I am so, so excited today because my new website is officially LIVE! This re-design has been something I’ve dreamt about for a very long time, and I cannot believe it’s right here in front of me. It’s actually REAL!

New layout, new logo, all new everythang! I definitely didn’t do this by myself, I have to give credit where it is due…and believe me, you’re going to want to know who the talented women behind these pages are…

So the first thing you may have noticed…my adorable new logo (fun fact: I never really had an old logo. I had a makeshift graphic that I suppose got the job done). This custom hand lettered design was created by the talented Anamarie Francisco of Crafted. by Anamarie. She’s a fellow Connecticut gal and started her business with calligraphy services for weddings and events, but has since expanded into brand styling and social media consulting for small businesses.

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We connected a few months ago and when I was getting ready to revamp, I knew that she would be the one to bring my ideas to life!

Anamarie is so talented, and kind – she made the design process fun and seamless for me. After our initial consultation, she sent over a brief questionnaire to help better understand my brand and my vision. We utilized Pinterest for inspiration, and once she had a clear grasp of what I had in mind, she began drafting some concepts. She sent over three designs and I immediately fell in love with one of them! It only took a few minor tweaks to create exactly what I wanted and I could not be happier with the final result – it’s clean, cute, and playful. It’s perfect.

Anamarie creates the most beautiful hand lettered items and has such a natural eye for design. Her work is unparalleled. If you’re in need of any sort of visual styling for your brand (or an upcoming event), you must reach out to her. I have a feeling I’ll be reaching out to her again in the future!

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Learn more about Crafted. by Anamarie on her website, check her out on Facebook, and be sure to follow her on Instagram to add some pin-worthy pics to your timeline!

Now the site itself was brought to life by Bren, an actual ANGEL! I had been so terrified about this entire migration, self-hosting, re-design process that I just put it off (for far too long). When it was time to bite the bullet, I consulted some other bloggers for advice and asked who they’d recommend working with. Lindsey (The Southern Elle) referred me! She said that she had just migrated her site with no headaches… thanks to Bren. Let me just say, from the very first e-mail exchange I knew this woman was going to take care of everything and anything that I needed. And she did. I am so grateful for her patience, her expertise, her professionalism, and her punctuality. This has been such a positive and stress-free experience, and I credit her for that. I would have never been able to do this without her!

If you need any web-related services, Bren is your girl! Check out her website here. 🙂

There are also a few new images floating around these pages! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I recently did a shoot with my girlfriend, and fellow Connecticut blogger, Oby Grace. She snapped some gorgeous photos that really bring this site to life. I uploaded one of the looks we shot, and there will be a couple more coming soon! Oby is a budding photographer and pretty darn great at it. Check out her website and follow her on Instagram!

I love that this website was 100% built by women! I cannot thank these ladies enough, each of their talents and skills helped to create something that I am so excited and proud to call mine. I think it’s ironic that I’m re-launching in June…my birthday month. A new look for a new year seems fitting to me. Here’s to continuing to learn, to build, to grow, and to blog!

Thank you all for being on this journey with me.

XOXO

 

 

41 comments on “It’s HERE! My new site is LIVE!”

    • Thank you so much Abigail! I’m so glad that you like it! I’m really proud of how it turned out and cannot wait to get back to posting! Have a great week! XOXO

    • Thank you so much!!! It’s been a long time coming. I hope you make a comeback soon, I’ve missed your posts! 🙂 And we seriously need to pick a date to get together – gah, I am the WORST! But it’s happening ASAP!! XO

  1. Hi Amanda!

    Congratulations on the launch! I have to agree with you, your site looks beautiful! It was such a pleasure working with you to create your dream blog. I’m glad you mentioned who created your logo because I loved it from the moment I saw it!

    Congrats again and if you ever need anything, just holler! 😉

    Happy Monday!

    Bren

    • Again…THANK YOU! You are the very best and I am so grateful for your hard work, you’re a true pro in this arena and I couldn’t have done it without you! And yes, Anamarie is incredibly talented, I love her work and was so glad she was able to create this for me! Everything looks wonderful together. 🙂

      Eeeeek! Still so excited!

    • Thanks Meesha — I’m so glad you like it! I’m really proud of it and happy to be up and running with a new look. All of these ladies are so wonderful, I would recommend working any of them in a heartbeat!! I’d love to see a fun BW logo! I can only imagine the possibilities! XOXO

  2. SO exciting!!!! I absolutely love your new layout. It’s crisp, clean, feminine, and classy. Loving it so much! The women did an amazing job, and you did a great job pinpointing exactly what you wanted to create a clean – yet fun – website. SO thrilled for you. And just think, only bigger and better things ahead!!! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Nicole! It has been such a long time coming and when I finally decided to pull the plug, these ladies helped me turn it around so quickly! I couldn’t be happier. And yes! Crisp, clean, feminine, classy – the exact vibe I was going for, I’m glad it speaks that way to others. 🙂 I hope you’re enjoying this special time with your beautiful little babe! XOXO

    • Thank you Angie!! It has always been a huge goal of mine and I cannot believe it’s finally in front of me! I think I was meant to wait so long because I’m pretty sure this experience would have been quite the headache if I had worked with anyone else. I cannot sing the praises of Anamarie and Bren enough! And Oby of course. 🙂 I’m so glad you like it, here’s to much more blogging to come!! XO

  3. AWWWWW it looks gorgeous love!! Welcome to the world of self-hosting!! You are going to love it!! I know I do!! Again, congrats!! I am totally looking forward to seeing where it takes you…of course, it will be very far because you are amazing!!!

    • Thank you, love!! I am SO excited! I’m really happy with how everything turned out and cannot wait for this next part of this journey! I’m so glad that you like it!! 🙂 XOXO

    • Thank you so much Hannah! Anamarie did a really great job with the logo! I knew I wanted my name and I knew I wanted a bow…she definitely made the magic happen!!:) XOXO

    • Thank you so much Caitlin! I’m very happy with it! And definitely happy to be up and running again!! 🙂

    • Thanks Kell!! I’m so glad you like it! It’s always nice to get the approval of the family graphic designer!! 🙂 XOXO

    • Ahhh thanks Brittany — I feel like I’ve entered a new league! Excited for what’s to come. And thank you, that gingham top was bought on a whim and may have become my new favorite shirt ever!! 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you like it, I’m really happy with it too. 🙂 Yes, definitely check these ladies out when you’re ready! They’re the best!! XOXO

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