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My Yearly Blog Overhaul

Aug 2, 2013

Probably about once a year I get the itch to redesign my blog. My first header was literally a cupcake and a shoe around the title. After a while I realized my blog wasn't just about cupcakes and shoes, so I needed to convey it a little better with some graphics. A friend, Sarah, threw something together as inspiration for the direction I might want to go:

Using this, which was completely done in Microsoft Paint, by the way (you can do amazing things in Paint!), I asked readers for help and came up with something that was a cross between Sarah's and this:

I wanted to include Noli in there because she is a big part of my life and was going on the journey with me. This graphic ended up on business cards that I still have a few of, but over time, as much as I loved the "wistful" look to the header, I realized it wasn't quite hitting the mark. I was reading a lot of Jen Lancaster at the time and was finding my voice was a lot snarkier than it was wistful, and when "Trendy Fall Hair Fail" became wildly popular (and remains my most popular post), I knew I needed to lighten the mood.

A couple of years ago a fellow blogger's friend offered to re-do a few of the blogs in our circle of blogger friends. (I was going to try to mesh "blogger" and "friends" together so the sentence would read better and also so I might come up with a new, catchy phrase that would go viral and make me famous, but it would either be "blends," which doesn't make sense, or "floggers," which is not okay at all.) For a very small fee, she came up with a redheaded-city-girl themed design that was better than anything I could have done.

But, within a year, I was bored again. Having found the perfect shade of red for my hair and having run out of cash with which to redecorate due to my unexpected move, the only reasonable style I could change was my blog. So I bought a few images off of Stock Photo, pulled up Paint, and came up with something new. 

It wasn't the most awesome ever, but I thought it conveyed what I wanted to say pretty well. I knew the tagline needed to change -- I was no longer wistful but rather, after five years living in DC, I felt grounded, focused and inspired. 

So here I am, a year or so later, and I'm ready for a change again. This was mainly prompted by me trying to add social media "follow" buttons, and although I triple-checked the html code and everything is correct, only the Instagram button will appear. The more I messed with the layout, the more things got jumbled. I needed a professional again.

I took a shot on Etsy, and very happily I found someone willing to redesign my blog for only $25! Even if it's not amazing, anything will be better than it is now. (P.S. You can buy templates for around the same price or less, but I wanted something custom.) 

In the meantime, I changed the header and layout to make it more readable since the layout changes had made everything, including the header, wonky. Plus, I got a little "fix" of redecorating something. #winwin

Ehh, it's okay. It will be replaced soon. As you can see, I'm playing around with the tagline again. So, dear readers, I'm asking once again for your suggestions. What is Cupcakes & Shoes to you? Do you have any ideas for the design? Is there anything you'd like to see more of or less of on here content-wise? 

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