YouLookFab turns five years old today and Greg and I are pleased. Our baby blog grew up into a bright and vibrant online community that gives us great joy every day.

The last year has been filled with incredible highs and lows. One of the highs was launching the new YLF in September last year. It was the most significant redesign of the site since we launched in April 2006. The biggest feature we added was the ability to upload photos with forum posts, which has turned out to be enormously popular. The front page of the forum shows that more than half of the topics have photos these days.

The low came just over a month ago when we lost an integral part of the YLF family. The loss of our blog star Jasmine continues to cause great sadness at YLF Headquarters.

I’m grateful to YLF for many, many reasons. I have the opportunity to do what I love every day, and I get to share my passion about fashion and style with a worldwide group of friends. Greg and I have never worked so hard in our lives, but we have an enormous amount of fun. And we have the hilarious outtakes from our photo shoots to prove it.

As I have said so many times before, what makes this all so special is YOU. Reading your insightful, witty and thoughtful contributions in the blog comments and forum posts enriches my life. You continue to give YLF your knowledge and support generously and unconditionally, and that is an incredible thing. It also blows my mind that some readers have been with YLF since its inception, and still log on daily. We are deeply humbled.

With Jasmine in our hearts, Greg, Rosie and I extend a very big thank you to all our subscribers, forum members, daily readers and occasional visitors. You are what makes YLF an extraordinary community.

Year 5 was fun, but year 6 is going to be even more exciting. We have some new things on the way and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Update: I woke up this morning to a very precious gift on the forum. The wonderful, no… killer to the power of killer video below. My jaw dropped, then I smiled, then laughed and then cried. We are so happy and so humbled. Thank you our worldwide YLF family.