A Fresh Look for the New Year

Welcome to the new look for Little Chief Honeybee in 2012! I know I just redesigned my layout in mid-October, and as much as I loved the look of it, it just wasn't me. It didn't feel like home. I'm not really a yellow and green kind of gal. It's no surprise I gravitated back to the peachy-pink of Honeybean... my favorite color ever. I still wanted something clean and mature so I opted for the soft gray background. I've grown quite fond of gray, pink and white together since Mike is smart enough not to let me paint absolutely everything in our house pink (I really want to!). Instead of the baby blue and pink, he's learning to compromise a bit! The popular site Hello Giggles inspired the navigation, too. I've seen so many blogs with a really top-heavy navigation and I can't help but love it. Let it serve as a small taste of what's to come for the new year!

I've found myself in sort of an identity crisis. Feeling like I'm trying to keep up with the Joneses in blogging, and not really feeling like myself. Getting back to my pink-lovin' roots is going hopefully going to help me stay authentic and real here on this lil' blog! I miss sharing things like quotes that inspire me, songs that make me cry, and my personal quarter-life-crisis moments... so that's what's comin'. If it's not for you, I won't be offended, but I'm excited to share! Below you'll see a screenshot of the old layout and then the new! I'm currently accepting design clients for late-January and early-February so email me if you'd like to reserve your spot! I'm working on some freelance work currently but I'll be opening up a blog design template shop shortly! 


What can I say? I missed the pink + scallops! xo

67 comments:

  1. oooooh! I like the new look, lady! <3

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  2. I love the new look! The colors look so nice together.

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  3. Even though most people don't like pink very much I'm a big lover of it so I'm definitely loving this re-design! :)

    Love, Jazmyn

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  4. "big hair + ugly shoes + tattoos"!! AHHHHH lovelovelove it!

    By the Throat

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  5. kaelah bee love the new look and super cute navigation pics! all the best for 2012, i look forward to reading about your creative journeys and adventures in the honeybean. xo

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  6. love that you went back to peach! also one of my favorite colors too! <3

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  7. It looks fantastic and I am happy it makes you feel more you!

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  8. Ok, SERIOUSLY! I LOVED the last one, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new pretty layout! Love the personal taglines scattered around.

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  9. Love the new look, nothing better than a fresh start to the new year. Bring on the pink I say!

    xx Fran

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  10. it looks fabulous. i just wanted to ask how do you make the arrow ribbons in photoshop? the size of every seems to standard so it doesn't just look like a simple select+delete action. thanks!!

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  11. Love love love the new look. very creative and sweet looking. <3

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  12. I love the return of the scallops and the new navigation! So cute!

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  13. Wow I love it! It's so you!!!

    <3 Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  14. I honestly adore it. Before, while your blog was GORGEOUS, to find stuff was difficult. At least now, you can do all your cocktails and recipes and all your features, without having to scour pages of stuff.

    You have such an easy, beautiful design now! It's simple and forward and I just KNOW your readers will adore it.

    Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2012!

    xx
    http://schnauzerheart.blogspot.com/

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  15. Aaaw, this is SO pretty. You really inspire me to learn how to design like this <3 Keep going! And a happy new year! Ellie

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  16. Kaelah, I love it, you've done an amazing job on the revamp and those nav pics are so cute :)

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  17. Adore the new look - it's absolutely perfect, the colours you chose are so, so great!! And I can't wait for some of the new posts too. I love the personal side of your blog. Happy new year, lovely lady. xo veronika

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  18. Your design is amazing. Looks subtle and nice. Very professional.

    http://www.thegirlieblog.com

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  19. so cute! I'm also a sucker for scallops too; must've taken you a hot minute

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  20. LOVE the new look! so cute.

    happy new year!

    love, rach.
    www.so--hi.blogspot.com

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  21. I love the new layout!! Your navigation tabs at the top are fantastic - the little pictures are perfection!!

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  22. "I'll be opening up a blog design template shop shortly!"

    Whaat?! Best news ever! I love the new look, pink is my fave colour

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  23. I love the new look! It really suits you and what a great way to start off the new year! :D

    Marja <3

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  24. I like it better than the old one :)

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  25. Ooh, this design is much better than the old one. Not just the color scheme -- I like the different style, too. :)

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  26. oh snap! I love it! you did a great job on it.

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  27. I am loving the new look! It is beautiful! I hope that it helps with your identity crisis! Feeling at home is important when it comes to finding your voice =)

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  28. I love your new layout. The colors are perfect together and for you. :) I like your nav bar too.

    <3 Jenn

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  29. Awe, love the new layout! It's really modern and still so you! ;)

    Hope you've started 2012 with the best energy! ;D

    Miki.

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  30. You did a wonderful job, as always! It's beautiful :)

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  31. I love the new design! Clean, easy to navigate & still super cute. Looove!

