Monthly Archives: April 2015

client spotlight : sarah of lapinblu

April 14, 2015

spotlight

client spotlight - lapinblu

today we want to introduce you to sarah of the blog lapinblu! she writes a lovely lifestyle blog about family, home, creativity + adventure. also you can peep her beautiful house tour on design*sponge. let’s meet her!


TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF + YOUR BLOG!

In a split nutshell, I’m a creative, colour & homestyle lover, picture taker & aspiring adventurer. LapinBlu is my outlet – a personal & lifestyle blog featuring edits, stories & projects around the broader topics of creativity, home & interior style, family, adventure, & lifestyle. The blog enables me to express & explore my own creative journey, as well as being a platform for sharing the people, places, products, adventures & experiences I discover, and the lessons learnt along the way.

WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE BLOG?

Mainly being Mama to our 6yr old daughter at the moment. I closed my handmade shop late last year, and am currently exploring what my next direction will be in terms of the business side of things. I love (roller) skating by the sea, exploring the area where we live, and am trying to get our home organised.

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING?

I was seeking to find myself after our daughter was born & was in need of a creative outlet. Hugely inspired by Yvestown & WoodWoolStool, I was drawn to learning to crochet at the time, so I taught myself through online tutorials & blogs, which led me to more blogs, which finally inspired me to start my own. It takes time to find your voice & the blog has changed alot from the early days, but, I’ve settled into my groove in the last year or so. I love the friendships, community & experiences blogging has brought with it, and that it pushes me to try new things whilst allowing me to share the subjects I’m passionate about both inside & out of my home & my life.

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WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE A BLOGZILLA STUDIO THEME?

I was looking to refresh LapinBlu, and came across Blogzilla through Molly’s blog. I loved the simplicity & clean, fresh styles of all the themes, and it took me ages to decide which to go for (I chose Mignon)! In the end, the option for installation & bespoke additions at a reasonable cost was the ticket, as it meant I could pick a theme, but the girls would tweak it for me so it felt more like mine – a big factor for a non-tech like myself (stick that on the still to learn list!)

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

I like the feeling of light & space that means it’s not too overwhelming and allows my images & colours to do the talking.

ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE STARTING UP BLOGS OF THEIR OWN?

Just start. Don’t be afraid of experimenting to find your style & voice in the beginning, and don’t be afraid of making changes as you go – your style & taste will naturally grow as you do. Write about what you love, not what you think other people will love. Keep going – it can feel like you’re talking to yourself for awhile, but comment on blogs you enjoy & participate in social media communities & you’ll find your tribe.

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

Oh gosh, it would be a big table then – I do love a gathering! Picking one right now, I’d say Grace Bonney of Design Sponge. I’m hugely inspired by what she’s created with DS, but since listening to her podcasts, After the Jump; even more so by her approach & attitude to work & life. Hmmm, what to eat…something by Jamie Oliver – his recipes always go down well at ours!

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BLOGZILLA STUDIO? IF SO, WHY?

Absolutely & have done so! The themes & additional options are great, and you guys were helpful, patient, and got the job done, taking all my worries away. THANK YOU!

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LAPINBLU IS USING MIGNON
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client spotlight : lidy of hello lidy

April 8, 2015

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client spotlight | hello lidy

today we’re introducing you to lidy of hello lidy! her blog is full of gorgeous scandinavian inspired home decor + modern DIYs. we think you’ll love her just like we do.


TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF + YOUR BLOG!

I’m a just a quirky girl who tries to be normal (ha) with a passion for life! My husband and I have three adopted toddlers that are such an incredible blessing to the both of us!

Hello Lidy is really about finding ways to create a unique and one-of-a-kind look for your home, but that’s still attainable and livable. So we create affordable alternatives to those expensive pieces we all wish we could have for our home, but also pieces we design ourselves to suit our style as well. You can be sure to find some very basic DIYs too. Our style is very Scandinavian-inspired with both modern and vintage touches along the way!

WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE BLOG?

