Goodbye 2017 | Best of the Year

2017 was a pretty great year for me so I wanted to take some time to reflect on it. In the beginning of the year I relaunched the blog with the new name (Short Girl Long Jacket). Although I’m happier now with the name, blogging has been a bit of a struggle over the last few months. I’ve talked about it in a few posts but basically finding my aesthetic hasn’t been an easy process. I’m not loving how strict blogging seems to have become recently, but I’m still excited to create. Looking back at my favourite images and moments from last year fuel that and remind me why I’m still here.

From a personal perspective I don’t have much to complain about. Of course I had my downs, but that’s expected and they were there for me to learn from. 2017 created some amazing memories for me – from beautiful sights I saw while travelling to just sweet/funny moments with the people I love. I hope 2018 will be even better.


1 – Cobalt & Grey Suede

2 – Velvet Hoodie & Lace-Up Jeans

3 – Little Orange Bag

4 – Shearling & Red Velvet Leggings

5 – Watercolour Maxi Dress

It seems you guys prefer my more casual looks and my purple hair. Not all of these looks coincided with my top 5, but they’re definitely all favourite outfits or shoots. Look 3 was a milestone for me because it was my biggest collaboration to date with Coach. Look 5 also has a special place in my heart because it was the first editorial-style travel shoot I did and I’m still so in love with how the dress looks against the tropical sunset. And look 1, I really love how all the colours turned out in look 1.


1 – Painting Print Maxi at Cannon Beach

2 – Blue Monochrome

3 – Watercolour Maxi Dress

4 – Jellyfish Bomber & Glitter Boots

5 –Β Bustier Tee & Pleated Skirt

So I really have a thing for watercolour prints … Looking at these photos, it’s surprising that the majority of them are pastels because the majority of my clothes are actually dark. But this year I embraced colour a lot. And I put more effort into planning my shoots (matching my outfit with my background). These are the shots I’m the most proud of, where everything just went together so perfectly. These are the shots that feed my creativity.


2017 was the best year of travel I’ve had yet. I changed my travel style – rather than doing one big vacation as I’d previously done, I spread out smaller trips throughout the year. It satisfied my wanderlust more and I got to go on more diverse trips. Plus, all of my trips were with Kirill! We even took our first family vacation with Lady. In the beginning of our relationship we never got to travel together because of conflicting schedules, so this was the year we made up for lost time.


I had the luck to visit this gorgeous country twice! In January and September. Although both times were amazing, I preferred the September trip because it was longer, the sea was warmer, our hotel was nicer, and I snorkeled and swam in a cenote for the first time. I’d still love to go back to see the Mayan ruins and other cities, as both times we went to the Riviera Maya.

New York

New York lived up to all the hype. It was one of the funnest trips I’ve ever taken because the city is so damn cool and beautiful. Apart from finally seeing all the famous sights, we went to a music festival, saw a comedian from one of our favourite shows in the famous Comedy Cellar, I got to meet a blogger friend and we also spent some time with Vancouver friends there.


This was our anniversary/first family road trip with Lady. I hadn’t been to Oregon since I was a kid and it gave me a whole new opinion of it. Portland is a cool city and Cannon Beach is just gorgeous. Haystack Rock is a very impressive sight. And nothing beat being able to share our new experiences with Lady, it was so sweet to see her get all excited about the new places.

I also went on some nice local trips throughout the summer, like Tofino and Joffre Lakes. I don’t have any concrete travel plans for 2018 yet but I’m hoping the year will take me to even more beautiful spots.


I didn’t go to a ton of shows but the ones that I went to were really good. I got to see Franz Ferdinand live twice in one year which was cool! And while I’ll always love my indie rock, I found a new appreciation for more chill music like Tame Impala, FKA Twigs, and Sticky Fingers. I also learned to look at music in a new way after observing different people’s relationships to music. In the past I’ve been shy and sometimes defensive about my music taste, but I’ve realized that good music is subjective and all you can do is be respectful of other people’s tastes. No one wants to be the asshole that just disses other people’s music.

That being said, here are some of my favourite songs from 2017:


I’m not doing specific resolutions for the new year because I believe we should constantly be improving ourselves, but there are a few things I’m really trying to keep in mind going into 2018.


I realized exactly who I don’t want to be, and that’s a victim. You know, the kind of person that just complains instead of actually doing anything. We’ve all dealt with them. I’m trying to distance myself from those sorts of people as much as possible. Everyone is in charge of their own life and complaining without action will get you nowhere.


