Moving Forward, Looking Back

27th December, 2012

This past year has felt at times like a marathon or a whirlwind ~ but there hasn’t been a dull moment! Before we turn the page onto 2013, I wanted to take a moment to remember some of my favorite scenes from 2012.

|ABOVE LEFT| Cheering on the polo with my darling friend Mat Sanders |ABOVE RIGHT| Taking over the night with my stylistic soulmate Jamie Beck|ABOVE + BELOW| This year has been filled with some unforgettable adventures. Most wonderfully, there was a deeply inspiring sojourn in Paris, and a life-changing jaunt across Marrakech:|ABOVE| In 2012, I had the honor of representing FLIRT! Cosmetics, a partnership I genuinely enjoyed. Besides being the face of the brand, I was entrusted with hosting their video series, consulted on all fashionable matters ~ including the styling of next year’s campaigns ~ and we made some really fun beauty stories together (examples HEREHERE and HERE). I’ve loved working with them and am so grateful for the ways they’ve encouraged and supported me creatively over the last year.|ABOVE| Without question, the happiest thing that happened this year is that my sister, Erin Framel, moved to New York City! I’m so grateful to have her in my life, and the proximity has made us so much closer. I love watching the way the city is changing her ~ she is maturing into the most beautiful, capable, confident woman!

|BELOW| In 2012, I finally embraced exercise! It’s been a fun new revelation for me, a welcome addition to my oftentimes too-harried lifestyle. It’s proven to be just the calming, centering thing I need.|ABOVE| In 2012, my home was featured in Nate Berkus’s beautiful coffee table book. What an enormous honor!|ABOVE| More than anything, this year was about challenging myself in my work. At the outset, I made an intention to push myself as far as I could creatively, and really focus on developing my voice as an art director and stylist. Because of this, I worked harder this year than ever before, juggling a lot of projects at once and constantly setting new, tougher goals. It’s left me a little tired, but terribly proud of the work I’ve made and the collaborators I’ve collected. I can’t wait to see what the seeds laid in 2012 will blossom into in the years to come.|ABOVE + BELOW| I’ve always been passionate about styling, and loved being trusted to do so much of it this year, for clients ranging from BCBG to LL Bean Signature.|ABOVE + BELOW| For the first time, I had an opportunity to write, direct, costume and produce a cool video project, for Thorny Rose Wines. I’d long been wanting to experiment with this type of expression, and learned so much in bringing this idea from concept to fruition. Next stop, Hollywood!In addition to developing beauty stories for FLIRT! |ABOVE RIGHT|, I was also able to create dreamworlds for Yves Delorme |ABOVE LEFT| and Cynthia Vincent |BELOW|… …as well as to style the historic launch of RUBEDO, a special metal designed exclusively for Tiffany & Co.’s 175th anniversary |BELOW||ABOVE + BELOW| 2012 was a year of fashion fairytales. Besides celebrating everyday style, I wanted to transport you, my readers, to other worlds and ways of living ~ to remind us all to dream and let life be a fantasy.SUMMER’S END imagined what things could have looked like after The Great Gatsby ended.MARRAKEPIC was an exercise in turning experience into artistic expression.SINFULLY ZENTHE FEMININE MYSTIQUETHE DEEP END and MEXICALI ROSE: each journey was designed to catapult us all to another place and time……while TEENAGERS AND TIARAS celebrated suburban realness and a casual attitude toward opulence:|ABOVE + BELOW| This year, I strove to celebrate those who inspire me ~ from designers like Zac PosenEtienne AignerRobert Lee Morris, and Paco Rabanne…to too-cool girls like Chelsea Leyland and Athena Calderone:I also wore a lot of looks this year!|ABOVE LEFT| Channeling Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy |ABOVE RIGHT| Mixing it up, old-school-style|ABOVE LEFT| Fashion Week ferociousness |ABOVE RIGHT| Frill-free practicality|ABOVE LEFT| Obsessing over Helmut Newton |ABOVE RIGHT| Keeping things classically chic|ABOVE LEFT| Monotonal volume |ABOVE RIGHT| Jumping for joy (and Yohji)|ABOVE LEFT| Braving life’s storms in style |ABOVE RIGHT| In the New York City swing|ABOVE LEFT| Long & lean for the CFDA Awards |ABOVE RIGHT| Contemplating a uniform|ABOVE LEFT| Singing in the rain |ABOVE RIGHT| Fixating on valuable investments|ABOVE LEFT| Surfin’ sophisticate |ABOVE RIGHT| Having buckets of fun|ABOVE LEFT| Oversized florals for a larger-than-life city |ABOVE RIGHT| Trawling for art|ABOVE LEFT| Feelin’ fancy |ABOVE RIGHT| Vibrant frocks and rose-colored carpets

