Welcome to the new site! What a way to start 2017!
Isn’t it so pretty?
This redesign/overhaul has been in the works for over a year! It feels like an eternity ago that I reached out to Victoria McGinley to see if she had time to take me on as a client. I loved her portfolio of work, and knew the site would be in good hands! The site was designed by her, and coded by the talented Lisa Butler. Both were detailed, thorough, and I felt confident the entire time the design process was going on. My blog is so personal and important to me, that I really poured a lot of thought into the design. Ultimately, my goal is that it’s now a pretty place that you can visit online to learn some beauty tips, and read some posts that may connect us on a deeper level.
One of the greatest motivators in organizing the archives into a more visually pleasing and accessible way is the stream of questions I’m asked daily that are already answered on the site! I think archives are often forgotten about, especially if you are a new reader. So, use the search box in the right sidebar, or just click through the beauty galleries to find a photo and brief caption of what that post holds to see if it’s what you are looking for.
We added a “shop” page, which you can click to in the main navigation bar at the top of the screen. This will be updated regularly with things I’m loving. Sometimes I’ll talk about a product on Instagram or Snapchat, that then doesn’t get mentioned on the blog, but I’ll add it to the shop page so you can reference it there.
The post area is pretty much the same. Linked items are bolded, and you can click on the comment bubble at the top or bottom of the post to comment! For extra security, we’ve added a “captcha” step to commenting. You would not believe the volume of spam comments that come through daily, and it really bogs down the site. So you may need to click a box from time to time to prove you aren’t a robot.
At the very bottom of the site, in the footer, there are 3 clickable boxes! And my instagram feed will scroll below, which is also clickable!
With any redesign, big or small, there are sometimes little errors, missed images, and things like that that can come up. I’ve already got a small list of things that need attention, and we’ll be raking through the site over the next two weeks to make sure everything is working correctly and in the right place! If you see anything strange, I’ve likely seen it too!
I really hope you like it! It was a big step for me to add SO MUCH COLOR into the design, but it feels so fresh and nice!
As far as content goes for the new year, you can plan on a lot of the same! Hair, beauty, food, lifestyle, style, and more! I do want to incorporate a few more personal, conversational posts though.
My life really changed back in 2011 when I shared a few of my video hair tutorials on Pinterest, on a whim. And I could talk endlessly about the really amazing experiences I’ve had, and the incredible people I’ve met. I’ve made dear friends, and met other women who I can connect with so quickly thanks to the common thread of interest that runs through the blog. It’s such a gift! It’s not lost on me how much of a dream scenario I’m in, being able to write and create content that I care about for you, and offer it to you for free!
It’s also never, ever unnoticed when you leave me a kind comment. I may not be able to reply, but I see them and they mean the world to me.
I’ll let you go click around and explore the site now! I do hope you have fun here, and thanks for being the best readers around!