The Next Chapter

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the style letters! the style letters: The Next Chapter I finally made the transition from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress site with the incredible talent (and patience) of Lindsay Humes at White Oak Creative. Initially, I planned on waiting until 2015 to make the switch, but a huge opportunity in June called for immediate action. (More on that tomorrow!)

the style letters has evolved so much in the past year, and I wanted the new site to reflect where I’m at now, both personally and professionally. Inspired by my life in the city, I chose a palette of pale matte gold, soft gray, and granite. My pop of color? The prettiest shade of lilac. It reminds me of my grandmother, Polly, whose influence is everywhere on the style letters. Lindsay captured our inspirations in this branding guide:

the style letters: The Next Chapter

In addition to its new home, the style letters offers exciting new features:

  • Style Staples, a new series focused on classic pieces for all seasons. (Coming Thursday!)
  • Shop The Edit, a monthly collection of my latest obsessions in one place.
  • Styling services for personal wardrobes and blog shoots.
  • Press: See where the style letters has been featured in print and online and read about partnerships with local and national brands.
  • Updated Meet The Editor, FAQ, Work With TSL, and Privacy Policy sections.
  • Easy navigation: Find style posts by season and enjoy your favorite series in the updated sidebar.
  • Subscribe to the style letters.

My Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram also received an update of their own. (Bloglovin’ followers, you can catch me over here!) And what’s a relaunch without a major photo shoot? Lindsay, Mac, and I spent a Saturday in some of my favorite places in the city. (Style posts to follow!)

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A very special thanks to Lindsay Humes for making this dream a reality. Enjoy exploring the site and stay tuned for a HUGE announcement tomorrow! Hope you love the style letters’ new home as much as I do.

  • Jen

    I love the new site! It’s absolutely stylish and beautiful…just like you! Can’t wait for the big announcement tomorrow!

    • Maria MacNamara

      Thank you so, so much, friend! I am so proud of it and can’t believe it’s mine–it feels like it should belong to someone much cooler, hahaha! Lindsay Humes, the designer, is just awesome. There are so many little details that are incredibly personal, and they’re a lovely reminder of people I love and admire.

      Thank you so much for your kind tweets, too–made my day! Give that beautiful baby boy of yours a big snuggle for me.

      ~ M ~

  • Maya McDonald

    I am so proud of you two! Love the new site and everything to look forward to in the coming days. Sending you a big virtual hug and high five!

    • Maria MacNamara

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! Lindsay Humes is a genius, and I’m going to tell her that every single day. Love you!

      ~ M ~

  • love it!!!! so happy for your relaunch!!!!!!!! also that yellow coat – i die.

    • Maria MacNamara

      Thank you so much, lady! It really has been the most exciting journey, from start to finish, and I feel like every single detail on this blog is such a personal reflection of who I am and all I love. It makes me so happy, and I’d hug Lindsay Humes every single day if I could. (But I’d probably scare her into a restraining order.)

      That coat is currently on sale at Zara, by the way. You know you want to.

      Thanks so much for stopping by today!

      ~ M ~

  • It looks amazing! I can’t wait to hear what you’ve been working on in the coming days, congrats!! 🙂

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    • Maria MacNamara

      Thank you so much, Jess! It’s been such an adventure to get this relaunch ready in time for tomorrow, but it’s here, we did it, and I think a glass (or two) of bubbly will be in order tomorrow. You support means the world, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!

      Thanks for stopping by today!

      ~ M ~

  • Marisa Zerby

    Oh Maria, it’s beautiful!! A job well done, and what perfect timing!!

    • Maria MacNamara

      Thank you so much, Marisa! It’s so special to launch it the same week as our big news. 😉 I am beyond excited to celebrate with all of you this week and hope we have a reunion someday soon–I miss your faces!

      ~ M ~

  • SO SO SO obsessed with the redesign! So proud of you! Can’t wait to catch up on our lady date 🙂

    • Maria MacNamara

      Hahahaha, thank you so much, lady! You are the sweetest, and that really means the world. Can’t wait to toast to new adventures next week!

      ~ M ~

  • rachel

    seriously amazing and so exciting. congrats!

    • Maria MacNamara

      Thank you so much, Rachel–I really appreciate it! We have worked so hard these past couple of months, and Lindsay Humes did an incredible job of making my dream a reality. So happy to call this site “home” and can’t wait to share more projects on the blog with all of you!

      Thanks so much for stopping by the new site today!

      ~ M ~

  • Beautiful site Maria, just like you!!

    • Maria MacNamara

      Thank you so much, Peggy–you made me cry! That means the world. I need to see you soon, by the way–I miss your face!

      ~ M ~

  • This is just perfect! All the colors and design just fit you so stinkin well! Great work both of you, and you are absolutely glowing in your new profile pic in the yellow coat! Did I hear lady date? I think we need another one of those too!

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    • Maria MacNamara

      Thank you so much, lady! That means the world. So thrilled with my new “home” and can’t wait to share style posts from our shoot soon! And would LOVE a lady date–let’s get something on the calendar soon! I need to hear all about this fabulous Vegas trip.

      ~ M ~

  • Rachel

    The site looks great! Great work ladies 🙂

    • Maria MacNamara

      Thank you so much, Rachel! I’m so thrilled with how everything turned out and can’t wait to share more posts on the site. Hope to see you soon!

      ~ M ~

  • It looks absolutely AMAZING Maria! The site, the pictures, EVERYTHING. So happy for you and cannot wait for tomorrow 😉

    • Maria MacNamara

      Thank you so much, Nicole! I am so incredibly happy with how everything turned out and so proud to call this site home. It’s been a whirlwind of a summer and worth every second! And I couldn’t be happier to feature my favorite rooftop bar in the city on this blog–just wait for the style posts this month. 😉 Thank you so much for everything YOU did to make these photos happen!

      ~ M ~

  • shaheen khan

    it looks amazing maria!!! i love the colors & clean design & you look gorgeous in the pics 🙂 so happy for you & congrats! xox

    • Maria MacNamara

      Thank you so, so much, Shaheen! It has been such a labor of love, from the beginning brainstorms to the final editing days. I’m so proud of what we created and in total awe of Lindsay’s talent. 🙂 Hope to see you soon and thanks again for taking the time to stop by the new site!

      ~ M ~

  • Johanna

    Your new site is gorgeous Maria! I love the color palette and I love the photo shoot reveal. Cheers to bigger and better things to come. Congrats!

    • Maria MacNamara

      Thank you so much, Johanna! That Lindsay Humes is something else. 🙂 I am so excited for the next chapter and can’t wait to see what’s around the corner. Congrats on your five-year anniversary–that is so awesome!

      ~ M ~

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