I am sooooo excited, and so exhausted! It’s 5:00am here in California and I still haven’t gone to sleep! I’ve been up late the past few nights working hard on completely redesigning and programing my blog. It’s been almost 3 years since my blog has gotten any sort of update, so I went all out on this one! It has literally been years since I’ve gone this deep into coding. I totally feel like I’m reliving my college days in the studio pulling all-nighters before graphic design final presentations. It makes me miss my old roommates & college friends, and my good friend Ryan! Shout out to my FIDM & Art Center Alum “GD-ers” and anyone else out there who’s still awake working on school work!

Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth New Blog DesignSocks: Urban Outfitters  |  Bedding: Anthropologie

ABOUT THE MAKEOVER //

New Navigation // simple and easy to use
I cannot tell you how much my old nav bar bothered me. It looked so stale. Like an old school Macintosh circa 1995 or something. I’m so happy that it’s pretty and sleek now!

Fancy Schmancy Slideshow // so. much. yes.
I’m obsessed with this element. Once I got it installed I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t even decide what images to feature, so these are probably temporary. I’m so excited to feature new posts and revive some oldies but goodies with this feature!

Cleaned Up Side Bar // so fresh and so clean cleannnnn
My right side bar was kind of a mess to be honest. I’m a very minimalist designer, and that side bar was getting out of control. I’ve customized the sidebar with some fun new features to organize my sponsors and other goodies on the right.

Organized Comment Section // …finallyyyyyyy!
I seriously despised my old comment sections below posts! It was so confusing and hard to read. Even when I would read comments, I would be unsure of whose comment was whose and if I was responding to the correct person. Well, that problem has been solved! The organization is so much better and the replies are much easier to read. Yay!

Black & White Everything // goodbye bunny cookie background
I’ve finally parted ways with my Annie’s Organic Bunny Cookies ombre background that I created in 2012. As much as I loved it, it was time for a new look. It’s still featured on my twitter and shop background for the time being. I just could’t handle more change in one week! I LOVE black and white, and think it brings more attention to my photography (which has been getting so much better over the years, holy guacamole!)!

Undecided Changes // hmmmmm
I removed the “link within” widget (it shows you similar posts below each post), but sometimes I think it looks too busy, so I’m wavering on bringing it back or not. I know it’s definitely useful for new readers. I can’t decide!

There’s still a few little things that I want to chance and switch around, but overall I’m so excited about the new look! I think it fits my design aesthetic a little more and looks so much cleaner. Plus it’s easier to navigate and focus on. I want to start adding some more lifestyle posts to my blog as well as more DIYs! I love food, but sometimes I need to change it up just to remain sane! Definitely expect more healthy recipes, DIYs, and maybe some hair tutorials coming soon!

If you see anything funky or have any suggestions, don’t hesitate to let me know what you think in the comments below!

Health & Happiness
xo-CatherineP.S. If you have ever been to a barre class (especially Pure Barre) this article is the funniest thing I’ve read all week! It’s a barre class review as told by a dude – it’s on point and so hysterical! {WARNING: profanity, and lots of it!}

25 Comments on Blog Makeover!

  1. Lucile*
    November 19, 2014 at 5:13 am (2 years ago)

    looks great bunny princess! miss you sooo much and our fidm days!!!!
    i don’t miss coding and dreamweaver though!!

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    • Catherine
      November 19, 2014 at 5:16 am (2 years ago)

      LUCILE!!!!!!!! Omg such a surprise and so exciting to see your comment! I miss you so much! Whenever I’m up late doing graphics I think of you and the GD-ers! xoxo

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      • Lucile*
        November 20, 2014 at 4:41 am (2 years ago)

        i never really comments but i come here often hehe!
        Your blog looks great!
        <3 <3 <3

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  2. Ashley Gabrielle
    November 19, 2014 at 5:14 am (2 years ago)

    I really Like your design so far! I am newer blogger so my design is still new haha but I am always trying to find ways to make it as user friendly and organized as possible. I really like your slideshow feature at the top! I also really like the minimalist feel of your site design.
    Ashley
    ashleygabrielle.com

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    • Catherine
      November 19, 2014 at 5:17 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Ashley! and welcome to the blogosphere! xo

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  3. Cathy
    November 19, 2014 at 5:18 am (2 years ago)

    Nice!
    I like it very much, even though I miss the little bunny crackers a little bit. 😉
    And I love the fancy schmancy Slideshow. <3
    Great work. 🙂
    Greetings from Germany, Cathy

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  4. Alena
    November 19, 2014 at 6:50 am (2 years ago)

    I really do like this new design! It is definitely my kind of style – simple and chic. Only problem I noticed was on my iPhone. The text was too large and I was unable to read everything, even if I turned my phone sideways. But on my MacBook, it looks perfect!

