It’s that time again… I spent yesterday going through a year’s worth of Mirror80 posts, and I’ve picked out my favorites from 2015! First of all, thank you for making this past year such a rewarding one. Your readership, enthusiasm and comments help guide me in creating interesting content for you, and your engagement and support really make this blog feel like a true community. I wish each and every one of you a new year filled with happiness, health and many blessings. Read on for some of my favorite moments from 2015…
January started out on kind of a dreary note. For Austin, the weather was unseasonably chilly, with cold front after cold front and days of gray skies hitting in succession. So when a mild and sunny day arrived, I took my camera to my favorite Austin walking, shopping and office park spots (The Arboretum–built in the ’80s)! At the top of the post, we see one of the photos, and there are lots more here.
Because of the cold weather, I mastered the art of staying in, and above is a snapshot from a cozy ’80s evening I planned at home.
Remember this ’80s-style bedroom photo?! Long-time Mirror80 friend Skylar Strickland emailed me a slew of Florida real estate listings, and these retro-fabulous houses looked as if they hadn’t been remodeled since the 1980s. And they likely hadn’t. One of my favorite. posts. ever! You can see part 2 here.
My goal was to have more regular series on Mirror80 in 2015, so there were MANY Still Life Style posts, each featuring a different theme or motif (and the work of talented art directors and photographers). Below: a theme of simple materials (photo by Alexis Facca).
With the chilly winter gone, it was time to welcome spring, and my favorite thing to do each March is attend the South by Southwest Film Festival. This past year there were many highlights, including seeing The Breakfast Club for its 30th anniversary restoration premiere, followed by a panel with Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald. Enjoy all of the photos here, and plenty more in this post.
In May of 2015, one of my favorite childhood malls closed for good. It had been in the “dead mall” phase for awhile, but it was still hard to say goodbye! So on the last day it was open to the public, I grabbed my camera and walked those tiled floors and plant-lined corridors for the last time. Such an emotional yet fun experience, and I snapped so many priceless photos that day:
This colorful summer party was inspired by ’80s interiors featuring checkered floors, lots of plants, and vibrant artwork. I vowed to get more comfortable using my camera in 2015, and photo shoots like this one made the process a LOT of fun!…
One of the true highlights of my year was getting to interview set decorator Lance Totten, whose interior design expertise can be seen on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. If you haven’t checked out this amazing drama about the early days of the personal computer revolution, you are missing out on lots of ’80s design goodness. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my interview with Lance to see many set snapshots (like the conference room below)!!!
On August 14th, 2015, Mirror80 turned 5! Yes, 5 years of blogging means lots of time to reflect on where Mirror80 is heading and the best of where it’s been. To commemorate this milestone, I mixed up a pitcher of sangria and threw together a tropical party spread. Check out my favorite posts from the past 5 years after you scroll through the party pics. So thankful that I’m as enthusiastic as ever about blogging after all this time!
This. home. tour. from Meg Gustafson and Neal Miller!!! Doesn’t the photo below make you want to redo your living room?! Don’t miss the full post, where you’ll find many more snapshots of this Memphis-meets-Deco abode!
One more party photo shoot to enjoy before summer 2015 officially wrapped… This time the inspiration was the 1991 film Soapdish, and the glam and glitz of this movie was perfect for an awards show viewing party featuring decadent food and lots of champagne!
Before I knew it, fall was officially here, and my dream to collaborate more in 2015 came true when Warby Parker invited me to participate in their FallSyllabus campaign. I mostly stuck to still life photos with their interesting new collection of frames, but I also decided to don a blue wig while modeling a pair of the glasses. You know, since Halloween was around the corner! Check out the full post here.
And here’s one last post to share as we wrap up the year and look forward to 2016. This New Memphis gift wrap celebrates all things hand-drawn, and while I initially created the concept for the holiday season, you can see that this easy project can hold up year-round!
Thanks for joining me as I reminisced about the past year! I have some big plans for Mirror80 in 2016, and I’m itching to get started. After a holiday break, of course! Stay tuned…