The Year in Lists

December 23, 2012

The year 2012 is coming to a close and it's time to rehash all the good and the bad that the year we struggled to pronounce brought with it. Remember, these are my personal opinions!

Best Restaurants I Tried (In no particular order):
1. Gardens of Salonica in Northeast Minneapolis. I have a new love for gyros and they were delish here!
2. Kafé 421 in Dinkytown. I didn't know beforehand that it was Mediterranean food, but again the gyros were yummy.
3. The Melting Pot in Minneapolis. Their chocolate fondue is worth the price!
4. Stella's Fish Café in Uptown. I'm not huge on seafood but the rooftop seating was so fun.
5. Burger Jones in Saint Louis Park. I've driven by this place for years on the way to Lake Harriet and we finally tried it last summer. The bacon cheeseburger was lovely.
6. The Dock Café in Stillwater. My family (my mom in particular) is all about being able to sit outside and eat by the water so this restaurant was perfect.
7. Fog Harbor Fish House in San Francisco. My boyfriend and I had a beautiful view while we dined here!
8. Aqua in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. My family and I enjoyed good food while sitting out by the water!
9. Saint Clair Broiler in Saint Paul. They server breakfast all day--perfect for this french toast lover!
10. Wilde Roast Café in Saint Anthony Main. I love all of the cafés on Saint Anthony Main--so cute!

Best Trends of 2012:
1. Lots of layers! Whether it's layers of clothes or jewelry. 
2. Oxblood and other rich colors. 
3. Rose gold watches. Here's mine that always adorns my wrist. 
4. Lipstick. 2012 was the year that I discovered lipstick and what an awesome accessory it can be. 
5. Perms. I got my first perm this year despite all of the negative '80's connotations that go along with them. I absolutely loved it--perfectly easy for summer.
6. Mint shorts. Colored pants and or shorts in general. I was obsessed with my mint pair from J. Crew last summer. Here they are on vacation in Virginia:

7. Puffy coats. It's weird, but they're so comfy and warm and I find them cute for whatever reason. 
8. Peplum! Love it.
9. Booties. I don't wear heels often enough to own a pair, but if I did I'd buy these ones.
10. Studded anything, whether it's shoes or a clutch.

Worst Trends of 2012:
1. Capes/ponchos. Can you say "Ugly Betty?"
2. Collars. I'm not wild about the huge collar necklace trend.
3. Printed pants. I'm all about basics and simplicity so this trend is not for me.
4. Slipper flats. I don't quite understand this hybrid, nor do I care for it.
5. Half rings. I've posted about these before because I can't get over how stupid they are. 
6. Giant heels. No real person can walk comfortably in platform 5 inch heels, not to mention how big they make feet look.
7. Pants under a dress. I wrote about it in my faux pas posting, but here it is again:

Best Movies I Saw in 2012 (Full disclosure, I enjoy "bad" movies):
1. Argo. It was phenom. "Argo f*** yourself" is easily one of the best quotes of the year.
2. Silver Linings Playbook. The ending dance scene--hilarious.
3. Avengers. My boyfriend and I had a superhero summer this year. We watched Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Hulk, Spiderman, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.
4. Big Miracle. It was touching and I'm a sucker for John Krasinski.
5. The Vow. I love everything Rachel McAdams does. 
6. 21 Jump Street. Could. Not. Stop. Laughing.
7. The Hunger Games. I was pleased with how well the movie followed the book.
8. The Lucky One. I have loved every Nicholas Sparks book/movie.
9. Hope Springs. Meryl Streep is spectacular and it was hilarious.
10. Hotel Transylvania. "You only zing once" or 'YOZO' has become one of my roommates' and my favorite sayings. 

Shows I Loved in 2012:
1. The Office. Even though some may say it's gone downhill, I still find it hilarious.
2. Mad Men. I watched seasons 1-4 on Netflix and am anxiously awaiting season 5 to become available!
3. Grey's Anatomy. I needed a new show to watch, so I thought I'd try this out. Two and a half months later I'm halfway through season eight...
4. Pretty Little Liars. I can't believe I actually like this show--it's so addicting!
5. New Girl. I discovered it last year and season two has not disappointed.
6. Glee. Still love it, mostly for the music.
7. Smash. The original songs are fantastic and I can't wait for season two to start in January. 

YouTube Videos I LOLed at in 2012:
4. Flip Throw to Face. I crack up every time.
5. Beauty and the Beat (not J Beibs)
6. Cat. My roommate Malorie's favorite.

Best Songs of 2012:
1. "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys.
2. "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons
3. "As Long as You Love Me" by Justin Bieber. The video is HILARIOUS.
4. "Want U Back" by Cher Lloyd.
5. "My Body" by Young the Giant. Saw them in concert in February, it was so fun!
6. "History is Made at Night" from Smash.
7. "Free" by Haley Reinhart.
8. "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz.
9. "The Age of Worry" by John Mayer. He is one of my favorites and this song could me my anthem.
10. "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber. Unfortunately, I love this song.

Worst Songs of 2012 (and by worst I mean the most annoying):
1. "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift. (Hate her).
2. "Blow Me (one last kiss)" by P!nk. Don't care for her either.
3. "Whistle" by Flo Rida.
4. "Payphone" by Maroon 5.
5. "Some Nights" by Fun. I initially liked this song, until I heard it 14,000 times.
6. "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry.
7. "Blackout" by Breathe Carolina.
8. "Somebody that I Used to Know" by Gotye.
9. "DJ got Us Fallin' in Love" by Usher. I normally like Usher, but can't stand this one.
10. "Both of Us" by Taylor Swift and B.o.B.

And finally, a short recap of my year's highlights! In 2012 I...
1. ...finished my first year of college in May!
2. ...held four different jobs throughout the year.
3. ...moved into my first apartment in September.
4. ...wrote my first press release in December.
5. ...shot a gun for the first time.
6. ...went to my first (and most likely last) opera in April. (Madame Butterfly)
7. ...visited Virginia, North Carolina, San Francisco, San José and Santa Clara this year.
8. ...declared my advertising major in October.
9. ...paddle boarded in North Carolina in August.
10. ...experienced the casino for the first time in August.
11. ...attended the Renaissance Festival in September with friends for the first time!

2012 was a full, busy, eventful year and I can't wait to see what 2013 has to bring! Now to think of a New Year's Resolution...

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