Can you believe It has  been 366 days since I registered  on wordpress? My very first blog post was published 364 days ago and just in time for #throwbackthrusday here’s my first Instagram photo:

I started my blog right after coming back from this cruise where I got engaged to the love of my life.  Since then, I got a new job where I am much happier, we bought a house in the Bronx and we set our destination wedding date to the beginning of next year.

If you are curious about why I started blogging, you can read more all about it here.

What I’ve Learn in this year of blogging: 
I built this blog from scratch, so I learned to do everything… from my finding my webhost, to choosing as a  blogging platform, to designing my logo and website to managing my google analytics and pretty much everything else.  I learned how to do most of it in one year.

Connections I’ve made with fellow bloggers:
I’ve interacted with some amazing bloggers including Pauline Cabrera and did a Blogger Spotlight Q&A on The Closet by Christie, my first collaboration.  I also received 20 inquiries via my contact me page from brands and bloggers requesting to work together.

Who I’ve worked with:
Minted.comWoodchucks Hard CiderMorroco MethodYarok HairCalvin Klein and more are in the works.

My favorite blogging secret weapons:
Canva for editing my blog images.
Evernote for writing my blog drafts.
Pocket for saving articles (or anything online) I want to be able to read when I have no internet connection.
Bloglovin to keep up with other blogs in one email.

You guys seem to be enjoying my blog and I couldn’t have asked for anything better than that.  Here are some stats:

About 1,700 -2,500 of you visit every month and each of you view approximately 2 blog posts every time you visit, an average of 6k-7k views per month.  During the month of January 51% of you guys came back to view more, however by June 75% of my visitors were here for the first time, which is awesome because that means that you are probably sharing this blog with your friends and helping is reaching new heights!

On Social Media…
@luckyseventen now has over 1 THOUSAND of you following on twitter, love ya! And it’s almost getting there on facebook and instagram.  If you enjoy my blog but are not following, please do!

Special Thanks:
I want to thank K. Hernandez-Aviles of Honey Shot Photography who took amazing shots of me at the NYBG for a beauty post not yet published (my twitter profile picture is one of them).  Thanks to Burt’s BeesEco BellaGressa Skin for sending me products to review, expect those on the blog soon.  And Giuseppe from Ornella Trattoria for inviting me to dinner in Queens.  Also AMIClubwear who recently reached out to me and sent me the lovely back dress I am wearing in this picture and other gifts.  And last but most definitely not the least, my fiance for supporting me in every way possible.

Goals for the next 6 months:
I will be mostly blogging about my destination wedding planning and our new home.  Expect some Latin recipes coming this way!  I also want to get a fun signature, make design improvements to the site as well as make it run faster.

An Anniversary Gift for You!
For the next 4 weeks I will be hosting a weekly giveaway so come back on Saturday, August 1st to enter to win:

Week 1:  Argan Shampoo and Silk 18 Conditioner from Maple Holistics Giveaway.

Week 2: $25 gift certificate from Giveaway.

Week 3: $25 gift certificate from Morrocco Method Giveaway.

Week 4: It’s a surprise!

XO, Leslie


  • Happy Blogiversary! My blog just turned two in May and it’s crazy how fast time flies in the blogging world. Congrats on all the joy blogging has brought you <3

    • Thank you and congrats to you too @SimplySinova:disqus !

  • Wow and happy blog anniversary! Congrats in making it! Seems you have learned heaps within the year and look forward to what you continue to do!

  • Congrats to you on your success over the past year! It is crazy how quickly time flies when you are having fun, right?

  • Alli Smith

    Happy 1 year blog anniversary! That first year goes by fast, doesn’t it? Wishing you many more years of success!

  • Robin Rue

    Happy blogaversary to you! I love making new connections and friends through blogging. Some of my best friends are bloggers.

    • That’s awesome, haven’t met many people offline but I do want to attend more events this year @robinrue:disqus

  • Michele

    Happy one year blogerversity!! I know it seems like just yesterday you started it but you have definitely come a long way in a short time. Yes, the time does fly by!!

  • Megan Elford

    You’re doing so well! I’ve been blogging for years, but I didn’t get serious about it until this past year and a half or so, and it really shows in my stats. You’re doing great for your first anniversary!

    • @meganelford:disqus thank you, any advice for me?

  • Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot

    Happy blogiversary! I hit my one year mark in June. Times flies, doesn’t it!

    • @pennypennyspassionblogspot:disqus congrats! would love to see your 1 year blog post if you have one.

  • J-Man and MillerBug

    Happy Blogiversary! That first year can be so overwhelming because there is so much to learn and really, it never slows down after! You’ve done great and I can’t wait to see your continued success.

    • @jmanandmillerbug:disqus I agree! It’s a lot more than I realize but I love learning and I love the challenge. Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Mary La Fornara

    Congratulations and happy Blogiversary! Time goes by quickly when blogging, I can’t believe I’ve been at it for 3 years!

    • Thank you @marylafornara:disqus – What are some exciting things you have done in the last year?

  • Happy Blogiversay!! It’s exciting isnt it to be a blogger…I am approaching three at the end of this year (this is my 3rd blog too). Great blogiversary giveaways and many more successful years in blogging to come!

  • Congrats on 1 year! I remember when I first started too – bittersweet! I still learn something new every day and I am sure you will too! Best of luck from one Latina to another!

    • Thank you @Felicita_Moncada:disqus… What advice would you give me for this year?

  • Susie Qpons

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! My two year just recently passed, it’s quite the time for celebration! :) Keep up the great work!

  • rika agustini

    Congratulation on your 1st anniversary.. Blogging is fun but also bittersweet

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  • Ourfamilyworld

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! The first year is usually the toughest, especially when you don’t know anything about SEO and google analytics.

  • Congratulations on reaching this milestone. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. I am still learning everyday (like the need to continually market yourself). Looking forward to seeing future posts!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    Happy anniversary! It sounds like you are doing very well. This is a great giveaway. I always enjoy reading your blog posts.

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