December 30, 2013

Happy New Year + a Look Back at 2013

Photo by Wynn Myers, styling by Grown-up Shoes

(photo by Wynn Myers, modeling by Anna Crelia, styling by Grown-up Shoes)

When I look back on 2013, I’m kind of in awe of everything that’s happened. I went full time freelance, we made the tough decision to discontinue The Ruby, I had a wonderful group of contributors here on GUS, started and completed a year’s worth of styled shoots for, and now am preparing to go back into the office full time and join a new creative team. I’m so excited for the future and thankful for everything that 2013 brought. A look back at some of my favorite posts from the year, below!

How to Make a Mood Board

How to Make a Mood Board

(Photography Credits:Top photo by Maru Alvarez Colodrero  for Pitocatalan Children’s Clothing | Far left second row: outtake of shoot by Max Wagner | Middle second row: Jennifer Livingston |Far right second row: Shirt + photo by Wild Fox Couture)

How to get Better Instagrams |

Tips for getting better Instagrams

Valentine's Day Shoot | photo by Chelsea Fullerton

Valentine’s Day Lipstick Shoot! Photo by Chelsea Fullerton and make up by Avery Allen.

Walt Whitman Quote |

A favorite quote on a stripey background.

DIY Ombre Picnic Blanket | J to Z for Grown-up Shoes

Loved this DIY dip-dyed picnic blanket that Amy and Jen made.

Shape Color Texture | Ana Davidson for Grown-up Shoes

Learned so much from this post that Ana Davidson did on shape, color and texture in styling.

Food Styling tips from Kate LeSueur

Beautiful food styling tips from Kate LeSueur.

How to Choose the Right Host for You | Leigh Patterson for Grown-up Shoes

How to choose the web host that’s right for you  from web guru Leigh Patterson.

Smoothie Kits |

Smoothie kits!

Supper with The Ruby | design by Ana Perkins

Dinner with The Ruby!

Carleen Lookbook for Refinery29

Carleen lookbook for Refinery29!  Photo by Chelsea Fullerton.

Three Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Three last minute Halloween costumes.

Homemade Hot Chocolate |

And finally, yummy homemade hot chocolate.

Thanks for taking this walk down memory lane with me. Here’s to making more fun in 2014!

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  1. Comment by Amy — December 30, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    So much goodness, Ana! Cheers to 2014!!


    Ana Perkins Reply:

    Thanks sweet Amy! xoxo


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  4. Comment by Kirsten @ Triple Max Tons — January 2, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

    I love these year-end highlight reels….kinda makes you realize how amazing blogging can be, and all the awesome content you put out there! Love the picnic blanket DIY. Hoping to do that one once it warms up a bit. Totally over this cold weather! Hope you had a great NYE, and that your year is off to an amazing start!


    Ana Perkins Reply:

    Thanks Kirsten! Isn’t that DIY blanket amazing?? One of my favorites for sure:)


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