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04 January 2008

Alright ladies and gents...

I think the redesign is almost complete...please let me know what you think. Be brutally honest! Is it too busy??



Anonymous said...

Looks great, but it's a little bit too wide. :-o

flutterbyblue said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the black and white swirly pattern all down the sides. I also love the swirly design around the right hand categories.

The only things that might look better would be to have the top portion blend a bit better with the side pattern. Unless you want it to be framed? I guess it will depend on the look you are going for. I really like the top panel categories -- very cute! I wonder if you could play a bit more with font as the swirliness of the "archive" type titles doesn't seem to match the "chic&XX" sections.

Ah, the one other thing is that the black and white swirl patter is pretty bold and striking. I think it takes away a bit from the content of your blog. I wonder if you could fade the black a bit so that the focus would be the text and blog articles?

Anyhow, the site looks great so far!!!

Kori said...

Not too busy. I think it looks nice.

Anonymous said...

I love it! I think that is so cool! Did you do this by yourself? I love the links at the top :]

Chic and Charming said...

I did do it myself! I modified a blogger template.
In response to comments, I faded the background.
I shrunk the middle column as much as I could without having to go back and resize all my pictures.
Flutterbyblue: I loved the swirly bids down the side too...but I think it was just too busy so I simplified so that the style matches the top.
Keep the comments coming! Thank you for all your feedback!

Tres Poshe Preppy said...

Looks great!

::pequitobun:: said...

looks really great! i love the swirly patterns, gives it an elegant journal feel.

thanks for the ad link! one question, is it supposed to link to flickr? it' great for me either way, but when you get new advertisers they might want to see that you link to their shops?

Polly Jones said...

This is wonderful!!

Chic and Charming said...

I fixed you ad pequitobun!

Anonymous said...

looks great

::pequitobun:: said...


Michelle said...

I like the new look and I think the width is good for presenting all of the pretty pictures you have in your posts :)

The only thing that stands out is the background - very lovely but maybe a bit too big? It competes for my attention when I am reading the posts - if the print were smaller and showed more of the gray versus white it might be nicer. Great job though - are you for hire as a blog designer :) ?

Chic and Charming said...

Thanks :) I will work on tweaking the backdrop again this weekend.

While I'm planning on helping a few local friends tweak their blogs, I'm not hiring myself out yet..;) Basically I heavily tweaked a blogger template by trial and error until I got what I wanted. It just takes time and patience! I also messed around in photoshop and purchased a few things off istockphoto. Photoshop is crucial.

Chic and Charming said...

Edited the background, thoughts?