MY TOP 10 of 2012!

Looking back at 2012, I’m amazed/humbled/honored at what a year it has been for me and this little company of mine…

  This post  “How to Wear Red Jeans, Mint Jeans” from March, went viral!


I got to do a few makeovers in the house:


Photo by Jennifer Daigle for MOVE LifeStyle




MY DAUGHTER’S ROOM (to be revealed next week!)


Speaking of, my 3 fave D.I.Y.s of 2012:







 Meeting people I admire: Gary Oldman, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, and Autumn Reeser (and almost meeting Kelly Wearstler…2013 is the year!)


 Attending Lucky FABB West in May!

Not only were two of my brands there (Jellypop and Vanilla Bake Shop), but I got to meet a ton of beyond stylish gals, such as: Amber of Reward Style & VENZ Edits, Lauren of L.A. in the Bay, and Kelly of Off Kelly’s Hanger


 Went to New York in May for ever swoon’s launch party, and met all of these fabulous ladies:

L to R: Natalie MerrilynAlex of Things that Sparkle, Chassity of Look Linger Love, Christine of Bijou and Boheme, Naomi of Design Manifest, Gabrielle of Savvy Home, Tobe of Because It’s Awesome, Viv of Fashion Truffles, Elizabeth of Stone Textile, Tamra of ever swoon, and Roxy of Society Social. Photo by Guest of a Guest.


Got a full-page “tastemaker” feature in LUXE magazine!


My home featured on the one and only Glitter Guide!


Photo by Jennifer Daigle


 Launching projects for these amazing clients!

Cecy J Interiors

Colour Bloc

Coury & Buehler Physical Therapy

ever swoon

Fit Pregnancy Magazine

Jellypop Shoes

Junior League of Orange County, CA

Lulu & Georgia

Lynn Lugo

Marika Meyer Interiors

Merely Sweets

Ocean Magazine

Ponte Family Estate

Ponte Vineyard Inn

The Peak of Tres Chic

Workshop Kitchen + Bar


 A  big accomplishment I celebrated in 2012: my 10-year anniversary of working for myself!

Photo by Jennifer Daigle at Found Vintage Rentals


Thank you for taking a look back with me!

I’m so appreciative of what 2012 has brought, and am looking forward to 2013!

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve!

top photo via
Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. What a great photo recap of 2012. You certainly have many things to celebrate and I’m sure it’ll only get better and better in 2013. Have a wonderful new years Erika!
    xo – Marion

  2. Wow, what an amazing year!! I love that you put this together, it is such a great way to reflect and celebrate the amazing milestones and I’m honored to be a part of one! Cheers to you Erika and wishing you sparkly success for 2013! Love ya firl!

  3. Sounds like 2012 was an amazing year for you 🙂 I totally remember #10, that post was everywhere!

    I hope you and your fam jam have a lovely NYE!

  4. Congratulations on your huge year! Knowing you and seeing your success has been an awesome part of my 2012. The year coming up is going to be the biggest in my life, and I hope yours too!
    xoxo -e (modern24seven)

  5. I’m so excited to see your little girl’s room! I’m in the middle of doing my little lady’s room and I feel like I’m a bit on idea over load… but I’ve been dying to see the finished product since your design boards. Congrats on the 10 years!

  6. This post made me smile! I remember so many of these moments and am so in awe of the amazing year you had! If 2012 was the year we met, hopefully 2013 is the year we can do it again and have more time to sit down and really chat!! 🙂 Cheers to 2013, E!