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Best of 2015

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As I boarded my 62nd flight of the year last week on my way home from Miami, a large lump formed in my throat. Before I knew it I was standing in the galley with tears running down my face, having a full blown panic attack. Breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth, I knew that it was a moment of mind over matter. After take off I crashed into a very deep slumber and as my heavy eyes pulled themselves open nearly 3 hours later, I smiled knowing that my plane was heading home.

They say that the best books are the hardest ones to read. This was, hands down, one of the best years of my life {as well as one of the hardest}. I was going through the hundreds of photos taken throughout the past 365 days and the overall emotion that washes over my heart is gratefulness. I am still in complete shock that I not only get to do what I do every day for a living, but the incredible experiences that this platform {this blog} has granted me are astounding. Any challenges that I faced this year, both personally and professionally, can be washed out by the tremendous gratitude that I feel for being able to do what I love to do. Rainy days, sunny days, call in sick days, happy dance days . . . no matter what the day is, I have you. I have my laptop, my readers and my favorite thing in this world.

I cannot thank you enough for being a part of my story and for letting me tell it in this most special place. Here are a few favorite moments from my year.

Cheers to another year!


I finally made it to the top of the “Rock” in NY to take some photos but it was too freezing and too windy to get any good shots. This was the only snap from the shoot that never ended up making the blog.


When I started my blog I always dreamed of going to Luisa via Roma’s “Firenze Forever” event. I always saw that they only invited the best of the best so it was on my bucket list to be included!

{Sorta Like a Dream}

It was on this trip to Bermuda that I realized the importance of having a stellar photographer. I always knew that great photographers made great blogs, but after having these candid moments caught of me {without me realizing my photo was being taken}, I started to feel a bit more comfortable in front of the camera.


I am so lucky to have 2 best friends who get to travel to many of the same places, at the same time, as I do. At the end of the day, there is nothing better than having a little laugh with my girls.

{La Ville des Lumières}

 I took photos on this street last year in Paris and had to revisit it again this September.

{My Secret Place}

This is one of my favorite places to shoot but I very rarely get to drive up to {it’s Point Dume outside of Malibu}.

{The Shift}

I visited New York once a month this entire year. I now consider it my second home.

{Firenze Forever}

I jumped around the house dancing like a 5 year old when Valentino posted this photo of me in Florence to their Instagram.

{The Golden Door}

This was taken on a very unique experience to The Golden Door. I went with a few other bloggers and we had all just come off of a very hectic travel schedule so every one was on the same page: CHILL.

{Secret Swim}

This was one of my favorite trips of the year because it was very under the radar. Not a lot of people even knew I went to Mexico with Soludos and Felicia {my photographer} and I had so much fun bouncing around taking photos. This was snapped just before I dove into the Cenotes watering hole {which was freezing by the way}.

{Zimmermann Show}

Just before heading into the Zimmermann New York Fashion Week show I snapped this photo which ended up being one of the most popular/shared images of my year.

{Parks & Vintage}

I am in love with this photo because it captures me and my girls lives perfectly.

{50 Straight Up: Miami}

Me on a boat in Miami, how much better can life get? I realized this year that I am addicted to boats, the beach and a hot sun.

{7 Fun Fall To Do’s}

This is one of my favorite photos of the year. With every visit to NY I go running in Central Park, but I have never sat in it. I was shooting a story for Seven Daughters Wines and took in a moment to sip on some wine in the park and it was one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen.

{Rolling Around}



{Early Bird Special}

Working on my first ever clothing collection with Splendid was a dream come true. This photo of me wearing one of my dresses in Paris tells the story of the entire collection: Chill, laid back and chic.

{The Golden Door}

I learned the art of sitting still this year. It has taught me to think before I speak, pause before I react and that moments of silence can be moments of brilliance.

{It’s Here}


{Parks & Vintage}

{Ferris Bueller’s Day Off}

{Lone Moments}

Another thing that was on my 2015 bucket list was to appear in Vogue. This is the image that was printed in Deutsch Vogue. While I was hoping for US Vogue, as my Mom would say “Vogue is Vogue!”


{Beach Story}

I love this moment that was snapped in between scouting locations in Bermuda. Sometimes I wish I could share the little moments in between snaps, in between photos and in between locations because those are the times when the story forms and the idea is created.


{Damsel Digest: Florence}


{50 Straight Up: Miami}

Special thanks to my incredible team of photographers: Felicia Lasala + Alexandra Gibbs + James NordLauren RossAlyssa Greenberg +  Hana Journey

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  • theblackblush blog

    Your pictures are too flawless! Love this recap!

  • Wow 62 flights in one year! Aren’t you blessed! Lovely photos, looks like you had an amazing year!

