Food Fashion and Flow: Food Fashion and Flow Year in Review   

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Food Fashion and Flow Year in Review

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for all of your wonderful feedback and giving me an opportunity to share my world with you.  When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure where it would go and I had no expectations, but one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted this to be a creative outlet for me and a place where I could be authentically myself. 

I like to keep this a positive and pleasant place and I am so thrilled that you take time out of your day to stop and read what I have to say.  Before I share the highlights of the year, I would strongly encourage you if you haven’t already, to go back and read the written posts.  Under the flow tab at the top of the menu bar, you will find my in-depth writing on everything from friendships to my relationship with God.  You will truly have a new understanding of the woman behind this blog.   And now in no particular order, I will share the most popular posts over the past year in terms of page views and your comments.

There was one post that made a lot of you cry with me, brought my lurkers out of hiding and generated email letters of support from all over the world. This post has been read thousands of times.  This was difficult to write and even more difficult to post.  I was very hesitant.

And then after pondering for a moment, I knew that if this post helped or encouraged one person, it was worth me being embarrassed. I hit the publish button and there was no turning back.  I was real and honest and you loved me for it.  And the aftermath of this post was the dry reality that sometimes life knocks you on your ass, but what you do after that shows what you are made of.   This was not the most commented on post, but it is the most read post in the history of this blog and to this day still generates private emails in celebration of how I have lived my life after this disappointment. And there are still quite a few women who reach out to me privately and say, "Yes, I am in that club too." 

"Member of the Club
the most read post in the history of this blog. Read it by clicking here 

"True Colors" 

This post was highly commented on and it is a very special post because I wrote about my experience after getting a Leukemia diagnosis.  After an experience like this, you can’t help but tell fear to F*** off. I wanted to wear something colorful and bold and quirky to celebrate life. If you want to get to know me even better read my thoughts on life here
 "Faux Friends"
I am a person that values meaningful relationships over superficial ones.  I don’t like fake people, I am allergic to folks that aren’t genuine.  I decided to pull the covers back and write about the complexities of friendship.  This definitely struck a chord with a lot of you and after this post was when I realized that there are so many of you that read my blog, but might not comment. After I wrote this, many of you reached out to me privately for advice on your friendships.  Want to know how I feel about fake friends? Read it here


I really had fun putting this post together and I was amused that so many of you thought my sexy little apron was a dress. I cook and bake A LOT and I wanted to inspire you through a recipe and based on the response and the page views this post still generates. Many of you were indeed very inspired. I also wanted to show that you can be stylish in the kitchen too.  Do you want to know what I have to say about rising? Read it here

"Yellow Pop"
If you have been following this blog for awhile, you know how much I love bold color.  Many of you loved this fun and playful post.  See the full post by clicking here

 "Lady in Black"
This all black ensemble is a look that many of you commented on. See the full post here

"Miss Mister"

I love menswear inspired looks and apparently you do too! This was another popular post! See the full post by clicking here
 "I want to be seen green"
See the full post here
 "Birthday Girl"

So many of you reached out to me by comments and emails to wish me a happy birthday.  You have no idea what that meant to me:-)

"Olvera Street"

I will go just about any where for some culture and good food.  I seriously have a love affair with food and in this post, I invite you to be a fly on the wall during one of my many food adventures around Los Angeles.  Olvera Street is a bold colorful place, so I had to wear a bold colorful dress:-) See the full post here

 "Easy Breezy Turquoise"

This was a look a lot of you loved and you liked how I wore my necklace backwards:-) 


See it by clickiing here 

What a fun year!

"Rose Water Ice Cream in Rose Mint Shot Glass"

Your favorite food post was a tie between two sweet treats, so I am sharing them both with you. You can view the full post and how I came to create this delectable dessert by clicking here

"Praline Pumpkin Cake"

This recipe is as delicious as it looks and based on the response, you loved this too! See the recipe here


This poem about my life was one of your favorites this year. Read it here
 "You Better Make Me Smile"
Do men read lifestyle blogs? Apparently when you flow like this..they do.   This post generated emails from quite a few men. Do you want to know what got their attention? Check out my poetic flow here

 It brings me joy to inspire you! Keep coming back!


