And what a year it was…

vmac+cheese year in review

I have to be totally honest. I almost didn’t want to put this post together, mostly because 1) this year has been so full and amazing that the prospect of gathering all the photos to document it seemed pretty daunting; and 2) this year has been so full and amazing, that I kind of don’t think there’s a way that 2013 can top it. It’s almost sad to say goodbye to the last 365 days!

But, in the end, I’m glad I did this exercise. There were a few little things I’d almost forgotten about, and it’s kind of fun to share some of my favorite moments of 2012 with you. I know there are some of you who might have only started following my blog recently, so this will hopefully illustrate what a crazy rollercoaster 2012 has been — but in the absolute best way possible! Settle in with a cup of coffee (or, you know, a glass of Champagne…) and take a walk down memory lane with me–

year in review | vmac+cheese

01. // We got engaged on January 13. You can read a little bit about it here.

02 . // It’s embarrassing to admit, but I didn’t get an iPhone until March of this year. I loved that gold chrome case (in fact, I just picked up a new one in this rosy hue)

03. // Left my job in February and launched Vivaleur. Am so grateful, blessed, and honored that the business thrived this year. And PS – a new Vivaleur site and another little surprise associated with it will be launching very soon!

04 . // Had a mini engagement weekend celebration with college friends in LA.

05 . // I am still obsessed with the dress I got married in.

06 . // Took a trip to New York in May to hang out with everyone in town for Blog Fest.

07.  // Continued to forge amazing friendships with other bloggers. The best part about this crazy world is when online friends become real life ones. Who I actually have Skype happy hours with.

08. // Saw Evgeny Kissin play with the New York Philharmonic — and caught four of his encores! I’m so grateful to Stefan and Grace for inviting me to this!

09. // Spent two and a half weeks in France. Made the requisite visit to Paris again…

10. // And Aix en Provence…

11. // (where we shopped local markets and cooked a lot of ridiculous food in our rented apartment)

12. // And toured the Luberon…

13. // And ended the trip in St. Jean Cap Ferrat, in the south of France.

14. // It really did not suck.

15. // After months of apartment drama, we had to quickly move over the summer. I never ended up telling the full story of what happened, and at this point months later, just trust me when I say it was the opposite of St. Jean Cap Ferrat. In that it sucked. But, we are so happy that we were able to find a new home quickly (and with far less, um…unpredictable landlords).

16. // Plus, we like living downtown waaay more!

17. // The best part about working for yourself is being able to wear whatever the hell you want every day of the week. My past two jobs before I started my own business never allowed denim in the office. Yes, even on Fridays. I did everything I could to make up for lost time this year.

18. // This Lake Tahoe wedding was beyond scenic. True story I think I forgot to write about on the blog (for obvious reasons, actually): I had horrible food poisoning the day before we had to drive up there, and in the end, the weekend could not have gone better. Thank god Joe was around to nurse me back to health before the long road trip.

19. // I still think it’s ridiculous that I got to see Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka play in the U.S. Open. Like, what?

20. // Also, that I saw the Monique Lhuillier show. Also a WTF moment.

21. // 2012 was totally the year of the Bloody Mary. So weird, but before this year, I just did not love them. After this year? Totally obsessed. I don’t know who flipped the switch, but brunch has not been the same since.

22. // Two World Series championships in 3 years. We’ve lived in SF for just over 6. The city’s good luck charm? Probably.

23. // Had a girls getaway weekend slash bachelorette thing in Palm Springs. It was awesome.

24. // Natalie Bowen is the shit. If you live in SF and are getting hitched, you should probably hire her.

25. // We got married at the Penthouse at the Fairmont Hotel.

26. // It was a fantastic day! Ooh, also, I’ve gotten wedding photos back, and promise to be sharing some more in the new year!

27. // We jetted off to Cabo for a few days after the wedding for a minimoon. The plan is to take a longer vacay some time in 2013. Excited to see it on the recap NEXT year! :)

28. // France, Texas, New York (twice), Tahoe, Monterey, LA, Palm Springs…and some other places in between I’m sure. It was a good year for airline miles!

