Doodle Dog Creative is a creative agency headquartered in Dallas and Austin, Texas, specializing in branding solutions, website design and development and search engine optimization. We create smile worthy concepts that capture personality and inspire brands.
Doodle Dog is proud to announce a totally new look for a Top 100 wedding blog: Belle The Magazine. With a completely redesigned layout and functionality, Belle has taken its online presence to the next level; a unique photo navigation lets readers filter their content with ease, and preferred vendors are now showcased with a collage-style directory. This image-driven content is a unique way to show off Belle The Magazine’s exceptional content and draw in readers with beautiful photos. Belle The Magazine is sure to enjoy continued success as one of the most popular wedding blogs in the country with this revamped look that is both modern and elegant.
Meet the founder and editor in chief of Belle the Magazine, Alex. We adored her sweet personality and smart professionalism – and she was kind enough to share a spotlight interview with us! Get the inside scoop:
What is the name of your business?
Belle The Magazine | The Wedding Blog for The Sophisticated Bride
How long have you been in business?
I started in 2005 with a printed version of the magazine (which is no longer available) and in 2009 with the blog.
What do you do?
We’re a bridal blog that brings a a daily dose of chic wedding ideas to our readers. From stunning affairs and breath-taking gowns to round-ups of the best in weddings from around the web and everything in between, we create a carefully curated collection of advice, ideas and inspiration to help our visitors on the planning of their dream wedding.
Why did you start your business?
As most wedding bloggers, I started in the wedding industry as a bride looking for resources to create my own wedding. I saw a lack of a wedding resource that appeal to brides like me on my local market, that’s when I decide to create a print regional magazine, Belle The Magazine. The blog was born as a digital complement of the print version, but slowly the blog took over my time and resources. I quickly discover that my wedding ideas and advice appeal to a wider audience than just the local brides. And Belle The Magazine “The Wedding Blog for The Sophisticated Bride” established itself as a trusted, stylish and creative wedding planning resource amongs brides and wedding industry professionals alike.
What is unique about your business?
We bring our readers a daily dose of chic wedding ideas. Our readers are stylish engaged girls and we deliver a carefully curated collection of advice, ideas, resources and inspiration to help them create the wedding of their dreams.
Why did you decide to work with Doodle Dog?
A number of my blogging colleagues used Doodle Dog and I LOVED their designs. I wanted a designer that knew the wedding industry, who can create modern, stylish websites and who could understand my brand and my needs as a blogger. I wanted to evolve my brand and I needed someone to share and help me out on my journey, and Doodle Dog was the perfect match.
What’s your favorite part of your new look?
I love my header and the interactive galleries. A cleaner, but not boring look is something I was looking for a long time and I finally got it.
Tell us about your family.
I live in El Paso Texas with my husband and our three gorgeous boys + three adorable dogs. We’re very creative – my 3 children play musical instruments, music is highly encourage on our household. We are also very active, we love taking walks and bike rides, playing tennis, doing yoga or running the track.
I’m originally from Chihuahua, Mexico – so my parents and my huge extended family still live there. I moved to the United States 14 years ago to attend college, my brother followed my steps and now he lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and kids.
Do you have any pets? What are their names?
I have 3 dogs. Our oldest is Jack, he is a chocolate lab and the sweetest and most loyal dog ever. Then comes Rocky, he is a boxer and his strong, yet fragile and extremely friendly. And finally we have Oreo a black Schnauzer that is full of energy, and probably hasn’t realized that he is a dog. We also have a fish-tang where we have had several types of fish, crabs, snails, etc – but Mr. Bubbles, a black goldfish has been with us the longest (around 4 years).
Where do you like to shop?
I’m not a huge shopper. I believe in spending your money on timeless pieces and save as much as possible on trends. My favorite store is Zara. But, there is no Zara in town, so I have to relay on my travels to shop there. I would like to say that here in town my usual shopping is a mix of H&M, Express and Forever 21, however you’ll find me at Michael Kors more often that I would like to admit.
Describe yourself and your style.
My style is classic and feminine with an edge. I’m a Libra, so I believe in balance – never too much, but never too little. My aesthetic philosophy consist of a clean canvas with statement accents. My go to look is black skinny jeans and a white blouse, then I accent it and mix it up with a statement necklaces or a colorful scarfs, killer shoes or a leather jacket and boots (it depends on the occasion). At my home you’ll find that neutral colors dominate and the accessories are eclectic in style and very colorful.
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere.: movies, people on the streets, books… Lover of all things pretty, I can’t help myself but to get inspired by every moment of life. I also follow closely many other wedding blogs – I would like to mention some, but there is SO many good ones out there I would not like to forget anyone. My fellow bloggers keep me in the loop of what’s happening in the wedding blog, as well as inspire me to create new and exciting content.
A Day in the life of you consist of:
My day basically revolves around my kids, I take advantage of the time when they are in school to work, and it varies a lot from day to day. But, more or less it goes as follows: Wake up at 6:00am, eat a bowl of mini-wheats with strawberries and almond milk, get the kids breakfast, get them ready and take them to school, walking for 15 min, COFFEE time, blogging, pick up the kids from school, after school activities, they do homework while I do more blogging, if we have time do an outdoor activity, put the kids to bed and finally me-time.
Is there anything else you would like to mention?
Thank you Nikki for my beautiful site. It was a pleasure working with someone who is professional and reliable at all times!