A look flashback: 2011

By dusanabotswana On December 31st, 2011

I saw that some wonderful bloggers (Tieka, Veronika, and Maria- although surely others, I’m behind on my reading) did this feature and, since I really enjoyed it, I’ve decided to join in the fun as well.

Despite the late nights caused from my lack of know-how, starting a blog this past year has truly been a wonderful thing. I’ve been able to connect with so many awesome gals and build each other up; and have become more confident in myself, especially in what I wear. It’s been great challenging my style and realizing that wearing what I truly love, on a regular basis, really does make a huge difference in how I feel.

When I first started blogging, we were still living in Mexico and, after feeling extremely stifled in my style in Venezuela, I felt I was finally able to express myself this way, and really began developing what I’d say is my own, personal style. I still missed thrifting, but right around this time last year, my eyes were opened to the beautiful artisan goods of Oaxaca and Chiapas, a truly life-changing moment, peaking my inspiration for the non-profit shop I’ve recently opened (FAQs “here”).

So, onto my favorite looks from 2011:

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1) My very first “Work Week Wednesday” post. I love the classic black, white, and red look, and constantly find myself replicating variations of this with my “The Oaxacan top” (And I giggle remembering that I actually planned on gifting this to my mom!)

2) I kept asking my friend to borrow the woven hat she bought from a women’s cooperative in Oaxaca so we literally ran to the shop right before our bus left for Mexico City so I could get my own. I loved pairing it here with my woven belt from Chiapas and a pink bow.

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3) Here I was just gaining the confidence to wear longer skirts, and shed some light on the topic, in an almost entirely hand-made outfit I just adored.

4) I certainly don’t have the budget to always be buying new clothing (contrary to what my thrifting posts may lead you to believe!), and I love creating completely different looks with the items I have. This was my first “remix” post (in my Chickadee top)

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5) Nothing special happened this day, but it sure made me want to thrift more colored shorts to pair with one of my most-worn embroidered tops.

6) We took a day trip up to the beautiful Mogollon Rim in Northern Arizona this summer. It was the perfect place to escape Phoenix’s heat, and I loved how the simplicity of this skirt as a dress really let my woven belt shine.

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7) This dress was my first love when it comes to Mexican embroidery, and I was happy the weather finally allowed for tights/boots.

8) I’d been thinking of giving maxi skirts a shot for some time, so when a friend gifted me her thrifed skirt I had no excuse. I love the pops of color the necklace (hers as well) and my hand beaded ad to the mix here.

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7) Here I got a bit dolled up (but super comfy still) for a day of thrifting, finding the perfect hat to top off my outfit : ).

8) On my birthday Jonny took me to a little farm/orchard within Phoenix, such a picturesque place to wear my 25-cent dress to (but unfrotunately all the pictures looked stretched).

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9) I wore this to my first and so-far-only bridal shower; it was tons of fun playing cheesy games, and I loved trying the high-sock, long-pleated wool skirt look in the cool weather.

10) This picture is out of place, it was an extremely hot day and the material of this sailor romper killed me, lesson learned.

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11) Recently I happily wore this embroidered top to work with my bright-blue thrifted skirt, and got a proper photograph in my new favorite place- Arizona’s desert mountains!

12) This day I had tons of fun hanging out with Indonesian students at a BBQ, and was inspired by my woven belt as a headband to wear a poncho AND cowboy boots.

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13) Since sitting around crying would have been a waste of a last day, we took our Indonesian student to a historic house this day. Emily later made my day posting on Twitter “favourite outfit from blogland today was @dusanabotswana ‘s mix of Mexican and Scottish!”

14) Here I was inspired by the beautiful fall leaves around campus (in December) to finally give yellow and an orange woven belt shot!

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I didn’t plan for my last two to both be casual looks with shorts and booties, but here they are!

15) Here I absolutely love the contrast of the red booties and red sweater and embroidery (it’s certainly not a coincidence both favorite looks with this top have red!). I also loved shared all the things I had to be thankful for.

16) I love how cute my outfit is here and how nerdy the helmet looks. Again I was drawn to simplicity with bold, unique statement pieces, and had a great day cycling.

So, in case you weren’t already convinced, yes, I’m a bit obsessed with my embroidered blouses! But how could I not be as I work on building a non-profit shop to promote the Mexican artisan traditions and their communities? (which has undoubtedly been one of my biggest accomplishments this year.)

Thanks so much everyone for your support this year! I’m really looking forward to using the many things I’ve learned over the past few months to continually improve my blog in 2012 and I hope to see you here! (And if you have any comments on posts you enjoy and would like more of or other blog-related ideas I’d love to hear!).

I hope you have a fun and safe New Year’s celebration and that it’s a wonderful start to an exciting new year!

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6 Responses to “A look flashback: 2011”

  1. Mrs. Woffy Says: December 31st, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I love how colorful your outfits are! You truly inspire me to get out of the black! Happy New Year! <3

  2. Emily Says: December 31st, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Happy New Year Dusana! I hope you’re celebrating in style!

  3. rebecca Says: January 1st, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I love these summary posts (: Happy new year!
    http://itscohen.blogspot.com/

  4. Linda Says: January 1st, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Wonderful ideas for your mix & match…Certainly creative. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  5. Adrienne Says: January 2nd, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog :) I love your fashion retrospective post, and the mix of different colors and textures, so pretty!

  6. lisa Says: January 2nd, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    You have such great style- all the colors and patterns are so fun! And such good thrifting luck! :) Happy New Year!

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