Mr. Bazaar’s Birthday: Twenty Six Thank You’s


Today is my birthday and I’m turning 26. When I look back at the adventures I’ve been lucky enough to experience over the years I feel quite emotional. I was 22 years old and fresh out of university when I started Bright.Bazaar from my bedroom a little over four years ago. In that time my blog has taken me to places I never dreamed of being able to visit and presented me with both opportunities and challenges, all of which have helped me as I try to carve my path in life. While blogging is a huge part of my life, it wouldn’t be even half the experience it is without the wonderful friendships it has gifted to me along the way. So, as a way of celebrating my twenty sixth birthday, I wanted to say thank you to twenty six blogging friends who have touched me with their support and help in recent months:

Jeanette – Your recent photography workshop was so useful and I was so grateful how you really went above and beyond to help answer my questions. Your creative eye and talent never fails to inspire me.
Andrew – You’re always there with the right words on a hard day; thank you for always knowing what to say.
Arianna – A mid-week Skype chat with my Italian bella always puts a spring in my step!
Yvonne – Your warm and creative spirit made working with you on Meet The Blogger London such a breeze. I can’t wait to lark about in London again soon!
Lindsey – Thank you for being a supportive spirit and for all your help in Paris a few months ago; your writing is a joy to read.
Anya – Although we’ve only met once, I was touched at your kindness to help me with my somewhat restricted foreign language skills!
Mariska – We started on our adventures at roughly the same time – thank you for always being a colourful inspiration and all your help in the last few months.
Carl – Thanks for doing such a great job on the video for my book announcement.
Victoria – Your willingness to help and exchange advice has been a real help to me in my blogging adventures – I hope we can meet in real life soon (along with Lucy, too!).
Hannah – Thank you for encouraging me with all my endeavours with your unfaltering enthusiasm and positive outlook.
Igor – We’ve had so many fun times together thanks to blogging and I feel grateful that blogging led us to this friendship – bubbles!
Jon – Thanks for being a top friend and being so gracious with your time to help me out, not just in recent weeks, but over the past few years.
Rachie – I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone as genuine and down to earth as you; thank you for being the best girlfriend a colour-loving chap could ask for!
Justina – I still remember the old days when we both started out with our blogs all those years ago; I’m so grateful that we are still in touch and helping one another out.
Mowie – Thanks for all your photography advice and for being a super fun guy to hang out with.
Perri – Your encouraging words gave me the push I needed to dive into my book project – you rock!
Kate – Your warm and friendly manner makes spending time with you a real pleasure; thank you for all your company at many a trade show and blogger night out!
Tim – You are such a sharing and supportive soul, Tim, thanks for bringing a smile to my face with your fun messages.
Amanda – Working with you over the past few months has been so much fun and I feel lucky to be able to collaborate with you on such inspiring projects.
Veronica – The vision, hard-work and generosity you invest in working tirelessly to connect bloggers with brands and visa versa has led to some of my most cherished blogging friendships, so thank you for all that you do with Blog Tour.
Paul – Thank you for believing in my work and being such an easy and funny editor to work with.
Manvi – Your work for Bright.Bazaar never fails to leave me inspired and your eye for design is spot on.
Raina – Thank you for being so generous in helping me with book questions in the past few weeks and for being my ‘go to’ neon gal!
Carole – I will never forget our walk through Central Park; your wise words prove helpful more often than I can count.
Ben – You put a huge smile on my face by nominating me for a Dulux Colour Award – thanks, pal!

And, lastly, but by no means least, I wish to thank you, yes, YOU! Thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by Bright.Bazaar and share in my colourful adventures. You bring the heart, soul and joy to this space and I wish I could thank all of you individually. If you’ve not said ‘hello’ before and feel like saying ‘hi’, please do as I would love to discover your blog! Have a lovely Thursday, folks!

// Thank You design by Gordon Montgomery | Animation by Will Taylor


  • Reply Michael Wurm, Jr March 14, 2013 at 12:55 am

    How incredible sweet is this!? What wonderful people you have in your life.

    Happy Birthday Wil!

