It doesn’t seem that long ago that I sat down to write my first blog birthday post and yet here I am again for my blog turning two! TWO YEARS OLD! My goodness what a year this has been.
There are so many highlights that it’s really hard to choose, but I thought I’d share some of the things that made this year so special and why it means the world to me that you all continue to support my blog.
To mark my first blog birthday my friend Marcus persuaded me to pose for some outfit pictures. I was incredibly nervous as I’d never attempted a fashion post before but the encouragement I got from you in comments and tweets and on Instagram was overwhelming. I’ve been doing OOTD’s ever since!
Although I sometime have confidence wobbles, I’ve discovered that I really enjoy styling up a look and I’m much more adventurous with my outfit choices these days, so it’s done wonders for my wardrobe!
I was completely speechless when I got shortlisted for the inaugural Bloggers Blog Awards as a wildcard entry.
To see my name listed alongside so many talented, highly successful bloggers is still one of my proudest moments to date. I’m pretty sure that none of the other girls had a clue who I was before the day but every single one of them was down to earth, encouraging and just as freaked out by the whole thing as I was!
We all had a wonderful time at the event and it was an incredibly positive experience. I made sure that I nominated my own favourites for the 2016 Awards because if I can bottle that feeling and pass it on I want some other bloggers to feel it too!
I’ve always loved writing about food and drink but in the past year I’ve been able to really grow this side of my blog. Not only have I been developing and featuring more original recipes recently (look out for a recipe in my next post in fact!) but I’ve also been able to participate in some incredible experiences and collaborate with some fabulous food partners too.
I learned how to make authentic Italian pizza with I Just Love It…
Levi Roots cooked me authentic Caribbean cuisine…
…and I dined with Jimmy Doherty who taught me to appreciate Jersey Royals.
I’ve had quite a few ‘pinch me’ moments in the last year too, where I’ve received an invitation and thought: Who me? Are you sure?!
Noteable standouts are participating in the Joe Browns Christmas Campaign (Me? Modelling? Say whaaat?) and having a bath in public. With champagne. And the Saracens rugby team. Seriously don’t pinch me I’d rather not wake up thanks.
Yes you. The ones reading this post, supporting my blog and leaving me lovely comments of encouragement. You’re hands down the best thing about blogging and I thank you all for sticking by me!
In fact to say a big thank you, how would you like to win £100 worth of beautiful flowers from Arena Flowers?
Well here’s your chance! Arena Flowers have kindly offered to send one lucky reader a £100 voucher to spend with them. I received my own huge birthday bunch from them last week and they’ve been in pride of place on my coffee table ever since.
I had a massive smile on my face when I opened the box (they come carefully packaged in protective cardboard). Fragrant sunflowers, lilies and roses in the most beautiful hues, fresh berries and stunning foliage. The flowers themselves are lasting ages too.
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Good luck everyone, and thanks again for helping Loved By Laura Turn Two!