What 24 DMV Bloggers Are Thankful For, From Haute To Heart-Warming

Right about now, when we're completely inundated with stuff — wish lists and parties and travel plans and holiday cards and OMG-just-make-it-stop breakdowns — it's important to take a breath and spend a few minutes just appreciating the best parts of life. This year, maybe you fell in love, or finally moved on from an old relationship. Perhaps you got a new gig that feels like The One, or took the leap and started pursuing your passion full-time. No matter how many good things have happened to you since last January, it can be easy to forget the highlights when the holidays kick in and we all have so much going on.
That's why we decided to check in with some of our favorite blogging ladies and ask them what they're thankful for this holiday season. Their answers? Nothing short of delightful, and we can't wait to share them with you. From heartwarming to hilarious to just really, really inspiring, these intimate reflections from some of the DMV's most recognizable gals will keep you clicking — and hopefully inspire you to share your own good feelings from the past year. Read on, and let us know what you're thankful for in the comments below!
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"I'm grateful for my family for always believing in me and for trusting me to do things on my own. Though we live in different parts of the world, 5,000 miles apart, I always feel their unconditional love and support." — Elena, Classy and Fabulous
"With all of the crazy natural disasters that have hit D.C. (and the East coast) in the last couple years, I am very grateful to have power and a roof over my head!" — E, District of Chic
"I was raised to appreciate the simple things in life, so naturally, the things that I am most grateful for are a reflection of just that — simplicity. My constant support system, including my friends, family, and the neonV collective. Instagram — I literally check it like 20+ times per day (Is there a rehab for this?). Target’s footie pajamas. Trashy TV — indulging in this nonsense helps me to realize that I’m not as crazy as I think. And last, but certainly not least, the inaugural issue of neonV magazine!" — Kimee, neonV
"I can't even begin to describe the amount of wonderful things that have happened this year, but the one thing I'm mostly grateful for is having the ability to make revenue doing what I love most. Through our blog, we've had the opportunity and privilege to collaborate with the most talented individuals and amazing brands that share my passion and vision for the future of our D.C. fashion community. They inspire me every single day to continue doing what I love and to have fun in the process." — Carlis Sanchez, SpicyCandyDC
"I am thankful for any and everyone who has inspired, encouraged, and pushed me this year, to pursue my dreams. Without their support and love, I never would have been able to embark on this new journey, along with my business partner, Krystin. There's a long road ahead, but I know I am on the right track, and for that I am beyond thankful." — Denisio Truitt, The Ravenous Creator
"There is a lot to be thankful for this year: my new husband, our health, my wonderful and now enlarged family. And, speaking of enlarged, I am most thankful for my growing belly — we are expecting our first addition to our new family, and we couldn't be more thrilled!" — Apollina Spoto, Apollinas
Photos: Courtesy of Classy & Fabulous, District of Chic, Kimee Brown, SpicyCandyDC, Denisio Truitt/Krystin Hargrove, Apollina Spoto
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"I'm thankful for my family and friends, of course. I'm also especially thankful for the amazing opportunities that designing my Love,Cortnie handbags has brought me. I've met some amazing people because of it, too. Cheers to 2013!" — Cortnie Hutchinson, Stylelust Pages
"I'm thankful for my mom's cooking, dad's intellect, sister's snarky humor, my dog's endless slobbery kisses and...Pinterest." — Linda, NomNomBlingBling
"I'm grateful for a chance to grow and evolve into the person I know I can be." — Laura Hemeon, Let Your Style Speak
"I'm thankful for a president who believes in women — our choices, our abilities, and our voice. And while the economy is slowly but surely improving, I'm thankful that I have a job, so I can pay my bills...and buy the occasional leather skirt." — Krystal Knight, The Feisty House
"I'm thankful for friends, family, Diet Coke, board games during power outages, Twitter during presidential debates, Instagram (but also my camera), the D.C. blogger community, and the Washington Nationals making it as far as they did!" — Liz Fassbender, So Much to Smile About
"I had a ton to be thankful for in 2012, but a few things stand out: smart and creative new friends; great coffee and gelato nearby at Dolcezza; a big, healthy, and funny family; the Amaro Instagram filter; caramelized onion-cream cheese from Bethesda Bagels; living in D.C., which is one of the most exciting cities even when it's not an election year." — Nikki Rappaport, Cupcakes for Breakfast
Photos: Courtesy of Stylelust Pages, NomNomBlingBling, Let Your Style Speak, The Feisty House, So Much to Smile AboutCupcakes for Breakfast
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"This year, I am thankful for Harris Teeter's prices; friends that are better at interior design than I am; Claire Danes' acting ability in Homeland; the inappropriately sexy slow jams of The Weeknd; living in the nation's capital during an election; a boyfriend who cooks quinoa mac 'n' cheese; self-tanner; blow-dries; pugs and the joy they bring to the world; other blogs that inspire me and make my life better; Twitter; Breaking Bad and the beauty that is Aaron Paul; airplanes; blackberries; technology that connects me to the people I love far away; good doctors and the medical care in this country; Bank of America's Keep the Change program (seriously, I save mad money that way); and my hair colorist." — Alina Gonzalez, The Hyperbalist
