“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” ~ Anon.

This week is a special week for me.  It marks one whole year of New York living and two years of blogging.  Moving to New York has been a huge challenge but right now life feels a big adventure.  The adventures in blogging continue – I love to read all your comments on my outfit, designer and travel posts and I adore the conversations that StyleOnTheCouch and Twitter create for me.

I would love to know what you like about StyleOnTheCouch, what you might like to read more of (or less of!), or anything you might want me to include – any thoughts please leave me a little note below.

I’m celebrating these two anniversaries with a little re-design for StyleOnTheCouch – not a dramatic change but more of a subtle one, to keep things fresh as I look forward to new and exciting experiences in 2012. We welcome Mademoiselle Sarah back to the blog, this time with her couch and her mix of Psychology texts and Vogue editions.  As always, she is ready to step into her black dress with great hopes for a glamorous night out…. a huge thank you to my new friend Barbara for her lovely art work.

Also, to remind you, Blog Reader, that I remain the same despite the much loved design tweaks, I wanted to repost the piece that inspired me to embark on my journey in style – one of my favourite Reiss dresses.

I cannot tell you, Blog Reader, just how much I love the shape of this dress and the layers and swathes that wrap around my body.  I wore this dress on Christmas Eve whilst toasting to my adventures in the USA – those from the past and those to come.

Travel has been a big part of 2011.  The changing landscape in America is so exciting to see and the scale of this amazes me all the time.  Pictures below, top right, clockwise: On route to Death Valley national park; San Francisco; The Grand Canyon and Yosemite Park‘s tunnel view.

Below: My home this past year – the southern tip of Manhattan; Brooklyn bridge and the East Village during the summer street fairs.

I miss friends and family in Europe like crazy but I’m grateful for this time in New York city.  I want to say thank you so much for being a StyleOnTheCouch reader in 2011. I look forward to sharing more with you in 2012 – see you then!

StyleOnTheCouch xo

Photo credits: Lydia Hudgens.