2018 year in review

Goodbye 2018 and hello 2019

goodbye 2018 hello 2019

pictured from left: fanny pack / beret / handbag / Bermuda shorts /

It’s time for my annual Goodbye to last year, and hello to next year post! For kicks, you can check out my post from last year here.

2018 wasn’t too crazy when it came to fashion trends. Despite the return of the fanny pack, which didn’t really take off, we didn’t have too many trends to make fun of this past year. When it came to the 2018 color trends, we watched Millennium Pink decline in popularity; and we watched the color of the year go into obscurity. Instead, the colors of 2018 included lavender, shades of blue, shades of brown, yellows, and red.

The fanny pack appeared on Instagram and the streets of fashion week, but non-bloggers and non-street-style-stars thumbed their nose at the return of the fanny pack; which in all fairness, was a giant joke in the 1980s; so it is no wonder that people are still laughing now. Athleisure increased in popularity, and sneakers reined as the supreme comfort shoe of the year. Vintage inspired handbags such as circle totes and box bags, emerged as the alternative to logo bags; which people are tired of seeing on the streets.

Now, as we head into 2019, let’s hope we have some more entertainment! So far, the new trends for the new year seem pretty benign and normal. Of course, you never know what may emerge throughout the year! So, without further ado, here are the trends we are celebrating the demise of, and those we are excited to embrace in the new year.

Goodbye 2018 trends!

Fanny Pack: We laughed at people wearing them in the 1980s, and we are still laughing at them. Stop trying to make the fanny pack happen, it’s not going to happen. And for goodness sake, stop wearing them cross body; nothing looks dumber than a giant fanny pack crisscrossing someone’s chest. Just. Stop.

Clutches: While clutches are a staple for formal affairs and evenings out, they are no longer the daytime handbag staple. In 2019, look for something with straps or handles for a hands-free lifestyle.

Ultra-Violet: While this purple hue was projected to be everywhere in 2018, it’s lighter hued sister lilac took over the streets. Sorry Ultra-Violet, people just weren’t feeling you; next!

Berets: This trend tried to start, for two years in a row, but alas, it never really took off. Leave the beret for next time you need a Parisian costume, they were over before they started.

Daisy Dukes: Thank goodness this trend is over. No-one wants to see your cheeks; no matter how many squats you do each day. Keep those tucked in, and toss the Daisy Dukes.

Leggings as pants: The days of wearing leggings as pants are over. Thank goodness! No-one wanted to see jiggling trunks around town. In 2019, look for athleisure styles such as elevated sweatpants, and loose fitting track pants to take you from the supermarket to the gym. Leggings are for the gym only.

Distressed denim: In 2018 we saw a drastic drop in denim with holes and heavy distressing. The new year is calling for hole-free denim and creative washes. Toss the damaged denim.

Hello 2019 trends!

Living Coral: This cheery, upbeat hue is the color of 2019. Let’s hope it actually happens, and brightens everyone’s day!

Purple tips: This hair color trend gained momentum in 2018, and is expected to explode in 2019. Look for people’s hair to have bright purple tips in the coming months. Don’t worry, it’s usually semi-permanent and washes out in ten shampoos, so have some fun with it.

Earth tones: Look for shades of brown to continue to soar in the new year as the 1970s continue to be a decade of influence in fashion.

1980s: This colorful decade is baaaaaa-aaaack! Look for big shoulders, bright colors, oversized jackets, coats and suits; as well as blue eye-shadow. This trend will be like, totally awesome.

Disco vibes: Sparkle and shine like it’s party-time! Don’t save your sequins for NYE, wear them loud and proud during the day too! 2019 is all about shimmering fabrics, sequins, and sparkle. Let’s yourself shine!

Bold black and white: Look for prison stripes, and other bold, black and white patterns. No small pinstripes or tiny checkerboards, everything about patterns and stripes in 2019 is big, bigger, and biggest!

