Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Looking back on 2011

Here is my giant recap of 2011! Last year, I split it up into four posts for each season, but I didn't like it as much. In 2009, I did a huge recap and it's just so fun to go back and see an entire year in a recap. So, here we go. I tried my hardest to cut it down and only include my favorite memories... but this truly has been a great year so this was a challenge. If you have a slow connection, I don't blame you for backing out now!


In January, Brett and I took a trip out to Crane's Pie Pantry. Later in the month, we did a wintry photo session with photographers, Bryan and Mae. It was freezing, but so much fun.


In February, Elizabeth and I put together the first INDIE e-conference. This was by far my favorite INDIE. One of my favorite memories of the entire year was when a bunch of us in INDIE were all in a chat-room, all watching Old Gregg and cracking up together. I also hosted the Michigan blogger meetup! We had a wonderful turn-out and I really enjoyed meeting so many girls from the state.

Brett and I went to Ann Arbor for the first time to shop, eat and search out a vintage photobooth.


In March, we launched the Delightful Dozen blog with a huge launch party. It was so fun and we were trending #1 on Bloglovin's Up & Coming list. It's been a great year with those girls and I'm excited for 2012 with them.

I was so lucky to meet Vanessa of The Velvet Bird. She was traveling with her husband's band through Grand Rapids. We ate dinner together and talked for a long time at a coffee shop. I love this girl!

Brett and I attended the Antwerp Fashion Show in Grand Rapids. Later in the month, we went on a quest to find both Sable Point lighthouses. The smaller one was in Shelby and the larger one was an adventure in Ludington.


Brett and I took a crazy, random, spontaneous trip to The Gateway City! We spent all weekend there. We had a blast at City Museum, laying under the arch, dining at the coolest diner ever and enjoying 80 degree temperatures when Michigan was having 30 degree temperatures! Our band also started recording our first EP, All These Things.


In May, I headed out to Chicago to meet up with Andrea and Veronika! I loved meeting Veronika for the first time. She's become a really great friend this year. We went to the Randolph blogger meet up and fair. Good times!

I was so honored to model for Megan Nielsen's SS2011 line. It was such a dreamy line of clothing designed by the sweetest girl ever.


Veronika and I drove out to East Lansing to meet Maria of Lulu Letty! We ate lunch, took outfit photos and shopped together. Such a great day. A sad day in May was when we said goodbye to Tall Ships at their last show. If you aren't familiar, Tall Ships was my husband's band... and a huge part of our lives for a few years. I miss it like crazy!

I went on a city-wide scavenger hunt with my company. Some of my favorite memories included exploring the old, abandoned public museum, going to the top of the JW Marriott and giggling over our zumba dance.


In July, Brett and I took a long weekend to Northern Michigan. We stopped to Kaleva to visit the world-famous bottle house, visited Point Betsie Lighthouse and had a blast at Sleeping Bear Dunes. My favorite memory of this was when Brett ate too much pizza and drank a couple too many, ran down the biggest dune I've ever seen in my life, took an hour to get back up and puked when he reached the top. Hahaha!

I loved South Manitou island more than anything. This is one of my favorite photos of me. Plus, historic fish town was so amazing. I can't wait to go back.

We had the wonderful opportunity to stay at Black Star Farms. My favorite memory of this was sitting out on the front patio with Brett, drinking and star-gazing with the fountain in the background. Love.

To end our trip, we went to Cherry Festival - which was my first time. We sipped cherry rootbeers, ate cherries, explored Traverse City and rode rides until we felt sick. Haha!

When we got back home, we took our scooters out to the city for 4th of July with friends. My favorite memory of this was that all of our friends were on scooters, all riding double in downtown GR. Maybe my favorite memory of the year.


My band, Circle Maybe, recorded our music video and launched our first EP! I was also featured in the September Issue of Lucky magazine. Yes, I screamed when I saw my name in print.

Every August is our annual Coast Guard festival. All of our friends came out to the city to ride rides, eat carnival food and watch fireworks. We also got a little too crazy at our house afterwards and yelled things at people from our rooftop. So. much. fun.

Brett got me a Michigan trips book for my 25th birthday, so we had to check out Fallasburg Village. It was a ghost town with a covered bridge! It was so hot and we ended up swinging on a rope and peeking into windows and calling it a day to go get some ice-cream.


In September, I celebrated my two-year blogiversary. Then, I headed out to New York with Andrea for fashion week! It was a great week filled with a ton of memories with good friends. I love that city.

I had a blast at FABB - learned a lot, met a lot of people and got to catch up with good friends! The night after, Andrea and I went exploring downtown for FNO.

It was surreal attending the Lucky blogger breakfast at their headquarters. I was so excited! I felt like I was in a movie.

One of my favorite events from the week was definitely the ModCloth swap.

