2013 Recap

This is my last post of 2013, and it’s gonna be a long one! Let’s start with the light stuff, shall we? My favorite outfits of the year

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2013 has been one hell of a year. In February, my dad had a heart attack and it was one of the worst things my family has been through. However, it could’ve been a lot worse and it wasn’t – so that’s also our biggest blessing. He’s doing great now and I am thankful for it forever. That was pretty much the biggest low, and the biggest high of the year. My father has had two hospital stays after that, but thankfully, he’s doing just fine now.

In April, I launched this new site for the blog – which was really exciting, and you guys all loved it! Then in May, I graduated with my MBA! As exciting as that was, it’s been overshadowed by the fact that I still haven’t been able to find a job. Between September and November, I was in the process of interviewing for my dream job – 4 rounds over 2 months. The company even flew me out to their main office for a final interview. In the end, however, they didn’t make an offer. That was heartbreaking. This year, I’ve been feeling like there’s just an unbreakable barrier that’s been a constant in my job hunt. I keep trying and trying, make it through rounds of interviews, get hopeful, and then – no offer. That shit can get to you, ya know? I’m just hoping 2014 is a better year!

I’ve also had some hair-volution this year. I started with really long bangs and curls, and then got front bangs in March. Right now, I’m growing out my bangs temporarily because I’m going to an Indian wedding in a couple weeks – and I don’t think front bangs work with Indian outfits. I can’t wait to get back to my front bangs though!

My personal style has evolved so much over the year. I went from classic silhouettes and combinations, to trying different things. Like #5 above, my birthday outfit, was an all (faux) leather outfit! Whaaaatt? Oh yea, new philosophy – no such thing as too much leather. Boyfriend jeans in #10?? Yea, never thought that would happen! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see those jeans have now become a staple. Leather & plaid in #13? Never in my wildest, leather-loving dream would I ever have imagined I would combine those two! Then, I wore a romper in #15 – I always thought rompers don’t work on me, & shorts definitely don’t work on me. But that olive romper won me over. 16, 18, and 19 are also some other crazy combos! Lastly, there was #21 – I would have never …. EVER thought I could wear a midi skirt, until I laid eyes on the leather pleated midi in that outfit. I have stepped so far out of my comfort zone, that I don’t even know what my comfort zone is anymore, and I think that’s a great thing! I can only hope that this continues in 2014 – I can’t wait to see how my personal style evolves in 2014.

My fashion moment of 2013, without a doubt, is when I got to meet Eva Chen, the EIC of Lucky Magazine! I don’t think I need to say anything else about that.

Last, but certainly not least, I have you all to be tremendously thankful for! Your support, and kind words mean everything to me. I’ve said it before, but I don’t say it enough. Fellow bloggers know blogging is a LOT of work – the fact that I love it so much makes it a little easier to put that work in. At the end of it all, however, I hope that my blog can inspire someone to try something new, and to step out of their own comfort zone. That is what makes this all worth it. I’ve shared with you some very personal stuff, and you guys have lended your love and kindness. That has helped me through a lot. I just hope y’all know that I appreciate you so very much!

Also in 2013, I formed some unexpected friendships, and learned the truth about some people I thought were trustworthy friends. I’ve been down, and I’ve gotten back up – all because of my incredible friends, family, and you all. My biggest wish & only resolution, in 2014, is to find a job! So, send some good vibes, please. 2013 has been an incredibly trying year for my family and me, and also for some dear friends. I know, however, that 2014 is going to be better, After all, I am nothing if not optimistic! I hope 2013 has treated y’all a whole lot better and I hope 2014 rocks your socks off!

Thank you for EVERYTHING, and see y’all next year! Have a safe and wonderful Christmas & NYE – filled with lots of love, laughter, family, and fun! Remember to count all your blessings and be thankful.

May the best of 2013, be the worst of our 2014!

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  • madhurya b

    hey dhruvi! loved all your outfits….they are vibrant and vivid…. :)
    wishing you a prosperous new year!! may all your dreams come true….and yes keep blogging!

    • Dhruvi

      Thank you so much, Madhurya! You are so sweet! Wishing you and the family an incredible new year as well.

  • mark a.

    wow! those all are such amazing and lovely outfits! you truly look gorgeous in each and every one!

  • Strangely enough, your 2013 recap is my first foray into your blog. Sounds like this year has been a lot of highs and challenges for you. It’s great that you are able to share a little bit of it with a public audience, I commend you for that. Working in the business world, I assure you that your perseverance will prevail. Think about the way you built your blog and network, I am certain your positive attitude here will really help you land that killer job. It’s also great to see your style evolve, I personally love all things leather so of course those are my favorites. Hope 2014 is full of wonderful things for you.

    • Dhruvi

      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words, Elaine! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and an incredible 2014! xo

  • Visions of Vogue

    Wow, we have so many similarities in what we’ve discovered this year!! So glad I got to meet you and hope we can meet in person one day! Wait, we are DEF meeting in person what am I saying!!

    • Dhruvi

      So happy I got to meet you as well, and yes, we are definitely meeting in person! Since you’re running off to the midwest (blah!) when I’m in SoCal, you’ll just have to make a NY trip now! ;)

  • Aleesha Harris

    What a great recap of 2013! It looks like you’ve had quite an amazing year. I look forward to checking back in to your blog in 2014.


    • Dhruvi

      Thank you, Aleesha!

  • TNK_Style

    Love this recap Dhruvi, so much has happened over the course of a year! It’s funny how your style evolves without you even taking notice but reflection is one of the best things about a blog! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you over the past few months and even though we’ve failed miserable at our get togethers, it IS happening in 2014! Wishing you so much success and sending positive thoughts your way to land that dream job in 2014! xox – Ro

    • Dhruvi

      Thank you SO much, Ro!! Yes, we MUST get together next year!! Wishing you an incredible year ahead as well!! xo