217 Comments

  1. Alexandra
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    Oh, how I do love this blog.

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  2. Sandi
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    I love your voice. I mean, you know, the one I READ, not the one I HEAR because I don’t think you’ve V-casted, have you? 😉 (Oh, no! One more obsession!)

    Blogging is addictive. Absolutely. Been there, done that. My kids would see a light come to my eye in the middle of a regular moment and say, “No, Mom! You can’t blog this!”

    I could be evil. 😉

    Your blog is entertaining, you’re fabulous, and you “give good pic.” Thank you for ripping your soul out and tossing it in front of the masses. 🙂

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  3. Mellissa Rose
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Yours IS my favorite blog. I also get that whole “super excited I must tell everyone or die” thing. I get it atleast once a week. This week’s loves include vintage lighting and pizza fries (have you seen these on Pinterest!!??!!). And the week is not over.

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    • Suzanne
      October 1, 2013 @ 10:33 am

      You are fabulous! Keep it up – a year is not NEARLY enough of you!

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  4. Barbara H.
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Well, I think you can add perseverance to your list of crazy attributes! It fits in nicely with the others, I think. Congratulations on one year, or condolences….whichever feels best to you. Found you a few posts ago – don’t remember how I got here – lost in the sea of blogs. But it’s been great fun!

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  5. Nancy
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    Your blog is my favorite out of the million, so you can never, ever , ever stop blogging. You are hilariously funny whatever that means. Love you girlfriend and I don’t even know you. Whatever!!!!

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  6. Dianne
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I shared you on Facebook. You are the only blog I read!

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  7. Sarah
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    This post is the very reason I read your blog. I love your enthusiasm (and lunacy), it reminds me of someone…(certainly not myself). 😉

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  8. Kim
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Thanks for once again making me laugh!

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  9. Tracy
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    And we are so glad you did:-)

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  10. Barbara D
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Thank you for throwing yourself into the water and sharing it all with us. Hunky rescue team on the way but we all know you will just jump right back in. Congratulations on year one, looking forward to many more.

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  11. Julie
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Well, how incredibly swell and wonderful for all of us!! Yes, there are many blogs out there vying for our individual attention, tantalizing us with their slick graphics, trendy topics and the promise of enlightenment. Why choose YOU? Because you’re witty, interesting, topical, relevant, smart, chic, fun, inventive, literary, honest, creative…and did I mention witty? ‘Cause I love witty. So please forge ahead, distance yourself from the nameless and bland drivel out there, and keep up the good — dare I say, at risk of your personal cerebral over inflation: TERRIFIC SLICE OF BLOG PERFECTION? —- And always remember, it’s quality not quantity. Thanks much!

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    • Kelly
      October 1, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

      Ditto!

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  12. Jan
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    I, too, love this blog! Congratulations on your anniversary!

    Jan

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  13. Ellen
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    I feel you, sister. A new post from you brightens my day. I shared this post on my business’ facebook page. Rock on!

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  14. Patti Duncan
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Anything worth doing is worth OVERDOING ! Please keep up the good work !

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  15. Rachel P
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    You are so hilarious, hands-down the most entertaining blogger I read!!! And your passion for it is beyond evident!

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  16. tammigirl
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Is that… peplum? Or, at the very least, the beginnings of peplum?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 1, 2013 @ 10:23 am

      BAAHHH. I tried to work in a disclaimer, but then told myself no one would notice.

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      • tammigirl
        October 1, 2013 @ 10:49 am

        Ahem.

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      • Joy M. Bruce
        October 1, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

        Peplum or not it’s fantastic. Where did you get it? I want one! (Uh oh, did you just start a fashion blog?)

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    • Wendy Molinaroli
      May 27, 2016 @ 6:48 am

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  17. Linda@eastbayenvy
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    I’m only at the three month mark. You mean it gets worse???

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  18. Karen
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    Love it! Your blog is such a joy to read~

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  19. Karyn
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    I love the pictures!! Thanks for sticking with your blog throughout this year- I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts. How’s the kitchen remodel?

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  20. Heather
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    I thoroughly enjoy your blog! I only recently discovered it, and I must say that your writing style is fabulous and speaks to me 🙂 I have a terminal case of delusions of grandeur pertaining to nearly all aspects of my life, and real life frequently chastises me on my idiocy; still I push/pull myself along, utterly convinced that I can accomplish endless superhuman feats of domesticity. Sigh.

    If you continue writing, I will continue reading 🙂

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  21. Jeff
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    Ok… Enough about how amazing and absorbed u are. Tell me more about amazing fines and majestic things

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  22. Claudia
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    The first blog I read from you was about buying the ginormous mirror. I totally got that–who wouldn’t? I, too, am possessed of a “never say die” mentality. I’m not a blog reader, nor a blogger–but I look forward to yours popping up on my screen. I know that, for the next few minutes, I will smile and nod my head and probably laugh out loud–all good things.

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  23. Darling Lily
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    You need to rethink your bias against Marines over 32.

    It’s true there’s nothing finer than a young Marine. (Pardon me while I wipe the drool from my keyboard.)

