We've written more than 11,000 posts this year, photographed and produced more original features than we can count, and grown our once-tiny team by a little more than double (including a slew of new local editors — we love you Shani, Katie, Annie, Holly, Brenna, and Nikki!). This year was our most promising yet, and we've decided to take this opportunity to revel in all the features that made headlines, online and in our very own offices. Click through for behind-the-scenes stories, features you might have missed, and, well, our proudest moments from the past year.
Connie Tries Out Super-Long Stiletto Nails — Secret's out: Connie only managed to last a few hours with those nails before they were cut short. Hey, she was in the middle of an apartment move (though, the nails might have come in handy while opening boxes…).
A Gap Guru's Gorgeous Brooklyn Pad — It seemed like Brooklynite Jane Herman's apartment was as inspiring to you all as it was to us. Who remembers that juggling shot?
Cheap Challenge: 4 Awesome Outfits Under $50 — This was so much harder than it seemed, but Christene and Connie both clocked in under $50 (for a head-to-toe outfit). Stay tuned for more cheapy-chic editions in 2012!
Why Twilight Is Screwing Up The Next Generation, By A Former Teen Mag Editor — Our Deputy Editor Neha Gandhi used to work at a teen magazine, and developed a kinda sour taste for Twilight, which she expounded on in one of our most controversial stories of the year.
Month of Hair — Thanks to our Creative Director Piera Gelardi and photographer Dan McMahon, we photographed and interviewed 31 stunning gals with magical manes we'd like to steal right off of their heads.
The Lazy Girl's Guide To Gorgeous — We hear you. We're a bunch of lazy girls in this office, so it's not hard to imagine that our readers would appreciate these tricks to get the most beauty bang from the bare minimum of effort.
30 Summer Wardrobe Essentials We Love — The summer season kicked off our quarterly Wardrobe Essentials column, which we've run (and you've read!) every year around the time of year when the weather starts to turn. Now… who's ready for spring 2012?
The Mystery's Over: How To Navigate A Bathroom While Wearing A Romper — Ask and ye shall receive. Finally debunking the questions of "How am I going to hit the bathroom in that?", our editors clarified one confounding style question.