Was tagged by @fishscalekisses to explain my #storybehindtheusername, and since I do get questions on it, here you go!
I started my blog in 2009 (yes 5 years ago!!), and at that time there was no Instagram, no Pinterest, no reddit, just facebook and twitter. (Yes so ancient!) At that time I was on a bunch of makeup forums, Makeupalley being the main one and I had been there for a few years at that point, but I was also on Spectra and Makeuptalk. My username on all those forums at the time was musicalhouses, and it was the most random name ever - I was a big fan of @vanessacarltonofficial (still am, by the way) and her song White Houses (did I say I was ancient?), and I basically changed the first word from “white” to “musical”, because I had a musical background (I’ve been in various school choirs and a cappella groups and played piano for nearly 10 years).
When I started my blog, I thought only a few of my makeupalley friends would read it, so I started off with the name musicalhouses so that it was easier for them to remember. I was studying in the UK then, and my very first posts were swatches of @sleekmakeup palettes, which I had swatched for my makeupalley friends in the US and just put online. I never thought my blog would get more than like 50 readers, and I remember being super surprised and happy when the amount of traffic I got indicated other people were reading my blog too. I also remember hitting my first 100 subscribers on GFC, and feeling like “OMG people are reading my blog?!” So I guess the way my blog started is a bit more old-fashioned in that I didn’t start my blog to be famous or be an online celebrity or get free stuff, but it was just because I was having fun discussing makeup on those forums.
Anyway it’s been a long, fun journey since then, and I’m always thankful for every single reader and follower! My blog has seen me through a few life milestones (starting work, changing roles, moving from UK back to Singapore) and it’s not always easy to keep up blogging, work, and family life, so I’m always thankful for everyone who still reads even though I’m not a prolific poster/IGer/Tweeter. You guys are the best! #clozette