I'm thrilled that rolala loves is celebrating it's 5 year blog anniversary this month. I initially started this space to support my photography business but then it somehow grew into it's own entity and I'm still at it. Reaching this milestone has me feeling nostalgic as I look forward. I thought it was appropriate to refresh the space at this time and I hope you like the new layout as much as I do. I wanted a design with a clean and modern aesthetic and intuitive navigation that somewhat reflected the spirit of the former look. And I think this may be my favorite version of my logo yet. Thanks to everyone who's already noticed and given me feedback on it!
As I looked back on my posts I realized that as much as things have changed, they have also remained the same. I'm the sort who tends to live by consistency. I think this blog reflects that and it feels good to have remained true to who I am. This has been a wonderful creative outlet and I feel an enormous sense of satisfaction when people who know me IRL tell me that reading my blog is like having a conversation with me. And it's immensely gratifying when someone comes back and tells me that they tried or watched something that I recommended. What I've enjoyed the most are the conversations that I have with you all on here and on your blogs. I've learned over the years that the blogging community is really amazing and the friendships I've gained is one of the rewarding aspects. The generous outpouring of encouragement and support I got from fellow bloggers/readers a few years ago when I was unwell meant the world and went a long way to help me to get through a really difficult time.
So I was thinking about where I want to go with rolala loves. Let me just say that I'll be doing this as long as I enjoy it. I always call this a lifestyle blog and the topics are a reflection of my varied interests. I'm not the sort who gets too personal because I don't look at my blog as my diary. And while I enjoy my life, it would be quite boring to read about. Instead I'll just continue bringing a personal perspective to whatever I write about. Everything that is covered here does conform to my personal preferences. Yes I really am partial to good looking, lanky Asian men with amazing hair because I'm married to one. The beauty focus will continue. Reviews are great but I want to get more into skincare and Asian beauty in general as well as focus on the products that I'm using. I'm big on wellness and organization and I'd love to bring that here. And I think I'd like to start sharing recipes again. You can also let me know what you'd like to see more of.
I wanted to celebrate and thank the readers of this blog with a giveaway! The prize is this Kevyn Aucoin The Look Book Essential Glamour Palette. I had picked this up for myself awhile ago and I liked it so much I bought another one to give away because good things should be shared. This limited edition Look Book, inspired by Kevyn Aucoin's best selling book Making Faces contains a range of the iconic makeup artist's bestselling shades of 4 eye, 2 lip and 2 cheek colors along with an instruction guide with application techniques to create a range of different looks. Every single one of these colors are gorgeous and wear very well. I love it and I think you will too!
This is an international giveaway that starts October 26, 2016 and ends on November 12, 2016. Entries will be verified for eligibility. One winner will be randomly selected. You can enter through this link or the Rafflecopter widget below. The widget can be a little temperamental so if it doesn't load on this page, just CLICK THROUGH HERE for it! Good luck!
Photos via Styled Stock Photography & Nordstrom