Monday, January 7, 2013

One Year of What2Wear













jacket: the limited (available here )// tee: t by alexander wang (similar here )// jeans: 7 for all mankind (old, similar here )// shoes: shoemint // sunnies: ray ban ( available here )// watch: michael kors (available here )// jewels: stella & dot
shot by the amazing molly stillman


Well skrillas.....its been a year. I won't go into the whole "I started this blog not knowing what I was doing and I have learned so much" spiel, although it is true......but rather I want to explain why I started, because I feel like my reasons are very different than most. After (VERY UNEXPECTEDLY) becoming a mother, getting married and buying a house my life took a turn that I never saw coming. I had dreams of finishing my degree in fashion marketing, hopefully moving to New York one day and being a stylist or editor for some fabulous company. But life, life throws you curves.....beautiful, adorable, amazing curves. I'm a wife and a mother now and I never expected to be this happy in such a role. I started What2Wear (the name came from my lisence plate) because I wanted to keep the strong ties, respect and adoration I have for fashion. It is an unrelenting fascination I will always have no matter what I'm doing with my life.

In all honesty I owe coming out of my shell and finally not being afraid to try new things to my new role of wife and mother.....I've never been this comfortable and happy with who I am until Sam and Andrew came into my life. With that new confidence over the past year I have knocked down my own insecurities and have really started to enjoy this experience.

The latter part of the year (after actually wishing and praying and hoping) I caught my big break.  I found Molly.......I just happened to be reading her blog when I noticed she lived near me and I got giddy with excitement and sent her an email asking her to lunch one day (which was big for me....I NEVER do stuff like that). We quickly became friends...because she is amazing and its hard not to love her......and along with Mia (who is also incredibly kind and stylish) we created trifabb.

Molly designed the new site and has become my photographer and finally it feels like everything is coming together. I'm so proud of this little blog.....its like my second child. Its hard pouring your heart and soul into something and knowing that you love it but being unsure if anyone else will. And yea I get really freaking annoyed with "nice blog, please follow me".......or "cute" but I have to thank those of you out there that are interested in what I have to say as well as my style, it honestly means the world to me that you take time out of your day to visit me. 

I always think its funny when people see me or meet me for the first time because their first impression is always like.....who is this little blonde chick.....wait, she has a baby?! Wait, is that a tattoo?! Yea, after a year....I figured I would let you guys see a peak of my tat that I got courtesy of my first week of college six years ago.....I loved it then and I love it now (its a tiara by the way).

So I just want to say thank you to my mom and husband (when they hate an outfit I always know its blogging gold) and for their love and support......also to my family and my husband's family, thank you for believing in me.......I still have so much more to do in life and I know you will be right there with me. Also to my sweet baby doodle man, I'm actually crying as I write this because you are the little miracle that changed my life and I will forever be grateful to you for that. Thank you to my friends that have given me so much courage through their support (you know who you are :)Thank you to Molly for the extraordinary amount of work you have done for me and for being such an amazing friend and thank you to you guys.......you make this whole experience worth it and I hope to continue building more friendships as I carry on.

PS I figured what better way to start the year off with the Pantone color of the year, emerald green!!!

Molly and I enjoying our cupcakes from Gigi's......yum to the o



And now some of my favorite shots of the latter part of the year all shot by Molly!












PS I'm linking up with Molly today so be sure to check that out!



65 comments:

  1. Congrats on your blog's anniversary! (Mine will be 1 on Jan 17). I had tears in my eyes reading this too. Thanks for sharing the story behind your blog's inspiration! I just recently started following your blog and I look forward to the next year with you :)

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  2. Amazing style and post.
    Wish you happy new year. I'm excited to read your post in the new year.
    Have a fabulous day
    xo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

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  3. Happy blog-versary!!! I think that you are in a eprfect shape and You are such a sweet girl and a beautiful mommy!!
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  4. Great blog and pictures <3 would you like to follow each other?

    xoxo

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  5. Congratulations on a year! I only recently found you through Molly and I'm excited to be a new follower. Can't wait to see what you have in store for year number 2!
    (oh and of course I love your jacket.)

