It's that 100th Post.....and a Giveaway!!

It's that 100th fantastic!!! And the time has all the best times do....

Inspired by my friend mimicharmante and encouraged by my friends Lori and Zi, I tentatively began my blog back in May. I liked the idea of it but hesitated because I didn't think I had enough to write about (I know.... I know....who knew I could talk so much!!).....and to be really honest I just didn't think it would be - or I would be - interesting enough.

It's hard to say now what I thought I would write about when I first started it or if I thought I would get to where I am now....and in some ways I guess that is the whole point of a blog....sometimes it just evolves and the beauty of it is that you can just follow where it takes you and choose your own direction.

I have been adamant all my life that I didn't have a creative bone in my body....both my brothers are creative, my husband can draw very well and my children seem to have an eye for art.....two things I have always wished that I could do are to be able to sing (not that my lack of ability stops me I have to say!) and to be artistic or creative.

But I have to say that producing my blog each day makes me feel creative.......from the process of putting it together, searching for and choosing images and writing about things I care about and am interested in......and that has been a fantastic thing.....quite an achievement for me since I never thought I could do it....I have surprised myself and I love it. I have realised how much I enjoy writing. It has been empowering and inspiring to have a voice and a way of expressing myself.

Discovering the blogging community has been a huge huge bonus.....people have been so enormously supportive and generous. I started writing my blog to create something for me, almost a diary really, never for one minute thinking that people around the world would read it.....and read it regularly and comment on it and say such nice things. I have met many fabulous people, people who write beautifully, who are funny, stylish and very accomplished at what they has been tremendously inspiring to read and to watch them at work. I really cannot thank you enough for reading my blog and for enjoying what I write.....and for letting me know that.

We all need people to tell us we are doing a good job or even just simply to say something kind or appreciative and some days when you're a grown up - and especially when you're a mother - that doesn't always happen......and when it does, it is just lovely....acknowledgement and recognition are everything, we all need that.

Blogging has certainly given me something in my life that I didn't know that I needed but now that I have it, I see what was missing.....does that make sense?!! Now I don't know where I would be without my blog.

I thought today I would have one image and a lot of writing......but you know me, I just couldn't do it.....a post is not a post without a dozen or so images!! I love beautiful things and love creating posts to share them with everyone..... is a special day......and a special day needs a little fabulousness.....

What is a girl to wear....THIS is one amazing dress.....

.....but I do have a soft spot for this....

.....I wonder if she still has this....

....and if I ate only air and water for a month, I could squeeze myself into all I need is a date....

.....I do have a Kiefer thing going on right now....too much of those "24" boxsets....

.....gorgeous as ever George...

....yes, it's always been you Andy....
While I ponder my choices....

.....I would like to say thank you to everyone who reads my blog....
....for their love....

.....and for their friendship.... means everything....

Thank my son would say....."it makes me nice...."

It's not a celebration without a cake....and sometimes candles aren't just for birthdays....

.....a little champagne is a must....

....and to say thank you, I have a box of gifts....

.....a leather bound journal and some little things I bought in Florence last month, a porcelain "Love" mug by Jan Constantine, some very cute pink things from my friend Lucinda's shop Emporium, plus a little selection of "Britishness" and a few other bits and pieces that reflect my blog a little....
Just leave me a comment between now and Thursday, that's all.....I will mail it anywhere worldwide.....I will draw a winner this Friday September 4.
Thank you so much to everyone from the bottom of my heart.....I am having a fabulous time....


  1. Congratulations on 100 beautiful posts!! I love reading your blog, it is always filled with beauty and inspiration.
    Have a lovely day

  2. Well honey, what can I say. The most wonderful post from one of the most beautiful people in my blogging world.

    I loved all your sentiments, same for me darlin', loved all your pictures and the notes were just spot on.

    I'll have a drink for you tonight, cheers honey on your 100th .... post that is :o

  3. It's a big day for you. Congratulations! May you continue to inspire and entertain us with your photos and thoughts. I'm just beginning as a blogger, but perhaps there is a "100 day" for me ahead.


  4. CONGRATULATIONS! That is so exciting! We are so happy for you that you are at 100 posts! Lovely giveaway, what a great way celebrate!

    Those images are so beautiful and I would love to wear one of those gowns.

    Congrats again!

    The Chic Coles

  5. Oh my goodness, I am so glad you are inspired to write and that you enjoy it so much. I truly enjoy everything you create, and you are right... its nice to have so much support from this very unique blogging community!

    I am definitely entering your giveaway... what AMAZING things you have to give away! The "love" mug and journal sound so darling... (i hope i win) :) Hope you are having a wonderful Monday!

  6. Congratulation on your 100th post. You have one very special blog, constant source of inspiration. Heres to a 100 more :)

  7. What a wonderful, wonderful post. It's so true. Blogging just makes one's heart sing. Congratulations on 100 posts and here's to many more. A-M xx

  8. It must feel like some random person just found your blog and is visiting it when their blogs have nothing in common but I just love your blog! Your blog gives me a fresh breath of air and makes me feel good! Happy 100th post darling! And thanks a million for the chance to win this giveaway! You have exquisite taste and I would be honored to win! And it would be my first giveaway win!

