Tuesday, April 10, 2012

lovely little one year blog birthday

So can you believe it? It's been exactly one year today since my first post ever! It's crazy to me that a whole year has passed because I still feel like a brand new baby blog. Firstly I want to thank my dear friend and graphic designer Michael Bass for designing my blog and all it's pretty little odds and ends from day one! Just check out the logo transformation in one year alone!


He also helped me design my signature and amazing business cards!


My beautiful blog transformation today also wouldn't have been possible without the brains (and beauty) of one of my dear blogger BFF's Jessica from Midwest Muse who sat with me for 3+ hours working on the HTML. 

...and speaking of Jessica I want to talk about the most amazing thing that has happened since I started blogging a year ago, friends! When I first started the only other local blogger I knew of was Sarah from Style Sarah whom I quickly struck up and amazing friendship with, and then Jessica from Midwest Muse found me, and it snowballed from there into a lovely little group of ladies whom I'm so happy to call my friends. 

Saying goodbye to Sarah before she headed to the big apple.

They are all creative, stylish, beautiful, and amazing bloggers. Jessica and myself co-founded the collective The 330 Blogger Collective and we get together every few months to thrift, eat, drink, and of course talk boring blogging nerd stuff.

The fab four, out vintage shopping on front street in Cuyahoga Falls.
Rachel, myself, Jessica, and Sarah.

Rachel, myself, and Jessica outside Noto + Crafty Mart.

A big group of us ladies at the Noto Fashion Show 2011. 

Our very first get- together ever, outside Lockview in Akron.

And now one year later after all these meet ups and blog bonding sessions, myself, Jessica, Rachel, and Jessie from They Like Me Better Blonde are throwing our first MAJOR Akron area event, which you're invited to!

I have also made some pretty amazing friendships outside of the 330 Collective, like with my beauty soul sister Charlotte from Mason Jars and Fireflies, whom I get to meet in real life next week! And my dear reader Lindsay whom I've struck up another beauty soul sister friendship with, and some amazing companies and people behind them, like Crysten from Phul Effect just no name few. (Hint Hint* stay tuned this week for a giveaway from Phul Effect)

I am so proud of my first year and all I've accomplished! Everything from giveaways, reviews, collaborations, events, sponsored posts, features, to being part of some amazing collectives and ambassadors programs! 

And of course all of it is because of YOU! Yes you, reading this post! You lovelies make it all worth it with your comments, emails, likes, views, and love! 

So PLEASE comment and say hi, and let me hear your voice! Even you shy reader, who never comments, I know you're there. Tell me what you love to read about, and what you don't. Or ask me a question! Every single comment on this post will get a personal reply from ME!



22 comments:

  1. CONGRATS! It's been an awesome year for you and an even better year knowing you! These pictures made me realize that my hair WAS SO SHORT when we met. Gross!

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    1. jessica, it is crazy to me that we just met a year ago and now we are our own little clique! i love our little get togethers and fun times :) so happy you are helping with the swap! xoxo

      ps. THANK YOU for your help with my blog

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  2. I can't believe it's been a year already!

    P.S. the makeover is awesome!

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    1. why thank you stranger! i also love the new look! thank you so much for stopping by and commenting :) xoxo

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  3. Beautiful blog design! I LOOOVE it!!!

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    1. thank you eliza :) thank you for being a reader and commenting on my posts. it means the world to me :)

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  4. Congratulations on one year blogging! Love the new look it really ties everything together :)

    -Ash

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    1. i think so too ashley and THANK YOU! or i guess that was backwards.. either what thank you and thank you so very much for reading and commenting

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  5. Oh WOW I adore the new setup!!! I can't figure out HTML to save my life, that may make a cool post? Anyways, I adore the new look and happy 1 year!

    xx Missy

    P.S. I have a giveaway going on now! =)
    http://www.myconcretecatwalk.com/2012/04/alimonada-giveaway.html

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    1. aww missy thank you! i can't believe we STILL haven't met yet! soon though! i don't know any html either. jessica did all of it. i just sat with her and directed :) and dark i missed your giveaway. been so busy! next time :)

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  6. Love that we started out around the same time and congratulations to such a great first year! Looking forward to what's to come!
    xo Hannah

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    1. me too hannah! you are so kind. i love seeing your comments, they are always so kind and genuine. thanks for being a great blogger buddy. xoxo

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  7. CONGRATS MY LOVE!!

    I'm so happy that I've been able to see your blog grow up, you're amazing at what you do, so please don't ever stop!

    I miss you like CRAY and I love knowing I can still count on seeing you through Blogger :)

    LOVE YOU and your BLOG!!!

    xo
    Sarah

    www.stylesarah.com

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    1. aww my blogger bff. i miss you like you miss the BSB's.

      and thank you so much for such lovely words :) you too are amazing at what you do! you rock my world.

      xoxo

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  8. Congrats on your one year!! LOVE the new look, and cannot wait for the Shop and Swap!!
    We must meet up sometime :)

    <3 Liz
    www.greigedreams.blogspot.com

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    1. liz, you're a total doll! thanks for reading and chatting with me and starting your own blog!!! i love what you've done so far, and can't wait to see more. we will meet at the swap soon! xoxo

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  9. Eep!!! Excited to make it into your fab one year post and SO excited for our date next week!!! <3 The blog looks AMAZE!!!

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    1. char, our date was nothing short of FAB! i wish we could do it every month! and thank you love for the kind words on my new blog look :) xoxo

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  10. Congrats on one year of blogging! Mine was last month and I missed it! I cant wait to meet you and the other lovely ladies from Akron next month!

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    1. stacia! thank you so very much! we are so excited to meet you too! excited also for the meet up. thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment :)

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  11. Congrats on one year of blogging! Mine was last month and I missed it! I cant wait to meet you and the other lovely ladies from Akron next month!

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  12. you guys are so lucky to have such great friendships - i'm jealous! i never have girls to hang out with in akron either - where have you guys been the past 5 years of my life? i'm always without girlfriends for about a week or two when i visit - hhaha!

    anyhow - congrats on one year!

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