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Friday, 6 January 2017

7 Ways To Refresh Your Blog For 2017

Ways to refresh your blog such as a redesignHmm, notice anything different around here?  My blog's been given a makeover ready for the year ahead!  It occurred to me while writing up my 5 Tips For Sticking To Your 2017 Fitness Goals, that the same level of 'rejuvenation' suits just about every area of life - especially during the month of January.  It's at this time of year we're all looking for ways to refresh certain areas, and so a few changes here and some tweaks there, and my space has been given a new lease of life for 2017!  If, like me, you love hitting the 'refresh' button where possible, read on for a few ideas on how to refresh your blog for 2017...
Lost Ink black stiletto heels

Pipdig Holly & Weave blog template design

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Photography - I may subconsciously be trying to justify how much time I spend on photography right now, but considering eyes shoot straight to photos when visiting a website, it makes sense to step up your game and enjoy the process!  You could also learn editing software such as Lightroom/Photoshop, or become familiar with editing apps like VSCO

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Headshot - I should really practice what I preach; I think I've had three 'main' headshots since starting A Glass Of Ice.  Changing your headshot used across your blog/social is a fab way to switch things up and update readers on whose blog they're reading

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Comb through your pages - Is your email accurate on your Contact page?  Does your About page still include quotes you now cringe at?  Do all of your pages (eg. travel, lifestyle, fashion) work?

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Design - Without a doubt, my favourite 'refresh' of late has been giving my blog another makeover through Pipdig.  I was starting to get itchy feet with my old design and if you feel the same, revamping your entire space might be something to consider  

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Change fonts - Simple, but effective

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Clean-up old links - The jeans you wore are now out of stock, you may have referred to an old blog post that's since been deleted etc.

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Social media - A fun way to refresh your online presence could also be by turning your attention to your social media: Twitter's headshot and/or header photo, Instagram bio and more!

Blog photography silver statement rings
3 ways to refresh your blog for a new yearNeedless to say, these 7 tips are just the tip of the iceberg - there are tons of ways in which you can refresh your blog!  Anyway, I'd love to hear what you think of my blog's makeover, as well as how you plan to be (or have been) refreshing your blog this season!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Thank you for your great advice! x

    www.miraaksoy.com

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  2. I love your new blog layout Gabrielle. Pipdig is the absolute best. I've been watching what they do for awhile and will definitely use them in the future. These tips are very helpful. It just makes you feel good! Wishing you the best in 2017.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  3. I love a good blog refresh in January, and yours looks lovely! It's so fresh, for lack of a better word. I did a couple of small adjustments to my own, but I completely forgot about the head shot. Thanks for the reminder! Also, those black heels are killer!


    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

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  4. I'm currently in the process of my own blog's redesign and though I've created a new logo (yet to be unveiled) and am template browsing, I still need to give my about page some thought like you mention here!

    Also may I just say your photography is STUNNING, so well composed and I love the use of props, so glossy and professional!!!

    Sinéad ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

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  5. Love the redesigning you've done on your blog! It looks really good! :) I'm currently also in the process of deciding what new header photo I'd like for my blog, but I haven't had this one for too long yet haha so I have no rush. I'll probably take a picture someday and have that "Yes! This is the one!" feeling, and I guess that's it lol. Anyway! Your blog looks really good, and your photography is stunning as always so I wish you a wonderful 2017 full of lovely people and fun experiences, and I hope you may achieve all of your blogging goals - and personal goals too of course.

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  6. I'm loving the new layout Gabrielle! These tips are very much on point Thanks so much for sharing them.

    Keisha xo

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  7. Oh lord, I really should update old posts and old links (and remove old restaurant recommendations for places that have since shut down sob sob) but I just can't bear the thought of it haha! Changing fonts and profile pics seems much more manageable ;) your blog is looking great btw! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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  8. I didn't think about changing fonts but that's a really quick way to make an impactful change. I've been working on updating my theme for a few now. Not sure when it'll all be sorted out but hopefully soon! Love your themes new look though!

    Violet Roots || Instagram

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  9. Great tips! I should probably update my headshot too haha. I'm just usually behind the lens lol.

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  10. The new blog design is so beautiful! I always think a new blog template does wonders for blogging motivation and refreshes the overall look. I love changing titles around too :)

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

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  11. Nice tips Gabrielle! Love the new makeover!

