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New Theme: Libre

Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to introduce Libre, a new free theme designed by yours truly.

Libre

Libre

Libre brings a stylish, classic look to your personal blog or longform writing site. The main navigation bar stays fixed to the top while your visitors read, keeping your most important content at hand. At the bottom of your site, three footer widget areas give your secondary content a comfortable home.

Customize Libre with a logo or a header image to make it your own, or use one of two custom templates — including a full-width template with no sidebar — to change up the look of your pages. Libre sports a clean, responsive design that works seamlessly on screens of any size.

Responsive design

Read more about Libre on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!

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Business Casual Attire for Women | 4 Great Outfits For Work



For women, business casual attire can be tough. You’re always asking yourself if it’s too casual or so formal that it feels stuffy. You want to keep it appropriate, but you also don’t want to look boring. Playing with prints, bright colors or even neutrals are all great ideas to switch up your outfits for work. You can also switch out the pieces you tend to always wear for new, updated pieces like wide-leg pants and jumpsuits. Adding fun accessories will give you subtle hints of style to finish off your workwear looks. Here are some outfits that will take your business casual outfits from bland to bold without overdoing it!

Business Casual Outfit #1: The Pencil Skirt

A pencil skirt is a must-have for business casual looks. Find one with a solid color and pair it with a blouse complete with a tailored collar. You can always add in interesting accessories with subtle color through your earrings and layered bracelets. Since we are in the beginning of summer, finish off your business casual outfit with sunglasses, sandals and a bag in similar black and white tones.

Pencil Skirt Outfit - Business Casual Attire for Women

 

Pencil skirt | Sunglasses | Top | Sandals | Earrings | Charm bracelet | Charm bracelet | Bag

Business Casual Outfit #2: The Dress

If you’re starting out with a solid shift dress, find classic and neutral accessories like a rosegold chain necklace and muted orange stud earrings. Clear sunglasses with a hint of color are right on trend and give the perfect understated accessory look. A leather strap watch, a brown leather computer bag, and nude pumps compliment the dress so well. We’ve used a cheery yellow dress here since it’s summer but you can wear a more neutral shade like navy, olive green or browns during cooler months or for a more understated look.

Business casual outfit for work - yellow dress with tan accessories

 

Dress | Sunglasses | Necklace | Watch | Bag | Heels | Earrings | Bangle

Business Casual Outfit #3: The Pants

White wide-leg pants are perfect for summer and look super polished with a flowy orange tank top. Adding in a pop of green from your earrings and necklace will give this business casual outfit a fresh update. Muted mules and half-frame sunglasses show you know your style. Finish the look off with a camel bag for a trendy yet professional office-ready look.

Wearing Wide Leg Pants to Work - Simple Business Casual Outfit for Everyday Work Wear.

 

Pants | Tank top | Earrings | Sunglasses | Heels | Bracelet | Necklace | Bag

Business Casual Outfit #4: The Jumpsuit

A jumpsuit is a not commonly worn to work but it’s appropriate when worn with a chic white blazer. Adding in leopard print sunglasses, subtle gold jewelry and nude sandals will balance out this sophisticated look. A pale pink bag will give the perfect amount of brightness against the navy jumpsuit. This is a great all-year round outfit since it’s a dark+light combo.

Business Casual Outfits for Women - Jumpsuit with a white blazer.

Jumpsuit | Blazer | Sunglasses | Sandals | Earrings | BraceletNecklace | Bag

We hope these outfits gave you some ideas on how to mix and match your business attire. For more outfit ideas, follow us on Pinterest or our Polyvore page where we post all our outfits.

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Reinvented Video for WordPress

Today, we’re announcing a complete overhaul of VideoPress, the service that has powered more than 3,000,000,000 video plays on WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites around the world. We’ve made the next-generation VideoPress dynamic, responsive, and lightning fast to support the ever-evolving needs of content creators everywhere.

Take a peek at what’s under the hood!

Embed anywhere, play anywhere

Out of the box, the new VideoPress is lightweight and responsive for beautiful playback on any screen, from smartphones to desktops. VideoPress works on all modern browsers and devices, and gives blog and site authors the power to engage their audiences no matter where they are.

Not only do videos look amazing on WordPress sites, but you can also embed your videos anywhere on the web — other websites, social media, chat services — by using a permalink or a snippet of code.

