Style Lush was created over three years ago by a group of bloggers who simply wanted to share their stylish tastes with a bigger blogging community. Those tastes have varied over the years, from cute shoes to the best gift recommendations to travel tips to make-up to everything else. (Hey, even lingerie!) Nothing was off-limits. I told the writers that if it was something they loved, someone else might love it too.
We launched in October of 2009 and, oh, it was so much fun to see the page views roll in that first day. I was giddy! (I still remember one of our first posts. It was this one, about stretching the value of your flower bouquets.) People were clicking and refreshing and reading and, really, the giddiness hasn't worn off that people still click and refresh and read.
What started as a little idea became a real, big thing, and that's cool no matter how you slice it.
Over the years, we've kept and gained readers and without you (yes, you! reading this right now!), there would be no need to talk shoes or make-up or whatever else has shown up in this space. We wrote because you read. We are so grateful for you, there are no adequate words for the gratitude.
It's with that gratitude that I must share the sad news that Style Lush is closing its metaphorical doors for the indefinite future. Our last day of new posts will be February 1st (next Friday) and while our archives will live for the foreseeable future (please visit and search often; it will bring us a lot of comfort to know we might continue to serve you in some small way), our days of bringing you pretty new finds are ending.
Unfortunately, the site has just become bigger than the time I have to run it, and I can't manage it in the way it deserves. The ideas are plenty, but the time is short, and my offline life calls me to give it more attention. It's a good life, it really deserves to be heard.
I've been part of the blogging community for almost six years and the gifts it has given me are countless and deep and beautiful. Nothing more so than this site (and its sister site, Food Lush), and the sites' writers and readers. Thank you for reading, commenting, and supporting us over the years. Those words feels so small, so tiny, in comparison to how I feel, but thank you all the same. Thank you.
I do ask that you continue to support the writers, as they start new online adventures. They are gifted and talented and funny and just absolutely worth getting to know better, if you don't know them already. You can find them here: Elizabeth, Leah, Christina, Jess, Manda, Emily, Beth, Elisabeth, Sara, A'Dell, Meredith, Janet, Rebecca, Hillary, Megan, Tara, Jen, Jenny, and Tara.
Again, there will be new posts up next week (and a few of those posts will be a fun look back at the past three years) so please stop in during our last full week.
After that, please accept our most heartfelt and grateful goodbye.
(If you know me aside from the Lush sites, I have written another goodye on my personal blog.)