29. // Oh Lucy. How much I love you. So much. The sweetest little fur daughter I could have ever asked for.

30. // I grew up with real Christmas trees, but Joe did not. He insisted we get one this year, and it was awesome to have our first real, fragrant tree together!

31. // This weekend we went to see The Book of Mormon, which I’d been wanting to see since it debuted. It did not disappoint!!!

32. // We’ll be spending tonight and tomorrow in Napa. I can’t wait to ring in the new year with my little family and to toast to whatever it is that 2013 may bring our way!

And one last little thing: Thanks to all of you for another year of supporting vmac+cheese. It had long been a dream of mine to work for myself, and in all honesty, it would not have been possible without this blog. Which means it would not have been possible without YOU. So thank you for all your love and support, and for being a part of this journey. It means the world to me!

Hope your New Years Eve is hopeful, joyous, bright, sparkly, and fun! Cheers to 2013!!

{Image Credits: All images by Victoria McGinley for vmac+cheese}

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  1. 12.31.12

    What a fantastic year! I enjoyed following along on your wonderful journey. Congrats on all of your achievements this year and I look forward to seeing where 2013 will take you! Happy New Year to you, Joe and sweet Lucy!

  2. 12.31.12
    kim said:

    looks like you made a lot of great memories this year! hoping 2013 is even better. :)

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  3. 12.31.12

    What a great look back. God bless instagram for making it a pretty look back.

  4. 12.31.12

    Oh my goodness girl! You had a lot going on in 2012! Wish I did more traveling…it’s been a dream of mine to go back to Italy where some of mine & my boyfriends family is from! Cheers to 2013 & hope you have a fabulous New Year!!!!

  5. 12.31.12
    Elizabeth said:

    I always love looking back on the years and seeing how far I’ve come. It’s always a journey, whether good or bad! Hope you have a wonderful celebration tonight, whatever you do.

    Cheers, Elizabeth of The Corner Apartment

  6. 12.31.12

    So happy that this year was such a wonderful one for you. Can’t wait to see you in SF soon (owe you an e-mail!), and for what’s in store in the future!

  7. 12.31.12
    Tiffany said:

    What an incredible year it was for you! Chalked full of memories you will never forget, and what an incredible resource you’ve created here to look back and reminisce! Here’s to an amazing 2013 as wel! xo

  8. 12.31.12

    what an amazing year!

  9. 12.31.12
    Emily said:

    2012 really was such an amazing year for you! I am so happy to have found your blog, and look forward to your posts in 2013. Happy New Years! x

  10. 12.31.12
    Ailee said:

    Not only is this post a great recap – it’s gorgeous. I love the layout. One talented lady :)

  11. 12.31.12

    Aww. What a great year. Have a happy new year!

  12. 12.31.12

    You’ve had an amazing year, all so well deserved! So happy I got to finally meet you this year! 2013 is gonna rock!

  13. 12.31.12

    I didn’t get an iphone until this year either! Now idk what I did with out it!

    Here’s to a healthy and happy 2013! Hope you have a blast tonight!

    x Kenzie

  14. 1.1.13

    Love love love! You had an amazing year and I can’t wait to see what next year has in store for you miss! Thanks for helping make my year pretty great too. xo!

  15. 1.1.13
    Christine B. said:

    What a wonderful year it has been for you! :)

  16. 1.1.13
    Amy said:

    My goodness, 2012 was an amazing year for you! Sounds like you set a good foundation for many good things to come. Happy New Year!

  17. 1.1.13
    Ashley said:

    So proud of you!

  18. 1.2.13
    taylor said:

    I’m catching up on everything from the last two weeks and this post is perfect :) what a great year it was for you! so many exciting new things! ps i know ive said this before but good lord your ring is gorgeous!!!

  19. 1.2.13
    Kirby said:

    What an amazing year for you! I enjoyed catching up ;)

  20. 1.2.13

    What an amazing year you had! Happy New Year, friend!!

  21. 1.2.13
    Nnenna said:

    Loved reading about your year in review- I hope 2013 is just as good for you!