Archive for April, 2012

New Themes: Everyday and Origin

In our quest to help you find the perfect look for your blog, we’ve added two brand new themes to our collection!

First up is Everyday, a beautifully designed premium theme by James Goode.

Screenshot of the Everyday theme for WordPress.com

Everyday has been precisely calibrated to be pleasurably readable on almost any screen. Attention and care has especially been given to provide a robust and versatile layout to suit your writing needs. From short quips to lengthier bits of prose, Everyday will rise to the challenge and shine with every post you publish. Read more about it in the Theme Showcase or take it for a test spin in the demo site.

Next is a wonderful free theme named Origin by Galin Simeonov.

Screenshot of the Origin theme for WordPress.com

Origin is a light, elegant theme with a minimalist look and feel, perfect for a blog or journal. Your photos are the focus thanks to featured images and stylized Sticky posts, and the responsive design makes it a great fit for mobile devices and small screen sizes. A full list of features is available in the Theme Showcase and a demo site has been set up so that you can see it in action.


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More Likes in More Places

Back in 2010 we introduced the exciting new ability to Like the individual posts you’ve read all around WordPress.com. It’s been one of our most popular features since then, as evidenced by the chart below that goes up-and-to-the-right as an indication of great success and achievement.

Likes per week since the beginning

Today I’m happy to announce a few enhancements to the way Likes work that we think you’ll really like. :)

Show Likes on Pages

In the past, we’ve always restricted Likes to individual blog posts. Given the success of Likes, we want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to Like what they are reading, wherever they are reading it. Likes now share the same display settings as your sharing buttons (which you can change from Settings -> Sharing in your dashboard). In addition to showing Likes on single posts, you can now show Likes on all of your site’s content:

Here’s an example of Likes displayed on a blog’s front page:

Do you like naps and puppies? I think I do!

Show Likes on Gallery Images

In addition to making Liking posts easier, we wanted everyone to be able to Like all of the things you publish on your blog, including media. So, we’ve also added the ability to Like photos directly from inside image galleries, like this:

Who can resist liking Paul the Puppy?

What You’ve Liked

Now that it’s super easy to Like everything you see, you need a place to see what you’ve Liked. To make this as convenient as possible, we’ve added a link in the Reader that lists all of the posts you’ve liked across all of WordPress.com. You also have instant access to your favorite posts through the official mobile WordPress apps for all your favorite mobile gadgets.

Screenshot of Posts I Like on WordPress.com and in the mobile apps

We think these tweaks really improve the Liking experience, and we hope that you enjoy them!

Did you think I was going to say “like” again? :)


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Fifth Annual Style Exhibition April 26-28, 2012

Style Exhibition is almost here!  April 26-28, 2012 will mark the fifth year of Style Exhibition, an annual event highlighting the business of fashion, beauty and entertainment in our community.  The event is organized by 3Jay Productions and began in 2007.  This year’s theme is “Favore” a Latin term for favor.  Opening night begins with the trendsetter’s showcase at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, which consists of novice clothing designers and retail boutiques.  Listed below is the talent that will be featured:

 - Songbird Designs, Kim Singleton – Charleston, SC

- Azure Swimwear, Leslie Davis – Lexington, SC

- Sir Lingerie, Kristen Alyse – Detroit, MI

- Anthony Lawrence Collection, De’Fron Fobb – Irving, TX

- Scripted Designs, Shalanda Sutton – Atlanta, GA

- Vitesse eXchange, Retail – Atlanta, GA

- Yeni’s Creations, Omoyeni Makinde – Nanuet, NY

- Stiletto Soule, Tedra Mars – Columbia, SC

** Red-carpet Entry begins at 6:00pm, show will begin promptly at 7:00pm.  You can purchase tickets {here}.

The second night is a networking social that is sponsored by The Solomon Law Group and also includes a silent auction, proceeds to benefit Footsteps 2 Success, Inc, a mentoring program for young men and women.  The event is scheduled during happy hour – 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Blue Marlin Vista Room.

