Welcome to TarynWilliford.com!

I am so excited to write this post today. After several years of blogging about food and parties for my blog, Formal Fringe, I took a cold, hard look in the proverbial mirror and asked myself one really important question: What do you want?

It’s so simple, but so difficult to nail down: What do you want? I want a cookie and some spare cash to buy this bag. But I also want to be happy. I want to build something and some place online I can be proud of. I want to be a lifestyle expert. I want to build my brand. Once I gave myself a moment to be introspective and honest about what I wanted for my home online, I discovered that my goal isn’t so much to grow a publication as much as it is to grow myself.

So I decided to fold Formal Fringe over into an eponymous lifestyle blog with a new domain and a new focus. Formal Fringe was about food and parties, but Taryn Williford is about a lot of different things. I’ll still write about food and entertaining and DIY projects, but I also want to share what I’m reading and watching, and bring you stories about building a creative career.

Tarynwilliford.com is a new site with a new mission: To share stories and ideas to help creative people make their mark. So take a look around (we’re totally mobile optimized now!) and let me know what you think.

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Building this new site has been challenging, but completely rewarding. Besides the new focus, there are a few extras on this new site that deliver added content and hopefully make it easier to get around. Here are my favorites:

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You can quickly navigate the latest posts in our four main channels—Gatherings, Lifestyle, Career and Culture—right from the home page. Or drill down into deeper topics, like the food and entertaining categories in Gatherings.

Browse By Category. Blog Theme Feature.

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There’s added content available inside each main channel. Inside these menus, you’ll find links to my favorite tags and categories, plus links to some relevant reads I think you’ll find interesting.

Category Menus. Blog Theme Feature.

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I’m always sharing my favorite buys in posts, but I wanted to make it easy for you to see whatever I’m most coveting right now. This section in the sidebar highlights whatever is currently in my shopping cart.

Latest Find. Blog Theme Feature.

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In the past 12 months, more than 40% of traffic to my site was coming from smartphones and tablets (and it’s growing every day). When I decided to take the plunge and bring everything in to a site and brand with my name at the masthead, priority number one was making sure the new site looked as great on mobile screens as it does on a desktop.

Why Your Lifestyle Blog Should Be Mobile Responsive

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Because I’ve expanded the focus of what I’m writing about, you might visit some pages and hear crickets. That just means I’m itching to fill up these new categories—career, money, travel and pop culture—with new content very soon. So make sure you’re subscribed to get all the new stuff. Get new posts through the the RSS feed or by following me on social media:

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Here’s another new feature: I’m introducing an email list very, very soon. I’ll send out a “letter from the editor” each month, along with a few links to my favorite recent posts. Get in on the action now!


If you’re interested in details about the new site design, check out the colophon. And please let me know what you think!


  • April 15, 2015 10:00 am

    I love the new design and new feel of the blog. I have to say I am especially excited to hear what you are reading and watching/listening to. I love your style and know we have similar tastes in a lot of areas, so I am extremely excited for you to share more and for me to lose even more time on your blog!

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