Monday, January 6, 2014

The Year in Review



     I'm going to start this post by thanking each and everyone of you that took your time this year to look at Blue Hue Wonderland. After blogging one year, I have come to know so many of you through your comments and your blogs. You all have been so kind and welcoming plus your encouragement has meant a lot to me. 

     Blogging teaches you so much. I've learned much about using the computer and exploring my interest in photography. I love being part of this community of stylish women who bravely take pictures and publish them for the world to see.  It does take courage to get out there with a camera, look the best you can and post the results. 












     I make many of my pictures using colors that are opposites on the color wheel. After looking at my posts, I realized I favor a green and red contrast. I want my pictures to jump off the screen color wise. I've also found when I photograph a black outfit a colorful background can make it pop. I keep a record in my mind of vibrant places I see while driving around town to keep pictures interesting. I really enjoy attempting to make a weekly post that delights the eye.
  










     My particular love is accessories and I've learned from the blogging community about mixing them in so many ways. I enjoy photographing accessories, much easier than the pictures of myself. 

     I would like to thank Dean, my husband, for taking most of these pictures. You have put up with so many of my ideas for "just one more shot" and listened to my stories about the different interesting people I'm meeting through blogging. You are a gem and one stylish man yourself. Someday ladies I'm going to convince him to hop in front the camera with me!






links
mingle monday
dc instyle
style sessions
the pleated poppy
three-fer thursday
working girl with style
fashion informant
the mrs. and the momma
not dead yet style

59 comments:

  1. Love, love, love! I read your blog every week and really enjoy seeing the creative outfits you come up with.

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  2. Ann, you are doing a phenomenal job with your blog...I love it. You are creative and stylish and I cannot wait to see what you have for us in 2014! Keep up the great work!

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  3. I love your blog too! Your outfits and pictures are fantastic and really inspiring. Thank you for posting!
    Julie

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  4. Ann, your blog is a treasure. I love looking through your amazingly vibrant photos - they are so artistic! One of my favorite blogs indeed! Thank you for inspiration!

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    1. Thanks everyone for your supportive comments. Anything you would like to see me try in the new year? I'm open for suggestions.

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  5. You've really created an amazing and artistic (as well as stylish) blog. Congratulations!!

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    1. Oh thanks, I enjoy your accomplish blog! You are a wonderful writer and your posts are always interesting and creative.

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  6. Ann, it's always such a delight to see your posts! You have an amazing wardrobe, such unique and interesting backgrounds, and the poise and beauty of a professional model. I also always appreciate your comments on my blog. I'm so glad we both started blogging so we could meet each other!

    I hope you're managing to cope with the horrible weather.

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    1. I enjoy your bog also! You make creative and delightful posts on a variety of topics. I don't know about the modeling. I take many, many pictures to get some good ones.

      The weather is slowing everything down. I'm spending much energy trying to stay warm. Our cars are starting and we can get our house warm. It's a good week to do a post like this with the weather so cold. Taking pictures outside would be very difficult.

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  7. What a lovely year in review. I'm thrilled to have been following along on your journey since the opening pages. Here's to a creative and colourful 2014...and maybe meeting Dean!

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  8. These are some style moment to be proud of!

    Have a great week!

    -Jenny
    http://www.babblingsofamommy.com/2014/01/2014-style-resolutions.html

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  9. Your blog always, always has some sort of confection for the eyes! Your sensitivity to colour shines through so that, yes, all your photos pop with vibrance. And a nod to your husband as well for his role in this project. You're a great team. (Your hair is awesome, just sayin')

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  10. Dear Ann, i thank you for these review of your 2013 outfits. I think i read your blog since 5 month, so i enjoy today the rest of the year.
    I know exactly why i love your style, your style is so special, chic, and uncomplicated lady-like.
    Have a great week.
    http://glamupyourlifestyle.blogspot.de/

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  11. Ann, your style is amazing! Classy yet with a twist and your creativity always shines through. Your handbags and shoes are always special highlights!
    Your photos are pieces of art and your blog is getting better and better. I love coming back, always knowing there is something special.
    Thank you so much!

    Annette | Lady of Style
    100$ adea Everyday Luxury Giveaway

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    1. Ah Annette thanks. I enjoy your blog too. We both started at the same time so I do feel connected to you in the spirit of all this. Thanks for your ever so regular comments this year. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do in the future!

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  12. Wonderful summary, most I've commented on your previous posts. Some looks are real beauties, real cuties. Your blog is fantastic, the photos are very good and your outfits are great.

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  13. You really do have a unique talent and approach. Each post is a piece of art.

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  14. For sure, you are a lady of style. Bravo to all your looks. I'm looking forward to more to come!

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  15. Congrats on a fabulous year of blogging. Each outfit was done with such exquisite taste and her husband photography skills are tops. A tell him "he must pop in the next shot". I hope that we can connect one day, since I'm only in Hudson, WI. Keep you the awesome blogs!
    debbievogler.blogspot.com

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  16. So many gorgeous outfits! I love your timeless elegant style! Have a wonderful, stylish New Year!

