The Rebrand of shanylou

It probably won’t seem like much to some bloggers but I am so happy to have a slight re-brand with my blog and actually smooth out some of the kinks and fit together the missing pieces. After migrating my blog to WordPress from Blogger it felt a little bit empty and was missing something and that something was a header and a little bit of a personality. Of course I want my blog to stand out in some way but to also have my personal touch to it. Of course those of you who read my blog like it for some reason, whether it be for my cruelty free beauty posts, my travel diaries or my #YearOfYou project which I wanted to become a big thing to help others who are struggling with similar things to me. Hopefully this will be a step in the right direction and will help me improve my blog in a much better way.  After searching for the ideal illustrator and someone to design my blog header for me I was contacted by Giada from Miel Cafe Design who saw my tweet. Just after looking through her website and seeing her initial style I knew we would be a great match with working together, her initial style was exactly what I was going for with the watercolour colouring and cute illustration design. We talked through my ideas and she told me all about her illustration package which would be ideal for me and she loved my ideas and we set on working together. We booked in a date to start after me returning from my holiday and less than 2 weeks later my header was complete. She was so open to my ideas and things I wanted to change and helped me along with the process when I was stuck for ideas, giving me a few options to choose from so I got the best of my header. Giada was very prompt with replying to emails despite the slight time difference between UK and Milan and was always open to letting me know of changes and what would work best which I loved (I’m no branding expert). Before the design process started she sent me over a questionnaire to fill in during my own time to help her understand my blog more and ideally my audience and what I want from my blog. We then created a Pinterest mood board where she pinned inspirations and colour schemes to help us create the ideal header and I was then allowed to pin things to the board if I saw anything I liked to help along.

Giada is an absolute star, I couldn’t recommend her more! 

She created four different objects together to go into my blog header which was my favourite lip product by NARS the Velvet Lip Glide, one of my favourite perfumes Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Rose Quartz Crystals which ties in with my #YearOfYou project and my obsession with crystals and finally my cream and white Olympus PEN EP-L7 camera which I use for my blog photography and also my love for photography. We wanted to create a soft and pastel theme with the colouring still sticking with the original colours. I also wanted to tie in the natural and cruelty free aspect of my blog, after Giada trying to recreate the Apple bunny emoji which didn’t quite work with my chosen colour scheme we then opted for a pretty sage green to go alongside the pastel pink and cream in the colour scheme. She was incredibly affordable compared to other competitors out there and her package deal was too good to turn down. Even my graphic designer brother thought it was a great deal!  I really wanted this post to be an ode to Giada for being such a star! I highly recommend checking out Giada if you need any design work doing on your blog. Check out her website here!

What do you think of the new re-brand? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Daniela Sousa
    19th June 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Giada is really cool 🙂

    • Shannon
      20th June 2017 / 8:40 am

      She is, she’s so amazing at what she does! x

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