Monday, December 2, 2013

A heartfelt goodbye!

After several months of deliberation and lots of advice from friends & family, I've decided that today will be my last post on My Greatest Hits.

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I started this blog a little under three years ago as I embarked on a new job (and promotion!) and needed to start dressing the part of Supervisor. I used My Greatest Hits as a visual diary on my progress through the challenge of abandoning my ratty t-shirt and jeans every day and had a ton of fun doing it. But three years later, this blog has taken on a different meaning - becoming a time consuming and unnecessarily stressful part of my life.

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What started as a fun way to document great outfits, turned into a constant need for stylish outfits using some of the latest trends. And we all know that keeping up with the latest trends is expensive, which doesn't align at all with one of the sole purposes of MGH - finding ways to style the clothes that I already owned.

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The stressful side of things was feeling like I wasn't trendy enough. Finding a place to take photos during the winter of Minnesota (average winter temp = 13 degrees). And finding time to take the photos during daylight (it's dark when I leave in the AM and dark when I get home in the PM).

It's just getting to be too much.

Now, don't think that I didn't love my experiences sharing my latest and greatest outfits with each and every one of you - because I did! I loved your feedback on my outfits and I loved following along on your style stories as well! Y'all kept me going for three years.

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The best part of My Greatest Hits was it's introduction to the blogging world for me. I've absolutely loved blogging. I love being a part of the conversation and sharing things with my little community of friends. I love gathering inspiration from other bloggers and bringing those ideas to life in my own world. So, while today is my last day of My Greatest Hits, my blogging career will continue with my true blogging love - DIY and home remodeling. My home blog, Home Coming, will continue on strong.

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If you feel like you're going to have Kayla withdrawls, come on over! I'm always posting DIY projects, home remodeling updates and hosting plenty of home decor giveaways for anyone to enter!

So, after 713 posts, 471 outfits (!), 61 book reviews and 16-ish out of my 30 before 30 list completed, I bid you adieu! Lots of love, and remember:


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Guest Blogger: Sara from Style for the Seasons

Today, we have the beautiful Sara from Style for the Seasons to close out our Guest Blogger series. I'm so excited to have her and her super trendy style here on the blog - so please give her some love! 

Hey there! My name is Sara and I am the blogger behind Style for the Seasons. I was so excited when Kayla asked me to guest post today-- I am a huge fan of reading guest posts because it's a great way to find fabulous new blogs. The past few weeks of guest posts here have been such a treat so I hope you are just as excited to have me posting here today.

Style for the Seasons features daily outfit posts, DIYs and updates from the nation's capitol where I live. I have been in DC for almost 5 years but spent the first twenty-something years of my life in Reno, Nevada. I moved to DC after I graduated from college in hopes of finding a great job and changing the world. While my goals have changed a bit since moving here, I am still frequently inspired by those around me. I hope you'll come check out my blog to learn more. 

Top: J.Crew  Sweater: The Limited  Necklace: J.Crew Factory similar here  Vest: Custom made by Anya Engoshina  Watch: Michael Kors  Bracelet: Stella and Dot  Ring: Baublebar  Sunglasses: DVF similar here  Jeans: Citizens of Humanity  Belt: Target  Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue similar here  Bag: Phillip Lim for Target

Today's outfit is inspired by the cold temperatures we've had lately here in DC. I recently rediscovered my fur vest that a friend made for my last year and I was so excited to pair it with a my new chunky gold belt. Is there anything better than gold glitter and fur? I truly love the unexpected contrast.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

My Style Monday #38

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Welcome back to My Style Monday! Thanks to everyone for joining and linking up your latest style.  Here's my latest.

Top: Old Navy - Pants: H&M - Heels: Marshalls

And now it's your turn!

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 The Rules? They're simple!
  1. Take a picture of your style and link up below! 
  2. Pick up the My Style Monday button from the left sidebar (or a text link is fine!) and include it in your post so others can get involved in My Style Monday's. 
  3. And if you're not a follower already, I'd love for you to become one! 
P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway on my other blog, Home Coming, for a chance to win a a beautiful starburst mirror from Samjen Arts! Enter through this post.  

Starburst Mirror Giveaway

Friday, November 15, 2013

Weekend Plans

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While 99% of my weekend will be consumed with home remodel work, I'm taking a trip to Ikea today with my mom - and I'm pretty excited about it. Ikea is one of my favorite places.

What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Guest Blogger: Agi from Vodka Infused Lemonade

Hello friends! Today I'm happy to welcome Agi from Vodka Infused Lemonade (what a cool blog name, right?!). Everyone welcome the ever stylish Agi nicely!! 
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I'm so excited to be guest blogging today here on My Greatest Hits. My name is Agi and I blog over at Vodka Infused Lemonade. My blog primarily focuses on fashion and motherhood. I am a mother to a toddler boy who keeps me extremely busy. I am a Labour & Delivery Room Nurse, make cakes and cupcakes (Agi's Creations) and blog on the side. As you can see I'm not the type who can sit still for a long time. In a nutshell, I blog about anything and everything that inspires me. I like to include recipes of my favourite dishes, pictures of cupcakes and cakes that I have made and reviews of books that I have enjoyed reading. I also love to share my favorite must-have products. I have a few weekly themed posts that repeat each week: Monday's I have Celebrity Style where I take a celebrity and copy their outfits for much cheaper and post where you can find it, click here to see. On Wednesday's I feature one item different ways, click here to see. On Thursday's along with a co-host host my weekly Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up, click here to see.

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Thought I would include some blooper pictures to let you know that i don't take myself too seriously :)!!!!!!!!!!!

