Celebrating Four Years of Blogging

Four years ago I took a leap of faith and hit publish on this little blog of mine. Since then, I’ve learned so much about blogging, writing and social media and had a lot of fun in the process. I’ve had some amazing opportunities with partners and sponsors and am always honored when amazing companies want to work with me. I mentioned in my Miracle Morning post at the beginning of the year, that this last year was personally very difficult for me. My posts have been fewer and further between, but I’m glad I pushed through and didn’t give this up. For those of you that have kept reading, I LOVE having you here. My sincerest wish for this site is for you to imagine we are enjoying some girl talk over a glass of wine.

As I tried to take some photos, Sport kept trying to eat my candle – this little boy brings me tons of joy! I thought Sport and I would announce my annual blogiversary giveaway with a month of giveaways. Enter the giveaway below and each week I will choose another winner.

Week 1 – August 8

I started The Miracle Morning this year and it has changed everything! I want to help someone else change their life so I’m giving away a copy of Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning as my first prize.

Week 2 – August 15

This year, I was able to attend a screening of Beauty and the Beast and this was one of my favorite movies. Of all the Disney princesses I most identified with Belle. As a child I always had my nose in a book. I loved the live action movie so much and want to give away a little piece of the story to my readers. My second prize is this Beauty and the Beast stained glass rose compact. It is so beautiful!

Week 3 – August 22

Speaking of movie screenings, I covered 50 Shades Darker this year and had SO much fun at the screening and pulling together Anastasia’s looks from the movie. I’m a huge romance novel fan (my guilty pleasure) and 50 Shades is one of my favorites. I recently re-read the books and wanted to give one reader her very own masquerade mask. This is the authentic Samantha Peach mask that Anastasia wore in the movie.

Week 4 – August 29

Last but not least, is this adorable little pineapple planter from my Summer Favorites list. I am obsessed with pineapples right now and I thought this would look perfect in someone’s home.

You can enter the giveaway here, and I will announce a new winner each week. Thank you for all of your support over the past four years!

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Happy Third Blogiversary

It’s time to celebrate my third blogiversary! This blog has always been a fun outlet for me to share some of my favorite things. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading over the past few years as much as I’ve enjoyed writing. Thank you to everyone who’s stopped by to visit my little space on the internet.

3rd Blogiversary

You can read my second blogiversary post from last year here. I didn’t want to make a lot of promises this year except that I would like to invest in a camera so I can get some great pictures and as always to post a little more consistently. I would also like to hear what posts are your favorites and what you would like to see more of, so let me know in the comments. To celebrate, I’m kicking off my four week blogiversary giveaway below and have chosen some of the fun things I’ve featured in the past year to give away, so I hope you enter often. Good luck!

Blogiversary Giveaway

I’m giving away a month’s worth of prizes! Enter the giveaway below and each week I will choose another winner.

Week 1 – July 15

Remember when I got the Chambong? Well I loved it so much I wanted to make sure that my readers had the chance to try one out themselves. Here is my original post that details what it is and how to use it.


Week 2 – July 29

I recently featured the Tiffany T Bracelet in my Splurge vs. Steal series. I love the steal I picked out for it and decided I would give one away to one of you so you can rock it like the real thing.

Tiffany T Square

Week 3 – August 5

I loved these Pineapple Pearl Pop Earrings so much that I wrote a whole post for them. After Prep Obsessed saw the post they sent me a pair of my very own. For Week 3, I will do the same for one lucky reader!

Pineapple studs

Week 4 – August 12

I wrote a post sharing all my Beauty Favorites for a Long Day and wanted to give one lucky winner their very own Still Standing Spray. Be prepared to dance the night away in heels at your next event.


Make sure to enter the giveaway early and often for your chance to win four weeks of prizes!

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Good Luck!

Happy Second Blogiversary!

This post has been a long time coming as my actual blogiversary was in May, but didn’t want to skip the celebration. I wanted to use this opportunity to thank YOU, my loyal readers, for sticking with me. I can’t believe we’ve made it to two years with this blog. (Click here to read last year’s Blogiversary post). This past year has been a little more hit or miss with consistent posting, but I’m hoping to change that in year three.

2nd Blogiversary

I also wanted to use this post to give you an idea of what to expect in the upcoming year and learn more about what you would like to see. I am loving my new Splurge vs. Steal series that kicked off last year and can’t wait to do more. I also want to re-commit to getting more Wine of the Week features on the books. I’m still drinking it, I just haven’t been documenting it as much as I would have liked to. I also promised more Throwback Thursday posts and think I only ended up with one, so expect a few more of those. My most popular post by far has been Be the Best You in 2014 with the 100 Day Yoga Challenge. This tells me that you guys are hungry for more yoga, so I am working on a fun way to incorporate that into the blog. I also really miss the Pinspired series linkup and want to continue doing those monthly posts. In the comments please let me know your favorites and what new things you want to see.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff.

Blogiversary Giveaway

This year I am planning to give away a month’s worth of prizes! Enter the giveaway below and each week I will choose another winner.

Week 1 – August 15 The winner of Week 1 will receive MAC’s Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick, worn by The Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe and featured on my Summer Favorites.

Kaitlyn Bristowe

Week 2 – August 22 The second winner will get the Ily Couture Dual Pearl Studs, one of my Splurge vs. Steals. Check it out here.

dior steal

Week 3 – August 29 The third prize ties into my Yoga goal. It’s the Hugger Mugger Ultra Yoga Bag in the color of your choosing. I featured it in a previous post here.

