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1 Year Blog Anniversary – GIVEAWAY

It’s been an interesting year for me and this little blog which was one year old on the 30th of December! I’ve worked hard on it, trying to post every day sharing the things I love and giving my own perspective on the world. I’ve been rewarded with a wonderful support network of other bloggers and commenters and readers, which is basically what keeps me going.

THANK YOU so much for taking the time to visit, I REALLY appreciate it!

I want to keep evolving and making the blog better though, so in the spririt of Monday’s post on critique please tell me:

* What do you enjoy most about this blog? Anything you’d like to see more of? less?

* Any questions you want to ask?

* You may have noticed I enjoy a well thought out argument, and occassionally like to rant a bit, is there anything (vaguely fashion/craft/design related) you’d like my opinion on? I promise to go away and do some hard thinking on anything you come up with.

I’d really appreciate some feedback and as an added incentive I’m giving away a surprise parcel of handmade and thrifted goodies to one lucky commenter!


photo by Carlos N. Molina – Paper Art.

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  • Sal 7 January 2010, 5:55 pm

    I love BOTH your fantastically thoughtful "rants" as you call them, and your wonderful, colorful outfit shots. You do a great mix, Franca.

    I'm not as interested in the music-related posts (which is odd, since I'm both a musician and a former music journalist) … but I could be in the minority there!

  • Sara Lynn 7 January 2010, 6:12 pm

    Congrats on one year! 🙂

    I am sorry for not giving any feedback on your post Monday-I read it at work and then got booted from the internet, then my tiny brain forgot to leave a comment later on. blah. anyways I do believe that constructive criticsm is a good thing. People will have to face it in real-life situations, at work, when they have kids,..etc. I am glad that you brought that up. I posted an outfit picture on my chictopia that was very boring and I knew it, I figured someone might be willing to give me a few suggestions on how else to wear a few of the items, especially since I mentioned that I had a hard time finding pieces that went well together. But, alas, no one did. I am not complaining, I like the comments about how nice the colors are and stuff, but maybe people are too busy to really just sit down and leave a critique once in awhile.

    I have just started following your blog, & I really like it. I like that you incorperate fashion & style with crafts. I like seeing what people are up to, gives me ideas of things to do. Maybe you can do some posts of random activites? that'd be cool. Also maybe you could get some images of people's style and critique it? Maybe it will help others to do the same.

    lol now that this is the longest comment ever-I hope that your week is going good!

  • Lemondrop Marie 7 January 2010, 7:45 pm

    I love your fashion choices because they are original and colorful! And opinionated rants are some of my faves, do them myself I am afraid.
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  • Biba 7 January 2010, 9:42 pm

    What I love most about your blog is your absolutely fabulous outfit pics. You have the greatest style and I love your ability of mixing colours in such a fresh way. I also like your choice of accessories.
    I'm joining Sal in not sharing your enthusiasm about your music-related posts – my taste in music is quite different (perhaps because I'm a bit older?). That said, of course, I always check your entries even if they don't appeal to me.
    And I always eagerly read through your rants on anything! I value your opinion a great deal. Mine is often different but hey – that adds to the variety, right?

  • Margherita&Eleonora 8 January 2010, 12:23 am

    Congratulations on one year! 🙂
    nice blog ^_^


  • Margherita&Eleonora 8 January 2010, 12:23 am

    Congratulations on one year! 🙂
    nice blog ^_^


  • Eyeliah 8 January 2010, 5:08 am

    congrats on the one year! Don't enter me thou since I won the last giveaway. I really like your blog, still haven't read your last really thoughtful post (saving for a slow Friday afternoon). Sorry I have no constructive criticism. 🙁 Oh how about more photography posts? you take lovely pictures.

  • COAFE Amy 8 January 2010, 8:41 am

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Mine is coming up, too 🙂

    I adore your blog because of how well thought-out it is, and how beautiful the photography is – one thing that I wish I could do with my own is provide well-thought-through posts on a daily basis! Mine tend to get a little rushed and frankly ridiculous all too often!

    There IS something I'd love your opinion on, actually, if you're interested in helping? As webmiss of British Style Bloggers, I'm trying to get together as many people's opinions as possible on Body Image – and it would be great to have yours! If you're interested in being interviewed or writing a guest post at all, please please please get in contact – amy.bsb@cybergal.com!

    Thanks and congrats!