  • I love these photos and this post! It sounds like a really amazing year (LOTS of flights too!)- I love the photo of you and your girls looking on your phones, SO bloody glam!

    Shot From The Street

  • pipa

    Great post!!!

  • ah this is such a lovely post and it was nice to hear about your experience with all the growth! Looking forward to see where 2016 takes you! x

  • Lovely post really loved seeing another side of you

  • This is a great post. I love seeing a recap of such a big year! 🙂

  • Lindsay Truax

    You definitely had an amazing year!! Love this post so much!!

  • Jessica Holloway

    wow!!!! Beautiful post! Loved all your pictures – what a year you had! Congrats!!!!

  • Rach

    You had an amazing year!! I am so looking forward to what you have in store for 2016!

  • Natali

    Wow!! You definitely did have an amazing and “colourful” year behind!! May you have a blast in 2016 too!

  • Such a great year for you! Beautiful experiences!

  • amazing photos! enjoy 2016!

  • You had such a great year on the blog, keep up the great work!

  • The greatest thing in life is doing what you love to do, but achieve higher than expected, work harder than planned … Never give up … Always with an attitude of gratefullness … And never forget where you started . . . That’s a winning attitude that everyone will love and remember you for who you are . . . And you ARE that person Mademoiselle! 🙂

    Merry Christmas

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • wow. what a journey. love your pics

    Kisses from

  • Julie Walsh

    Such a great round up of posts + beautiful pictures!

  • Ginger Mobley

    What a year!

  • Love seeing the behind the seen shots!! Sounds like a great year.

  • Tabbie Hazzard

    It made me smile. Perfect way to start a fast holiday week. Thank you for that, thank you for sharing classic timeless styles. PRESS on.

  • It’s been a great year:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • I’m glad your year went great 🙂 Relax and reflect. You deserve it after all your hard work.

  • debie

    Just beautiful! I am SO very proud of the woman you have become….you are an inspiration to many women of all ages who are able to see what a beautiful person you are inside and out… Your willingness to share your talents through photos, stories from the heart, and your overall wisdom and humor, have touched so many people around the world! I could not be more happy for you and all that you have accomplished.

  • Congrats on a great year and more to come!


  • Ami Balakrishnan

    Reading this blog is the best part of everyday. Thanks for sharing these moments with us <3

  • Melissa Wrisley

    This is the only blog I make a point to read every day, no matter how busy I am. You’re ability to put it all out there and provide us with amazing stories, undeniably beautiful fashion and lovely tidbits of your journeys, is all truly aspiring. And I love your snarky comments and sense of humor. It’s refreshing! Well done on such an amazing year 🙂

  • such a great year, congratulations on everything. xo

  • Holly Gery

    I love these photos Jacey. What a beautiful life you have. Thank you for inspiring us and sharing with all of us. Merry Christmas!
    xo, Holly

  • Amanda Mercado

    Wow! What a year! Your style is impeccable and I’m looking forward to reading more in 2016!

  • What an amazing year! The photos are beautiful! LOVE your blog!

  • Lovey Fleming

    Your blog has blown me away this year! I adore every magical moment. Happy new year + holidays!


  • Harbor Fashion

    Thanks for sharing your journey! Its been an absolute blast to see you go through some really great moments! Congrats and cheers to another wonderful year, Damsel!

    *Highfive* 🙂

  • Amazing year and stunning photos! I loved following all of it

  • This is a beautiful post. I love watching what you do and following along. You rock girl!


  • Audrey1012

    Such an amazing post – beautiful photos and words. I’ve really enjoyed following your journey! So inspiring to see you living your dreams. Congrats on an amazing year and all the best for a fabulous new year!

  • natalie

    Thank you for always sharing your adventures with us! 🙂


  • Hillary Folkvord

    Your blog is inspiring everyday! Your fun personality shows through all your photos and your outfit choices are so chic! You are always my go to for outfit inspo! Thank you for sharing with us this year, and congrats on the great year you had! XOXO

  • 2015 looks like it was a great year for you! Love all the photos and best wishes for the new year!
    Use the code “2016” at checkout for a 30% holiday discount:

  • Ana Vieira
  • Andrea Hetherington

    Gorgeous pics and what a ride, killing it! Merry Christmas Damsel xxx

    Andrea xo

  • Sepideh

    What a sweet post! It’s always nice to read introspective posts – feels personal and like you’re really talking to your readers – thank you!

    I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us for 2016!! Happy holidays dear Jacey!!

  • Amanda Howard

    Thanks for sharing your top picks of your amazing year and being open and honest! Love your blog and look forward too seeing where 2016 takes you!