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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Best Of A Very Sweet Blog 2014

2014 was an interesting year. Very TRIPpy! It took a lot of unexpected twists and turns.
I literally felt like Alice In Wonderland! It was an adventure and none of it was planned. Here's my 2014 year in review!

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (where I live)
I rediscovered walking outside at beautiful Audubon Park. I discovered serenity in the sculptures at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. I gave tribute to my late grandfather and his favorite Community Coffee. Haydel's Bakery made me the best birthday cake.

Memphis, Tennessee, USA
I had a chance to discover EVERYthing about Elvis Presley: Heartbreak Hotel, Graceland, his clothes, planes and read the book Elvis and Me. He was an interesting man. I plan on returning to Memphis, to see Beale Street and the Civil Rights Museum.

Great Women: Past & Present
Earlier this year, I read "I Am Malala". It was an extraordinary book. The end of this year, she won The Nobel Peace Prize. I was ecstatic for her. I loved Princess Diana and while in Cincinnati, Ohio I had a chance to see an exhibit that included her wedding gown, designer dresses and other personal treasures before it returned to the UK. I'll never forget that experience.

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
I found a small, charming town within Cincinnati, Ohio called Mariemont Village. Absolutely beautiful! I loved The National Exemplar (ate there for breakfast) and Mariemont movie theater.

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (Biloxi, Mississippi USA)
I've been before, but never for Thanksgiving. Beau Rivage is so pretty for the holidays

A Taste Of What Is In My Closet 
I'm not a fashion blogger, but I did manage to show morsels of my personal style and what's in my closet.
(here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here LOL)

Chanel, Chanel, Chanel
I have a love/hate with Karl Lagerfeld, but I loved his "shopping" collection. I purchased the Swatch watch below (not Chanel lol) but haven't worn it yet. Definitely next year.

Alice In Wonderland
I love Alice in Wonderland anything! Always did. Two products came out this year, with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Loved them both. I'm still using the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to remove my makeup. It's awesome and now a staple in my beauty routine. Love the Dior Wonderland nail polish, so I plan on purchasing the coordinating lip gloss.

Let Them Eat Cake and More Cake
These were all new brands to me, with the exception of Kate Spade. Really loved the packaging of Tokyo Milk's Let Them Eat Cake and Bon Bon products. Lipstick Queen's, frosted lavender lipstick is absolutely amazing. Sara Happ's Confetti Cake lip scrub beat out my favorite lip scrubs: Lush's Bubblegum and Fresh's Lip Scrub. I'm drinking out of my Kate Spade "Eat Cake For Breakfast" Mugs, but still haven't used the journal. It's too pretty to write in at the moment :)

Soap & Glory
I'm a Soap & Glory girl, THANKS to my best friend Kizzy of The Dainty Dolls House. She sent me some products the beginning of this year. I can't get enough of Sugar Crush EVERYTHING, Smoothie Body Buttercream and Breakfast Scrub (Yeah Babyyy!)

MAC Collections
I only purchased from 4 MAC Collections this year (trust me there were MANY more). Loved Rocky Horror Picture Show, Playland, Simpsons and the nail polish from the Brooke Shields Collection

2014 AVEENO Ambassador
I was selected to be an AVEENO Ambassador for 2014. I was very honored and it was an amazing experience. Below are some of my favorite products from AVEENO. Thank You AVEENO for this lovely opportunity! You can read all my AVEENO posts here!

Benefit Skincare & Cosmetics
A total SURPRISE for me, was when I tried Benefit's Skincare Collection. It's now what I use everyday. I also fell in love with Majorette blush. It's the perfect peach color.

Beauty Treats & Eats That Made Me HAPPY in 2014
Anya Hindmarch's Shopping Culture & Fashion Flakes, Too Faced Cosmetics Chocolate Bar Collection and La Creme Lipsticks, Etude House Feel The World Cosmetic Pouches, Fresh Lip Balms, The Charlie Brown Cafe, Nordstrom Cafe & Chanel Tutti Frutti

A BIG THANK YOU to all my 2014 Sponsors: AVEENO, Schiffer Fashion Press, Mixed Chicks, Milani Cosmetics, Kohler, Community Coffee, Estee Lauder, ProFlowers, EOS, Obiqo, Whish, Cardstore, Feeling Smitten, and Honeywell. A PERSONAL THANK YOU to Rowena of Rolala Loves, Jo of White Roses and Coffee and Little Luxury List for their beautiful 2014 CNY posts.

To See The Best Of A Very Sweet Blog 2013, click HERE.


  1. Lovely review of the year fast 2014 went by! Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year:)
    ~Anne xx

  2. you certainly had a wonderful year Kim!!! Love all your pics, all the posts have been so interesting and informative!!
    Wish you all the good luck for the new year!!

  3. Ah Kim, I remember each of them! Has been so nice and fun follow your trip adventures, it was like be there with you! So, really hope you keep that kind of posts! Even though the reviews will be always my fav as I care your feedback. Happy New Year my friend, may it be a joyful, rich and happiest 2015! Happy Celebrations too! xo

  4. I love how you sum this year up, thanks to you I saw so many interesting cosmetics, which I hadn't seen before, thank you for the chance to discover them :)

    Happy New Year, dear

  5. I would love to travel to Louisiana!! You've done so much amazing work for your blog this year, cheers to 2015!

  6. A wonderful year for your blog Kim! :)

    Nice wrap-up post :) I hope you have a wonderful 2015 and it's full of lots of sweet treats for you! :)

    Away From The Blue

  7. oh my what a year! absolutely loved visiting your beautiful blog!looking forward for this new year!


