Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Red Fit n Flare Christmas Day Dress With Patterned Tights

Red fit and flare dress, patterned tights
So another Christmas Day has been and gone, and every year I do an outfit post featuring what I wore on the day. We always dress up at our family gathering, and as I'm finishing the year with a poorly back/leg, this year deserved a bright colour to cheer me up: What could be better (and brighter) than a red fit n flare dress?

The outfit actually started with the lovely tassel pendant from Yosa, a gift from my blogging BFF Rachel. I knew it would look gorgeous on a solid, bold colour, so ta-dah! One Christmassy red dress accessorised with black, gold and some long-forgotten patterned tights.

It strangely echoes what I wore for Christmas Day last year, which was effectively the same style dress but in baby blue. I also wore the same heels, but didn't realise that till I looked back on what I wore writing this post. I guess if it ain't broke, don't fix it...!

TA-DAH! ONE CHRISTMASSY RED DRESS ACCESSORISED WITH BLACK, GOLD AND SOME LONG-FORGOTTEN PATTERNED TIGHTS

You may be surprised to see me wearing heels, considering I have a slipped disc (though it's sciatica and the pain is in my leg, not my back). I was determined to wear some pretty heels, even if they were just for sitting around and these photos. However, I found that a medium block heel does give me a little relief as flats stretch my hamstring (the painful part) too much. I can't walk very far so ironically, a pair of heels just for hobbling around the house has turned out to be kinda practical...!

One last thing: Please excuse the hair, it was raining and blowing a gale that day and when we got back inside I looked like I'd been dragged backwards through the proverbial hedge. Not a fun photo shoot :(

What did you wear for Christmas Day - did you get dressed up? Tell me in the comments or tweet me @notlamb!

Red fit and flare dress, patterned tights
Red fit and flare dress, black and gold pendant
Red fit and flare dress, black and gold pendant
Red fit and flare dress, patterned tights, colour block heels
Red fit and flare dress, patterned tights
Dress: ASOS (similar save / similar splurge) | Necklace: c/o Yosa | Belt: Included with dress | Heels: c/o Pavers (I like these) | Tights: Unknown (similar) | Earrings: ASOS (I also like these) | Nails: Models Own Chrome 'Copper'

SHOP THE LOOK:



Catherine

P.S. Don't forget to enter my Hope Fashion giveaway (£150 to spend!) if you haven't already:

Over 40 fashion brand Hope AW15

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Monday, 28 December 2015

The Blog's Best Photographic Moments of 2015 + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

Nautical style: Navy blue and white floppy hat, cat eye sunglasses
Most fashion bloggers have a round up of their best outfits of the year around this time, but as always I like to do something a little different. Currently I publish an annual bloopers and outtakes on 1st January (look out for it on Friday) and a seasonal round up of my best outfits every quarter. Instead of the year's best outfits I thought it was time that I acknowledged and thanked my ever-patient husband/photographer (AKA my Instagram Husband) by showcasing his wonderful photography in a round up of his best photographic moments of 2015.

So I think this will be an annual thing, and I hope it gives you a little inspiration in the photography department for a change, not just the sartorial one. I'm always on the lookout for new and different ways to style and shoot outfit posts - I have a Pinterest board dedicated to blog photography ideas which I can recommend as a way to gather inspiration and up your photography game.

I THOUGHT IT WAS TIME THAT I ACKNOWLEDGED AND THANKED MY EVER-PATIENT HUSBAND/PHOTOGRAPHER BY SHOWCASING HIS WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHY

The #iwillwearwhatilike link up is still on today - no break for Christmas - but there's no theme so link up anything and everything you've been wearing (scroll down for the details). Meantime, I hope you enjoy the blog's best photos of the year, and to Mr. Summers: Thank you with all my heart, I don't know what I'd do without you. You're the best :))

Which of the photos are your favourites? Tell me in the comments or tweet me @notlamb!