Major speed enhancements

VideoPress now takes a fraction of the space it used to and is optimized for speed, so pages and posts with video content load faster. This is a huge plus for viewers who use slower connections or rely on bandwidth-strapped mobile devices.

It’s your content

At Automattic, we believe wholeheartedly that you own your content — video or otherwise.

The new VideoPress puts your content front and center. The player is ad-free and unbranded to ensure your videos look and feel like an integral part of your website or blog, not like they belong to a third-party video platform. Unlike other video hosting services, VideoPress starts and ends on your video, keeping traffic on your site and giving you full control over the content to which your visitors are exposed.

New features, new look

A real-time “seek” feature lets you skim through any video and helps you start playing at the desired point in the video. Here’s a sneak peek that our developer community will particularly enjoy: the player’s skin and behavior is controlled entirely by JavaScript, HTML and CSS, opening up a malleable slate for customizations by themers in the future.

Everything you love, and more

VideoPress embraces the features that users have come to love, like privacy settings and rich stats, but also includes additional enhancements. Every video now features its own permalink, and the sharing pane has been redesigned to offer different options for embedding, like starting playback at specific times, looping, and autoplay.

OpenSource ❤︎

The rebuild of VideoPress revolves around a robust API for embedding videos easily in WordPress.com and Jetpack-enabled self-hosted websites. Though the API is private at the moment, many components of the new VideoPress libraries have been open sourced, including jpeg-stream, pixel-stack, and video-thumb-grid.

Get the goods

Once a standalone upgrade, VideoPress is now available exclusively in WordPress.com Plans to streamline updates, payments, and security enhancements.

To enable all the goodness of video support on your WordPress.com or Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress site, upgrade your WordPress.com Plan to Premium or Business. Then, upload and share videos as you please. If you already have a Premium or Business plan, sit back and enjoy. VideoPress will automatically handle the nuts and bolts to deliver an amazing viewing experience for your fans, followers, and friends!

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#LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.)

Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins

— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015

Here at WordPress.com we strive to democratize publishing and empower freedom of speech. It’s amazing to see the thoughtful analyses of the Supreme Court’s decision already being published, like this excellent piece from Tropics of Meta putting the decision into long-term historical context. We’re also proud to provide a platform for all the incredibly talented LGBTQ writers who are advocating for change and sharing their stories, like…

Image by Pete Rosos, 2812 Photography.

Pride parade, San Francisco. Image by Pete Rosos, 2812 Photography.

WordPress.com bloggers were also out and about with their rainbow flags this weekend, participating in pride parades from Los Angeles to Lisbon and capturing the days in pictures:

Pride parade, Key West, Florida, USA. Photo by Ron Mayhew Photography.

Pride parade, Key West, Florida, USA.
Photo by Ron Mayhew Photography.

We also had the pleasure of launching a website for Double Duchess, an energetic queer musical duo from the San Francisco Bay Area who just released their latest album. And check out the new tees and tanks added to the WordPress swag store in early June, in honor of Pride month — it’s the first time that we’ve made the same design available in a such wide, inclusive range of colors, fits, and body shapes! All the profits support the WordPress Foundation, which helps ensure that the free, downloadable version of WordPress is cutting edge, powerful, and ready for whoever wants to have a voice on the web.

WordPress Pride Swag

Automattic is committed to diversity as a company (and we’re hiring!), and to providing tools that let anyone use the web to tell their truths and work for equality. Happy Pride!

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July in Blogging U.: Blogging 101 and 201

Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered.

Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. We’re offering two courses in July — learn more:

Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — July 6 – 24

Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your blog, or engage with the community.

You’ll walk away with a stronger focus for your blog, several published posts and a handful of drafts, a theme that reflects your personality, a small (but growing!) audience, a grasp of blogging etiquette — and a bunch of new friends.

Blogging 201: Branding and Growth — July 20 – 31

Blogging 201 is a two-week challenge that gives you the tools to define your brand, build your audience, use your stats to grow your traffic, and bring your older posts fresh attention. You don’t need to have completed Blogging 101 to register, although it makes a great foundation.

Please note that we ask you not to register for Blogging 101 and 201 at the same time; Blogging 201 assumes that you have some readers and have already accomplished a lot of what we cover in the 101-level course. Both courses will be offered several more times throughout the year.

How do Blogging U. courses work?

Blogging U. courses exist for one reason: to help you meet your own blogging and writing goals.

