there’s an anniversary to celebrate. no, not my wedding anniversary. that arrives in august. the anniversary i celebrate in march is my blogiversary. yup, four years ago almost to the day the first ootd was posted. here’s the first photo that was titled <step into spring>
let me tell you it’s been a wild ride ever since mr. style snapped the first photo. at the time, i knew nothing about blogging – zero, zilch, nada. some of you may be curious as to why i started a blog, in the first place. that’s a story i recently shared on a podcast interview with jennifer duvall the beauty blogger and makeup artist behind JennySue Makeup. if you have a moment to listen here’s the link.
recently, jennifer launched a podcast channel called Pretty Powerful. it was an honor to be one of her first interviews. let me tell you jennifer does a bang-up job asking questions and steering the conversation! and i love the fact jennifer is trying something new. something she wasn’t even sure she had the guts to do. but she took a leap of faith and i’m so happy she did. we all need to traverse those unknown waters from time-to-time. the show ends with jennifer and her guest sharing their favorite beauty products. i don’t know about you, but i’m always eager to learn about the latest and greatest in beauty and skincare.
but let’s take a jet tour from the inception of the blog. as i said, it’s been a wild ride these past four years. initially, the blog existed exclusively on the social media channel tumblr – a user-friendly space. think of tumblr as the predessor to instagram but with more photos. the only skill necessary was uploading a photo and hitting publish. easy enough for this less than tech-savvy girl. and that’s just what i did, consistently, five days a week. three months into my new venture, i received a text message at work from mr. style, asking, “have you paid attention to your tumblr account today?” back then, i rarely checked my social channel. all of my attention was focused on coordinating a daily outfit, squeezing in a photo session then heading off to work. after my husband’s message, i grabbed my phone and logged into tumblr. this email greeted me.
wow! my blog was splashed on the front page of tumblr smack dab in between ellen degeneres and nbc nightly news. this was the photo that launched my account into unchartered territory. thanks, tumblr!
when i returned home that evening two of my kiddos were camped out on our sofa glued to the computer monitor, spewing advice, and scratching their heads as to how the momster’s blog had suddenly gone viral. but all i could think about was what to wear the following day? suddenly, i had a captive audience that was growing by the second. and i discovered to my dismay i had absolutely nothing to wear… i finally decided on my go-to outfit. can you guess what i chose? that’s right, a blazer, blue jeans, and a sweater.
after my tumblr blog went viral, i decided to take things seriously with social media. and i knew i needed to set up a proper blog on wordpress. but the idea of transitioning to the main blogosphere struck fear in my heart. there were many technical aspects on the back end of the blog i didn’t understand and was hesitant to learn (can you really teach an old dog new tricks?). i finally made the decision to set up shop in cyberspace after the lovely deb boland from Fabulous after 40 contacted me for a style blazer interview. thanks, deb! it was just the sort of nudge i needed. now there was a deadline involved. if i didn’t meet that deadline, i wouldn’t meet all the lovely readers that didn’t have a tumblr account. initially, panic set in as i didn’t know the difference between a link and a plug-in let alone how to operate either one… a big thank you to all who faithfully stuck by me as i navigated one learning curve after another in those early days.
but mr. style was a fantastic photographer from the get-go.
and we started our weekly gig with oscar, watching him grow from adorable puppy to full-grown canine.
there have been some amazing hairstyles along the way. and hair stylists that kept me looking at the top of my game.
over the past four years, there’s been more than one fun adventure. early 2016 Chico’s flew me to california to participate in their first campaign that celebrated fifty-somethings.
shortly after, i hopped on a plan and flew to minneapolis to take part in several photo shoots with Christopher and Banks. it was beyond fun!
can you believe i interviewed That Girl marlo thomas in her penthouse apartment?
and i’ve been lucky enough to meet some of my favorite bloggers in person that turned into friends.
alison from Wardrobe Oxygen
nikol from Fresh Beauty Studio
and lisa from Silver Stylist to name but a few.
mr. style even agreed to step from behind the camera to celebrate our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary. read the post here.
i’ve shared fitness tips with you. Faster Way to Fat Loss really works! and it keeps me on track especially after the holidays when i need a reboot.
this is me january 2018! boy oh boy did i need help.
but slowly, over time, i’ve gotten this sixty-something bod back into shape. the key is what you eat – 80% kitchen 20% exercise. but exercise is soooo important as we age. use it or lose it.
recently, i added a classic style series (after all, i’m a classic style blogger) on instagram.
there’s a burgeoning book club with Style. read all about it here. and in the past month, i’ve added HSN style expert to my resume.
but day-after-day, week-after-week, year-after-year i share my daily outfits with all of my amazing readers. and guess what? you, my dear readers, are the most crucial component of my blog! you are the ones who faithfully stop by instagram, the blog, facebook, youtube or twitter. you are the ones who make the difference in my life. so thank you for every comment, every like, every email (although i do get woefully behind in my answers at times)!
to celebrate my blogiversary and to share just a little bit of my love for you i have an exciting giveaway. yes, one lucky reader will receive a $250 gift card from Nordstrom. it’s from me to you. all you have to do to be eligible is to leave a comment on one of my social media channels, including the blog (disqus has been disconnected to make it easier to leave a comment). winner will be announced on March 31st. good luck!
happy sunday, ladies! thanks so much for all of your support. you will never truly know how much you all mean to me.