Life

Two Years

Today marks the two year anniversary of when I started Feather Factor. I know that in the big blog scheme of things that still makes me a baby, but the date means a lot to me because it was my stretch goal after I had been blogging for a few weeks. Just to last two years. Back then I don’t think I had any idea about what a difficult but also rewarding experience it would be.

One of the first happy moments of Feather Factor that I will always remember was doing an interview with the fantastic George R. R. Martin, one of my favorite authors in the world. It is a something that I will remember forever and a testament to how kind of a person Mr. Martin is, that he was willing to spend some time with me for my tiny publication. I am so grateful to him and to everybody else who I’ve interviewed over these two years.

A few months ago, I ordered some custom journals from the wonderful Abdel Zaher in Cairo, one of the country’s oldest traditional bookbinders. I was able to customize almost everything – the paper, size, color – and was also able to engrave my initials and choose some specific insignia for the spine. The books were then hand delivered to my husband’s hotel in Cairo (by the lovely Yaser!). These journals are where I keep all my notes and and thoughts throughout the day and I often refer back to them when writing my posts.

Journals

I also ordered a journal for Mr. Martin with a rising sun insignia (“My sun and stars”Β from Game of Thrones being one of my favorite quotes from the book) as a small gift of appreciation. Our little interview has given me confidence and encouragement over the years and will always be a wonderful memory.

Over the last few years my life has changed in quite a few ways. Time is harder to find and I would love to find ways to continue writing on this site while balancing my other priorities. Thank you in advance for your patience and if you have any feedback on features you’d like to see, please let me know.

And finally, another thank you to everybody who has taken the time to stop by on this little space on the internet. It means so much to me and so thank you, thank you again!

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  • KKW
    March 4, 2013 at 7:21 am

    I honestly can’t express how much I love your blog, unpretentious, genuine, and how caring you’re towards your reader (you reply all our comments). Please keep writing and interviewing amazing people! Love your blog!

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you KKW for your very kind comment, I am so appreciative of all of them πŸ™‚

  • LC
    March 4, 2013 at 7:44 am

    happy two years! loved your blog in the beginning, love it even more now! =D

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you LC for reading since the beginning πŸ™‚

  • Wei
    March 4, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Happy Two Years! I love your blog & keep up all the great work!

    Xox,
    Wei

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you my friend!

  • Ammu
    March 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Congratulations! Here’s to many more years πŸ™‚

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      THank you Ammu!

  • Angela
    March 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Happy Anniversary !!!!!!!!!!!! To many more years.

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks Angela!

  • alison*elle
    March 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Happy blog anniversary, Katherine! I’ve been reading your blog since the very beginning and am still a loyal reader πŸ™‚

    xo, alison*elle

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you Alison for reading since the very beginning πŸ™‚

  • Khola
    March 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Happy 2 year blogging anniversary! Wishing you many more!

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you Khola!

  • DRTVrMoi
    March 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Congratulations on your two-year anniversary. Yours is an unique voice that I always find the time to read. I am far from your target demo, yet your thoughts constantly inspire me. To as many more years of blogging as you desire.

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks so much DRTVrMoi, I so appreciate your kind words πŸ™‚

  • Michelle
    March 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Morning Katherine…Well done to you on having such a wonderful blog. It is one I look forward to reading every day. Happy 2nd Blog anniversary.

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Good morning and thank you, Michelle!

  • Jie
    March 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Love the blog and can’t believe it’s been 2 years! Please continue to blog for many years to come!

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you Jie, I hope to try πŸ™‚

  • Brook
    March 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Happy Birthday. It makes my day to see your new posts. I love the style, the interviews and the travel. Thank you!!

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you Brook!

  • Lucy
    March 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Congratulations! I love visiting your blog for your advice, reviews, great personal style, and warm, friendly tone. And, of course, I look forward to the featured interview every week! Thanks so much for putting so much time and effort into a wonderful blog.

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you Lucy and so glad that you enjoy the interviews πŸ™‚

  • candace
    March 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Congrats on your 2 year anniversary. i enjoy and have enjoyed reading all of your post. very inspring.

    many blessings,
    candace
    houston, tx

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Candace, thank you πŸ™‚

  • Mrs C
    March 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Congrats on your 2nd year of blogging! Yours has always been a joy to visit πŸ™‚ Those leather bound journals are beautiful, they make perfect gifts!

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI!
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you!

