Life Lately

2010. A year in review.

2010 was a big year for me. I took a leap of faith and left LA for Chicago in search of a better life. I have met some wonderful people & have fallen for this new city that I now call home.

While I do see new year’s as just another day, it feels really great starting 2011 in Chicago. I do not make new year’s resolutions but set goals for myself and look forward to all that 2011 will bring. It is exciting to imagine what my post will say a year from today. For anyone that is interested, here is my 2009 post. 2010 was so much more exciting than 2009! I wrote that I would absolutely love to visit New York in 2010. Done! I didn’t really get that muscle tone I was hoping for, but what can you do?

Here is my {not so little} recap of 2010.

Car lease ended. Decided to sublease a place in Chicago.
Road trip to Vegas.
Began selling my scrapbook line at ScrapMatters.
Lots of packing/preparation for Chicago.

February & March
Subleased a place in Chicago from Feb 1 – March 10.
Sat in the front row of the Oprah show! {guests – THE Tom Ford, Colin Firth & Roger Ebert}.
Trip to Santa Barbara.

Vegas, again.

Disneyland with my sister. {My time outside of Chicago wasn’t very exciting.}

Back to Chicago the night the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Fireworks all over the city!
Toured my new apartment.
First Cubs game

Road trip to San Francisco to visit Jodee.
Road trip to Palm Springs.
Said goodbye to my long hair.

Moved to Chicago on August 1st!
First Midwest Farmer’s Market.
First trip to the Randolph Street Market!
Healthy Living Summit.
Met Christine at a pig roast.
Started running!

1st time running along the lake. There’s nothing like it.

First trip to Jayson Home & Garden.
My 28th birthday!
Birthday dinner with Christine, Anne, Taylor, Amie, and Kelsey {my first house guest}
Jess & Jude came to visit!

at the bean with baby jude
a little birthday shopping

Pumpkin farm with C & Michelle.
Dressed up as Rachel Zoe for Halloween.
Bought my first kitchen torch.
First trip to NYC with Jill.
Bought my first wide angle zoom lens at B&H Photo.
Saw Wicked for the first time & loved it!

In NYC with Jill {and my new wide angle zoom lens}


an authentic midwest pumpkin patch

dressed up as the zoe for halloween

Shot my first two photo shoots.
Spent two weeks in LA.
Day trip to SB to visit my friend Jess.
Made my first trifle.
Finally saw my friend Jonathan after 10 years!
Floor seats {across from Jack Nicholson}. Lakers v. Bulls!
Finished hanging artwork above my sofa.

My first white Christmas.
Made my first snow angel.
Got a Christmas tree with C at Whole Foods and brought it home in a cab.
Spent a lot of time with my wonderful neighbors.
First Christmas party with 13 of my Chicago friends.
Celebrated 2 years with my sweet lil’ pup.
Started girls who inspire.
Booked a photo shoot {for January} with an aspiring model.
Attended Eve of the Eve 2010

What was your favorite 2010 moment?
What are you looking forward to in 2011?
Do you make new year’s resolutions?
Happy New Year!
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  • that was a BIG year for you Danielle! so happy I got to know you a abit better and discovered your blog! Here's to a great 2011! xoxo

  • Happy New Year…YOU have had an amazing year…so proud of the leap of faith you took…CHEERS to another great year, and all you hope it will hold!

    I bought that garland at Target a couple of years ago…it came in a plastic tub :), it really is prettier in person, I do know Crate and Barrel at one time had something similar!

  • What an exciting year you have had and so much glorious travel! Wishing you all the very bestest in 2011- so happy to have found your beautiful blog! xo

  • WHAT A SUPER BIG YEAR FOR YOU SWEET FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 Guess what awesomeness 2011 holds for me????????? I WON'T BE PREGNANT ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 Big hugs and all my love!! 🙂