    Love, Madison: @

  9. Wow...Happy 100th...That is worth celebrating..and I loved the way you did it...beautiful words and beautiful images...Looking so forward to the next 100 of your posts!

  10. My dear sweet Simone ~ congratulations on your 100th post. You are such a beautiful person and a beautiful writer! I get excited when I see a new post from you as I know it will lift my spirits and make me smile. I will always be here to encourage you ~ because you are very special to me and I am thankful that you are in my life. Reading through your comments here, apparently I am not alone in my sentiments. Have a wonderful week!

    PS: the 4th would have been my Dad's birthday ~ a special day for sure for your drawing!

  11. Congrats! I just stumbled on your blog, but im following definitely :)

    katch05 at gmail dot com

  12. congratulations! wow I started blogging in my too and I'm only up to 60 posts! well done you!

  13. Congratulations on your 100th post! I'm coming up on mine soon, too, and I've been thinking so many of the thoughts that you've expressed here so perfectly. Blogging is such a rich and rewarding part of my life now. Thank you for making such a beautiful place to come visit! xo

  14. Happy 100!! So glad I found you! It's amazing what this blogging world can do. My attitude, happiness, and creativity has improved wonders since I started. Feels good to have a purpose again besides the hum drum office life. :)

    p.s. You are ever SO creative!

  15. Oh Simone so glad you started on the blogging journey:) You are one of my absolute favorites. Your sweet heart and wonderful comments make me smile every day, and your gorgeous images and colorful posts make me want more. You were destined to just didn't know it. HAPPY 100th post!! Here's to countless others.

  16. Sweet sweet friend,
    I am so very proud of you, and so happy that you have found something that you do so incredibly well. You truly inspire with every post and some days I know all I need do is come visit to get me going on a positive path. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful part of you with us.
    The 4th is Chris' birthday - great day for a draw.
    Much love,

  17. Congratulations! I feel the same way as you do about this blog world - it is wonderful indeed! Your blog is simply charming!

  18. Dear Simone, CONGRATS from the other Simone. xx

  19. Congratulations. I love all the pictures you find. Lovely

  20. Felicitations on 100 gorgeous blog posts. Looking forward to the next 100 :-)

    Leeann x

  21. Big, BIG congrats to you Simone!

    The blog world is a much happier (and prettier) place with you in it! I completely agree with you - blogging has opened up my mind and inspiration seems to just flow! I love it!

    "Meeting" people like you has put it over the top!

    Here's to many, many more incredible posts!


  22. Creative!! You are filled with creativity! I seriously though you were a stay at home ex-magazine editor or something. Your image arrangements and blog themes are stupendously creative and appealing to my eye.

    Happy 100th post! I feel kind of bad because I had no clue we were supposed to do something auspicious for a 100th post. Maybe I will have to do a 200th give away :)


  23. Morning, Congratulations on your 100th post, you have a lovely blog here and I am always inspired by you and your lovely pics, have a sweet day! x

  24. Fabulous!! So pleased you made it to 100! Hope there is 100's more to come!!! x

  25. Congratulations to you Simone on 100 fabulous posts. Well everyone has said it for me.. so glad to be part of your journey!
    xxx Julie

  26. 100 posts, what an acheivement.
    Love your images, they have brightened my day.
    Thanks for your lovely comment today.
    Love Sophie xxxxx

  27. Simone - today you put everything about blogging into words so well. Congratulations on your 100th post, and here's to a million more.

  28. HAPPY, HAPPY 100th Simone,
    I have to say that you have been the most wonderful blogging friend a girl could ever never fail to comment on my posts and you always have the right thing to say...can't imagine why you didn't think you were creative....creativity shines through every single post in your unique and beautiful deserve every kind and generous word that has been said and we all look forward to more and more inspirational posts in the future....I'm with Dust Jacket Attic...I will be raising my glass to you.....Lots of love. XXXX

  29. Oh my goodness, your blog is fabulous. You have such amazing pictures each day and tell it like it is, or that is how you are feeling. You are doing an amazing thing each day and I always knew you could do it. PLease enter me in our contest but know that I think you are fabulous!
    xoxo Zizette

  30. I've watched you since Day 1 Simone & girl I need to tell you - YOU ROCK! I've seen an amazing transformation happen here, you have emerged from your cocoon into the most beautiful butterfly in the garden. I'm rapt that you have found so many positives on your blogging journey - long may that continue. Happy 100th post - here's looking at you kid.
    Love & hugs from Millie ^_^

  31. 30 comments in 24 hours - wow Simone! I'll tell you what it is: you project yourself as a thoroughly nice person through your writing, and at the same time entertain us with the stunning images you find. I often find myself wondering about this corner or that of my house, based on some picture you've included.
    I do so agree about discovering the pleasure of writing as you go along - it's taken me by surprise as well (about my own writing I mean!)
    Long may you continue.