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Happy 2nd anniversary & congratulations! I have enjoyed your blog tremendously. Do keep up the good work! Thank you!

    Many blessings,
    Shirlyn
    Singapore

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you Shirlyn and hello to you in Singapore!

  • NewPetite
    March 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Happy 2nd! I love your travel posts and the interviews.

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Bel
    March 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Your blog is brilliant. I love the interviews and your outfit pics and the travel posts. Congrats on 2 years, and keep up the good work!

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you so much Bel!

  • Jessy
    March 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I’ve always enjoy your interviews and style, Kat. Keep ’em coming!!

    • Jessy
      March 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      *enjoyed! haha

      • Katherine
        March 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

        Thank you Jessy! πŸ™‚

  • June
    March 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I’ve just discovered your blog lately – from Tangotosca’s posting on the PF.

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog – almost in one sitting! I’m looking forward to more!

    Happy anniversary!

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you so much June, and it was a pleasure interviewing TangoTosca!

  • Allison
    March 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Yay for two years! Happy Birthday to your blog. May there be more years and wonderful experiences to share to come!

    I was wondering…why did you decide to call your site ‘Feather Factor’? I read in your earlier entries in this blog that you like cats. Feather like how the English ancestors used a feather and a bottle of ink as a pen in the old days? Or is it like the feather people use to tease cats? Just curious since it’s the blog’s anniversary. I first thought your name was feather…but I guess it’s not. hehe

    Cheers!

    • Katherine
      March 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Thanks for reading, Allison! You know it’s kind of a random joke, it is a long winded story and not that interesting…lol! Yes I do love cats, maybe I should have called it Feather Cat πŸ™‚ And yes, more like the feather used to tease cats πŸ™‚

  • adele
    March 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary Katherine!
    Have a fab Tuesday Hun xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

    • Katherine
      March 5, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Thank you Adele!

  • Elna
    March 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    It deserves a celebration Katherine! When my blog turned “terribel 2” I felt like, yes I did it!

    Cheers!
    Elna

    • Katherine
      March 5, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Thanks Elna and happy Terrible Twos to you and your blog πŸ™‚

  • Hong
    March 5, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Congratulations Katherine & to many more years ahead! I really enjoy reading your blog & can’t wait to read your latest posting each week.

    I really like those leather journals from Cairo & found their website. Can you please let me know the size of your journal and also on the site it doesnt look as if they do the whole notebook in leather, is that a special request? I’m really interested in purchasing it as a birthday present.

    Many thanks

    • Katherine
      March 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Thanks Hong! 17×12 cm πŸ™‚ Enjoy and you can point them to my site if you like, Yaser may remember my order and can help you πŸ™‚

  • miss sophie
    March 5, 2013 at 6:21 am

    congrats on your blogniversary! πŸ˜€ so glad i found your blog, and here’s to many more inspiring posts!

    • Katherine
      March 5, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Miss Sophie! πŸ™‚

  • Steffi
    March 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Have been following your blog for over and year and enjoy it everytime I read!
    Can’t wait for the next years to come πŸ™‚

    • Katherine
      March 5, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Thank you so much for reading Steffi! πŸ™‚

  • Jo
    March 5, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Congratulations Kat! I’m so proud of you. I really enjoy reading your blog because it’s so different from others and you really educate me. I know you’re an avid reader, if you can do a post (unless you did it already) on your favorite books, that would be great! Wishing you nothing but the best and happiness always!

    xo Jo

    http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

    • Katherine
      March 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you so much Jo! I did do a few posts on my favorite books but will be sure to do more in the future πŸ™‚

  • anonymous
    March 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Katherine:
    Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary and here is to many, many, many more!
    I have long loved your blog and your blog has introduced me to so many facets of a life well enjoyed through a thoughtfully curated selection of pleasures. Thank you.
    My name and email and url above are not real, I will email you later on one day (I was the one who emailed you about the Hermes Avalon cashmere differences if you recall) but I did want to wish you a very heartfelt and sincere HAPPY TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
    With much love and thanks,
    a Grateful friend

    • Katherine
      March 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Hi I definitely remember who this is and thank you so very much! You are too kind and I hope one day to get an Avalon blanket and put your tips to good use! πŸ™‚

  • iche
    March 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Happy anniversary katherine. Love your log. Always fun to read. Please keep it up.

    • Katherine
      March 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you so much iche! πŸ™‚

  • Mindy
    March 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Happy 2 year anniversary Feather Factor!! xoxo Your blog is absolutely amazing!!!

