and I am so happy to have met her before that 9pm, freezing show!

New York Fashion Week is a great time to make friends! I met Laura at NYFW in February 2015 when we were both trying to grab a cab to the Zimmermann show from outside Lincoln Center. We shared a cab there, and while we were driving to the show we talked, and discovered, we lived a half hour apart! The cab driver laughed at us as he realized we didn’t know each other prior to hopping into a cab together. Then he warned us about hopping into a cab with people we don’t know. haha I guess we both threw out our street smarts that day; but it was OK that one time, because we became instant friends! The following NYFW, we even roomed together!

Dawn and I met on Twitter! We followed, and interacted, with each other via social media for roughly a year before meeting in person in 2016. Then, we traveled to NYFW together! Our friendship grew in 2017, and we even planned a last minute trip to NYFW in September 2017 together. She has become a fabulous friend, whom I value so much!

I remember reading Wardrobe Oxygen from before I started my blog back in 2010. I officially “met” Alison from Wardrobe Oxygen via social media late in 2016. In January 2017, we both realized we would be attending the rewardStyle conference in April 2017, so we could finally meet in person. I was so happy to finally meet her in person! She is a GenX blogger like me, and we got along so well! It’s been so much fun getting to know her better over the past year, I look forward to continuing to get to know her in the new year!

Be sure to follow all my blogging buddies too, you can find Laura at Have-Need-Want.com, Dawn is at FashionShouldBeFun.com, Kali is at In-Spades.com, and Alison is at WardrobeOxygen.com.

What is one of your favorite work moments from 2017?