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  12. I really love the layout !! And great advice I need it ! Thank you :)

    Www.doniell.com

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  13. Great advice! Happy 2017, hope you have a lovely new year :)
    http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/01/oscar-de-la-renta-monochrome.html

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  14. Great tips!!! Those shoes in the first picture are gorgeous

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  15. Great tips as always <3 Thank you so much for sharing that website for blog designs as well, it is awesome ! There are a few that I do really enjoy so that may be a thing haha ! I love your new design, it is gorgeous <3

    XOXO
    Jess
    Http://jessprainstyle.com

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  16. Hey, I just realized some social media link in my website won't work such Google+ and LinkedIn hahah.
    Thank you for reminding x


    www.arindapuspitasari.com

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  17. I love the new makeover of your blog! It is like the lifestyle magazine kinda feeling! Very clean and luxury. Love it girl!


    http://www.thequinoxfashion.com/

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  18. Thanks for the great tips - I need to give mine a little makeover as well. Yours looks great!! Happy New Year

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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  19. I love your new blog design! It looks really fresh and clean. I also admire your attention to detail and your photography skills. Please consider making a post on your photography tips and tricks!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

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  20. I love the look of your new blog!! Looks fab xxx

    www.diaryofanexpatgirl.com

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  21. I absolutely LOVE it!! it's so minimalist (great choice of font!) and your photography is already so attractive - I adore the stiletto picture<3 wish you a great start of 2017 gabrielle!!(:

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

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  22. These are such brilliant tips! I'm going to have a look over my blog today and have a clean up!

    Happy New Year!
    Fix Me In Forty Five - A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
    Blog Lovin' // Instagram
    xx

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  23. I updated my blog a little over a year ago and already am considering new designs, at least as far as header goes. And maybe the about page. And the categories. Ah, the list is endless!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  24. Thank you for an interesting post! I am pleased to read)))

    http://kira-gebbels.blogspot.com

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  25. It's always nice to freshen up your blog for the new year. I love the new layout of your blog, especially the banner. :D Your layouts are always very clean and refreshing! Thanks for another great post Gabrielle! Wishing you a very happy 2017!

    ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

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  26. Thank you for your amazing tips darling!
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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  27. I love your ideas. I changed my headshot a few months ago and stressed about it for a week of people not knowing you or not regognising you on twitter because of it lol so much drama! Love the ideas though, I would love to up my photography!
    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  28. Nice tips Gabrielle!!! I wish you a very happy new year my dear!!! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

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  29. I love the importance you give to photos, that play a great role to attract people's interest. The design is elegant, posts are easy to read with these fonts :)


    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

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  30. Your blog is looking lovely! It definitely feels very 'you'! If I had my way, I'd be updating my blog's look every other month or so, but it can get so expensive and consistency can often be key! I can't wait to change it up again though. Happy New Year!xx

    Wow... looks stunning! Definitely adding to my to-do list for next Christmas!xx

    Laura | Laura's Beauty Binge

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  31. these are great tips gabrielle, its high time i do some refresh too! loving the new design!!
    http://www.thestyletune.com

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  32. I agree about the photography. It's usually the first thing that attracts me to a blog. I feel like it's so important since the online environment is all about visuals
    Dora
    http://www.adropofindigo.com/

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  33. Such great tips Gabrielle! I definitely need to comb through old posts and I hadn't thought about changing my photo...in fact I don't think I've changed it since I started my blog last year so will definitely look at refreshing. I also need to get started on Pinterest...I started but then gave up and I really need to get back on the Pinterest bandwagon!

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  34. Thank you for your this amazing tips dear. :)

    www.selestyme.com

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  35. I like how you've retouched you space and refreshed it. I've been meaning to change my design for the new year and you've just given me the extra motivation with this post. thank you for sharing these wonderful tips Gabrielle. By the way your pictures are amazing!
    Have a great weekend dear :)
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

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  36. These are some great ideas I think your blog looks so wonderful.

    Deedee

    http://madeupgirl-madeupgirl.blogspot.com/

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  37. Love your ideas and the new layout of your blog. A seriously thoughtful post - you excel at everything you do!

    XOXO
    kellmenow | http://www.kellmenow.com/blog/2017/1/7/it-ends-or-it-doesnt
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  38. I love VSCO and I always like the vibrancy in your photos! Lovely new look your blog is wearing :)

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  39. Great tips! Your blog looks amazing =o) I love what you've done =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

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  40. I'm loving your new blog design, Gabrielle and your photos keep getting better and better. I've been trying to name some of my old blog photos over the holiday, when I started I didn't give them names - quite a mammoth task!