    • Katherine
      March 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you so much Mindy πŸ™‚

  • Chic 'n Cheap Living
    March 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Happy blog birthday Katherine! I hope you can keep on posting because I definitely feel like I can identify with you as a former b-school survivor, worldwide wanderer, H lover, frugalista with random things, and avid reader!

    p.s. The show and then you and Phi phi encouraged me to read the whole “Game of Thrones” series – loved it!

    xoxo,
    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

    • Katherine
      March 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you and I am so glad you enjoyed Game of Thrones. Hear hear to the B-School survivors!

  • Trang
    March 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Congratulations Kat! I love your blog. It is always interesting and I have learned some new tidbits about fashion through the years. Here’s to the next two πŸ™‚

    • Katherine
      March 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you so much Trang!

  • silky1way
    March 6, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Wow! A huge congratulation. I can identify myself with your feelings towards blogging as you mentioned above, it is also motivation for me not to give up even though some days are too busy and thinking why I am doing this to me? I do really enjoy reading your blog (I mean that! I do really read what you post) because it is simply different, genuine and very inspiring.
    Suzi

    • Katherine
      March 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Hi Suzi, thank you so much for your kind words. I love your blog so please keep it up – I know it can be tiring at times, at those times don’t feel guilty at all for taking a much needed break πŸ™‚

  • Irina
    March 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Good morning,
    Dear K, I’m late to congratulate you but no matter:) As you know, I’ve been obsessed with your blog for quite some time now so thank you very much for brightening some of my days:) And I’m waiting on that mint.com using post!
    P.S. While visiting SF a couple of weeks ago, we stumbled upon an awesome store and it looked vaguely familiar until i realized it was featured on your blog( Gump’s:)
    Thank you!

    • Katherine
      March 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Hi Irina, thank you for your kind comments as always and so happy that you found Gumps and enjoyed it! I hope you had a great time in SF πŸ™‚

  • Olivia
    March 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Congratulations and thanks so much Katherine!!!

    • Katherine
      March 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Thank you for your kind words Olivia!

  • Jana
    March 7, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Sincere congratulations for your blog b-day and wishing you many many more succesful
    years of blogging.
    I am a huge admirer and fan of your blog and can’t wait to every wednesday’s interview
    and your travel diaries.
    You’ve done an amazing work and thank you so much for doing it and letting us
    all have a sneak peak to a wonderful stylish women closets:)

    • Katherine
      March 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Thank you so much Jana for all of your kind words! They are much appreciated πŸ™‚

  • Tang
    March 7, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Happy 2 years to you and your blog!

    • Katherine
      March 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you Tang!

  • Lynn
    March 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary!! What an achievement. Your blog is still a favorite of mine. πŸ™‚

    • Katherine
      March 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you beautiful Lynn!

  • Diva In Me
    March 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Congratulations to you and Feather Factor for the milestone =) Cheers for more anniversaries to come!

    • Katherine
      March 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies
    March 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Looks like we both started the blog at the same time albeit I did so a year earlier. Has it been 2 years??! I remember following you when you had only 1 or 2 posts! Keep up the great job, Katherine. You’ve done remarkably well and gone from strength to strength.

    • Katherine
      March 11, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      You too M, happy 3 year anniversary to you! πŸ™‚

  • Amy
    March 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Happy 2 years Katherine!

    Your blog has been one of my favorite finds, and your postings are my favorite escape when days are long and deadlines are just too short at my office. I really enjoy all your fashionable posts, but more than anything, all the interviews of the fabulous women you’ve come across. Please keep them coming!

    Cheers πŸ™‚

    • Katherine
      March 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you so much Amy! So glad you like it πŸ™‚

  • Susan L
    March 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Just wanted to say I love your blog… you’re one of my favorites on my Reader. Classy, elegant, intelligent, and sophisticated.. thanks for your well-thought out pieces and interviews. πŸ™‚

    Greetings from Germany~
    Susan

    • Katherine
      March 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Hi Susan, thank you so much for all of your kind and thoughtful replies – I always remember you leave the sweetest comments on my blog πŸ™‚ Thanks and hugs to you in Germany!

  • TC
    March 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Belated congratulations on your second anniversary! Your blog has been one of my favorites to read. I specially love your travel posts and the interviews. Here’s to another two years (at least)!

    • Katherine
      March 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Thank you so much my friend! πŸ™‚