Probably one of my greatest downfalls is how much I dislike looking at the past. Most of the time all I see is my mistakes, and goodness knows I don’t want to relive those. This is especially true of my pre-teen years. Oh boy, if you ever want to make me feel absolutely uncomfortable, bring up years 6-8, and you’ll have me blushing all over. I’m happy to say that my high school years were probably the best years of my life so far. I was so completely care-free, creative, and full of excitement for my life ahead. This isn’t to say that my current season is one that I dislike. Goodness, no! But I am thankful that the Lord gave me such a full life when I was 15 & 16, and can look back at my small, though fun accomplishments and be thankful. In the past I would often feel inadequate when I would tell people that I ran a blog with my sisters as a business & past-time. Now, looking back, I am completely unashamed. We did our job. We inspired you all, and provided a spot of sunshine and beauty in the midst of a very troubled, negative web. So here’s to that!
Now, you ready to wax nostalgic with me? Here’s a round-up of my favorite posts. Surprisingly a good bulk of them come from the time that my teeth were covered in braces. I commanded that season with a smile, and was determined to feel utterly confident and grateful to even have the opportunity get my teeth straightened (a long-time dream of mine). I knew many people who hated their braces, and felt completely insecure in the them. I was convinced that I would not be one of them, and I think it shows pretty well in my posts 😉 Although they did put an immature stamp on my age, I refuse to get hung up on it. So, enjoyed a short-hair-don’t-care, braces-smiley Charlotte 🙂
This is just a typical Classy on Sunday, but ohmygoodness, I remember just how much FUN Brigi and I had taking these photos! So, it had to land in my top faves 🙂 You an read the original post here.
I love my unashamed sense of style in my teens. I really wasn’t afraid of bold tights and odd combos, was I? 😉 This post is one of my favorites, just because of the joy & carefree spirit that it exudes. I remember that time of my life being a very fun one, and I love how this post captures that.
Firstly, can I have those pants back PLEASE?? Secondly, I think that this was one of the first times that I really opened up on the blog, and shared my heart. The struggle that I was going through really takes me back to that season of life, and where my heart was at. Read the original post here.
Can I just say? Best.COS.Ever. Brigi and I had SO much fun with this one, and I will never get over my outfit. Ever. Like, #allthematchingturquoise #ohyeahbaby
This was a fun post to put together. And though I’m not so keen on slathering my lips in so much makeup nowadays, I still love the result that came out the work we put into this post 🙂 A labor of love, my friends!
I.e- my equivalent of a summary of some of the design principles that I was studying in school that year 😉 This post is still a goody, so if you’re in need of some design tips, look no further!
Wow, the work & creativity that we put into this shoot still gets me going. Although it may not seem like much, I still can’t help but love the result 😉 Check out my first knitted project here.
Oh boy, this has to be my favorite post of all time. I still remember the day I got my braces off with so much nostalgia and delight. That feeling of naked teeth for the first time in 2 years. My amazement at just how incredible STRAIGHT my teeth were, and just how TOOTHY I was/am! I don’t think I have ever smiled as big as I did that day. My joy was absolutely unquenchable. Check it out here.
This outfit post was so much fun! We took the photos at one of my favorite places in Cinci, The Union Terminal. Go check out the full post here.
I remember just how chic and put-together I felt in this outfit. Although these to pieces no longer have a place in my wardrobe, I still loved them to pieces while I could. Nothing like a classic T & a chic skirt, friends 🙂
This is the one post that makes me long for my short hair again 😉 This sister flair was one of my absolute favorites with the sunny weather, carefree vintage style. Oh yeah, take me back!
This was such.a.fun.post. The colors & aesthetic still get to me! Check out our Jamberry Nail Wraps review here!
This Garlands of Grace feature that we did was the perfect combo of vintage & modern, in my book. Love the colors and aesthetic so much! Also, there seems to be a theme of Brigi & me here 😉 My heart aches a little when I think about her leaving the blog… But she is in such a happy season of life right now, so I am thankful for her 🙂
You might have noticed that all of these posts landed in the years 2014 & 2015. That’s because 2016 was just plain hard. No matter how “happy” it may seem with a sister getting married at the end of it, it was harder than you will ever know. The transition that I went through during that year was the toughest that I have endured, and I came out of it a completely different person. I was very battle-worn, and desperately grasping onto some sort of identity. My style changed drastically from completely vintage to 100% modern & trendy, and I feel that that is a very accurate representation of what was going on inside my heart. I’m not going to gloss over it, 2016 was rough. The breakup Jessica went through threw us for a major, major loop; and Brigid’s courtship & successive engagement on top of that was almost enough to make us all break in two (relationships aren’t a walk in the park, friends!). But, praise God, we have all come out stronger and more Christ-like because of it… though I am afraid this space has taken quite the beating. No, our content isn’t half as fun as it used to be; no, I’m not half as inspired to generate more content as I used to be. Have you wondered why we keep bring back old posts? 😉
That season of blogging is passed, that “hey-day” of creativity & productivity has moved behind us. A new season is budding before our very eyes, and I am so excited to see where it goes! I have high hopes for 2017 and the many big changes that we are anticipating ahead 🙂 Thanks for hearing me out, and for sticking with us during this time of transition. More than ever, you readers mean the world to us. Stay tuned… this is just the beginning!
Love from the other end of the screen,