  • Reply susan March 14, 2013 at 2:12 am

    wishing you a birthday as colorful and vibrant as you are friend! xo

  • Reply Justina March 14, 2013 at 2:41 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET WILL!! I am SO grateful to be on this list and I’m SO grateful for our friendship! I can’t WAIT to meet you in person <3 and on a more superficial note, I just LOVE that cute GIF. You are always SO full of inspiration!! much, much love. ~J

  • Reply satsuki shibuya March 14, 2013 at 2:41 am

    what a lovely way to celebrate your birthday. thank YOU for being an inspiration to us all. happy happy birthday sweet will! xx

  • Reply Jessie March 14, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Happy 26th Birthday, Will! Wish you great success with your upcoming book!


  • Reply tim@designmaze March 14, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Happy Birthday Will!! So glad to get to know you more in the past year and thanks for such heart warming friendship from across the pond. Your posts and work are my daily inspiration and I look forward to following along your exciting adventure to colorful designs!


  • Reply Emelie March 14, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Happy birthday, Will! I wish you a fab birthday! <3

    What a lovely way to celebrate your co-bloggers and friends!

    xoxo Emelie

  • Reply Eva March 14, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Happy birthday and congratulations on all the great things you achieved so far! πŸ™‚ All the best for your new year, it will surely be exciting!

  • Reply Yvonne @ Yvestown March 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

    That’s so sweet Will!! You not only brighten up the internet but you surely brighten up my life. Love you and wish you a very happy birthday and many more to come xox Y

  • Reply DaRREN @ bEHOLDERS eYES March 14, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Happy Birthday Will. Oh what I’d give you be 26 again! Wow you’ve achieved so much in 4 years. Have a great day!

  • Reply DaRREN @ bEHOLDERS eYES March 14, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Happy Birthday Will. Oh what I’d give to be 26 again! Wow you’ve achieved so much in 4 years. Have a great day!

  • Reply Arianna March 14, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Awwwwww Happy Birthday Will!!!!!!! What a sweet sweet post and I am so happy to be a part of your life! you mean the world to me!

  • Reply Ilaria March 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Buon compleanno Will!! Ti auguro un mondo di felicita’ e di colore πŸ˜‰

    {in italian, just for you!}

  • Reply Igor March 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Happy birthday my – not friend – my blogging brother!!! Thank you for being so supportive and for inspiring me all the way long!!! Bubbles!!!!

  • Reply Doris March 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

    What a beautifully heartfelt post Will! I read your blog everyday because it’s always so colourful and insightful. I hope you have a wonderful birthday and the sun has come out (how appropriate). It was nice to see you on the weekend also. xD

  • Reply Lena March 14, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Happy Birthday, Will!
    26? The best! Not in your early twenties anymore but still far enough away from number 30!
    What a lovely idea to thank your blogger friends, I actually think your ability to genuinely embrace and thank others is the key to your success (besides the usual hard work, talent and that kinda stuff…)

  • Reply Judith March 14, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Joyeux anniversaire, Will! What a beautiful way to celebrate with all these bloggers & friends! Have a wonderful day!

  • Reply Gabrielle March 14, 2013 at 10:22 am

    What a perfect way to celebrate your birthday, have a lovely, lovely day x

  • Reply abbey@gild&grace March 14, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Happy, happy birthday to you Will! 26, what a wonderful age! I miss 26, enjoy πŸ™‚

    Abbey x

  • Reply tina @ colourliving March 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

    What a wonderful and creative way to share your Birthday. Happy happy lovely Will. Your future is bright, your future is colourful. Full stop! Hugs and kisses….

  • Reply Diane March 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

    This is such a lovely post! I hope you have the happiest of birthdays, and that your day filled with plenty of pattern of colour!

  • Reply Gudy Herder March 14, 2013 at 11:21 am

    This has been one of the most touching THANK YOU’s I have ever seen, Will. You have such a big heart. Congrats in this day to a very bright person!

  • Reply carole March 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Will, you are such a darling to include me on this list. Hope you have a lovely birthday.

    Lots and lots of love

    Carole xx

  • Reply Anita de jonge March 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Happy Birthday and many happy and healthy returns!! I love your blog, it’s very inspiring and hearts-warming!
    Hope you have a great day!
    The THANK YOU’s is such wonderful gesture of gratitude!

