Happy Birthday, PFB!

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Hello, lovely readers! Today marks the third — yes, third — birthday of Prada for Breakfast AND this will be my 100th post here!

I’m surprised I’ve been able to keep up with this blog for so long, and though I’ve enjoyed the ride so far, I still feel as though the best is yet to come. Blogging here has always been something I’ve enjoyed, even though it tends to fall by the wayside when I get overwhelmed with work (unfortunately). But I’ve always come back to this blog, which is significant considering that my other forays into the blogging world (all pre-PFB — and believe me, there were many) lasted less than a year.

I’m grateful to all of you who read this blog regularly, and those who just stop by every once and a while — every comment makes my day! And speaking of things that make my day, I thought now would be an appropriate time to share a couple blog awards I’ve received lately:

The Super Sweet Blogging Award, from the fabulous Standing Among Stars

As part of the award, I’m supposed to answer the following questions, so here goes…

  1. Cookies or Cake? Both? Both, obviously. But I’m probably a bigger cake fan as of late, or at least I prefer to bake cake — I find it a lot harder to mess up.
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate, duh.
  3. Favorite Sweet Treat? French macarons. There is an amazing food truck near my school that sells handmade French macarons…absolutely to die for.
  4. When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most? Um, all the time.

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And second, the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from the lovely Stylish Heath (above)

I’m also supposed to share seven interesting facts about myself, so here’s a bit about what’s current in my life (in keeping with the nature of this post):

  1. Currently reading The Table Comes First, a food memoir (did you expect me to read anything else?!) by Adam Gopnik, one of my favorite authors. He has also written a fantastic memoir about his time in France called Paris to the Moon — I highly recommend it.
  2. Currently trying to keep up with my Italian through various iPad apps….not working as well as I had hoped.
  3. Just ordered these fabulous pumps from J. Crew — after many diligent months of online stalking.
  4. Finally acquired J. K. Rowling’s new book, The Cuckoo’s Calling (written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) and can’t wait to get started reading it!
  5. Ordered a bunch of fonts (yes, you read that correctly) online because, well, I have my priorities.
  6. Newly obsessed with avocados — so good for you and so easy to incorporate into just about everything (need proof? look here)
  7. Working on more posts detailing my trip to Italy — get ready!

I think that about wraps it up. Thank you again to Standing Among Stars and Stylish Heath for the awards, and a huge thank you to everyone who has ever taken the time to read this blog! I can’t wait to see where PFB is a year from now.

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Notes From A Year of Blogging

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Today marks the one-year blog-versary of Prada for Breakfast! It’s been a fun, albeit sporadic, year, with lapses in posting that I’m sure have driven away readers and bugged the few of you who have come here consistently. But I want to humbly thank everyone who has taken the time out of their day to look through my little blog for a few minutes — it’s really an honor, and every single comment I get, whether negative or positive, truly makes my day.

I would like to share some highlights from this year of blogging at Prada for Breakfast.

  • Getting featured on Freshly Pressed (WordPress.com’s daily selection of posts from WordPress blogs) for DIY: Bulletin Board Chic was such an honor! It was really a surreal experience for me.
  • I received a couple blog awards that I didn’t quite get the chance to post on, so I’ll list them here! First of all, thank you to Nina at Through Tinted Glass for the Versatile Blogger Award. And, second, thank you to Hannah at Mademoiselle Hannah for the Stylish Blogger Award! I’m honored — these awards really mean so much to me.
  • All the fantastic bloggers I’ve met during my time blogging at Prada for Breakfast — you guys are my biggest inspiration and are so supportive! (You know who you are.)
  • Expanding my horizons. Posting in the blogosphere really opens your mind to different creative ideas and opinions. I’ve experienced this looking through other fantastic blogs, but also writing for my own and getting responses. Even the negative comments are great to get — I’m one of those people that likes to get critical and honest feedback, as it will help me grow in the long run.
  • Baking more! As you probably know, I post primarily on Prada for Breakfast about fashion, art, and food. And writing here has also inspired me to try more recipes to share, so I’ve had plenty of goodies in the house the past year.
  • Writing a couple opinions posts. I’ve had lots of fun writing for this blog, but these posts were by far my favorites to work on. I don’t think they tend to be as popular because people don’t like to read super long posts (so if you’re still with me, good for you!), and there is, I think, a general expectation that fashion-oriented blogs will have brief posts and lots of photos. But for those who did read my two opinions posts, I really thank you for your time. Even if I don’t always fall on the popular side of a debate, it always feels great to get my thoughts out there. If you’re interested, you can check out both the posts: The September Issue and America’s Cupcake Obsession.

I don’t want to ramble on forever, so I’ll cut this post short now. But please leave me feedback on how I did this year! I know I wasn’t totally consistent with posting, that’s for sure — but what else could I work on? What were your favorite and least favorite posts? What would you like to see more of? Leave me a report card!

P.S. Doesn’t that cake look fantastic? Hopefully I’ll be able to try this one out soon…