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Big News: The New C&G is Here!

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Surprise! I have been waiting for what feels like forever to launch my re-designed site and I am so happy to welcome you to the new and improved Classic & Gray!

When I started C&G last August, I had no idea what I was doing (okay, let’s be honest- this is still very much a work in progress). With zero blogging knowledge and limited digital media experience, I threw together a website to the best of my ability, snapped some pictures on my iPhone, typed up an extensive bio, and hit “publish”. I’ve basically been flying by the seat of my pants since then but as Classic & Gray started to gain momentum, I knew I needed to step up my game and create a site that better represented myself and my style (good-bye Bokeh background!).

I envisioned a new site that was clean, modern, and feminine. I wanted the new C&G to be simplistic and easy to navigate yet allow you to find new areas and posts to explore. We worked really hard to bring you just that and there are some fun new features that I’m excited to share! In addition to the aesthetics, there are now several areas where you can shop my favorites directly. We’ve added a Shop page that will be updated with my absolute must-have items, areas to shop what’s in my make-up bag, on my current wish list, and some fun new categories coming soon 🙂 A huge thank you to Phi from Moda Blog Management who made this all possible.

Although I was supposed to share an outfit post today (which will now go up tomorrow), as I was writing it, this post took a different turn. I haven’t been super personal in a little bit and being this is a “fresh start” of sorts, I figured what better time than now to be open and honest.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I took a month-long break from blogging. Yes, re-designing the site did take up a lot of time. Sure, it did rain for like a solid three weeks and shooting a look was near impossible. Yes, I’m still very much dealing with my health issues, despite the fact that I haven’t focused on talking about them much lately. However, there were other reasons that held me back from creating a post and as this is a diary of sorts, I thought I’d fill you in. Let me preface this with saying that I am by no means complaining at all. As always, I am sharing bits of my story and letting you in on some of the real life behind the blog.

Since the beginning, I have made it clear that Classic & Gray is my creative outlet from a life very-much affected by some pretty debilitating health issues (after all, that was the motivation to start it to begin with! [If you’re new, more on that, here]). I wasn’t sure how it would all work, what I’d write about, what kind of schedule I could keep, and more importantly, what I would physically be able to do but I was craving some sort of purpose and creativity. I decided that blogging about the things that make me happy was the answer and Classic & Gray was born.

If you are not in the industry, you may not realize how time-consuming blogging and all that it entails can be. Again, I’m not complaining as this is a hobby that I want to do but that doesn’t take away from the amount of work that is involved. It takes hours upon hours between content creation, shooting, editing, planning, collaborating, writing, social media management, promoting, interacting, etc., and for me, it all has to be done during the fleeting moments in which I feel up to doing so. There are so many behind the scenes workings of a blog that I never accounted for and I truly admire and respect anyone else on this journey. I would love to be able to create fresh content every day but due to the limitations set forth by my health, I am unable to devote as much time as I’d like right now. I have accepted this fact from day one but lately, I’ve also faced a new scenario that has limited my time.

I was informed by my doctors early on that my road to recovery would be a marathon, not a sprint. I am elated to say that after over a year and a half, I am finally starting to notice some slow but steady improvements. After everything I’ve gone through, I am so thankful for the days when I have some energy and can get out of bed and get dressed. I am even more blessed to now have moments, whether they be minutes or hours, where I feel good enough to venture out of the apartment, enjoy doing ‘normal’ things, and spend time with the people I care about (I never thought I’d look forward to food shopping but any progress is something to be celebrated!). Although I have a long way to go, this little bit of newfound freedom has me quickly realizing that I want to live my life when I’m able to.

I have missed out on mostly everything for the better part of the last 20 months and I want to capitalize on and appreciate every good period of time I have. It is very easy to get wrapped up in wanting to share all of those moments but I made the conscious decision that I want to be present instead. This means not always snapping a picture for Instagram, writing out a blog post, sharing a story on Snapchat, or living behind my phone answering emails, questions, and comments. Although I do very much enjoy those things, I want to be front and center for every new experience that comes my way. After being down for so long, I have a lot of catching up to do! I love blogging and it has given me so much drive and motivation to do everything in my power to get well. I am still trying to find that perfect balance where I can accomplish it all but in the mean time, please trust that I am going to continue to make every effort I can to be more present here, as well.

