pretty good year.

Every year around this time when I look back I so desperately want to play Tori Amos' "Pretty Good Year"...but never really can. There was always something that just made the year god awful and painful that it didn't warrant Tori's "pretty good year" stamp of approval.

But not this year...

Despite a few bumps that I have learned to quickly smooth out by moving on, this year wasn't just pretty good, it was fantastic. I learned so much and have so much to be grateful for; a new home, dynamic and interesting new friends, a healthy relationship, job security, and enough creative juices pumping through me to light up Las Vegas!

I'm proud of where this year has taken me.

Here are a few highlights that made 2012 a damn fine year...

Introduced the French to the New York brunch.

...but this time with the right guy.

Visited places I once called home.

LA January 053


Got my two seconds of fame
via a New Yorker moves to Paris episode of

Voted overseas as an "expat".
I wasn't allowed to keep the little American flag.

To be continued...


Here's to 2013!!


  1. YAY! So so so happy for you! Cheers to 2013 being even better:)

  2. What a successful year for you Miss Ella! I'm so happy that I was able to be with you via blogging for such a great 2012! Here's to an even better 2013 and a gorgeous wedding... it will be your best show yet. xxx

  3. awww I remember the post where Seb secretly made your camera take heart pictures. That's when I knew he was a keeper.

  4. Cheers to a fabulous year!! xoxoxo

  5. Happy New Year's L! Love your pics and recap of your fantastic & eventful year! Wishing you an even brighter 2013!

  6. Yup, definitely a fab looking year there, hope 2013 is even better (and without the crazy rellies ;o) )

  7. Congratulations on an awesome year. I'm happy for you. Looking forward to reading about what 2013 brings you.

  8. Ohhhhh. Reading this made me teary inside. I'm so glad you had a great year, Ella. You really deserved it. I can't wait to see what 2013 brings for you!!

    xx Milsters


  9. Happy New Year gorgeous!

  10. Happy New big star was the Duchesse? would have loved to have been there.

  11. That was one productive year indeed! Here's to "manifesting" an even better one!:)

    I'm off to pont de Grenelle in a few minutes to ring in the New Year looking at the Eiffel tower scintillate!:) Does like get any better?:)

    Debs - it was a great encounter!:) Next time we're all in Paris at the same time, we absolutely MUST meet:)

    Happy New Year everyone!:)

  12. Happy New Year to you! Hope 2013 brings you just as much fabulousity, and then some :) thanks for publishing such an amazing blog.

  13. Happy New Year to you Ella. So glad I found your blog in 2012. Hoping you have much happiness.

    Love Denise

  14. A wonderful recap of your wonderful year.
    May 2013 be 100 times better!!
    Can't wait to read about it.
    Maybe this will be the year I get to Paris...maybe.
    My New Year resolution is to NOT make any.
    I want life to surprise me this time.

    Be happy(er)!!

    Sylvia S.

  15. Happy New Year! I can't complain, 2012 was good to me, more or less. 2013 will be a big year!

  16. Thank you all for your well wishes!!! I hope everyone had a bubbly New Year's Eve, and a relaxing and food-filled New Year's's now officially 2013, let's get this year started!! Woo hoo!!!

  17. It's been such a wonderful one, my heart is singing for you!
    Cheers to you and me clinking glasses in 2012 :) x