A Toast and a Thank You

May 29, 2014

You may have noticed I’ve been blatantly absent over the last 6 months.  My post frequency has consistently waned, which I will blame on a few things – notably, my life has completely changed in the last 6 months and for a while, my inspiration went down the drain too.  I also started feeling less attached to this space, as lately I felt I was writing out of sheer obligation to cure the radio silence, rather than a desire to inspire others.  Over the years, I have tried to make this a site where women could come and feel like they learned something practical to put into motion in their own wardrobe, but now I feel there are other sites out there doing it better and with more fervor.

Because my heart is not currently in it, I am going to take a step back from this blog and see where things take me in the future. This is not necessarily a goodbye for ever, but likely an extended break with something new and fresh and more “me” in the future.  Perhaps it’s a new blog, re-branded, fresh, and with a different aim.  Perhaps I come back to this space.  Only time can tell.

Over the 4.5 years since this blog’s inception, I’ve written 471 posts (now 472) and there have been a lot of awesome things that happened to the blog over the years. I moved from blogger to WordPress, I got a big girl camera and my ex-boyfriend painstakingly photographed all of my outfit photos (I am very thankful to him for that).   I was also on the Everygirl (!) and have really honed my style over the past few years into what it is today.  In case you’re interested, my favorite posts (and yours too) have been the Easy to Follow Outfit Ideas (especially this red + animal print one!) and a few of my outfit posts (I will never get over this one, I felt so chic! and I loved this sunshiney post too).

To my readers, especially those who consistently read and commented and made me feel like I was adding something to their life (I am looking at you, Sister… but also Kelly…. “Quiet girl”…. Anne… Gaby…. Sarah T….Sarah M… Liz…. Audrey… and all of you other behind-the-scenes lurkers – ahem, a lot of my in-real-life friends!) a toast and a THANK YOU.  You made this worth it.

I will still be instragramming the crap out of my life at @L_Corso (just changed my name today).  I think my life is pretty amazing right now, and maybe you might like my instagram posts, so check it out.  I post all kinds of things…. quotes, clothes, food, and pictures of my new #urbantomatoplant :)

Lastly, I will also still be taking clients, both remote and in Cincinnati!  So please feel free to contact me!

Love, love, love to you all.  Thanks for the ride.

  • Sarah

    Sad to see you go but at least I still know where to find you 😉 And a big thank you to you for your friendship and continuous outfit inspiration!

  • http://www.puttingmetogether.com Audrey @ Putting Me Together

    Ahhhh so sad, but you being on IG softens it a wholeeeee lot!

  • lena

    I’m sad to see you go. I’ve been a lurker… for a long time but I’ve used your easy to follow outfit ideas to pretty much overhaul my closet and start moving it in a direction that really reflects my style. Heck, your blog is part of what inspired me to reach out and start one of my own.

    Take all the time you need, but secretly know that fingers are crossed that you’ll come back! :)

  • Rachel

    I’ll miss you Lauren! I love your taste and insight and practicality. I shut down a blog once that was really important to me and it was so liberating. Good for you, having the boldness to do something different. Best of luck on this new stage of life!

  • http://www.pennypincherfashion.com/ Kimberly

    Like everyone else said, I’m sad to see this come to an end. I don’t always comment, but I’ve been a daily reader for a while…I love your style and that you always come across as approachable & down-to-earth. Best wishes to you! :)

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

  • Alison

    As your sister, and your ALWAYS and forever cheerleader, I love you and am so proud of all that you did here. I will totally miss StylEx. It was a little escape for me, as a mom, to remind myself that I am still hot and don’t have to wear yoga pants everyday! Can’t wait to see what you will do next little sis…you are amazing!

  • Tracy

    I’ll miss your blog for sure!! Glad you will still do the IG thing – it’s like mini blogging so we will still get to see ya :)

  • Sarah M

    Aw Laur, I so love this toast and farewell. Your authenticity and genuine spirit came through in every post you shared and comes through even moreso as you bow out for now. You are one of the real ones. One is the best;) May all that is to come in this chapter fill you w love and goodness and coffee and wine!!! Ha. Lots of love, Sar

  • http://www.annehoekman.blogspot.com/ Anne

    I will miss (have missed!) your posts but I love that I can keep up with you by way of your lovely, lovely Instagrams – and hopefully in person sometimes too. Henk would love to come along for another wine tasting :) You’ve really been an inspiration in wardrobe (you really did achieve the helpful practical application you were going for, in my case!) but also in self-confidence and self-care – so thank you for that. And good luck figuring out what your next creative venture will be. That could be lots of fun!

  • quietgirl

    I will miss you. Your blog has been one of my favorites. You have a great fashion eye. Quietgirl

  • gabyburger

    Well I’m sure going to miss Stylized Existence, a whole LOT to be honest! But I’m glad that there’s instagram, and I’m so grateful that we became friends! I’m soooo soooo happy for you right now, so happy that everything is going well, and that you finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Good things come to those who are good :) And I never doubted that you were going to be super happy in no time :) I’ll miss this space so much, but I’m glad that I can always reach you :) Big HUG and Kiss!!

  • Wanda

    Wow, so sad. Wish you could reconsider, maybe post the instagram photos here?
    I am one of the silent lurkers who came here everyday and prayed for you when you were missing. If leaving this blog makes your life better, that’s wonderful, but I will sorely miss you on THIS SPOT.
    I don’t do Instagram, so goodbye.

  • Meredith R

    Your attitude is THE BEST. I’ll be following along and cheering for you on instagram! (and buying that wine you just recommended!) Wishing you more success & happiness
    ~Meredith

  • ediot

    lovely post. wish you a great sunday
    x

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