Blog Anniversary
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A Vibrant Day Is One Year Old!

****Update: The winner of my one-year anniversary giveaway is…. Lena (from!!! Thanks to all the new followers and to those who commented below. I really appreciate your feedback. XO****

Hello, friend!

I know that earlier this week I promised a couple of unboxing posts, but travel preparations have taken a front seat. I did not, however, want to let AVD’s one-year anniversary go by without mention. And, to celebrate, I have a giveaway!!

To qualify for an entry:

  • Please be a follower of A Vibrant Day
  • Comment below and tell me what is your favorite thing about AVD (I’m always trying to improve :o)
  • Feel free to (but don’t feel obligated to) share this post either on your blog or on social media

The giveaway is open internationally and will close June 30th. Please be patient with my responses to your comments, as I work Sunday and Monday and then we’re off to Paris for a little over a week (!!) (and then the work catch-up game begins).

Thank you so much for your support and friendship! I had no idea when I created this blog that so many friendships would develop as a result.

Lots of love!!




  1. Omg you have a great giveaway!!! I of course love your blog and your videos the most!! I would love more videos but know you are a busy bee so no worries. I hope you have an amazing time in Paris ❤️ Happy and safe travels my friend. Please send pictures or an email of your adventure if you can 💖💖💖 Janet

    • Hi, Janet. I just saw your comment, or I for sure would have sent you some pictures while we were in Paris! :o( Sorry.
      Good to know that you enjoy the videos. I enjoy making them, but it just seemed natural for the Popbasic unboxings rather than a million pictures. I think Popbasic is on a break though, so I’ll have to think about what I can come up with. Hmmmm.
      Anyway, sorry again that my slow delay resulted in you not receiving photos during our trip! I feel bad about that. Hope you have tons of fun in Spain. I’m super excited for you. I’ll be thinking of you. :o)

  2. Congratulations on your 1 year blogversary! 😀
    My favourite thing on your blog is when you’ve purchased an ENTIRE range (ie the whole Julie G jelly bean nail polishes, or the whole Charolotte Tilbury lipstick wardrobe) and then swatch everything through a series. AND, love the way you post the promotional photo / swatches and then alongside you post how it looks on YOU. Also loved the historic research and info you provided on the Chanel lipsticks. You also have fantastic photography!

    • Thank you so much for your useful feedback! I’ve been purchasing less since we started building the house (boo!), but I did enjoy the posts where I featured a range (and I’ve enjoyed playing with the range afterward), so maybe I’ll try to do that. I’ve been loving learning more about Mademoiselle Chanel, and have purchased several more Rouge Cocos… so I could definitely do another post along that line.
      Thank you, and good luck on the giveaway!!

  3. This so so exciting, happy anniversary AVD! 💖 And, thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway, I definitely made a show-out on Twitter. My favorite thing would be your manicures because I enjoy seeing all the designs you incorporate and I sit there wishing I had the patience to do the same lol! Have fun in Paris! And get some pharmacy drug hauls inbetween the eating.

    • Hello :o)
      Thank you for tweeting about my giveaway!! That was so thoughtful! :o)
      I have a fun wildflower manicure planned for the next go around, so it’s good to know that people are enjoying them. I used to be terrible at manicures, but I think that’s what pushed me to get better. It was better than a year before I didn’t massacre my left hand (I’m right handed). Nail stamping and other techniques just take a few times to get the hang of. They’re really not too hard.
      We did have fun in Paris! Unfortunately… I didn’t get any pharmacy hauls in :o( What a bummer, huh? We were having too much fun, I guess.
      I hope that you are getting to have some summer fun. XO

      • It was my pleasure tweeting about it, may as well spread the luck and love! No pharmacy visits? I’m sure you visited enough wonderful places not to be too sad about it lol! Either way, it’s a good reason to go back right? 😉

  4. I love your u boxing posts! I always like to see what fellow bloggers think of similar products! ❤️❤️❤️

    • Hehe. Yes! Autocorrect is more like autofail about 1/2 the time :o)
      Unboxing posts are fun for sure! I also enjoy seeing what other blogger received and what they thought of the products.
      Hope you’re doing well. Good luck on the giveaway!