I also have a weekly link up called Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up where, along with a co-host, feature 3 of my favourite posts from the previous week and where bloggers can post their favourite looks. I like the idea of getting to know other bloggers.
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Blogging has definitely made me more adventurous when it comes to fashion. I used to pretty much wear t-shirt and jeans and after having my son I realized that I can't dress the way I feel. If I did, I wouldn't leave the house in anything other than Lululemon Yoga pants. I started dressing more to make myself feel better about myself (if that makes any sense) and it worked. I went from having a very neutral and simple wardrobe one with colour, sparkle and shine. Here are some of my favourite outfit posts:

Leather Leggings 6 Ways

Leather Leggings: Vodka Infused Lemonade

Sweater Dresses A Must For Fall

Sweater Dress: Vodka Infused Lemonade

Olive Vest 3 Ways

Banana Republic Olive Vest

Green, Gingham & Pearls

Gap Sweater & Top

 I end each post with what I hope my blog inspires you to do. I want other moms and women to see that you don't have to have designer clothes and a big budget to look good. I want to inspire other women and moms to dress so that they feel pretty about themselves. It's not about the fashion, it's about how it makes you feel. If you feel like blah/crap when you leave the house, that's how you will project yourself and feel about yourself. But if you take the time to put together an outfit that makes you feel good about yourself that is how other people will see you. May this blog inspire you to dress so that you always feel pretty about yourself. Thank you so much Kayla for inviting me to guest post today.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Guest Blogger: Inge from This Ever Evolving Life

Today I'm happy to be hosting Inge from This Ever Evolving Life. I've been following Inge and her wonderful style for months, and I'm in love. Her style is so similar to mine that I really enjoy following her along. Everyone give a big welcome to Inge!

 Hello readers of My Greatest Hits! My name is Inge (pronounced Inga) and I blog over at This Ever Evolving Life.  I was thrilled to have the chance to guest post for Kayla while she gets some major remodeling projects done.  I  know what that's like, we gutted and remodeled our bathroom just this past summer.

What I really love about Kayla's style is that she puts together some bold, interesting outfits but you can tell that she's still staying true to her own personal style.  That's what I'm striving for with my own style.  I prefer pants over dresses, flats over heels, and like to add a little bit of quirkiness to my outfits when I can, all while still dressing professionally for my job as a middle school special education teacher.  Two of my recent favorite work outfits can be seen on my blog here and here.  Today I'm sharing a layered weekend outfit that is definitely a new favorite of mine.

Top: Old Navy (similar)
Vest: JCP (same)
Jeans: Old Navy (same)
Shoes: Very Volatile (similar)
Necklaces: Gift, Forever 21 (similar)
Bracelet: New York & Company (similar)

I want to thank Kayla again for having me today. I hope you'll all come visit me soon at This Ever Evolving Life!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Guest Blogger: Chelsea from She Said He Said

Welcome back friends! Today I have another great blogger helping me out while my mind is deep in home remodel. Chelsea from She Said He Said is here to show off some beautiful fall style. I LOVE her fall jacket - and doesn't it look warm where she is? It's 12 degrees here this morning, so I'm wearing a very fashionable parka. Ha!

Everyone welcome the wonderful Chelsea!

I'm ecstatic to be posting on My Greatest Hits for Kayla today! My name is Chelsea and my blog She Said He Said gives a spin on everyday style by featuring a female opinion (mine) and a male opinion (my bf) on daily outfits. Every girl would love her man’s honest opinion on what she is wearing and this does just that! Hope you enjoy today’s look, you can follow us below:

She Said:

I am glad to say it is getting cooler in Cali and I can bring out my beloved reversible faux fur vest that was gifted by my sister in law a few Christmas's ago. This vest is over sized, cozy and stylish. I love how chunky it is and makes a statement all its own. I kept most of the other items simple since the vest is an eye-catcher.Underneath I paired it with an Old Navy crisp white long sleeve top, which was on sale for only $5, so I bought the black one too! My Jbrand jeans were only perfect, a dark wash in a skinny style fit nicely under my knee high boots. These boots have a unique lace-up tie in the back, are a sleek dark chocolate hue and honestly are the MOST comfortable pair of boots I own, last seen here. I layered two necklaces, one being a long sparkling rhinestone key necklace. I pulled out the grey in my vest with my gifted Olivia and Joy Suspect bag which glistens with the chain strap. Adding a hint of Royal Azalea with my MAC lipstick makes this casual warm outfit fit for the holidays. 

He Said:

I like most of this outfit. The boots of course are out of this world, over the knee and the lace-up ties in the back but and then it pretty much goes downhill from here. Her jeans (what can be seen of them) are OK, they fit her well but we cannot see much of them so it’s hard to judge. Her top is nice with the necklaces but a little boring, and her bag is a good size and style. This extra-large vest thingy is ridiculous, it is huge and makes her look twice as wide as she is, and it reminds me of something cave women had worn. I really have nothing nice to say about it so I will stop before I get into too much trouble. Overall if she could lose the vest she would have a much better outfit today.

Monday, November 11, 2013

My Style Monday #37

It was a beautiful fall weekend here in Minneapolis, but it'll soon be changing to winter. I'm taking advantage of these cool, fall days as long as I can.

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Vest: North Face - Top: Len Druskin - Jeans: Gap - Boots: DSW
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And now it's your turn!

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 The Rules? They're simple!
  1. Take a picture of your style and link up below! 
  2. Pick up the My Style Monday button from the left sidebar (or a text link is fine!) and include it in your post so others can get involved in My Style Monday's. 
  3. And if you're not a follower already, I'd love for you to become one! 
P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway on my other blog, Home Coming, for a chance to win a two pillow covers from My Pillow Studio! Enter through this post.  

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