Happy Blog-iversary

{Dress: ClaudiaE. Shoes: Steve Madden. Photographed by Sunny Middleton.}

Seven hundred and 30 days ago I started a blog. It was, without a doubt, the best decision I ever made. It all began at a Diane von Furstenberg event—something I felt I needed to document—and it’s been an adventure in fashion, life, lessons, love, acceptance and growth since. For the past two years, I’ve poured my heart and soul into a WordPress page. And it has been worth every second of it.

So here I sit, thinking how much has changed in the past year and the pictures documenting all of it. When I look at these pictures, I see so much more than just shoes and handbags, nail polish and lipstick. I see where my life was at that time and place. Where my heart was. My happiness, My sorrows. My shortcomings. My triumphs. It’s like this dress, the last time I wore it (gasp, yes, a second wear) I was at such a different place in my life. A place I can now look back for what it really was, a stepping stone to a new beginning. That’s why I have it on today. It deserves a real celebration. And that’s what today is, a celebration of hindsight. And that hindsight, when taken into prospective, is what propels the future. I guess, my message today is this: If you have a dream, go for it. This started as nothing more than my diary, a diary for anyone to read. And through it I have been gifted dreams I never imagined. From being in Marie Claire and Self to doing regular TV segments, being on the Today show, being asked to weigh in on fashion and life, capturing my time with kiddo on film—this blog has been and is my everything. Though I’ve been a journalist for 13 years, when people ask me what it is I do, I proudly say “I’m a blogger.” It’s my passion project turned into a career—a career I’m thankful for.

To celebrate two years of Electric Blogarella, I’m sharing with you, my awesome readers who have come here time and time again (and, my god, I thank you so much for that), one of my favorite things. Since this is, at the heart of it, a fashion blog, I’m sharing a $100 gift certificate for one lucky reader to one of my favorite spots: I’ll be hosting an event there Thursday night. Stop by if you can. It will increase your chances of winning.

To enter my giveaway, be sure to:

Like Electric Blogarella here.

Following me on Instagram and Twitter will also increase your chances.

Just leave a comment below telling me you’ve done so. My lucky winner will be selected on Tuesday, November 19.

Good luck to you. And thank you for hopping over to my blog. It means more to you than you will ever truly know.