2015 Year in Review

Happy hump day, and happy almost 2016, friends! I hope you all had the merriest holidays, and have enjoyed your time off with family, friends and loved ones. I know I did. At this time of year, when so many are already looking forward to their juice cleanses, gym memberships, and resolutions, I find it's always a good idea to take a moment to appreciate just how much can be accomplished in a year.

That's why, I'm sharing my 15 favorite moments of 2015. At the risk of sounding "too real" - which, is that even a thing? We're friends now. I can be real with you. Right? - 2015 wasn't the most phenomenal year of my life. That's why it's all the more important (and dare I say, therapeutic?) to take a moment to appreciate some of the good things that we experienced together this year. Check it out:

The year began as I returned back to LA from my holiday visits back east, and taking a huge leap with my career. Leaving my position with a women's luxury brand to pursue work as a full-time independent stylist. It was big and scary and exciting and stressful and every other thing you could imagine, but. It's what brought me to connect with all of you, because shortly thereafter...

1- I started #MOGBLOG. And the rest, they say, is history. Or her-story, if you prefer.

2- Just after that, I was fortunate enough to participate in the International Style Institute, with celebrity stylist, Anita Patrickson. It was there that I learned to hone my skills, and make some fantastic friends and connections that I'm sure I will have for life.

3- After that, another chance to work with some of the best in the biz - the Simply Stylist conference. I must say, meeting VS Angel Alessandra Ambrosio was the icing on the cake at that event.

4- Then, as timing, and life would have it. My dear friend, teen heartthrob, and former CMU Drama classmate, John Garet Stoker, attended the MTV Movie Awards, where I had the opportunity to dress him for the red carpet. (Though the carpet was actually blue, but I'm not splitting hairs, here.)

5- And, as these things seem to serendipitously happen in LA, I was fortunate enough to work with international sensation Ruby Rose on a shoot for Marie Claire magazine. She rode to set in the front seat of my Subaru, and told me I smelled good. So.

6- As summer creeped up on me, I was able to be starstruck by another one of my beauty idols - hanging out with the amazing Emily Weiss (of ITG fame) at her Glossier Popup in Santa Monica.

7- When July was upon us, I traveled back east to join one of my BFFs for her wedding day. It was truly a magical experience that ended with myself and old college friends stripping down to our skivvies and diving into a pool at 3am. A night I will truly remember forever. Somehow. (One too many margaritas, trust me.)

8- Once I was back in LA, I met and mingled with the founders of my favorite magazine, at the JarryMag Social in Venice. They are geniuses, creating a beautiful publication that centers around three of my very favorite things. Men + Food + Men. I'm looking forward to what they bring into my life in 2016.

9- Later in the summer, my skincare prowess somehow snagged me an invite to the Clarisonic Men's launch party at Baxter Barbershop, where I was fortunate enough to meet the founder of one of the most influential skincare brands of the last decade, Dr. Robb.

10- And then, to my surprise and amazement, while flipping through the pages of Allure Magazine, I found myself and my work featured in a full page article for my stint with ISI from earlier in the year. Imagine my excitement when I realized I was also in the very same issue as my queen, Beyonce. Pinching myself. Still. Srsly.

11- By October, after what was a very emotionally taxing, and challenging drive, I made the move back east, to the city of brotherly love. Where I am so happy to be today, looking ahead to the future. Philadelphia freedom, babe.

12 & 13- It was then that I was able to collaborate with American Eagle and be featured on the AEO Style Blog - not once, but twice! ...To be honest, High School Me is still not over this one.

14- And, in an effort to give back, as I like to do every November, with your help, we raised $150 to donate to Movember, and support men's health initiatives. I am truly so thankful for your help with that, and it brings me such joy to come together and give back with all of you.

15- Finally, as the year draws to a close, I am so grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts, opinions, and (often lame) jokes with each and every one of you. If you made it this far, you are a hero, and I thank you. From the bottom of my heart. I wish so desperately to be able to share with you my exciting news, but you'll have to wait til next year for that one! Stay tuned.

In the meantime. I want to wish each and every one of you reading this the happiest and healthiest 2016. This new year, Set yourself goals, achieve and surpass them, take risks, but don't be hard on yourself when you don't succeed, laugh a lot, love even more, stop and smell those roses. And when given the option, always go back for seconds. Cheers. x