hip hip, we’re all shiny and new!

it is with a very humble thrill that i present to you the new site design today!  remember on friday when i wrote “should all go as planned you’ll be looking at a freshly remodeled house in the hills…” well that was a TERRIBLE thing to write!  i was practically BEGGING for trouble!  so of course, only a matter of a couple hours after i hit publish on that post, what had been a completely smooth and perfect design / construction process with aileen and scott turned into a mad scramble to REBUILD and modify the entire site in the course of a weekend! this was due to a last minute realization that squarespace (my hosting platform) has a major and unforeseen flaw that makes their latest software version completely useless to me. AHHHHHH! i spent the entire weekend worshipping scott for being the best programmer to walk the face of the earth and cursing squarespace for wreaking havoc on my site launch.  but, it’s done!  and i couldn’t be happier with it!  more after the jump…

before i go back to gushing about aileen and scott, here are a few updates i hope you’ll appreciate…we have a search bar, people! finally, no more looking through every recipe i ever posted just to get to the sweet potato tacos from late 2011!  i also now offer subscribe by email (yay! get yerself signed up if that’s your thing!).  and my crafty photoshop icons have been replaced by aileen’s sleek designs.  SO MUCH BETTER!  what do you think? i hope it’s a much nicer place for you to come and spend time with me!  

now, the gushing must continue.  aileen, i’ll never be able to thank you enough for all the hard work you put into this!  you so far exceeded my expectations it makes me think i lack imagination.   as always, your attention to detail and beautiful, clean, well-thought design inspires me and makes me feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work with you!  i so look forward to many more design projects together.  scott, i am blown away by your skill and level of professionalism.  you made this process a breeze, and when things went south two days ago i was only mildly panicked because you’d already shown me that i was in the best possible hands over the course of the project. i am so grateful for your hard work and the attention you gave this.

to you friends, thank you for hanging in there with me over the past 6 months as i’ve been working on this! you are my favorite part of this blog and i promise to work my hardest to make it worth every minute you spend here!  and last but most certainly far from least: mr. lou mora, thank you for looking at every design revision with me, wiping my meltdown tears yesterday morning and being the best husband and dog-father i could ever ask for.   *on the off chance i ever win an oscar i will modify all of this into an acceptance speech*

good day my friends!

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  1. Ashlae|

    GIRL! I love it – the minimalism, pop of color, THAT GORGEOUS HEADER. I'm in the process of thinking of how I might like my new site to look and I'm pretty sure I need Aileen to make it happen. Yuuuuup!

  2. sarah yates|

    thanks so much ladies! it was a long time coming. feels so good to finally share!

  3. rita|

    it is gorgeous, congrats! i obviously don't know you, but it feels very "you!" or who i imagine you to be! :)

    one thing i wish could be different – is there a way to see the commenter's URL without having to click through? this may be a square space thing b/c i've seen it on other blogs but it would be so nice if you could just see the URL when hovering over the name!

  4. Jen Grant|

    HOORAY!! I love it so much! Like I told you already, it's just perfect. Congratulations!!! Also, thanks for mentioning sweet potato tacos, I think I'm gonna have to make those this week. ;)

  5. sarah yates|

    thank you SO much you guys!! @rita i will ask scott about this. i agree, would be much nicer to be able to hover and see! thanks for the suggestion! xx

  6. mes bijoux|

    Hurra! this is a very beautiful design! so clean and easy to read and to find things. I only can say that I love it!
    kisses from Barcelona!

  7. Lauren|

    Congrats, Sarah – it's fresh, easy to navigate and still feels true to your style! I'm working on a site redesign too and hope mine accomplishes these crucial points as well as yours has!

  8. sarah yates|

    thank you ladies!! i'm even more excited to post now than i was before!

  9. sarah yates|

    thank you thank you everyone! @jamie- yeah, i'm pretty disappointed in squarespace but happily scott was able to work around *most* of the limitations!

  10. Kara|

    Congrats! I love the design. I expected nothing less from you! You've got it figured out!