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  5. Brittany
    November 19, 2014 at 7:15 am (2 years ago)

    Love the new look lady — especially the slideshow.

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  6. Jonette
    November 19, 2014 at 8:10 am (2 years ago)

    Love the design, but I’m on my phone (so mobile version of site I assume?) And I can only see 3/4 the width of the page. I cant read enough of the posts for it to make sense and it wont let me scroll further to the right or zoom in/out to see it, & turning the screen landscape doesnt work either. 🙁 *on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3*

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  7. Micki
    November 19, 2014 at 8:16 am (2 years ago)

    Awesome design!! Love the update. Go Cat!! 🙂

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  8. Michelle
    November 19, 2014 at 9:08 am (2 years ago)

    Your blog looks great. I love how clean it looks!

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  9. Kate O.
    November 19, 2014 at 11:14 am (2 years ago)

    One thing I miss in some blogs is a recipe index. Without one, I feel like it’s too hard to navigate and I get bored looking for recipes to try because there are so many pages to go through. Other than that, I’m loving the new look!

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  10. Hillary
    November 19, 2014 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

    looks fantastic!!

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  11. Shelly
    November 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Loving the new layout!! I know exactly what you mean about getting your hands dirty in code, amazing how long just one simple little change takes and the next thing you know it’s 5AM, but time flies when you’re having fun!!

    Looking forward to some new lifestyle posts from you! Your hair is always on point, so I would love to see those soon!

    xoxo

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  12. Natalie
    November 19, 2014 at 1:36 pm (2 years ago)

    The new look is so clean cut and classic. LOVE it girl! Miss your little bunny cookies but glad to know I can still visit them at your shop and on Twitter 🙂 Keep it up miss! I’ve been following your posts for a couple years now and I’m never bored!

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  13. Michelle
    November 19, 2014 at 7:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Great clean look. I wanted to leave a comment as a long time reader and this is a lot easier than your previous layout.

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  14. amy puglia
    November 23, 2014 at 3:34 am (2 years ago)

    i love the new look, its so clean and fresh. Your story is also a total inspiration xx

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  15. Lauren
    November 23, 2014 at 7:48 am (2 years ago)

    I am loving your layout! This one is so much more appealing and user-friendly! Also I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award! Check it out on my blog, Life Out of the Nest 🙂 Congrats!!

    Reply
  16. caileejoy
    November 23, 2014 at 8:22 am (2 years ago)

    I LOVE this new set up!! I’m planing to update my whole blog soon as well! Your’s looks so clean and stream line! Love it! 🙂

    Reply
  17. Pippy
    November 26, 2014 at 7:14 am (2 years ago)

    Looks Nice Bunny Lady. I personally prefer the look of your old design 🙂 but you’re amazing so we trust your judgement.

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  18. thebalancedtraveler
    November 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm (2 years ago)

    It looks so adorable! Congrats girl! I am SO proud of you! I totally know what it’s like to pull all nighters for school, and for my blog, and it ain’t fun. Plus, gorgeous clothes, as always. xx

    http://www.thebalancedtraveler.com/

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  19. Saniel
    December 4, 2014 at 7:06 am (2 years ago)

    Glad to know, got bumped off email subscribe list for some odd reason and was wondering why I had no current posts. I signed back up and ready for all things rabbit food.Thanks

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  20. Madeline
    December 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Catherine! I wasn’t sure what other way to contact you…so we will try this 🙂 I was wondering if you do blog designs for other people. I am hoping to launch my blog, but am way over my head with the design aspect. If this is something that you even do, please let me know! Xoxo!

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