It seems silly, writing a little welcome note on a website, so I took a moment to look it up and it turns out it's entirely apt.
wel·come [wel-kuhm] noun
a kindly greeting or reception, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure: to give someone a warm welcome.And let me just tell you that your arrival to my humble (new) abode brings me a great deal of joy and pleasure!
I've been blogging for a while now, and one day I figured that maybe it's about time I settled down somewhere. Those of you who've been with me from the beginning would know my travels through the different domains from ashlet.blogspot to littlepaperplanes.wordpress.. None of those spaces felt quite right, they certainly didn't look the way I wanted them to, and there was always a sense of discomfort - kind of like when you're renting a friend's apartment for the summer while they're away - nothing is yours, you can't screw nails into the walls to hang things up or change that godawful shower curtain that gives you the heebie-jeebies. As you can tell, I'm not much for renting, I'd much rather plop down that payment and mortgage my way along. So buying a place of my own seemed like the logical thing to do.
The thing about ownership is that you can do exactly what you want to do. Paint the walls, change the font, create more rooms, and decorate each one differently.
I had so much fun putting this entire space together, you should have seen me when I clicked BUY the domain name and the transaction went through successfully! I was dancing like a loon all across my room. It was such a momentous moment! After years of squatting on other people's platforms, I finally have a place to call my own.
What I love about this new space is that I get to have as many virtual rooms as I want which lets me share a whole suite of things with all you lovely people - there's the BLOG (as always), a HOME page (above) where I can change the image on a seasonal basis (kind of like dressing up the foyer for every occasion), there's a CONTACT page should you wish to send some correspondence! Under DAILY you'll find a listing of my favourite places around the www which I thought I should share with all of you as I think we have somewhat similar interests.
Finally, let me tell you about my favourite page of all: ENTERTAINING. Here you'll find an entire series of parties I've hosted at home, and some that I've had the privilege of being a guest at. I love how clicking on the image opens them up into a lightbox for optimal viewing! I hope the page gives you some ideas for entertaining in your own home, from decor to set up to themes and types of food. Feel free to reach out to me for the recipes used or the caterers we had come in for the evening, will be happy to send them to you!
And it seems when I decide to settle down, I do it in a big way! In addition to lavishley.com, you'll also find me on twitter (handle: lavishley) and on instagram as well (again, username is lavishley).
Come in, look around, I do hope you'll enjoy the new place! Part of the joy of blogging isn't too different from entertaining at home - it's about bringing people together, and sharing the good things, be it virtually or in person. I hope you'll be back for more, because I've really grown to enjoy your company.