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  32. new main banner looks amaaaaazing!!! :o

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  33. The new design is so beautiful! I loved the old one as well, but this design is definitely my favorite so far. :D

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  34. Awesome job!! I love the new layout.

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  35. Loving the new look and will always be proud to be one of your many readers..Keep up the awesomeness in 2012..ox

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  36. I love the new look! The nav bar is super smart.

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  37. I love the new look! The nav bar is super smart.

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  38. "big hair + ugly shoes + tattoos" haha I love that!

    Very pretty layout!

    xo -S

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  39. Love it! You have always worked your own style into your blog design, but by far this one is the best! Especially the scallops. :)

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  40. I love all the designs you do! I hear ya on pressures to remain you on a blog that helps booster your biz...you can often feel pressured to do what sells. I feel the pull sometimes too...but I keep to myself and wear my baggy tee shirts and baggy pants...cause that's what I like to wear in the winter! Ha ha! :) Recently started a giveaway for a really good book about being an entrepreneur that gives away things that changes peoples lives...yep...Blake Mycoskie's (Toms) book! I would be flattered if you entered the giveaway on my blog. Happy New Year! Love the look and I always love your content! Hearts, Janna Lynn

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  41. I love it!! I don't know how you do it all...but you sure do. The design is great..way to start off the new year!

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  42. love it! i really like the navigation at the top!

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  43. I love it!!! Pink + grey is such a lovely combo and I love your navigation bar!! You are so creative girl!!

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  44. I absolutely love the new design! I'm another major proponent of pink (hence my pink-on-pink-on-pink blog), although I obviously haven't mastered the art of applying it subtly yet. And I can't wait until you open your template shop! Because I seriously cannot figure out how to make a horizontal link bar. Oh, and because you design the cutest stuff ever.

    Happy New Year, Miss Kaelah!

    (p.s. I'm having a giveaway for some (very pink) goodies from my etsy shop over on my blog! it's at http://www.julierosesews.com.)

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  45. Oh, bother, I completely forgot to add one thing-- seriously, don't worry about keeping up with the blogging Joneses. I love features like Honest to Blog, where you give your pure, unfiltered opinion. That's what makes you unique!

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  46. Looks amazing. I love the little icons at the top. Well done <3

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  47. It looks awesome! I can't wait to see your new shop!

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  48. Stumbled upon your blog this morning ... and just spent the last hour and half looking around. =) Looooove.

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  49. I agree, this is much more you! Really liking it, especially the top navigation. Good job Kaelah!

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  50. Oh Kaelah, your blog looks gorgeous! I've loved all the designs you've had (well, since the pink when I started following, and the scalloped background is just so you!) The colours look perfect together and the 'design' and 'home sweet home' tags across the top! I'm glad that you're really happy with the background :) xx

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  51. The new look is fantastic! Happy new year!

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  52. I love it! It came out beautiful :)
    Happy New year!

    http://madnessanmusings.blogspot.com/

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  53. I really love the new look of the blog, and all the tabs make navigating it so easy!

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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  54. Impressive look: it's really beautiful! But I have to say - maybe it's just my screen's resolution, I don't know - that I can hardly read the words/links written in pink. Anyway, pink is the new black! Love it.

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  55. I've Ben following for close to three years now and this is my favorite redesign yet! So pretty, you, and well-organized!

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  56. love the new look!! alot! happy new year and to fresh new beginnings!
    xo,
    cb

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  57. Looks awesome, Kaelah.
    The colors are perfect together.

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  58. The set up is amazing. So easy to find exactly what your looking for. Great job. I love when you get back to your pink roots.

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  59. I love the new layout, it looks gorgeous. I haven't checked out 'Hello Giggles' in awhile but I always love the way the site is set up as well (I'm not good with computer lingo or well computers... yay for my boyfriends help).

    Happy New Year!

    <3Honeysuckelle

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  60. I like the pink a lot better! :) I was a fan of the old-new design, but the colours just didn't seem to fit. But this looks great. :)

    -Lindsey

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  61. I love the new layout, the navigation bar is precious!
    I definitely need a new design for my blog...who am I kidding? my blog has little to no design. It's something I really need to jump on this year and get done.
    Your new design has totally inspired me!

    http://ricracheartattack.squarespace.com/

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  62. I love the new look! I'm pretty happy with my blog design, but yours makes me want to do a little makeover!

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  63. i heart the new look! and can't wait to read more about what random songs make you cry and just personal stories! after all, this blog should be all about you pretty lady! <3

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  64. happy new year! your new blog design is PERFECT

    xo katrina
    theyoungbridgetjones.blogspot.com

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  65. Woohoo! I can't wait for you to open your blog template shop - you have t sweetest eye for design around!
    Luvluv
    Sway x

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HEY! Thanks for dropping by. xo KB