See You Next Year!

Well 2011, it’s been swell, but I think I’m ready to try 2012 on for size.

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Because I have a very good feeling about it!
Before I run away for the long holiday weekend, I thought I’d send you off with a recap of the blog’s latest feature – Noteworthy Newbies – just in case, like me, you plan on excess amounts of lounging during your time off. The brilliance out there in blogland never ceases to amaze and humble me.
Here are five more Newbies that have been driving me wild this week:
2011 Noteworthy Newbies
Cheers to lots and lots of fabulous rule breaking in 2012 luvies,

Bonus: Be sure to check out our Cream of the Crop, Holiday Hot Shops and all other Apartment sponsors as their end of year sales are not to be missed!

images via here and here

Best of 2011 {I’ve Got a Crush}

Crushes are fun. They can be fleeting. They can be intense. They can be completely unrealistic and ideally, completely harmless. What started as an easy way to compile my latest faves turned into my most popular column in 2011 ~ and I love it. What’s more fun than having a crush ? Getting to tell everyone about it, of course!

My favorite collection of 2011 crushes seems particularly fitting for the looming new year. I feel pretty confident you’ll agree…

I’ve {Still!} Got a Crush

On amazing manicures,

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On covetable closets,

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On not so mellow yellow,

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On feelin’ good in the skin you’re in,

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On high-heeled snow bunnies,

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On over the top accessorizing {but not on arm parties, just sayin’},

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And, on my new mantra.

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It can be your mantra too, it’s cool.

Here’s to a badass 2012 luvies!

 

Bonus – you can catch up on all my 2011 crushes here

Best of 2011 {Wedding Wednesday}

Weddings used to make me gag. No joke. Until I experienced my own I had no appreciation for the art that can go into the process (if you choose the right team!) That’s why nearly two years after getting hitched {eek!} I still need my weekly wedding fix. Hence the continuation of Wedding Wednesdays.

One of my favorite discoveries of the year was the new style of wedding video – really better described as a wedding film. Rather than a lame camcorder recording of your vows, the wedding film is a true work of art that captures your special day in a personal, moving and totally watchable way. It’s the only thing I regret not investing in for our wedding.

This post is what convinced me the investment is, in fact, worth it.

Wedding Wednesday {Is the Wedding Video Worth It?}

Do you ever watch your wedding video? I didn’t think so. I’ve never been convinced a wedding video is a great investment. If you’re desperate to capture the moment for your future kids a FlipCam or even iPhone video can suffice. With so many other things to prioritize why drop thousands of dollars on 20 minutes of footage that maybe you’ll drag out at the random anniversary. Or so I thought.

I’ve stood hard and firm in this ambivalence about wedding videos….until I saw this.

This could never be called a video. It is a wedding film – and is maybe one of the best things I’ve ever seen.  I had to watch twice. Even now, I want to watch it again and I’ve never even met these people!

{Have you watched it yet – trust me – press play!}

The team behind this jaw dropping work, Paperback Weddings, describe it as photo + cinema. I describe it as freakin’ brilliant.

So, I stand corrected luvies. I still think no one needs a wedding a video, but I’m now a believer that everyone should be lucky enough to have their own wedding film.

What do you think? Are wedding videos worth it?

Bonus: Paperback Weddings just produced another stunning video. If you need even more convincing about how good these things are – watch it here!