12.30.2015

Best of 2015: A Year in Review

best of 2015, itsy bitsy indulgences

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is rapidly coming to a close. This is always a reflective time of year for me. As my birthday is today, and New Years is tomorrow, it sort of forces me to look back and see where the year has taken me. Being well into my 30’s with today’s birthday, I can’t help but feel a sense of fulfillment with where my life has taken me. If you would have asked me 10 years ago if I thought I would be where I am now, I could have only hoped (having just graduated from college and starting my graduate school journey). In this past year I celebrated 5 years of marriage to a wonderful man (post here) and prepared to welcome a new little member into our family. We traveled the world, enjoyed a different kind of Friday night (they used to involve a bottle of wine and intriguing conversation… so, I guess just the wine was missing), and welcomed so many fun opportunities with this blog. As I prepare to sign off (this time I’m pretty sure it’s until 2016) until the New Year I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support over the past year. Your comments and words of encouragement have meant so much. Whether you read the blog daily, weekly, occasionally, or follow along via instagram and snapchat and share your thoughts there, it’s so appreciated and I’ve enjoyed it all! You can find some of my favorite moments from the past year on the blog below! As I reviewed this post, tears came to my eyes (probably the surge of pregnancy hormones) as I realized what a truly blessed year I had, and how fortunate I feel to have shared it with you! I am wishing you the happiest of New Years and hoping it’s spent in reflection with those you love most (and a glass of champagne for me please!)!!

the carneros inn napa ca, itsy bitsy indulgences

IMG_5264_2{We kicked off 2015 in Napa, with some wine tasting and more wine tasting… and this hat is still my favorite!}

veev grapefruit margarita{February kicked off with a fun grapefruit margarita recipe (hopefully more cocktails to come in 2016)}

backless top, all black outfit{This backless top was one of the most inquired about tops… and I can’t wait to wear it again! grey version here}

black bean brownies{These black bean brownies were oh-so-delicious!}

champagne sunsets

blue leather jacket, itsy bitsy indulgences{Our 5-year anniversary celebration! dress, jacket}

IMG_8122{A Hawaiian adventure}

photo-47{Our adventures in Europe started with some time spent in Barcelona}

IMG_2140{Immediately followed by a Switzerland jaunt}

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Sunset on the Seine Paris // Itsy Bitsy Indulgences{And a magical trip to Paris}

Apple Sausage and Potato breakfast skillet, itsy bitsy indulgences{This breakfast bake was, and continues, to satisfy all morning cravings}

shrimp ramen soup, itsy bitsy indulgences{This delicious ramen soup recipe was one of the most viewed food posts}

freshly picked moccasins{Then came the pregnancy announcement!}

white summer blouse, itsy bitsy indulgences{The perfect summer top, which was another popular one!}

chocolate covered frozen bananas, itsy bitsy indulgences{A festive frozen banana treat!}

pregnancy style, baby bump 17 weeks, itsy bitsy indulgences{The dress and vest that has taken me through most of my pregnancy!}

casual sweater for the weekend, itsy bitsy indulgences{My favorite green smoothie and requirements for a relaxing weekend!}

Pregnancy workout circuit, itsy bitsy indulgences{My favorite pregnancy, and non-pregnancy, circuit work-out}

casual summer evening outfit, maternity style, itsy bitsy indulgences{My favorite white dress for the summer months}

boho cross body bag, baby bump, itsy bitsy indulgences{My favorite palm springs look}

IMG_0047{Talking about self-care and my favorite LA hike}

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knit dress, pregnancy style, itsy bitsy indulgences{A Chicago baby-moon}

bakyard rustic baby shower, itsy bitsy indulgences

naked cake baby shower, itsy bitsy indulgences

flower crown baby shower, itsy bitsy indulgences{My baby shower (what I wore) was everything I could have wanted and more! Thrown by and attended by so many women I love!}

pink fringe coat, itsy bitsy indulgences{This pink fringe coat remains a favorite to this day!}

everyday make-up, itsy bitsy indulgences

hair products, itsy bitsy indulgences{Shared my favorite beauty and hair products}

untitled-9790{Shared the details of my post-pregnancy fitness plan}

favorite healthy food products, itsy bitsy indulgences{And… revealed my favorite on-the-go healthy food items… which was popular with readers!}

beachside sunset, itsy bitsy indulgences{Shared one of my favorite locations on the California coast Carmel (here, here)}

IMG_5602{A fun evening out in LA with the hubby for a little stay-cation}

IMG_7336{Re-created my favorite green juice for a post-Thanksgiving detox}

weekend packing with dooney and bourke, itsy bitsy indulgences{On our last baby-moon to Santa Barbara I shared my packing guide for a weekend away with Dooney & Bourke}

freshly picked, itsy bitsy indulgences{My last pregnancy post at 36 weeks was extra special to me!}

Comments

  1. Happy New Year and best wishes on a smooth delivery! It brings me joy to read your blog and looking forward to 2016! Thanks again for the Santa Barbara recommendations – Lark was spectacular and we had an amazing time!

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Thank you Marcia! I appreciate your sweet words!And I am so glad that you enjoyed Lark!