  8. you had an amazing year, kim! i can only imagine what you have in store for us next year! keep up the great work here!

  9. Your blog is amazing Kim and such an inspiration to me. I want my blog to be as fabulous as yours;-) Wishing you a wonderful new year. Lots of love. xxxx

  10. Great recap of all your cool post Happy New Year Kim may it bring you more success, joy and prosperity.

  11. You've seen some really amazing places, and all the great products you have....drool!
    Thanks for sharing all these, Kim. May the new year only bring peace and happiness.

  12. That's a great review for a great year, Kim! I'm very happy that you got the chance to travel that much around the States and to try so many, many beauty products.

    Wishing you a wonderful 2015, at least as good as 2014 has been :)

  13. Such a full and wonderful year :) I look forward to seeing what 2015 has in store for you! Happy New Year!

  14. All so did a lot Kim!! Was a fantastic and interesting year. I loved these posts, each so different and interesting, you never fail to make me laugh as well :) I am so very happy you loved all the Soap & Glory items, I'll keep sending them, ha & keep checking when there is something new in them too. I hope this new year is truly bliss for always so happy we're best friends as you are so dear!! And one day, no doubt, we will go shopping and sight seeing together :))) Have a wonderful time...enjoy yourself & here's to a very Happy New Year!! <3 <3

  15. Looks like you had an amazing year, Kim! I've only recently followed your blog but wish I have been sooner. Your posts are always witty and fun, I honestly love it! Wishing you a very happy new year, Kim. Hugs all the way from Canada! xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  16. Lovely review of the Year. Happy New Year KIm!

  17. What a fun year in review! I wish you a grand 2015 too. I was watching that show Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and loved it, even though it was a little silly. It was sad to see it cancelled!

  18. I love the little .gifs & videos! They give a nice touch to the recap. The Beau looks like an awesome place to stay. You did a lot of exploring & traveling. Have a fantastic New Year!

    :] // ▲ ▲

  19. I had no idea you live in New Orleans! I have long wanted to visit New Orleans and I am hoping 2015 will finally be the year. It definitely looks like you had an exciting and busy year.

  20. I've loved following along with your blog this year, Kim - seeing it grwo and blossom is a wonderful thing. I can't wait to see what 2015 will bring for you. Happy New Year!

  21. You had a great year, I hope you have a wonderful 2015!
    Obsessed Fashion Blog

  22. What a great look back Kim! Wishing you a healthy, happy and fun filled New Year 2015. Cheers to a fabulous year ahead for you and A Very Sweet Blog. Sending you warm hugs,


  23. Wonderful review. You had very good reviews this year. Happy New Year KIm.

  24. Love the recap of your year :) Love the cake most especially!

    *I'm following you now in GFC+. Hope you'll do the same :)

    Wishing you a Prosperous and a Happy New Year! :)


  25. Happy New Years Kim! This post was so fun to read! I'm so happy you had a good year and got to go on so many nice trips! That's so awesome that you are ambassador for aveeno too! I hope 2015 brings you lots of fun and happiness too!

  26. Happy New Year's Kim! It looks like 2014 was an amazing year for you, and I wish you all the best in 2015!

  27. Happy New Year, Kim!! Great recap from last year. Great reviews and looking forward to 2015 posts. :)

  28. It sure looked like 2014 has been an interesting year for you and your blog. It's been a year filled with discovering and development. I'm sure 2015 will definitely be fill with more fun and adventure. Wishing you a Happy New Year! =)

  29. What a lovely year you've had, Kim! I adore your style--so very classic and chic. Looking forward to more of your great travels, product features/reviews and elegant style in 2015! Happy New Year! T.

  30. Kim, you had a great year! I love reading your product reviews, and seeing posts on all of your trips, you are so hilarious! I love your little gifs too. Your posts are never boring :) I hope that 2015 is just as fantastic for you!

  31. I remember most of these posts! I really enjoy your travel ones! How cool you were an ambassador for Aveeno! Wish you even more sponsorships this year!

  32. I enjoyed all of these posts! You are great at beauty reviews by I appreciate how you describe the places you visit! Looking forward to another super sweet year with you!
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

  33. Was a wonderful year in A Very Sweet Blog! I remember many of these post, I discover new things about Elvis Presley, many interesting products of beauty and personal care, the history about your grandfather too! I wish the best for you and your blog in 2015!

  34. Wow! Kim, you incorporated a little bit of everything! I love your book reviews, food posts, beauty product reviews and really enjoyed looking at Diane's post! All the best in the coming year!



  35. What a sweet summary of 2014! I remember how I loved some of these posts so much. Thanx for the round up!

  36. Hi Kim, I have enjoyed all of your makeup reviews and your trips. It has been a fun year. Looking forward to all of your posts for 2015! Take care.

  37. So many places ! So many reviews :)
    I certainly look forward to more.

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