    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  41. I love the changes you made to your blog. It really looks amazing and thanks for the great tips.

    www.fashionradi.com

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  42. Great tips! I really need to have an About me page. I love the design of your blog!
    Obsessed Fashion Blog

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  43. This is exactly what I've been doing the past week, and I must say- if feels great! So excited for the new year to be sharing and connecting with likeminded people through blogging :)

    Fashion/ beauty & healthy lifestyle blog

    Www.faux-silk.com

    Instagram: imogen.k

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  44. This is just what I needed to read! I want to really start committing to blogging this year and I wan't to freshen up my look too

    Thanks for all the lovely tips! I love what you have done with your blog by the way!
    xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

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  45. I'm definitely going to refresh my head shots asap, I've really gone off my old ones, I had a pipdig design last year and I'm still loving it but other areas definitely need a refresh, great post :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

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  46. Changing fonts is something I do all the time, however, I am not happy with the result and I keep changing it haha! These are great tips and I love the changes you made here! :)

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  47. Great post I definitely think picture is something you should definitely pay attention to (btw the one in this article are amazing)

    Happy new year :)

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.co.uk/

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  48. Loving the makeover! Stepping up my photography is one I think I'll work on this year! Hope 2017 is going great so far for you :)

    Renee | Life After Lux

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  49. Really great tips! Thank you for sharing x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

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  50. I need to do all of these. I've been on a bit of a hiatus for the past few months so I'm hoping to at least change my theme soon. Wish me luck!

    xx, Richel Goes Places

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  51. There is something SO therapeutic about sorting through your blog and giving it a refresh. Your new layout looks incredible lovely. I LOVE it!

    Wishing you all the best for 2017 beautiful lady.

    katie xx lacoconoire.com

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  52. At a time where we are all looking for ways to make different aspects of our lives better, these tips are so useful! I'm definitely taking note with the headshot tip as it's a very old one that desperately needs changing...oops! Have an incredible 2017 Gabrielle! :-)

    Musings & More

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  53. The new blog design looks fabulous Gabrielle! Very modern and clean! And these tips are fantastic as well. I just updated my blog design towards the end of last year and I did most of these things then. I should update my headshot but I just hate taking photos of myself ;p

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  54. It looks great dear! I love the design. I was thinking of redoing my whole blog for a long time now, but I don't even know where to start! I think I need some professional help for this.

    http://thewonderfashion.blogspot.com

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  55. I love the new look of your blog Gabrielle, it's so clean and fresh :) Your photography is always amazing and this is one area I need to step up in during 2017. It's definitely not my strongest point at the moment but when I look back at where I started I can see some improvement so I just want to continue going in the right direction :) x

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  56. I love reading these as I'm still new to blogging. Great tips!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

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  57. Thanks for useful tips!

    Hugs and Kisses
    Aistė
    http://aistesaint.blogspot.com

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  58. This is such a good post omg. It reminds me that I've been meaning to add an image of myself to my sidebar, but HOW DO I DO IT. I want to keep in with the style of my current design, but don't know how. I'll figure it out. Maybe. Also, changing up old links is such an important thing, especially as a reader I don't want to be clicking on links to things I want to check out only to find they stopped supplying it two years ago. And yes to photography! Time spent taking beautiful photos is never wasted, especially as, as you say, that's the first thing eyes shoot to.

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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  59. Your new blog design looks amazing. I really want to change mine at some point. I'm definitely going to change my social media profile photos. I haven't updated them since I got into blogging.

    www.mydailywear.co.uk

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  60. These are all lovely tips! I'm loving your new blog layout! I was thinking these days that I need to update mine! And now from reading your tips I need to change my profile pictures everywhere and I'm pretty sure my About Me page is super cringey XD xx

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  61. Nice tips for refreshing the blog! I will definitely consider changing my blog design this year and also number 5 is an interesting idea.Thank you and have an amazing year,because you deserve it!

    Hugs from Alexandra ~ Impavid Blog

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  62. Hi Gabrielle! First of all, congrats on your blog's revamp! It looks amazing, so clean and modern, and most importantly, very professional. I'm glad you decided to do it, it was really worth it.
    Also, thanks for your tips, some of them are quite simple to apply and would make a lot of difference!
    xx

    www.stylebydeb.com

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  63. Great tips! I think my "About" page definitely needs some more love. As far as I remember even the age is not correct anymore :D

    Xx, Lora | Cherry Cola Style

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  64. These are all such great tips, Gabrielle! I love the font tip - it's such a simple change that can make a huge difference! I am loving this new layout. A Glass of Ice feels so streamlined and sophisticated.

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  65. I defintely want to get a new theme this year, still going through the internet for some inspiration and decide which one is best. Sometimes I wish I could change my blog name but I think I'm stuck with this name. Getting a new headshot is a good one, mine's so old lol I aged so much more now aha!
    Macarons and Mischief

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  66. back to catching up with fave bloggers and getting inspired...
    kisses from dubai ❤️
    www.mahryska.com

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  67. Your blog is looking gorg! Great tips. I plan on trying to improve my photography this year!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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  68. The new layout is beautiful Gabrielle! God knows my website needs a refresh. I just can't seem to find the time for it. I'm lost between planning a post or outfits and having an actual life.

