As most of you have probably figured out by now, LFB took a break for the last week, but is finally back, better than ever (and with a new design, to boot).

After running LFB for a good few years and putting my heart and soul into this online space for the better half of a year, I needed to take some time away from the daily blogging world to really think about both LFB’s present and future – what I want LFB to be and also what I hope LFB will grow to become. So now it’s time for a bit of a heart to heart. LFB and the community that I have been able to build through this online space has been a special space for me since its inception. But it has really been within the last year that LFB has become a space I am extremely proud of. What started out as a fledging fashion blog has grown to encompass creativity in a broader sense and has also turned into a platform for conscious living.

I hope this space will only continue to grow and that I will eventually be able to expand LFB into more than just a blog. However, even going at the rate that I have been, to continue to blog with the same kind of voracity, frequency and dedication, while still holding LFB’s posts up to the high standards I hold them to is just not sustainable without making some significant changes.

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What’s New on LFB

I’ll let you in on a little secret – blogging can become a full-time commitment if you choose to view your online space as more than just a hobby, but treating a blog like a job without it generating an income is not sustainable. I have chosen to step away from the design world for the time being and am currently spending my work days focusing on LFB and my photography. LFB is a project that I am so passionate about, that I would like to turn it into a full-time career in order to keep it alive. Now let’s get one thing straight. If I was only interested in fat paychecks and a cushy lifestyle, I would have stuck with the design world, because the pay is great and the work is stable. But I thrive on creativity, community, and exchange of ideas. Which is why I have decided to continue with LFB and my photography and work my ass off to turn both into businesses from which I can live from in order to continue creating amazing things.

The decision to focus on LFB as a business is one that I am making after a lot of consideration. I just know that there is no way that I can maintain this space and dedicate the amount of time I do to it without moving in this direction. I also want to do so many more things with LFB and would love to have the means to make those dreams a reality. Now, as with any new thing, I have no effing clue if this will be a success, or if I will be closing this space down a year from now with my metaphorical tail between my legs, but I mean, hey, if you don’t try, you’ll never know, right? I will be scraping every last goddamned penny for a while, but I hope that it will be worth it in the end.

To reiterate: My decision to really try to view LFB as a professional space is a decision I have made in order to really try to keep this space alive. It is also a decision I have made in order to be able to focus my Mondays through Fridays on creating incredible content, growing the LFB community, and refining just what LFB is all about – conscious living and creativity. What does this mean for you as readers? Well nothing really except that LFB is going to be getting even bigger and better – starting with bringing you daily (yes daily! content). So go ahead, and read below to hear about what you can expect from LFB from now on…

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A New Look

No your eyes are not playing tricks on you – LFB has gotten a bit of a facelift – which is still in fact a bit of a work in progress. (You may notice some broken things here and there, but me and my dev friends are on it!) My larger goal of turning LFB into more of an online space/magazine was a big part of why I chose to re-design the site during LFB’s week-long absence. There is now a larger emphasis placed on imagery and individual posts are much easier to read. Categories can be accessed via the top navigation as well as the side bar, which also includes links to current relative topics that may be of interest (current ones: Christmas and Cozy).

More Streamlined Themes

LFB will focusing heavily on conscious living and creativity as the driving themes and motivations behind all that will be posted here. What does this mean in terms of changes around here? Categories will remain much the same, but there will be a much larger emphasis placed on aspects of conscious living. This means that LFB will be expanding its conscious living coverage to travel posts, fashion and beauty posts, as well as home and living posts. Expect more posts on organic & sustainable fashion, beauty, and, travel; as well as product, shop, and restaurant recommendations for independent/local stores and/or stores who focus on sustainability and ethical practices. Creativity, which is a huge part of living an inspired and conscious life, will be making room for creative writing as well.

The navigation has also been streamlined to include LFB’s four main conscious living and creativity categories: home and living, inspiration and creation, style and beauty, and travel. Each category can be navigated by a drop-down menu which highlights the main subjects in each theme. Reoccurring series in each category are also accessible via the menu.