"This year, I'm thankful for endless lattes and Sundays spent in Filter coffeehouse; finding the power of a truly great lipstick; the opportunity to show my personal work in a gallery setting; and men so dapper and witty that they put the ladies of Washington to shame." — Kate Warren, Go Kate Shoot
"I am thankful for my amazing family and friends; for my partner in life for his kindness, creativity, and for understanding how my mind works and pushing to reach my dreams. (Oh, and for making delicious sushi!) I am thankful for my beautiful, funny, and brilliant minded nieces and nephews. I am thankful to Paolo Coelho for inspiring me every day with his wise words and life experiences. So thankful that I have family and friends who live in different places of the world, and I can travel to experience those far away places." — Haya Tetroashvili, Good Good Gorgeous
"This year, I'm extremely thankful for having the ability (and the guts) to finally achieve one of my life goals of owning my own business. I've always been a huge jewelry person, so what better than to own my own jewelry shop in the heart of Old Town Alexandria? It has been a challenging but also exciting experience, and I wake up every day with a smile on my face because I get to do what I love and I get to do it with a passion!" — Katya Ananieva, SpicyCandyDC
"I'm thankful for finding my soulmate — not a boyfriend or husband, but my business partner, Ashley. I'm thankful for the love and support of my friends and family, even though they still don't understand what I'm doing all day 'playing with old clothes.' I'm thankful for Sticky Fingers bakery making me feel less guilty about my sweet tooth. (After all, if it's vegan, it's okay, right?) Mostly, I'm thankful that this city has bike lanes — I recently started biking everywhere, and without them, my uncoordinated self would be done for." — Katherine Martinez, La Petite Marmoset
"I'm thankful for my never-ending, overflowing bounty of makeup, skin care, and bath products. Sure, my room is a mess and chances are, I'm a prime candidate for the A&E show Hoarders, but it's comforting to know I have enough skin care products to prolong my 24-year-old face for as long as possible!" — Kara Manos, Politics of Pretty
Photos: Courtesy of The Hyperbalist, Go Kate Shoot, Good Good Gorgeous, SpicyCandyDC, La Petite Marmoset, Politics of Pretty/Lindsey Thorne
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"This year, I'm thankful for time and new friends. They both sound like odd things to be thankful for, but I'm thankful for new friends because I've only been in D.C. for a year and a half, and I have met some amazing people that I have become really close friends with this year. It has made D.C. feel more like home to me and has been vital to launching my own business. I'm thankful for time, because working from home on your own business and blog, with a husband working and in grad school = lots of time alone. Which is exactly what I need to accomplish the amount I put on my own plate. I look at this period of working constantly as somewhat temporary. However, I needed the time to make things happen, and I enjoy my work, so it's all been worth it." — Meg Biram, Meg Biram
"This year, I am most grateful for my nieces — love 'em and leave 'em. As an aunt to three adorable nieces (ages 9, 5, and 1), I think I have it way better than my sister. I play with them, spoil them, and spend time with them when they are in their best moods. Once the screaming and temper tantrums kick in, I'm out the door." — Sara Azani, High Fashion 4 Less
"This year and every year, I am always most thankful for having supportive friends and family around me, especially during the holidays. I am also very thankful to have reconnected with old [friends] and met new [ones] within the blogosphere." — Melanie Yu, La Belle Mel
"As a fashion blogger, it's easy to be consumed with having the latest bag, stepping out in the It shoe, or being a part of the social elite at fashion events, but in the end, I am most thankful for my unapologetic voice. Because of the blog, I am able to speak on issues that are important to me, and offer a new 'shape' to the fashion world by being perfectly in limbo between the 'regular-size' world and the plus-size style universe." — Jennifer Jean-Pierre, Comme Coco
"This year, I am so thankful for CapFABB. As a new blogger, I was fortunate to discover a community of women with so much love and respect for one another. I was welcomed with open arms into a group of incredibly kind, beautiful ladies who support each other each and every day. I'm also incredibly thankful for the opportunity I had this fall to perform for our troops abroad. Not only was I able to show my gratitude for the sacrifices our servicemen and women make each day, but I was able to feature an incredibly talented group of stylin' dancers on my blog." — Rachel Mlinarchik, Fair Vanity
"This year, I am thankful for my two Maltipoos, Flower and Gracie. I am also thankful for the amazing opportunity that is New York Fashion Week. And, last but not least, I am thankful for discovering three very essential beauty tips that will forever have improved my daily routine. First, the real Moroccan Hair Oil brand is 100 times better than the knock-offs — changed my life. Second, Bobbi Brown blush in Pale Pink...enough said. And third, under-brow highlighter — do not leave home without it!" — Natalie Pinto, Fashionably Broke Girls
Photos: Courtesy of Meg Biram, High Fashion 4 Less, La Belle Mel, Comme Coco, Fair Vanity, Fashionably Broke Girls

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