Well, to an extent. What I mean by this is that what other people think doesn’t matter. We waste a lot of time and nerves on thinking about what other people will think instead of focusing on ourselves. I’ve had problems with this in the past but I’m realizing more and more that most people are too wrapped up in their own shit to care about yours for more than a second. It may sounds stupid, but even doing little things like wearing out there clothes helps. Yeah you might get a few stares but those people care less than you think, and so should you.


Cliche but true. Obviously be kind to everyone but don’t waste your time on assholes. Put your energy into those that matter. And be honest/direct – because as the saying goes, they won’t mind even if it’s something that seems tough to say at first. Things seem a lot worse in our heads anyway.

Thanks for reading! I wish you all an amazing 2018 xx


    1. Maria 02/01/2018 at 16:58

      Thank you! Happy New Year xx

  1. Atsuna 02/01/2018 at 01:10

    I had an amazing 2017 as well and I’m pretty excited for 2018. πŸ™‚ Happy New Year babe!


    1. Maria 02/01/2018 at 16:59

      Hope you have an amazing 2018 as well πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by!

  2. Alittlethingsbcn 02/01/2018 at 11:53

    Muy buen post!1 Una buena recopilaciΓ³n del aΓ±o!
    Feliz AΓ±o Nuevo guapa!

    1. Maria 02/01/2018 at 17:00

      Feliz AΓ±o Nuevo! Gracias por todas tus lindas palabras, besos!!

    1. Maria 02/01/2018 at 17:01

      Thanks for all your support last year babe! Wish you an amazing 2018 xx

    1. Maria 03/01/2018 at 15:47

      The places you travel to are on mine as well haha, hope we both get to cross them off πŸ™‚

  3. Batsheva 03/01/2018 at 09:30

    I’ve never heard of any of these singers so I am really excited now!! What a funny coincidence! I also got to meet a blogger friend when I was in New York! I did learn this year kind of that people don’t really care– but more like you can’t really rely on other people to do things for you or take care of you– you just kind of have to do things on your own. which may or may not be true, but thats what I’ve been experiencing this year. I love all these otfits- and I especially love the glitter shoe one with the garbage dump shot. Although you already knew I loved that one. πŸ˜‰

    1. Maria 03/01/2018 at 15:50

      Yay! Hope you like them πŸ™‚ That’s true too, if you want to get something done you usually have to do it yourself. There are great people out there who will help along the way but you have to rely on yourself the most. My point was more to not care so much what strangers think but yours is a great point too. Hope I get to see one of your graffiti shoots soon! πŸ™‚

  4. Jessi Malay 03/01/2018 at 20:33

    What a year its been babe!! Loved seeing all your amazing trips, outfits, and posts! Wishing you more success and happiness in 2018 <3

    XO, Jessi

    1. Maria 04/01/2018 at 13:45

      Thanks Jessi! Right back at you πŸ™‚

    1. Maria 04/01/2018 at 13:46

      Thank you! Wish you a great year too x

      1. Paola 05/01/2018 at 11:37

        Ciao Maria, baci!

    1. Maria 06/01/2018 at 20:41

      Thanks so much! Wish you an amazing 2018 too.

    1. Maria 06/01/2018 at 20:41

      Thanks so much Cris! Wish you the best this year too xx

    1. Maria 07/01/2018 at 16:43

      Thanks so much! Will do πŸ˜€

    1. Maria 08/01/2018 at 19:58

      Thank you! It was πŸ™‚

  5. sonia 07/01/2018 at 20:48

    2017 was certainly good to you. I feel you about the pressures and (what feels like) restrictions that now come with blogging. The game has changed and it’s definitely taken the fun out of it for me. I’m trying to focus and create more on this since it’s what I love. Here’s to an epic 2018!


    1. Maria 08/01/2018 at 20:00

      Aw πŸ™ I know what you mean, but creating and styling is still fun for me so I’m going to continue. I hope we both have a fun and creative 2018 πŸ™‚

  6. Atsuna 08/01/2018 at 00:47

    You traveled to some wonderful places in 2017. I hope to do more traveling in 2018. Love your outfits.


    1. Maria 08/01/2018 at 20:01

      Thanks Atsuna! I hope you can travel more too πŸ™‚


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