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Sponsorships & Giveaways

With the growing commitment to cover more aspects of conscious living, LFB will now be doing giveaways in order to give back to the LFB community as well as bring awareness to companies and products which are committed to conscious living. We are all entitled to treating ourselves now and then so why not do so from companies that we are also happy to support? Through giveaways as well as sponsored (and non-sponsored posts too, of course) I hope to highlight smaller, independent companies who definitely deserve our support. Now I want to be very clear here. I hold LFB to some pretty high standards – probably too high for my own good sometimes. I have turned down 99% of the offers that have come my way over the years as I just can’t justify supporting wholesale shops with less than savory business practices or companies who ignore both human rights, our health, and the well being of of animals and nature. LFB is making a commitment to only work with companies or specific lines within companies that promote sustainability and conscious living.

You can now also advertise with LFB! If you are have a private business or blog that you think would appeal to the LFB community and focus on aspects of creativity and/or conscious living, you can now advertise with LFB. Advertisers will be visible in the LFB sidebar and featured in on the blog as well. I will be filling you guys in on advertising more next week, but if you are already interested in purchasing ad space, let me know. ([email protected])

Daily posting & a Growing Team

I really hope that you can all understand why I am committed to turning LFB into something profitable in order to keep it alive and running and to grow this space into something even more fantastic. I also want you to know that if I am able to turn LFB into a profitable space, I want to make sure the content is better than ever. Now, LFB is not generating any money as of now in order to keep it afloat, but I have managed to get two of my dear friends on board as we all believe in this space and want to create a community for like-minded people who care about making the world a better place. By adding some more people to the LFB team, the quality and content of LFB is only going to get stronger.

Do not worry – for those of you who enjoy reading my more personal posts, LFB will still primarily be my baby. But by adding additional people to the equation, LFB can do even more and cover even more topics that I may not be as qualified to comment on.
I have also decided to make a commitment to a daily posting schedule, because I want you guys to know that I mean fucking business around here.

User-generated Content

A blog is nothing without it’s readers and the community that is created around it. The LFB community is honestly one of the biggest motivations behind keeping this space alive. As such, I want to do my best to continue to grow this community and make it even more interactive. I have some really big ideas cooking for ways in which we can create an even more interactive LFB community. So stay tuned to learn about ways in which you can contribute and interact with the LFB community as well.

But some times will be remaining the same

As much as I want to turn LFB into an interactive platform, I think there is something to be said for blogging. Although not everyone takes blogs seriously, I do and I know the blogging community does as well. What I love most about blogs is the personal voice and the actual individual behind the words and behind the photographs whose passion and dedication keep things alive. I don’t want LFB to ever loose this intimate touch. Although LFB is expanding to include a small team and is broadening some of it’s subject matter, LFB will remain my personal space with my thoughts and ideas. I will be continuing with more personal series, like Anatomy of an Outfit and Photograephie and will remain the primary author of LFB posts.

In closing…

If you have made it through this whole post, kudos. It was a long one, but one that I think was necessary. It has always been my goal to remain as transparent as possible with you guys and to do what is best in order to keep LFB alive. Ultimately, I cannot really see these changes changes having kind of negative impact on LFB or your experience of LFB. If anything, things may become even more stressful for me as I try to commit to a daily schedule, but I guess that just makes me an over-achieving masochist. I really hope that these changes turn LFB into an even better resource for creativity and conscious living and will increase the opportunities for us to interact with each other as a community. Oh, and be sure to check back tomorrow to meet the new LFB team members!


Don’t forget to check out LFB’s podcasts & sign up for LFB’s conscious living challenge.



Stay conscious, Rae

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Rae Tashman is both the creative mind behind LFB and a freelance photographer. She lives in Berlin with her two fur babies and loves creating images and living consciously.

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  • Rae, Rae, Rae! I can’t tell you how excited I am for these changes on LFB. The new design is exceptional and I’m loving the emphasis on photography; I think that’s always been one of LFB’s strongest points. I commend you for turning LFB from a hobby into a fullt-time career fuelled by so much passion (seriously, I don’t even know where to begin with your heartfelt declaration for your love for creativity and inspiration) and I cannot wait to come along on this ride.

