Saturday, 14 July 2012

two years of ruby slipper journey-ing

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A couple of days ago was the second anniversary of starting Ruby Slipper Journeys. Going through the past year's posts to try and put together some coherent retrospective was actually overwhelming. How should things go? Chronologically? Outfits or travel photos? Should I talk about all the places I've been?

In the end, I've left it a colourful jumble. The past year has felt crazy, surreal, and moving at lightning speed sometimes, and at other times entirely mundane. Since I don't blog the mundane so much, you get a retrospective of cherry blossoms, seasides, dresses and erm, alcohol.

I'm hoping for another year of all of those things!

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summer style is my favourite!

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Brussels, and my grandfather's home on a lake in the Ontario woods. This year I've lived in Barcelona, with multiple visits to Germany and Canada, and little weekend trips to France, the Netherlands, Belgium...

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Barcelona and all its bars...

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I tried to get into layering in the fall, then defaulted back to just wearing cool tights with my dresses. I've promised myself that I will stop buying summer dresses and work on developing my wardrobe for the other 9 months of the year.

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I spent a week in Germany in the winter and drank at least one mulled wine per day. December was an especially wonderful month, as I stayed in two castles, and went home to Canada (where I made mulled wine for my family). ;)

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I went to so many typical Catalan festivals with dragons and fire and suchlike and bored half of my readers by posting about them every chance I got. ; )

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And then I went to Paradise.

Thank you so much for reading! It's been a pleasure to get to know so many of you, online and in real life. I'm looking forward to another year.

29 comments:

ZZ said...

It's been fun reading. Please keep it up! And give us your best smiles!

Despina T. said...

that's so great!
all your outfits and pics look fantastci!blogging is so fun :)

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Thanks ladies! And ZZ, yes, I often try to smile more in pictures for the blog but yeah... results are more uniform with more usable photos when I smirk apparently. ;)

Norbyah said...

i always love all your photos, emily. they just capture the essence of every place that you visit as well as your own personality. and, they are breathtaking. i agree, summer style is so much fun. i've realized, after three weeks in NYC with my sisters, that what i love about summer style is that it's so carefree....and really sexy.
looking forward to reading more about your adventures....thanks for letting us live vicariously through you.
xo
n

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Norbyah: Yeah, it's sexy in that not-even-trying way, which is the only way to be, I think!

Preziosa said...

Great :D Love all your looks!

Virginie Bélanger said...

Yay! Happy bloganniversary!

I'm sure glad you are around to make this blogging world more beautiful and inspiring :)

Virginie xo

Monique said...

What a very concise post...i love stopping by to see what's new here in this space and where your off to. I'm really glad we got to meet.

Closet Fashionista said...

Yayyyy :) you had such a fun year! Happy Blogiversary :D
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daria said...

happy anniversary! It's so nice to follow your journey :)

Valerie Enríquez said...

Congratulations on a 2 year achievement! You definitely seem to live an eclectic and exciting life, filled with lots of wonderful locations, perfect for blogging I'd say. I could never quantify my blogging time because I started on livejournal when I was 15. Oh dear, I don't even want to do the math haha. Looking forward to more x

Lauren said...

Congratulations on your achievements! Not to sound morbid or like a parent, but I'm sure when you're older, this will be a wonderful visual record of the beautiful, fascinating life you led as a younger person. This collage is a wonderful collection of images- the pink cherry blossoms, your dreamy white dress and facial expression is my favourite image. All the best for continued, lovely adventures and success with your blog. Thank you for inspiring me!

Josephine Pearl said...

Here's to many more years of your blog :)

Jo. x

Amelia said...

congrats on your two year! i've enjoyed following along with your adventures. will you still be in spain this fall? i will be in murcia teaching english so let me know if you are!

Annebeth said...

I'm so proud of you for keeping the blog for two years! Isn't it awesome to go through all of what you've accomplished, however silly a blog may feel from time to time? I never do a retrospective around anniversaries, I never know how to condensate everything into one post!

Frannie Pantz said...

A very happy anniversary to your blog! I've enjoyed hearing about all your travels and ooging over your adorable clothes!

The Braided Bandit said...

Congratulations Emily! I am seriously happy I found your blog this passed year, the pictures you with the backdrop of beautiful new surroundings is unmatched! I hope you continue to share your adventures with the rest of us for many years to come!
x Hannah

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment. I love your fashion sense in all seasons and I can't wait to see more in the future. Your travels are so inspiring as well. Thanks for giving us a little glimpse into your world.
XOXO

Terri said...

I have loved going on your travels with you...and of this collection of photos, the one with the canoe is the most memorable of all!

Carrie said...

Congrats on 2 years! Looking forward to reading along with you for another one! :-)

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Here's to another year! It's been a pleasure getting to know you through blogging, Emily.

Laura said...

What a fun little retrospective! Congratulations. It's been a fun journey and I look forward to following it further :)

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Michal said...

Here's to another year. Your blog has been one of my very favorites since I first starting reading (almost 2 years ago!)

Ashley said...

The readers that got bored by the interesting traveling bits lack any real depth...but you dear, do not! :)

Cheers to a great year!!

Benlovesting said...

I have so much fun reading your blog, I love all your cute lovely outfits!

Stef / Diversions said...

Happy blogiversary! :)

Penny said...

congrats! reading your blog has been a nice habit over the past 2 years :)

Xavi said...

Thanks a million for yo. I stoped my comentaries some months ago but I'm following you from time to time.
Thanks

dusanabotswana said...

hip hip horrah to you Emily and to your blog! Aside from the daily grind that we all face, you have had a wonderful year because looks like you've managed to pack in much more excitement and travel in than most... and erm, alcohol. haha not really to that last part but that was prob my fav line of yours so had to. you have wonderful outfits and pictures and most importantly, I have thoroughly loved getting to know you a bit this past year or so! Oh, and don't disregard summer dresses w/ the right tights/layers.. or should I not be encouraging that : )
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