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Happy Birthday, Blog!

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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  1. Michelle says:

    Congrats!!!

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  2. e says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  3. Meg says:

    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!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  4. KC says:

    Happy Birthday!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  5. Erica says:

    Happy Birthday!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  6. NessaLew says:

    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!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  7. S says:

    Belle, thanks so much for this blog. It is the highlight of my workday! Happy Birthday!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  8. 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!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  9. anonymous says:

    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

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  10. Lyndsi says:

    Happy birthday! You give such great advice and straightforward answers to questions you receive. I always look forward to reading CHS!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  11. D says:

    Happy birthday! Thanks for all that you do – my closet and I thank you!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  12. Rose says:

    Happy Birthday! Dillard's is having an Antonio Menlani sale for your birthday!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  13. Jessica says:

    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.

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  14. Mel says:

    Happy Birthday!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  15. AD says:

    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!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  16. Rory says:

    Happy Birthday! So far, CHS is the only blog I've followed for this long!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  17. Anna says:

    Happy Birthday!

    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!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  18. ~M says:

    Happy birthday!!!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  19. amy b.s. says:

    happy blog birthday!

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  20. TA says:

    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?”

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  21. Belle says:

    TA-Advertising. I have to pay for those shoes somehow.

    August 17, 2011/Reply
  22. RO says:

    Happy Birthday!

    August 18, 2011/Reply
  23. DC Goodwill Fashionista says:

    Congrats, Belle! -DCGF

    August 18, 2011/Reply