January 3, 2012

Looking Back (That Was So Last Year)

This years recap has taken especially long for me as I've tried to wrap my head around how completely life-changing the last twelve months have been. It was only 15 months ago that I set out on a quest to completely turn my life (and career) around, and sometime over the past year, everything I've been dreaming and hoping for has started happening. I can't even begin to articulate how grateful, appreciative, and hopeful I am. 2011 will forever be the year that I knew, for sure, that my life was going in the right direction; I know without a doubt that 2012 will be even better!


JANUARY. Ringing in the new year surrounded by my best friends, a killer playlist, more Prosecco and champagne than we could ever need, sequins, cupcakes, and mylar balloons. Blistering cold blizzards and the boots to pair with the snowflakes. Reminiscing about my December trip to Bali, and my September trip to London.  Three-hour lunches at Del Posto for my SO's birthday. Ice skating in the middle of the Meatpacking District. A new year's promise to actually eat breakfast. Swooning over Dior Couture. Picture perfect sunsets. Cosmetic lusts.

FEBRUARY. The month I put myself to the test: No shopping. An early screening of Bill Cunningham New York, (one of my favorite films of the year). Snow, snow, snow, snowy-snow. Seeing Robyn and visiting a midtown Izakaya with Peppi & Rachel. New York Fashion Week. Putting together my power survival kit. Cozy knits at M. Patmos. Major Americana moments. Being a lady who lunches with Phillip at The Standard Grill. Dying over Christian Siriano's absolutely perfect gowns. The Marc by Marc Jacobs runway show. The absolutely incredible 4-song EP released by Beth Ditto (my spirit animal). Karaoke, plaid parties, and adventures with my BFFs.

MARCH. The transformation from raven-haired to my-little-pony. Discovering what would quickly become a favorite California-Mexican haunt. Photo booths with my BFFs. Trans-continental interludes to the West Coast. Sister bonding. Tea parties with the ladies in my family at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. Finally visiting Ten Over Six. Winter strolls in Prospect Park. Bare trees. The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. JD Samson and MEN (and again just a few weeks later). Being picked up as the contributing fashion editor to Brooklyn Magazine.

APRIL. McCarren Park with a puppy. Ramps season, (fresh from a farm upstate). The beginning of spring. Fresh flowers. The royal wedding, (somehow, my invitation got lost). My 25th birthday. Shoes, shoes, shoes. and more shoes. Miu Miu petals. Abstaining from black in my wardrobe with an unexpected burst of pastel. Peonies. Midnight strolls in my neighborhood.

MAY. Wanderlusting. Jet-setting back to Los Angeles. Christopher Kane cosmic prints. Studded oxfords. Charm bracelets. Gorgeous weather. Swooning over Cast of Vices at Royal-T. More tea parties. Shooting editorials for Brooklyn Magazine. Puppies. Kittens. Baby animals. Flora. Blooming manicures.

JUNE. Putting my styling skills to the test with Brooklyn Magazine. Summer nights on a Brooklyn rooftop, on a picnic blanket, with a chilled glass of white wine. Oyster happy hours in Williamsburg. Beirut at the Northside Festival. The earth shattering, mind-blowing McQueen retrospective at The Met. Full on color. McQuuen tees and Prada baroque glasses.

JULY.Photoshoots at Fort Tilden, (my favorite beach in New York). Fireworks from a Soho Penthouse. Bushwick pool parties. Sassy magazine tribute. Midnight in Paris at Nitehawk Cinema. Breaking my own rules with a maxi. Loving Lula, (always). BUGS!

AUGUST. A visit to the Farmacy. A love affair with shoes. Pre-fall pattern mixing. A stormy day made better by pink glitter. Minor home improvements. Crushing on Charlotte Olympia. New tattoos with Jeremy. Chanel in print. Prepping for fall with pink feathers and leopard print leather. Ladurée takes Manhattan.

SEPTEMBER. Non-stop fashion week grind (my busiest show season yet!) Contributing to Marie Claire!!! Falling in love at Chris Benz's spring presentations. Meeting so many of my blogging favorites & making new friends. Becoming a redhead, (a long, painful 7-hour process that was TOTALLY worth it). Upper east side jaunts with my Transatlantic soul sister, Briony. Stealing Sergio's Chanel lab glasses at MC headquarters. My best friends wedding in rural Illinois; two of my favorite people in the world committing themselves to each other in one of the most beautiful ceremonies and receptions I've ever witnessed... It came with many tears, (all were tears of joy).

OCTOBER. Pumpkins and squash and Brussels sprouts and kale and all of autumns amazing produce. The Culinary Council's incredible Catalan feast. Dozens of market appointments and a wish list of accessories to follow. Participating in Rafaella's Style Council. Makeup roundups and fall cleaning. Seeing Stars at Music Hall of Williamsburg, (with major college nostalgia to follow).

NOVEMBER. My favorite new indie cosmetics brand, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Remembering the 30-year fight against AIDS. November material favorites. Thanksgiving in California. Late nights & early mornings at Chateau Marmont. Lusting after pink Miu Miu madras. Holiday season prep with my gift guides. Chanel's "Peridot." Autumn leaves.

DECEMBER. Being on the cover of Plus Model Magazine with BFF Gabi Fresh. Miu Miu glitter x 2. Discovering DUMBO. Lots of sparkle. Family visiting for the holidays. The art of the three-hour lunch at Jean Georges. Being featured on xoJane.com. Window shopping 5th avenue. Spectacular, sweeping views of Manhattan from the 39th floor at Trump Soho. Unseasonal leather weather. A mini-staycation in the Meatpacking District. Breakfast and lunch at Pastis. Bejeweled shoes. A hope for a beautiful new year.

