Flat Maddie on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Yesterday was the first anniversary of my blog. I started with a picture of my vintage Chanel bag and Flat Maddie, the adorable cutout my little niece sent me from Arizona, asking me to take her on an adventure before putting her in an envelope and sending her on for more fun across the country. Flat Maddie, my son and I took a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan, with picture stops on the way. Noticing what we were up to, random New Yorkers, in that wonderful way they can surprise you with, shouted at us, “Hey, it’s Flat Stanley! Hi Flat Stanley!” Flat Stanley is the children’s book by Jeff Brown of a cutout boy who travels via envelope all over the world for different adventures. On the way over the bridge I couldn’t help noticing several Chanel bags on the women and it seemed natural to bring the two together in my first post, Flat Maddie and Chanel. My regular life and my fashion life.
Flat Maddie against one of the gorgeous tile mosaics at the Delancey Street station in Manhattan.
My vintage Chanel bag, which I just love.
I have learned so much about blogging, photography and writing in the past year. I have also learned invaluable lessons in generosity and reciprocity from Nerida at Art for Interiors, Sarah at Cloud of Secrets, Veshoevius at The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe, Vahni at Grit & Glamour, Bella at the Citizen Rosebud, Terri at RAGS against the MACHINE, Pam at over50feeling40, Paula at Fashion Over Fifty, my dear Sacramento at MIS PAPELICOS, and my wonderful mother, Linda, who gives the best pep talks of anyone I know.
I am so grateful to everyone who has stopped by my blog, made comments, followed or given me any piece of advice that’s helped me become a better blogger and, more important, a better person. Thank you thank you thank you.