abby-lately: holidays 2016 & welcoming in 2017

laguna beach sunset

Happy 2017!

I’m coming out of a super busy and eventful stretch so I thought I’d finally check in here. Between the usual Christmas and New Years activities, Chris and I had visits from his side of the family, his sister’s wedding and a visit from my parents. Christmas was great, the wedding (despite the pesky weather) was absolutely beautiful and showing everyone our home/life in Laguna was so much fun – but I have to admit, I’m a little exhausted – I am 30 after all. I’ve been having a good time today looking through some photos from the past few weeks so I thought I’d share a few!

Hope your year is off to a great start!

Christmas Eve

California Christmas

Christmas in Cardiff by the Sea

Christmas Eve

Cardiff by the sea sunset

Cheers to 2017

california christmas

I bet $20 that Chris wouldn’t go surfing on Christmas day. I lost, but it was worth it!

My “Christmas Wish” from last year that my parents texted me. My wish came true!



Last In n Out of 2016 ^

Ojai when it wasn’t raining!


The most gorgeous post-rain post-ceremony sunset & sparkler send off!

Back in Laguna Beach to show my parents around. Lots of walking was done and drinks consumed!

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016…

11849941_528962817251192_1230619538_nI wasn’t sure if I was going to write this post – at least not yet anyways. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile, but I’m still not really sure how to articulate it properly. But here we go…

This year has been an incredible year for me, which I don’t often think as the ball drops. In truth most years have ended in a little sadness, maybe even some tears and disappointment. I struggle a lot in my life (which I’m sure many of you have read about and have some insight on) and some everyday tasks just don’t come as easily to me, I have trouble taking care of myself sometimes. Thankfully I’ve learned a lot of skills that help me and I have a lot of people in my life who are always there for me and love and support me. I’m very lucky.

This year, I got engaged to the love of my life in the most magical way I could ever imagine. We started our fur family with Nellie, one of the most loving, adorable, sweet puppies I could ever dream of calling my own. I was featured in People magazine – a completely surreal moment. I’ve had a lot of success with my job at Glitter Guide and it’s challenging, rewarding, exciting and fun and I feel so lucky to be able to work in the field I do and with the team I’m apart of. There are so many goals I want to accomplish at Glitter Guide and I think going into 2016, most of my professional focus will be dedicated to that. I’m in a role that I believe I can do things in – and be good at it (at least thats what I’m hoping). Because of that, you may see me posting a little less frequently here.

For me, The Fabulous Life of a Natural Disaster will always be a passion project. It’s something I started to do for fun and I want it to stay that way – always. I want each post here to reflect me completely and I don’t want it to feel forced. I won’t shy away from the fact that there are a lot of things about the fashion blogging industry I don’t love. I understand the way it is and I respect that, it’s just not me and it doesn’t make me feel good. I don’t want to be here trying to sell my readers things that I can’t even buy myself or promote things that I don’t believe in. That being said, everything I’ve posted on this site so far is neither of those – and I’d like to keep it that way. People keep telling me that there is a place for me in this industry, and maybe there is, I just haven’t found it yet. And thats ok.

Going into 2016 I want to focus on having a happy and healthy life. I want to take care of myself, live in the moment more and above all, be my authentic self. This applies to all aspects of my life. I also want to stay inspired and be creative and I want that to be reflected when you come to this site. I’m not sure what 2016 is going to be like in terms of this blog, but I know if you should check in every once in awhile and see me posting, its because I’m exciting and inspired and it’s things I whole heartedly want to share with you.

I hope you’ll stop by every so often – say hi – share parts of your life as well! I want to thank you so much to everyone who has followed along with me on this journey thus far. It means the world to me. Wishing you a very happy, healthy New Year. Cheers to the next chapter in 2016!