Mirror, Mirror - Special Anniversary Photo Shoot

Once upon a time, one year ago today to be exact, I decided to "put myself out there" and start my own blog. It all began with a little introduction:

"Hello! I'm new to this blogging thing, so bear with me until I can get the hang of it. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Bonnie, and I live in a small rural town in Eastern North Carolina called Kinston. I am 32 and a wife and mother of three children ages 8, 5, and 2. I work full time as a Database Analyst. The reason I started this blog is because I enjoy reading fashion blogs and thought it would be fun to do one myself. Also, my shopping has really gotten out of control lately, so I thought starting a blog would give me another outlet for my love of fashion other than shopping. I hope it works, because if if doesn't, I think my husband may kill me! LOL! Fingers crossed!"

Alot has transpired since I wrote those words. I am a very different girl than I was a year ago. They say change is gradual, but sometimes it can happen in the blink of an eye, or in this case, over the span of a year. I've been through alot of self-discovery over the last year, alot of which has been documented through this blog. What may have started out as a light-hearted fashion blog turned into a personal journal of sorts at times. I like to say this blog is about life, Anthropologie, and the pursuit of fashion, but it has also been about the pursuit of happiness.

You all know I've been struggling with being unhappy and unfulfilled in life over the last year. There was a time when it seemed like every post I made was all doom and gloom and then it stopped. I started focusing more on the fashion and music and less on my feelings. I'm sure you guys noticed. I think the blog has suffered for this. I love sharing my honest feelings with you. I think you guys get more out of it, and it's therapeutic for me. The reason I haven't talked about my feelings much lately is because, well, I've been making alot of changes in my life the past couple of months to try and find that happiness I so desperately want. I'm still not ready to share certain things with you guys, but I do want you to know that I have found happiness, and it is better than I could have ever imagined. I am being true to myself for the first time in my life, and it feels wonderful. Of course, as with everything in life, there is always some bitter with the sweet, and the bitter has been equally as intense. There have been times and probably will still be times to come when doubt sets in about the road I'm taking. I'll need your support during these times. I've decided that I'm ready to start documenting my feelings again. This post is the first step in that direction.

When I thought about what I wanted to do to commemorate my 1 year blogging anniversary, I was stumped for ideas. I was talking about this dilemma with my girlfriend and photographer, Nassim, on the way to the gas station photo shoot. She came up with the idea of using mirrors outside. It would be a way of showing how far this little blog has come from taking pictures of myself in my bedroom mirror. I also like the idea of mirrors as reflecting back on the person I was a year ago. So, we loaded up my old bedroom mirror and an antique hand mirror borrowed from my sister and made our way down to the pine tree farm. For this special photo shoot I decided to pull out the big guns and wear my brand-spanking new Mompos Dress. Words can't describe how happy this dress makes me. It was worth every penny.

My friends at a-la-mode photography took these awesome photos. I think these are some of our best yet. We had such a great time taking them. I even frolicked in the woods! I also did some spinning again, but I got a little carried away and got really drunk. LOL! At least, they got a really big, toothy smile out of it. I'm so excited to share these with you guys. I hope you enjoy them! I look forward to sharing many more photos, feelings, and fashion advice with you all in the months (and maybe years) to come.
































  1. Absolutely beautiful. I envy you and these photo shoots. They look like so much fun, but I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to sit in the grass wearing such a beautiful dress.
    I am glad you are finding your own personal happiness. Sometimes it takes awhile and some people never find it because they are afraid to break out of the box. I had a teacher one time who said to me that ships are safe in the harbor, but that isn't where ships are meant to be. I know that's a pretty famous quote, but sometimes that helps remind me that it is okay to take chances, make changes, etc...

  2. Wow.... these pics are beautiful! I am out of words.

  3. Lovely, just lovely, Bonnie! Photo #1 and #16 (my personal fave) look like they are straight out of an Anthro catalog! Wishing you much more happiness in the days to come.

  4. I absolutely adore these photos. Your smile is contagious!

  5. Oooooh.... I think this is my very favorite of your posts to date! The photos are absolutely gorgeous, and you look stunning in your Mompos dress. Also, it's such a relief to see that it's finally looking like spring somewhere, even if it's still gray and chilly here in Manhattan!

  6. The pictures are beautiful! And I love this dress! It's on my wish list! Shoes are great too... so glad you're finding happiness and making the changes you need to make in your life. I just started blogging recently and reading your blog. Best of luck with everything. Keep writing and discovering.


  7. I love that mysterious eye in the forest...so surreal...love it, some fantastic shots, its made me want to buy that dress!!

  8. Such beautiful pictures! I love the concept and settings. I am always jealous of your landscape - things just aren't that pretty in Vegas!

  9. Pretty, pretty. Fashion bloggers scare me to bits with all this frolicking in the dirt and grass in expensive dresses. lol. Do you worry about staining your frocks?

  10. Great photos! What a cool idea! The mompos looks beautiful on you and I LOVE all of your accessories. The ring, earrings, shoes = fabulous.

  11. These photos are breathtaking and my favorite of all. Ahhmazing! So glad to hear that you are making positive changes and can't wait to read more when you're ready to share! Have a great week!

  12. Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on a year of blogging. Thank you for sharing your time, thoughts, energy, and style. Your blog is a favorite of mine. As much for the writing as the clothes. I know it's been abumpy road, but I am grateful that you stuck around.

  13. Happy One Year Blog-iversary Bonnie. Your photo shoot looks like a Wild Mompos Ride. You can't go wrong in the Mompos. I love mine! I'm still steamed about the initial Anthro reviews.

    Photo #14. Absolute favorite! You look very happy.

  14. I REALLLY like the "in action" shots. The ones where you are running with the dress are so fun and spontaneous!

    gorgeous, really, this post was great- pictures and words!

  15. My favourite is the first one - best photo ever, magazines and catalogs included. Wonderful stuff! Love that smile - happy to hear you're making changes for happiness - you deserve it!

  16. Woww...you look amazing in thses pictures....

  17. Hi Bonnie! I had no idea you work as a Database Analyst! cuz I am one of you~ :) Love you in Mompos! and the whole mirror theme photo shoot! Just awesome. You look so uplifted and cheerful.


  18. These are fantastic Bonnie - it's particularly nice to see your teeth. Sounds odd but in the pictures when your whole face is cracked in a smile your eyes light up and you look so happy and carefree! Congratulations on making your one year blog anniversary :)

  19. This post is my absolute favourite. Loveliness personified. :)

    Joyeux anniversaire!

  20. These photos are lovely! I think this is the first time I've ever seen you smile with your teeth and you should seriously do it more often. You have a lovely full smile.


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