Shelbee on the Edge Turns One and My Evolution of Style

August 24 marks the first blogiversary of Shelbee on the Edge! And I could not have made it this long without all of the wonderful support I have received from my friends and family as well as members of this fabulous blogging community!

A special thanks goes out to my sister as this whole blogging idea was her brainchild not mine. And it took much prompting on her part and some actual yelling at me to “Just do it!” So thank you, sis, your encouragement and continuous support means the world to me!

I must thank my husband and children who have been so patient and tolerant of the hours I spend glued to my laptop (well, not always so patient and tolerant, but we are making progress!). But even with a million and one interruptions on a daily basis, I still have managed to trudge on through, get dressed, take photos, write posts, and visit other amazing blogs.

My friend Amy deserves a very special thank you as well. She is always there to offer and discuss new ideas. She is my forever reliant photographer. And she is an amazing editor as well…right down to catching weird techie glitches that she sees on her end as a reader. So thank you so much. Your attention to detail is very much appreciated! And the endless hours we spend discussing blogging stuff have created wonderful memories for me that I will always cherish.

And through this process I have even managed to forge wonderful blogging friendships that I hold very dear and near to my heart. You are all such amazing and empowering women who offer so much creativity and inspiration to your readers. Without your support, I would never have kept with this so long! I have been so inspired by so many of you and I have been moved to tears of gratitude by others!

Here is where I give a huge heartfelt thank you to the amazing and talented Anne M. Bray of Spy Girl (and other blogs) who surprised me with a sketch of myself a few weeks ago (the featured image on this post). But here it is without the text…


Isn’t it magnificent?! Thank you so very much, Anne, for this very special surprise. I am so honored and flattered and I really have no words to express how moved I was by this gesture! I had planned to use the sketch for my 100th post but then decided to save it for my blogiversary. And I have been so excited to share it! (And just in case there are any snarky folks reading this post, Anne did give me permission to use this sketch in whatever way I choose.)

And I am so excited to say that this sketch is part of an art show that Anne will be displaying at the Over-40 Blogger Meetup in Los Angeles this December. You can read more about that here as well as view more of Anne’s masterpieces! I do recognize the images of some other amazing bloggers!

To celebrate this blogging milestone, I thought I would take you all for a little walk down memory lane and offer you some glimpses of the many styles of Shelbee/Michelle/Micki through the past 42 years. Brace yourself, for many of these photos include fashion and/or hair disasters. Laugh if you must as I did as I dug through old photos. I do not have many old photos so I came up with the best compilation that I could. So with no more stalling…welcome to Shelbee’s Evolution of Style.






I still have my grandmother’s shawl that she is wearing in the photo below. I have been planning to style it for a blog post one of these days. But I usually just throw it on over jammies when I catch a chill.



This photo is clearly before hygiene was important to me.



In Kindergarten, I was often mistaken for a boy…


That’s me in the too small argyle vest…the one who looks like a boy. The other is my dear friend Stacey.


However, when I wore my favorite dress ever, you knew I was a girl. Or maybe a boy who liked to dress like a girl. I’m not sure.



I loved plaids very early on…and still do.



And graphic tees…

(That’s my sis sitting in the wagon.)


And I still love distressed jeans…look at what a pioneer I was in trendsetting!





A Made With Love By Mom Original



Why did no one help me?!



My love/hate affair with very short hair has begun…

[This photo has appeared on my blog before in my post Old Friends are the Best Friends about my lifelong friendship with Beth (the other girl in the photo! I’m in pink. She is in blue.)]




This is the prom dress that my mom and I designed and she created for me…and I wore it to two proms. First to my friend Rachel’s prom at her school…


Then to my own prom.




Sporty Shelbee (my hair is just growing back from completely shaving it). This is my favorite picture of me and my dad!



My fascination with menswear inspired looks has begun…

(That’s my mom with her back to the camera.)



I started going really preppy at this point.


And then there is a gigantic gap where there are simply no photos to be found of me over the next 12 years! I only started enjoying having photos taken and taking photos after I met my husband in 2008. So here are is a compilation of photos from the past 8 years.


This is very early in 2008 (maybe even 2007) when I was still overloaded on a crazy concoction of psych meds. Can you see the bloat? How can you miss it?!


6 months med-free and 70 pounds shed. I would love to get back to that, but alas, children and middle age have entered my life!











That’s my BFF Jane on the left, the one with the gorgeous red locks! I am on the far right.





































And there you have it. I hope you all enjoyed that little photo essay of the evolution of my style. And I hope you got some good, great belly laughs as well!

Who knows what my next year of blogging will bring. But I’m sure it will be a roller coaster of some sort! Thank you all so very much!