  • Courses are free, flexible, and open to all.
  • You’ll get a new task to complete each day, along with our best advice and favorite resources. Do them on your own time, and interpret them however makes sense for your specific blog and personal goals — we’re not grading you, we’re not checking to make sure you complete every task, and there’s no “wrong” way to use the resources we give you.
  • We’ll post new assignments here on The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT. Each assignment will contain all the inspiration and instructions you need to complete it. Weekends are free.
  • Each course will have a private community site, the Commons, for chatting, connecting, and seeking feedback and support. Daily Post staff and Happiness Engineers will be on hand to answer your questions and offer guidance and resources.

Ready to register?

Just fill out this short form! There’s no automated confirmation; you’ll receive a welcome email just prior to the start of your course. If you’re on a mobile device or reading this via email and don’t see the form, you can register with this link.

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Boho Style – Master it with these Four Summer Outfits



The 70’s bohemian vibe is back in a big way this season. We’ve been seeing everything from fringe trim to full-on flares and we’re loving every second of it! Even if you’re not a fan of head-to-toe boho style clothing, you can still rock the trend by accenting with your accessories. Try a fringe bag or maybe beaded detailing on your bangles and bracelets. You can also easily create that laidback boho feel by throwing on a billowy dress and chic structured hat. Check out these outfit ideas for more boho inspiration!

Outfit #1: Flowy Shorts

A boho look isn’t complete without fringe and flowy fabrics. The key to sporting a chic bohemian look is to start with relaxed-fit silhouettes like this top and shorts combination. Add a neutral hat and have fun with accessories like a bold fringe bag paired with unique bracelets and bangles. You can’t go wrong with beaded flat sandals that scream boho style!

Boho Style - Flowy shorts, a pastel top and a fringe bag

 

Hat | Shorts | Top | Sandals | Hammered Bracelet | Thick Bangle | Bag

Outfit #2: A White Lace Dress

Start with a stylish blank slate like this tiered, off-the-shoulder dress and throw on interesting accessories to brighten it up. A bold clutch paired with gladiator sandals and oversized shades is a boho look at its best! Don’t forget to add in unexpected pops of color to complete your outfit.

White Boho Lace Dress with a bright orange clutch and gladiator sandals.

 

Dress | Clutch | Blue Bangle | Orange/Yellow Bangle | Gladiator Sandals | Sunglasses | Earrings

Outfit #3: Flared Jeans are a Boho Staple

Flare jeans are a boho style staple! Throw on a flowy top, chunky sandals and matching black accessories for a little edge. We love a spiked necklace and classic aviators to balance out the look. A floppy hat adds even more boho style into the mix!

Boho Flared Denim with wedges and spike jewelry

 

Jeans | Tank Top | Sunglasses | Spike Necklace | Bracelet | Bag | Sandals | Earrings | Hat

Outfit #4: Relaxed Fit Romper

A printed, relaxed-fit romper creates the perfect base for a stylish boho look. Slip on lace-up sandals and throw in a bold tote bag for a fun twist. Heart-shaped sunglasses and a flower crown take it over the top! Finish off the look with subtle gold pieces of jewelry and your beautiful boho look is born!

Printed romper with strappy sandals and retro accessories

 

Romper | Sunglasses | Earrings | Necklace Flower Crown | Sandals | Bag

For more outfit ideas, follow us on Pinterest or our Polyvore page where we post all our outfits.

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Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic

This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs.

A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version — WordPress.com, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005.

Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger than ever — with WordPress.com and a host of other services aimed at helping independent publishers, bloggers, and business owners (the roster includes WooCommerce, Jetpack, Akismet, VaultPress, Polldaddy, Cloudup, Simplenote, Longreads, and more). All this, and we have a perfect record from the Electronic Frontier Foundation for protecting our users’ rights.

In addition to building a world-class publishing platform, our company has redefined what it means to be a global company working on the internet: we have nearly 400 employees, working from home (or their preferred coworking spaces), around the world. We use our own p2 sites to communicate with each other, and we all spend time doing support rotations with the people who matter most: Our users. (Also: we’re hiring!)

And we’re just getting started: 24% of websites on the internet now use WordPress to power their sites, and we believe there’s more for us to accomplish together to continue to make WordPress.com the engine that powers your creativity, your thoughts and ideas, and your business.

Thank you to everyone who makes this community so special. Here’s to the next 10 years.

