There have been some pretty amazing firsts for the blog over the past couple of weeks and I didn’t want it all to pass without thanking each and every one of you..I’m just sorry it’s only virtual champagne…

Not only did the blog have its half-birthday on July 30th but…
  • Over the past month the blog has exceeded 250,000 page views in total and is quickly approaching 300,000.
  • My Google followers (GFC) number crossed the 200 level – (currently 218)
  • My Twitter account went into 4 figures (currently at 1123) 
  • The School Gate Style Facebook page exceeded 750 fans (currently 786)
  • The School Gate Style email now goes to over 300 people every day 
  • I had a guest appearance on BBC Radio London’s Drive Time show 

and just when I thought it couldn’t get any more exciting, I was asked to write for two influential online publications. Yesterday saw my debut at Easy Living Magazine’s website where I supplied hints and tips for getting out the door in a hurry each morning. Read it here:

I also did a round up of my summer fashion tips for the Britmums blog and if you’ve not had enough of my whitterings, you can check out that article here:

The Essential Summer Wardrobe

So a monumental July (and early August), all in all. A very sincere thank you to everyone who’s liked, followed, commented, encouraged and inspired me since the blog began…it means more to me than I can ever express in words. Now off with you all and have some bubbles :) but please come back tomorrow to read about a very special 3-way blogger collaboration – it’s a good un!! x



  1. ASH Reply

    Well done Avril -incredibly exciting for you. It’s a fantastic blog and so glad I discovered it :-) Ax

  2. Kerry Reply

    Aww well done! You deserve it :) xx

  3. Amy Reply

    Congrats on all of your milestones! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting! I’m now following!


    Leopard and Lillies

  4. Huge congratulations Avril! You are doing a fab job:) I must save a bottle of bubbly for when you are around Naas next time!!
    ~Anne xx

  5. Gemma Reply

    Well done Avril, very exciting. xx

  6. Didn’t she do well” do you remember dad used to quote from the rise and fall of Reginald Perrin ” I didn’t get to where I am today ” etc… Well you didn’t get to where u are today without lots of work and commitment to shopping walking in high heels since the age of one and a fashionable mum… An eye for a bargain and a great smile. So keep up the good work.

    • Lol Regina…yes, the highheels at age 1 were a clue to where I was headed. Just took me a bit longer to get there than most! I know it’s all a bit American and cheesy to blow your own trumpet but I’m just so excited about it!! x

  7. Lily Reply

    Congrats Avril, champagne is well deserved, you’ve achieved so much in such a short while! I think the key to your success is that you are one of us and we can relate to you. Sláinte, here’s to your continued success!

  8. Anonymous Reply

    Really well done, Avril! Spidie from Avenue57.com

  9. Jolien Van Daele Reply

    Congratulations! Enjoy the well deserved bubbles!



  10. Anonymous Reply

    I knew it would be a success. It’s been fun and you deserve it Avril. ClaireH x

  11. Fantastic Avril- great to see it doing so well!

  12. Amy Reply

    Congrats! Just stumbled upon your blog and its cute, newest fan! http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com//

  13. SO well deserved Avril… I was really chuffed for you when I saw your follower numbers pass 200 while you were away!

    Nic xx

  14. Ant Reply

    Congratulations and thank you so much for finding the time to blog as I am really enjoying it and have learnt loads of fab tips and lusted after (and purchased) some of the lovely clothes you have worn/featured! Xxx

  15. BLIMEY!!! You have done amazingly well but with all your hard work it’s no wonder! Congratulations to you!!


  16. Suzie Q Reply

    Congrats on your half birthday! Big mile stone =) Your blog is lovely!

    Suzie Q
    Stella & Dot Bracelet GIVEAWAY

  17. Wow well done,you are doing amazing :)

  18. Yay! This is wonderful. :) In such a short time, too. I don’t believe I had 220 followers until my second/near third year of posting. That’s awesome!

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