12 Nov 2017 37 comments

A New Look.

Welcome to the new and improved katelavie.com! What a journey it has been…

For anyone that has kept up with me since the beginning (oh hey, KLV vets! Thanks for sticking around), you’ll know that this blog has seen many different looks. None of them good, none of them pretty.
Two years and one month ago (approximately) I decided to take the leap and relaunch with a new name. I said goodbye to ‘ghostparties’ (an old Myspace moniker, if you’re wondering) and introduced Kate La Vie. I loved how fresh and simple it sounded, and I still love it to this day – although I’m very confused about how that was TWO WHOLE YEARS AGO.

Since relaunching with a new name, I’ve dabbled with designs. You may remember the struggle I had last year when I spent months (and ££££) on a new design, only to hate the way it was developed. Although I had signed off the overall design, the guy who coded it didn’t leave any room for changes and I felt so restricted. Eventually I shunned this (very pricey!) professional design for a cheap theme, but it still wasn’t right.

I took inspiration from all around me; the blogs I enjoy, to my most loved books and the notecards and prints that sit over my desk.
Most of all though, I wanted to create an effortless experience for my readers. A place to see my posts displayed beautifully in one place… and I think we nailed it!

I used the next year or so to think about what I wanted from a blog design; the overall look, the functionality… I considered it all.
So when I found my dudes Haley and Jarrad at Hello Hello Studio, I was ready to move forward with some ideas… after a little bit of coaxing, because trust issues.
I don’t think I could have worked on this with anyone but Jaley (as I will now call them), they’re the most patient and understanding pair ever! They stuck with me throughout the whole design process and made every single change I required (and more!), and they totally understood how much of a big deal this was to me. After that failed attempt at a design last year, I was at times (although they will probably deny this with a sly smile), a little stubborn to work with, but they were always a dream!

After a few wobbles (from me), we eventually started Skype session workshops – no easy feat considering they’re in sunny Sydney and I’m in… gloomy Glasgow. I’d get up at 6 or 7am and we’d design the last pieces of the site together over a video call!
I came off those long calls feeling so motivated and inspired, too – I think we might have to keep them up so I can get some work done…

I had such a good idea of what I wanted and I’m quite hands on so I find it hard to let go of projects like that. To be honest, I’m not very good at delegating in general but that’s another story.
Luckily, I found a dream team in Jaley and Harrad (heh)!
And so, after months of planning, designing, emails across the globe, video calls, coding, waiting for the other side of the world to wake up, it finally came together… and I am in love!

I had already teamed up with the ever amazing Jasmine Dowling to create my beautiful logo, as well as some other beaut graphics you can see here and on my YouTube channel which has also had a bit of a makeover, so it all fell in to place. Swoooon.

A new chapter!

I found that my previous designs were super restricting, there was no room for modification. With my new design, everything from the images in the header, to the layout of the blog posts and even the lust list at the bottom of the homepage can be customised by me!

I really want this design to grow with me; my style has come a long way even in the past year, so I’m excited to see how I can work with this design to continuously improve my content!
Here’s to a bloomin’ lovely fresh start, I hope you’re looking forward to seeing what’s to come…

Here’s to a shiny new design!

I’m feeling so inspired at the moment, I really love the direction I’m headed in with my current posts and I feel like I have my own little corner of the internet to inspire you lovely lot too.
From here on out, you can expect to still see regular posts (I always aim to blog every second day), and it’ll continue to be a good mix of beauty and lifestyle – with lots of interiors, of course!

So that’s it, a new look for katelavie.com! I can honestly say the finished design is so much better than I ever could have hoped for, my dream team managed to capture my style and create something so awesome. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of the page! I’m going to be sending out a monthly newsletter packed full of extras – I’m so excited for this little addition. Now you really won’t be able to escape me…

What do you guys think of the new look? Anything you’d like to see more of on these pages?

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  • Lovely!

  • Hi Kate, i follow you on Instagram and I was waiting for you to relaunch your site. It look beautiful and you have done a wonderful job. Well done. xx

    http://www.annanuttall.com

  • I love the new design, not that the one before was bad, but this one feels more modern, and I believe it is good to have a little bit of freedom concerning the layout, to be able to change it at any time!

