Launch Day!

Welcome to my new site! I can’t believe that this day is finally here.  All of this has been such a long and challenging process, but one that I know was well worth it.  I’ve made so many new changes all at once and honestly couldn’t be happier about it.  After blogging for almost 5 years, this transition was definitely long overdue.  There’s so much to discuss and explain, so let me just get into it!

For quite some time, I felt as though I had outgrown A Love Affair With Fashion.  The name did hold significant meaning to me in the beginning, but I got to the point where I felt it was no longer the right fit.  I started out in 2011 as only fashion focused and that was great for awhile, but eventually I wanted and needed more. I slowly started incorporating other content and topics and realized that in the end, I wanted this to become more of a lifestyle blog.  When I would introduce myself and tell people the name of my site, I noticed that I felt as if I was sharing a part of my past and not my present.  You guys know that I love connecting with all of you and sharing different parts of my life that include the struggles, not just the highlight reels, so what’s more personal than my own name?  I’ve honestly wanted to make this switch for about 2 years now.  I was hesitant in the beginning because I knew that rebranding would not be easy, but at the end of last year I made the choice to go for it and I was all in.  That included not just changing my name, but switching platforms from Blogger to WordPress and creating a completely new design that would truly connect with who I am today.

I thought so much about what I wanted the visual to be and how I could ensure that this new design would be the best reflection of me.  We went back and forth on tons of different ideas and this ended up being the third, final and best design.  It’s completely different from what I had before and I think it looks super clean and chic.  I wanted to make sure that I had a user friendly site and mobile version that was still engaging. We tried to incorporate little details, like the icons for each category, to add in a more personal touch.  The coffee cup is my favorite, obviously. 🙂 If you take a look in the browse section, you will see I’ve added some sub categories to make it easier to search for specific topics and this will also help me to expand on my content further.  Ultimately, that’s my goal.  I want to push myself to create new and different content for all of you to enjoy.  I want this to be a space that you will continue coming back to for more and I hope that it will fill you with a bit of inspiration each time.  As I continue to grow as a woman, it’s only right for the site to follow along on the same path.

Switching platforms was a huge challenge for me and honestly one that I was not fully prepared for.  I would love to do a separate post on this with my designer for anyone looking to make that switch.  It was a lot of hard work because majority of my images from over the last 5 years did not transfer over and she had to import them all manually.  I didn’t want to lose anything because it’s all part of the journey that I took to get to where I am today. And what a journey it has been!  I started looking back on really old posts and am still stunned at how much I have changed and how far I have come.  I’ve put a lot of dedication, passion and love into all of this and it feels pretty amazing to take a new direction at this point in my life.  In addition to changing the name of my site, I have also changed the name of my social media handles.  After being @natybaby on Instagram since 2011, I officially said goodbye and switched over to @natymichele. It’s like the end of an era! lol A fun fact: naty baby is a nickname that I was given back in college and it just stuck.  I created that Instagram account before I had started blogging and never imagined I would grow an audience on there.  I ended up sticking with the name, but for the sake of this rebrand I really wanted everything to be cohesive and consistent with the new site.  Just make note that my twitter account is the only one I have not been able to change yet. So for now, natybaby lives on. 🙂

I need to give a million thanks to Vanessa for designing this site and putting up with me this entire year!  I know it was not easy, but I am so appreciative of her doing everything in her power to help me bring this vision to life. All of the setbacks and obstacles were worth it in the end. She did my last design too so it’s been great working together and growing together throughout these last few years. She’s so creative, so dedicated and really is the best. By the way, she’s offering 30% off for anyone who books their website design with her this week. You can email her at hello@vanessacabrera.com and put N30 in the subject!

I hope that you continue on this journey with me and that you love the new site as much as I do.  Grab a cup of coffee, take a look around and stay awhile. I hope you come back.  All my love. <3

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  1. Jillian

    congrats! Super proud of you!

    • admin

      Thank you, love you! xo

  2. love your new site! Keep doing you girl!

    Xoxo megan
    Pinebarrenbeauty.com

    • admin

      I appreciate the love and support thank you!

  3. vicki

    WORTH THE WAIT! ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK HAS PAID OFF. IT looks GREAT!

    • admin

      Thank you so much! So happy you like it! 🙂

  4. rashelle morrow (mrs.row)

    naty this is amazing! we love you❤.
    cONtent and the new layout is so beautiful.

    • Naty

      you are so sweet thank you love! xo

  5. Congratulation to you

    • Naty

      Thank you Kristen!

  6. RUth matOtong

    AbsoluteLy amazing! So Clean, so chic. Congratulations nAty, yoU are more than an inspiration. Ive been here for the past hour looking At older posts That i already know just beCause of this new site lol

    • Naty

      Ruth! That is what I love to hear! Haha that makes me so happy. Thanks girl! <3

  7. NaTy, i knew its going to be amazing! As for the struggles with the mOve, i know them all too well! I moved my site on my own A few months ago and am still working on moving all of my older posts! I am so looking forward To some piece of advice on how you guys dId It. Hope you’ ll share it in a post soon! Thanks!

    Xoxo from Napa Valley

    PaulIna
    http://Www.sHenska.com

    • Naty

      Aw thanks girl! Oh no, I can only imagine what you’ve had to deal with. It was not easy, but thankfully my designer Vanessa did so much to help me. I am still fixing older posts though, but my main concern was that everything was good with the recent ones. I will definitely work on a post with her soon to share the experience and offer any tips! xo

  8. Hey naty..I’ve followed your blog from the time it was aloveaffairwithfashion.blogspot.com and I have to say it has been great being a part of your journey. you have been a great inspiration to me. i have learnt a lot from you. i have read a lot of blogs by other famous bloggers but you will always be my favourite. Lots of love and best wishes for you. <3 😀

    • Naty

      Oh wow thank you so much for staying on this journey with me since the very beginning! That means so much to me. Thanks so much for sharing that with me! So much love to you xo

  9. Congrats babe! I LOVE THIS AND TOTALLY KNOW WHERE YOU’RE COMING FROM <3 this new blog name is perfect for your lifestyle 🙂

    Boyu
    http://www.boyuba.com

    • Naty

      So sweet thank you babe! Happy you love it!!

  10. Tati

    I LOVE it! So excited and proud of you! ❤️

    • Naty

      Thanks boo love you!

  11. Alejandra galvan

    Love it!!! BeautifUl As always…. God bless you!! XOXO

    • Naty

      Thank you love! xo

  12. Awesome blog, Naty. Congrats

    Xoxo
    Liza
    http://Www.lizacorner.blogspot.com

  13. Wow! Word press?? I have blogger and im like “eh”. I kinda need a change up too. I just dont know where to go! Thanks for the discount code. Her work is great. And your siTe is so perfect!

    • Naty

      Thanks so much love. I definitely suggest WordPress! It’s such an upgrade from blogger in my opinion. Still getting used to it, but there is so much more that you can do code/design wise and makes posting so much better!

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