    I’ll be looking forward and tuning into your posts, Rae, and I’m way too excited for you to unveil your plans for a more interactive community. Cheers to LFB being back, cheers to the future and cheers to passion.

    Lots of love,
    May
    THE MAYDEN

    • rae

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, May! I am so glad that you are as excited about these big changes as I am and I cannot wait to share more with you and everyone else about my plans for creating a more interactive community as well!

  • D

    This is so exciting! I can’t wait ^_^ Hope you won’t get too stressed, though; we really care about you and your well-being :)

    • rae

      Thanks, lady! And yes, that is really the key – striking a balance between work and play in order to not get too stressed out!

  • welcome back! i can’t wait to see what LFB will bring in the future with this new fresh change. i love the layout!

    xx http://tanaditya.co.vu

    • rae

      Thanks so much Tannya! Glad you are excited for the changes as well!

  • missgetaway

    Oh this is so exciting! Cannot wait to follow your journey. I feel like big things are going to come <3
    Good luck with your journey, may it be a good one!

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

  • Andini Ria

    So excited for the future of LFB, this is one of my favourite blogs! The new layout is amazing <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Andini! I am too! And I am so touched that you love LFB so much!

  • I totally agree I believe it’s important to take a break every now and then blogging can be hard and mentally draining especially if you putting up content everyday – this holidays I will be taking a break too and enjoy what little time I have

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • rae

      Oh totally, a break is often needed to simply re-center and re-find your purpose and overall hopes and goals for what you are doing! Thanks, Candice!

  • I’m in love with the new design and I’m excited to see how far LFB will go! Will definitely follow your journey <3

    Love,
    Hannie Arden from Missing Wanderer.

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Hannie Arden! So glad you like the new design and so glad to have all of you with me on this journey!

  • Yayyyy, welcome back! I’ve been looking forward to seeing your posts again! You run one of my favorite blogs, and I can’t wait to see more content from you.

    becky ♡ star violet

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Becky! The break and re-focusing was definitely needed, but I am also so glad to be back! And I know it probably sounds really cheesy but it honestly means so much to me that LFB is amongst your favorite blogs!

  • Violette

    Such a great way to grow up your blog! I love the design and you’re doing a really great job! Keep going :) Have a nice day x

    V.
    http://violettedaily.com

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Violette!

  • Kathy

    I love the new blog design. Best of luck with going at it full time. I can’t wait to see the new changes.

    Kathy
    http://www.glamsimplified.com

    • rae

      Thanks, Kathy!

  • Priscilla Eliodoro

    Lovely blog and great design! :)
    http://priscillaeliodoro.blogspot.com

    • rae

      Thanks, Priscilla!

  • Maria Luisa

    very lovely color of your hair

    • rae

      Thanks, Maria!

  • Stefanie Meier

    glad to hear you’re back and doing something you love. Your passion will show in your posts.

    Wishing you the loveliest holidays x
    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin’

    • rae

      Thanks Stefanie! So glad to be back and I really do hope the passion shows!

  • Vaida Tamošauskaitė

    yay! congrats on the changes which are always for the better! i’m really excited for ya, and super glad to see you growing. you’ve been an inspiration to me since I’ve found your blog, and i cannot wait to see what more you will bring!
    tho if you’d ever want to collaborate on some guest post, giveaway or whatever – i’m all up for that! it would be a real honor to me :) much love and keep it up, girl! you absolutely rock! X
    Vaida @ http://www.donttellanyone.net/blog

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Vaida! You always leave the sweetest comments and it honestly means so much to me that I can be a source of inspiration for you! I am very excited for you to see what LFB becomes in the next few months and it would be lovely to collaborate both on LFB and on donttellanyone as well! Shoot me an email if you have any ideas currently brewing! ([email protected])!

  • This is such a brave, amazing decision. I’m so excited to see what’s to come!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

    • rae

      Thanks so much for the support!

  • Congratulations on this amazing step! Your blog design looks wonderful and I can’t wait to see what you will bring us next :) x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Leta! SO glad to have you along for the LFB journey!

