My last post as a 30-something…

… so here’s my top 10 blog moments of the last year before my bloggiversary/birthday on Monday. Some are favourite outfits, some are favourite photos, some are simply posts that really meant something; they all sum up why I’m continuing on after my initial plan of doing this for one year only. And of course THANK YOU to all you lovely, lovely followers for being so wonderful and making my little creative outlet so enjoyable – hope you like my choices ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Heathcliff – it’s me, oh Cathy

This post attracted more than about three or four comments for the first time and I started to think maybe people actually quite liked my blog…!

2. The windy city is mighty pretty

This was the first shoot using my new, fast lens – so from then on it was lovely blurry backgrounds (bokeh) and sharper images… it made all the difference to my photos.

3. It’s Lacroix, sweetie

My best-ever thrifting find… the title (and beautiful photo in front of a lovely setting sun) says it all. Mr Summers was getting a bit good at this photography lark.

4. Lily the pink

The photo that gave me my new avatar (with a little colour enhancement from

5. English Riviera style

This was, to date, my favourite photo ever on the blog – and I think it’s still up there in my top three. Unposed and all Mr Summers’ own work (i.e. no art direction from me, which is pretty rare)!

6. Pink gingham and pearls

One of my favourite outfits, with my favourite necklace and favourite sweater – it just worked.

7. Preppy neutrals with blue

In this post I finally came up with a way to describe my style (‘Preppy with a Twist’). I’d been asked what it was in a couple of interviews I’d done and I couldn’t think how to define it before this outfit.

8. All I need now is a yacht

A double whammy on this post: one of the most fabulous photographs Mr. Summers has ever taken, and to date it’s the most viewed post on my blog.

9. Seventies sunset with backlit florals

Another beautiful photo that I still love. Thanks, Mr. Summers – you’re getting too good at this – the backlighting is just gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

10. Probably my favouritest office outfit. Ever.

I know this was only posted two days ago, but I couldn’t pass over a picture where I was photo bombed by a bee. A bee…!


I hope you’ve all enjoyed my first year of blogging as much as me – where has the time gone?? See you on the other side of forty, everyone!


  1. 24 July 2012 / 9:14 pm

    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog, Catherine!
    Your blog is very refreshing, I love your style! My favourite outfit has to be the denim with the mustard sweater and cute pink shirt!
    Looking forward to more of your posts ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lana, xo

  2. 23 July 2012 / 5:13 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! Love your blog and your style! Been following you for almost the full year now. Can't wait to see what the next year will hold!

  3. 22 July 2012 / 10:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Catherine!!!!! I hope it was a fabulous day!! Dang, if you're this adorable in your 30s… I have a feeling that the 40s are going to be even more amazing!

    Always loving your style ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, Blair

  4. 22 July 2012 / 8:26 pm

    Awww thank you everybody for your lovely birthday wishes!!!!! You're all so lovely!!!!!!!!

    Catherine xoxoxoxo

  5. 22 July 2012 / 8:18 pm

    Happy Birthday Catherine! It seems like it was a great year for you and I hope the next one is even better.


  6. 22 July 2012 / 5:41 pm


    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES DAILY where Fashion and Food collide!

    • 22 July 2012 / 8:25 pm

      No way, Mrs C!! A girlfriend of mine also shares her birthday with me… yay we're the July 23rd club xoxo

  7. 22 July 2012 / 2:42 pm

    great post Catherine..I am in love with those red lord!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!
    I hope you had a fabulous weekend!
    much love, sheree xoxo

  8. 22 July 2012 / 12:03 pm

    Great top 10. Enjoy your birthday!


  9. 22 July 2012 / 5:24 am

    Have a very Happy Birthday!!

  10. 22 July 2012 / 2:53 am

    both you and the mister deserve big props for building a beautiful blog. Happy blogiversary and I'm glad you're staying on. I think the 5th photo is my all time favorite.

  11. 22 July 2012 / 1:57 am

    I don't know how you choose, all the pictures are beautiful! You are such an inspiration, I'm so excited to see what you'll come up with next ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 22 July 2012 / 1:13 am

    congrats and happy budday for big three-O! mines coming up next year ๐Ÿ™‚
    i loved the scenery behind in the first post (where do u live to get such beautiful background ;)), the hot pink and the one with sweater n gingham shirt r my fav! have a blast celebrating the big day!

  13. 22 July 2012 / 12:26 am

    Happiest birthday wishes to you, and keep on posting; your chic look is always a treat to behold. xoxoxoxo

  14. 21 July 2012 / 7:42 pm

    Aw lovely post sweetie! I love the photos you've picked they all so beautiful, Mr. Summers has a nack for photography! Everyones saying Happy Birthday to you and i thought it was on Monday but just incase i am wrong in think that….. Happy Birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care, Daniella xox

  15. Gray Skies
    21 July 2012 / 5:51 pm

    Happy birthday, Catherine! I'm glad you started up your blog, because you're one of my favorite fashion bloggers out there ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 21 July 2012 / 5:03 pm

    Happy Birthday, Catherine! Hope you have a wonderful day.

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