Monthly Archives: March 2015

client spotlight : caitlin of pattern me pretty

March 30, 2015

spotlight

client spotlight | pattern me pretty | blogzilla studio

today we’re featuring caitlin of pattern me pretty! she has a stylish + effortless fashion blog, where she posts about her daily outfits and inspirations. get to know her!


TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF + YOUR BLOG!

I started my blog back in 2012, just after I graduated college. I was working at a healthcare pr firm in NYC at the time. I constantly found myself reading blogs during my breaks, or during any opportunity I had for that matter. After some brainstorming sessions and researching blogs I really admired, Pattern Me Pretty was born. I’ve always had an interest in fashion and decided that this new found platform would be a great way to express my creative passions.

WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE BLOG?

A friend from high school and I run a fashion & accessories brand called Rooey Knots. All of our accessories (headbands, clutches, keychains, sunglass cases & croakies) are made from men’s neckties. We started selling the product this summer on Martha’s Vineyard and are currently selling at a few markets in the NYC area as well as on Etsy.

client spotlight | pattern me pretty | blogzilla studio

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING?

I was always interested in fashion but I didn’t have a place to express that. Cupcakes and Cashmere was the first blog I ever read and that definitely fueled my inspiration to start one on my own. Once I started to write a few posts on the train home from my commute at the time, I noticed that my content ideas seemed endless. That’s when I knew blogging was something I wanted to pursue.

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE A BLOGZILLA STUDIO THEME?

I was in need of a little revamp and while I was exploring Etsy, I came across the Blogzilla templates. I did some further research and fell in love with every template. They were all just what I was looking for. I knew I was going to purchase one immediately, it was just a matter of which one since I loved them all.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT THE LOOK OF YOUR BLOG NOW?

I really like that it’s clean, refreshing and still aesthetically pleasing. I wanted a layout that was simple in design so that the content and photo’s I post are the eye’s main focus.

ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE STARTING UP BLOGS OF THEIR OWN?

I definitely have advice and to be honest, it’s still a learning process. It’s funny to look back on those first few months of posts, or even last years for that matter. If you’re consistent, the content you post will just continue to improve. If I could give any advice it would be to stay consistent, post content that you’re truly passionate about and to just be you. Your readers will enjoy the content you share if you’re just being yourself.

client spotlight |  pattern me pretty | blogzilla studio

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY GUESTS OF YOUR CHOICE, WHO WOULD THEY BE + WHAT WOULD YOU EAT?

If I could have dinner with any guests of my choice, I would have Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere and Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling. These two bloggers are one’s I’ve been following from the beginning and who inspire me on a daily basis. As a blogger and entrepreneur myself, I have so much respect for what they’ve already accomplished as young women. I find that I can relate to them in ways that make this blogging journey such a fun experience. If it were up to me, we would eat a delicious gourmet pizza with fries, because those are my two favorite things. Oh, and definitely ice cream for dessert.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BLOGZILLA STUDIO? IF SO, WHY?

Yes, without a doubt! Everything from the theme selections, the custom add-on options and the customer service is nothing short of professional. I truly enjoyed working with you girls and wouldn’t have changed anything. THANK YOU!

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PATTERN ME PRETTY IS USING BESOTTED
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client spotlight : abi of these four walls

March 23, 2015

spotlight

client spotlight | these four walls | blogzilla studio

today we’re featuring the lovely abi from these four walls. her blog has a beautiful calmness where she shares travel, lifestyle + interior design.


TELL US ABOUT YOU + YOUR BLOG!

My name’s Abi and I live in Bristol in the UK. I blog about lifestyle, interior design and travel, and I cover all sorts: the spaces I love, the places I visit, the people I meet, the books I read… whatever inspires me or catches my eye.

WHAT DO YOU OUTSIDE OF THE BLOG?

By day I work as Assistant Editor for travel website i-escape.com, which is a handpicked collection of boutique accommodation around the world. I’m lucky because my job complements my blog really well, and I can use a lot of the skills I’ve developed at work for These Four Walls and vice-versa.  My life basically revolves around words, photos and websites!

In my spare time I also volunteer for Bristol & Wales Cat Rescue, a charity which rehomes abandoned cats and kittens. It’s a cause that’s really close to my heart, as it’s where my own feline fuzz-ball Kanga came from. I’m a mad cat lady in the making…

client spotlight | these four walls | blogzilla studio

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG?