Train case: While the circle tote has been popular for a few years, handbags are starting to move into boxier territory as we roll into the new year. Look for less circles, and more boxes in the world of handbags.

Bermuda Shorts: Yikes! This could go really well, or really awful. Shorts are not-so-short as we move into 2019. Look for long shorts which brush the top of your knee cap in the new year. So very ‘80’s!

For more 2019 trends, check out my trends from the runway post for spring 2019.

Which trends are you excited to see disappear from 2018? Which ones are you looking forward to in 2019?

Happy New Year!



Year in review 2018

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The end of 2018 is almost near! Last year, I made separate posts for my favorite moments, nail polish, and outfits. I thought this year it might be more efficient to condense everything into one post. It was a fun, and crazy year! There were a lot of fun moments, trends, and styles. This post will reflect on my favorite post from each month. Why remember the tough times from the 2018? Let’s focus on the fluffy and fun!

Without further ado, here were my favorite moments from each month during 2018.


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Twinning with Dawn! This was such a fun post. We had a blast running around Santana Row taking photos. My daughter played photographer and she had so much snapping our pictures. She even told us where to stand, and what to do! You can see the original post here.


Braving the cold weather in February at New York Fashion Week with my friends! This photo was taken on National Pizza Day, I mean, why in the world would fashion week get in the way of pizza? I hope we can celebrate this delicious day again in 2019; at the same place! You can see my NYFW antics here.

February was more than just fashion and work, it was family fun time! OK, so that means I have TWO favorite moments from February, can you blame me? This snow-filled family vacation in Tahoe was a blast! You can read about it here.


round bag trend spring 2018

I went a little crazy in March, and accumulated a few new bags. My favorite was this cute little round one from Brahmin. I wore it all spring and summer; I still reach for it despite the warm weather color! I can’t wait to rock it again this spring. You can read about it here.


In April, Dawn and I hosted a fun-filled event at the Chico’s store at Santana Row. It was so much fun! You can read about it here.


May was a fun, fashionable month. That being said, attending the Go Red fundraiser with my friend Laura was definitely the highlight. It was fabulous to learn more about heart health, while giving to a great cause. Plus, I won 49er tickets in the silent auction! Love! You can read about the event here.


soma cool nights summer pajamas

This family vacation was so much fun! When school was over, my family went up to Tahoe for a few days to unwind. While in Tahoe, I worked on a blog post which included my daughters. We had so much fun working together; it felt like a game instead of work! My girls were so happy to be part of the blog, plus, they fell in love with SOMA pajamas and keep asking me to get them more pairs. SOMA gained two new fans through this collaboration, and I gained a valuable bonding experience with my daughters which helped teach them about work ethics. Thank you SOMA! You can read the post here.


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July was a crazy month! While a lot of sadness clouded July due to a death in the family, I am forever grateful for this family trip to Seattle which took my mind off things, and gave our family a much-needed form of relaxation. You can read about our favorite places to eat here, and fun places to go here.


August was so much fun! While there were many personal and professional moments to reflect on, the Chico’s trip to Florida was definitely the highlight of the month, if not the year. I met so many fabulous women on this trip, and I learned so much about the design process at Chicos’s headquarters. This was such an amazing trip, please take a moment to read about day one, and day two, here.


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These photos were taken a couple weeks after my surgery. I love all of the colors, and remembering how I powered through the day to visit with my friend Dawn, and snap a few photos. You can see the original post here.


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My favorite post in October had to be this beautiful pendant. I love how it is personalized to reflect my children. You can read the original article here.


One of my favorite things to do with my children, is teach them the importance of giving back to the community. It was so much fun working with my daughters and adidas to bring my love of volunteerism to you. You can read about it here.


grey faux fur coat san jose street style

It’s a little hard to pick something from December considering the month is not over yet, but I decided to go with this soft and cozy faux fur coat. I wear it all the time, and my daughter took these photos; which turned out amazing! You can read about it here.

That was it! What were your favorite moment in 2018?

Thank you for stopping by!