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10/29/10

The Zhush Turns One!

Exactly one year ago today....the inexplicable compulsion to start a blog finally won out.  With this post, the journey began.

Celebratory Chanel "Blog Birthday" Cupcakes!
I had no idea what to expect, and frankly, during those early days I had no idea what to even write.   Feeling quite uncertain,  I kept my new found hobby under wraps for several months, telling only my closest family members.

Early days:  The original banner...awww, they grow up so fast!
But over time I "came out" to all my friends and family, and even started to find my voice.  And, while I look back on some of those early posts and cringe...I'm thrilled that I took a leap of faith and started this blog. Never did imagine that I would be meeting other bloggers and making strong connections and friendships along the way.

I feel like the girl in the old "AHA" Take On Me music video who jumped through the television into the cartoon...


like I literally jumped through the computer monitor into this whole new and amazing life!  And, I am so glad that you have taken me on...


 And, now I'm truly hooked!  I can't believe it's been a year already...

 I really want to thank everyone for supporting The Zhush.  Now that my blog is almost on solid foods, I have so many fun things planned for the upcoming year...I sincerely hope that you will travel along this road with me. 





98 comments:

  1. Happy bloggiversary!!! Here's to many many more! Happy weekend! xo

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  2. Mazel tov, Sue! You have filled the blog with so much personality and style it's hard to believe it's been only a year. May the coming year be even funner! xx Chedva

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  3. Happy 1 Year Birthday! I've loved reading your blog this past year and look forward to many more years! xx

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  4. Happy blog birthday Sue! So lovely that you met such great ladies and nice to have "met" you too!

    p.s. I still haven't come "out" about my blogging to my friends but eventually they've been finding out!

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  5. We love you, too, Zhush and look forward to much more fun in the future! Can't believe we all met "online" and have formed this little community - I know my life is richer thanks to you! Happy Birthday!

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  6. Bravo, Sue! Happy 1st blogoversary. You've done spectacularly well in a year - most impressive. Onwards and upwards! J x

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  7. Happy Birthday Zhush! I will always remember this day- it happens to be Jamie's birthday too!

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  8. Congratulations!! You've done a great job and we look forward to what you have planned for us in the year(s) to come!!

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  9. aaaw Sue, Happy Anniversary, thank you for all the joy! xoxo

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  10. I so know how you feel, Sue, it's such an amazing experience to be part of this blogging 'world'! Congratualtions on your 1st blogging birthday. Love your blog!

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  11. Happy Birthday Sue...can't wait to watch the baby grow up!

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  12. Happy Birthday Zhush for such lovely blog and inspiring notes.
    Chanel cupcakes are indeed the stylist way to celebrate it.
    Kisskiss
    Eli

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  13. Wonderful Sue!!

    Wish I could celebrate with you sharing some of those beautiful cupcakes!!

    xoxo Laura

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  14. Congratulations!! I felt the same way when I started my blog over a year ago, keeping it under wraps, coming out slowly, and still coming out! I love your blog !

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  15. Happy One Year!!! I personally am so glad to have gotten to "know" you, and that I've been around since you were an infant!
    xoxoxo

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  16. Sue,
    Happy Birthday to Zhush!!! Love you both bunches!

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  17. Happy Blogirthday! Your blog has quickly become one of my favourites and I love that you are always stopping by. And wow, you must really love us A LOT because I know how much you love throw pillows!!! :)

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  18. happy anniversary darl - so very very glad you started this inspirational blog! jxx

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  19. plus de pillows? oh la la! bon anniversaire, Zhush.

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  20. Happy Anniversary! I just adore your blog (and you for that matter!) You always have such inspirational posts and leave lovely comments on my blog! Here's to many more years!

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  21. Happy birthday, Zhush!! You've done more in a single year than I will if I blogged for 10!!