Girlie Blogger said...

This is such a sweet post, and a great reflection on yourself.

BTW, love your yellow heels!

Lisa C said...

I definitely enjoyed reading some of the other posts. I will have to come back to read some more. From the looks of it, you had a fabulous year filled with fun, sexy, classy, beauty, reflection, and much growth. Here's to another year of that and more for you!!

Anonymous said...

Have a Happy New Year, LV!

J'Adore Fashion said...

Love the write up and great recap of the year! Happy New Year!


Francesca R said...

I love this recap! And i remember that post! I think that blogging helps in sharing your feelings and your considerations. I am not sure whether I am on that club or not,however what you wrote helps a lot.
Have a great day!

Gail and Rhoda said...

What a beauitful post. Thank you for sharing! ~ Rhoda

Morgan said...

This is a beautiful post. I'll definitely be going back and reading some of these posts that I missed!

Anonymous said...

Great retrospective! Happy New Year!

Joyful said...

You look beautiful in all of these photos. I'm new to your blog so it was great to have you summarize some of you more popular posts.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

Tammy said...

Giiirl, the 1st picture is just LIFE.. loving this post


Rhe Beep said...

This is a great reflection post. I got a chance to catch up on some past posts and I am excited to see what your new year brings!


Maya said...

Love your blog! You have amazing ideas!
You should follow my blog, I always follow back! :)

Miss Dre said...

LV you are such a woman warrior! Today was my first time actually sifting through your blog and reading some of the older posts from before I started following. I just love your spirit. You are such a positive person and though you have been through some things, you always have something beautiful to present to your readers, whether it be your smile, your impeccable style, your soulful recipes, or your beautiful thoughts and words. You brought me to tears a couple of times, I will admit, but I admire your strength in sharing your stories with us. I got a chance to learn more about you and embrace who you are behind the blog.

Hugs and kisses to you, darling ;-)
<3 Dre


Keep blogging! It is so cathartic and rewarding...may you shine even brighter in 2012!

Lisa @ Tales of a Young Housewife said...

Loved going through your popular posts & taking a peek into your past year! Just found your blog & am now addicted! XOXO, Lisa

Bravoe Runway said...

You certainly had a wonderful year! I look forward to reading more posts from you in 2012.

Just Daisy said...

I just want to say you are one radiant beautiful woman!

You have had one heck of a year and I applaud you for being so strong, motivational, and courageous.

P.S. That pralines pumpkin spice cake looks heavenly--OMG!

Your style is off the chains too :)

I wish you a very Happy New Year and more success on this FAB blog <3


Dr. Reginia said...

Now this is a post. One can't help but to be connected and inspired. I've enjoyed your blog this year and appreciate your stopping by mine as well.

You are such a beautiful woman in physique and spirit.

Many blessings to you.

khaleesistyle said...

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June said...

Lovely post! You are so gorgeous! following you now! Please visit my blog and follow if you like

Couture Carrie said...

Beautiful post, darling!
Especially loving those yellow pumps!


Leah said...

Hope 2012 is just as good! Happy New Year!

xo L.

Kassi said...

What a beautiful and thought provoking year you had. I hope you know that you are stunning inside and out. Hope you have a blessed New Year!

Fabiana said...

I enjoyed so much this post!Really beautiful pics!Thanks a lot for your comment and if you want we can follow each other!

karen - Simply Inspired said...

thank you for wandering over to "my place"... i am glad that Mary spoke to you...i have enjoyed your postings here - thank you. a blessed new year to you & yours.

Fashionista said...

Keep your positivity and awesomeness in 2012. Been wanting to stop by,but have been crazy busy.
So cheers to you! See you in 2012!

sweetpinkdoll its Dior! said...

