I just finished a major update of my blog roll.  It seems that somehow I missed adding several blogs that I’ve actually been reading for months!  Now they’re happily on my blog roll.  My apologies to Blue Collar Catwalk, Fashionably Free to Be Me, Low Fat Dressing, Qin at the Disco, The Closet of Kim, The Eyeline, and Wendy Brandes Jewelry for not having you up on my blogroll already.

I added a lot of new to me blogs too, which I’ve just started reading in the past month or so.  Welcome Calivintage, Delightfully TackyIva Messy, Jen Loves Kev, Kansas Couture, Musing Around, Selective Potential, and Smaggle Style!

If you don’t already read them, go check out these fantastic blogs!

Don’t forget, you still have until 12:00 tonight to enter the Nepali Scarf giveaway!

This weekend, I will be transitioning the blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, which will also mean changing over to a new hosting service.  This will allow me to do more to customize the blog and make it easier and smoother for you to read and navigate it.   I do not anticipate any downtime, but it is possible.  The url will still be SmilesGoWithEverything.com, but is is highly possible that the old url of kittyscreations.wordpress.com will no longer forward after this transition.  So please make sure that you have update your Google Reader/blog roll etc with the new url.

Thanks everyone!

On the last day of the year, I’m looking back at the past three months and how my style has changed.


Hello, Fall

October was not an easy month.  I lost my kitty, who I’d had for seventeen years.  I struggled to accept my financial situation.  But there were plenty of bright spots.  The weather finally started to turn cooler.  I had my trip to California, which was fun and refreshing.  I ventured into a local boutique for the first time and bought an awesome dress.  And I decided to get bangs, and loved it.


Urban Bohemian

November was fun.  I began to play around with urban bohemian styles, and realized  having bohemian aspects in my look wasn’t so bad.  I realized that I adore pencil skirts when I dressed like a secretary from Mad Men and when I played around with current trends.  I bought beautiful, sweet pieces at garage sales and mixed them in with more expensive items.  And I started planning a new name for the blog.


Where the Wild Wind Whirled (post coming soon!)

December has been a fantastic month of layering, warm woolen knits, and boots.  I re-invented the blog with a new name.   I began experimenting with new photoshoot locations.  I played with color, and loved my yellow scarf.  I broke my ban to buy my beautiful Fluevog Heather boots.  Because I’m about a week behind on my outfit posts, my favorite December outfits won’t post until next week.  But I’ll give you a few quick Flickr previews here – click on the photos for more info about the outfits.

Lined up to buy his creations (post coming soon!)

Ah, the hot, sticky summer months in Florida.  Staying stylish while not sweating buckets is not easy, but I think I managed to get the hang of it this year.


Summer Lovin’

During July, I really began to fall in love with new colors.  Aqua, turquoise, teal and coral all became new staples.  I started playing around with mod looks by buying a white vinyl belt and pairing it with a cute dress and my Fiorenzas.  I mixed aqua and red and bought ridiculous amounts of Dansko wedge sandals.  I began to realize that having a bit of twee-ness in my posts was perfectly acceptable.


Dress v 4.0

This month had a lot of ups and downs.  I finished my master’s degree, I began to feel the pain of job insecurity.  I got my first pair of boots, and received an amazing Morelle purse for graduation.  I learned how to put together lazy, casual outfits.  I learned how to put together chic, casual outfits.  I tried accenting with summer white.


Let the sunshine in

September was a busy month for me.  I went on vacation.  I started a new job, which limited outfit shots.  I bought some rockin’ dresses, including my first Ella Moss piece.  It was pretty whirlwind.

Tomorrow I’ll wrap up the year with October, November and December.

Yesterday’s post reviewed my favorite outfits from January, February and March of last year.  Today will look at April, May and June.


Comfort Chic

This outfit was one of the first times that I began to incorporate a Euro-chic/ Francophile element into my outfits.  It was also the first time I allowed a bit more playfulness and whimsy into my posts, which I feel has now become a very important element of the blog.