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  22. Happy 1st!! My daughter and I are bloggers that are still in the infancy stage, so I know exactly what you mean about taking those "baby steps". Love following, and you are definitely on our "blogs we love" daily read ~

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  23. Happy Blog Birthday! I always look forward to your posts and am very grateful to have "met" you through blogging. You have helped to make my whole experience a positive one as well. That sweet personality of yours just shines through the computer screen! Also, just the name - The Zhush - totally fun! Enjoy your day!

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  24. Happy Blog Birthday!! Love those Chanel cupcakes!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  25. Hooray for you, Sue! And congratulations on completing your first year. I'm so glad I found your blog!

    Oh - and I LOVE the photo of those fabulous cupcakes!!!

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  26. congrats! and happy 1st year!

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  27. Happy 1st Birthday, Sue! Your blog is always such an inspiration! You should be very proud of your "baby"!

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  28. Mazel Tov, Sue! The blogosphere thanks you for bringing us perfectly purple interiors, chic Chanel, and hummable lyric-filled posts.

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  29. happy birthday, zhush! i love your blog, sue. its always so refreshing and inspiring. and those cupcakes look so pretty and yummy!

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  30. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUE! Love this post and your blog. The coming year is going to be even better.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Teresa

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  31. Happy blog birthday! Great job!

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  32. Sue,
    happy first year! Your daily rounds to my blog connected us and now I feel part of your big bloggers family!!
    Next february I'm coming to New York - maybe we can meet, who knows?
    Congrats one more time,
    Flavia from Brazil

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  33. Love you too!! Happy blog birthday to a wonderful blog and an even more wonderful lady.. I thought you had been blogging for years! xoxo

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  34. Happy happy blogiverssary, Sue!!!! You have truly found your voice and your calling! What an honor to appear in your celebratory photos - the personal connections found through this new medium are indeed the biggest PURPLE lining I could have imagined.

    I can't wait to see what you have in store for all of us in year 2!

    Looking forward to celebrating your 1 year mark next week!!!
    xoxo, Elizabeth

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  35. Congratulations Sue!!! You have a wonderful blog and I enjoy reading every post!

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  36. Congratulations Sue!
    Looking forward year 2.

    Sandy K

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  37. Happy, happy birthday!! Those Chanel cupcakes are perfect for you!!

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  38. Happy Blog Anniversary! Boy did you ever find your "voice"! We love it here, and if you lived a little closer, I would definitely make you Chanel cupcakes!

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  39. I just cannot get over how successful your blog has been in such a short amount of time. It truly has been incredible.

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  40. Happy blogiversary!!! I just found it recently and it is definitely now one of my 'must reads'-congrats and looking very forward to seeing your year 2:)

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  41. Happy Anniversaire and thank you for your visit,
    Hugs
    Cecilia

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  42. Mazel Tov- Happy Anniversary!

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  43. happy birthday, zhush! loves it!

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  44. Happy Blog Birthday, now that your blog is almost on solid foods is clever and very funny!
    Here's to another great year for you!

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  45. Congrats to you!
    I can see it has been a very successfull year! I feel so happy for you and I´m sure we´ll all be keeping on following your amazing, inspiring blog!
    Happy weekend!

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  46. Aaah Sue, love the last pict. of the pillows For us that love to design we know how much that means because we gals do love a good pillow!! Happy 1st year, it has been an absolute pleasure to follow along with you and I love that you found your voice,it has a lot of wonderful things to share, Congrats, Kathysue

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  47. Happy Happy to you Miss Sue!!!
    You took this blog thing like a fish to water and blogland is much brighter because of it!! I knew immediately that you had found your element and it's been a pleasure to have followed you in this journey. Coming here and visiting is always a highlight of my day :)
    Your voice and personality come across so authentically... it's impossible to ignore THE ZHUSH!!!
    I ADORE YOU.
    XX

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  48. Happy Blog Birthday Sue!! Your readers love you and your blog is such a source of inspiration for so many!! I am glad you decided to take the plunge and enter this crazy blogosphere. I feel exactly the same way, I never expected to make such wonderful friends, that probably understand me and my interests even more than some 'real life' friends do. Cheers to you, you should be so proud of what your hard work has turned into!
    Nancy xoxo

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  49. Congratulations on your one-year, my dear! Your posts are so inspiring and certainly add a bit more beauty to my day :)
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  50. awe Happy 1st - my 1st will be in Dec .. and it's actually funny - my Niece and Mom were doing the "i love more then ...." thing yesterday! - it was THE cutest thing ever!