I really only have time for my beautiful babies! We love to go for walks when the weather is nice, the zoo, go for ice cream and just eat in general. Our lives are really basic and ordinary, but I love it! We are big on adventures and investing time with family and close friends.

client spotlight | hello lidy | blogzilla studio
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING?

I’ve always been creative since I was young and had a wild imagination. I wanted to be an interior designer early on in life, but had no idea if I would ever be able to do it. I started my blog as a spring board to dip my toes in exploring DIYs, crafting, styling, etc. And it evolved into what it is today – little by little over the last 5 years.

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE A BLOGZILLA STUDIO THEME?

I loved the simple, clean and modern look. It felt it fit my personal style and aesthetic to a tee!

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

How straight forward and clean it is! No extra work is needed to navigate around the blog! I’m also a very visual person, so I try to make my pictures stand out as soon as you visit the site – the theme is great for helping with that!

ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE STARTING UP BLOGS OF THEIR OWN?

It takes time and patience to get the ball rolling, so don’t feel defeated if your original goals seem to be going unmet. It can take years to finally start seeing your hard work pay off. Most of all, do it because you love it and because you are passionate about what you do!

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

It’s weird, of all the intriguing people that have lived, I would just love to sit with both my Oma’s (dutch for Grandmas). Now that they are getting older and we all have less time to see each other, you realize just how important they are to you. We would most likely sip tea, eat some toast with jam and dutch cheese. And probably some sort of sweet treat!

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BLOGZILLA STUDIO? IF SO, WHY?

Yes! If you are wanting a beautiful and sleek look for your blog that’s not super expensive, then Blogzilla’s got your back!

client spotlight | hello lidy

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HELLO LIDY IS USING OUR SLAKE THEME
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8 tips for a better looking blog

April 1, 2015

blogging / tips

8 easy tips for a better looking blog | blogzilla studio

as you know — we love seeing our themes in use, but we also wanted to share 8 easy tips for keeping your blog as clean and pretty as it can be.


1. USE PRETTY PHOTOGRAPHS

whether you’re doing a post with your own photography or using photos from the internet — readers are visual, and posts without any images won’t catch any eyes while scrolling. if you’re taking your own photos, make sure to take them in natural light, a flash never really makes anything look better.

2. STREAMLINE YOUR PHOTOS

make sure to always try to keep all your photos the same width, it creates a consistent flow and your photos will always look best at the same width of your post space.

3. CLEAN UP YOUR SIDEBAR

tons of clutter on your sidebar can make for a lot going on. we recommend minimizing the amount of items you have on there to keep it all important. spread out advertisements among your categories and archives, so it doesn’t look like one big ad page. and while blogrolls are very supportive, they take up precious space on your sidebar. if you’re insistent on doing a blogroll, we recommend a single post that you can link to from your sidebar VS having a long list.

4. SIMPLIFY YOUR MENU

we always recommend our customers try to use less than 6 items on their header menus, otherwise it can end up looking like a mess. when everything is clean and simple, your blog content will be the thing that stands out. drop down menus are the perfect solution if you’re eager to keep different post topics or subscription options on your menu.

5. PROOFREAD YOUR POSTS

spelling + coding errors can make your blog look sloppy. always double check for spelling errors and format issues, we sometimes will revise posts a dozen times to make sure it’s all perfect prior to posting.

6. KEEP YOUR DESIGNED IMAGES CONSISTENT

while it’s super fun to explore with new fonts and layouts, we also recommend trying to stick with your brand. while it’s fine to mix it up, try to make sure your fonts and colors match the rest of your blog and don’t seem like they’re out of left field.

7. DON’T RAMBLE TOO MUCH

people tend not to read super long paragraphs. if you break your copy into multiple paragraphs and separate with images spread along your post, it’ll keep your readers wanting to know what comes next. read more buttons also totally help to tease them to keep reading.

8. SIMPLIFY YOUR POST TITLES + CATEGORIES

having 10 tags and a full sentence for a title can end up looking crazy. try to come up with minimal titles that represent your post as well as you can.