As the snow comes down outside here in Kansas City, I’m reflecting on the tremendous year that’s coming to a close.
From natural beauty industry leader interviews and television appearances to fashion week coverage and regular outfit posts, this blog has grown so much from the date nearly three years ago that I decided to give it a go.
This year, here’s what you told me (via your clicks!) were your favorite posts. Thank you very much for your support, and I’m looking forward to connecting with you in so many more ways (video?!) in 2013.
Two of this blog’s most-praised natural beauty ingredients — tea tree oil and jojoba oil — kicked off the new series “beauty diy” back in July.
I will forever recommend tea tree oil and jojoba oil to natural beauty newcomers, and I’m thrilled to uncover more effective natural beauty ingredients that help in the constant fight against acne.
Back in March, I shared my discovery of natural beauty startup One Love Organics.
The company takes a “waterless” approach to natural beauty ingredients; that is, instead of diluting precious, effective ingredients with water, they give you more of the good stuff … and you can use less of it thanks to the concentration!
To kick off the summer pool season and commemorate Skin Cancer Awareness Month back in May, I started searching for natural sunscreens — which is more difficult than it seems!
Most natural sunscreens leave a white cast on your skin (thanks, zinc!), so finding natural sunscreens 1) without a Casper finish and 2) without harmful ingredients took some sleuthing. Badger’s Damascus Rose SPF 16 Face Sunscreen Lotion got a lot of praise from you thanks to its affordable pricing and effective formula.
I’ve been a proud supporter of the Kansas City fashion community since my first Kansas City Fashion Week show back in February. Since that first show, the community has grown so much stronger, with designers, models, photographers and leaders coming together to put KC on the sartorial map.
For this post, I highlighted my favorites from the spring 2012 show and am impressed to see how these designers have evolved their style and skill throughout the year. Be on the lookout for more from these Kansas City fashion designers!
I can’t tell you how excited I was when Sophie, the writer behind The Clean Beauty Blog, reached out to me to see if I wanted to do a feature on her blog. I jumped at the chance (I adore her and her blog!), and of course asked her if I could feature her top beauty picks on my blog as well.
I’m happy I did, because not only did I get a peek at some natural beauty brands I was unfamiliar with, but I got a chance to write one of the most popular posts of 2012! It seems you love Sophie as much as I do — here’s to more collaborations in 2013!
Speaking of the thriving fashion community in Kansas City, back in July I covered the eclectic “Fashion on the Fringe” show, a vintage-themed fashion show that was part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival.
This show celebrated both emerging and established artists and presented them the opportunity to produce their most creative work — and boy did it show! I am looking forward to 2013’s Fringe Festival and seeing more new faces and inspirational designs come down the runway.
One of the biggest changes I made in my personal care routine this year was switching to natural deodorants — so of course I had to blog it!
This hasn’t been an easy switch, but I’ve found a handful of natural deodorants (including DeodoMom, mentioned in this post) that come close to providing the odor protection I need to get through the day.
I’ll be continuing my search and review process for natural deodorants in 2013 (I have so many lined up to share with you in the coming weeks!), and I hope you’ll stick with me as I sweat it out.
In February, I launched the “natural beauty buff” series — one of my favorite natural beauty product discovery tools — and who better to kick it off than Spirit Demerson, the founder of online natural beauty apothecary Spirit Beauty Lounge.
Since debuting the series, I’ve interviewed a total of 19 natural beauty industry leaders. That’s a lot of great, green product recommendations from the ones who know it best! Who do you want me to interview in 2013?
You guys, sometimes it’s the little things in life.
This was the second most-popular blog post of 2012 — who’d a thunk it?!
This is why I firmly believe in writing about whatever I want (which is why I started a blog!). By giving you little peeks into the things that make me happy (whether they are natural beauty-related or not), I let you in just a little bit closer and you get to see sides of me that make you think, “Oh, that’s who kimberlyloc is!”
One of the coolest things I did in 2012 was become a regular on KCTV5’s “Better Kansas City” lifestyle talk show.
As a lifestyle and natural beauty resource, I’ve shared fashion, beauty and DIY tips on the show, but the most popular appearance that I blogged was December’s “Multipurpose Beauty Products” segment featuring natural products curated from Beauty Brands as well as from my own personal arsenal.
Better Kansas City co-host Kelly Jones and I had a blast talking about the secret double lives of your beauty products and how to save money by using your products in multiple ways. I’m so grateful for the chance to share my ideas and tips with a wider audience, and I look forward to seeing you on the small screen again in January!
To my lovely readers: Thank you for your support! Whether you started reading this year, last year or the year before, I value your comments, likes, clicks, reads, shares, tweets, emails — EVERYTHING — that you do to give me the courage to share what I love with you. Cheers to a happy, healthy, naturally beautiful new year!