Wow you are so fierce! Thanks for stopping by... Your blog is amazing

Oh to Be a Muse said...

what a super lovely post. i can't pick a favorite photo either, as they are all so stylish.

one of the best parts about blogging is finding your voice and sometimes that might mean taking some chances and writing about things that are near and dear to you. so thanks for making blogging fun!

Happy New Year!

Clara Turbay said...

I wish you a happy new year and keep walking with this blog !

Kelleashia said...

Your style is fierce! I love the pops of color #werk!

CEO(angie stone) said...

LV you are such an amazing woman who inspires me daily. I love your style, creativity, and personality. You have an amazing spirit and the ability to inspire others.
Thank you for sharing your life with the world. I look forward to 2012.

Beautiful Things said...

What a great post. I've clicked on all the links & read the other posts. I just love your attitude to life! I'll definitely be returning.

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog.


M and C said...

looks like u had a great 2011! i hope 2012 will give you lots of good things as well!!
nice blog :D
happy new year!

M said...

Have a happy new year!
Thanks for coming by and commenting on my blog!


Mary Ann said...

You're a very inspirational writer, LV! I can picture you publishing a book. Following now!

just tututiny said...

Lovely photos! You are so stylish my sweetie!

Hope you have a wonderful 2012 my dear!

sweetsue said...

I wanted to let you know you inspire me to fix myself up a bit more. You remind me that fashion is fun, not a chore. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

Mi vida en rojo said...

Nice pics! Thanks for your comment!!!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Your blog always brings a smile to my face! Keep up the lovely posts in the new year!!

Anonymous said...

Everyday i check out your blog. :) Thank's for sharing your world with us. :) And, off course, your looks are amazing. Have a great year. Mua.:)

High Heels & Good Meals! said...

Thanks so much for sharing! You definitely have great style! Happy New Year!

Bonnie said...

Ahhhh, I remember those yellow shoes. DYING! I'm in love all over again.
I love your blog. So very, very much. I look forward to reading more in the coming year. :)
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

I loved this recap (I am new to your blog). The "Easy Breezy Turquoise" look is stunning.

Happy new year to you!


Liz Brown said...

I'm a new follower ... hi! :) Thanks for your sweet comment.

I thought the pumpkin praline cake looked scrumptious. As did almost all your coloful outfits! Wow! I bet you are one of those folks who don't have a favorite color ... and ALSO can pull just about anything off! :D

Sincerely Mally said...

Great blog review :D So glad to have found it! Enjoyed looking at your pics and your fun approach to posing and styling

Wishing you a happy new year!!


Nicole Ducleroir said...

Great blog! I look forward to reading more from you in 2012. Happy New Year!

Wynne Prasetyo said...

lovely outfits. bold colors are beautiful on you!



Shasie said...

You had an amazing year girlie! Congrats on all your blogging success and for being such a sincere and honest person.
Shasie of Live Life in Style

~Jeimy~ said...

beautiful pictures what an amazing year in pictures cheers to the new year


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These are cute photos. Looks like you had a blast last 2011.

Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!

.sabo skirt. said...

These are cute photos. Looks like you had a blast last 2011.

Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!

.sabo skirt. said...

These are cute photos. Looks like you had a blast last 2011.

Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!

Krystin said...

You look like you had an amazing year! I wish you bigger and better things in 2012 <3

XOXO - Krystin

Dionysia Leolei said...

Wow! You have some great pics at this post! Love the one with the yellow pumps!!!!!!!


Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

Happy 2012 Gorgeous!!

You definitely had a very Fashionable 2011 and can't wait to see what you have in store for us in this new year.

<3 Marina

Kat said...

Nice to be back! I really enjoyed this year-in-review post. I absolutely loved your personal spin on each, reading about your inspiration for a given post, or the ones that garnered the most reaction. Bravo for a very stylish year :)

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