Celebrating on the edge,


Linking up with These Fabulous Link Ups Where I Link Up


I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

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50 Responses

  1. I really enjoyed this mini “photo album” you shared! Happy 1st blog birthday, my friend <3

    Edye |

  2. Happy first blogbirthday dear Shelbee. Very nice post and pictures. You are a wonderfull women.Looking forward of maaany amazing posts πŸ™‚
    xoxo Tina

  3. Love love, love love love. Said it that order!!!! Such an awesome trip down Memory Lane πŸ™‚ Great post and great pics. 100 posts, booyah!!!!

  4. Love the photos!!!!! Congrats girl!! πŸ™‚

  5. Great post! Cute photos!

  6. This was a lovely story to read a d to look at! And that illustration is fantastic! Wow! I love your breads! It is so much fun looking at older pictures isn t it!

  7. Настя

    Wonderful blog! I love and i follow your blog, please follow me too

  8. Congratulations on your blogversary! And what a cute collection of photos!

  9. What a lovely sketch and happy one year !
    I loved to see your evolution – you’ve carried a beautiful smile all along Shelby πŸ™‚

  10. Happy blog anniversary!! I loved seeing your style evolution.

    pumps and push-ups

  11. This sketch is beautiful. Really nice gift. Thank you to sharing your family pictures. It was so nice to “see” you grow up and change to great and beautiful woman.

    Anna xoxo

  12. Congratulations Shelbee xx

  13. Shelbee!

    I totally love this style evolution post! People need to realize it’s never to late to become who you want to be. Whether it’s finally working towards that dream job or improving your style. I have to do my spin on this post. I really love this!

    • Thank you so much, Jordan! I have something even bigger in the works right now. I am tired of sitting around waiting for my dreams to come true. So I am very proactive in going after them. Finally, at 42, I have learned to be a little more aggressive! Ha.

      I look forward to reading your spin on this post!

  14. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I love that you still have your grandmother’s shawl.

  15. Happy Blogiversary!! I loved looking at these photos! You have always had fantastic personal style. LOVE IT!

    xx, Elise

  16. This artwork tribute is beautiful! And I love how easily you express yourself through fashion and your hair style.

    • Thank you so much, Laurie! When I was young, I was super bashful, so this was really my only way of self-expression. I guess I just carried with me all these years!


  17. Congratulations on turning 1! My blog has been around so long and with so many detours, round-a-bouts and forks in the road, I don’t even know when to celebrate anything with it. I love the illustration done by Spy Girl and I just found a new link up that I really like-so thank you for leading me there. Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!

    • Thank you so much, Terri! I hope I have the same staying power as you to be around for so long that I can’t remember! You could take Debbie‘s idea of the new New Year as September 1 and celebrate your blog anniversary on that date! I am so glad that I led to a new link up! And thank you for your continued support!


  18. Happy, happy Birthday to your blog! I love the sketch! And I love all the photos that you shared! What a nice look back!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  19. What a fun post! I love your smile in all of them. I have a hate hate affair with short hair thanks to a pixie cut gone bad in third grade (yup, I had the “boy” comment and continue to see myself through that lens whenever I try short hair for awhile). Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

    • Thank you, Audrey! I remember someone thinking I was a male when I was in my 20’s and wearing a skirt! Yikes. I actually hadn’t had short hair for many years until this recent pixie cut because of that. But now in my 40’s, I figured I have much more confidence to rock the short hair! And I really loved it for the past year, but as fickle as I am with my hair, I’m so over the short hair…for now.


  20. Wow, what a fun trip down memory lane! Makes me want to dig out more old pics! And congrats on one year! It’s been fun watching your blog and your style grow! Somehow I missed the blogger meet up in December so I signed up for the emails. After taking off for NYFW in September, I’m not sure about going away in December too, but … maybe!!

    Anyway …Thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday and have a fab weekend!

    Dawn Lucy

  21. Such a lovely post Shelbee, loved seeing your style photos πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop

  22. What a great post Shelbee, you’ve kinda inspired me to do a thrifting version of this on the blog πŸ˜‰ hmmmmm. PS: cute kids πŸ™‚ X
    Sammy |

  23. Hi Shelbee! It was so much fun to see your life through pictures; what a great idea! I think it’s sweet that you still have your grandmother’s shawl, that must be such a comfort. Congrats on a year of blogging! I’ve been at it for about 4 months now. It’s a lot of fun, but definitely challenging. I’m currently typing this one-handed with a toddler in my lap — ha!

    • Thanks so much, Mallory! I can’t even tell you how often I type one handed while wiping boogers with the other! haha! Blogging is a challenge but I so love it. I remember taking a long four month break from it after about four months of it, but now I really feel like I’m rolling with it and getting on a schedule. Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful weekend!


  24. Congratulations on the milestone and your history in photos was fabulous. Are you planning to attend
    Anne’s December event?


    oops, almost forgot to thank you for sharing your post on my Fine-Whatever link up.

    • Thanks so much, Rena! I would love to attend Anne’s event in December. However, I think it may not be a possibility for me financially and logistically. Bummer!


  25. Happy Blogiversary! I love this post and you sharing more about yourself.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!