(Lead image: Original post here)


Beautiful lighting

Not Dressed As Lamb | Fashion photography - lighting
Original posts: Left | Right


Great composition

Not Dressed As Lamb | Fashion photography - composition
Original posts: Left | Top right | Bottom right


Outfit details

Not Dressed As Lamb | Fashion photography - details shots
Original posts: Top left | Top right | Bottom left | Bottom right


Candid (unposed) shots

Not Dressed As Lamb | Fashion photography
Original posts: Left | Right


Captured movement

Not Dressed As Lamb | Fashion photography - movement
Original posts: Left | Middle | Right


Santorini holiday

Not Dressed As Lamb | Santorini, Greece
Original posts: Left | Top right | Bottom right

White bikini, wide-brimmed hat | Not Dressed As Lamb
Original post (above)

Not Dressed As Lamb | Santorini, Greece
Original posts: Left | Top right | Bottom right

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#iwillwearwhatilike | Not Dressed As Lamb
Thank you for joining the #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist's list of "inappropriate" items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!

So link up all your fabulous outfits (or shoes, accessories, make-up, etc.) every Monday at 3pm UK time - it'll stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you're wearing whatever you damn well like!

NEXT WEEK:
THE OPTIONAL THEME FOR 4 JANUARY IS BLING
(a chance to show off your Christmas and New Year's outfits!)

All I ask of you linking up is that you:

1. Please follow your host Not Dressed As Lamb (via Bloglovin or Instagram)
2. Link up your outfits (blog or Instagram posts) that show how you choose to wear what you like - as many as you like!
3. Please remember this is only for posts of what you've been wearing, not links to giveaways or anything else
4. Include a link back to this post if you're linking from a blog post, or add my button (below)
5. Post your outfit on Instagram (if you use it) with the hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike - Monday's the day to join in the IG fun
6. Visit some of the other links and share the love!

#iwillwearwhatilike | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Do share the love and visit as many links as you can (you never know what other lovely like-minded ladies you might meet) - the original Instagram campaign forged some wonderful new relationships so don't miss out!


Catherine

P.S. Don't forget to enter my Hope Fashion giveaway (£150 to spend!) if you haven't already:

Over 40 fashion brand Hope AW15

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

My Favourite Fun and Fabulous Links - December 2015

Not Dressed As Lamb | Favourite Fun & Fabulous Links
In this month's Favourite Fun and Fabulous Links I'm introducing a sassy new 40+ fashion blogger, have linked to a reminder that ageing is totally normal, ways to pi$$ off a PR and the Instagram husband. It's my last post before Christmas...

So enjoy, and have a wonderful Christmas - see you on the other side of the turkey!

Not Dressed As Lamb | Favourite Fun & Fabulous Links December 2015
(Photo credits: Top left | Top right | Bottom left | Centre | Middle right | Bottom right)

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33 totally badass Adele quotes that will make you ♥ her even more. Great advice for what to do when you've been wolf-whistled.

Poor spelling, punctuation and grammar, having fake followers, ghosting the client... There are many ways to pi$$ off a PR (good to see things from the other side for a change).

I never thought to wear my furry gilet over a black biker jacket, but this outfit has shown me the way.

How to set up your ICE emergency contact information on your iPhone that can be accessed by anyone, even when the phone is locked.

Sylvia interviewed Susan who totally proves that by staying modern you can look better the older you get.

This is the type of travel blog post I want to read (if only they could all be like this): New York in a few words by Jennie, and my one: Perfection.

10 very small but very simple things you can do every day to largely improve your life.

"My eyes are getting evermore hooded, my eyelids are more crepey, my décolletage is losing firmness." A reminder that ageing is perfectly normal.

So pleased to have discovered gorgeous 40+ blogger Diane of Fashion on the 4th Floor - she's sassy, elegant and fun.

