Looking Back on 2016

liz-adams-family-fashion-blogger-chicago-1-of-5-1 liz-adams-family-fashion-blogger-chicago-2-of-5-1 liz-adams-family-fashion-blogger-chicago-3-of-5-1 liz-adams-family-fashion-blogger-chicago-4-of-5-1 liz-adams-family-fashion-blogger-chicago-5-of-5-1Goodbye 2016! I’m kind of happy to see you leave.

On the one hand, we had the best year with Charlie. Having the ability to watch him grow each and everyday is such a joy. A gift that I will never ever take for granted. He made this year go bye so. fast. It’s crazy to think that he was just three months old in January 2016 and now he is 15 months old. Here are a few highlights from the year…

January: My New Normal and a simple casual look
February: Matching with Charlie (a favorite post)
March: We went to Turks & Caicos and I said goodbye to breastfeeding
April: I shared the best flower shops in Chicago (one of my favorite posts), talked about dating my husband and celebrated my first Mother’s Day
May: Wore a pretty romper in Charleston, shot a breezy look with LOFT and this stripe jumpsuit at the Art Institute.
June: Went to the Farmer’s Market with Charlie and Dave shared this cute summer look (plus, a pretty stripe dress). 
July: One of my most popular posts to date + our favorite activities to do in Chicago (also loved this look). 
August: I shared how motherhood has changed me and good vibes: “together anything is possible.”
September: I wrote a love letter to Dave on our second wedding anniversary, Charlie turned one and why I love Chicago
October: Dave and I went to Sun Valley and we celebrated Charlie’s first birthday party and this dress was also a hit!
November: Some serious designers scores, our holiday cards and casual holiday outfit looks
December: Cozy essentials (obsessed with this look) and workout motivation for the new year!

It’s funny, before going through the S&S archives, I kind of felt like this year wasn’t my best professionally. It was a year of learning for me. Learning about myself, what I wanted as a business owner and mom, and the direction I wanted this site to take. I can honestly say that the above posts make me feel proud of the content I created and it also helps me clarify what I want the future to look like for Sequins & Stripes. I think I floundered a bit in the social media department – there is so much growth in this part of the internet that it is sometimes hard to keep up. I am going to share more of our personal lives on my social platforms in the new year. Sharing more, documenting more and generally creating more. I’m excited!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey! Your support of me and my family means the world to us. Here is to a bigger, better, brighter and healthy 2017! xoxo

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  1. I’m also excited to leave 2016 behind! You gave me some great advice for starting my own blog this past year & seeing your beautiful content motivates me to do better on my own site! Happy New Year ❤

  2. I’ve truly enjoyed watching your journey over the past few years. You’ve inspired me to finally get my butt in gear for making my own dreams a reality. Thank you always for your honesty! Wishing you and your family all the best for 2017!

  3. no way! i didn’t see any floundering! as a new mom myself ( my daughter is a month younger than charlie!) i always look to your blog for inspiration on dressing cute but still mom appropriate stuff, and the real side of trying to have a business while making your child your priority. you’re doing awesome, liz!

    xo, brittany
    http://www.notablob.com

  4. your posts have been stellar
    you underestimate yourself
    I have enjoyed every morsel and if possible go ahead and try and out do 2016!

  5. I really have enjoyed following along since almost the very beginning of S&S! I think what makes your blog so special is the very down to earth, “life isn’t always pretty” approach you take to blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I love the pretty parts too but the balance makes you very relatable! Looking forward to see what’s in store for you in 2017! Cheers!

  6. I am a mom of two amazing little girls. You were the one that kept me in fashion and connected to the fashion world! Fashion is one of my passions, but can be easy to lose when you have little ones. Thank you for all your wonderful posts, finds, and inspiration. Happy 2017!

  7. I love your honesty and your content is so relevant and real to ME and I know so many of us new moms, career women, entrepreneurs, wives, sisters, daughters, and friends out there. Beau is 16 months tomorrow (WHATTT) and the days are long, but the years certainly feel short. Keep it up and Cheers to 2017 and your beautiful family!

  8. Love, love, love Sequins & Stripes! 😘😘
    Happy New Year to you & your gorgeous family! Wishing you an incredible 2017!

  9. This has been my favorite year reading your blog and I’ve been reading for a few now! No floundering at all!

  10. Thank you, Liz, for adding so much
    joy to our lives!!! You give us measureless happiness & excitement
    each day when we awaken with our coffee & search the day for your expertise and advise. Your blog is a imagnificent few moments that fills us with the fun & hope that we, too, can
    Participate in the fashion fairytale that all girls, women & females adore!
    We love you so for bringing your life to ours, for realism mixed with hopes & dreams, and finally for for just being the most beautiful… inside and out.,,
    girl, wife, mother, and huge love that we adore!!!

  11. Thanks for being one of my highlights of 2016! It was my first full year following you, and I can honestly say I love my wardrobe a million times better using your style as my inspiration. Can’t wait for all you have planned this year!

    Kaitlin