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.
OUTFITS – YOUR TOP 5
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.
OUTFITS – MY TOP 5
2 – Blue Monochrome
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 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.
1. DON’T BE A VICTIM
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.
2. NO ONE CARES
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.
3. THOSE THAT MIND DON’T MATTER, THOSE THAT MATTER DON’T MIND
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