  5. Congratulations! Wow! What do I love about your blog… the creativity, the amazing manicures, the gorgeous photographs, how your personality seems to shine through your posts… I could go on & on. Congratulations & have a wonderful time in Paris. Thanks for doing this awesome giveaway & thanks for posting to IG! 🙂

    • Thanks again also for your great feedback. It’s helpful to know what people are really enjoying so that I can focus on that. You’re such a sweetheart to share and I appreciate your compliments.
      We did have a wonderful time in Paris, thank you! The problem is that I wish we were still there! Ugh!
      Hope you and your family are doing well. XO

  6. Happy 1 year! I absolutely love your photography! Those Chanel pictures were incredibly dreamy!

    • Thanks, Lauren! You’re so sweet :o) One of the most fulfilling parts of blogging for me is the chance to pick up a camera. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy the end results! XOXO
      I hope you’re doing well, and having a fun summer.

      • No bother 🙂 Indeed, I love that part too! Thank you! I hope you’re having a good summer too!

  7. haha! what I like about AVD?
    but it’s YOU of course, ma belle! :D:D:D thank you for your amazin friendship and all your support!
    happy 1st year of blogging and wishing you so many more to come!
    lots of bisous,
    Annie | Annie’s Beauty

    • Awww, thanks, Annie! Bisous!
      Thank you for your friendship and support!! You’re such a fun friend, a great friend!
      Here’s to many more years of blogging and friendship.
      Beaucoup de bisous.

  8. Yayyyyyy happy blog-birthday 🙂 And what a super awesome giveaway! Ok, I have to say that I absolutely love your photography!!!

    • Thanks, Kaily!! I love taking photos, so it’s great to hear that you’re enjoying them :o)
      Good luck with the giveaway!! XO

    so Happy for YOU
    as You can Tell xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxxooxox
    i’m gonna send you the tree art thingy
    AND I LOVE LOVE LOVE all You do xoxoxoxoxoxox

    • Aww. Thanks, Cat!!
      You’re such a sweetheart.
      Thank you for your constant support, and bright and kind spirit. You’re our cheerleader!! XO

      • IN ANOTHER life – LOL maybe i was xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxxoo u know my tude towards life – the only rule i have – The golden rule xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxxooxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxxo

  10. Reblogged this on and commented:
    I thought I wasn’t post this weekend xo BUT you know – 😉 ENTHUSIASTIC ……. there is a party going on for this wonderful woman ………….. xoxoxoxoxo Happy 1 year On your blog Jacqueline …………… ❤ ❤ sharing the love – there is some mega cuteness going on my insta for HER …… and well . That's It xoxoxoxoxoxoxo C !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. thestylishbum says

    Happy anniversary! My favorite thing is that you are always to kind to everyone and always try to reply to a comment. Not everyone is like that and I really appreciate it. You also always stick to a posting schedule and I wish I could that! Anyway, thank you for this giveaway it looks great!

    • Thanks for your compliments! So much for blogging on a schedule and replying timely to blog comments, huh? Oops. Life gets away from us now and again though, right? I really appreciate the feedback. Good luck with the giveaway! I hope your summer is treating you well. XO

  12. karenmillerthekiller says

    I love the photos you post, the quality is wonderful and they’re always fun to look at! Congrats on a year!

    • Thanks! I love to play around with the camera, so it’s great to hear that you’re enjoying the results.
      Good luck on the giveaway!! XO

  13. I too will post on my blog site, I have learned so much from your blog. I send this recently, but it bares repeating. I am a big tomboy, and a nurse, and nails get neglected, but your post get me excited about taking care of myself, and even taking extra time to do some art on my nails. I found your site by googling comparisons of several subscription boxes, and I have been a fan every since. Thanks for taking the time to spend with us, and thank you personally for showing me, even with a busy nurse schedule, I can find the time to take care of myself. My favorite is your holiday nails, it gives me ideas to try, and the pictures are great. Have a wonderful time in Paris, will enjoy all you have to share when you come back.

