favorite blog posts of 2014


ow crazy is it that we're already nearing the end of January 2015 already?  Before all the hubbub of the new year is over I wanted to share a few of my favorite posts from last year.  I slowed down the blogging pace in 2014 and I think I'll continue that slower pace as we start into 2015.  I'm not the same blogger I was back in the you days of Delightfully Tacky, but I still love this place and sharing outfits, recipes, home decor and whatever else strikes my fancy.  To be honest, I've thought quite a few times in the last year about calling it quits on the whole blogging thing.  Finding where blogging fits in my life nowadays, and in this new shifting blogosphere, has been a bit of a struggle and I know I've lost quite a few readers in the meantime.  If you're still around, thanks for hanging out with (digital) me!  I know it can be weird to see a blogger you love shift focus, or change in ways that aren't totally your jam, it's happened to me as a blog reader, too.   Heck, as a blog reader my preferences have changed, even when a blog has stayed the same, and found myself disinterested or pulled in other directions.  So if you're still around, sweet.  If you're new, hello!  If you're "meh" or over it, feel free to hop along to other blogs that might interest you more!  I'm truly not sure exactly what 2015 will hold for this here space on the web.  What I do know is that I'd like to focus more on my passions, like photography.  I still like doing outfit posts, but don't feel as gung ho about them as I used to a couple years ago.  Also, especially this time of year, the lack of daylight hours paired with the deluge of constant rain really makes outfit photos super unappealing.

So we'll see where 2015 takes Delightfully Tacky.  Maybe it won't even be called Delightfully Tacky this time next year, wouldn't that be weird?  For now, here's a look back at my favorite posts from 2014...


Putting the Pill To Bed


Our Bedroom Tour


Your Femininity is Not Defined by Body Hair


DIY Rolling Island


Fancy Savory Popcorn: Three Ways


My Favorite Lip Colors



Our Living Room


DIY Hexagon Painted Wall


5 Ways to Style a Headband


DIY Globe Hanging Lamp


Back in El Paso


DIY Gold Glitter Glasses

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TxSC CAMP: you should probably go


f you've been around the blog for very long, you know that my favorite blogging event is Texas Style Council's annual conference.  I've gone to quite a few blogging conferences over the year, and while I loved them initially, after a few years the keeping up with the joneses, rat race, popularity contest aspect of it all started to wear on me.  I wanted something more meaningful and authentic, something more focused on relationships and community, which is what brought me to blogging in the first place.  Texas Style Council's conferences were so much different that the other blogging events I'd attended.  So much more low key, less focused on high fashion (which was never my thing anyway), and a lot more about making connections with other bloggers while still offering classes and workshops to help learn things you might want to know.

The last few TxSC events have been more of your standard conference style, but this year Indiana, TxSC's founder, wanted to pare it down even more to get back to the basics of blogging and really focus more on the relationships that blogging can create and sustain.  This year's theme is CAMP: Create A Meaningful Presence, and it's held at a girl scout camp outside of Austin, where everyone will be staying in cabins, eating together in the mess hall, and doing fun camp-like events, in addition to having a keynote speaker and a select few workshops and presentations.  I love learning, but honestly, I'm much more excited about the relationship building and so thankful that Indiana recognizes the importance of that aspect of blogging.  I love TxSC because it always gives me a chance to meet up with old blogging buddies, but also meet new ones.  In a conference setting it can be hard to go up to new people and meet them/start a conversation.  As an introvert it's definitely not my first nature and takes a lot of getting out of my comfort zone.  In a camp setting, I think that will be much easier and better facilitated by the fact that we're all staying in the same place, eating at the same spot, and while I love getting fancied up for fun events, it'll be nice that we're all casual and comfy, which I think is less intimidating.




I know there are tons of blogging conferences and events these days, but I truly believe that TxSC puts on the best.  It might not draw the biggest names, or teach classes on becoming a million dollar blogger, but let's be honest, not all of us are in it to make a million dollars.  Not all of us want to be famous, or get on Oprah, or have a decorating show on TLC.  I mean, those things would be cool, but I'd rather go to an event where I feel like we're all friends, and you can talk to people about #bloggerproblems and they actually understand what you're talking about, like really understand.  And you can share your goals to be on Oprah, or your goals to write a book, or your goals to just blog consistently, or your goals to do something other than blog, and everyone is supportive and excited.  And you don't have to wear designer frocks and talk about runway shows or magazine features.

 
 

I love Indiana's drive to create a conference that is truly valuable to the attendees.  After TxSC 2013 she writes,
"At the conclusion of TxSC 2013, there was this moment where I was thumbing through the program, marveling at all the people who had come. We had nearly 400 attendees, an amazing set of speakers, three very full days of programming, and incredibly supportive and well received sponsors. My staff was so hard working and so well balanced. We had found our stride. Despite the hard work and how personally I take every bit of criticism, I wanted to do TxSC14 for sure. 
But as the year came along, I couldn't find an answer to my annual questions. "How can we do it better and differently than what we just did? How can TxSC be different from what's already being done?". I had already scrapped the panel format. I had already provided smaller workshops. 
The landscape of blogging has changed a lot since 2010. The amount of resources out there for bloggers is astronomical. Aside from the networking part of the event, I couldn't figure out how TxSC14 could be something that added anything new to the conversation or provided anything of value to the attendees. There were other conferences out there doing what we did, but on a professional level."