And these are just a few of my most-treasured 2012 memories ~ what an epic year it’s been! Tell me, which has been your favorite feature of late? What would you love to see more of in the year to come?

  • L.E.N

    I always enjoy your wonderful posts!… full of great photos and inspiration.

  • Iliyana Licheva

    amazing post! and so inspiring for new bloggers like me! love your blog!

  • Ashley Taylor

    Love this! Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings you!
    xo Ashley

  • Viviana Alma Falcone Molinelli

    wow! amazing post! I just saved it there´s so many gorgeous pics! xo, Alma

  • Lubna

    Wow, it seems like 2012 was an epic year for you! Congrats on the uncountable experiences and collaborations, hopefully 2013 will be just as great and perhaps even better! And I still want to add – you look exactly like Silver from 90210! 😀


  • What a wonderful year for you, stunning pics, all the best for 2012!

  • Stephanie

    Amazing year!! I hope next year is filled with just as much success for you!!!


  • Denisa

    Wow, I really like that post. Is amazing and all that pics.. wow. Have a great day.

  • A

    Ahhh…The inspiration you give me…
    May your 2013 be even more fabulous!

  • You truly had a great year, congratulation on your success. You are an inspiration.


  • esther

    you have a style all your own & beautiful photography to capture it. congratulations on your amazing year!


  • Anonymous

    your photos are all wonderful!

  • WOW loving these photos! Your home is absolutely gorgeous!

  • GIAA
  • Vanessa Pritchard

    You are inspiring! I love that Bibhu Mohapatra gown. Congratulations on such a fantastic year! xxVP

  • Such amazing, inspirational photos & stories. Thanks for putting together such a great post. Can’t wait to see what you come up with during 2013!!!

  • The Provoker

    I love the twenties inspo shots, thanks so much for sharing! I’ve just bought a new 3.1 PHILLIP LIM bag that has blue hair on it, very provoking, tell what you think 😉

    xx The Provoker

  • What an amazing year! It pushes me to do more. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Valeria Alvarez

    You have an amazing year!! hope to see more next one 🙂

    <3 Val

  • Such an amazing year, lady!! I don’t comment often but read your blog every day and am so inspired with every visit. I’ve loved seeing your work brought to life here and the beautiful collaborations that you’ve done with Jamie and Kevin! Can’t wait to see what 2013 holds for you!! xx

  • Naina

    Your year in photos is absolutely beautiful; can’t imagine what the actual real life of it must have been like!

  • Krissy

    The waving skirt/twinkling glitter in that still photo (Gatsby-style) is so cool. How did you animate that?

  • Jennifer

    You had an amazing year!

    xo Jennifer

  • Anonymous

    It looks like you had an amazing 2012! Can’t wait to see what’s to come for 2013.

    Best wishes,

  • Ivana Džidić

    congrats on your accomplisments!