    • Hi, Lesa! Sorry the slow reply.
      I’m so glad to hear that my blog helps to inspire self care :o) We nurses rush about during our long shifts, and it’s easy to forget to take care of even the most basic needs (my poor kidneys… ‘nuf said). I’m a pretty serious (though kind) nurse, and I think my “crazy” nails help my patients to see me in a more fun light. I hope that you’re also able to break the ice occasionally with fun nails.
      Thanks you for your super sweet compliments, and for telling me how you found my blog. That’s awesome! Hope all is well. XO

  14. Happy one year and congratulations AVD! I love the nail posts the most especially because you get the newest collections. Ahem julie g ahem. Also, awesome photos.

    • Aww. Thanks!! Nail posts are fun for sure! I love yours as well!
      Good luck on the giveaway. Hope you’re doing well. XO

  15. I am a follower. 🙂

    Happy 1 year blog anniversary! 🙂 I love all of your gorgeous pictures – they put all of mine to shame, that’s for sure! 🙂

  16. plus+beauty27 says

    Happy one year anniversary!! That is so amazing Jacqueline!! You’re giveaway looks wonderful!! What I love about your blog is that you go into great detail and you take such amazing photos! You’re blog is amazing! You’re truly a gifted writer and photographer. 🙂 I hope you enjoy your trip to Paris! That sounds like it’s going to be such an amazing time! I hope that you’re enjoying this weekend as well! Lots of love! Xo

    • Hi, Katie!
      Long time, no talk! Way too long! Thanks for your compliments on my one-year blog giveaway post. I’m blushing :o)
      Paris was amazing! I’m trying to get a post up today (fingers crossed). I’m trying to get some things done before I go back to work tomorrow too though… I hope that you’ve been well. I’ve really missed keeping up with you and your blog. I’ve worked six of the ten days we’ve been home, and I’m getting ready to do another three in a row, so needless to say I’ve been a little preoccupied… darn it! I miss my WordPress family! Lots of love, and talk with you soon.

      • plus+beauty27 says

        Hi Jacqueline!!
        It’s been a while! How are you? I’ve missed you and your blog posts! I know that you went to Paris and I’m so glad to hear that you had an amazing time! I hope to see a post from you soon! Though I understand how we can get so busy sometimes. Sounds like you’ve really had your hands full! I am doing all right. Just trying to stay cool in this Vegas heat! I was lucky enough to escape to Mt. Charleston last weekend where it was a lot cooler! I’m thinking maybe we should have went this weekend instead lol. Anyhow, I’m looking forward to having you back hopefully soon! Lots of love!! ❤ XO

      • Hi, Katie
        I just saw this reply. I’ve missed you, too!! I’m so sorry about the Las Vegas heat. Its been a HOT and dry summer. Yuck! We’re ten degrees hotter here than normal. Everything is looking scorched and unhappy. Boo! Andy and I escaped to the mountains earlier this week as well.
        It’s good to be back. Hooray!

  17. I would reblog this BUT since I’m not that feature doesn’t work for me. GRRRRR! Congrats on a whole year. Oh, the hours of blogging that must equate to! Thank you for sharing a piece of your life with all of us! Awesome giveaway!!

    • Thanks, Alyssa! That’s super sweet of you to say. Good luck on the giveaway! Hope your weekend is going well. XO

  18. Congratulations! My favourite thing about your blog is 1) the beautiful photography 20 Nail art posts! and 3) the support you regularly give to other bloggers like me 🙂 Jo x

    • Hooray! Thank you!! And, you’re welcome for the support. I *love* your blog. It’s a true gem.
      Good luck on the giveaway. XO

  19. Wow! One year that is fantastic. What I love about your blog: a nice mix of high and lower end items and reviews, your mani’s, you have great pictures and let’s be honest you always look great in your photos and so well put together.

