Best of 2013: TRAVEL

Looking back on 2013. Where do I even begin to describe what has been the best year of my life? I should start off by saying thank you to all of you. Thank you for your support, your encouraging words and for being the number one reason I do what I do everyday. Although I don’t always have time to respond; no comment goes unread, no criticism unheard and no encouragement unfelt. It’s been a little over 3 years since I started my site and it’s truly become something I could have never imagined. I don’t think I had a day off from work this past year, but what a dream come true to be able to do what you love. I remember as a little girl my mom telling me the most important thing to being happy in life is to do what you love, and I think I can finally say I’ve made that happen.
For those of you that don’t know my story; I grew up in a small country town on the outskirts of San Diego county. Horses, dirt roads, no MTV, no clothing store or grocery store. I had no connections, no “way in”, no hand me outs. No magazine editor parents or TV producer aunts and uncles. Just your perfect average American family in a small town. The idea of moving to Hollywood, let alone New York and working in the fashion world was a dream so far out there, almost impossible. So to see I’ve come this far, I pinch myself everyday and a few tears fall as I write this.
I’ve sacrificed many things of course, and learned more this past year than my brain is probably capable of. I’ve also learned it’s scary- growing up, knowing who to trust, who has your best interests at heart. It’s been a long road to this point, and at times when I felt the whole world was against me I knew I always had you guys, and for that I’m eternally grateful.
Since 2013 is quickly coming to a close I thought I’d do a couple round-ups of this years best memories. First off travel- to say that I have been blessed this past year would be an understatement. I was able to visit many places I had only dreamed of. To look back at all these magical moments really makes me realize how lucky I am and I close my eyes and relive it all just for a few minutes.

Some of the highlights (all clickable to the full post):
Attempting to ski in the Alps
Exploring Pere LaChaise Cemetery in Paris
The gorgeous beaches of Rio De Janiero
Swimming with sharks in the open ocean in the Bahamas
Trip with my best friends to Miami
Wine and cheese while exploring Tuscany, Italy.
The many days, nights and friends in Milan
Fashion Weeks around the world.
The worst blizzard in 100 years in Kiev, Ukraine
Road tripping to the desert for the Coachella Music Festival
Fresh Octopus on the island Antiparos Greece.
Climbing to the top of the Parthenon in 100 degree heat in Athens
Exploring the small mountain town of Bardonnechia, Italy.
The beautiful, historical Villa Cora hotel in Florence, Italy.
Soaking up the sun and riding ATV’s in Mykonos, Greece.
Rockin out in Chicago for Lollapalooza
Exploring castles in Sevilla, Spain.
The many nights watching the sunset over the Eiffel Tower.
Being lucky enough to see the sun in London
Watching the most beautiful sunset in the world on Santorini.
and of course always coming home to my true love, California.

Heres to 2014. Wishing you and all your loved ones a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

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December 25, 2013
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December 29, 2013

Best of 2013: TRAVEL

56 Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Great text and so cool to see your amazing pictures again! You’re so beautiful and smart and you totally deserve all of that! Keep up the good work you’re an amazing blogger :)
    xx

  2. Kristina says:

    congrats on an awesome year! this is always the first blog i check out in my round up of faves! it’s inspiring to see how much you’ve done and makes me want to kick ass too!

    xo Kristina

  3. Truly amazing photos and year in travel. How will you ever top this off?
    Wishing you more amazing adventures in 2014!

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  4. Crystal Duna says:

    So many great pictures. I really like the character of the buildings. Thank you for sharing the pictures :-)

  5. Simona says:

    Amazing pictures like always ! Also love travelling and your post from trips are always so inspiring ! You connect my 2 biggest passion – fashion and travel ! Happy New Year´s Eve and see you in 2014 :)

  6. irene laura says:

    Gorgeous, in all these photos!!! I loved looking at them :D

    Did cabs actually stop in Milan? We don’t do that on the street , but it’s fine cause you are american ahah :P

    Wish you an amazing new year!
    xoxo

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  7. Katie says:

    Wow. These pictures are absolutely stunning.

  8. Amazing pictures! Your images of the Greek Islands are adorable!
    Happy Holidays!
    x
    Nina
    http://trendsurvivor.com

  9. Martina says:

    A perfect seletion! I really like this post!

    http://www.martasfashiondiary.com/

  10. Heather P. says:

    Love the photos – looks like you’ve had a busy and beautiful year!

    Note to self: get to Paris!

  11. You are so inspiring! One lucky, talented, hard working lady. Always love your posts!

    xo, Juliette Laura
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com

  12. Emilie says:

    This post was absolutely breathtaking!! You travelled so many great places I think it’s going to be hard to top that in 2014 haha:) Santorini is the best, I really have to go back there… Looking forward to the next ‘best of’!
    xx

  13. Suzie Q says:

    Such amazing photos of your travels! Beautiful message on how far you’ve come. Congrats!!