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  17. I have really enjoyed getting to know you and your blog this past year! Can't wait to see what 2014 brings!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  18. Ann it has been a real joy to read your blog through 2013. You have fabulous style and the most amazing photographs. I also appreciate how welcoming you have been to me, as a new blogger, and you have been a great source of inspiration for me to keep trying to make my blog better. I loved reviewing your outfits here and it's impossible to pick a favourite. Wishing you all the best for 2014.

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  19. Ann your blog has been such an enjoyable read and inspiration! Sabina @Oceanblue Style

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  20. A stunning review. I always enjoy visiting your site and admiring your latest creative and artistic post. Thank you Dan, for your part in this slice of heaven that presents itself joyfully to the world.

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  21. First time visiting from Style Sessions and you look Great in all your photos. Happy Healthy 2014!

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  22. Wow - you have some amazing photos - bravo to hubby!

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  23. I love your dresses! They're the perfect mix of professional and eclectic. I especially love the fourth photo of you.

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  24. I totally agree with you about blogging! I think it has improved my capacity of understanding the world! I love the weekly appointment with your blog , and often your posts have inspired me! Very nice to see again some of your best ortfits of the year... so happy I have met you!!

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    1. Well said Dan. I also think blogging has expanded my view of the world. Your posts inspire me!

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  25. Goodmorning Ann...so lovely summary...this isnt a Post but a gorgeous Gallery of Art as all of Your outfits are Works of Art indeed...Cheers!
    Happy new Year...Auguri best wishes from Italy

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  26. Congratulations on the first anniversary of your wonderful blog. Your photos and comments are always delightful and inspiring. I am sure that Dean is your number 1 fan and this shows in the beautiful pictures he takes of you.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Rebecca. I am lucky that he is willing to do these pictures because it does take some time each week. We take 60-80 pictures per post to get 5 or 6 good ones. It's getting to be fewer as time goes on. Early on I closed my eyes often on so many. I'm getting more comfortable in front of the camera, but modeling isn't easy. I now have great respect for those who do this as a profession.

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  27. Fantastic, dea Ann.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  28. I love your blog Ann:) you are very creative and your photos are always stunning! Kisses Beata

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  29. Sigh...you and your colorful clothes and interesting backgrounds...it's really inspiring! Wish I lived near a fairground. :)
    Merrie @ www.PetiteCareerGirl.com

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  30. Ms. Ann! I loved each and every one of these posts in their original posts and now once again. You have such a keen artistic eye in your fashion selections and accessories. MORE, I need MORE!!! lol

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  31. Your blog is so much more than fashion and style! It lifts us up and puts a smile on my face. Thank you for that!
    http://40sbeauty.blogspot.pt/

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment. I follow many blogs by younger women and I want to show that a the above a forty blogger can be stylish and have great pictures like many of the younger ladies. We don't have to give up and conform to the conventional version of middle age.

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  32. I always love your photographs because they are so bright and colorful! You must live in a very colorful neighborhood :)

    Be sure to stop by my blog today, big big Stitch Fix giveaway!
    <3 Vicki
    wildeinthecity.blogspot.com

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  33. Amazing style. You have the most gorgeous prints and also fabulous colour pairing skills. I love your coats especially the houndstooth one

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  34. Imogen is right you do have an amazing sense of style.
    I love your blog. Thanks for the photos.

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  35. Fabulous round-up, Ann! You have such a strong and lovely sense of style, color and shape. I am learning from you! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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  36. This just made my day, to be able to pull up this post and have soooo many incredible photos all on one post. It really captures the essence of your artistic talent and zest for style and life. Looking forward to what 2014 will bring.

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    1. Oh thanks everyone for your supportive comments! You all are so generous.

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  37. So many wonderful looks Ann - The photographer is a genius but he has a amazing subject!

    Arianexo

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  38. Oh there are some jackets in there that I want to steal!! Thank YOU for adding your incredible style to the community.
    Xo,
    Alyssa

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  39. What a fabulous year! I know how much work this takes so a huge kudos to you my fashionable friend! xo

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  40. I have just found your blog and love your style. I am looking forward to seeing more lovely outfit posts and photography.

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  41. What an amzazing review! Enjoyed it very much. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Have a wonderful week
    Dana :)
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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  42. What a lovely overview of your stylish outfits. Did I miss your post of the fourth photo? I remember the bag, which I think is sooooo nice that I like to have it myself, but I cannot remember those lovely pumps.
    Hope you will continue blogging for a long long time dear.
    Greetje

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  43. Great review! Love your love of patterns. Each look looks great on you.

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  44. How much fun to go back through the year with you! I agree with you… I am much more comfortable not being in front of the lens, but this year has been a fun "project" - and I've loved getting to know so many people - you included. Your style and shots are amazing and I look forward to reading many, many more posts!
    xo ~kim

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  45. So in love with the bag in the first look!

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  46. A worthy review ... your are beautiful 24/7 and 365 days a year. Reading your blog has been one of the best things I have done for myself this year. I'm constantly inspired by your choices and taste.

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  47. Thank You Ann for a year of beauty and inspiration!

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    1. Oh thanks Anne, it's fun to hear from you in this way. Thanks for your support of this venture and your life long friendship!

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  48. Just found your blog. You are classy and gorgeous and I love your classic yet unique style. Can't wait to see more!

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I'm glad you found my blog....more to come. I post once a week.

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