One from the Not Dressed As Lamb archives: Last year I wrote about learning to love my worst feature. Great to remind yourself of this every now and then. 

And finally, this ****ing hilarious video:

"MY NAME'S JEFF, AND I'M AN INSTAGRAM HUSBAND. BEHIND EVERY CUTE GIRL ON INSTAGRAM THERE'S A GUY LIKE ME. AND A BRICK WALL."

Which of these were your favourites?

Catherine

P.S. Like this post? You might also enjoy November's Fave Fun and Fabulous Links!

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Monday, 21 December 2015

Formal New Year's Eve Outfit Inspiration + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

Not Dressed As Lamb | New Year's Eve outfit
Because Christmas is only days away (just four sleeps to go!) I've made this week's #iwillwearwhatilike link up theme-free to keep things simple, and it'll be the same next week as well. Then in January we'll continue with the themes, which are optional as always. So come link up anything you've been wearing, scroll down for the details!

As I'm a little out of action where outfits are concerned due to my slipped disc, I've made up an outfit I'd like to be wearing on New Year's Eve - I certainly won't be wearing heels, that's for sure! I've been lusting after all these pieces for ages, not least the sequinned t-shirt. It's made of this "magic" fabric (earlier this year I tried on something similar so I assume it's the same) where the sequins either disappear or totally change colour as you run your hand up and down it. Gotta get me one of these...!

The black skirt is floor length and makes me think Parisian chic, especially with those caged heels [she stares longingly into space]... Sorry, I just died and went to sartorial heaven briefly for a moment! I added the faux fur jacket because you need something elegant to keep you warm, and the short length works with the proportions of the maxi skirt.

THE BLACK SKIRT IS FLOOR LENGTH AND MAKES ME THINK PARISIAN CHIC, ESPECIALLY WITH THOSE CAGED HEELS [SHE STARES LONGINGLY INTO SPACE]... SORRY, I JUST DIED AND WENT TO SARTORIAL HEAVEN BRIEFLY FOR A MOMENT

Maybe I should just get this outfit and sit at home in it on New Year's Eve - it'll look even better accessorised with a walking stick ;)

What are your plans - both event-wise and wardrobe-wise - for New Year's Eve? Tell me in the comments or tweet me @notlamb!

Not Dressed As Lamb | New Year's Eve outfit
1. Jacket | 2. Top | 3. Clutch | 4. Skirt | 5. Earrings | 6. Heels | 7. Nail polish

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#iwillwearwhatilike | Not Dressed As Lamb
Thank you for joining the #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist's list of "inappropriate" items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!

So link up all your fabulous outfits (or shoes, accessories, make-up, etc.) every Monday at 3pm UK time - it'll stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you're wearing whatever you damn well like!

Fashion bloggers' party outfits #iwillwearwhatilike
My favourite PARTY OUTFITS from last week's link up (HOW gorgeous do these ladies look?!)

NEXT WEEK:
THE [NON] THEME FOR 28 DECEMBER IS ALSO ANYTHING GOES
(I'll start themes again in January)


All I ask of you linking up is that you:

1. Please follow your host Not Dressed As Lamb (via Bloglovin or Instagram)
2. Link up your outfits (blog or Instagram posts) that show how you choose to wear what you like - as many as you like!
3. Please remember this is only for posts of what you've been wearing, not links to giveaways or anything else
4. Include a link back to this post if you're linking from a blog post, or add my button (below)
5. Post your outfit on Instagram (if you use it) with the hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike - Monday's the day to join in the IG fun
6. Visit some of the other links and share the love!

#iwillwearwhatilike | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Do share the love and visit as many links as you can (you never know what other lovely like-minded ladies you might meet) - the original Instagram campaign forged some wonderful new relationships so don't miss out!


Catherine

P.S. Voting for the Bloggers' Lounge Awards closes on Christmas Eve - please please please vote for me, I'd love to win a Best Fashion Blogger award! http://bit.ly/fblogger-BLAwards2015 Thank you so much, keep your Christmas fingers crossed for me...