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  51. And we love you even more!!!

    You are a rock star, my friend! Your blog is hopping and buzzing and doing so great, and yet with all that traffic and the spotligth on you -- you take the time to write thoughtful and meaningful comments to all your followers - big and small. (I have no clue how you do it with 3 kids!)

    That takes a lot of effort and it says a lot about you.

    Congratulations, Sue. I am so proud of you and I am always waving the flag for you.

    A gigantic hug, Mon

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  52. It is always a special day when you hit that one year blog point because it does prove that you have remarkable discipline and a have spread inspiration far and wide. Happy, happy blog anniversary and give yourself the biggest hug. XO

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  53. Happy B-Day!
    I'm so glad to took the leap and made this bumpin' bloggy baby!
    You're amazing, gorgeous, and I can't believe you've done all this is just a year.
    Very precocious....
    Cheers, Alcira

    thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

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  54. Sue, Congrats on one year! I am so happy to have met you via blogland, and enjoy all of your posts. Because of you there are girls (and boys) zhushing it up all over...you would never know you were only a year old.

    Loved all the photos and hopefully can meet my bloggin buddies someday too!

    --Gretchen O.l

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  55. Goodness has it been a year? Congratulations and your success is so well deserved! Best wishes and looking forward to upcoming posts!

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  56. Happy Birthday! I know, isn't blogging just the most amazing thing EVER??? I adore it, I feel like I'm part of a very special club where we all have the same tastes. It has been such a pleasure getting to know you, Sue, I consider you one of my first and best blog friends! XX!

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  57. Olalalala
    Muchas felicidades guapa!!!

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  58. so so great! how time flies right? ;)

    all the best wishes from me to ...and many more blog years to follow! glad we are connected!

    xoxo

    http://some-kind-of-style.blogspot.com/

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  59. Happy first birthday dear!

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  60. I want to be your blog when mine grows up!!! Happy days...K

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  61. Sue I am so, so happy for you. Your blog is one of my faves and I look forward to visiting every day. Keep up all the wonderful posts, kind lady!!

    Have a great weekend and a happy Halloween! Happy Blogiversary!

    xoxo,
    Carrie

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  62. Sue, Congratulations!!! I'd say you have a very solid foundation. Just look at all of these comments. Just seeing the images of the friendships you have forged through your efforts brings tears to my eyes. You do an awesome job and we are blessed to journey with you. Hope your celebrating this weekend! Have a great one. Mona

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  63. Happy 1st my dear! We love you too and are so happy you are here!

    Big hugs from Sydney!!

    xx C

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  64. Anonymous10/29/2010

    Happy Birthday!
    You have done an amazing job!
    Baby steps are behind you, your a big girl now ;)
    Looking forward to another year of the zush
    and celebrating the 2nd birthday!
    :D

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  65. Lauren Muse10/29/2010

    Congrats Sue. What a fantatstic feeling to find something you love to do and is so fulfilling. Zhush has taken you on so many journeys. Here's to your journey's ahead.
    Lauren

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  66. Congratulations, you're a winner!
    You've got style, girl!
    Big hugs

    Tereza

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  67. happy birthday to you
    happy birthday to you
    you are really pretty
    but you smell like farts.

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  68. Congratulations! Has it really only been a year? You are like a real pro at this blogging caper! Best wishes for future bloggy fun!

