Introducing: Magpie Co.

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Guess what, guys? After many months, tears and countless revisions--I'm beyond excited to announce that my re-brand is finally officially live!

For over a year, I have been wanting to retire my 'srslyliz' moniker and re-brand my blog and business under a new name. I also wanted to house everything, including my portfolio together in one, cohesive site. I mean duh, I do this for my clients so why hadn't I done it for myself yet? It was time.

You may be asking yourself why the heck I chose the name "Magpie"--I explain that more in depth here but the short story is I really identified with its dual definition. Coming up with a new name is hard + scary--especially after being known as something else for so long; after narrowing down the list of possible names, Magpie Co. is what instinctively felt right.

Another big change is that I switched over from my beloved WordPress to Squarespace (gasp! I know). I'd heard so many great things about the SS platform plus after being faced with the issue of not having anyone readily available to develop my re-design thanks to The Break Up--I did my research and felt confident in building my new site all on my own using one of Squarespace's beautiful templates. I cannot speak highly enough of my experience with not only the SS user interface but the customer service as well. I super, super, SUPER love it and my only regret is not making the switch sooner.

Please have a look around and check out all the new goodies! Let me know if you find anything wonky or nonsensical--I've been staring at this site for the past 2 weeks straight so its very possible I've overlooked a thing or two. Since the entire site is totally new, there are a few housekeeping items I thought you should be aware of if you're a subscriber to the blog-- you will need to update your subscription links (found in the sidebar).  I know its a pain but I promise to make it up to you by posting good stuff frequently again. Likewise, I've switched most of my social media accounts to the new name as well. Srslyliz.com will forever re-direct to the new site, for those of you not quite willing to let it go yet ;)

As always, I appreciate every single one of you and I am so grateful to be able to share this new chapter with you all. Cheers! xx

#thatssofunny

One of my best friends turned 30 on 4th of July (fun fact: when she was little she actually thought the fireworks were for her--ha!) and to celebrate, we grabbed the girls and rented the cutest airbnb apartment in the city for the weekend. It basically felt like a big slumber party; it was exactly what I needed. We all had a wonderful time and I snapped some pictures along the way.

The gals + I outside of General Store--a pretty little shop filled with even prettier things.

I srsly wanted to buy everything inside. The styling of the place was equally awesome.

The salmon colored wall outside our apartment made for the perfect photo-op. My friend Brittany is a babe.

I'm not even a mom and I fell in love with this children's toy store. The name is TOO clever.

We made a stop at Britex Fabrics so Hannah could check out lace options for her wedding dress she's designing/making herself. She found it (it's beautiful)!

Last but not least we hiked up to Twin Peaks to catch an amazing view of the entire city. It was breath-taking, literally (the wind up there is no joke). Click the photo for better details.

Ps; I thought I should explain the title of this post...I don't know about you, but the girls and I collectively realized that we use the phrase, "that's so funny" FAR too much as a filler sentence in conversation (almost like the dreaded, "um"). So, in an effort to curb overuse we made a drinking game out of it. For every 4 times one of us used the sentence it equaled 1 shot we had to take. Let's just say the majority of us were feeling great on Saturday night. Which of course meant Sunday morning was a bit rough. I don't think we'll be playing that game again any time soon!

Transition

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Well, it's been awhile hasn't it? When I made the decision to take a break from blogging I didn't have any specific sort of time frame in mind. I just told myself I'd be back when I was ready. I've been thinking about this blog and all of you the past few days so I figured now is as good a time as any. I have missed coming around here!

A lot has changed since I've frequented this space. 2 months to the day since my last post, and the one before that was a month prior as well. There was a lot I was dealing with in my personal life and I just didn't feel motivated to come here and put on a happy face, I guess (NOT that I feel like blogs should only be glitter + rainbows all the time, but I just didn't want to be overly negative, either). I'll address the elephant in the room and say yes, Glenn and I ended our relationship. It's pretty obvious if you follow me on any social media but for those of you who only read here, and since this is in part a personal blog, I figured I'd confirm any suspicions. I won't go into too much detail but I will say that it was a healthy decision for the both of us, we split amicably, he has since moved out of state and we are both getting on with our lives. The hardest part of all this (for me) has been losing the dogs. We decided it made better sense for them to stay together and be with him, but it literally breaks my heart and I miss them every day.

Other than that, I have just been transitioning into my new normal. I moved into a nice one bedroom apartment in east Sac, which couldn't have worked out more perfectly than it did. I'm in a great location, walking distance to everything I need and its nice to have my own space again. I'm still working my day job while designing on the side (although I did take a hiatus from that as well). I have a couple of projects launching soon which I'll be sharing in the next few weeks as they wrap up.

If there's a word I had to choose to describe the past few months it would be, Transition.

Transition from girlfriend to single woman. Transition from full-service designer to now having to outsource a developer (I'm still looking to add to my arsenal, by the way). Transition from uneasiness to peacefulness. Transition from dark to light. The list goes on...

So there's my update for you. I have a couple post ideas brewing for the new few weeks and although I'm rusty, I'm excited to get back into the swing of things and catch up with all of you again. For those of you still here who stuck around, thanks. It's good to be back.