November 4th, 2012

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Housekeeping!

So… you might have noticed that things look pretty different around here.  Last Thursday, S&S debuted a snazzy new look and I couldn’t be more excited about it.  Over the past year or so, S&S has had four or five mini-makeovers… none of which have felt particularly right.  It felt time for the real deal and a more grown up website.  I worked with (the amazing) Erin & Tim of Cooperhouse, and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.  They were absolutely incredible (and lovely + helpful) to work with and we’ve spent the past few months rebranding, agonizing over color palettes, and making the site more user-friendly.  I had chosen them because I loved Cass’s redesign so very much, and don’t regret it – they were amazing!  My primary focus (besides the pretty stuff) was to make my content easier to find.  As I typically post twice a day here, posts can get easily buried.  I wanted to just take a moment to point out a few of the new features.  In addition to that, I’ve added two new pages:  An FAQ and a City Guide.  I get so many questions about my favorite places in New York.. I thought I’d put them all in one place.

Drop Down Menus:  This was one of the features I was most excited to add to the site.  Now S&S’s main categories (DIY, Fashion, Style, Life) are easier for you to navigate and you can find what you are really looking for.  For example, you could click into DIY to view all of my projects… or you could click into a subcategory – bracelets, necklaces, etc.  Much easier than scrolling through page after page of posts.

Archive Pages:  I had archives set up before, but we’ve enhanced and cleaned them up a bit.  Now, when you click into an archive page, you’ll see 20 items per screen, and when you roll over the tile, you’ll be able to see the name of the post.

The Slideshow:  Like I said before, my content gets buried!  Now at the top of the site there is this pretty little slideshow feature, which I’ll adjust every day to highlight the posts that I’m loving most.

Easier Pinning!  I am personally very much addicted to Pinterest… and I know that many of you are the same way.  Now, whenever you roll over an image on the site, this little pin-it button will pop up in the bottom right hand corner, enabling easy pinning.

There you have it.  I hope you enjoy the new features of the site.  I’d love to hear your feedback… especially if you have any concerns or issues about the new site – I’ll do my best to get them fixed!

26 Responses to Housekeeping!

  1. Penny Pincher Fashion November 4, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Everything looks so great Grace – they did an amazing job & I love the new look! :)

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace November 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      thank you so much! I’m so proud of it.

  2. michelle November 4, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Looks awesome and organized!

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace November 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      thanks, michelle!

  3. Jovana November 4, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Love the new design! It’s so neat, gorgeous and easy to browse :)

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace November 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      thank you, jovana! x

  4. Lisa November 4, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Thank you for the city guide. I will definitely be putting it to use this December.

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace November 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      oh good! let me know if you need/want any other recommendations.

  5. Nancy November 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Love the new look!!

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace November 4, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

      thank you, Nancy!

  6. alyson November 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Love all of the new features, especially that pin in it! Totally need something easier like that.

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace November 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      thanks lady! I am obsessed with the pin it button! I think it’s pretty easy to add too…I think the plug-in is just called Pinterest Pin It. Not that I installed it myself or anything, I’d probably break the site if I did. ;)

  7. Nnenna November 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    The new site looks really wonderful and I love all of the new features!

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace November 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      Thank you so much, Nnenna! x

  8. Emily November 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Love it, Grace!! So excited for you, it looks beautiful!

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace November 4, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

      Thank you so much, Emily! xox

  9. lily November 5, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    love the new design!!
    Fancy {No}Pants

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace November 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      Aw, thanks so much, Lily!

  10. Tanya November 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Looks amazing!
    xx Tanya

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood November 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      thank you, Tanya! xox

  11. Joyce (bronzerbunny) November 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Grace, I love the new layout and the DIY menu! :)

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood November 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

      Thank you Joyce!

  12. Jordan - Queen of LA November 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    this comment is SO delayed but i finally got a chance to sit down and really go through all the changes and i just have to tell you how much i love it! its so fancy and professional. so great! congrats grace! xoxo

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood November 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

      Thank you soooo much Jordan! So glad you like it! xoxo

  13. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp November 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    this looks fantastic! did you learn how to do any of this yourself or did Cooperhouse do it all? I am looking for tips on how to create a new nav bar.

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood November 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      Cooperhouse did it all. They trained me on WordPress so that I can adjust the dropdowns and whatnot, but they did all the design + coding. I’m a total dunce with that stuff! ;)

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