With all the tremendous chaos throughout the world, I've managed to come out a bit stronger. Thank you for joining me on an incredible year and CHEERS to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2012.

57 comments:

  1. so happy that all your dreams are coming true, and i hope that 2012 will be even better!

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  2. Oh Nicolette, I can't tell you how happy/proud I am that so many good things happened for you this year. You deserve every drop of the success you've had so far, and all that I know will follow this year.

    Love, Love looking back on all the loveliness from you year (and so happy you got the Miu Mius at last!), and it was SUCH a delight to be able to spend a couple of weeks with you in your hood (SO many happy memories).

    Here's to a wonderful 2012!

    Briony xx

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  3. what a year! i am so happy i discovered your blog - it was just what i was looking for!!

    wishing you a happy and healthy 2012!

    xoxo alex.

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  4. Wow what an incredible year with tons of amazing photos!! I hope you had a wonderful New Years!!! :)

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  5. Great recap of an incredible year Nicolette. May 2012 be even a better year as you move in the direction you choose for your self in life darling. I love the positive attitute and tone in your posts. I am sure it all came with a lot of hard work. Believe in the power of intention and you get what you want in life. The red head that you ve been lusting for years, the glitters x2. Having your own column in a reputable magazine and more. Enjoy every day and I wish you a long and beautiful journey of this lifetime. Love you and thank you for you and your blog for us readers :) To a great 2012.

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  6. Wonderful recap Nicolette! You have had an incredible year and a well deserved one at that. I am so glad everything has seemed to pan out and that you are moving so steadily in the direction you were meant to go and doing so with class and as always a special Nicolette Glamor! Congrats doll on all of your achievements and here is to and even better 2012!
    xoxo
    S

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  7. Although I've been following you on twitter for quite some
    time, I JUST started reading your blog. This is the 1st entry I've read and
    it truly shows what an amazing year you’ve had. I had no idea that 2011
    was your ‘year of change’ where you threw caution to the wind and followed your
    dreams. Congrats on not only having the courage to do so but the motivation to
    stay focused and succeed. Best of luck in 2012 – not that you need it.

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  8. WOW!! You had a awesome 2011!! I'm just getting back into reading the blog I follow and I can't wait to see what your 2012 is going tobe like. No pressure though. lol

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  9. great recap, i love that you posted so many photos! looks like a pretty glorious year, here's to the next 12 months!

    Katie x

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  10. Great recap! Very visually pleasing and inspirational!
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  11. beautiful post! i hadn't read your xojane piece. great interview.

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  12. I love love love your year!

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  13. I want your life hehe, all the best for 2012!

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  14. This post was inspiring and made me smile. Happy New Year Nicolette
    Lynne xoxo
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  15. me too!! happy new year, kim!! much love to you and yours <3

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  16. not exaggerating when i say this, but meeting you is one of the best things that has come out of the last year!! it's incredible what opportunities and friendships have been born out of this crazy blogging world. i cannot WAIT to create some new memories with you this year (and no doubt, the miu mius WILL be in tow!)

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  17. what a year indeed!! thank you so much. i'm glad you enjoy my blog :)
    happy new year to you and yours!!!

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  18. thank you so much, kirstin!! happy new year :)

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  19. all thanks to you. really. love you!!!!! FOREVER.

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  20. thanks so much sam :) it really means a lot to me. i'm not "there" yet, but i'm definitely on the way!!! crossing my fingers and hoping for the best for BOTH of us in 2012. happy new year! xoxo

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  21. hey kelly!! of course i recognize the name from twitter :) so glad you've made your way over  to my blog, too! yes, i haven't talked about it much here - but i went on a mission to radically change my life in late august of 2010. it's been quite the roller coaster since then!! i wouldn't trade the experience for anything...

    happy new year!

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  22. trust me, i fully intend on blowing 2011 out of the water!!

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  23. cheers to the next 12 months!!! happy new year, katie :)

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  24. thank you so much!! happy new year!

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  25. thanks danielle! it was definitely an honor to be featured on xojane. sassy & jane mag definitely played an important role in my youth. happy new year!!

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  26. me too :) so thankful, appreciative, overwhelmed, grateful... happy new year!!

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  27. no no no !! you don't want mine! hope your 2012 is even better :) happy new year!

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  28. thank you so much! happy new year!

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  29. hoping for more smiles in 2012!
    happy new year, lynne!

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  30. I can't believe I haven't come across you before, you're amazing!  Thank you for your comment and I'm excited to see what you get up to in 2012!
    Pheebs

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  31. It might be because I just watched a YouTube video about 2 elephants in love after being separated for 20 years and thus I'm a tad emotional (in case you wanted to know), but this nearly made me cry! Feel exactly the same way - knew the second we crossed paths that we were just MEANT to be friends, and I absolutely treasure the wonderful people I have met through the bloggosphere. Honestly one of the highlights of my year too - I had SUCH an amazing time in NY, all thanks to you! Can't wait for 2012 adventures!! 

    B xx

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  32. I'm so glad that I found your blog in 2011, and I'm looking forward to all of your posts of 2012!

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  33. This is crazy. I've been following you for ages and it is just A-may-zing what you've been up to this year. Really excited to see what else you get up to this coming year. 

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  34. Just wanted to say thank you so much. I really love this blog and I deeply appreciate the regular reminder that style has nothing to do with size and everything to so with confidence and FUN!

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  36. I absolutely love all of these photos! I'm so glad I came across your blog last year, it is always a great source of inspiration.

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