Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 in Review

Welcome to the largest post in the history of Orchid Grey. Steel yourselves...

This year has been- to date- the craziest year of my life. I usually find myself debating whether or not to do a re-cap at the close of each year, but this time there was no question at all. I mean, holy crap. Did I think last January that I would be living in Pittsburgh by October? Noididnot. So, without further chatter, for those of you brave or bored enough: here it is.


Chris and I spent last New Years literally in the middle of the woods. I was honored to be a guest ModStylist for ModCloth. I celebrated National Swap Day with Jen and Punky. And celebrated my 27th birthday.


In February I traveled to NYC for the IFB Conference with Jen and Punky where I caught the worst cold ever. We creeped on Lady Gaga. The Delightful Dozen launched a new blog. I started volunteering at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum running a ship-themed scavenger hunt and teaching simple machines, as I searched for a full time job.


In March, Punky and I attended the TjMaxx spring preview. We had Buddy Brunch with some of our favorite friends. And Visited home more as we ramped up our wedding plans.


In April, I volunteered at the Earth Day Clothing Exchange, where I won tickets to Wine Riot for putting on a mint colored snow-suit and dancing like a robot. We also attended the Whiskey Plank party for the schooner being built next to the Shipbuilding Museum. I was volunteering a lot for the Swapaholics and the Shipbuilding Museum at this time as I continued my job search.


In April, Chris and I celebrated our seven year anniversary! We spent the night in Portland and saw Steve Martin and the Canyon River Band, which was one of our best dates ever. Our friend Hans moved to California and we welcomed his sweet cat, Louie, into our home. We also went to Brimfield for the first time. And helped out at the Canal District Swap & Shop.


June had us traveling back and forth to Maine almost every weekend as we scrambled to plan our wedding. Somewhere in there I landed a contract position at with the Swapaholics and left my retail job for a barista position at a local coffee shop. After this move, things improved significantly. I was working for a company I love, drinking way too much coffee, and enjoying summer.


July began on a sad note with the sudden passing of Louie.We celebrated the 4th of July with our wonderful group of friends. I participated in ModCloth's Dear Creatures/Be The Buyer collaboration (my dress was picked!). Took some photobooth pictures with my husband-to-be. And saw Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood. I was also running around like a chicken with my head cut off because we were getting married in one month.


August was the best, most friend filled month ever. Chris and I received our engagement photos. I had an amazing bridal shower. We saw Alison Krauss and Union Station at Meadowbrook. Even though all our wedding photos were posted in September, we were actually married on August 20th. Looking back, I'm so glad we decided not to elope (something we had discussed). Now that we find ourselves 1,000 miles away from home, the days spent with friends and family leading up to our wedding day hold so much love and meaning for us, those days made all the stress worth every second.

I actually never finished posting about our wedding. But it was the most amazing time. The love showed by our friends and family still gets me a little "verclempt".


We rolled right into September with the start of NYFW and the Lucky FABB conference. The Swapaholics hosted ModSwap with ModCloth. I attended the Lulu' brunch. And announced the blogger jewelry collaboration with ModCloth! The Orchid Grey Bracelet is still available! My contract with the Swapaholics also came to a close.


October was the slowest month blog-wise, but quite the opposite life-wise. In early October, after many, many interviews I received some of the most exciting and anxiety producing news ever: I got a position at ModCloth as a Blog & Fashion Writer and would be starting in...THREE WEEKS! Bold, italic, capital. Needless to saw, we were excited. and terrified. We also needed to find a place to live, immediately. After an extremely tough year and a half looking for a full-time job, I never expected to find it in Pennsylvania. All of our energy went into finding a place to live in a city we'd never even seen, and spending as much time with our friends and family as humanly possible (included in this was a night of re-living high school at a NOFX/Anti-Flag show and having the greatest time ever). It didn't seem real, and I admit that I shut out blogging a little. After so many close calls with job interviews, I felt like I was walking on eggshells with this news. That if I talked about it, everything would be taken away. So, that's why I dissappeared a little in October, and the explanation for the hinting tweets, etc. Thanks for sticking with me.


