Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Time for change.....

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I'm interrupting your enjoyment of the 30 day style challenge to share a bit of a change on here. Please don't adjust your sets - this is School Gate Style....reborn! To be honest, I've been wanting to change the blog name for a long time but a part of me was worried about the impact the change might have, another part couldn't decide when would be a good time to do it and a further part of me was unable to come up with a good enough name to properly represent what I want the blog to be from here on in. It's fair to say the final one there was the main hold up!

To focus me, I added it to my new year resolutions but even at that, I didn't really intend to do it so soon. However, I mentioned to my husband about it and he started coming up with names for me and before I knew it, I was playing about with words and searching for websites & URL's online. With all credit to himself, I've renamed it A Life To Style - which allows me to move away from an entirely fashion-led blog into something with wider scope to include fitness, interiors, food etc. I'm not sure what I'm going to be sharing on those fronts yet but what I do know is that I'm not fashion savvy enough to have a fashion only blog. I'm asked all the time about running, fitness, interiors and food. They're all things I'm passionate about but have always felt didn't fit in a blog called School Gate Style.

Additionally, School Gate Style while it was relevant when I started out, has always jarred with me a little as it does play into the whole pressure on mums at the school gate thing, something I've struggled to remove myself from. Every September, I'm asked to comment on some article or other about how women should dress on the school run and it drives me mad because that was never what the blog was about. And I mostly do the school run in gym gear these days too so I'm hardly qualified to comment!!

A Life To Style is exactly where I am right now. I'm not saying I'm an expert or have it all sorted. I'm just finding my way like most of us are - looking to inject a bit of style and life into the day to day. Whether that be finding a balance with work & home, paring back your wardrobe as I'm doing with the challenge, finding a bargain in the sales or simply working out what to cook for dinner.

I hope you like the name as much as I do and that technology won't hinder your enjoyment of the blog. I've done the rename/redirects and social media changes all by myself and so I'm just crossing everything that it's working ok. Please do let me know if you come across any glitches. My head is fried trying to keep on top of it all!

The style challenge will continue as of tomorrow - I've just taken photos for Day 4 but I'm too exhausted to share so I'll combine them with Day 5 and share in my next post.

Oh and if you follow me on Bloglovin' just give me a couple of days to rejig the feed - they need to rename the blog on there too and it's a manual process.

Thank you as always for your support of my wee blog which turns 5 in a couple of weeks. I'll be doing a special giveaway to celebrate reaching 5 years, the rename AND the end of the style challenge - watch this space!

Ax



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17 comments

  1. Ah brilliant! Every success with the new blog chica xoxo

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  2. Congrats Avril and best of luck exploring the new directions your blog takes you x

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  3. Love the name and the new blog sounds exciting! I've become a little jaded with many fashion blogs so I'm looking forward to reading some varied content. Good luck! Lynne xx

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  4. I agree with Lynne. I've got tired of them too so looking forward to your new direction. Don't know how you manage to get so much into a day but good luck

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  5. That's brilliant Avril congratulations! I really like the new name too x

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  6. Great name, and Bloglovin' seems to be doing its job, as that's where I saw this (and was very confused at first!).

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  7. Congratulations Avril, I love a change & this one is perfectly timed! I will raise a toast to A Life to Style next time I see you Emer D xx

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  8. Thank heavens you didn't throw in the towel - I've been thinking of you today...Exciting times ahead April. Whoop whoop! ❤

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  9. Brilliant very excited to see what is coming next xx

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  10. A perfect rename - very happy to follow you in any direction you take. It all sounds fun and exciting.

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  11. Well done Avril!! I rarely comment, mainly due to lack of time, but I always, always read your blog and have been following you for ages. Love the new name. Pl

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  12. Well done Avril!! I rarely comment, mainly due to lack of time, but I always, always read your blog and have been following you for ages. Love the new name. Pl

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  13. Please keep up the good work. Happy 2017!!

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  14. Avril, I've been reading your blog for a few years, and I'm delighted to hear you're going to carry on writing. The new name is great and definitely captures how your blog has evolved and 'matured' over the time! Looking forward to following you for a long time. :)

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  15. Great name. I love reading your blog, you always come across honest and sincere. Thanks!

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