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    http://www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

  14. Sara Morais says:

    One thing I always remember about you is the fact that you were THE ONLY blogger (from all the “big ones”) that has ever responded to a comment of mine, on my blog, just to say thank you. That says a lot about you! I was extremely happy because you took the time to thank me when I should be the pne thanking you. From all the bloggers i’ve been following for the past couple of years, you are the most genuine and to be honest, worth following.
    I’ve always admired you and loved what you do here and I actually feel a little bit jealous ’cause you’re so beautiful and I’ve seen what you’ve accomplished here and I can only congratulate you and thank you for inspiring me every single day.

    Hope 2014 brings you health, joy and lots of love!!

  15. Thank ou for this beautiful retrospective post, vert inspirational!

  16. Carelia says:

    WOW!! Amazing traveling memories and you look wonderful every single time. Thanks for sharing lovely pictures.
    xo
    Carelia

    “Preppy with basics” New post on:
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  17. Pauline says:

    So many beautiful memories <3

  18. Lena says:

    The last picture of you topless on the beach blowing a kiss is PERFECTION! Prob my fave pic you’ve ever posted, I want to recreate it, lol. But….is that a nipple I see? I haven’t been able to figure it out, lol. Gorgeous photos. You are, indeed, very blessed. Living every young woman’s dream.

  19. Eni says:

    Stunning photos! You’ve been to so many places in only one year!

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  20. Jasmin says:

    Those are just beautiful. I wish u all the best shea, u r a real Inspiration.
    http://www.elossastyle.com

  21. moustachic says:

    OMG! makes me so jealous! xx

    moustachic ♡
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  22. kiri says:

    You went to a lot of places! If only I could travel that much with my blog!
    Kiri
    http://www.fashionblender.com.au
    http://www.facebook.com/FashionBlender

  23. With Love J says:

    The photos are really lovely! And you’re such an inspiration. I first started reading your blog back in 2011 when you had that whole boho chic style (found you on lookbook) and I’ve been hooked ever since. Love the way your style have evolved and may 2014 be an even bigger year

    Xx

  24. Leesa says:

    wow amazing pics! It’s so impressive what you achieved!
    xx
    http://www.thefashionplaybook.de/blog

  25. natalie says:

    oh man i loved seeing these photos!
    i can’t wait to do more travelling
    xx
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

  26. WOW… awesome!!!
    lovely blopost
    xx, Malena
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  27. The Fashion Fraction says:

    lucky girl, so many great places :)

    http://www.thefashionfraction.com
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  28. Manuela says:

    great photos !!!! such a great year for you !

    http://manuwears.blogspot.de/
    xoxo manu

  29. Love this post, stunning pics and an amazing year of travel.

    Mel x
    UK Style blogger
    http://www.mediamarmalade.com

  30. alice says:

    you’ve had such a fun year of travelling! can’t wait to see where you get to travel to next year

  31. Claire says:

    Great photos! Looks like you had a lot of great times this year! Happy New Year <3

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    New Post: Old Havana
    xx, Claire

  32. You are beautiful inside and out. Beautiful soul. My inspiration. Best of luck in 2014! Xo
    Olga

  33. Elisa says:

    These pictures are amazing!!

    Elisa – My Fantabulous World

  34. Film says:

    OMG Thank you so much for this post! One of my goals in life is to travel the world. This post inspires me greatly so I would like to thank you! The photos are absolutely beautiful! xx http://fromfilmwithlove.blogspot.ca

  35. Crossroads says:

    Beautiful pictures! I would loveeeee to go to any of those!

  36. Katie says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for maybe just short of two years and I’ve commented a few times but your style inspires me every day. You travel to places I dream of seeing, and I am incredibly happy for you. Sometimes it’s difficult to say that to people who have the life you would love and to not feel jealous, but you truly truly deserve it. It gives hope to people like me that grew up in the middle of nowhere with parents who have ‘normal’ jobs and no leg ups.

    I’m still so far away from ever hoping of getting where you are, but every day is a stepping stone, a learning curve and a pebble in the ocean until I reach the surface.

    Have a beautiful New year and wishing you a very Happy 2014!

    Katie <3

  37. Virginie says:

    Amazing !
    Much love,
    Virginie

  38. Isida says:

    Such a sweet post! Hope all your wishes come true in 2014!
    Love, happiness and health!!

    http://www.isidahorncastle.blogspot.co.uk

  39. Congratulations! you are an exceptional girl and deserve everything you have achieved!
    Xo,
    Belen
    http://www.androbelinsider.blogspot.com new posts :)

  40. lisa says:

    What an amazing year for you! Congrats! I love that you are from San Diego and live in LA. Me too! I also recognize your pics from Mykonos. I went on a great trip a couple years ago with my best friends.
    Please check out my blog and let me know what you think!

    http://girlonset.blogspot.com/

  41. Monique says:

    You deserve your dream:)
    May the next year be better for you than this one!

    Love,
    Monique

    http://www.styleventure.blogspot.com

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