  • Congratulations dear! You have been working so hard, I reckon you’ll achieve your goals. I know, despite of the new LFB, there are things that will remain. I love your blog and will still love it. By the way, great blog design! :D

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Dice! And yes, LFB will be changing in some ways, but the general voice and message is staying the same! So happy that you love LFB!

  • I just love your new design ! ♥♡

    Have a nice day xx Love from Slovakia ~

    ♡ * christmas beauty wishlist ♡

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Gabrielle!

  • Welcome back! Can’t wait to see all of what you lined out manifest in the real! Best of luck on your blogging journey from here onward! I love that you have such a clear and concise vision for LFB and are so ready to turn it into action! Much love!

    <(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad, a fashion + social action blog

    • rae

      Thank you so much Hoda! I really appreciate your words of encouragement!

  • trend-mixblog

    What an exciting business venture! The website looks great and I’ll be waiting to see what comes next! :)
    http://trend-mixblog.com

    • rae

      Thanks so much!

  • I love the new look!! Can’t wait to read your new posts

    Lauren x | http://www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

    • rae

      Thanks Lauren! So glad you like it!

  • Love the new look and feel. Very interested in seeing how well the user-generated content goes. Love the idea.

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Jeanatte! So glad you like the new look and yes, I cannot wait to start incorporating user-generated content!

  • Congrats for taking LFB to the next level, Rae! This is a huge step but with your new team I’m sure you’ll reach your goals. At least my fingers are crossed and I can’t wait to see what you have for us next year. ;) Also love your concept!!

    xoxo Ira
    JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Ira! I really hope LFB’s goals will eventually be met too!

  • Missy May

    Welcome back, hun!! We all need some time off now and then. I love the blog facelift too. Keep the contents coming. :)

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

    • rae

      Thanks so much!

  • merel

    Sounds awesome!! Good luck on your new path!

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

    • rae

      Thanks, Merel!

  • Looking forward to where you will take this space :) A long read, but a good one!

    Nat | Dignifiable

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Nat!

  • Wooohoo I’m so proud and excited for you Rae! This is awesome and you inspire me so thank you! <3 You got this girlfriend! <3

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

    • rae

      Thanks so much, lady!

  • A big fat congratulations Rae! Love the new blog design and I wanna say how much your energy and passion inspires me. Just only a day back, my brother told me to quit my job and focus on blogging and vlogging full time. He has never been the person to speak to me so seriously [yeah we joke around all the time] about my career and future. Feeling very proud of you. Fat paychecks and adverts does look appetizing at times but like my mum quotes, always remember the reason you started your blog. To share, to experience and not for the dollar and cents. If passion and hardwork is the main ingredient of success, I believe one day we will make it and Rae, really proud of you :)

    Real Life Nerd // http://www.vivienekok.com

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Viviene! And I am so glad that what I am doing with LFB can inspire you! I think ti is awesome that your brother is so supportive of your goals as well. I really hope you can turn your blog into a professional business! And yes, the main reason to blog always has to be passion and love, NOT money. To be honest, if money is the main motivation, blogging is definitely not the best field to choose anyway, haha!

  • This is amazing! I’m so looking forward to more posts and photos. You have fantastic content and ideas, I still recall your post about Urban House in Bratislava, and inspired me to find it when we spent a day there. Found it and fell in love with it. Fresh in my mind as it was two weeks ago. Love the new look!

    http://Leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

    • rae

      Thanks so much! So glad you liked that post about Urban House and were even able to check it out while you were in Bratislava!

  • Congratulations! Read the whole post and I gotta say, I was grinning as I did. I love that you are growing LFB with such integrity and working to make it more interactive. It’s admirable! Looking forward to the new changes. I’ll be reading :) x

    • rae

      Thank you so much! So glad that you enjoyed this post as well!

  • Congratulations! I’m so excited about the new blog look…it looks amazing! Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful posts!

    http://roadesque.com
    http://ourruins.com

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Valerie!

  • I love your new blog layout. Can’t wait to read more!
    – Ashley
    wwww.constellationandcanine.com

    • rae

      Thanks, Ashley!