10 Years: Automattic & WordPress.com by the Numbers

Total number of posts
2.5 billion
Written with WordPress.com and Jetpack.
Number of languages
137
Used across those 2.5 billion posts.
Number of comments
3 billion
Conversations, encouraging words, passionate debates.
Longest title
19,176 words
On a WordPress.com post.
Longest post ever published
10+ million
Words to share with others.
Total support messages
2.3 million
Between customers and happiness engineers.

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What to Wear to a Concert this Summer



No matter the venue, scene, or genre, enjoying a summer concert is one of the best ways to celebrate the season. Wearing the right outfit means staying comfortable without compromising your style, especially if you’re lounging on the grass or watching the stage with standing room only. Here are some ideas on what to wear to a concert. These summer outfits will keep your event experience worry-free and fashion-forward!

Collared T-Shirt Dress: This outfit is perfect for hot summer weather, and retains a dose of chic urban polish. The collar and hat add structure while establishing the blue and tan color scheme. Denim and leather-toed espadrille flats reflect the colors of the hat, shades, and other accessories. As an important focal point, the artisan white crystal link bracelet features gold chain detailing, faceted white acrylic gems, and woven with navy suede.

What to wear to a concert - Blue Shirt dress with a hat

Dress | Hat | Bracelet | Bag | Sunglasses | Perfume | Shoes

Black Lace Crop Top with Kitty Purse: As a loveable style statement, this casual look is both trendy and unique. A cropped lace camisole and high waisted denim shorts help you beat the heat, and the statement cross-body bag secures easily by your side. Low-key jewelry details like the geometric silver nugget studs and the beaded charm bracelet offer a dash of metallic shine without getting in the way of your dance moves. To coordinate your footwear, simply add a pair of black leather sandals to the mix.

Concert Outfit for Summer - Lace top with cropped denim shorts

Earrings | Purse | Top | Shorts | Bracelet | Shoes

Kimono Cardigan with Peach Details: One of the biggest challenges of an evening summer concert is finding a comfortable look that transitions easily from day to night. Worry no more! This casually elegant outfit features a layered look within a look. Minimalist peach sandals and turquoise tassel earrings can work on their own with a basic white lace tank and jean shorts. When the sun sets and things cool down, a lightweight kimono cardigan can help keep you warm enough. Turquoise accents in the floral cardigan reflect the blue tones of the tasseled earrings.

Day to Night Concert Outfit - Cardigan paired with denim shorts and a white top.

Top | Shorts | Kimono Cardigan | Earrings | Shoes

Embroidered Shorts and Good Vibes: The concert scene is all about good vibes, which is why this graphic tank sets the perfect tone. A comfortable pair of huaraches keeps this look on-trend, while the embroidered textile shorts add a natural bohemian feel. Forest Green Raindrop Earrings add movement and a pop of color. A matching green clutch helps balance the leafy color palette without complicating the look.

These embroidered shorts and white tank top are perfect to wear to an outdoor concert.

Earrings | Shorts | Top | Shoes | Clutch

Scalloped Romper with Gold Accents:  If you’re looking for a refined feminine look that’s still easy to move around in, then this romper playsuit is for you. Light blue fabric, open yoke neck, and scalloped waistline make this an instant outfit classic. Delicate Petite Horseshoe Studs add a subtle dash of gold, and the cross body shoulder bag keeps things light. Add matching wide-strap wedges and a berry lipstick shade that pops!

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Purse | Romper | Earrings | Lipstick | Nail Polish | Shoes

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Early Theme Adopters: Gazette

Gazette is a theme that balances rich functionality with a pleasant, non-obtrusive look. Depending on your site’s needs, you can tweak it to look as stark and clean, or as warm and vibrant as you wish.

Business owners, visual artists, and bloggers of all stripes can find something (or many things) to love about Gazette. The theme is particularly suited for those with image-heavy content: with striking Featured Images, several custom Post Formats, and an optional featured content area on the homepage, it displays your posts with extra visual oomph.

Not sure if it’s the theme for you? Here are four strikingly different sites that make the most of Gazette‘s features.

simple tricks & nonsense

simple tricks & nonsense
Covering the geekier side of film and pop culture, simple tricks & nonsense harnesses Gazette‘s featured content area to highlight some of its greatest hits from the archives. The result is a colorful, engaging homepage that draws the reader in (the custom font in the headings adds a nice touch, too).

