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  • InFamily

    Happy New Year!

    I’m back! It’s been a busy holiday season. Now it’s a new year and it’s back to the blog.

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. All the best to you in 2012!

    I also want to take this opportunity in my first post of the year to say THANK YOU for being faithful readers. Thanks for subscribing and recommending to others. Thanks for taking the time to write a comment. That is a blogger’s biggest compliment. It also lets me know that someone is out there reading, and quite frankly keeps me going.

    It was 2 years ago this past November that Style by Karen was born. It’s hard to believe at times. I still enjoy blogging and the ideas are still coming. There are many fashion blogs out there. I try to be different. That being said, I love hearing from you and welcome topics YOU would like me to cover. I hope to hear more from you in 2012. I have a few new ideas up my sleeve and am anxious to share with you.

    I start out the year with a snapshot taken of my family on Christmas Eve. It was a beautiful sunny day which is rare this time of year. My husband thought it would be great if we all “dressed up”. I doubted my teenagers would go for the idea, but they didn’t object. My youngest son even went to scope out some possibilities for the photo, and he came up with the colors. There was one problem. This was all decided one day while I was at work. I had NO INPUT whatsoever.

    Some of you would probably welcome that. Me–not so much. I like putting the clothes together, and of course I think it should center around what looks the best on ME! 🙂 They all look good in most everything. We were not using a professional photographer this time–it was just a snapshot. I need all the help I can get. My “dream” color scheme centered around a new green jacket I love was not to be.

    I was quick to point out that shades of blue, black and gray would not be conducive to the gray Northwest weather. (I had not looked at the extended forecast) Wearing gray or black causes problems for me in photos. It washes me out and makes me look tired. Another color had to be incorporated so I suggested purple.

    My husband had a great purple sweater, but can you believe that with a closet full of clothes and a dozen scarves I had nothing to wear? When you work part time retail during the holiday season, the last place you want to go is the mall on Christmas Eve when you have the day off! Three stops and three scarves later, we got it put together.

    Is it my favorite photo? NO. I’m quick to be critical. However, it has become more and more difficult to get the four of us together now that our oldest son is in college. They all hate the posing and the time it takes. So I’m thankful for what I got, even though it is far from perfect.

    Here are two of the best. The top one is my favorite, but I got outvoted and the 2nd one went on the family New Year card.

    I’ve been formulating a post in my mind on “What to Wear for the Family Photo” for months. I’ve interviewed a professional photographer. Perhaps this post is the perfect transition to that topic.

    So what about you? Are family photos–even a snapshot a “production” at your house?

  • InFamily

    Merry Christmas!

    I hope you are enjoying this wonderful holiday with your family. I’d like to thank you all for your support this year. Thanks for reading and thanks for referring your friends. I appreciate all your comments both on the blog and through personal e-mails. I look forward to bringing you more advice and…

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  • InFamily, Fashion Tips

    Grads and Dads Part 1

    Congratulations to our Amenity Shoes winner, Comment #2 Renee. Thanks for all your comments. I can tell from your interest that I may be spending a little more time on shoes in upcoming posts. I’ve had to take a 2 week hiatus from Friday Fab Finds on Facebook due to my…

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