Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cute and Mundane's 2nd Blogaversary!

 
          I often wonder how I came about blogging, how I fell down that rabbit hole. Usually it brings me to reflect on my youth. I was a kid with glasses who joined math team for fun.  I was also a kid that drew still lifes, cartoons, and paintings in her spare time. Not much changed since then. I'm just as nerdy as I used to be and I still crave creativity. That's how I found blogging. It's the perfect combination of a little bit of technology and a little bit of art.

        This blogaversary is especially special to me, since I didn't celebrate my first blogaversary. At that time, it wasn't something I felt proud of; it makes me a bit sad thinking back on it now. I've always been a bit of a late bloomer. My blog really blossomed after finding inspiring role models and finding a group of fellow bloggers who constantly influence me with their ideas and have thereby helped shape my blog into what it is today. Now, when I look at Cute and Mundane, I can't help but smile. It's colorful, whimsical, and a little simplistic. It's reached a comfortable equilibrium that seems a lot like me. To channel a little Louis XIV, 'Le blog c'est moi!'


            Here are a few things I've learned by my blog's two year mark: blogging about beauty is not frivolous and something to be ashamed of; it's a creative and challenging hobby,  albeit an extremely time consuming one. Role models are so important, as are friends. Kindness and generosity can get you far. Success is understanding who you are. Finally, it's important to evolve and try new things.

        Something new I'm going to try to start off my third year is my first giveaway, to celebrate my blogaversary and to say thanks. (I'll try my best to set it up this coming weekend, but in the meantime, here's a hint: it's NARS and it has some of the colors found in my flowers above). I am truly grateful for all the love, support, friendship, and readership I've received. Thank you for reading, it really has been an honor and pleasure to publish for you these past two years!

Love, Dovey.


39 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your 2nd blogversary! I'm so glad that I've found your blog! I always smile when I see a new blog post listed in your twitter feed! I look forward to reading many more posts in the days & years to come!

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    1. Hi Kristi, thank you so much for this and all the other wonderful comments you take the time to leave. They always make me smile too :)

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  2. Happy 2nd blogversary! :) I didn't celebrate my first blogversary either (it was quite recent, actually), because I just wasn't in the mood for celebrating. I think you're completely right - blogging about beauty is not frivolous or something to be dismissed. It's a great outlet, and you are fabulous at it. I'm glad to have "met" you! :D

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    1. Hi Larie, I'm so glad I found you too!! (And a belated happy blogaversary, if I may). Thank you for letting me know your story too--- it's always great to hear that other bloggers have a shared experience!

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  3. Happy Blogoversary Dovey! I agree with your post about not beeing ashamed of blogging (or talking) about beauty products. It's nothing that will change the world but makeup can be so much more than 'covering my imperfections'. I love how makeup can be compared to the things we are sourrounded by (nature, the small everyday things, smell, art, etc). Kindness, generosity, trying new things, understanding who you are - couldn't have said it better! That's why I really like your blog (beside the fact, that you are an art lover just like I am, lol).

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    1. Hi Claire, Thank you so much for your kind comment! I loved every thing you had to say and how eloquent it sounded too :) I love finding fellow art lovers in the blogosphere--- I think there are many of us out there, because as you said, makeup is more than just makeup.

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  4. Happy Blogoversary!

    Love your blog and it is not simplistic.

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    1. Hehe, Thank you so much Mopsy! I really appreciate that you stopped by!

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  5. Happy 2nd blogversary! I agree that what we do is nothing to be ashamed of! I am so glad to have "met" you this year and think you and your blog are fabulous! Big hugs Dovey!! xo

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    1. Hi Tracy, Thank you so much! I am so happy to have 'met' you too, you're one of the nicest bloggers out there, and a wonderful role model!

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  6. Happy 2 years to you and your blog!

    I'm so happy to have found your blog; I always look forward to reading your posts because they are so well thought out, eloquent and creative!

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    1. Hi C, thank you so much for the kind words! I'm glad to have found your beautiful blog too!

