A Long Time Coming
When Bex and I met on our gap years in Costa Rica 8 years ago I was keeping a travel blog. After I got home from a year abroad, a package was waiting for me from my Pop Pop, he had printed and bound all of my blog posts into a book. It was by far the sweetest, most thoughtful gift I’ve ever received. While my writing was amateur at best, to this day I flip through it occasionally, internally reminiscing about my Central American adventures, thankful that 18 year old Emily had thought to write everything down.
Before I started my travel blog I don’t think I had ever read a blog or understood the impact they could have. When I got to college about six months after returning home from my travels I stumbled upon a link to eatingbirdfood.com while surfing the internet. I somehow fell down a rabbit hole and before I knew it I was reading a post Brittany had written a year and a half before. I soon started returning to her page every day to see what she was up to, 7 years later I still check her page first thing every morning along with the rest of my blog roll.
Sometimes I like to dig to the first couple of posts on a blog, I’m always amazed by how they developed over time, not just their writing and photography, but the bloggers themselves. For her first post on one of my all time favorite blogs, healthytippingpoint.com, Caitlin had put up a picture of her dog and said she was starting a blog to write about her fitness journey before her wedding. So I read her blog as she got fit for her wedding, and continued to follow her as she wrote 3 books, had 2 kids and ran countless races. I had, in a sense, watched this woman blossom into her full potential; blogging gave that to her, she literally wrote herself into being.
When she announced she would no longer be blogging (I genuinely cried) I began to long to start my own. This woman wrote to internet strangers every day for almost 10 years, she had bared her soul to the world wide web and inspired so many women to be their best selves, I wanted to do that. Even though I think the lifestyle blog market is saturated, I bought a domain name anyway, citychiconthecheap.com. While brainstorming what domain name I would want some version of city-girl kept coming up. A few days after I bought the URL Bex and I were texting, as we often do, and we both said something along the lines of “that’s the life of a city girl for you”, “I love being a city girl”, “we’re both city girls” -- suddenly an even better domain name came to me, A Tale of Two City Girls. I told Bex we should start a blog together and call it that, she said she liked the idea and we didn’t discuss it again for about a year.
Around the time I was planning my most recent trip to visit her I mentioned this again to Bex and she admitted she had been thinking about it lately as well. And so on our train from Paris back to London we brain dumped about three pages of notes into my phone and what was once a passing day dream began to feel real. When I returned home two months ago we continued to plan, texting almost all day everyday about what platform to host the blog on, social media handles, content ideas. And after careful planning and endless excitement, it’s here.
We hope to inspire you (regardless of whether you live in a city or not) to be your most stylish, confident and authentic self. We hope to help young professionals navigate the early stages of their careers while we ourselves find our own professional footings. We hope to give you wanderlust as we share what we love most about our respective cities. And most importantly, we hope to make you smile (and often laugh) as we regale you with stories of our unlikely friendship that spans 7 years, 5 countries, 2 continents and countless adventures.
Welcome! We’re so glad you’re here.