I love that my mat isn't unrolling and now secure in my new yoga bag!

Week 4 – September 5 The Fourth prize is the Wine Cork Candle Set featured in my previous Hostess Gifts post here

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway:

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Five on Friday: Blogiversary Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.

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Today is my first Blogiversary! You can read more about my celebration here.


I thought like any other birthday I would share my top five blogger gift ideas today:

1. Eat Blog Love Notepad ($15)

I’ve talked about this before, but now more than ever I need this awesome notepad by Crystal Faye to capture all of my blogging ideas!

Eat Blog Love Notepad

Eat Blog Love Notepad

2. bauble bar twitter nameplate necklace

One of my favorites, Eliza Dushku, tweeted about her Bauble Bar Twitter necklace and I can’t wait to get a Detroit Duchess one. This is so adorable! You can customize them to any name or hashtag for $100 in silver or yellow gold:

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3. Blogging Business Cards

This is one thing that I wish I had. People are always asking how to get to my blog and it would be nice to be able to hand them a card with the link. My husband has even asked me for these so he can hand them out to the people he tells about my blog. I would love to hear your tips or recommendations on what works best or if you’ve found any you like.

4. New Headshots/Photography

Let’s face it, my headshot for this blog is a bit dated. I would love to get some new fun blogging headshots and photos to use.

5. Design Work

I would love to get some new headers for some of my favorite segments like Wine of the Week or some of the new series coming up.

What are your favorite blogger gifts/wants? You can read more about the giveaway here, but please don’t forget to enter!

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For more Five on Friday posts, click here.

Happy Blogiversary!

Blogiversary I never thought this day would come and then it sort of snuck up on me. I hadn’t really thought much about my Blogiversary because I didn’t want to jinx anything. I start a lot of projects and have good intentions for all of them, but a lot of them never get finished. I didn’t want that to happen with this blog. Blogging was something I wanted to do for four years before I started Detroit Duchess and I wanted this project to be successful. Fast forward one year later and Detroit Duchess has gone beyond anything I could have imagined. I never thought anyone would even read this blog and in the past year I’ve had nearly 33,000 views! That is just unfathomable to me. So I wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you out there who are reading this. I feel so honored that you like the blog – your comments, likes and shares inspire me to keep this crazy blog going. For today’s post, I wanted to do a couple of things:

  • Take a look back on some of the past year’s highlights
  • Give you a preview of some of the new things to come
  • Announce my Blogiversary Giveaway

Year One Highlights

My first blog post: The City of Love The first post was definitely the hardest to write. It took me four years to get started, but once I did it was easy. This was our anniversary trip to Toledo and I can’t wait to write about our upcoming Toledo trip. Top Post: Grow Your Hair with Biotin I think this post is a Pinterest favorite and sort of evergreen so it gets a lot of views. I’m still using Biotin, which I highly recommend. First Link Party: June Pinspired So thankful to Shay at MixandMatchMama, Sheaffer at Pinterest Told Me To and Mel at The Larson Lingo for providing the opportunity to link up. First Partnership: Sip Happens Party Val from Chicken Scratch graciously reached out to me to participate in a fun event. I loved that she found me and this sort of developed on its own. I’m a celebrity: Weekend Recap: Wedding Fun So at the wedding this past weekend, one of our friends came up to us and asked if she was going to be on the blog and was so excited about it. This sort of blew me away. I knew people were reading it, but I guess I didn’t realize our friends were reading it. That sort of made it more real and inspired me to make the second year better than the first.

New Series

In the vein of making things bigger and better, I have a couple of new series that I want to introduce. Splurge vs. Steal I’ve sort of already been doing this with my looks for less, but I wanted to make it official and do more of it. Who says you need to be loaded to get that awesome bag or fabulous shoes? Throwback Thursday Posts If I would have started this blog when we got engaged, you could have followed along with all of our adventures. I want to take a look back and share some special moments with you like our engagement story, shower, wedding, honeymoon and lots of other fun stories. This won’t be every week, but once in a while. Beauty Tutorials I’ve been a little nervous to start doing videos, but I’ve also been saving some great tutorials that only a video will do justice to. I just need to pick a day and do it. There are a few other series that I hope to start, but we’ll see where life takes us.

Blogiversary Giveaway

To thank you for reading, I am planning to give away six weeks worth of prizes! Enter the giveaway below and each week I will choose another winner. Week 1 – May 23 The winner of Week 1 will receive Kate Middleton’s Zara Necklace, you can read my post about it here. ImageGen.ashx

Update: This awesome necklace goes to Amber Louchart from Metro Detroit Mommy. Thanks for entering!

Week 2 – May 30 The second winner will get the Forever 21 Romantic Rose Tote, one of my looks for less. Check it out here. Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 6.53.27 PM Week 3 – June 6 The third prize is something I just ordered for myself, the Forever 21 Free Spirit Natural Stone Necklace that Clare Crawley wore on The Bachelor Week 4. Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 3.30.24 PM Week 4 – June 13 Week 5 – June 20 Week 6 – June 27 Winners of Week 4, 5 and 6 will all receive the Forever 21 Horseshoe Necklace that I gave as a favor at my Sip Happens Party as well as their very own Haley’s Corker:

Forever 21 Horseshoe Necklace

Forever 21 Horseshoe Necklace

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