  • A. Bolton

    Kelly – I am a huuuuuuuuuuge huge huge fan of your style! Everything you touch is gorgeous. But – I want to be honest, I do not love the site redesign. It feels like it lost a lot of your personality and everything seems a little more shallow/superficial/sparkling now. It reminds me of The Glitter Guide which I’m not a fan of for those same reasons. Hope not to bring down your happiness! You are thriving as you should be. All best in 2013

  • katvas

    I like your job because it includes not only fashion but also spiritual growth.

  • Adeola Naomi Aderemi

    I love it all and will love to see what you are up to in the year 2013!!!

  • Amazing! You’re such an inspiration!!!

  • Wow! What a wonderful and exciting year for you. I can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve for 2013!

    Cheers, Elizabeth of The Corner Apartment

  • Naomi

    Fabulous! You are so talented and beautiful, and it looks like you’ve developed a lot as a person and stylist this year. It’s amazing to look back on all of your impressive accomplishments of 2012! Congrats, and I hope to see many more works of art from you next year [:

  • JB

    Marrakepic was my favorite. The model Marcella was everything. Also Athena Calderone showing of the wares for Paco Rabanne was unexpectedly mind-blowing. On a side note I’d really like to know what she does to stay fit. Those Zac Posen dresses were pretty epic and I was pleasantly surprised by the recent offerings of Etienne Aigner featured as well. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to what you’ll come up with next.

  • Adina Nanes

    All the photos look amazing! You have such a great style!

  • I love everything about this post Kelly. You are an incredible and independent woman and I have to say… you’re one of my role models in the fashion industry. Your photos are always the best. Your style is impeccable and I read your posts daily. Thanks for being such a huge inspiration. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has to offer!


  • The truth is The Glamourai has never looked better! I think that this year you truly outdone yourself Kelly and achieved something that no blogger before you had. I enjoy to no end browsing through your creations, whether they are clever outfit concoctions or yet another adventure or editorial you mused…! The Glamourai is never trendy or trying too hard, it’s always pure CHIC and I can never get enough!

    Keep Inspiring and setting the bar oh so high!
    Happy (almost there!) New Year!


  • You are so talented and it is genuinely a treat to explore your blog. THANK you for doing what you do and continuing to inspire along the way! Have a fabulous New Year and I can’t wait for more Glamourai in 2013!

  • Gerda

    Absolutely fell in love with your blog this year. You’re amazing and inspiring. The glamourai will be the blog to start the day with in 2013. Kisses from Holland

  • Amy | Good Looks Daily

    I think you’re doing an amazing job of pushing the boundaries of blogging and elevating your content to a more editorial space. Your work – styling, art direction and editing – is truly spectacular. Can’t wait to see more in 2013!

  • Rachel

    Kelly – would love to see more of your apartment throughout 2013. I have a similar interest in the integration of fashion and interiors and always love seeing your take on it xx

    • Julie


  • You’re quite a woman, I must say! And I can only imagine great things for you in 2013 🙂

  • You definitely took your blog to a whole new level this past year! I was a new fan before, but now you have risen to such an incredible level of inspiration! I can’t wait to see what you do next year!!!
    PS. Your all black outfit in Paris with the cropped top and leopard shoes was definitely my favorite all year!

  • SR

    Please, more pro styling tips in 2013. Been following for a long time and 2012 was amazing for The Glamourai. Mexicali Rose was my fave editorial. Your Paris Ports skirt crop top outfit wins my vote for 2012 fave outfit. Thanks for sharing so generously!

  • Shandrese

    I can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2013! You are a continuous inspiration!

    Wishing you much success and happiness!

  • Such an inspirational post!!! Congratulations on all of your hard work and success!!! All the best for you in your endeavors for 2013 and beyond!!

  • bloomaglow

    It was an amazing year!! I enjoyed every single one of those post 🙂

  • All the pictures are so inspirational – love your style !!!

  • Jackie B.

    It’s amazing how seamlessly you flow between looks and styles… not to mention how effortlessly you pull each and everyone off! And congrats to a great year, seams like you were quite busy! -jb.

  • Mariana Paulos

    Amazing! Keep up the good work 🙂

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