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  6. congrats on a beautiful and successful fashion blog : ) wishing you all the best!

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  7. Nice recap! Congrats with your blog's one year anniversary :)

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  8. Happy one year anniversary!! I love all of your photos!

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  9. Yay for you! Congrats :) Love to read your blog-cant wait to see what you have in store this year!

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  10. love this jacket! nice shots ;)

    Savina
    The Blossom Girls♡

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  11. Oh that was so sweet Brooke. Life is crazy, never works out how you plan it!
    Glad I have finally met you and that is a great story you have with Molly.
    Here's to friendship and to an amazing second year..I will be with you every step of the way ;)
    Sheree xxx
    www.itsnotthatdeep.com

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  12. Congratulations! Your words were so sweet, very nice. I love your jacket and your shoes! Those are amazing and all the pictures over here! I really loved your style, my sincerly best wishes for the upcoming years!


    xx

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  13. Amazing look !
    adore all of your look <3

    xoxo
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  14. Congrats on 1 year Brooke! You look SO cute and SO pretty in these pictures. Friendships are amazing, right? I'm so happy you and Molly have found each other. And doodle is just the cutest! Can't wait to see what this next year of blogging has in store for you! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  15. Congrats Brooke! You are one of my new favorite blogs! You have really inspired me to branch out in the pant department. Does that sound weird? I always wear jeans. I love all your printed pants! Anyway, keep up the good work!
    Jordin

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  16. i have tears streaming down my face. thank YOU, brooke. <3 you. so much!!! happy blogiversary!!!!!!!!

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  17. Love all of these photos! Such a great story behind your blog and to recognize friends, family and what brought you here today. New follower :)

    Also visiting from Molly's link up today :)

    Lindsay
    LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

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  18. What a great story, thanks for Shari g! Beautiful pictures today as well!
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  19. Happy anniversary! Your blog is amazing. Your outfits are always so high fashion and gorgeous. You truly are talented to put these ensembles together!!

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  20. You really have an amazing style and congrats on achieving so much in one year!!! Im going to follow you now! Xoxo

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  21. happy 1 year! Wow, you have accomplished so much in 1 year! I hope I can come even some what close to replicating your success w/ JustBeFresh.com. Thanks to you Molly, and Mia for starting TriFabb. It really has helped!

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  22. Omg. You are a genius. Pretty much uber inspired Over here... Totally following- cant wait to see what the yr holds for you!

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  23. the "when they hate an outfit I always know its blogging gold" made me smile, haha!

    happy 1 year girl, you are doing amazing, I wish I had your legs, and I'm so happy I found you and Molly. :D

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  24. Love your shoes! Happy one year!(:

    xo,
    http://mariachloes.blogspot.com/

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  25. I love this. I love you. I love what you stand for. So glad you are where you are and that I get to be a small part of it. You rock, gf!

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  26. Congrats Brooke!! Looking forward to more inspiring posts from you!! :)

    -Stephanie
    @LaminLouboutins.blogspot.com

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  27. seriously, so happy to have found your blog!!!! You have incredible style:) can't wait to follow along in 2013

    Molly and MacKenzie
    www.ruffledromance.blogspot.com

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  28. You look lovely with your cupcake in the end ! and you know i love your style ;)

    Kisses
    Hannah
    Elegantesque Blog

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  29. enjoyed this post. great shoes and blazer.
    Method Clothe

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  30. So nice pics and perfect outfit. I like that blazer. Have a nice day.

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  31. gorgeous pictures! Love today's look :)

    Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

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  32. I love that last picture. I have loved seeing all of your outfits. You have awesome style!

    Amy


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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  33. You are so elegant! I love the shoes!
    Kisses
    Aga

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  34. Happy Blogiversary! I'm so glad I found your blog! Looking forward to following along in 2013! Those heels are amazing btw...I wish I was comfortable wearing high heels!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  35. This is such a sweet post Brooke!! Happy Blogiversary!! The first year of your blog has been fabulous, and I know your second year will be as well :)

    p.s. I love the outfit in today's post!

    p.p.s. Molly, great photography!!

    xo

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  36. Happy blogiversary! Keep up the good work sweetie :) xx

    - Victoria
    www.VICKITAS.com

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  37. Amazing outfit !!! I like your style !!!

