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Word of the Year: Revival

Revival (noun): a process by which something starts to grow, develop, or become successful again.  An awakening, relaunch or rebirth.

2018 was 12-months of broken promises, dashed hopes, and struggle.  One step forward, two steps back.  But it’s a New Year, and a fresh opportunity to begin again.  My goal is to do a hard reset, and begin rebuilding.

And in that spirit, it’s time to undo a mistake I made a few years ago.  A small error, but a choice I made that I’ve just never felt quite right about.

The Work Edit was a rebrand that just never caught on.  Like New Coke.  The Work Edit just didn’t have the same flow, the same emotional attachment.  Every time I told someone the name of my blog, it just didn’t fit.  Like calling your child by the wrong name.

And so, with a new job under a different dome, Capitol Hill Style is back in business.  It’ll take a few days to sew up the changes and put it all together.  But, baby, we’re back to being Capitol Hill Style.

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  1. RR says:

    Love it! I always missed Capitol Hill Style and still called it that when referring to it. LOVE the logo.

    January 14, 2019/Reply
    • irmck says:

      Agree! Welcome back!

      January 16, 2019/Reply
  2. JW says:

    Yay! The new logo is perfect and love the official switch back. I was never able to adjust to the new name — CapitolHillStyle just fits the blog so perfectly. You do such a great job with this site, we are all grateful! <3

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  3. Dee says:

    That is a killer logo.

    As Shakespeare’s sister would’ve written, “A wonderful blog by any other name will smell just as sweet…” but I’m excited for YOU to be getting where you want to be!!

    I also am foreseeing maybe…. brooches or pins or pendants with that logo? We can all wear them to our local meetups (I’m in Atlanta!) or as little wink-nudges to our working sisters in style on other days! Thoughts????

    January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Em says:

      I want a pin!

      January 14, 2019/Reply
      • Kate says:

        outstanding thought.

        January 15, 2019/Reply
    • Margaret says:

      Yes to meetups – as a fellow ATL person!

      January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Stefanie S. says:

      Also in ATL – would love to meet up!

      January 15, 2019/Reply
  4. Annie says:

    I don’t know why this makes me so, so happy! It just feels right. Love it!!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  5. pompom says:

    This is fabulous! I’ll read ya whatever your name is. But I agree with the previous poster: that logo is fierce.

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  6. Lauren says:

    So glad Capitol Hill Style is back! I loved the old name and welcome its return with open arms! (Though, I *only* just stopped typing the old web address in my browser.) Revival is a great word for 2019 — good luck 🙂

    January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Mila says:

      Ditto!! Welcome back, Capitol Hill Style!!

      January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Jen W. says:

      I’ve never made the switch to typing in the new name! I’m glad CapHillStyle is back.

      January 14, 2019/Reply
      • KLC says:

        LOL same! I still type in Caphillstyle!

        January 14, 2019/Reply
        • RKT says:

          Same.

          January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Alex says:

      Same – I STILL type CapHillStyle into the browser bar!

      January 14, 2019/Reply
  7. Catherine Andrews says:

    Yes! I’ve always missed the original name and branding. Glad it’s back. I think you made the right choice 🙂

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  8. MC says:

    CHS FOREVER! I am so happy you are making the switch back. I’ve been keeping your redirect busy for the past few years.

    Also – echoing a comment below, I would LOVE to meetup with other CHS readers (Former DC-er now in Pittsburgh).

    January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Chloe says:

      ooh I would totally do this. I’m in Boston now!

      January 14, 2019/Reply
      • Evie says:

        Hello, Boston neighbor!

        I’m echoing everyone else’s suggestions for a reader meetup 🙂

        January 14, 2019/Reply
        • Dani says:

          Yes! Very recent transplant from DC to PGH. Definitely would do a meetup!

          January 14, 2019/Reply
        • anna c says:

          I’m in Boston – I’m totally in for a meet-up!

          January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Alex says:

      I’m also a former DC-er now back in Pittsburgh. I wonder if there are others!

      January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Jenn S. says:

      I’m from an area that (way too generously) considers itself a suburb of DC and now live in PGH – never in politics, but I’d be interested!

      January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Lynne says:

      I’m a former DCer returned to Pittsburgh as well!

      January 14, 2019/Reply
  9. Crystal says:

    Thrilled at your choice to revert back to CHS! I know I’m biased as a DC resident, but it fits the blog so perfectly. <3

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  10. Meghan says:

    That new logo! Amaze.

    As the other commenters have said, thank you for all your ongoing hard work to make this one of my favorite communities on the internet or otherwise. We are so grateful for what you’ve built, and continue to build, for us.

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  11. sbe says:

    The logo is fantastic!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  12. Kristen says:

    2018 was an extremely challenging year for me, as well. I hope 2019 brings great things to both of us.