To wrap this up, I just want to say thank you. Whether you have been ride-or-die since the beginning or are a new face here for the first time, I appreciate every single one of you that visit this page. It truly means so much to me that you are following along! This blog is a labor of love and I want Classic & Gray to be a place that you want to visit. Whether it’s an outfit post, a beauty review, or rambling about life (ehemm…today) I am so excited to continue to share new content with you. Grab a drink, kick your feet up, and stay a while! I hope you enjoy the new site as much as I do.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Jess
    June 7, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Love the new design! I am right there with you on realizing how time consuming blogging can be. I thought it’d be so easy (just snap photos and write a little post eh?) HA! Glad to hear you are feeling some improvement health wise, can’t wait for your next post!!

    Xo
    Jess
    http://www.fashionablyfitjess.com

    • Reply
      classicandgray
      June 9, 2016 at 1:32 am

      Thanks Jess!! I’m so glad you like the new site and I know you can relate. I thought I’d be able to bang out a blog post in like an hour…until I was still sitting in my chair 5 hours later haha. I need to figure out how to streamline the process somehow but until then, it’s a work in progress! Thanks for stopping by love! xo

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    Kristen
    June 8, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Hey Girly!! I am so so so happy to hear that you are feeling better every day! I don’t think anyone will fault you for wanting to live you life a little as you start to slowly come back from your illness. Goodluck going forward and know I am always here!! <3

    • Reply
      classicandgray
      June 9, 2016 at 1:30 am

      Thank you so much Kristen! I am so thankful for any sign of progress and just hope that I keep improving every day. I’m sure you can also relate to wanting to be present, you know how stressful all of this stuff can be! Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and smell the roses 🙂 I appreciate the support and hope that we can get together at some point this summer xox

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    janna doan
    June 9, 2016 at 3:33 am

    michele–CONGRATS on the new site. i am LOVIN’ it. i can’t believe you have been doing this for a year bc you are a PRO (that is making us all look bad LOL) the shop page is freaking awesome! might want to accidentally send that to your husband LOL. aside from our conversations i love these kinds of posts. i thought the same thing when i started blogging almost two years ago–yea, this is gonna be so easy, won’t take that much time. nope. not easy!! and much more time than i thought!! lol. i know we talk about that balance, and i struggle with this myself, i think we all do. truth is we have a life to live outside of the blogosphere (as great as it is!). and with everything that you have going on, i salute you for pushing out posts and blogging when you can. i enjoy visiting and i think you know i’m like a ride-or-die chick on this blogging journey and hopefully thereafter. keep it up, when you can, because you know we all can’t live without that classicandgray smile! (and brow game). xoxo,

    janna | http://www.jannadoan.com

    • Reply
      Michele
      June 15, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      Janna my love, thank you!! It’s so much fun publishing posts on a new site! I’m really happy with the way it turned out 🙂 I can’t believe it will be a year in August. I have so much to learn still but it’s been both a fun and challenging process as you know. And stop it, your site and photography are #goals for me. I love just writing what’s on my mind sometimes (even if I do lose a few followers for a random rant haha) and appreciate knowing that at least you’ll like them regardless! You, my dear friend, are ride-or-die for how ever long this journey lasts and then some. Life would not be as bright without your witty comments and N’Sync puns so I’m looking forward to seeing where this takes us. P.S.- I’m working on smiling more in posts and the brow game, that’s called laziness an a set of tweezers 😉 love ya xo

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    Annie
    June 14, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I love the new site! And I love that Phi helped you with it! She is the best. I am SO happy to hear that you are doing better also boo!!
    xo Annie
    http://thelovelygirl.co

    • Reply
      Michele
      June 15, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Thank you so much Annie! Phi is amazing and I’m so happy with the final result. I am definitely feeling a little better and will hopefully continue on this upward path. For now, I’m just taking things day by day and appreciating any signs of progress 🙂 xoxox

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    Krista Williams
    July 7, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    This may have been my favorite post of yours ever. Full of good information, truth and love. Plus, the website looks SO GORGEOUS. This is HUGE. You should be so proud, love.

    Always love following along.
    xoxo
    Krista

    P.S. my favorite part:
    To wrap this up, I just want to say thank you. Whether you have been ride-or-die since the beginning or are a new face here for the first time, I appreciate every single one of you that visit this page. It truly means so much to me that you are following along!

    🙂

    • Reply
      Michele
      July 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Krista, thank you so much for stopping by and for the sweet compliments! You blog is such an inspiration for me as all of your posts provide positivity, encouragement, realness, and of course, style! I’m so happy you like the new site. It was a bit of a headache to get it all together but I’m so happy with how it turned out. I hope you’re having a great week and p.s.- I’m still swooning over that side lace-up jumpsuit. Girlfriend, does anything NOT look amazing on you?! xoxo

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