    • Boy, I’m blushing. Thanks for your kind words! Thanks also for the blog feedback. It’s great to hear what people enjoy most so that I can focus on those things.
      Hope you’re doing well! Good luck on the giveaway!

  20. Daisy says

    Yay!!!! Oh my gosh, congratulations on one year, Jacqueline! XD It has been an absolute pleasure meeting and getting to know you over the interwebs 😛 You are positively lovely and have an amazing taste in nail polishes! Also, your blog is superb. I love your photos so much (you are super talented!) and your unboxings are always fab 🙂
    Congratulations again on one year, and here’s to many more!

    • Thanks, Daisy!! Sorry for the super slow reply.
      It’s been fun getting to know you as well. Hope your weekend is going great!
      Good luck on the giveaway :o)

      • Daisy says

        Thank you so much! I hope you’re having an amazing weekend too XD

  21. Congratulations on a full year of blogging, and great idea to go a giveaway. My one year blogging anniversary was in April but did not manage to do anything special, maybe in a few weeks. I love your pictures, your no-nonsense and upbeat writing style, and your positivity. I love seeing your unpacking of the lovely little boxes you get each month, as I love seeing anything beautiful you share, make up or otherwise. Have a great time in Paris, hope the weather will be nice.

    • Hi, Agnes
      Sorry for the slow reply. The weather was fantastic in Paris. We had a rainstorm just one of the evenings. Luckily we were nearly home, so we just tucked into a bistrot for a drink. It was kind of fun to see people scurrying about, trying to find ways of not getting wet. :o)
      Thanks for your compliments and support. Good luck on the giveaway! XO

  22. beckinablog says

    Congratulations!!! Such a lover of your blog – your photos are always beautiful and your posts are so well presented ❤️ I always know I’m going to have a good post to read when I see you’ve published something. Xxx

    • Wow, Becka! What a terrific compliment. I really appreciate that. I feel the same way about your posts.
      I hope your summer is treating you well. Good luck on the giveaway!! XO

  23. Oh my: so exciting! First off: congratulations on the first anniversary of your blog! Must feel amazing 😀
    And such an amazing giveaway! I am a little torn about what I love most about your blog: your amazing choice of products or the great photographs! You always make me add something to my little wishlist 😀
    I hope you enjoy Paris, it will be lovely this time of year and I think you are lucking out with the weather 😀
    xxx Anne

    • Hi, Anne
      I’m glad that it’s mutual that we help each other add things to our wish lists! BTW, I absolutely *love* Dimitri! It’s such a flattering pink-red. Thanks for nudging me :o)
      Good luck with the giveaway!! XO

      • That’s what blogging buddies are for 🙂
        Hihi, Dimitri is still one of my absolute favorites as well 😀
        xx Anne

  24. Congratulation of your first year anniversary! It’s a great achievement and very rewarding. You’ve done such a lovely job with your blog. Well done 🙂 Especially love your photographs – you make the products look so beautiful. keep it up and good luck for hat’s next to come 🙂 Enjoy Paris!

  25. Yay! Happy blogiversary! : )

    My fav thing about AVD? Colours. I know it sounds random – but I mean, how colourful your posts are, but still classy and always LOVE the photos and graphics.

    • Aww, thanks for the super sweet compliments, Catherine!
      I love that color is what comes to mind for you when you think of AVD. What a terrific compliment!
      Hope that you’re doing well. Lots of love, and good luck with the giveaway!! XO

  26. Yay happy 1 year anniversary to A Vibrant Day! It’s been a wonderful journey and I love your posts and how insightful as they are. Not mention your photography is so on point! I think my favorite part (amongst a bunch of other favorites) is how down to earth and relatable you are. I think that really sets you apart from other bloggers as you really care about your readers and deliver messages with the purpose to enlighten and educate. Also your posts contain an artistic perspective that is not prevalent in a lot of other beauty blogs. So thanks for sharing all these with us Jacqueline, forever a fan of AVD! 🙂 xo~ Lena

    • Hi, Lena
      Wow, thank you for the great feedback! I really, really appreciate it. You know, these are things (posts that aim to educate/enlighten, great photography, artistry, a relatable blogger) that I love about Feline Creatures, as well!
      BTW, it’s been fun to read a couple Chicago-neighborhoods posts lately. Love FC!!
      XO and good luck on the giveaway!!

