As 2014 comes to a close, we're looking back on another wonderful year in the blog world and sharing some of our favorite posts. Of course, The Sequin Notebook wouldn't be anything without our wonderful readers, and we're so glad that we've had the opportunity to connect with so many of you throughout the year! Thank you for visiting our corner of the blog world - we are so thankful for the time that you spend with us. Now, onto the posts!
While we would never claim to be fancy chefs, our love of food led us to be a bit more experimental in the kitchen this year! Our Italian white bean, pancetta, and tortellini soup is on heavy rotation again this winter, and we're satisfying our sweet teeth with Kelli’s chocolate bark. Once fall rolled around this year, our pumpkin obsession couldn’t be denied so we fully indulged it with the most perfect pumpkin dip, Kelli's mac and cheese, and gingersnap pumpkin ice cream sandwiches.
This year we discovered some new brands that we now adore (hello, Vigoss jeans!) and went back to an old favorite by rediscovering the incomparable deals at Old Navy. We'll always be totally devoted to Rent the Runway, but even more so now that B was able to maximize a rental by getting 3 completely different looks out of 1 dress, and we are thrilled that they've expanded into accessories with Rent The Runway Unlimited!
In our (sequin) book, there isn't much that tops a theme party! We went all out this year by throwing the ultimate neon barbecue and an adorable Monster Mash 1st birthday party, and got some new inspiration by partying like a pop star at a Pop Star Palooza birthday party. Thanks to all of our hosting, we've picked up quite a few tips about how to efficiently plan for a party (and what NOT to do), and were excited to share our Top 10 Party Planning Tips in our guest post on one of our favorite blogs, A Little Glitter!
We love trying to channel our inner mixologist, and had a busy year experimenting with tasty cocktail recipes. We’ll basically find any excuse to mix up something new, from seasonal sips, like our Watermelon Martini, to turning our favorite sweet treats into a liquid dessert, like our delicious Coffee Cake Martini, Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake, and of course, B's Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur. Love was definitely in the air this past Valentine’s Day and our Love Potion Martini was the perfect way to kick-off this sweet holiday with a bang. When the holidays came around, we had so much fun recreating our favorite red cup coffee drinks with our Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini and our Peppermint Mocha Latte Martini.
We kept busy this year with lots and lots of DIY projects, whether it was crafting up some party décor for our next soiree, creating the perfect printables for our cocktail glasses or just basically adding glitter to everything. We always love to add our own personal touch to a party and shared how to jazz up some Mini Wine Bottle Favors, along with an adorable tutorial for DIY Pipe Cleaner Hearts. As usual, M was busy crafting up printables, and we shared some free downloadable Conversation Heart Printables for Valentine’s Day, Springtime Peeps Printables, Glitzy Mother’s Day rounds, and of course, a matching Father’s Day set. We also shared our favorite and most useful Craft Tools to keep in your arsenal, and then put them to good use with our Glitter Bunting and First Birthday Tee Shirt tutorials.
We are definitely gals who love a good product or two, and are just a tad beauty obsessed. B shared her favorite Tips to Fight Off Bed Head, as well as a Chain Link Braid Tutorial for those days where your mane just can’t be tamed. There was no shortage of polish love, and we featured our favorite Summer Polishes, along with a glitzy Halloween Mani, and our latest polish obsession, Cirque Colors. B also had the pleasure of attending a couple of beauty blogger events, including Atelier Cologne, Rituals Cosmetics and Birchbox Customer Appreciation Day.
Every now and then, we like to branch out and add some unexpected items to our post roster - some of our favorites from this year include the summer beach books on our reading list, Joey's guest post on men's holiday gifts, our ultimate guide that helps determine which Buble Gal you are, B's Favorite MOHments of M's wedding, and curating a beautiful home bar.
We don’t want to get too sentimental here, but as we wrap up 2014, and look back at our favorite posts, we can’t help but favor the ones we wrote together. At the end of the day, we’re just two BFFs rambling on about the things we love, so we’ll leave you with what we like to call our favorite “galish” posts of the year! After the excitement of the holidays, we love that we have our birthdays to look forward to, first we celebrating M in February, and then B in March. We also let you in on some of our little galish secrets and shared our Secret Single Behaviors. B had a fun time interviewing M for our “Just Us Gals” series (that we promise will return in the new year!) with a little Mommy Talk. Later in the year we were excited to welcome some new readers and decided to reintroduce ourselves in a fun Getting to Know Us post. Then we capped off the year in the very best way possible – with a BFF photoshoot for our holiday card!
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