White top: This top is basically identical to mine and it comes in a beautiful blush color as well. I love this one with hem detail for $25 // Jeans: LOFT, They are so comfortable they almost feel like leggings but they are for sure NOT. I also have them in black and white and wear them all the time. // Wedges: DSW, These are so comfortable and are only $40! They would be perfect for a day at the beach and then a sunset dinner. I also love these laser cut slingback wedges and this strappy wedge for $30 // Leopard Clutch: Nordstrom, It's the best dupe for this bag which I've been wanting for forever. I mean you litterally can't tell the difference. // Star drop earrings: Sugar Fix, Also availble in silver and this double drop earring is really fun // Gold bangle: Kate Spade, I also have it in rose gold // Lipcolor: Fresh sugar lip treatment in Petal
Oh my! How is it already Monday again?! This weekend was so not long enough. It was a low key weekend which meant I was able to catch up on some sleep and life. I even slept in on Saturday which happens like once in a blue moon. It was amazing! Now it's back to the grind for one last full week before we head to California! Yes, my countdown is officially on.
Last week I was still trying to finish up all the little tweaks and adjustments, but this weekend I was really able to process how things went leading up to and after launching my new blog design. I really believe there is something to be said about the calm after the storm. Once it's all over you have a clarity to rationally look at the situation and evaluate. I wanted to share 5 of the lessons I learned from this experience, so that hopefully you can learn from me.
1. Have a timeline.
Pick a "launch" date and work backwards to see how much time you're going to need to designate to completing different tasks. If you're utilizing outside help, this will also be really important for them to have so they know when they can perform the maintenance on your site.
2. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
Evan and I ran into this several times through the process where Evan thought one thing and I thought another. Especially right before the "launch" date, make sure you know when the site will be unavailable, how long it will be unavailable, etc. Also be sure to let readers know beforehand that your website will be down.
3. It will take more time than you think.
Unfortunately like most things in life, issues are bound to come up. Sometimes they are quick fixes and other times it requires more research. What I would do next time is make sure everything was completed the day before your designated launch date. It gives you a cushion in case you need to do last minute changes or something takes longer than expected.
4. Be picky.
For me, this new website was the debut of a new logo and a rebranded Cheers J. It was important to me to make sure that the website didn't go live looking just alright. I'm sure it was annoying for Evan when I would say put just a little more space, now a little less...but spacing can really make all the difference in the world. So if you're having someone else help you, don't settle! Make it look exactly like it you want it to.
5. Expect the unexpected.
Just when you think you have life figured, something happens. In the blogging world, the time leading up to holidays (minus Christmas) things usually slow down. So I thought that Easter weekend would be a fairly decent time to do the maintenance and relaunch of my website. Little did I know that I would be featured on The Blog Societies that day... While I was over the moon with excitement, there was sheer panic because my website was down and no one could see the post. It was upsetting for sure, but that's just life. All you can do is make the sweetest lemonade you can with the lemons life gives you.
So I hope that now your process will be a little simpler and that you account for all those things that pop up. Have you ever had a similar "expect the unexpected" experience?