    Have great start into the new week darling!
    Cheers,
    https://tbymallano.com/

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  69. Love the new layout lovely!! Really great tips x

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  70. Girl I LOVE your new blog design, it's super fresh and easy to navigate - it seems very 'you', I love it!

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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  71. Great tips! I am actually thinking of refreshing my blog layout a bit but I just don't have the time to do it at the moment. But soon... And yeah, I like your new blog design. I love how fresh it looks. :)

    Jenn
    The Pink Lemonade Girl
    YouTube
    Bloglovin

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  72. Amazing tips !
    Your posts are always perfect with amazing photos.
    xx,
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

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  73. Great tips! I've started refreshing my blog and feel so much better about the direction I'm going now! :)
    WritingMonique

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  74. New design looks great. Love the refresh idea for the new year!

    <3 Stef
    for vanity's sake

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  75. I love the new look! These are such great maintenance tips for the beginning of the year - I don't know how you could possibly improve your photography though, it's flawlessly stunning!
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  76. Love your blog's new design, absolutely gorgeous. I've been thinking of a makeover for my blog since December. Great tips, Gabrielle, very helpful.
    Nina
    Nina's Style Blog

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  77. This is all so so true, Gabrielle! It's so important to keep refreshing your blog - it helps you become more interested in it as well. I love the new look, beautiful! You're definitely inspiring me xx

    www.qustomquinns.com/blog

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  78. Nice tips & layout, dear! I'm always cleaning my blog, there seems to be no end with tons of posts. Hahaha! Have a great week! xoxo

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  79. LOVE your new look! I really need to get a headshot done at some point, great reminder!;-) Happy 2017 darling! xo!

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  80. Thanks for the useful tips!
    Love the new look

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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  81. These are great tips! Definitely something to work on!

    Xx,

    || FLOORTJELOVES ||

    www.floortjeloves.com
    www.bloglovin.com/blogs/floortjeloves-12198253

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  82. so great and full of positive advices post xx Your pictures and posts here are always awesome
    Wish you all the best in 2017

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  83. some great points.. the blog is looking great.

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  84. This post is what I desperately need. My blog needs to refresher for sure and I love how sleek and chic you new design is, Gabrielle!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  85. Wow, I love your blog's new look; so sleek & professional! I have given my page a new look for 2017 and like you I used Pipdig! They really are amazing! Your photos always look fabulous and I would love to capture better quality images this year. Do you use any of the photo applications? Any recommendations? Best wishes for the new year lovely,
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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    1. Hey Jaz! I use VSCO on my Instagram, and I'm also in the process of learning to use Lightroom :)

      Gabrielle x

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  86. Those are great recommendations Gabrielle! I had that same feeling towards the end of fall especially with a new visual path that I want to take with my blog (hence the entire revamp from domain name to website aesthetics). Doesn't it feel so good to accomplish that by the end of the year? A pat on the back for both of us! Love the new design btw! xo~ Lena
    www.thewanderliste.com

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  87. I love the idea of refreshing your blog at the start of the new year! It really is the perfect time, especially as we are already in the mindset (usually) of fresh starts, new inspiration, and extra motivation. Great tips!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

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  88. I definitely need to sort out my broken links, I bet i've got far too many as I always used to do wish list posts! I really want a blog refresh, I jazzed up my colours a bit but I'm feeling a change soon!

    Hannatalks

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  89. great blogging tips....Good photography is so important. That visual aspect of the blog is something that gets noticed first, so it makes sense to pay attention to it. I try not to stress about it, though. Sometimes things can wait...but visual are important, no doubt about it.

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  90. I love giving my blog a makeover :)

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  91. Molto bello il tuo cambio di look....e hai ragione con il blog bisogna sempre migliorare!!!
    Lalu

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  92. Very helpful tips. New look of your blog is very beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing all these tips.

    Alisha

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  93. GREAT advice! So glad I found your blog! Wishing you a wonder 2017 xx

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.com

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  94. Thanks for sharing some tips, not to mention the website where we can get some templates from. This is really helpful! :) Hope to hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance
    www.airishabella.blogspot.com

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  95. I agree with all of these and I'm knee deep in it at the moment. Since I updated my blog design about a week ago I've been combing through my old posts updating everything, it's taking me forever but it's so worth it for how refreshed everything feels!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  96. So pretty my dear! I like your knew blogdesign a lot! I've redesigned my blog two months ago. I Think it's important to do small changes consistently. Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

    www.naomella.com

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  97. I just recently started using Lightroom and oh my goodness, that's a savior for the Winter blues and these dark times :D These are some great tips, thank you for sharing :-)

    ♥ Jasmin N | Little Things With Jassy

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  98. Vsco is definitely my favorite app to edit pictures too! Love the fresh new look on here :)

    Www.doniell.com

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