Afterwards, we darted straight to Bloggers Night Out - which was also a lot of fun and gave me the opportunity to meet some of my now-favorite bloggers!

The stylish picnic in Central Park was just what I needed to end the trip. My favorite memory from this was when I took a second to grab a homemade ice-cream by myself from a food truck and just sit and enjoy the beautiful view, sunshine and sounds of Central Park.

When I returned home from New York, Brett and I went to the Chicago Renegade craft fair where I had the opportunity to meet Rachel and Elsie of Red Velvet! Both of them are a huge inspiration to me and were so sweet in person.

At the end of the month, I was able to meet and photograph Mindy of States' outfit. I loved watching their show - such a good band.


In October, we took two of our closest friends, Jesse and Taylor, up to Gravity Hill where we rolled backwards down a hill. It was crazy. Then, we drove up to Sleeping Bear Dunes!

On a crazy 70-degree day in October, Brett and I took our final scoot trip of the season up to White River Lighthouse. Amazing day. My favorite memory was when we were on the back winding roads by the blockhouse on our scooters.

And this was by far the most beautiful autumn I've ever seen in Michigan.

Brett and I took a big trip up to the upper peninsula to see Porcupine State Mountain Park! My favorite spot was Lake of the Clouds. It was breathtaking.

We traveled to a few different waterfalls. Bond Falls and Overlooked Falls were two of our favorites. My favorite memory of this trip was going to see the Paulding Light. It's a mysterious light that's haunted. It was so creepy at the time... and so much fun.

To end October, I had the craziest Halloween weekend ever. Let's just say, I rarely drink... and this weekend, I drank way too much. Brett was in Florida at a music festival and I went a little overboard. Haha!


In November, Brett and I had a relaxing month after a few months of craziness. We explored the Ada Covered Bridge. I was also surprise-featured in the January issue of Lucky Magazine! My first time ever having a photo in a huge print magazine! So exciting. I bought five copies.


In December, we hosted our 5th annual Christmas Party for all of our friends. This was also an amazing year at my job. I became really close to my friend and co-worker, Sharisa. (We're known together as Sharieka!)

We enjoyed the holidays with our families...

And I can't wait to see what 2012 will bring! I'll be posting soon on my 2012 New Years resolutions. I have a huge list. I need a year of crazy productivity and I feel like 25/26 is the perfect year to do it. (If you survived to this point, bravo to you. You seriously deserve a piece of confetti cake with rainbow chip frosting.)


Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Love this post!

Beautiful pictures and outfits!

Megan said...

Great post! What a wonderful way to recap the year and relive your favorite memories :) Happy Almost New Year!!!

Charis Hill said...

what a great year!

Terriaw said...

what an amazing and wonderful year! Love the way you organized your look-back.

Rae Veda said...

I love this post! So fun. What a great thing to look back at next year too! xo, rv


marinecoe said...

I love this post.
Have a great year.


Stephani Janet said...

This year was so much fun to you!
Love all the photos ! You did a great job with the recap. :)

Kate said...

I love your year recap! I'm having a blast reading everybody else's in the blogosphere after doing mine this afternoon, but I don't have as many lovely photos as you. Think my favourite moment from your year (hang on, is this weird?!) is your random daytrip to St. Louis.

Chloe Jacqueline said...

What a great post! I loved looking through your year! I am glad you put it all in one!

seekingstyleblog said...

Looks like you had a great year!


genevieve said...

Aw, Tieka, it looks like you've had an amazing year! It's incredible to see how far you've come with your blog, music, and life in the past twelve months. Here's to an even better 2012!

It's always so much fun to do recaps and relive all of the wonderful memories. After reading this, I'm finally excited to do my own! Thanks for the inspirational kick in the butt, darling!

Isabel, Wake up & smell the azahar said...

Lovely post, I really like to read something written by such a positive people. It's very inspirational.

Paula said...

looks like you had an incredible year!! let's hope the next one will be just as good - if not better :)

Phara said...

What an amazing year you had indeed! I just love recap posts. All the best for the new one.

Shannon said...

What an amazing year! I really enjoyed reading that and seeing all your fun pictures. Happy new year!


Miki's scrapbook said...

Wow! So many snaps to put in your 1022 album! May 2012 bring as many great moments! ;D


Sara said...

Aww this was so fun to read! Your blog was one of the first that I started reading back in 2009 and I am so glad that you are a Mitten blogger and love this state as much as me :)

LyddieGal said...

I always love the recaps - looks like it was a truly amazing year!

Chic on the Cheap

Katie said...

Sounds like you had a great year! I'm still terribly disappointed that you and Elsiecakes were in Chicago and I didn't know. >.< You two are two of my favorite bloggers and I totally would have asked if we could meet up. (Does that sound creepy/stalker-ish? I hope not, because I'm really far to shy to be a creepy stalker...)