    – A –

  • katrina 8 January 2010, 9:42 am

    i love your style and i do so enjoy your outfit posts and feel inspired to improve mine.

    i consider myself sartorially challenged and would really appreciate tips on how to wear certain things such as scarves and fascinators.

    happy blog birthday!!

  • parakeetpie 8 January 2010, 2:55 pm

    I’ve been quietly following for a few months and I love your blog. I admire your individual and colourful style and the way you don’t go for quantity over quality when it comes to clothes and fashion.

    Highlights for me have been when I can really see how you’ve thought through your wardrobe e.g. the capsule wardrobe challenge and the outfits for your Berlin trip. I also enjoy the crafting aspect and the peeks into how you’re forming your own style in your flat.

    I don’t normally read the music posts but only because that doesn’t really appeal to me. If it’s something that interests you and you can take something from similar posts on other sites then why not give something back. Not everything you write can interest all your readers.

    As for the "rants"… I’d say they are not opinionated but are well thought out and well written arguments and they let us know that there’s more to Franca than colourful clothes!

  • Lynne 8 January 2010, 7:01 pm

    I really love your craft entries. My favorite part of your blog is that you bring color into my world. Thank you!

    lynne at fairpoint dot net

  • Missa 9 January 2010, 9:39 am

    Congrats on your blog anniversary Franca!

    I really enjoy the way your love and appreciation of color permeates your blog in such a cohesive way. It's a delight for sure 🙂

    I enjoy reading your discussion post topics as well, they're insightful and obviously well-thought out. I just wish I had more time to leave equally insightful comments. I'm such a slowpoke when it comes that sort of thing and with my little one I'm often pressed for time while catching up on other people's blogs.

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the effort you put into your colorful little corner of the blogosphere, it's appreciated 🙂

  • Mathild-e 10 January 2010, 9:03 am

    Hi! I don't comment very often, but I visit your blog nearly everyday! I really like your outfit posts, your travel posts (would like to go to Berlin now!) and i also enjoy reading the kind of thing you said about trift shoping and the uniform project… I liked the few food related posts and i'd like to sea more of them! Voilà! Happy birthday to oranges and apples! (sorry for the bad english!)

  • laura 13 January 2010, 11:01 am

    ich mag deine outfit posts unheimlich gerne, aber auch die beiträge, in denen du über verschiedene dinge nachdenkst und fragen stellst. außerdem freue ich mich immer über posts, in denen es um "grüne" mode geht. schön fand ich auch die beiträge zur capsule wardrobe.
    ich freue mich auch 2010 auf bunte, inspirierende beiträge von dir, in denen du uns anregst, die gleichen dinge auf viele verschiedene arten zu tragen und mit unterschiedlichen accessoires etc. zu stylen. (:
    alles gute zum bloggeburtstag!

  • Diana 14 January 2010, 7:25 am

    Happy Birthday, Blog!! I am celebrating my one year, too and asking questions is a great idea.

    I love the posts where you talk about image and the media. Those are great debates and I love to read the commentary.
    I personally love your outfits. They are colorful and bright, and in a community that posts outfits in all black or dark colors, you stand out in your joyful colors.
    Here's to another great year!

  • What Would a Nerd Wear 22 January 2010, 5:11 pm

    happy birthday, blog!

    since it's my thing, too, i especially love outfit posts and beautiful color combinations in pictures.
    always wonderful for inspiration!

  • Sadie 22 January 2010, 7:05 pm

    I'm quite new to your blog, but I really like your sense of style and the way your blog is a knitting blog as well as a style blog!

  • Teenysparkles 23 January 2010, 12:30 am

    Hi Franca, I enjoy your rants actually. I think they are provocative and brave without being offensive; largely due to your own thoughtfulness which translates well to how you write. They have definately been my favourite posts, as I follow you on Flickr w_r I see your outfit posts there, but I do really enjoy it when you integrate a post around the outfit or montage (like your favourite outfits for each month of 09). Phew, that was long. Keep on bloggin!

  • C 23 January 2010, 11:43 pm

    I enjoy your rants and the fact that you aren't afraid to voice your opinion.

  • Clare 24 January 2010, 3:16 pm

    I hope it's not too late!

    I ADORE your fave flickr photos, and the incredible color aesthetic on your blog, and through your outfits. And of course, I love the rants. It's refreshing to read someone's thoughts and ideas about some real issues.

    CONGRATS on one year!