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Six Years

I started my blog six years ago today and I decided to do a little recap of some of the highlights through the years. I didn't initially mean for it to be a personal style blog, but after sharing a few outfits I wore outside of my summer job (in the school cafeteria) it quickly became that. I was just back from Japan, wore glasses nearly every day and took pictures around my college campus.
In the Fall of 2008 I studied abroad in Greece and documented some of my adventures on the blog. We had to leave early because of the riots, but I only have fond memories of my time there. I became addicted to gyros, champagne truffles, and island hopping.
I graduated from college in 2009 and went on road trip. I saw land that belonged to my family generations ago, visited my sister in Kansas, and got very close to buffalo at Yellowstone. It was really beautiful and as a new graduate I spent a lot of time thinking and blogging about what I should do with my life.
I moved to Washington State and I found some of most beautiful places to take pictures ever. These ranges were also used for military drills so I had to keep an eye out for soldiers, land mines, and the occasional explosion--there were a couple of heart-pounding moments when a range wasn't marked properly or a fully armed soldier came running out of the woods.
In the summer of 2010 my sister Elizabeth went to Europe for research and I tagged along so we could split housing costs. We spent time in England, France, and Italy and I fell in love with Venice. It's still my favorite city and however irrational I'd love to live there even if only for a year...
February 2011 I was invited to attend fashion week with Tumblr and I had an amazing time shooting backstage at MILK Studios and seeing so many Mercedes-Benz shows and presentations too. Backstage at Suno might have been my favorite experience--I made a lot of videos that week including one of the Suno models getting ready before the presentation set to a Lykke Li song.
That summer I moved to Virginia but also flew off to Spain and Italy briefly with my friend Jen. We stayed in crowded hostels and enjoyed street food and talked about how romantic the trip would be if we were there with boyfriends. She got married last summer, so I imagine her trips are more romantic now!
In Virginia I took pictures in an abandoned train car and lived inside of a moat; I really wish I could have lived there longer, but I moved to another house in Virginia with my family after less than a year. I also started cutting my hair off.
The summer of 2012 I moved up to Pennsylvania to live with a friend from college in an old farmhouse in the countryside; later in the fall I moved to downtown Lancaster with some other friends. I had very short hair and my friends took my exploring all over the state. I found abandoned barns and roller coasters and met a lot of new people.
I started sharing more of my artwork and making monster doodles in 2012. I'm still actively drawing and collaging today and hope to release a monster zine I'm making with a friend soon. One day I hope to have an Etsy shop where my prints would be available.
Now I have blue hair and am renewing my lease on the house in Pennsylvania--it will be my first time to live two full years in one state since 2008. It's wild to realize how much the blog has covered, how long it has been with me, and how many changes I've undergone. I wouldn't still be blogging today if it wasn't for all the sweet comments I receive and friends I've made online. The Internet has definitely become more than a place to record pieces of my life but rather a space to interact with kindred spirits.

32 comments:

Kristian said...

Happy Blog anniversary! Six years- wow!

Allison said...

I feel like I've seen some of these pictures so recently! It's so odd to think they were actually a fair amount of time ago. I am so appreciative of you as a style blogger who isn't afraid to intelligently discuss other things. It's been a delight to follow your lovely endeavors. You were one of the positive influences in chopping off my hair and now, in starting my own blog. Congratulations on your anniversary!

Niki said...

Happy anniversary! You have a very exciting life, haha! I love how blogs are just one memory box.
heyniki.wordpress.com

teresinha said...

Happy blog birthday!
What a full life you live!

Natalie said...

Happy Blog-Birthday! It was so nice reading about the last few years and finding out things about you I didn't know before. I can't wait to see how your blog progresses. Have a super great Saturday!

Angel said...

Happy anniversary! I've been following your blog for the past 2/\ or 3 years now. I love seeing your old pictures. :]

Angela said...

Happy blogaversary! I've only been following your blog since the beginning of this year and I've loved everything you've posted since. I love seeing your old pictures and hearing about your adventures :)

MarieBayArea said...

You've had quite a remarkable life so far. Thanks for sharing your journey with us lovely lady.

friedenlinde said...