I was first inspired by the city I live in – Bristol is a really unique, creative place and I wanted to share all the brilliant design we have here. Over the months it’s evolved to encompass things beyond Bristol, too, and my readers come from all over the world. I basically combine all my passions – design, travel, writing and photography.

client spotlight - these four walls | blogzilla studio

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE A BLOGZILLA STUDIO THEME?

I needed to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to update my blog design. I’d spent ages trawling the web for clean, stylish themes and none of them seemed quite right, but then I stumbled across Blogzilla on Pinterest. As soon as I looked at my chosen theme (Besotted), I could see how it would work on my blog. And when I found out that the lovely Blogzilla ladies could handle the entire transfer to WordPress.org for me, that just sealed the deal!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR BLOG NOW?

I love my blog now – it’s so pretty! Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. I particularly like how the design makes the photos shine – they’re the most important aspect of my posts, and they really pop off the page.

client spotlight | these four walls | blogzilla studio

ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE STARTING UP BLOGS OF THEIR OWN?

Just go for it! It’s a lot of work and it can be daunting, but if you’re passionate about your subject then you’ll make it work; I’ve learnt so much through blogging, and I’ve met some fantastic people along the way. And persevere – it can be disheartening in the early days if traffic doesn’t grow like you’d hoped, but stay with it and you’ll get there. Lastly, make sure your family and friends know how much your blog means to you – my boyfriend jokes that he sees the back of my laptop and phone more than my face, but I know he supports me every step of the way and he’s really proud of what I’ve created.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY GUEST OF YOUR CHOICE, WHO WOULD THEY BE + WHAT WOULD YOU EAT?

Hmmm, that’s a tough question! There are so many inspiring people that I’d like to meet, but if I had to pick one then I’d say the author Isabel Allende – her writing is magical, and she’s done a lot for women over the years. As for what we’d eat, that’s easy – tapas. I spent a while living in Barcelona (I studied French and Spanish at university) and I love Spanish food.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BLOGZILLA STUDIO? IF SO, WHY?

Definitely! All the Blogzilla themes are beautiful, and there’s plenty of scope to make them your own through various customisations. And the support is excellent – Blogzilla took all the stress out of moving platforms, and I think I would’ve had sleepless nights otherwise!

client spotlight - these four walls | blogzilla studio

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some essential wordpress plugins for bloggers

March 19, 2015

resources / tips

some essential wordpress plugins | blogzilla studio

we get asked about different plugins a lot, so we thought we’d roundup some of our favorites for you guys!


SPAM BLOCK

if you aren’t already using a spam blocker, your comments can get OUT OF HAND without one. akismet is our favorite, it really protects about 99% of spam.

BACKUPS

you spend way too much time blogging to not have a backup plan in case it goes down. better to be safe than sorry and back your blog up weekly.

LIMIT LOGINS

another security plugin, login lockdown limits login attempts to two. you don’t want hackers being able to try as many passwords as you can, do you?!

SEO

yoast is one of the highest rated plugins for improving your blogs SEO.

COMMENTS

while we don’t use disqus, we do recommend it — a lot of bloggers use it to help encourage readers to comment by making the comment section a little more personal. it also helps prevent spam comments. let’s face it, people don’t comment as much now that you can just pin.

IMAGE OPTIMIZATION

to prevent slow loading pages, ewww image optimizer helps size down the oversized photos to make your blog load a lot faster.

INSTAGRAM

we always recommend snapwidget, because it’s free and it has the best customization settings. in 1 minute, you can throw a gallery on your sidebar or your footer. but we do wish it could link directly to instagram vs it’s own site.

GALLERIES

it costs $12, but the clean look of this gallery plugin from envato is our favorite. and you can use it on multiple pages!

SCROLL TO TOP

once a reader has browsed down your blog, you want it to be easy for them to get back to the top. smooth scroll up has some visual customizations available and works well.


any plugins we left out that you love? let us know.

 

wedding websites are here!

March 18, 2015

blogzilla / wedding

wedding sites by blogzilla studio

we are SO THRILLED to announce today we’ve launched wedding websites! we’ve been working like dogs for months on perfecting these guys, and well, we love them! and we hope you do too.

we are selling three template themes, all with the same one page seamless layout – but with different colors and font variations so there’s one for everyone.


