This has been my year of feeling nostalgic for the “original gangster” fashion bloggers. My subconscious must have become aware of the 10th anniversary of blogging’s heyday before I ever looked at the dates. I’m happy to say I’m still in touch with all these fine wimmins via social media.
This was just one of our many Pimm’s-quaffing meet-ups. The first one was in 2008, and then it turned into an annual tradition for a decent run:
Sadly, MrB and I broke our “London in the summer” tradition in 2016, when he had a professional commitment in Vienna instead. Looking back through the blog, I now realize that in Vienna, I wore the Zac Posen dress I got in London at the inaugural blogger meet-up/crazy shopping excursion in 2008. That’s another thing I don’t believe I did consciously: I took a symbol of the London bloggers to Vienna with me! Here’s the blurry, first-ever picture of the dress — taken by gorgeous blogger Sharon — after I tried it on for MrB back in the hotel in 2008.
I didn’t wear the dress for real until 2010.
And here it is in Vienna in 2016.
Now I want to re-establish the annual London tradition. Or maybe my London peeps can all get together and do a joint trip to New York City just to shake things up? The Bar Downstairs at the Andaz Hotel does a delightful Pimm’s Cup, ladies!