If you’re coming over from my previous blog, Mrs in Training, welcome!
This switch has been a long time coming. I started Mrs in Training when I was engaged and we had just bought our house. As the years went on, I found myself blogging about so much more than marriage – home decor, recipes, parties and fashion. With the birth of my daughter, Guinevere, I also threw in some motherhood posts. As I become more comfortable as a personal style/lifestyle blogger, I became less enamored with the name “Mrs in Training” and have spent the last two years bouncing potential names off of Tyler and my friends.
At one point, my blog made an appearance on the snark forums (which I will admit I adore and read daily) Get Off My Internets, and there were comments by posters judging me immediately for my name. I already knew I didn’t like it, but to see how a first time visitor would view me was constructive. And then, when I went to the Blissdom blog conference in March, I received even more feedback about my blog name not being a good representation of me. The hunt was on.
I didn’t want to pigeonhole myself into just fashion blogging or mommy blogging – I know that while right now I love doing personal style posts, next year I might be all about home decor. I wanted a name that could represent all areas of my life – more accurately, represents ME.
I knew I wanted “modern” in the name. From our home decor style (our tastes are strongly mid-century modern – our great room definitely reflects that!) to my lifestyle (I’m a working mother, interested in fashion and decor and social events), I believe that it is a good reflection of me. The rest of the name was tough. For months I kicked around “Modern Mama” but I thought the “mama” forced me into mommy blogger territory and that it might not grow with me. Not to mention, Guinevere doesn’t actually call me mama, and I thought “Modern Mommy” sounded ridiculous. Still, I wavered – I only 95% liked it, and I was terrified of changing my name, then finding THE ONE months later.
One day, my friend suggested using “Camelot” in my blog title, and that was it – I saw fireworks. Modern Camelot was born.
The obvious answer is that my daughter’s name is Guinevere. Tyler picked her name from his favorite book, The Once and Future King by T.H. White. My interest in Arthurian legend has been vast ever since he suggested (demanded) that she be named Guinevere.
The secondary answer is what Camelot stands for. Camelot was the legendary home of King Arthur, his Knights of the Round Table, and his beloved Queen Guinevere. There are many different definitions, including:
- An idyllic place or period of great happiness
- A place of idealized beauty, peacefulness and enlightenment
- A place associated with glittering romance and optimism
GLITTERING ROMANCE AND OPTIMISM. Yes and yes. Camelot is more than a place…its a moment, and a life. And those things? Happiness, beauty, peacefulness, enlightenment, romance and optimism? That’s MY life.
Additionally, the term “Camelot era” was used in reference to the John F. Kennedy administration. The first family was considered glamorous, young, fashionable, and media cultured. Not to mention, Jackie O was a bit of a fashionista herself, which certainly works well with my current preference of outfit of the day posts.
All around…it feels like a perfect fit. So welcome! I’m so excited about a fresh start over here, and I have a lot of house cleaning I want to do. I am really excited about the switch to WordPress and plan to take advantage of it to create more customization. I’m going for a cleaner look with easier navigation, and things like drop-down navigation bars, rotating “popular posts” widgets, and tabbed sidebar widgets are in the works.
Two changes you’ll see now are my “house tour” and “ootd” pages linked from the header. The goal for “house tour” is to have images of rooms in my house that link to a post about them. You’ll see a few up already – Guinevere’s nursery and playroom and our great room. I have old posts with pictures of other rooms from our house, but don’t love the pictures, so expect new posts soon with updates and plans.
For the “ootd” page, I plan to create a gallery of thumbnails to link to the posts. Previously on Blogger, if you clicked my “fashion” tag you would have to scroll through dozens of posts – and I litter my posts with rambling thoughts of the day. I thought this would be a more efficient way to share inspiration.
Additionally, I plan to sort them in the next few weeks – by season, item type, and a new feature you’ll see launched next week, “playground pretty” as I start to tackle the awkward (for me) transition from dresses and heels to clothes that let me keep up with a busy two year-old – and still feel cute and trendy. As much as I love my more creative outfits, I get the most positive feedback on outfits that I find boring, but others find practical, accessible and still cute – so I want to share that.
Now for the business side – I will NOT be updating Mrs in Training any more. If you follow me on Google Reader, Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin’, or any other RSS feed reader, you may not see future posts. So I beg you to please start following me here through Modern Camelot on Bloglovin’, through an RSS feed, or subscribe via email (which you can do in my sidebar!). If you already “like” my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter or Instagram it should just update my name. If you don’t – I’d love to have you join the chaos
Also, as I work out the kinks here, I would LOVE feedback. Find it difficult to find something? Dislike something about leaving comments? Prefer a better way to navigate? Or even content – I’d love to hear what type of posts you love, and what you want to see more of (or less of!) I LOVE feedback and constructive criticism (I may have been the first blogger to ever get excited about criticism on GOMI, HA!) so you will never be blocked or have comments deleted for anything you say here
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