Happy Birthday, blog! (+ $75 Visa Card GIVEAWAY.)

Today, two of my freshmen saw a squirrel jump through the open window of another resident’s uninhabited room. They didn’t teach us about squirrel removal in training, but I’m thinking peanut butter and the sticky pads used on cockroaches should do the trick. So there’s that.

In other news, COMING UP ROSES IS ONE YEAR OLD NOW. Raise the roof and pass the ice cream, it’s time to party.


Vitamin C+


This post is gonna be sweet n’ sappy n’ sassy, like all of my favorite things in life.

I’m so obnoxiously grateful for everything this virtual space has brought in the past year.

I’ve gotten to share my thoughts with you on so many things, on everything from the crap I found in my closet circa twelve years after primetime, to my struggle with anxiety.

It’s not a long walk on the beach at sunset, but let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?

To be romantic, we’ll start with love. There was that time I started out by laying down some ground rules for the dating scene. Then, we progressed to finding your soulmate 101 and what to do when you think you’ve found “the one” (What can I say? I’m impatient). But some general ways to know if your person is a keeper were thrown in there, too.

Speaking of love, I love my mom, so I fangirled over her while relating to a bunch of you over our shared best friendships with our mamas. I also love my boyfriend, so much that I let him take over the blog once or twice. That’s bound to happen in the near future, so stay tuned and get stoked now. It’s bound to be an adventure.

Speaking of Boyfriend, he hasn’t always lived in the best area. We had an almost-too-close encounter with what may or may not have been (but was) a gang, that may or may not have been the friendly type. Oopsies. While staying with Boyfriend and working at a fashion boutique, I had another less-than-stellar experience that I blogged about here, and gave a follow-up defense of my story here. I also learned to parallel park (let me help you with that one: when in doubt, go all the way…).

Oh yeah, and speaking of fashion boutiques, I like fashion a lot. Anything of the stylish variety will do. But, as many of you know by now, I’m not exactly model material, so bloopers just become the real deal. I was considering turning that into a whole new fashion blog niche, but I decided to save myself the embarrassment and just post the reallllllly good bloopers. And every season, I do some fun fashion haul where I buy a lot of things for not a lot of money (here and here).

Then there’s that thing called college. I had the ridiculously awesome opportunity to hear a presentation by the CEO of Gilt, who just happens to be the biggest sweetheart businesswoman badass. She’s absolutely fabulous, so I blogged about her talk here. Then there was that time I redefined success (sorry, Google) and made a cute lil’ mini-series on how to maximize LinkedIn, for all of you professional social media junkies out there. But really though, you should be linking in. Like, now.

But before that, take a second to enjoy some baby pictures. There may or may not be pink feathers and indie umbrella pics. #killinit


This photo interlude is just to say hey girl hey.

You know who else is killin’ it? All of the people and things featured in Links I Love every month. On the last hump day of the month, I post a little collection of all of the fabulous findings from the web. Always open to suggestions, so pretty please send me goodies with a cherry on top.

And if you wanna be killin’ it yourself, take the time to clean out your makeup bag. Seriously, it’ll do wonders. Once you’ve cleaned it out, you can get done to mastering the 3-minute makeup look.

Finally, in the spirit of fall, enjoy last fall’s obsessions. In the spirit of off-season Bachelor nation, enjoy reading thoughts that could’ve been your own this past season of The Bachelorette. And in the spirit of love and marriage and everything that is good, enjoy reading my rebuttal to “why happily married people have affairs.”


Now, in the true spirit of birthdays, I’m giving YOU things.

NOTE: In return, I will accept cupcakes on my blog’s behalf, and/or bouquets of flowers. Specifically, roses. You get the drift.

I think you should win a $75 Visa gift card. And you’ll be getting that in a cutesy tumbler, because tea-filled tumblers are always at my side. Other goodies will be stuffed inside too…because you can never get too many goodies. Especially when said goodies are of the bath&body&beauty varieties. S’all I’m sayin’.

Shout-out to all of the lovely ladies who opted to get in on the birthday action. Because there’s no birthday party like a blog birthday party.

In all honesty, I had to try so hard to not go all sappy mush for this post. Blogging continues to change my life, for better or for worse, every single week, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of the support and love that so many of you have shown to me.

I started this as a means to inspire. I hope you’ve been inspired on some day or another. I hope you’ve gotten a laugh here or there, or you’ve found motivation to try something new or reach a little higher. I hope you’ve found and continue to find what you’re looking for and what you need, right in my happy little corner of the blogiverse.

Thank you.

Now go win your money and be a BO$$.

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And, if you fancy, let me know in the comments section what your favorite post(s) have been thus far. I’d love to hear from you (really, it’s almost like snail mail for me – a natural high), and I strive to make this blog as much for you as it is for me. Really though…thanks. Sending you infinite love and happiness today.


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