A few of my favorite photos from this past year. 

2013 was a quiet year of self discovery. I learned just how strong the human spirit can be, not only mine but also those around me. As I look back through these photos, I see one common thread: I look happy. It’s hard to remember if I actually was happy or if I was struggling, but even through struggle, my spirit is happy. This blog has kept me going on many days that I didn’t think I could. You guys are lifesavers. 
Thank you for letting me become and grow into who I am over these past 4 years. It’s not often that a person can find friends who let them evolve, but I’ve got many of them (that’s you) and for that I am forever grateful. In October, I turned 29. I figured it would be the same as my other 28 birthdays but something clicked this year. I feel happy, grateful, and confident in myself and in my life. Those three things are worth any struggle I could go through. 
Thank you for sticking around for the words, the photos, the outfits or whatever you stop by to see. 2014 better be ready for us, I have a feeling we are going to be unstoppable. 

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  1. Such a great sentiment to look back on. I often look back on photos of times when I remember being unhappy, but there are moments even in the darkest of times that we are happy and photos are such a great way to remember that! Here’s to a great 2014!

  2. I’ve followed your blog for over a year now and have to say it is one of my favorites. It isn’t just your outfits (even though they are fabulous), but also the honesty in your writing. You are an inspiration and I hope you know that. Happy New Year!

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  3. Love the recap pictures! Thank you for sharing your year with us. I LOVE the first and last pictures. That black & gold dress is awesome!!

  4. Happy New Year, Kendi! I check out your blog every day from little ole Montana. Keep on keeping on!

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  5. Thank you for opening up about your struggle. We all, in some way, struggle. Thank you for being real, open, and honest (and funny and witty and stylish and beautiful). I wish you the best in 2014!

  6. Happy New Year! Love all these photos, although we’re just virtual friends, I can tell you’re the sweetest! I’m glad you’ve had such a wonderful, happy year! I hope that 2014 is even better! Have a wonderful day and happy new year!

  7. Beautiful photos and what an amazing recap. I adore your style and your blog. Wishing you and your love ones a Happy New Year xoxox

  8. I love reading your writing and looking at B’s photos of you. Happy New Year, Kendi and B. You know what they say about turning 30: thirty, flirty* and thriving. *to the camera because you’re a married lady

  9. Happy New Year, Kendi!! Can’t wait to see what wonderful things 2014 brings you. πŸ™‚

  10. Beautiful, as always. I’ve been quietly following along for years and I have to say, you never fail to impress me with your adorable outfits and your silly (and sometimes profound) writing. Wishing you the happiest new year–may it bring fewer struggles and more joy.

  11. Love it! You’re such a beauty and hilarious to boot! Brava on another year, Kendi!

  12. I rarely comment online but I have to tell you that after following your blog for about six months now, I think you are a truly beautiful person – inside and out!

  13. Such a great sentiment to look back on. I often look back on photos of times when I remember being unhappy, but there are moments even in the darkest of times that we are happy and photos are such a great way to remember that! Here's to a great 2014!

  14. I've followed your blog for over a year now and have to say it is one of my favorites. It isn't just your outfits (even though they are fabulous), but also the honesty in your writing. You are an inspiration and I hope you know that. Happy New Year!

    http://www.goldpolkadots.com

  15. Lovely photos πŸ™‚ It sure is nice to have friends who will allow and support you to revolve into a different person πŸ™‚ Happy New Year dear! xx

    Chic Nikkie

  16. Love the recap pictures! Thank you for sharing your year with us. I LOVE the first and last pictures. That black & gold dress is awesome!!

  17. Happy New Year, Kendi! I check out your blog every day from little ole Montana. Keep on keeping on!

  18. Happy 2014 Kendi. A lovely post. I’ve been regularly popping by for two years now, and always enjoy your fashion ideas and wit. You definitely inspire me. Thank you x

  19. Thank you for opening up about your struggle. We all, in some way, struggle. Thank you for being real, open, and honest (and funny and witty and stylish and beautiful). I wish you the best in 2014!

  20. Happy New Year! Love all these photos, although we're just virtual friends, I can tell you're the sweetest! I'm glad you've had such a wonderful, happy year! I hope that 2014 is even better! Have a wonderful day and happy new year!

