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It’s ALIVE!

22 May

The brand spanking new self-hosted Year of Serendipity site is now LIVE!!!

http://www.yearofserendipity.com

YOS-new-siteCome on over and say HI and tell me what you think!

I’m still working out migrating e-mail followers and a few other kinks, so I apologize if you receive multiple posts… (and if you have any other issues, let me know at karen@yearofserendipity.com) but I’m so excited to get this new site and design up and running!  If you follow me with a reader like feedly, make sure you switch over to the new feed!

I hope to see you over at my new home!

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What’s in a Name?

17 Apr

As I’m in the process of re-branding this ol’ blog of mine, I decided it was time to unify my social media identities as well.  You used to be able to find me under @vintageviolet30, but alas she is no more.

On instagram, you’ll now find me under the name YofSerendipity. If you aren’t already following me, you’re totally missing out on some awesome Clark and project sneak peaks like this:

clark driveway insta

and this

trim instagram

He’s getting sexier by the day!  Seriously, this week’s update on Friday is going to blow your socks so far off!

Twitter’s also been changed to @YofSerendipity as well- pop by and say hello!  And, although my Facebook link hasn’t changed,  you should follow me anyway and we can be besties.

In the near future, I’ll be migrating this blog from yearofserendipity.wordpress.com to simply www.yearofserendipity.com.  I hope you’ll follow me over there!

Blog Love

18 Mar

I’m a blog addict.  Kind of like I’m a chair-buying addict.  I read DOZENs of blogs daily with google reader.  (Let’s have a moment of silence for Google reader’s demise…… looking for a replacement, any ideas?)

As part of the Blog Boss e-course that I’m taking, this past week’s homework was to analyze 8 blogs that rock and why.  Since I’m such a blog whore, that’s a pretty easy task, so here goes!

lovely indeed

http://www.lovelyindeed.com

First of all, the design of this site grabs me and pulls me in.  It grabs me so much, in fact, that I hired the designer for this site (who happens to be the blogger Chelsea’s hubby) to do the redesign of this lil’ ol’ blog here.  I love the creative simplicity- it let’s the content take charge.  The pictures are always phenomenal, but so are the DIYs.  Chelsea doesn’t ramble on and on like some other bloggers (present company included, and don’t get me wrong, I loves me some blogs that DO ramble…), so the writing is always well-thought out and from the heart.  Did I mention the pictures?  I did?  Well, they deserve to be mentioned again.  The photos are always amazing and somehow elevate even the simplest subject.

house tweaking

http://www.housetweaking.com

Look, another simple, yet well-designed blog!  Guess what I’m drawn to!  Pretty pictures, a nice layout, honest content.  I’m easy to please.  It definitely helps also, when the blogger has an awesome sense of style like Dana does.  The blog’s tagline says it all “because home doesn’t happen overnight.”  Amen!  I love Dana’s honest style of blogging and the way she welcomes her readers into her life.

yhl

http://www.younghouselove.com

We all know I have a huge blog crush on John and Sherry (like when I went to their book signing here).  Talk about honest blogging (I’m seeing a trend!  I like well-designed honest blogs!).  John and Sherry blog from the heart and it shows in all their projects and posts.  They can make any DIY project entertaining and seem achievable even for the DIY novice- they literally wrote the book on it.  I’m just waiting for them to realize that we should totally be BFFs in real life.

a beautiful mess

http://www.abeautifulmess.com

Another blog with stylish simplicity!  Well, I know what I like!  I’ll admit, I’m not as much into the food posts, though.  I like eating amazing food, I even appreciate amazing food styling, but I prefer to look at pretty pictures of rooms that inspire me instead of food that I don’t get to eat.  Luckily A Beautiful Mess doesn’t disappoint with that either.  What I appreciate most about this blog is the style.  Every pic has style, every DIY has style, every giveaway… well you get the point.  The style of the blog is consistent and, well, beautiful!

emily-header

http://www.stylebyemilyhenderson.com

I’ve also admitted to my girl crush on Emily Henderson who’s on the HGTV show Secrets from a Stylist, but did you know she has an awesome blog too?  She gives some great behind the scenes peaks of her show and glimpses into how she sources all of the amazing pieces that she uses in her designs.  That girl can style her way out of a paper bag, she’s that good.  As with pretty much all of these blogs on this list, the blog is simple, stylish, honest and just beautiful to read.

decor and dog

http://decorandthedog.blogspot.com/

You can’t help but love Michelle’s personality.  Well, maybe you can, but I certainly can’t.  This is another one of those honest blogs that I just keep coming back to.  Plus it has a cute dog.  Aren’t cute pets always a perk for blogs? I hope so!

SerenditousThings

http://www.serendipitousthings.com

Another BYW Blog Boss student, I was obviously drawn to the name.  I have a thing for the word ‘serendipity’ I guess.  I also have a thing for simple and consistent blog designs, so we can put a check in that column too.  I love the iPhoneography posts- what a great way to visually chronicle the year!

the making home

http://www.themakinghome.com

A creative blog with vintage flare, and also another BYW Blog Bloss student.  She has such a great bio- visual, but still simple and personal.  The fonts- oh the fonts…. Fonts rank almost as high as blogs and chair-buying on my list of addictions vices.  The well-styled DIYs don’t hurt either.

I guess the bottom line is this:

    • I love blogs that are visually interesting, but simply styled (usually ones that are DIY or decor-centric)
    • Honest blogging will keep me coming back for more