Every single year I feel as if the time just flies by. But this year, it’s especially true. With our house remodel and being displaced with a toddler for almost 6 months it feels as if half of the year didn’t even happen. Now that we are back in our house I am determined to enjoy each and every day. Although the house project was the highlight of the year, there were so many other amazing things that happened! Here is what I was up to you, what items I was loving and what you guys shopped the most! Cheers to a new year and 2019 being the best one yet!
what i did
January // Wes and I took an adult trip to San Diego. This is one of our favorite cities ever and every January or February we like to sneak away somewhere sunny to break up the long and grey winters in Seattle. Read San Diego travel guide and how I survive the winter in the pacific northwest for more.
February // This was a big month for my brand as Styled Out West hit 10k followers on Instagram! This is something I was striving for as a milestone in my business because it unlocked some fun business features as well as helped me to bring brand awareness to my blog and work with more brands along the way. You can read more about that accomplishment and how I got there, here.
March // We took a family trip to Maui and Oahu in Hawaii. This was Tayler’s first time to the islands and very nostalgic for me as I grew up going to Hawaii. My uncle has lived there for a long as I can remember so I have found memories of me at the beach until the sun went down, sand in my bum and making new friends along the way. She had the best time and we had a blast enjoying it with her. We quickly realized she is not a fan of the sand and so we spent most of the time at the pool or on my uncle’s boat and we could not complain one bit.
April // This is the month that I started my journey with a ketogenic lifetysle and let me tell you, it was life changing. I wrote an entire blog post about my experience and more about this diet, here. It’s the only diet I have been on that actually works and is sustainable. Almost a year later, I am still 75% keto, meaning I do still indulge in carbs (especially the last few months), but my body is now in a fat burning mode that allows me to easily switch back and fourth without gaining a lot of weight. I do notice now how much carbs and sugar affect my body in terms of how I feel mentally - more sluggish, tired, and not as clear minded. So now that the new year is here, I am determined to get back to it and really jumpstart the year feeling my best.
Styled Out West also celebrated it’s one year anniversary of its launch and new website, as well as got a pretty awesome facelift thanks to PeachFace Design. You can read more about it, here.
May // I celebrated my second Mother’s Day as mama to my darling Tayler Lou. She continues to amaze me with her endearing, funny and wise personality. Being a mom is surely one of my greatest accomplishments of all.
June // Tayler and I spent 5 days in California visiting my family on a girls getaway. It was her 2nd birthday and I wanted to do something fun with her. We don’t get to see my exnteded family as often as I would like and one of my cousins has a daughter around her age so we stayed with them, went to the zoo, swimming and watched them fight over the toys…let’s hope next time they see each other it’s a bit more civil…LOL.
It’s also the month that our home renovation started! I will never forget finding out that the start date was going to be 2 weeks from when I got home from California and freaking out about having to pack up our entire house and store it away for months and months. Amidst all the craziness of moving, our family dog unexpectedly passed away so I would say it was a stressful end to the month.
July // We spent a week in the beautiful Lake Chelan with friends in an awesome house right on the water. A few friends brought their boats so we spent most days floating in the water, boating, bbq-ing and just enjoying the beautiful weather and unplugging. The kids had so much fun running around together and spending time on the boat. These types of trips are so important to do and something I hope we continue for years to come.
August // Wes and I attended an impromptu Pearl Jam concert and ended up with box level seats! It was so much fun to be spontaneous and watch one of our favorite bands of all time perform live in their home town of Seattle.
I also attended a bachelorette party in Cresent Bar with some great ladies (and drank way too much alcohol). I was easily reminded after that trip how young I am not. The hangovers definitely last way longer these days. Despite that, its always nice to sneak away with just ladies and enjoy some girl time!
September // This was a busy month for me because I was away traveling for 2 weeks out of the month, starting with my first ever trip to New York Fashion Week! It had been my dream for as long as I can remember to attend this fashion event of the year and I was so proud of myself for actually pulling the trigger and doing it! Wes and I met up in NY afterwards and left Tayler with my Dad for 10 days so we could explore the island of Mallorca, Spain. It was such an incredible trip and I highly recommend going if you’re looking for a new place to explore. Read, I’m going to NYFW, how I’m preparing for NYFW, mallorca travel guide, to learn more.
October // I celebrated my 34th birthday! Wes was away at a Seahawks game in Detroit, so my best friend and I took a girls trip to Portland, Or. I love Portland because it’s so close to Seattle (only a 2.5 hour drive) and has great shopping and the best food. I’m pretty sure we ate our way through the entire town. We both have kids to really it was an excuse to get away, sleep in and be on our own time! (Shout out to my Mom and her MIL for taking care of the kiddos while we were gone - we are so lucky to have them).
November // This was a crazy month because it was the last month before we would move into our remodeled home! There were so many last minute decisions to make, not to mention I had to order all light fixtures, hardware, vanity mirrors, etc. To be honest, this month was kind of a blur. It was also very busy for me at work (I work part-time for a real estate development company) because the owner was out of the country for 2 weeks so I took over project management and more. It’s been such a learning experience for me and quite a big help in teaching me what to look for in my own house project. I’m thinking about writing a post on this soon in case anyone is looking to learn more about what I do and how to remodel your own home.
December // We moved into our house on December 1st!! And I have to admit, it was bit anti-climatic because the house wasn’t 100% move-in ready. We stayed in an AirBNB the entire time and we had expected to move out on December 1, but when the house wasn’t quite done we were informed we would have to pay per night to stay longer so I begged them to let us move in early. So, we dealt with a chaotic living space for the first 3 weeks and people coming in and out every day (treaking dirt and sawdust with them) and my OCD-self almost went into full blown panic mode - but we got through it. I’m hopeful at this point it will be 100% done the middle of January. You can read more about it, here.
We had a great time celebrating our first christmas at our house and hosting Christmas dinner for our families. NYE was spent in Cannon Beach, OR with close friends and all we did was relax and enjoy the beach. It was perfect and just what we needed after a very busy year!