  • Samantha Mariko

    this is great!! I ‘m so happy for your decision to keep LFB running and I’m looking forward to more amazing content from you! I can’t wait to visit berlin one day, I would love to meet you!!!
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Samantha! And yes, if you are ever in Berlin to let me know and we can meet up for a coffee!

  • This is amazing!!! Love seeing that you’re turning your passion for blogging into a business! I wish you the best of luck and I am excited to continue supporting you and seeing what you create!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Tina!

  • sileas

    “You’ll never try, you’ll never know” – this is so simple but true and very inspiring to follow one’s intuition and passion! The new design looks great and I’m really curious how it’s going to develop – wishing you all best!

    • rae

      Yep! Thanks so much Sileas for your sweet comment and support!

  • This is amazing and beautiful – honestly. I love love love the re-design firstly, it feels warm and cosy. I’m really looking forward to whatever comes next content wise, although I’m useless at keeping up daily so I’ll have to binge read at the weekends. You also look lovely in those photos of you, happy face :)

    cd

    • rae

      Thanks so much Erin! So glad you like it and so glad you are looking forward to the new and future changes. And yes, binge reading always works too!

  • Siffat Haider

    Welcome back love! The layout looks absolutely amazing! And I’m sure this will go on to become a wildly successful professional venture. Sending you so much luck and positive energy :)
    xo
    Siffat
    https://icingandglitter.wordpress.com

    • rae

      Thank you so much Siffat for your kind words and support!

  • Good Luck on your full time venture, I hope I can get to your level of success as well.

    http://www.pixics.com/blog

    • rae

      Thank you so much!

  • Well done Rae! Super psyched and excited on what’s to come – I’m already enjoying the new layout and interface, it makes me feel so comfortable (ha is that even a way to describe it) navigating around :) kudos on taking the big step to focus full time on LFB as well, I would be shitting (no joke) my pants if I ever did that (+ I’m too broke to do that) so you are my ~idol~. Looking forward to seeing what you + team have in store, especially with the new year coming up and refuelled energy ;)

    Cherie x
    say hi at sinonym

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Cherie! So happy to have your support and your comment really means a lot to me. Yes I am really going out on a limb here and am so lucky to have supportive parents who are helping me try to live out my dream. Can’t wait for you to see all the new changes around here!

  • Becky Hughff

    So glad you’re back and the changes all sound amazing!!

    http://www.ohsobecky.com

    • rae

      Thanks, Becky!

  • I’m SO excited right now and very proud to be a part of the LFB community! :)

    Pop over to my blog!

    Sarah

    https://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Sarah, and so glad to have you part of the LFB community as well!

  • This is so so exciting! Your new look is just lovely. Welcome back Rae and I love that you are so passionate about this new journey.

    Katrina Sophia

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Katrina!

  • Congrats Rae! This must be such an exciting step for you! And it’s definitely true, if you never try to go after your dreams you’ll never know if you could have made it work or not. I really wish you all the best with making LFB your full time career and I really hope it all pays off in the end! I’ll definitely keep supporting you here and I’m sure so many others will too. :) x

    jessica – littlehenrylee.com

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Jessica. And yes, I am just going to go for it – even if things do not work out at least I have tried! And thank you so much for your support – I am so glad to be able to count you among some of the wonderful people I have met through blogging!

  • Wow that was quick! LFB looks great, and I’m so excited for it :D Umm daily content?! What?! :DDD -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Audrey and YES, daily content! Really hope to see this goal through!

  • yuka

    looks good, Rae! excited to see what’s coming!

    http://www.prettyinleather.net

  • This is fantastic! I love what you do here and I think that you’re making great decisions to realize your goals. I’m making some changes too and I can’t wait to see where the new year takes both of us.

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

  • This is a fantastic post! I really do wish you all the luck in getting it off the ground and making a real good profit from it! I one day would love to do this too but I have to be realistic at the moment and realise that it may be a while – like you said it take a lot of work and a lot of determination.. :)

    xoxo, Lauren | The Dazzle Guide

  • Marina Skater

    Lovely hair color!

  • I LOVE YOUR HAIR SO MUCH! it looks amazing on you!!!!!!

    Check out my blog: https://ninety-8ight.blogspot.com/