  21. Beautiful photos and what an amazing recap. I adore your style and your blog. Wishing you and your love ones a Happy New Year xoxox

  22. I love reading your writing and looking at B's photos of you. Happy New Year, Kendi and B. You know what they say about turning 30: thirty, flirty* and thriving. *to the camera because you're a married lady

  23. Happy New Year, Kendi!! Can't wait to see what wonderful things 2014 brings you. πŸ™‚

  24. Beautiful, as always. I've been quietly following along for years and I have to say, you never fail to impress me with your adorable outfits and your silly (and sometimes profound) writing. Wishing you the happiest new year–may it bring fewer struggles and more joy.

  25. Love it! You're such a beauty and hilarious to boot! Brava on another year, Kendi!

  26. I rarely comment online but I have to tell you that after following your blog for about six months now, I think you are a truly beautiful person – inside and out!

  27. Happy 2014 Kendi. A lovely post. I've been regularly popping by for two years now, and always enjoy your fashion ideas and wit. You definitely inspire me. Thank you x

  28. Congratulations for such a great year of self-discovery! It’s been so inspiring to follow your story (since 2010, haha!) and looking forward to see where you take it next!

  29. This year I actually felt like I connected with you. You posted about truly personal things twice over the summer and I’ve saved those posts. I’m younger by just a few years, but I think I’m grappling with identifying myself too. These posts help me understand that the path is always winding, but eventually you get there with everyone else. So thank you for another year of inspiration and looking forward to many, many more! x

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  30. Hi Kendi– I have been following your blog this year and never comment– but I just want to say thank you for your fashion inspiration and commentary! I adore you and think you are a genius in every way. Warmest wishes to you and B in twenty fourteen!!!

  31. Congratulations for such a great year of self-discovery! It's been so inspiring to follow your story (since 2010, haha!) and looking forward to see where you take it next!

  32. This year I actually felt like I connected with you. You posted about truly personal things twice over the summer and I've saved those posts. I'm younger by just a few years, but I think I'm grappling with identifying myself too. These posts help me understand that the path is always winding, but eventually you get there with everyone else. So thank you for another year of inspiration and looking forward to many, many more! x

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com

  33. It’s been fun to follow along throughout 2013! Cheers to you and yours in 2014! πŸ™‚

  34. Hi Kendi– I have been following your blog this year and never comment– but I just want to say thank you for your fashion inspiration and commentary! I adore you and think you are a genius in every way. Warmest wishes to you and B in twenty fourteen!!!

  35. You are truly beautiful, inside and out and your photos reflect that. All the best to you in the New Year.

  36. Happy New Year, Downtown McKinney neighbor! Hope it’s your best year yet! ~Georgia

  37. I really enjoy your blog. So many of the things you have said in your personal life resonate in mine! I am so glad that you are feeling more confident this new year! Continue to be confident in yourself and your decisions! You are a beautiful and talented individual with so much to offer! All the best in 2014!

  38. Happy in spirit or actually happy, I’ll take you as both. This is my favourite blog, you gorgeous thing!

  39. So many beautifully put together looks! Love your blog and can't wait to continue following along to see what's next!

    Classy Chic & Chardonnay
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  40. It's been fun to follow along throughout 2013! Cheers to you and yours in 2014! πŸ™‚

  41. Happy New Year, Downtown McKinney neighbor! Hope it's your best year yet! ~Georgia

  42. I really enjoy your blog. So many of the things you have said in your personal life resonate in mine! I am so glad that you are feeling more confident this new year! Continue to be confident in yourself and your decisions! You are a beautiful and talented individual with so much to offer! All the best in 2014!

  43. Happy in spirit or actually happy, I'll take you as both. This is my favourite blog, you gorgeous thing!

  44. Kendi, I’ve been following your blog for a few years, but this year things felt different. It was great to hear you open up about your life and struggles – things I’ve been struggling with too. I’ve never been a bigger fan of you than I am now! You’re wonderful, and that picture of you in the black and white striped shirt is what I want to look like everyday!

  45. Kendi, I've been following your blog for a few years, but this year things felt different. It was great to hear you open up about your life and struggles – things I've been struggling with too. I've never been a bigger fan of you than I am now! You're wonderful, and that picture of you in the black and white striped shirt is what I want to look like everyday!

  46. Is there any chance you’d do a daily make up or skincare post….? You look glowing in all of these pics! Happy new year!

  47. Is there any chance you'd do a daily make up or skincare post….? You look glowing in all of these pics! Happy new year!

  48. These photos are stunning! No wonder why you like them πŸ˜‰ Happy New Year. It’s been quite a biggie. I suspect 2014 is going to be awesome. x

  49. These photos are stunning! No wonder why you like them πŸ˜‰ Happy New Year. It's been quite a biggie. I suspect 2014 is going to be awesome. x

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