Scroll below the fold, and the site’s latest posts are there, each with its own featured image:

simple tricks & nonsesne 2

The colorful grid makes for a pleasing, smooth reading experience, where the reader’s eye is always engaged, but never distracted or disoriented by too much visual stimuli.

depression comix

depression comix

On the more minimalist end of the spectrum we find depression comix, a weekly web comic depicting the daily struggles of people dealing with mental health issues.

The site’s design complements its topic perfectly: using only a Site Logo in the header area, visitors are immediately plunged into a neat grid of posts that mimics the format of the comic itself. Here, Gazette recedes into the background, letting artist Clay’s work do the talking.

Calluna Studios

calluna studios

A professional photographer’s website, Calluna Studios highlights the work of Heather, the woman behind the camera, with a warm, clean look.

The site’s primary navigation menu in the header is stripped to the bare essentials: links to the homepage and the contact page. Our eye immediately wanders to the lovely header image, featuring the silhouette of a family enjoying a beautiful summer sunset outdoors.

calluna studios detail

Heather makes great use of the different Post Formats available in Gazette to highlight her projects in different ways and to avoid an overly monotonous homepage. The row of posts above, for example, features (from left to right) a standard post, an image post, and a gallery post.

If you’d like to see the theme’s Featured Images in action in single-post view, make sure to check out one of these three posts. (Hint: they look gorgeous!)

Back to Spain

back to spain

Back to Spain, a food and lifestyle site by Caitlin, a blogger passionate about cooking and travel, nails a perfect balance between minimalism and vibrancy.

Caitlin’s homepage and her individual posts come alive with beautiful photography, and she uses Gazette‘s full-width Featured Images to great effect throughout her site, like in this post for a patatas arrugadas recipe:

patatas arrugadas
The rest of Caitlin’s site is just as smartly designed, with a well-organized main menu in the header and discreet social links in the footer’s widget area (one of two optional widget areas in Gazette).

Are you using Gazette for your site? Which of the theme’s features is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Accessorize! Six Trends from Style Bloggers This Summer



With summer in full swing, we’ve gathered our favorite accessorizing trends to sport during this sunny season. Summer is definitely the time to show off your creativity when it comes to accessories so don’t be afraid to spice up your looks with fun, vibrant pieces. The way to accessorize is all about effortless layering and adding splashes of color. We’re covering everything from how to rock a bold clutch to layering your jewelry like a pro. Take notes from these style stars so you can sport summer’s hottest accessory trends in style!

1. Belt It!

White dress accessorized with braided belt and denim jacket

If you’re looking for a way to jazz up your simple white romper, accessorize with a patterned belt at the waistline like Jamie Chung did for a playful pattern that will break up the all-white one piece. Her leather tote and leopard flats keep it classic. Throw on a distressed denim jacket, a structured hat, and your chic summer ensemble is complete! (Photo via What The Chung)

2. Arm Party

How to accessorize by layering bracelets

Layering bracelets with different colors and textures will add an extra layer of style to finish off your summer look. Start out accessorizing by layering a bracelet with a simple bangle and go from there. A neutral bag and chic rings complete the look without overdoing it. (Photo via The Viva Luxury)

3. Layer Up

Layered necklaces with white ripped jeans and a summer white top
Layer your long necklaces at different lengths for a tiered, laidback look like blogger, Julie Sarinana. Try wearing a necklace shorter and a necklace longer to achieve this look. The white-on-white ensemble is right on trend. You can easily break it up by adding a pop of interesting pattern from your bag! (Photo via Sincerely Jules)

4. Make A Statement

Statement necklaces with jeans outfit
Copy Grasie Mercedes by breathing new life into your basic jean-and-tee looks with a punchy statement necklace. A bold pink bib necklace or a chunky pearl necklace will update up your tees in no time! Create a polished look by tucking in your shirt and slipping on trendy heels. (Photo via Style Me Grasie)

5. Accessorize with a Pop Of Color

Black lace top with black jeans and turquoise earrings

Brightening up an all-black ensemble is easily done by throwing on chic turquoise earrings for a fresh pop of color. No need for a necklace, but simple bracelet will give a subtle statement. (Photo via Bloglovin)

6. Colorful Clutch

Summer white coat accessorized with a bright yellow clutch
There’s no better way to compliment a white summer dress than to carry a vibrant yellow clutch. Keep it edgy by throwing on a cream leather jacket and shiny metallic sandals. (Photo via StyleCaster)

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