The finale showcase will consist of multi-talented clothing designers, including one of favorite designers from season six of Project Runway®, Ra’Mon Lawrence!  The roster includes:

- Nepenthe, John Byrd-Olivieri – Raleigh, NC

- Lauren DeVaughn, Shirley Daley – Charleston, SC

- DesignsBYou, Fatima Samad – New York, NY

- Michi Knitwear LLC, Michele Walden – Queens, NY

- ATIV Custom Couture, LaJuana Crawford – Atlanta, GA

- Ra’Mon-Lawrence, Ra’Mon Lawrence Coleman, New York, NY

**Red-carpet entry begins at 6:00pm, show will begin promptly at 7:00pm.  You can purchase tickets {here}.

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Diane von Furstenberg Harper Anna Burlap Tote

Diane von Furstenberg Harper Anna Burlap Tote

My all time favorite Diane von Furstenberg bag is the Harper.  I love the different styles of the Harper, and the thoughtfulness behind the design of the bag.  I was excited to discover a more casual version – the Harper Anna Burlap Tote.  It’s the perfect summer bag!  I can see myself wearing it everyday to work, and also traveling with it.  I am planning a weekend trip soon, and this bag would be perfect!  It is made of natural burlap with black leather trim, golden hardware and leather bottom.  It has the DvF signature metal pocket that all Harpers have, and a chain and red leather shoulder straps.  Additional features include open top, interior zip and open pockets, and tonal burlap lining.  Price: $525.00 at Neiman Marcus.

 

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BLUE IS THE COLOUR O’LOVE, PIG

Lola Re and the Whatnot

Lola Re and the Whatnot

Lola Re and the Whatnot

{images: Veronica Lake}
{title: One of the last sentences of the 2001 film Disco Pigs}

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GLORY BE

One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday is watch Inside the Actor’s Studio. Russell Crowe is so intelligent and wise and likeable in this interview, I really learned a lot.

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8 Gorgeous Nature Blogs for Earth Day

This Sunday, April 22nd will mark the 42nd observance of Earth Day. According to Earth Day Network, “More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”

To inspire you to get in on this year’s celebration, here are eight amazing nature-related blogs on WordPress.com:

Birdlightwind.com

70degreeswest-explore.com

Leahyetter.WordPress.com

Drawandshoot.me

Beingmark.com

Beetlesinthebush.WordPress.com

Theblondecoyote.com

Lookingatthewest.com

So, how will you celebrate Earth Day 2012? Maybe Picnic for the Planet, or plant a tree? Whatever you do, be sure to share it on your blog! And don’t forget to tag your post with Earth Day to make it easier for others to find.

For more cool nature blogs, check out our collection of Recommended Blogs, and add topics like Nature and Earth Day to follow in your Reader.


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Add Spotify, Rdio, and GitHub’s Gist Embeds To Your Site

We’re happy to announce three new things that you can embed into your site!

Spotify

Embed music from Spotify by right-clicking any song, album, or artist in Spotify and selecting “Copy HTTP Link” or “Copy Spotify URI”:

Then paste that into your post editor, making sure that it’s located on its own line all by itself. You’ll end up with something like this when you view your post:

Rdio

If you’re an Rdio user, you can embed music from them too. Copy the URL from your address bar when looking at a track, artist, or playlist and paste that into your post editor. Here are a few examples:

If you use the Mac application for Rdio you can copy URLs from there as well. If you click the “Share” button you’ll see a URL to copy right at the top. Paste that in to your post editor and you’re all set.

GitHub’s Gist

We’re big fans of the code repository website GitHub here at Automattic and many of us use their Gist code snippets website. While we already have a cool way to embed code into your site, we realize many of you want to post Gist-hosted snippets too so starting today you can. Again, just copy/paste the URL out of your address bar onto its own line in the post editor.


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THERE’S PLENTY MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM

Me: Loving Jessica Rabbit’s hair and colorful skirt separates from Warehouse. 
Lola Re and the Whatnot 
 
lola re and the whatnot

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THROUGH DEPARTING CLOUD BANKS THE MOON WAS BONE-WHITE, MAKING EACH CRACK IN THE STONEWORK LOOK LIKE A SURGICAL OPERATION

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[Title: From The Boy Hairdresser by Londoners Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell]

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