Three years ago today, I sat down in front of my computer to start a fashion blog.
As a young Hill staffer with no money for August Recess travel, abandoned by her friends and colleagues, at the mercy of the hot Summer heat, I was bored. Really bored. And from that boredom, this blog grew like a tree in Brooklyn, we now had a fashion blog for Capitol Hill.
I don’t know that I gave any thought to what this blog might become. I don’t think I saw it lasting for three years. And I know that I never thought or hoped, really, that the site would grow from a readership of three to just shy of 300,000 pageviews per month. Such a dream would have been crazy talk.
But here we are, nearly 1,100 days later, talking about professional fashion, style faux pas and beauty tips like a bunch of girlfriends gathered around the living room braiding each other’s hair. So thank you for visiting every day. Thank you for telling your friends, co-workers and family members to read CHS. And thank you for making this blog a pleasure to write, because if it wasn’t for your comments and e-mails, I would have stopped a long time ago.
So today is my other birthday. Who knows? Maybe someone will even buy me a present.
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Happy Birthday! I'm celebrating your blog just as much as you, because without it my wardrobe (and all the wardrobes of co-workers I've shared your site with) would be in disrepair!
Belle, I read your blog on my RSS so I have never actually commented or made my presence known. My name is Nessa and I'm a lurker! But today I wanted to thank you for your style, influence, and swag! Happy birthday!
Belle, thanks so much for this blog. It is the highlight of my workday! Happy Birthday!
No Drama Momma says:
Happy Birthday! I started reading this blog two years ago, right before I moved to DC from the South (I found it while looking up stuff about my new city). I've read it every day since. Keep blogging, please!
Happy Birthday, website!
Your posts are a breath of fresh air and I look forward to reading them.
PS. love that you mentioned A tree grows in Brooklyn, it's an amazing book
Happy birthday! You give such great advice and straightforward answers to questions you receive. I always look forward to reading CHS!
Happy birthday! Thanks for all that you do – my closet and I thank you!
Happy Birthday! Dillard's is having an Antonio Menlani sale for your birthday!
Happy blog birthday, Belle! Thanks for all of the advice. And as of this summer, as a special birthday present to you, I have officially retired and tossed my Vera Bradley bag and pair of Uggs. You showed me the light.
Thanks Belle! Your blog has been a mainstay in my daily reading since I googled “Capitol Hill Style” back in 2008 before moving to DC. I couldn't believe I found exactly what I was looking for and I've continued reading despite my move back down south. Cheers to Belle and Capitol Hill Style!
Happy Birthday! So far, CHS is the only blog I've followed for this long!
Although I've never commented before, I have to say I truly love your blog. I just graduated from law school and have started to work at a small firm…your blog has provided me with style inspiration and has helped ensure I don't lose my personal style in my quest to be a professional who is taken seriously at work. Thank you thank you thank you!
amy b.s. says:
happy blog birthday!
Happy birthday to your blog, Belle! I love reading it everyday. I also LOVE the new graphics and everything. However, what is “Partner with Belle”–it says “coming soon?”
TA-Advertising. I have to pay for those shoes somehow.
DC Goodwill Fashionista says:
Congrats, Belle! -DCGF