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  69. congrats! check out all the love today:) you were one of my first visitors, besides my mom and sis and i really appreciated your encouragement and comments! and thanks,now i can't get that song out of my head.
    enjoy your weekend!

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  70. Happy Blog Birthday, Sue! I am so glad we have the The Zhush to enjoy... Thank you!!

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  71. Happy Blogiversary! Here's to many more years of Zhush!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  72. Congratulations Sue, and Happy 1st Birthday!!! I look forward to watching the exciting things you have in store for The Zhush!

    xoxo,
    Bren @ Chasing Beauty

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  73. Truly a mile stone. Here's wishing you many more years of blogging and inspiring us all.

    Love Lisa xx

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  74. One year?!?? Seems like just yesterday we were talking about how you'd find your voice... and now I'm post #76! One year from secret hobby to thriving community -- quite an accomplishment! I'm so happy to have been there when... for The Zhush and the many adventures that came before it. Cheers!

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  75. Happy Blog Birthday, Sue!! I know there are many people out there such as myself who are thrilled you are blogging! xo

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  76. Congratulations on such a milestone! Best, Kate

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  77. Chanelissima!!! Grown to perfection.... Happy b-day!
    Enjoy those cup cakes!

    V.

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  78. a big congrats to you and your blog! you have an amazing one and only a year old...scary to think what year 2 will bring to you!! much success to your second year and I look forward to more posts and great chanel photos!!!

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  79. awww! happy anniversary to the Zhush & yes we're all happy u started ur blog. And u look absolutely adore...jealous u've met all those other wonderful bloggers!happy weekend!

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  80. Happy First Blogversary Sue! I am truly amazed at your blog all the time! I can't believe you are only celebrating your first year. I've got so much still to learn. Your blog is a daily dose on inspiration and zhush-ing for sure! :)
    And you are so adorable and all your meet-ups look so fun! Hopefully one day I can meet you too! Happy Bloggy Birthday!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  81. Happy Anniversary. We look forward to reading your beautidul posts for many years to come.

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  82. Congratulations on such a fabulous first year Sue! Here's to many, many more!!

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  83. What a beautifully written post. Congratulations on 1 year of penning one of my favorite blogs :) Cheers!

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  84. beautiful post.
    ...and congratulations are in order
    for your fabulous year of blogging.

    i know you have
    knocked the socks off many of us!

    x

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  85. Congrats on a fabulous year, your blog is so entertaining and delightful I can't imagine a morning without my coffee and you...I look forward to next year

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  86. Congratulations on one year!! I'm a relatively new follower but I love what your blog has evolved into! Here's to the next year and many more!

    -Samantha
    http://sincerelysamantha.com

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  87. CONGRATS! I'm thrilled to be a part of your flock too:-) XX

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  88. Congratuations! What a wonderful milestone and this is only the beginning. :)

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  89. Happy Blog Birthday!
    We are almost the same (blog) age!! It goes by fast!
    You deserve all the success you've received with your blogging, because you are FANTASTIC just as your ZHUSH is fantastic!!

    xoxo

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  90. What a great story, Sue! Congratulations on one year, finding your voice, and bringing so much beauty into our lives! xosk

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  91. Congrats on your success and here's to many more wonderful posts!

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  92. Happy Birthday to The Zhush!!! Congratulations! It is so fun to connect in this way. I love seeing the pics of you too- so gorgeous:)

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  93. Hi Sue! My apologies for missing your bday party!! I might be a notch below throw pillow now...or you can throw one at me :) Just catching up and I loved your letter to us all. You are so well received and give us all hope for what can come from staying the course and love the moment you're in :) I am truly glad you have met you and hope it's not just a one time thing! XOXO

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  94. I love your blog...I can't believe all this and in only a year. I just started a blog and have so much to learn...but this is most encouraging.

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  95. What a cute way to document your anniversary!!! I love your blog!

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  96. Happy blog birthday! Here's to another delightful year!

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