In November, we started settling into our new home of Pittsburgh. We explored parks and new places, and I started getting back into the habit of blogging again. Through my job, we started meeting new friends. We also spent our first holiday ever with just the two of us. Thanksgiving was the most perfect this year, with a hike, the Muppet Movie, and too much food.


And now it's December. We're still settling in to our new city, and think of New England probably too often. We traveled home for the holidays. And I found some new places to thrift. Life feels like it has slowed down a bit, but I know it's just because we're settling in.

I know that each year brings it's lessons, and this year's lesson was all about looking forward. There were times of panic, of being unsure of what the following day, week, or month would being. I started 2011 by giving myself an ultimatum, that I would either figure my life out, or else just go to trade school. I felt bleak at the beginning of 2011. The last few months of 2010 had been rough, I had been chewed up and spat out and I just wanted things to get easier or at least better. But the thing about ultimatums is: they're unrealistic. It's ridiculous to put a time-line on your life. Somehow the puzzle pieces started coming together though, and even the bad experiences that I'd had began to take new meaning and I noticed how those experiences contributed to the possibility of success. I hope I'm making sense. I guess I'm just glad that we kept looking forward and pushing forward.

I'm very interested to see what 2012 has in store for us. 2011, you were a real doozy, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. Thanks for the memories.

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this blog, I have exciting plans for Orchid Grey in 2012, and I can't wait to have you all along for the ride! Please have a happy and safe New Years! See you next year (har har har).


Peaches said...

looks like you had a great year :D

please follow me :)


Samantha Manzella said...

What an exciting year! It seems like non-stop action for you, haha. Congratulations on getting married and landing a dream position on the Modcloth team. I'm interested to see what's going to happen in 2012, too! Happy New Year. :)

- Samantha

Shannon said...

What a great year! I love 'review' posts, and yours was especially fun to read. Love your blog. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

It looks like it was an amazing year!Happy new year.:)

blue roses said...

wow, what an amazing whirlwind! i discovered your blog this year, and am absolutely in love. you obviously have great style, and you actually WRITE some interesting content, which i, as a writer, both love and respect. there are many blogs that i look through pictures, but very few that i veritably read and am interested.

Rae Veda said...

It looks like you had a great year. Here's to an even better 2012! xo, rv

Eli said...

Yay happy new year! Enjoyed your blog the whole 2011, here's to 2012 :)

Diana said...

Happy New Year!!

Birta said...

Thanks for blogging and sharing your life with the rest of us. Looking forward to reading your blog in 2012.

All my best and happy new year!

wildchild said...

wow, what an exciting year for you two! still so happy for you that you landed your dream job and married your dream man :) i hope 2012 is even better :)

Circus Girl (Zoƫ) said...

Have a happy and safe new years too! :) I hope next year is just as exciting for you! :) x

Colleen said...

Happy New Year! Here's to an amazing 2012.

Vanessa said...

Wow! It's really great to read how you came through the struggle. I feel like i'm in a position where I'm on the edge of doing many things (career/life wise) but I'm not really sure where any of it will go, or if I will be lucky enough to achieve these goals, but it's great to see that things worked out for you and it makes me think I can achieve my goals too! (sorry this is a bit of a long comment) it makes me feel very hopeful! Thanks!

jenloveskev said...

yay! I am so honored to have been a part of so many memorable things this year with you! I wish the end of the year could have had as much hanging out as the beginning of the year did, but I am happy for the big things that are happening for you and Chris. Cheers to 2012!

Gizelle Faye | Vanilla Ice Cream said...

2011 was rollercoaster of ups and downs for me as well...and we should look forward to a more awesome 2012! <3

happy new year!
you continue to inspire me! <3

♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

shelby h.k. said...

too cute. here's to an even better year in 2012!


Chrissy said...

Very sweet and inspiring post. Happy new Year!

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