February 2014



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Welcome to Lion + Maven!

For those of me that followed me on my old website, Chi Gal Lauren, thanks for stopping by to check out my new blogging home! For those who just happened to come across my blog, thanks for popping in!

Today is a very exciting day for me because it is the official “launch” of this beautiful new website you see before you, Lion + Maven. I previously had a blog over on wordpress.com called Chi Gal Lauren.  For quite some time I knew that I wanted to make some changes to the site. My blog has grown up so much since I wrote my first post on Blogger back in 2010; the experiences I’ve had and the amazing friends I’ve made along the way have made this thing called “blogging” so much more than just authoring a blog. The things that I share on my blog are some of my true passions in life and I love that I have the opportunity to share those experiences with people all across the world. I also love the fact that I can go back and read my old posts to reminisce a bit, it’s the best journal I could ask for!

So…with my content evolving and maturing I felt that now was the perfect time for Chi Gal Lauren to get a facelift! Enter: Lion + Maven!


Thanks to my wonderful, talented, and very patient friend Laura Nash of LL Creative, my new blogging home www.lionandmaven.com has come alive! Laura and I actually first “met” through commenting on each other’s blogs, just one of the many examples of my little baby, chigallauren.com, bringing really great people into my life. She had my new site up, running, and looking fantastic in a very short amount of time and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you! Chi Gal Lauren will stay up and running for the next month or so until I make sure all the last bits and pieces are transitioned, but all new (and old) content will now appear on Lion + Maven.

Interested in the name? Choosing a new name was no easy task and I spent months mulling over different names and asking friends for help. My friend Lindsey who blogs over at The Garden Apt threw Maven out there and it just stuck. I really liked the word maven and thought it sounded pretty and feminine, but little did I know that the definition of maven is actually expert or connoisseur; a trusted expert in a particular field who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. Not that I really consider myself a “connoisseur” of anything, but it felt like a pretty good fit. Lion comes from the fact that 1) my zodiac sign is Leo and  2) lions are beautiful, strong animals-so why not? And that, in a nutshell, is how Lion + Maven was born!


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 So….take a look around my new site and let me know what you think!  Hope you stick around for the exciting things to come!

  • Lindsay @ The Garden Apt.

    Yay! The site looks absolutely beautiful, and I can’t wait to read all the exciting things you’ve got planned!

  • Laura Nash

    Yes! So excited for you! I am so happy with the way it all came together… it looks so “you” 🙂 Congrats my dear! And also very grateful I met you through the blogging world 🙂

    • Thanks Laura! You’re the best! Couldn’t have done it without you-so glad you got my “vision” 🙂

  • Monica Modzelewski

    Love the new site! It looks amazing Lauren!

  • Yes! Yes! It is so perfect — congrats! That lion is FIERCE and so are you:)

    • Haha thanks Laurie! I’ll do my fierce best 😉

  • Katie @ Live Half Full

    I love it! Looks beautiful too!

  • The site looks gorgeous! Congrats! I’m so excited to follow the Lion and Maven!


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