    But once they hit 35, the roughest edges are smoothed out, and there’s still plenty of rugged and sexy left. I celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary with mine last summer, and I have ZERO complaints!

    Your blog is the BEST.

    What will bloggy success look like to you? Do you measure by followers, page hits, ????

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 1, 2013 @ 11:06 am

      No, no… you misunderstand. The ideal age is well over 32, but I want to be sure I am the one doing the edge-smoothing.

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      • Christine
        August 8, 2015 @ 11:20 am

        This is a couple of years too late, but still necessary: That response is possibly the funniest (and truest) thing you’ve ever said, and you’ve said some truly funny things.

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      • Christine
        August 8, 2015 @ 11:22 am

        P.S. You still look fantastic in 2015.

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      • Rita Spittler
        March 29, 2016 @ 4:16 pm

        I am SERIOUSLY laughing out loud. I am THRILLED I found you. You think THE same exact things I do and then say them is a way THE cleverest way I NEVER could EVER EVEN dream or imagine: and it’s PERFECT.
        Thank you, for YOU!

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  24. Jill
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    I stumbled on your blog in a google search a few weeks ago and subscribed. For the record, it’s the ONLY blog to which I subscribe and one of the few I’ve ever read. Love your writing style, your decorating style, your house, and the fabulous Philadelphia I know and love that shows up in some of your posts–such as today’s. Keep up the great work!

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  25. Jocelyn
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    ha ha! Nice photos and esp like the wedding photo bomb at the end, ha! Congrats on your blogbirthday, woo! Virtual high five 🙂

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  26. Jenny Mertes
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    However I got to your blog, I’m thankful, because you write stuff that’s fun to read. I don’t read blogs to be educated or scolded but to have fun, and you are IT.

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  27. Patience
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Your blog totally stands out from among the billion! What makes blogs more interesting to me than magazines is their glimpse into the lives of real people. As a blogger, I know what you mean about the relentless need to promote yourself.

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  28. Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Love your shameless ways, love your blog, love your excitement and I love all of your projects! Happy one year! Keep on keeping on, you are making a difference, if only for this one little blogger… I suspect it is more than just me you are influencing! <3

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  29. maggie b
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Well I’m very glad you blog. For real it is a joy. One never knows what will pop our of your pen. Some of the images you conjure make me laugh out loud which is a gift beyond price. Who can ever forget the fight about paint color while hanging on a ladder. It is real and human and give me hope that I’m not the only weird one.

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  30. Jane
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    Yours is the ONLY blog I subscribe to. You make me laugh out loud. Blog on.

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  31. Britt
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    I love reading your blog 🙂 Thank you for sharing and persevering! I’m at that point now too… been blogging half-heartedly for a few years, and now I’m buckling down and trying to get an audience. It’s tough!! I hope I maintain near-Victoria levels of enthusiasm as I go through the same thing!

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    • Britt
      October 1, 2013 @ 11:31 am

      PS – I linked your blog on my site. Perhaps all two of my readers will check it out 😛

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  32. Jennifer
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Hilarious. I experienced the very same insanity, then my family did an intervention…which I’ve just snuck away (escaped) from this week. Why would anyone think it’s not healthy to think in blog titles?? Silly people.
    PS, love the outfit. Interesting peplum.

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  33. julian
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Are you avoiding working on your house again? Because this all seems like a very glamorous dodge.

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  34. Andrea
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Well, I salute your perseverance. And I love this blog. But more to the point, can we get some information about the adorable top you have on in all those pictures? *so* cute!

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  35. Tracy
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    So funny…so passionate…so relatable, these are some of the many reasons why I love your writing 🙂

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  36. Toots
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    You have us all anticipating the next word to drop from your lips….a crumb, anything. Your blog does stand out from the rest so mission accomplished there. But please, please don’t stop giving us a peek into your mind and your soul. I think I speak for many when I say, “We love you, Victoria Elizabeth!” And I think many of us love that part of loving you is accepting the crazy parts of ourselves. Accept it…..we depend on you for more than entertainment. Keep going on this humanitarian mission.

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  37. The domestic goddess
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    You’ll find some people DO care and they are the ones you want to hang around in times like those anyway. Not those fair-weather crazy types.

    And I also love this blog

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  38. ElizabethW
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    Oh honey, I have given up on a lot of blogs, BUT NOT YOURS! Why you tryin’ to shake me off? Love reading yours, so there. Having reached the age of 60, I don’t care so much what other people think, especially of me. So words from a semi-lunatic (you do know what you are doing) style enthusiast resonates refreshingly. And love the outfit, by the way. You look fabulous! Enthuse away.

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  39. Siouxzie Q
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Blog, baby, blog. Damn the vultures or the mountainous treks through tornado-infested ice storms. Your obsessive enthusiasm will conquer all.

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  40. Sara
    October 1, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    But you HAVE succeeded as a blogger… depending on your sense of the word succeed… some people want readers, some people want money from advertising. I just want comments and conversation… which I don’t get. But I do have many people that I know always come back. You have gazillions of followers between your social media sites in reference to the blog and many, many commenters. You have succeeded. You are loved! Picture are adorable by the way.

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