Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Year Past


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When I started to think about how to celebrate my one year anniversary I decided that I wanted to recreate my first outfit post, Girls as friends. Looking back on the pictures, it occurred to me that my style hasn't changed that much. Scarf, solid neutral top, cuffed pants, short boots. These are all things I've returned to over and over in the past year. I think the actual achievement for me has been that my non photographed, everyday outfits have improved from what they were a year ago. That isn't to say that I don't represent what I actually wear on the blog, because I do. What I mean is that I can now get dressed without all the stressful planning I had to do before and be happy about what I put together. Whether it's a weekend where I'm taking pictures for the blog, or not.
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I didn't set out to change my style when I started this blog, I just wanted to feel like I could put together an outfit that would successfully communicate a little bit of myself to the people around me. I wanted to better represent myself when I went out in public. Not just that I was wearing jeans because they were comfortable, but that I was wearing jeans because that was the vibe I wanted to project that particular day. The majority of the time I get dressed with the intention of doing that now, I think I'm able to achieve it.
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I started this blog at a time when I felt really lonely, despite the fact that I was in a relationship and living in one of the largest cities in the world. I was struggling with my friendships, my life choices, and I needed something I could look forward to at the end of the day. Now a year later, I'm happily busy with my life. I have plans with friends (some old and reinvigorated, some new budding friendships), I'm doing things that I want to do, and I'm slowly figuring out what things work for my life and what things don't. I'm making small steps to see all the necessary changes through. 
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My goals when I started were to get a better sense of my style, reach outside my social circle to make brand new connections and friends, and get out of my rut by having a creative hobby that was fun and something I enjoyed doing. I have far exceeded all of my expectations. I've said it before, but I have met an abundance of amazing women through this blog. I don't know how well I would have made it through some of the harder moments that have happened to me this past year without them. More than being there for all the big crashing down moments, I have found real everyday friends. People I can turn to for the good and bad, the sad and the hilarious. I am so thankful to this blog for giving me a way to meet people who I would have missed dearly had I not given them the opportunity to become such a huge part of my life.
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Sucre Sunglasses, JCrew Shirt, JCrew Pants
Vintage Scarf from my Mom, Vintage Boots from Capricious Traveler

Morgan and Lua has become more than just a style blog for me. It has become a keepsake for some of the most mundane and dramatic moments of my life. I'm glad that I can look back on all the trips I've taken and the things I've done in this past year. More than that, I'm grateful I have it so that I can continue to keep track of all the amazing experiences that have yet to come my way.
The only thing I changed about this outfit is that I cuffed my pants an extra roll. I had to wait a whole year to realize that's all this outfit needed. Even though it might not be that easy to see at first glance, this year has certainly changed me.
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Thank you so much for being around this past year. Who knows what I'll be up to this time next year!
Don't forget to check out the One Year Anniversary Giveaway!!



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19 comments:

Terri said...

I didn't see the difference until you pointed it out! One small change can make a huge difference. Happy blogiversary.

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

I love how you recreated your outfit for your 1-year anniversary! That is such a great idea! It has been an amazing year with getting to meet you! I can't wait to meet up again next fall! xo

Chris Wolfgang said...

It's amazing how much the photography has changed in just a year! Shooting low instead of up above, the colors, the knowledge of the background -- it all looks like it's come leaps and bounds. Stunning.

Bridget said...

this outfit is like perfect. i love it. and lua is so so so so stinkin cute. i want to snuggle up with him.

amanda said...

love how you showed the photos side by side! and that there are subtle (and not so subtle) changes that have brought you to where you are today. it's amazing how much blogging can teach you about who you are and who you want to be. not to mention the great friends that come with it :)

Ashley said...

what a great idea for a post! Love the pictures (and how your dog seems to pose too, so cute).

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

i adore that scarf, and your doggy is so cute!!!


<3 steffy
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sweetersalt.com said...

Yay! Congrats! Keep on doin' what your doin'!

Also, kinda coveting those booties.

Laura

postcards.from said...

Happy One Year! Your blog is so amazing and I always love coming here. You are one of my favorites! That last picture is a favorite of mine and I just love you two together! Such a great idea for your first anniversary. I wish I thought of something that witty. You wear trousers better than anyone, by the way. Thats a fact. xoxo

Natalya's Closet said...

WOW, great blog, I just found you and I'm now following! Happy one year, sounds like it's been a great one! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

Along Abbey Road said...

I need those boots. They are amazing.

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Sweet Laundry said...

I agree, what a cool idea to recreate your first outfit. It's so inspiring to hear your story about starting the blog and the life changes you've gone through. It's blogs like yours that remind me why I blog myself. You're pretty amazing. I also had a chance to browse some of your archived blog posts and really enjoyed them. Everything about your photos is amazing. AMAZING. I use that word alot :)

A Lost Feather said...

great idea :) also, your dog is beautiful. you guys make a great modeling team! haha that sounds funny, but really! i'd love to have a big dog one day.. i have a little dachshund (boo- and i adore him) and i think a big dog would be a great addition :)

A Lost Feather said...

ok let me start that over.. LUA is beautiful! i just read through her little "about me" seciton :) it's great that you adopted her from the shelter.. i don't think many people realize that you can get an amazing dog from a shelter.. thanks for telling Lua's story.. oh and i didn't mention it above.. GREAT outfit!

Pretty Shiny Sparkly said...

Congratulations on one year sweetie!!!!

Laura said...

What a great idea to recreate your first outfit! And it is neat to see how similar your style is now. I love this scarf!

Becca [Free Honey] said...

This is totally a Morgan outfit. While your style is still consistent with this look, I think we've seen you get a lot more daring with your fashion choices and step outside your comfort zone (in a good way!). I think it's nice that no matter how my our styles evolve, there are some pieces or outfits that are unequivocally representative of our style.

kristin said...

Just found your blog via Sweet Laundry! I love it. Great post and beautiful photos. Your dog is gorgeous:) Congrats on one year!!!

Ruby Girl said...

LOVE this look. LOVE your blog! found you through "clyde's rebirth". your taste is amazing. following you now, can't wait for what's in store. <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

 
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