I’m sitting here reflecting on what a huge year 2015 has been.
In January, I bought a one-way ticket to San Francisco and decided to finish my journalism degree.
In February, I explored the big city on my own.
By March, I was feeling pretty settled and the adventures got more exciting (like the time I rode the bus to the end of the line). We celebrated Chinese New Year at my first big SF festival, and spring break was my first visit home to Palm Springs.
April, I returned again for a weekend of invite-only Coachella parties (Ahhh, festival season! Only a few months away now, kittens!).
I finished spring semester in May, and shared a lot of desert summer-inspired looks (this BB Dakota dress I shot on tripod while my boyfriend and ex-roommate were shooting guns out in the sand dunes was a favorite #BloggerAtWork).
In June, it was back to the Bay for summer session. I finally made my way downtown, took a few courses on social media marketing and videography. I went to the 45th annual Pride Parade, right after the Supreme Court’s historic decision to grant marriage equality. It was epic, and I created my first video, interviewing the locals (it’s pretty shaky, but it’s pretty special).
July got me out and about, shooting outfits in downtown alleyways with that iconic city backdrop, and I interviewed the owner of Covet Boutique.
In August, we went to Tahoe and back to the toasty desert, and I was pretty obsessed with bell sleeves.
September, I shared my favorite spots from Fort Funston in collaboration with Tobi (the beach and the little neighboring forest).
In October, we hit up the #NSFW Folsom Street Fair, and San Francisco’s Zombie Walk.
We visited the Painted Ladies, from the Full House opening sequence, in November, and one of my best friends got married.
And December marked the end of fall semester, which we celebrated by watching the Star Wars premiere. If you follow me on Snapchat (@helloitsm) or Instagram, you know the holidays have been merry and crazy, and I’ve been helping my mom get all moved out of my childhood home. Sad to see it go, but it marks the beginning of a brand new chapter for us both.
Seems fitting, while totally unplanned, that the first outfit post I shared this year, and this one—the last—are practically identical. Apparently I have a thing for leggings and oversized knits, and pretty statement necklaces. This year, I’m rocking my #ForeverFinds—the waffle-knit sweater, crushed velvet leggings, faux fur-lined aviator jacket, and silver clutch are all from Forever 21. Shoes are G by Guess—the same peep-toes that I wore last year (ha!). And the necklace is Anthropologie, a gorgeous gift I received for Christmas.
Wish I had a little more energy to fluff up this year in review, but it’s already a lot longer than intended. So that’s all for now! I’m seriously looking forward to everything 2016 will bring, and I hope—wherever you are, whatever you’ve got planned—you have a safe, joyous, memorable end-of-the-year. Happy New Years, my loves! Thank you for reading.