But I would be remiss if I let this, my last post of 2016, highlight only the misfortune and pain of the year without also mentioning the many wonderful moments and bits of magic that happened in the past 365 days. There was the victory for the Standing Rock protestors, the removal of the giant panda bear, green sea turtle, and humpback whales from the endangered species list, and Simone Biles (yes, of course, all of the Americans who won gold at the Olympics...but mostly Simone Biles). Scientists discovered a 100% effective vaccine against the Ebola virus, world hunger reached its lowest point in over two decades, and charitable donations in the US and other countries reached record highs.
On a personal level, after two years of living apart and only seeing one another on weekends (due to my husband's job), we purchased our first home and my family is now living under one roof; both of my little girls are in perfect health and are as happy as can be; and I had a few breakthroughs and small victories with my writing. I'm looking forward to more growth, more opportunities, and more learning in 2017. And I'm wishing you all happiness, health, and prosperity in the new year! God bless!
This throwback look from Christian Dior--so perfectly '90s.
DIY marbled Oreos.
A wildflower champagne cocktail that would be gorgeous for tomorrow night's festivities.
This fly girl.