  32. I enjoy reading your blog! Congrats on your 100th post! May there be many more!

  33. Congratulations on 100 amazingly wonderful posts! I can't wait for the next 100!
    xxx kim

  34. Congratulations, miss thing! How exciting for you. As always, I am so grateful for your support on Lola.

    P.S. I adore the new picture behind your banner!


  35. Simone...Congratulations! What a beautiful post. I really enjoyed ready about your journey. I think I'm 2 or 3 posts away from 100 myself...Wow, how time flies when you're having fun! So glad to have met you...thanks so much for your support as well! All the best and i look forward to the next 100!!

  36. oh my oh my...
    what am i going to wear to the party??
    yes..that was a lovely post...and i am so happy to know you.

  37. love your blog....always more interesting when you have stories to read with gal

  38. I just found your blog! It has some really lovely things on it! Love it!

  39. Congratulations. Love your blog and all the wonderful eye candy you provide. Love that pic of George Clooney I could stare at him all day (and night)...he is a yummy piece of eye candy.....

  40. 100 beautiful, gorgeous, inspired, encouraging posts! Thank you Simone for your generosity and creativity. It's been a delight to watch your blog develop and get bolder and braver with each post. Keep writing, keep dreaming, keep loving your life so beautifully.....You rock!! Meredith xo.

  41. Congratulations Simone! I don't think you should feel at all guilty for buying so many of Anna's ribbons - they are a special treat to yourself for reaching your 100th post!

  42. I came across your blog for the first time today, but it certainly won't be the last.
    Beautiful pictures and insporing post.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs from Marilyn in Norway

  43. Good morning - I just had to stop by and leave you a note because you have the most wonderfully fabulous blog. I've loved reading your interesting posts, all very creative and great pictures too. What could be more perfect ? Thanks for sharing them all and best wishes...

  44. Congrats Simone on your 100th post!
    Many, many beautiful returns.

    You are a good neighbour.

  45. What a wonderful idea to celebrate your 100th post! Congratulations and have a glass of champagne for me. x Jayne

  46. Congratulations on 100 posts. I hope to reach 100 one day, it might take me forever to reach 100. I always enjoy your posts they are so creative and the pictures are so lovely. Please enter me into your giveaway.
    Enjoy your day,

  47. I just found your blog and can I say I am LOVING all the gorgeous images!

    Adding you to my Google Reader!

    And Congrats on your 100th post!

  48. Congratulations on a job well done. It's obvious that your joie de vivre is alive and well and your observations on the world around you are brilliant. I will always recall the Italy trip..such a sensitive journal. You are a treasure.

  49. congratulations on your 100th post!!

  50. Just discovered your blog, what an amazing collection of pictures. Well done reaching 100 posts!

  51. What a wonderful accomplishment!! Your post today spoke to my heart so much ~ I have been feeling some of the same insecurities and fears that you mentioned (what will I say? Why would anyone be interested in what I have to post?). Plus my own people-pleasing problem: What if I accidently offend someone? I too have wondered if I have any creativity or talent. Well, I must tell you, dear heart, that you have talked me into it--I will get a blog set up this very week!! I have been wavering about it for weeks but that's my final decision and you nudged me to it! Now that is a signal of your inspiration and power. God bless you...I pray that I will also receive the kind of nurturing and validation that you mentioned in your post today. In other words, to be a blessing and to be blessed also. Thank you so very much....

    Cynthia K.

  52. Congratulations on your 100th post. Always a pleasure to read your posts they are foreveer inspiring and are truly heartfelt.
    Lynette :)

  53. WOW! I am impressed, it looks like we started blogging at about the same time & um... well I am not even half as far along as you are :).
    Congrats & may you continue to inspire your "visitors!"

  54. I just came across your blog last week and was immediately drawn to your writing. Everything is just lovely!!!! Thank you for sharing your experience as you first began your blogging adventure. I believe you are very gifted at writing and very creative! You have inspired me, I have just started blogging and struggle at times...but all in all, it is a good learning experience!

    congratulations on your 100th post!


  55. Congratulations on 100 great posts! I'm looking forward to reading yet another 100 inspiring posts from the bottom of the ironing basket. Lee :)

  56. Congratulations Simone on 100 posts - seems such a long way for me but I am sure that when it rocks around it will seem like yesterday. I only hope that I too will have met so many wonderful people all wanting to celebrate this wonderful event.
    Also a special thank you from me for being my 1st follower

  57. I've only recently discovered your blog but instantly became a follower. I love your inspirational posts and fabulous pictures - congratulations on 100 posts!

  58. I keep meaning to tell you that I save my favorite pictures from your site and use them as my screen savers. So everytime I sit down to use my computer I think of you! Hope you don't mind. You have the prettiest images:)

  59. Congratulations on 100's hard to believe isn't it? It is a wonderful way to meet very cool women and all of them talented in their unique way. Your post was fabulous, every photo divine....your efforts are clearly noticed by many. Thank you for your lovely comment too!


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