AND, EVERY THEME COMES WITH THE FOLLOWING :

+ your custom domain as well as hosting.

+ a custom built site without the kinks or headache of doing it yourself.

+ a seamless one page design that requires no clicking whatsoever.

+ a customized splash page, choose your favorite design from our splash gallery.

+ an optional online rsvp including specific events, meal preferences, and song requests.

+ a responsive site that will work seamlessly across desktop + tablets + mobile devices.

+ a city guide to make your guests feel tended to.

wedding websites by blogzilla studio

we are so excited about this new collection – and we hope if you’re engaged or you have engaged friends, that you’ll all come make your wedding website as awesome as it deserves to be.

wedding websites | blogzilla studio

client spotlight : courtney of hibrid blog

March 16, 2015

spotlight

client spotlight | hibrid blog

another column we’re going to be sharing with you is client spotlight! we love seeing how our clients are using our themes, and we thought it’d be fun for you to see too!


tell us about you + your blog 

My name is Courtney Shelton and I have a B.F.A. in Interior Design and a Master’s in Graphic Design. I started my brand HIBRID about a year ago. I work by day as a Graphic Designer, while HIBRID is work done on the side/free time.

what do you do outside of the blog? 

I love to hand letter. It is one of my biggest passions that I spend a lot of time perfecting and growing. I have a boyfriend and a family of two parents, and 4 younger brothers that I spend lots of time with. I also love working out, seeing my friends, and learning new creative skills. Oh and sleeping…I love sleep

what inspired you to start the blog? 

I love design. Sometimes maybe more than the normal creative does I think haha. So I needed a place to share my creative inspirations and my design work. I wasn’t getting to do this at my daily job and I could tell this was affecting me. So I started HIBRID, and got the nerve to create my own blog!

hibrid blog | blogzilla studio

what made you choose a blogzilla studio theme?

I searched and searched for at least a month I think to make sure I had found the right company/designer to give my time and money to. I loved every single one of Blogzilla’s designs. It was very hard to choose one. I loved how clean and simple they were, but still took in to account the small details and composition qualities that I was looking for so that once my work was posted on the blog, it would shine correctly. 

what do you like best about the look of your blog now? 

I love how the blog is me and reflects who I am and what I love. It is simple, straight forward, and easy to navigate through making it easy and visually pleasing to the reader.

have any advice for people starting up blogs of their own?

Yes…you should do it! I had a few nervous reservations about starting mine, but I absolutely love it and do not regret it one bit. It has been such a great thing and tool for me to have. I have gotten so many opportunities from starting and having the blog, so I definitely recommend to just take the first jump and dive in!

hibrid blog | blogzilla studio

if you could have dinner with any guests of your choice, who would they be and what would you eat? 

Well Chelsea Handler is hilarious, so I think I’d pick her, and we could maybe dine on apps and drinks!

would you recommend blogzilla studio? if so, why? 

YES! I definitely would recommend Blogzilla Studio! These ladies are awesome, super talented, knowledgeable, and helpful…even after you have started the blog!

hibrid blog | blogzilla studio

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HIBRID BLOG IS USING A CUSTOMIZED VERSION OF BESOTTED
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follow friday

March 13, 2015

inspiration

instafollow | blogzilla studio blog

want some more instagram inspo? today we’re rounding up four super clean feeds with beautifully styled photos by ladies that are just effortlessly cool.

cassie seems like she came out of the womb styling. her styling, her graphic design – it’s all perfect.

gem is such a cool girl + has an eye for everything pretty, as you’ll see from her house reno and her blog.

03 @ANYESKE

alex is a graphic designer in NYC + she always has the best manicures ever.

04 @ERIKARAX

erika bakes pretty desserts and she’s always out doing creative things. wish we could all say the same.

8 free fonts / sans – serif

March 2, 2015

design / fonts / resources

8 free fonts | sans-serif | blogzillastudio

happy monday and happy march! we love fonts. and we love free. so we could spend hours browsing through + downloading free fonts, because they’re FREE! so we’re gong to be sharing our favorites with you guys! first up, we have some beautiful basics. simple and easy to use sans-serif fonts that will hopefully come in handy!


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