First off I have to say thank you for being so patient with our sporadic, random, and lack of postings this week. I caught a nasty flu-like, incessant headache, cold/flu/virus and have not quite been myself. Luckily we have had our new writer, Amanda, there to pick up some slack.

Vlad and I wanted to update you on some Purse Blog and Purse Forum happenings (really, we should check in more often!). We are working on a site re-design that we both are awaiting like kids giddy for Christmas morning. We love our design now, but it is time to bring it up a notch and phase out the colorful and funky designs and bring in a more sophisticated magazine look. Vlad is working with our design team to get this up and running in the soonish future. I always want the results much sooner than they can be delivered, so I am thinking sometime in August. The new design will also be incorporated into the Purse Forum.

The Purse Forum has become one of the top 50 busiest forums on the web. We have 126,898 (as of 9:56 am EST, July 25, 2008) and are adding around 200 new members a day. Where do they all come from? Well, everywhere and it is insane. But thank you all for coming, registering, and being part of our community! If I were Vlad I would dish out other stats and numbers, which he loves to do (something like 295,747 threads and 7,039,594 posts and much more), but I am not and this is about all I know for now.

In other news, we are looking to open three new sites in the next month. We have been working on them, another reason we have been really busy, and are excited to finally launch. One I somewhat dabbled with previously but have not been following through regularly. It is My Couture and will be related to all things fashion oriented, from Designer Fashion to Designer Accessories. We will start working on this regularly next month. The other two sites I will not reveal quite yet, but they are both directly related to Purse Blog and I am super excited!

Our new focus for Purse Blog is bringing you product reviews of bags. Our review section will continue to grow as we bring you exclusive product photography of some of the latest and greatest bags. Vlad is the photographer, as he is a huge photography buff, and this has continued to merge my passion of handbags with his passion of photography. We hope you enjoy this new addition to Purse Blog and we know that it is setting us apart from other handbag and fashion sites.

Lastly, we have hired our first full-time employee who will begin working for us August 1st. Vlad and I work full time on Purse Blog and Purse Forum and the added help is much needed! Furthermore, we absolutely love our new employee (it is my sister, of course we love her!) and are looking forward to having her on board and continuing to expand our business. We will tell you more about my sister once she arrives.

This is all we have in news right now, but I think it was time to update you all so you know a bit of what is going on. Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Thank you for your continued support and we will get backs to the bags now :mrgreen:

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