  • Reply Mowie Kay March 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr! Wishing you all the best, hoping that you’re having a fabulous day and that T is spoiling you rotten! Very sweet of you to mention me in this post – here’s to many more fun times x

  • Reply Lindsey March 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    So honored to be included in this list. I’m so glad we finally met in person and so proud of you for all you’ve accomplished! You’re an inspiration to all!

  • Reply Anya March 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Dearest Will, first of all – a huge congrats on your B’day, hope you have a fab day. It’s an honour to be included on your list. A HUGE thanks back for being the kindest, most inspiring and nicest of people I have met in a long time. And DO call me if you need help – I am pretty good with languages πŸ™‚ Axx

  • Reply We Heart Home March 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    This is such a nice post! A wonderful idea and an excellent source list for inspiring blogs, too! HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILL! Wishing you the very best πŸ™‚

    Xx. Holly & Trisha

  • Reply jon March 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    happy birthday will!! time for cake! (and shopping!)

  • Reply Hege March 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, Will! Have a great time! Thanks for inspiring us all! Great post! hx

  • Reply VICTORIA March 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    OH WOW! thank you so much will! so happy to be included and thank you for all of your continued inspiration, too! we will meet soon! xoxo

  • Reply Alba B. March 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Will saying a Happy Birthday, it would be so basilar that I just want to wish :”Exponential empowering what you have achieved during these years to make it even more attractive and realize all your dreams, but I would also make a wish to your MUM for your birthday that brought you to this life so we could have a Bright Mr. BrightBazaar!!!!!”
    Thank you!!!

  • Reply Raina March 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Will- the pleasure is all mine!! You are so fab. Have a bright and happy birthday!!!

  • Reply Jeanette March 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Dear Will,
    you are such a kind person.


    IΒ΄m so thankful for being on this list and so happy I can inspire you.

    I hope your day has been bright and wonderful, just like you.

    Big hugs,
    Jeanette xx

  • Reply Veronika Miller March 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Haaaaa what a lovely post and thank you so much!. More importantly HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Oh I wish you’d be in NYC next week so we can celebrate. See you soon darling!

  • Reply Karen March 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Had I known it was your birthday a day after mine I would have bought you a cocktail this past weekend! Warmest wishes to you and thank you for such a fantastic presentation.

  • Reply Caroline @trend-daily March 14, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    That’s just the loveliest Birthday thank you list ever. happy Birthday dear Will and congratulations on achieving so much-you deserve it xx

  • Reply Modern Country LADY March 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    26!! 26!!??!! You have achieved so much already- way to go Will!! Happy Birthday and I am glad I know you and your blog!!

  • Reply Ashleigh (Act on Inspiration) March 15, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Happy Birthday Will!!! Hope you have the most wonderful day! I’m 26 this year too (little bit scary isn’t it?)
    Ashleigh xxoo

  • Reply Jonathan March 15, 2013 at 4:40 am

    It is my birthday too! I just turned sixteen and I love your blog!

  • Reply Jonathan March 15, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Happy Birthday too!

  • Reply Preciously Me March 15, 2013 at 7:00 am

    JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE WILL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Valentina Appuntidicasa March 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    What a wonderful and lovely post Will! You are a special blogger, you are a very special person!
    Happy Bday, I wish that all your dreams come true, 100 of these days boy!

  • Reply dervla @ The Curator March 16, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Happy birthday, Will! Love this tribute to your friends and those who’ve supported you. I’m thrilled to be one of your loyal readers. Happy happy birthday!!

  • Reply Carla coulson March 18, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Happy Birthday Will such a heart warming post and message to your friends and blogging supporters, Hip Hip Hooray to you Carla ….. the graphic is gorgeous x

  • Reply samia March 18, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Happy Birthday will!! and can you show us how you did that coz it was incredibly sweet and an awesome way to thanks ppl in ur life πŸ™‚

  • Reply Justyna March 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Happy Birthday πŸ™‚ and I only want say “hello!” πŸ™‚

  • Reply Audrey - This Little Street March 20, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Happy birthday, dear Will! What an amazing way to celebrate. You deserve every single bit of the amazing things that are happening to you πŸ™‚ Hugs!

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