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  13. Anna says:

    The Work Edit was fine (even if to me it looked like “The Worked It” in whenever I saw it on the address but), but I still type caphilllstyle to get to your blog. I think it’s a testament to how great this blog is that your readers stick with you through all the rebrandings. Even if you’re not on the Hill and neither are many of your readers, Capitol Hill Style speaks to your story and the history of the blog, and you can’t go wrong with that. Keep up the great work!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Kate says:

      Same here on reading “The Worked It” and sticking to the original URL! : )

      January 14, 2019/Reply
  14. CL says:

    I love the work edit name but agree it’s too limiting. Would you consider maybe using it as a category of work related post. Unrelated, do any ladies here that rarely get sick have tips on how to avoid the flu and common cold? Anything except for the obvious such as getting sleep, exercise and washing hands often.

    January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Erica says:

      Staying hydrated with water & adding emergen-c packets!

      January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Rea says:

      Last year I was spending a ton of time with a sick relative in multiple hospitals, in and around sick people at the peak of flu season (along with the added stress of having a relative in the hospital). I started to regularly take Emergen-C each morning, and placebo or not, I never got sick, even when my whole family got the flu.

      January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Janine says:

      I’m not sure if this is obvious or not, but I’ve gotten sick a lot less since getting the flu shot in October each year.

      January 15, 2019/Reply
  15. Amanda says:

    Random suggestion. I’d love to see a politics-centered variation of https://wornontv.net/ where you link photos of great outfits worn by women in office with the actual piece or comparable knock-offs! BEST OF LUCK on the retro-rebrand. Retrobrand? All this means your concept was always GOLD from the start!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Kate says:

      what an enticing recommendation

      January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Crystal says:

      YES. I love this idea.

      January 14, 2019/Reply
      • Sarah says:

        I would love to know what the blue dress is that Nancy Pelosi had on in a photo shoot shortly after her reelection. And, let’s be real, a cheaper, similar option.

        January 15, 2019/Reply
  16. lulu says:

    Great decision! looks like a lot of us were nostalgic of the old name

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  17. B says:

    Yay! I love that logo. I feel like I just got used to The Work Edit, but it didn’t feel like quite the same community it once was.

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  18. Jessica says:

    WAHOO!!!!!!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  19. Lynn says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a decade now, and when the name changed, I still typed caphillstyle to get here. Half the time I don’t remember the name changed at all, even though it’s there at the top of the screen. So…sorry, but also yay!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  20. kay says:

    echoing all the other comments to say, i still always type in ‘caphillstyle’ and think of this blog that way – very happy you’ll be using that name going forward!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  21. Elle says:

    Yay!! I’m so happy to hear this! Love that you are going back to what feels right for you (and based on the comments for many of us!) I don’t work on the hill or even remotely close but your blog has always been a great source of inspiration for me! Looking forward to another great year with you!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  22. lINA says:

    Hah, I’m glad to see it back- I still type on “cap hill style” when I’m looking for it in my browser. well done!!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  23. KW says:

    Longtime reader and am excited for the return of CapHillStyle. I adore the new logo – it is incredible looking! Congrats!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  24. Jennifer says:

    Yay for the turn back to CHS but with a new and very cool logo! I continued to read and love the content but always thought The Work Edit was a little too generic.

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  25. Danielle says:

    Just want to say that it takes a lot of courage to admit when something isn’t working out the way you planned, and to publicly shift (back) your strategy. I admire and am inspired by your transparency and moxie. I’ve been a reader since the very beginning and am thrilled that CHS is back. Bravo!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  26. Sarah says:

    Welcome back 🙂

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  27. Laura says:

    Yahoo!! Congrats on the rebrand. I still had “CHS” in my bookmarks and refused to change soooo I’m happy it’s back. Here’s to 2019!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  28. SArah says:

    Love the logo and so excited to go back to CHS. The perfection description for you! Very excited for the year to come!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  29. emily says:

    Long-time reader … thrilled CapitolHillStyle is back!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  30. Em says:

    Love the new logo!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  31. Kate says:

    Yes! So good for 2019!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  32. Chelle says:

    Yay!!!! I’ve stumbled over the name a million times since the rebrand because CapHillStyle is such an integral part of my professional life (I mean, going from Belle to Abra was hard enough! lol). Whatever you call it, this blog is one of the best parts of the internet, but it’s nice to be bringing back the dome 🙂

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  33. aar1 says:

    Praises up! Welcome back!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  34. Lacey says:

    YAY!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  35. Eve says:

    I get that the coat hanger is meant to refer to clothes, but…..coat hanger symbolism makes my eyebrow pop up immediately and not in a good way. You know what I mean.

    January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Sometimes a hanger is just a coat hanger. Until this moment, I don’t think anyone has ever made a connection besides clothes hang in a closet on hangers.

      January 14, 2019/Reply
    • Annie says:

      Oh, good grief.

      January 15, 2019/Reply
    • Stefanie S. says:

      Oh sweet Jesus. I think you should have stopped at “I get that the coat hanger is meant to refer to clothes.”