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

International Giveaway | £150 to Spend at Over 40 Clothing Brand, Hope Fashion

Over 40 fashion brand Hope
After writing (very enthusiastically) about stylish new clothing brand Hope this autumn (read what I wrote here), I'm so pleased to be collaborating with them again to bring you a fabulous Christmas giveaway. The over 40 clothing brand are offering one lucky winner £150 to spend on their current collection*, and although they're a British brand the giveaway is open internationally!

One lucky winner will win £150 to spend at Hope. You could spend it all on one statement piece like a print dress or trousers, or you might choose one of the foundation garments together with a stunning textured poncho, gilet or scarf. Having seen the collection in real life I can honestly say the clothes are just so luxurious and tactile; the quality is second-to-none and a lot of love and expert craftsmanship have gone into their design and manufacture.

The styles are bold and a little bit edgy with some gorgeous, unusual prints - they have that modern edge which I love. As an extra bonus their sizes range from a UK8 to 20 (it's unusual for a brand aimed at the over 40s to make smaller sizes). What's not to love?

THE STYLES ARE BOLD AND A LITTLE BIT EDGY WITH SOME GORGEOUS, UNUSUAL PRINTS - THEY HAVE THAT MODERN EDGE WHICH I LOVE

I'm leaving the giveaway open throughout Christmas - you have till 3rd January to enter so there's plenty of time to get your entries in. After Christmas and New Year have all but died down what better way to start the year than by treating yourself with a luxury shopping spree...? Sounds like heaven to me!

AFTER CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HAVE ALL BUT DIED DOWN WHAT BETTER WAY TO START THE YEAR THAN BY TREATING YOURSELF WITH A LUXURY SHOPPING SPREE...?

The giveaway is open internationally and entry is easy via the widget below. What are you waiting for - get entering! GOOD LUCK :)

*Please note the chosen prize is subject to availability and some restrictions apply, please see Terms & Conditions

Over 40 fashion brand Hope AW15
Over 40 fashion brand Hope AW15
Top row L-R: Dress £120 | Gloves £75 | Top £65
Middle row L-R: Scarf £95 | Dress £120 | Shrug £95
Bottom row L-R: Trousers £150 | Vest Top £55 | Poncho £95

Hope magenta cocoon dress | Not Dressed As Lamb 005
Dress £95

Over 40 fashion brand Hope AW15
Dress £95 | Faux Fur Gilet £95 | Top £95 | (Leggings £195 - not eligible for the giveaway)

PLEASE NOTE all entries will be verified. Do read the instructions!
There are two mandatory entries which will unlock lots of other entries to give you more chances to win.


Catherine

Here's the boring (but necessary) bit...

Terms & Conditions:
1. Entries for the giveaway can only be made via the Rafflecopter widget.
2. It is open internationally.
3. All entries will be verified.
4. The giveaway ends on 3rd January 2016 at 11:59pm (London time).
5. One winner will be chosen at random via the Rafflecopter widget, contacted by email and announced on this widget and via Twitter.
6. The winner may choose goods to the value of £150 from Hope. All goods are subject to availability (please note restrictions below).
7. The following items have sold out and are not eligible as a part of the prize: Drape Knit, Red Pop On Dress, Narrow Stretch Trouser, Mongolian Strip, Coin Purses in Leopard/Copper/Silver, Silver Pouch, Copper Pouch.
8. A cash or alternative prize cannot be chosen.
9. The winner must reply to the email informing them within 48 hours to claim the prize, otherwise another winner will be chosen.
10. No responsibility will be taken for: Incorrect email addresses provided, delayed receipt of emails to the winner, delayed receipt of any reply emails or similar.