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  7. Happy Blogaversary! I like your tips about being true to yourself, and channeling your creativity. It is a fun journey :)

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    1. Hi Martha--- thank you so much; I've followed an learned from you blog for a while now, so it is wonderful to hear from you! You're so right that it is a fun journey.

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  8. Congratulations, Dovey! I'm glad that you are proud of your blog, as it's really a wonderful resource and clearly a labor of love, as all great blogs are :-)

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    1. Hi Amy, Thank you so much for your nice words :) Blogs definitely fall under the 'labor of love' category!

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  9. Happy Blogaversary Dovey - this blog is definitely something to celebrate!! Your blog is definitely one of my favorites and I'm a huge fan!

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    1. Hi Annick, Thank you so much!! I'm always happy when I see that you've stopped by :)

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  10. Congratulations my dear! I'm so happy for you. You are truly one of the kindest, sincere, genuine bloggers I have come across. I hope one day that we can meet and shop NARS together.

    How much fun would that be? Here's to many more years and you always influence me to be a better blogger. Well not trying to be better than you, just trying to not be so lazy! haha you know what I mean...

    CHEERS!!

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    1. Hi Lexi, am I allowed to say ditto to everything you said about you? :) I think the statement about meeting and shopping NARS together totally made my day. That would be awesome!!

      <3!!!!1

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  11. Happy 2nd Blogaversary, Dovey! This post was so well written, it really touched me. I too was somewhat ashamed of Getting Cheeky when I'd first begun writing it ... now I practically wave a flag. I'm thrilled you've come to appreciate just how wonderful Cute & Mundane is.

    Beauty blogging wouldn't be the same without you. Here's to many more years!
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Hi Jessica, Thank you for such a lovely comment as always. I always look forward to posts on Getting Cheeky :) I like the visual of flag waving; I'm going to try and keep that in mind from now on whenever I talk about my blog :)

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  12. Happy two years Dovey! Your posts are inspiring and some of the ones I look forward to the most. It's been so nice getting to know you through your blog and twitter and I hope for many more lovely years as well. <3

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    1. hi Danielle, Thank you so much! Your words mean so much to me. I've loved getting to know you too--- and hopefully we'll both be around for years longer!

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  13. Happy second blogaversary, Dovey!

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    1. Thank you so much BooBooNinja :) :)

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  14. Congratulations and happy day, Dovey! Has it really only been 2 years? It feels like I've been reading you forevah. Here's to many more! *Muah*

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    1. Haha, Thank you Zuzu for the congratulations. Only two years? It feels like it's been forever :) I look forward to many more posts alongside yours!

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  15. happy anniversary, Dovey!
    wish you and your blog the best. i am really lucky to have found your blog. ;)
    xoxo

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    1. Hi Lena, thank you so much! I'm very lucky to have found you too!

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  16. Congratulations, Dovey! I have really enjoyed your blog so far, keep it up:))

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    1. Thank you so much Rola, it means a lot to hear that! :)

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  17. Happy blogaversary to you Dovey! I've consistently loved your blog content since I found it. xo

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    1. Hi Vita, thank you so much for your wonderful comment :) It's good to hear from you!

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  18. Thank you so much everyone! I was so touched by your comments--- and wanted to let you know that I will get to answering all of them soon :)

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  19. Happy blogaversary Dovey! I'm so glad I discovered your blog - your posts are always so creative & a pleasure to read! Keep up the great work :) Best wishes!

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    1. Thank you so much s.! It means a lot to me coming from you. I'm a huge Makeup Magpie fan :)

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  20. Happy anniversary, Dovey! I'm so glad to have found you and your lovely blog. It's always heartwarming to read what you have to say, no matter the topic, and your taste in makeup is flawless too of course. ;) Looking forward to more Cute and Mundane posts in the coming year! <3

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  21. Happy Blogaversary! having a blog is something I look foward to doing in the future, your blog is def something I'd like mine to be like (as well as like Liz's- saw her comment above mine!). Hugs!

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