Return of the Malibrans

I love, love, love this outfit so much.  It was the first time I realize that I didn’t need to be wearing tights in order to wear my Malibrans.   And it just feels so me.


School girl grows up

This outfit isn’t necessarily all that pivotal, but it’s certainly one of my favorites.  It was one of the first times I tried out one of my now favorite color combos, black, white and gray with red accents.  It also shows how I was continuing to experiment with layering.


Putting it Together

June was a pretty important month for me.  I really started to develop my style in this month.  Following Fab Finds Under $50 inspiration calendar helped to challenge me to use pieces in ways I wouldn’t have thought of before.  I experimented with menswear and pops of turquoise.  I tried wearing my goldenrod Malibrans with purple.  I learned how to dress chicly while riding a bicycle (and got an awesome hair cut).

And of course, I bought these shoes:

Debut of the Fiorenzas

I’m noticing that a lot of my favorite outfits from the past year involve Fluevogs.  Stay tuned for July, August and September tomorrow!

Just wanted to let everyone know, I’ve updated my blogroll to reflect a lot of new blogs I just started to reading, so be sure to give them a look.  I’ve also re-organized my blogroll to have new and expanded categories.

I’ve changed up my sidebar a bit to give you more options to follow my blog.  There is an e-mail subscription button if you’d like posts to be e-mailed directly to you.  There’s also an RSS feed link which will allow you to subscribe to my blog’s feed using a variety of different services, including Live Bookmarks, Bloglines and Google Reader.

Also, please always feel free to contact me with thoughts, musings, questions etc.  My e-mail link is in the left side-bar.

I’ve had a lot of networking e-mails about contests and links over the past few months, and I feel terrible that many of them got buried in my inbox.  I’m going to work through them and answer as many as possible this week.

Also, I’m going to be offering sponsorships soon!  Stay tuned for more info.

I thought it would be fun to spend the last four days of the year looking back at what I wore and how my style has evolved.  I feel like I’ve really grown a lot this year, both in my sense of style and as a person.  I’m going to be looking back three months at a time.  This post will look at the first three months of the year.


A Touch of Green

Wow, a lot has changed.  This is my favorite outfit from January, because it’s one of my first experiments with color combinations and textures.  The hair looks awful here, but it was right before I got this hair cut.  At this point, I remember feeling a lot of frustration at the fact that I really didn’t like much of my winter wardrobe.  I think I’ve improved this a bit, but I still need to knit some pullovers.


Is Fluevog a Religion?

It was so easy to choose a favorite outfit for February, because it was so pivotal.  That was when I purchased my first pair of Fluevogs, my goldenrod Malibrans.  That was the most I had ever spent on one item of clothing/ accessory at the time ($150, on sale).  It was a real stretch in my color spectrum for me too.  I can’t begin to measure how much of an impact these shoes have had on my personal style.


Bolero: Take 2

March was the first month where I really began to experiment with layering.  I began reading Academichic around this time, and was inspired by those lovely ladies to try belting cardigans over dresses.  Layering has been a key element of my style ever since.

Stay tuned for the rest of the year in review!

Merry Christmas everyone!  I’m spending today visiting family, so there won’t be an outfit post.  I’ll be taking plenty of pictures though, so hopefully I’ll post a Christmas re-cap Friday or Saturday. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

(this picture was my not-so-successful experiment with bokeh.  I think it still makes for a neat photo, though)

As I  mentioned a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to make my blog official with its own domain and a new name.  So now I welcome you to: Smiles Go With Everything.

There will still be the same great Daily Outfits, Etsy Love and Shoe Lust posts that I had in Simple Elegance.  In addition to the usual posts, I’m planning to add monthly book reviews on style related books.

To make my outfit post titles a little more interesting, I’ve decided to start using a quote from a children’s or young adult book, citing the book and author at the end of each quote.  This fits with the sense of fun and whimsy I’d like to convey with my blog, and it also fits because I’m an aspiring children’s librarian.

If everyone could please update their blogrolls, I’d appreciate it :)

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