STYLE BLOG by CARLY MADDOX

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

So Long 2014 + Hello 2015!

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Here's a look back at all my outfits from this past year. I will admit, I'm not sad to see 2014 go. 

It's so shocking how you can change so much in a year, but I know I'm different now than I was when this year started. I've graduated high school, gone through this transitional period this summer from high school to real life, been through two (short term) jobs, and while I still live with my parents, I feel a lot more independent. I'm single, but now I finally don't care and I have stopped thinking about that for the most part, because that doesn't matter to me right now. I'm only 19, but yes, I'm already focused on my long term goals and my career. I want to be successful and live in NYC, so I'm going to make that happen. I'm definitely not in the norm with other girls my age, actually I'm the complete opposite of that. I've spent too much time earlier this year thinking I had to make attempts to go to parties, have a guy in my life, and be social with everyone, but that just isn't me and it's not what I want. The time I could be spending partying I prefer to be working on my blog and having small hangouts with my closest friends, the time I could be searching for a boyfriend I would much prefer to use chasing my dreams, and the time used socializing with crowds of people I could put towards growing stronger bonds with my best friends. I'm a shy, introverted person anyways, and I've come to fully accept that as well. I can't tell you how many times I've been picked on in school about being quiet. It's ridiculous. In reality, isn't it better to speak few words of sincerity rather than blabbing on about nothing? Just a thought. All I'm saying here is that I've put (most) of my insecurities and questionable features about myself to ease and I'm more confident now than ever.

That's not all though, even my style has changed. Lately I've been dressing in what I feel is more sophisticated and classic, I'm honestly so over trends for the most part. Trends are fun, but I'm going to start spending my money on timeless, quality pieces rather than items I won't still love in three months. I'm going to make attempts to go vintage shopping again as well, but that's a task that's becoming more and more difficult here in Jacksonville. Thrift shops are everywhere, but they are not filled with anything worth my time. Everyone has caught on to the vintage hunting thing, unfortunately. I'm am inspired by so many things, but I've noticed the styles that have stuck in my head have a vintage feel, are classic, sophisticated, and are very European chic. It's probably not apparent at all from recent outfits, but only because it's going to be a work in progress to build on my closest the perfect wardrobe I really want. I've been doing so much closest purging and selling on eBay the past few weeks because I'm fed up with the cheap trendy clothes! This idea probably only makes sense in my mind, but I'll be slowly but surely working on it.

If you read all I had to say in this post, you're awesome! I don't get too personal on here often, so I wanted to really focus more on me with this recap of my year according to this blog! I want to thank you all so, so much for reading, and an extra big thank you to those who've been reading since the beginning of A Walk in the Park, even that small period in the beginning when I was confused on a blog name and called it "Lovely Vintage"! Hahaha! I'm so glad I figured out a proper, unique blog title, I figured I'd get sick of it eventually but I still like it, so that's good! Anyways, you're all the best. I've gotten so many fabulous opportunities (and a big boost of confidence!) since I started blogging, and it's all thanks to you! Here's to a new year, a better year! 

xo 

Carly
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