      January 15, 2019/Reply
    • Kim says:

      Yeah, not a clue what you’re trying to connect here. A coat hanger for a style blog is 100% appropriate.

      January 15, 2019/Reply
      • Eve says:

        Are you serious? Coat hangers refer to abortions that women have had to resort to when abortion is made illegal. They were performed with all kinds of instruments, including unbent coat hangers. Women died as a result. And in today’s political climate, with fewer and fewer legal facilities in so many places, especially those with disadvantaged populations, many will again. Everyone please quit rolling your eyes and instead open your eyes to the reality of today. A coat hanger used in a blog oriented towards women says “This is for a certain kind of following” to me, and is seriously offensive.

        January 18, 2019/Reply
        • Belle says:

          If you think there is a woman here who isn’t aware of the issue surrounding reproductive rights, then you are seriously mistaken. But I don’t do unfounded outrage, its just a hanger. It’s been just a hanger for 10 years.

          January 18, 2019/Reply
  36. Kathleen H Lisson says:

    Yay! Back to your roots!
    Kathleen

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  37. Lexi says:

    Yay! I’m one of the people that never stopped calling it Capitol Hill Sytle 🙂

    Here’s to a killer 2019!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  38. asiah says:

    YAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Love the new logo!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  39. Sof says:

    I love it! I still call your blog Cap Hill Style, welcome home.

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  40. Sarah says:

    Love seeing the name back again!!

    January 14, 2019/Reply
  41. Lindsay says:

    Ha i totally subconsciously agreed with you! I never changed my bookmark from “Capitol Hill Style” and when referencing it in conversation (not that i do it all the time), I refer to it as Capitol Hill Style. Part of it might be that i work in a state Capitol and will forever be biased toward a Capitol dome. 🙂

    Love that you’re going back to your roots – albeit with a fresh look and a new swagger. Congrats!

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  42. Boston Fan says:

    A big yaaaassss to this decision! “Don’t call it a comeback [she’s] been here for years.” Congrats!

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  43. Shelley Todd says:

    Yay! I could never remember the new name. I love your blog!

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  44. Merilynn says:

    Totally agree! Capitol Hill Style is iconic- never let it go again!

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  45. Meredith says:

    I love that you are making big moves to do what will make you happy. The beginning of a law career is HARD for so many reasons. Here is to more happiness 2019! (Also, agreed, that logo is boss.)

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  46. Orla says:

    YAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!😁

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  47. Jen says:

    That’s the best news! I’ve missed the Capitol Hill Style name! I’ve loved the blog for at least 6 years now, and I’m thrilled to see it return as the original. Good luck, you’re doing great!

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  48. Nel says:

    YES!!!!! So excited about this. I still type in “cap hill style” into my browser, and never stopped calling this blog by that name. LOVE this! What a wonderful way to start the week 🙂

    January 15, 2019/Reply
    • Allison says:

      Adding mine to the chorus of long-time readers who are happy to see a reversion back to CapHillStyle. I liked The Work Edit, and I was on board (not that it mattered) with a switch. But I think CapHillStyle works so well because even if you’re no longer on THAT Capitol Hill, it seems to be where you found your voice and became the blogger/content creater/person that we all know and respect. Here’s to more revivals!

      January 15, 2019/Reply
  49. KH says:

    LOVE the new logo and as many other said, I never made the change in my head. Here’s to 2019!

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  50. Kara says:

    Was the change really a few years ago? I have always referred to your blog as Capitol Hill Style! Happy to see it’s back! 🙂

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  51. Jen says:

    Yay! Count me in with the number of ladies who always still referred to it as CHS!. Congrats! xo

    PS: Also, I so appreciate your willingness to pivot. In this day and age, so many people are fixated on always being right. It’s lovely to see you respond to things and adjust, as we all should and do in our own lives.

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  52. Marina says:

    Amen! So happy to have CHS back. And 2018 sucked for so many of us, that I am hoping this revival can be extended to me as well. Take care, Belle.

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  53. Alycia says:

    Yay! 2019 will hopefully bring good things to us all.

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  54. ORLA says:

    Praise be!! It has always been, and will always will be, Capitol Hill Style! Onwards and upwards for 2019! 🙂

    January 15, 2019/Reply
  55. Gigi says:

    Yes! This makes me so happy! Love the logo!

    January 16, 2019/Reply
  56. Rachel Alessandra Malis says:

    YES! My relief is palpable.

    January 16, 2019/Reply
  57. Amanda says:

    YAY!! I was still referring to it as Capitol Hill style 🙂

    January 17, 2019/Reply
  58. Jennifer Jensen says:

    Does this mean I’m not the only one who still types in “caphillstyle” into my browser every time to find this blog?

    January 18, 2019/Reply
  59. Jennifer says:

    Yay! Welcome back!

    January 26, 2019/Reply
  60. Liz says:

    Just wanted to give you a heads-up that your “About” section still references The Work Edit… 🙂

    Cheers!

    January 15, 2020/Reply

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