2017 Roundup — Favorites + Highlights

December 31, 2017

Wow. 2017 was a YEAR {like, yes, okay, it was 365 days, it was a year. But like, you know what I mean}.

2017 was the year that brought about arguably some of the greatest change of my life. I got into my dream school {Parsons School of Design}, found a new favorite place {Iceland}, went out of the country for the first time {Iceland and London}, and moved from the land of 10,000 lakes to the city that never sleeps {Minnesota –> New York City}.

I expanded my business, attended my first {and second} NYFW, and even more significantly, changed my blog name from “The Preppy Ballerina” to “Eva Darling.”

It was a year that gave me some of the most incredible highs, and put me in situations that tested my strength and faith in myself and who I am, but ultimately, I came out better for it.

So without further sappy, sentimental rambling, these were my favorite blog posts of 2017, in order of post date:

1. NYFW F/W 2017 Day 1 OOTD
I say this alllll the time, but getting invited to NYFW was a dream that I wasn’t sure if I would ever accomplish, much less accomplish by 18. This was the very first outfit I ever wore to a NYFW and I think it will always be a little special to me because of that. Getting from Miami to NYC in the horrible weather was a nightmare, but in the end, it was completely worth it. I also got to meet the wonderful Noah Powers who took the photos for the post, which is definitely an added bonus! Check out his Instagram here, and his blog here.

2. Wynwood Walls Travel Guide
Miami holds such a special place in my heart, and I always love when I get to visit and share part of it with you all! Wynwood is a fun, vibrant neighborhood that is always changing, and definitely one of my favorite spots I’ve been to.

3. NYFW F/W 2017 Vlog

4. Iceland Travel Guide
I. LOVE. ICELAND. And I love Icelandic people, and IcelandAir, and honestly almost everything about this petite country in general.

5. I Don’t Love Myself, but I’m Trying, and Here’s Why
I ventured outside of my normal content and ended up getting a positive response {mostly on Instagram}, much to my suprise. You all are the best.

6. NYFW S/S 2018 Day 2 OOTD
Kicked off day two of my second NYFW by meeting longtime online friend and fellow blogger, Annie Fairfax, and her husband, Robin! Annie also took the photos for this post. You can find her on Instagram here, or on her blog, here.

7. 15 Things That Scare Me More Than Halloween Ever Will
I tried comedy…and somehow you guys liked it? This was such a fun post to write, and due to the positive response, I’m definitely going to try to integrate more into my blog like it in 2018!

8. The Essential Handbags
Because honestly, the basics are the foundation to fall back on when your statement pieces just don’t “go.”

9. A NYC Winter Wonderland
Not only is this one of my favorite outfits of 2017, it was also the first snow of the season in New York, and I feel so lucky that I got to shoot during it. It was such a magical snow, and I love how these photos captured it!

2017 was an incredible year, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. ✨



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Hi, I'm Eva! I'm best described as an aspiring Blair Waldorf with a case of the travel bug that can't be cured. I'm a lover of witty words, pink peonies, and slight sarcasm. I aim to empower women to travel the world solo, sharing on-trend, feminine style inspiration along the way. Originally from the Minneapple {Minneapolis, Minnesota}, and now living in the Big Apple, you can probably find me most often on a plane, running down Park Avenue stressed out in 4" heels, or planning my next escape. Click on the photo to learn more.

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