Snow + Stripes Winter Fashion

Dear Diary,

I don’t know if it was the continuous flow of champagne over the holidays or what, but my time in Washington has been a blur and I can’t believe the holidays are over… There was so much to celebrate this Christmas, especially since I LITERALLY missed the last two! (Remember my Thailand adventures?!)

It’s always this time of year that I like to reflect back on the year and give thanks for all the wonderful things that have happened in my life. To be grateful for all the incredible people around me and to learn and grow from challenges I faced. If you follow us on Instagram you would have seen my “Brag Jar”, but for those of you that don’t know what this is, it’s a fun way to recap your year. Tommy and I wrote notes to each other when something exciting happened or a goal was accomplished and while we celebrated together in an early LA Christmas, we read each other’s notes. It was such a sweet and special evening together and made me feel really proud. It’s amazing all the things that can happen in a short 12 months!

Brag Jar - Write yourself notes about cool events that have happened and then read them at the end of the year!

…Some of SFG BRAGS…

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Gingerbread Snowflake + Winter Fashion

Check out my Dad’s camera skills! :)

Snow Ball Fight + Winter Fashion

 Learn five new ways to tie your scarf here!

Snow Style + Knitted Hat

After looking back on all the adventures 2013 brought, losing my idol “Glamma” Dorothy Dahl, will forever be how I remember this year. She’s been very missed, but I see her in all things… pretty, shiny and colorful. I’m most grateful that my aunt and namesake, Valorie, is okay and finally out of her wheelchair. Val has been the most positive person since the accident and her great attitude and outlook helped everyone around her cope during such a somber time. I’m thankful for my Momma, who was able to move to Portland to take care of her for the past three months. She is the most selfless, giving woman I have ever known, and I’m so lucky to call her my Mom. I’m thankful for my Dad, who has held down the fort in Spokane and been so strong for all of us. He has been the shoulder for everyone and is the most caring and sensitive Dad a girl could ever ask for. I’m thankful that I got to spend the holidays with my 92-year-old grandpa (on my Dad’s side) who writes me the cutest emails and can still turn himself into a pretzel! Watch out ladies… And lastly, for my brother and cousin (who is basically my other brother) who are just the coolest. I miss the days when we all lived under the same roof and got to make fun of each other every day.

Black + White Knitted Cap

MAC lipstick: Russian Red // H +M: Knitted Hat (marked down!)

Old Navy: Red Skinny Jeans (marked down!) // Steve Madden: Boots


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  1. Karen Dahl-Darling says:

    Dear Valorie, I just woke up and read this blog and now I’m crying. Yes, I’m crying again! Tears of joy for the honor and blessing of being your mother. Thank you so much for making it home this year. I needed my whole family around me this Christmas….especially my girl who knows me soooo well. Making the “home alone” run to the airport with you this morning at 5am nearly did me in but everything turned out alright, as usual. I miss you already and can’t wait to come visit you! You are the best and I love you to pieces! Momma xoxox

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