2011 Favorites

Let's be honest here... 2011 was kind of amazing for me. So much happened.
I moved from Seattle to Portland. Luke & I bought our first house.
We got our first puppy, Gracie. I can't really complain :)
I compiled a list of my 2011 favorites below...
It's basically everything that I obsessed over loved this past year.

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I LOVED this movie. Not only am I kinda obsessed with the 1920's, but the fact that it takes place in Paris makes it even better. I love the glitz & glam of that era. It's definitely my golden era.
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Although I didn't read as many books in 2011 as I would have liked to, I sure loved this one. I have many lined up for 2012 (including The Paris Wife, The Hunger Games, The Happiness Project, etc...)
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Anything Pitbull. Luke & I listened to way too much Pitbull in 2011. It helped us get pumped up for Miami & was also just some great summer time jams.

Instagram. No other app compares in my book.

Pinterest. Such a fun waste of time :) Here are some of my favorite pins from this past year.

Hands down, Photography was my favorite hobby of the year. I purchased my first DSLR & also got a Diana Mini & an Instax Mini. My goal moving forward into 2012 is to take more meaningful & thoughtful photos. There's always room for improvement in this category.
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Zoya nail polishes became a serious obsession this year :) & the Urban Decay Naked Palette was my go-to product to add some color to my eyes.
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This year I got my very own pair of nerdy glasses & these exact same boots. They are the two pieces that I love the most out of almost everything I own.
Nashville. Although only there for a few hours (haha) we packed as many bars & shots of Jack Daniels in as we could until we had to be at the airport. Best 3 hours of my life.
Summer, summer, summer!!! A Portland summer is the best summer. The weather is warm, there is so much to do outside & it stays light until 10pm! I moved back to Portland at the start of the summer in 2011 & thoroughly enjoyed my time in the sun :)
This was by far our biggest (& favorite, of course, splurge this year)!!


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  2. Midnight in Paris was such a gorgeous movie! Definitely one of my favourites this year. I can't wait for it to come out on DVD so I can purchase it!

    My favourite 2011 TV show is American Horror Story and my favourite book was Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell. :)


  3. Wow what an amazing year, my friend! Here's to an even better 2012 :) xo

  4. Yes to the Portland summer and light in the sky until 10pm! Those summer sunset views of Mt Hood are incomparable in my book :)

  5. I've been wanting to see Midnight in Paris! I really like the 20's, too.

    Also, I'd have to agree on Pinterest and Instagram (well, I have an Instagram knock-off for Android...). They have definitely become addictions for me! :)

  6. I love this list, how fun. and I am IN LOVE with photography!

  7. I love your list! I feel like I would have a very similar "favorites of 2011" list. Midnight in Paris was my fav movie and The Help was my fav book of the year. Oh, and those boots are fab :) Have a Happy new Year!

  8. Of all the 2001-in-review posts I've seen, I have to say that this one is my favorite! :)

  9. This is such a cute post Holls. Great review of the year. I'm glad you used that Paris photo! Come soon and take a few of your own ;) xx

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