Happy blog birthday! It's amazing to see how many changes you did in 6 years, how many countries, how many moves, how many homes.. and still stay the same, genuine and authentic.

Carley Lee said...

What a great journey, Rebecca! Thank you for sharing, and happy 6th birthday to your blog!
-Carley
xx

Hazel said...

Happy 6th Birthday!

luzmaría Alam said...

Wow is amazing!! congrats for the 6 years of blogging

I think you are very sweet and you always have great photos and outfits
I believe you look more beautiful with red her XD, but is nice to make changes
xo

Lonka said...

You are so pretty, beautiful and stylish, I adore zhis blog!

OrigamiGirl said...

Wow. You are one seriously well-travelled woman. You've had really exciting years. It all sounds so lovely, all that exploring and discovering. I wish I could just go off and go places like that.

bestie said...

is it weird (read: creepy) that this post brought tears to my eyes? lol. i guess that's what happens when you've been witness to a person's growth and transformation - albeit online and on a semi-trivial basis - since day 1.

happy 6th birthday to the clothes horse! you are, and will always be, one of my greatest creative inspirations. thanks for, you know, being you. (:

PS
YES on the etsy shop!!! i'd be first in line. <3

Folio V said...

Great post! loving your blog xx StyleGodis.com

daria said...

This was such a nice read! I've only been following you from ~2010, and it's so sweet to see what it was like before that. Also sweet: how you can now associate life events with your blog, it's been part of you for so long. Happy anniversary!

Intricately Disheveled said...

Your blog is one of a handful that I have been reading for years and I still find it as inspiring as the day I started! Thanks for taking us all on the journey!

-Shannon

NP said...

Oh hey! I'm in Japan now (for the summer) and will be graduating next year... I hope my next 6 years will be as exciting as yours were :D

Melissa(thisisafingerprint) said...

Wow! You've had an amazing life so far! I wish I could have done half of the stuff you've blogged about! Thank you for sharing your life with us...I never would have been able to see the places you've been, if I didn't get to see them through your eyes.

Kate Pie said...

Happy blog-iversary! I have been reading your blog daily for some time now, and this post is amazing and inspirational. Your photos are incredible. Thank you for sharing! Good luck with your monster zine! <3 Kate

http://ditzsavant.wordpress.com

Sammi said...

Happy Blogiversary! I adore that first photo of you in the yellow dress on the blanket. You've done so much traveling! It's wonderful to see all these photos from the last six years.

xox Sammi
www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

Lucy-Jane Walsh said...
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Lucy-Jane said...

Wow, congratulations.

And I had no idea that I've been following your blog for so long either. So I guess it is our six year anniversary as well, which is weird because I have never even met you, and I think I've only just started commenting :s.

Thank you for the privilege of getting to watch you grow over the last six years.

Rachel Sullivan said...

Wow, you've had an amazing 6 years! I had no idea how much you'd traveled, it seems like your life has been really interesting.

Rachel

Leeds said...

aww happy blogaversary! excited to see what follows!! <3


---leeds
at this volume

Jane said...

Wow, amazing 6 years! You have been our favorite blogger for a long time and congratulations to the anniversary!

Maukku said...

What a enchanting story and what an interesting life you are living! I've been reading your blog since 2008 and hope there are many many exciting blog reading years ahed!

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Nikki Williams said...

this post is so inspiring! your blog is amazing. thank you :)

xxoo,
nikki

www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog since 2009, and I really do feel like a kindred spirit; I feel as if the girl in the pictures could be myself, and that the blurbs she writes could be my own. You do things so simply and gracefully, and you have a real knack for making the ordinary more interesting.

-Jessica

Lauren Sherritt said...

My goodness, I can't believe it's been six years! I've treasured this little corner of the internet, watching your life change and grow ata the same time that mine was. Thanks for all you put into it!

Christine said...

Happy happy happy happy happy happy anniversary! It's 6th right? ;))
I've been loving your blog and of course you as well since can't remember when. Your photography and writing skills never fail to amuse me; as to with your outfits of course.
Keep blogging Rebecca and hope you could attend more and more fashion weeks in the near future.

xoxo ♥