Anyway, I'm glad you had such a great year! I don't know about you, but I am so looking forward to 2012!

Jessa Belle said...

I read so many posts about the meetup in Chicago! Sounds like such a fun group of gals! Looks like you had a pretty amazing year!

Love & Lollies... Jessa

Confessions of the Cupcake Countessa

Jamie Rose said...

Your year looks like it was so fun and filled with excitement! I've loved reading your posts this year and seeing all the adventures you go on.

Elyse (Give Me Bows) said...

This was such a great read, it really sounds like you and Brett made the most of your year! :) Posts like these will be amazing to look back on in a few years from now too! Happy New Year xxx

onbeauty said...

love this retrospective post, all th epictures are lovely and for new reader like me is good to get to know u and a little bit fo your year!


HumanBehavior said...

As always, SO proud of you and all that you've done. <3 You amaze me.

Lidi said...

What an amazing year 2011 has been for you and Brett!! I hope 2012 will be the best year yet and I can't wait to see it all through this amazing blog of yours! Happy New Year! :D

The Daily Fashionista said...

Great post!!! Love all the photos :) 2012 is gonna be a great year for you!

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

all of the outfits, locations, pictures...simply beautiful! you just had the best year girl! here's to 2012!
xo TJ


Hmm, confetti cake?! Yum! ;) I love seeing & reading these recap posts. I'm just working on my own, yay - so much fun!! Aw Tieka, you've had such an incredible year! I love the adventures you take with Brett, how passionate you are about blogging & life, and that you share it with us on your blog - it’s all incredibly inspiring!! You really manage to make the blogging community a special place. Cheers to another fab year and I can’t wait to see your posts in 2012!! xo V

Sharisa said...

What an amazing year! And such a fun post! Your future children are going to look back on here and realize they have the most BA mom. Hope 2012 is your best yet! xox

Nicole said...

Great post Tieka, can't wait for next year to come. I hope you have a great new years eve and see ya on 2012!

Nicole D.
The Owl Girl

Abigayel Bryce said...

So happy i read this... it is a beautiful recap... very inspiring! I am so ready to explore what i've done and learned this year.

thanks for being the lovely, honest and enthusiastic blogger you are! : )

dusanabotswana said...

Wow, you really did have a fantastic year!! I always thought you went on tons of cool little trip and seeing it all together here is so fun! I def want to get to Michigan sometime for all that beautiful scenery, esp the beaches & that ghost town. Glad to hear you had such a wonderful year & can't wait to hear the resolutions : )


The Bookness said...

Looks like an amazing year. And I am so doing this post in a couple of days. Today actually!

Followed. Hope you don't mind. =) And maybe I'll see you over at my place some day.


Moon Child said...

Impressed with this post...serious time effort and captured so well- something you will always have to reflect on :) Cool idea!! X

Jasmine, Transient Withdrawal said...

Another spectacular year for you Tieka! I cannot believe this is the third year-recap I've read from you! It's been such a blast knowing all these years (online and in real life)<3 Here's to another year to the both of us! And somehow I'll make it over there to Michigan or you'll make it over here to California :) <3 Love ya girl!

Natasha said...

This is such a lovely post and I'm so glad I found your blog. Now I can look forward to reading it next year too :) Happy New Year! xxx

Sarah said...

Your year was so eventful! What a wonderful post. :]



Circus Girl (Zoë) said...

Aww you have had a lovely year in pictures! I still love your blog! So many nice wee trips! I hope you have a lovely time bringing in the new year! Zoë x

Noémie said...

You inspire me a lot and I mentioned you on my new blog... come have a look!



Patty said...

love LOVED this post!! so cute!! happy new year!!


That last photo is too cute. I love how tall the boys are!

eleanor said...

Ahh, I loved, loved, loved this post! Those vintage photobooth pictures are my favourite, I still adore all your amazing travel photos and Sharieka might be the cutest combined name ever.
It's been so wonderful following along this year and I've loved becoming even better friends with you, too! Happy New Year, Tiek!

Heather said...

It looks like you've had such a lovely year! I love the wintry photo session in January. Posts like these just make me more excited to start up my blog this year!
Happy New Year!

Mandy said...

Super cute post! :) I loved reading this! <3 Have an awesome 2012!

Greta Rainbow said...

I love love love this, I think it might have to be by New Year's Resolution to do something like this next year.

Thanks for a great blog and happy 2012!


Louise, Raspberries In Winter said...

I just read through all of this post and I have to say that you have had an AWESOME year full of amazing things. You've inspired me (as usual) to do more fun things this year. Thanks! :)

andrea k (blonde bedhead) said...

LOVED reading this year in review!! You have such a talent at telling a story through writing, photos and how you arrange them. What a fun look back on 2011 and glad to see some goofy photos of us :)

Celynne said...

Cake for me! Great recap, you had a full year :)