Life Lately


Happy New Year! I cannot believe another year has come and gone. Maybe it’s just me, but this was one of the most life changing years of my life, and I cannot believe how quickly it flew by. The two biggest game-changers were the launch of The Everygirl and (wait for it…) CrossFit. While my move from LA to Chicago in 2010 led me to where I am today, this is the year it all seemed to come together.

This year also put me to the test. January – March I had a total of 3 days off, including weekends. I
learned what it means to let work completely consume your life, but I would do it again in a second. And even though there are still lots of late nights, it’s so worth it. My relationship officially came to an end, great aunt Rose had some health issues, and things were generally pretty crazy. I am looking forward to a fresh start and can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring.


My home tour was featured in Rue Magazine.
I spent every waking moment preparing for the launch of The Everygirl.


We launched The Everygirl on February 2.22!


Photographed Alex Berlin’s home for Glitter Guide.
Life was entirely devoted to The Everygirl. Only had 3 days off (including weekends) between Jan-March.


How to style a coffee table.
Traveled to Boston for The Everygirl. Met Erin Gates. Photographed Erin’s house. Nine photo shoots in three days.


I started CrossFit on the 14th. Began paleo shortly after.

We held an event at BHLDN and finally met Caitlin.


Moved into my new apartment!
My mom visited Chicago.

Forbes listed The Everygirl one of the Top 100 Websites for Women and Top 10 Websites for Millennial Women.


My first 4th of July on the lake
After 10 years (on and off), J and I (officially) broke up
I wrote Things I’m Afraid to Tell You
TEG partnered with Random House to start a book club


Celebrated two years in Chicago
Newborn photo shoot
Gilt City rooftop party. Saw Of Monsters and Men live (amazing).
Two movies in the park and farmer’s market


A stroll through Central Park
Visited NYC for Fashion Week: Kate Spade presentation, Herve Leger, and the rewardStyle party
Partnered with Rue & Gap
Released a series of videos with Banana Republic and Career Builder
Celebrated my 30th birthday
Hosted an event for The Everygirl contributors/Chicago features at The Bedford


Finally visited LA and Santa Barbara
Began the 60 day paleo challenge on 10.15
Featured in Chicago Home and Garden


The Everygirl / Kate Spade / Vanity Fair event
The Everygirl put together a gift guide for Kate Spade’s website


Holiday Week on The Everygirl
Featured in People’s StyleWatch
My office was featured on Apartment Therapy
Threw a Christmas party

Cheers to an overall great year! I have a big list of goals for ’13 and cannot wait to see all the progress I’ve made a year from now! Wishing all of my readers the best in 2013! xo

Read My 2011 recap here.
Read my 2010 recap here.
And here’s a random list of things I did in 2009.

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  • Your home is gorgeous and I'm kind of obsessed with those sparkle pillows!!

    Happy New Year!

    New follower 🙂


  • Wow, what a year! The Everygirl brings so much joy and motivation to me and so many others, and I am so grateful for all of the work you and Alaina put into it–I promise it does not go unappreciated! 🙂 Cheers to a wonderful 2013!

  • I LOVE your blog! Just found it in the last month or so, but have been truly inspired by your success and adore your personality. It's such a breath of fresh air from people who act perfect. Clearly you DO have your stuff together but no one is free of chaos. One day I hope to grow my blog and collaborate on something with the EG, a story, advice, a free internship, whatever! I've just turned 29 and feel like I have FINALLY started to get serious about my passion fo blogging and I plan on making my thirties dedicated to doing what I love. Thanks for being an inspiration. Looking forward to reading in 2013!

  • What a remarkable year for you Danielle! You have accomplished so much and I am sure many great things will continue in 2013. Happiest of New Year's!

  • Congrats on all your success in 2012 Danielle! You are truly inspiring! Wishing you much happiness, peace, love, success, and prosperity in 2013:)! Thank you for making my blog look so beautiful:)!

  • Congratulations! Such an exciting year 2012 was!

    On another note, you launched The EveryGirl on my birthday! I love it!