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

  • kimmy

    Hi Kate,
    I love your new blog design – especially the little pink pop out boxes, super cute ! Cant wait to read lots of lovely new blog posts 🙂
    Kimmy x
    https://wherekimmywent.wordpress.com/

  • Ellie

    I love the new design! Very very pretty!
    http://www.elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • I absolutely love the new look fo your blog! So pretty. X
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

  • Amber Atlanta

    It looks amazing! All the hard work has paid off.
    Amber | http://www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

  • Love it!

    carlotarules.wordpress.com

  • It really looks amazing lovely! xx

    http://www.anacelinelabod.com

  • Such a lovely & delight beautiful change. Love ❤️ The simplicity and colour theme design. So fabulous! ♥️♥️♥️

    🍂🍃LA BIJOUX BELLA 🍂🍃| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Love the new design Kate, beautiful

    Mel x mediamarmalade.com

  • Juliana Paz

    I’m loving this new blog look. It suits you so well and its so fresh and simple. I struggle with blog designs too so I’m a little familiar with the struggle.

    Hope you finally have a layout you adore.

    xo
    http://www.ohhjuliana.com

  • I love the new look.

    http://www.yourbeautypantry.com

  • It’s looking swish Kate, I’m loving the new look!

    Mel ✨
    meleaglestone.co.uk
    @meleaglestone

  • Isn’t it crazy to see how fast time changes? Congrats on your relaunch- the site looks great!

    https://thedianaedition.com

    • So crazy!! And it goes quicker the older/busier you get! x

  • Nia

    Congrats! I love it. Your blog is inspo for me xx

    Nia
    http://www.aglowingnotion.com

  • Hey, I’m a new reader (thank you Zoella) and I absolutely adore your design! It’s everything a design should be; easy to navigate, responsive, and very very pretty. I hope to one day be able to spend a little more £££ on a design, because even though the one I have now looks nice, it doesn’t leave me with a lot of options, and it fails to convey my content in the way I wish it would. Oh well, it’ll do for now, and one day if I profit of my blog, I can cash out a bit more.

  • I’ve been loving the new layout sooo much <3 🙂 I've been following along when this blog was still "ghostparties", and I've always really enjoyed the layouts because it's so clean and simple! Glad you found a team of great designers to help you!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • A fabulous new design!

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_

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  • oh i adore your blog design. i feel like its so hard to find something that truly fits what you want nd is unique too. one day, i’ll pay someone a big amount of money to design something as special fo rmy blog but until then i will make the more affordable designs work.
    ❤︎

    http://www.elenaisabelle.com

  • It sounds like it’s been such a long, and quite challenging at times, journey – but I think we will all agree it’s been absolutely worth it! Your blog is so, so beautiful, Kate!

    If it’s worth anything, I’ve ~always~ loved the look and content of your blog – you’re definitely one of my favourite inspirations!

    Soph x | http://www.sophierosie.com

  • Looks amazing!

    xxx

    http://www.themollyellis.com

  • I love your new design! I only discovered your blog 6 or so months ago so never knew any of your older themes but I have always loved your photography and writing! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion Beauty Lifestyle

  • I remember following you when you were gh0stparties and your style and photography has evolved so much since then! There are so many nice little elements on your new blog layout, I love it! Now feeling an urge to completely re-design my own blog now though haha. 🙂 xxx

  • I love the new design! I’ve been one of your reader at the time when you were gh0stparties and I love seeing how you’ve grown up since then. x

    Enora | RemainReverie

  • Natalie Redman

    I love that so many bloggers have updated their looks! They all look so good!

    http://www.upyourvlog.com

    • Me too, so much easier and fun to read! x

  • Everything’s looking amazing. I really love the new look (:

  • Caroline

    I love the simplicity, it’s feminine and luminous, and your lovely wedding photo makes it personal. I would love that the photos in the posts were bigger.

  • Coco

    Wow, just wow. To be honest I always admired your blog, not only by the contents but I really didn’t mind the look. I am trying to remember what it was like before but I just can’t! I wish I would have been there to see the entire progress of this beautiful space of yours… But I have to say, this is mesmorizing, the simple yet chic look of it is all so stunning. Congratulations!
    Coco| pjsandstuff.wordpress.com

    • Thank you Coco! What a lovely comment! Haha well it wasn’t always so beautiful 😉 x

  • I am absolutely in love with it Kate – your blog is by far the best I’ve ever seen and I bet you’re thrilled with how it looks! It’s beautiful 🙂 xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

  • Samantha Earle

    Hi Kate! I just wanted to say that I love, love, LOVE the new look. As someone who is just about to launch her first blog, this is goals! As always, loving the content. Keep up the amazing work. Xx

  • I love the design! It’s so classy and minimalistic. A blogger’s dream. Congrats to the new design and I know how much work it can be, since I just relaunched in August.

    Xo, Sara | missesviolet