2014 | A LOOK BACK

Wow. I am just in awe of how fast this year has gone by. I cannot believe it’s New Year’s Eve, and that tomorrow, we will be waking up in a brand new year. While I was putting this post together, I couldn’t help but cry. Between working full-time [and now part-time] at the hospital, traveling here and there, moving into a new place, and running S&T full speed ahead … this year has been quite exhausting and, I’ll be honest, caused a mental and emotional breakdowns: to my best friends, my Dad, not to mention, my manager at the hospital [yes, you read that right!]. But, in retrospect, like most struggles … it has all been worth it. I have never loved doing something more than I love running this little blog, and to just see in front of me everything that I worked my tail end to create all year, culminated together, right in front of me, was overwhelming and extremely gratifying. 

Anyone else excited to see what 2015 has in store? My best friend Susanna and I cling to the saying “the best is yet to come”. It’s always just a great thought for us … and I think it helps to REALLY believe it! It’s going to be a great year and, for me, personally, a transitional one. I’ll be working on having a better work / life balance, being more intentional about nurturing my relationship with Christ, more than likely letting go of my nursing profession [at least for now], and moving into a new place with one of my really good college girl friends, and working from home full-time. I hope to share what I learn this year with you all on Sequins & Things, as I work on achieving the goals I’ve set for S&T, as well. 

I cannot thank you enough for the hand you play in this little blog’s growth. I appreciate you following along and supporting the brands that support the blog so very much! I still am in awe that I have people who want to read my blog, honestly. Ha, there are just so many out there right now, so I don’t know, I am just so flattered that you’d want to follow along. It really means the world, and I’m thankful for your support and love. Seriously, your comments on here or on Instagram … they mean the world. I love interacting with y’all. It’s one of my favorite things about S&T. If I can ever help you in any way, never hesitate to leave a comment or email me: haley@sequinsandthings.com

Thank you to the brands who saw something in this little lady and extended an invitation to work together. I have had a blast working with each of you, and look forward to future collaborations: Gigi New York, Kendra Scott, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lilly PulitzerBaublebar, Sole Society, DSW, Belk, Charming Charlie, Chicwish, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, and many more!  

A HUGE … I mean, HUGE … thank you to the best photographer in the Jacksonville area, Mr. Miguel Emmanuelli. It’s incredible the amount of grace you show me for me just being me and I cannot tell you how thankful I am for that and how your talent has made my vision for S&T’s imagery come to life. Your contribution is insurmountable. Thank you for partnering with me and believing in what this little thing could become since Day One. I appreciate you and am proud of all you have accomplished in this time, as well. 

Thank you to my Dad and Francie for your love and guidance during this year. I’m so very thankful for y’all, both professionally and, most importantly, personally! Y’all will be happy to know that one of my New Year’s resolutions is to have less breakdown’s this year! YAYYY! xo.

Have a Happy & Safe New Year, lovelies!

(Entries numbered from top to bottom, left to right)


25 thoughts on “2014 | A LOOK BACK

  1. Natali says:

    So much inspiration in all of these photos and outfits!
    Have a great New Year 2015!!


  2. Haley Shepherd says:

    Thank you so much for these sweet, sweet words, Morgan! Please never hesitate to say hello if we are ever at the same event or blogging conference, or something! Would love to meet ya! xo.

  3. Wishes & Reality says:

    Congratulations on a very big year for you! The best is definitely yet to come. Cheers to a fabulous 2015!

    Heidi D.

  4. Annlouise Lindberg says:

    I love your style, it's amazing! I discovered your blog for only a few days ago and I'm so glad I did that!


  5. Cafeyestilo says:

    Its so amazing to watch you from last year to now. You have made such an amazing and beautiful growth. To this day I still enjoy reading your blog! Not only does it motivate me, but inspires me as a person. I love and see how God has used your blog to shine and show your testimony! One my favorite blog posts were always reading about your personal life and struggles, it made you real and tangible. Although the many trials,you still clung onto him! God is so good isn't he?! 🙂

    God bless you Haley!
    May 2015 bring you more happiness and joy.


  6. Haley Shepherd says:

    Thank you, Jessica! I absolutely love cold weather and the holidays, but I think in a month's time I will be right there with ya! Thankfully, as a Floridian, I won't have to wait long! Stay warm, girl, and thanks for reading! xo.

  7. Jeanne says:

    Gorgeous retrospective! I love your plaid scarf!
    I wish you an amazing NYE and a very happy 2015!




  8. Haley Shepherd says:

    I'm not sure if you saw, but I updated this post with all of the original posts linked at the bottom 🙂 xo.

  9. Kacie Firkins says:

    SO many amazing looks, it's virtually impossible to choose a favorite! Can't wait to see what you'll bring to the blogosphere in 2015 and be inspired by your looks!


  10. Nina Lacher says:

    Such fun looks! I'm excited to see what you will create next year. Happy New Year!
    Do you have any tips for a new blogger? <3


  11. Haley Shepherd says:

    Make sure you're doing it for the right reasons. Be consistent. Be yourself and pray like crazy! xo.

  12. The Preppy Sisters says:

    Ahh I am absolutely obsessed with every outfit, and this recap. Your blog is one of my favorites for fashion, and Happy 2015!


  13. EuroAsia Fashion By Kintan says:

    You had an amazing and stunning looks.Love your style.
    Do you have GFC member that i can follow you or follow each other??
    Have a wonderful New Year 2015.
    Kisses,Kintan xoxo


  14. Ashley Barker says:

    Ahh, can't tell you how much I enjoy seeing these GORGEOUS looks on your blog! But, most importantly, I enjoy seeing how you've poured your whole heart into this blog- including your daily life and relationship with God. So inspiring and refreshing! Keep doing you!
    P.S You're not the only one working on those emotional break downs this year! Ha!

  15. Amanda Marie says:

    Fabulous highlight reel! Happy new year!

  16. Jessica Hedberg says:

    Love this recap and YOU! I truly enjoy reading your blog each morning. Any chance you could link the photos to the original post?

  17. Michaela Fisch says:

    Amazing recap! I love your style – your blog is one of my favorites! Happy New Years!

    Enter to win $50 dollar of store credit to White Plum today on the blog!

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

  18. Alyssa Oquendo says:

    Such a beautiful post. Congratulations on everything that you've accomplished and everything that you will be accomplishing in the year to come. I absolutely adore your blog. Happy New Year!


  19. Nina Lacher says:

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  20. Morgan Flinchum says:

    As an avid follower I can tell you your heart shows through each and every post here on S&T .. My pastor says "the best is yet to come" to our congregation A LOT and it is so true! This the amount of dedication you put into S&T there's no doubt it only gets better from here 🙂 I enjoy reading your posts everyday and look forward to the outfit inspos I see on your instagram. I began fashion blogging this year and I hope my site becomes to me what yours is to you. Hopefully we cross paths one day in the blogging world because I would love to meet you! Have a happy new year!


  21. Haley Shepherd says:

    I won't be able to today, but will absolutely try and do that tomorrow for you! Xox.

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