As a gal who loves camping, I have to say I'm stoked out of my mind for the retreat.  With plenty of time for hanging out by the campfire with s'mores, as well as inspirational speakers like Jenny Lawson of The Bloggess, Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind, and Sophia Rossi of HelloGiggles, I know it's going to be a refreshing and invigorating weekend.  Yours truly is also leading a workshop type thing!




Since this year TxSC will be at a camp, the registration cost includes lodging and food, which is super nice especially because it's during SXSW, which makes it nearly impossible to get a hotel or cab in Austin.  Registration is a bit more spendy than in years past for this reason, but I think it's way more affordable than airfare plus hotel plus food plus taxis.
Registration includes:
♥ Shared, assigned lodging, based on registration type
♥ Five meals (Friday's dinner, Saturday's breakfast, lunch, and dinner, & Sunday's brunch)
♥ Four keynote sessions
♥ Your choice of Saturday workshops (choose three of nine)
♥ Access to blog mentors
♥ Friday night's Create + Connect mixer
♥ Saturday's Khaki Cool Jamboree (party!)
♥ Sunday's Badge Ceremony
♥ Digital headshot c/o Awake Photography
♥ Shuttle service to and from the Austin airport [arrives and departs around 3:00pm on Friday and     Sunday]*
♥ More camp swag than you can shake a walking stick at
♥ ... and a few surprises!

TxSC is coming up, this March 20-22, so if you haven't registered yet, do it!  Last year's TxSC sold out at it's 400 ticket max, and this year it's going to be smaller, with only 275 tickets available, so sign up while you can!

Indiana herself says that this isn't going to be a typical "blogging" conference.  "If you want to know how different the 2015 installment of Texas Style Council will be, I just asked a possible keynote if she could speak on the topic of "Blog Success is Mainly Luck and Selling Your Soul to Advertisers but is Mainly Just Luck So if You Ask Me How You Can Get More Blog Traffic, I Will Stab You." She hasn't responded, yet, but I'm hopeful someone can lead that talk...

Point blank: if you want to attend TxSC to learn how to be a "successful blogger" and to get more money and more followers, this is not the camp for you. But if you want to make connections with creative women who are all about building each other up, TxSC is the place for you. Plus... s'mores."

To that, I say:


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cracklin' rosie

ne more outfit from Palm Springs!  When I spied this dress, it gave me such 90's vibes, so I styled it up with a plaid shirt around the waist (hello, that was like, my only outfit trick in the 90s.  All of the things tied around my waist), and a rad hat I got in Hawaii.  Also: boots.  I was hoping for a little warmer weather down in the desert, but we were more in the high desert, which meant pretty chilly temps.  I was actually pretty cold shooting these photos, despite how warm it looks!  It was wishful thinking.  Every time I go to the southwest I fall in love with the area all over again.  It's one of my favorite places, ever since my family went on a big RV trip around the southwest when I was a kid.  We planned on doing another similar RV trip because that one was so much fun, but so far we haven't pulled it together.  I've heard some whispers that it might be in the cards sometime this year though?  It'd be so fun to do it again as an adult!

 
dress/courtesy of modcloth :: cardigan/ruche :: plaid top/courtesy of free people
boots/target :: necklaces/adorn by sarah lewis :: hat/brooklyn :: photos by Dan




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favorite wedding images of 2014

Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer

 fell fast and hard for wedding photography in 2014, and I cannot wait to shoot more weddings in 2015!  It kind of took me by surprise how much I actually like wedding photography, I remember in the beginning I was totally freaked out by the one chance to get the shots and the high stress of weddings.  Thankfully, all my weddings have been low key and so much fun.  It's almost like being a wedding crasher, minus the binge drinking and taking a bridesmaid home, and plus getting to create photos of memories that will last a lifetime.  I'd say I come out on top.  No, but it's seriously amazing to get to create gorgeous images for my brides and grooms, it's such a privilege to capture the excitement and the intimate little moments between just the two of them on such a special day.

This is a sampling of my favorite wedding images from the past year.  With every wedding and every shoot I feel like I grow as a photographer and I'm so excited to grow this year.   I've already had an amazing wedding so far this year and a styled bridal shoot with some gorgeous gals in stunning BHLDN dresses.  I can't wait to share the images from those shoots in the coming weeks!  For now, here's a look back at what 2014 looked like!

Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer
Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Indie Wedding Photographer

Images 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 17, 18, 23, 24, 28, 29, 31, 33 are a styled wedding shoot featuring some great local Tacoma models and vendors which I'm excited to share soon on the blog!
I'm excited to share

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