Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Sparkle and Shine
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Sparkle and Shine

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Jacket:  Sam Edelman (old) // Dress:  Marshalls (old) // Shoes:  Nine West (old)

This week it’s all about (that bass, no treble hehe) New Year’s and preparing for that perfect outfit (above) and to reflect on this past year.  When I reflect on 2014 I have no regrets.  This year has been one of the best years I’ve had.  If you look at today’s Memories of 2014 post you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.  I’ve had so many great experiences and things happen this year, these memories range anywhere from starting my own business to traveling.  My blog has grown so much in this past year and I’m proud of this little baby of mine.  There was a week about half a year ago that I got really down on myself for my blog.  For some reason, my readership plummeted that month.  I’m talking it was the worst since I started this blog.  At first I blamed it on the holidays (even though it was February) and then one of my blogger friends gave me some tough love.  I took that blogger boot camp she put me through and changed my blog.  I think what happened was, I just started to get bored.  I wasn’t thinking of great outfits, I was kind of in a rut, I even had writer’s block.  At that same time I got rejected for two opportunities with brands.  When I thought of shutting down the blog I cried like a little baby.  My mom was there for this whole catastrophe and dramatic soap opera’esque cry fest and she reminded me why I started this blog.  She kept telling me that I started this for fun and as a creative outlet, and to forget about my pageviews and the rejection.  I took both my mom’s and my friend’s advice.  Once I remembered why I started blogging in the first place and got some tough love I started to grow this little thing.  Now, here I am, my SECOND New Year’s with my blog.  Here I am reflecting on the past year and being proud of myself and my blog.  I did so much this year, and about 90% of it was because of my blog.  I learned a lot about myself as a person as well.  I’m a lot more confident and stronger (mentally) than I was a year ago. 

I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings me and I know next year is going to be even better than this year!

Also, I was contacted by Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels that I'm going to be featured on her and The Fashion Canvas's blog as their favorite look from last week's link up.  Below is the picture sneak peek from my Christmas YouTube video.  I'll have more details about this outfit later this week.  Thanks so much for featuring my look ladies!


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9 comments

  1. Your dress is adorable and I love the leopard cuffs on your jacket! Congrats on your 2nd NY with your blog! Have a Happy New Year!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  2. Look at you hot blonde Monica. Love the dress and especially the shoes and jacket. You look great.

    Happy 2015 to you dear! <3 Ada.

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  3. Great New year's outfit! I have an almost identical polka dot dress! I love it! I always end up pairing it with red, but I love how you paired it with that studded leather jacket. So cute, and edgy! Hope you have a great New Year's!

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  4. I love your red cape! It's so perfect for the holidays/NYE!!

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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  5. The perfect NYE dress!! Love your look!

    Jenna from Visions of Vogue

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  6. I love your jacket!! and those heels are gorgeous!

    xo,
    Angela

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  7. I love both outfits! Love the red cape! You are invited to join the Trendy Wednesday Blog Link Up at: http://www.classyyettrendy.com

    Leanne,
    Classy Yet Trendy

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  8. You look absolutely wonderful in this dress and look!! I absolutely love New Year's and think there should definitely be more time spent on it!!! I am so glad that you made it through and kept this blog, I love reading and am so glad that I have had the opportunity to find your blog through the link up!!

    Hugs! Amber

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  9. Between that dress and that jacket you look like a complete rockstar!! Thank you so much for joining J and me for the Celebrate Southern Linkup! Cheers and Happy New Year! :)

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