  27. Whoa – I almost missed your anni 😣
    Happy belated 1 year sweetheart! Here’s to many, many more ❤
    Now, as to what I love about AVD. Well… I love your crazy high-end hauls (& reviews) 💄 I love your amazing photography 👌and I love your videos 🎥 (hoping for more in future). But, what I love most of all is the person behind it: The classy, kind and vibrant girl (of around my age – very rare and very nice for a change), whom I feel I’m becoming fast (e)friends with!! 👭 Once again – congratulations on the anni!! Have an amazing time in Paris (& don’t forget about those photos 😉). Bisous bisous 💋

    • Aww, thanks Christiana. These are all wonderful compliments — the best of which that recognizes our friendship. I feel the same way. :o) I have a blast chit-chatting with you, and I love your well rounded blog.
      XOXO and good luck with the giveaway!!

  28. Happy blog-iversary! That’s so awesome you hit one year! You’re blog is one of my favorites, I just love how beautiful your photos turn out. You’re so sweet and I’m glad to have met you! Cheers!

    • Aww, thanks Jen!! I feel the same way — so glad to have met you as well.
      XO! I hope that you’re having some summer fun.
      Good luck with the giveaway :o)

  29. Congrats on your 1 year!! I’ve been following you for a long part of that time, and keep you on my blog roll. 🙂 I love your makeup tips, but mostly I just love your honest and real approach to your blog. And your photos are amazing! Keep it up!

    • Thank you!! Poppies and Peridot is also on my blog roll! Love your blog. Thanks for your feedback! Sorry for the slow reply. I wish you luck with the giveaway :o)
      Hope you’re well. XO

  30. Congratulations… Your blog is lovely and I always like to drop by to check out the fashions trends… Happy Blog Birthday! 💗🌺💞💖💕💓💝🌷 Aquileana ⭐

    • Thanks, Aquileana! I appreciated the compliments :o) I love your blog as well. It’s so thoughtful and entertaining. Thanks for your hard work! XO

  31. SASS-A-FR-ASS says

    Serious Congrats!! You must be getting excited for your trip. 😀
    As for the contest and your blog, besides it being well written, I adore that you are down to earth which comes through your blog & comments. Plus our shared love of Dior..

    • Hehe. Shared love of DIOR!!! Yes! I had so much fun lingering in front of the windows of the big designers, Dior being one of them!
      Thanks for your sweet words, and sorry for the slow reply.
      I hope that you’re doing well. Lots of love, XO and good luck with the giveaway!

      • SASS-A-FR-ASS says

        DIOR!! Yes! I bet it was just fantastic to see all of the large fashion houses store’s! (Not the same as in North America in my opinion.)
        No worries re the slow reply. I am starting to get turtle pace slow so totally understand!

  32. Hiya Jacqueline! First of all, congratulations on your blog anniversary 🙂
    not trying to be soppy but I like the person behind AVD, you are so genuine and a lovely human being! I am so glad I came across your blog 🙂 I enjoyed reading your posts and love your pictures.

  33. Happy 1 year anniversary Jacqueline! I love all the pretty pictures you post and your warm engaging writing style! I’m at my 1 year anniversary too this month 🙂 I love how I’ve met so many lovely and interesting people in the blogging world. With a busy life too and lots of other activities I sometimes find it hard to get my weekly post up but I always make sure I do if at all possible! Wishing you all the best for a great trip to Paris and many more happy blogging hours! 🙂

    • Thanks, Rose! I love your blog as well. Getting to “travel” with you is a pleasure, and I love the history and details that you share. Congratulations on your one-year anniversary! Here’s to many more for both of us. XO

  34. Happy blog anniversary! I’m a new follower so I haven’t seen many of your posts yet but I can already tell I love the way you write. 🙂

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