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    Kisses Giwtou

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  38. Love the beautiful pictures!!! So proud of you!

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  39. Beautiful pics, great style, love your blog and you are gorgeous!


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  40. Hello!
    I stumbled onto your blog from Facebook! Congrats on 1 year of blogging!
    I'm a new mother myself, working in Fashion Retail in Canada, and looking to start a blog myself about being a new mom, working in retail and my aspirations of owning my own company. Thanks for the inspiration!
    I will be back to follow you through year two! :)

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  41. Congratulations on your first year of blogging! These photos are gorgeous, Darling!

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  42. Happy Bloggerversary Brooke! I love reading your blog because it reminds me that even though I am a mom I can still be fun and stylish. I don't have a lot of friends who are moms so it's nice to have a blogger friend who understands what it;s like to have little doodle to chase while trying to paint your nails :)

    Here's to many many many more years of What 2 Wear!

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  43. awww Happy One Year! I'm so excited for you. I'm so glad that you've found a happy path (and Molly's amazing photos rock!!) in your blogging experience and will continue to rock on in your second year of blogging!! I love what you wrote about you mom, husband and especially doodle. That was so sweet. Life definitely does throw us curveballs but I love people who can make the most out of everything, like you. xoxo
    :)
    Allison

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  44. Happy One Year! I've loved your blog and your stye from the moment I started following you months ago. Keep up the amazing work and be fearless... who knows how far you'll go when you check fear at the door! XOXO

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  45. I love this outfit! I want your shoes in my closet right now. Happy One Year! Molly is amazing, your photos are beautiful.

    Emily
    http://a-devine-life.blogspot.com

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  46. Congrats on the one year! Great outfits!

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  47. Cooooongraaaats! Keep blogging Brooke - although not all of your outfits are my cup of tea, they all are perfectly paired. This blog is definitely one of my favorites. You are such a pleasure to look at, and you seem to be a very nice positive person. I'm proud of you, a young mother and such a gorgeous lady.

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  48. Congrats on one year! I have loved seeing your outfits Brooke...you can rock patterned pants like no other :) Love the green jacket and those fabulous shoes in that outfit up there, and you and Molly are too cute!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  49. Happy Birthday What2Wear :D :D. I can't wait to see more in the years to come :D

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  50. I adore your outfit, the jacket is amazing and you look gorgeous! and congrats on your blog first birthday!
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  51. Pretty Look! you've got great pics :)))

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  52. Great pics dear:)! I'm your newest follower on bloglovin! If you like visit my blog or follow me back:)! Would mean a lot to me:)

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  53. I just stumbled across your blog & your style is amazing! Love so many of your looks & will definitely be following along! I have been swooning over those shoemint beauties for so long - they are such a gorgeous shoe! Happy to have found your blog! :)

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  54. Congratulations on your blog's first anniversary- Wishing you all the best!

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  55. Happy One Year Blog Anniversary to you! Love these photos and I want to eat that cupcake lol :)

    Gorgeous shoes and jacket! Best wishes to the upcoming year(s) :)

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  56. Happy Blogaversary! Beautiful post and the snaps are just lovely. Would love to follow each other, one fashion mom to another!

    xo Lulu
    simplylulustyle.com

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  57. love all the pics!

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  58. Nice pictures! and fun! :-)
    Rocío
    fashioningmylifeindc.blogspot.com

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  59. Happy Blog-versary! I love your blog. Your style is so inspirational!

    P.S. Kate Spade arm candy clutch is to die for!

    xox
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  60. Wow, such a kind a genuine post! Your blog is amazing and I love your style, it's always fun stopping by your blog! Molly's blog is great too, I can see why two sweet girls became friends! Cheers to you and I look forward to what you have in store for 2013!

    Xo,
    Rachel Ashley
    Http://fashionablyliving.com

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  61. DAMN WOMAN! You are KILLING it! Your blog is da bomb! Gorgeous photography and spot ON styling. You are very inspiring, keep it up!

    xoxo Britt

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  62. I almost bought this jacket!

    My arms were too big

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