Disclosure: I am hosting this giveaway in partnership with Hope (click here for my full disclosure). All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

How to Style a Short-Sleeved Coat | Jaeger Alpaca Duster Coat with Winter Neutrals

Jaeger alpaca coat | Winter neutrals with tan cross body bag
I'm sure you know the feeling: Sometimes you see an item of clothing that you instantly fall head over heels in love with and can't stop thinking about it (of course you do)! I did that with this alpaca duster coat from Jaeger when I featured it on my Facebook page... It was love at first online sight.

The lovely people at Jaeger were kind enough to gift me the coat (cue excited squeals), and once I'd stopped stroking its lovely alpaca furriness after taking it out the box, it suddenly occurred to me: How do you style a short-sleeved coat? Like sleeveless sweaters, it's one of those contradictory items of clothing that's designed to keep you warm, but has half of it missing...!

Luckily the UK is enjoying one of the mildest Christmases ever, so thankfully it was more than warm enough to wear it last weekend. (I heard Christmas Day might get up to 18°C/65°F which is about what we sometimes get in the summer - absolutely crazy!) But the mild temperatures last weekend meant that all this gorgeous coat required was a long-sleeved sweater underneath.

In much colder weather I'd wear a thick roll neck sweater and long gloves with it instead - cashmere ones would be nice - so as long as you're suitably dressed with enough warm layers the short sleeves aren't a problem (unless you're in minus figures with a biting cold wind, and to be honest I probably wouldn't venture outside if it was that cold)!

AS LONG AS YOU'RE SUITABLY DRESSED WITH ENOUGH WARM LAYERS THE SHORT SLEEVES AREN'T A PROBLEM (UNLESS YOU'RE IN MINUS FIGURES WITH A BITING COLD WIND, AND TO BE HONEST I PROBABLY WOULDN'T VENTURE OUTSIDE IF IT WAS THAT COLD)

As I'm suffering with sciatica at the moment from a slipped disc (you can read how that happened here), I'm restricted to loose everything and flat shoes right now so these orange lace-up ballet flats look cute and keep me from killing myself in heels (in a vain attempt to look cuter). In fact what you don't see in these pictures is the walking stick I'm currently using, though keep an eye out for my annual bloopers and outtakes post on New Year's Day, you might just see it...!

Do you wear short-sleeved coats or sleeveless sweaters, and if so how do you style them? Tell me in the comments or tweet me @notlamb!

Jaeger alpaca coat | Winter neutrals with orange lace ups
Winter neutrals, orange lace-up flats
Jaeger alpaca coat | Winter neutrals with orange lace ups
Jaeger alpaca coat, tan two-tone cross body bag
Copper hair, silver sculptural earrings
Jaeger alpaca coat | Winter neutrals with orange lace ups
Coat: c/o Jaeger | Sweater: La Redoute (similar) | Trousers: ASOS | Shoes: ASOS | Bag: c/o Yosa | Earrings: c/o kuka-me | Ring: Cornish jewellers (I like this one) | Watch: c/o Daniel WellingtonNails: Essie 'Chocolate Cakes'

SHOP THE LOOK > http://rstyle.me/n/bgba4vmajw (or click the thumbnails below):



Catherine

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

How to Redesign Your Blog for Under £100 | Not Dressed As Lamb Gets a Makeover & a New Colour Palette

How to Redesign Your Blog for Under £100

It's been a long time coming, but I've finally done it: Not Dressed As Lamb has had a makeover! Not only was it due a fresh new look in terms of colour palette, but the layout and navigation needed updating desperately. Like many others I chose to go for a pipdig blog design (more about that later) - I can now see why he's the go-to designer for so many bloggers... I should have got this sorted ages ago.

Not Dressed As Lamb style blog
I thought I'd briefly explain the process of how I came up with the colour palette and what made me choose the design: If you're thinking of having your blog redesigned this may give you some tips!

LIKE MANY OTHERS I CHOSE TO GO FOR A PIPDIG BLOG DESIGN - I CAN NOW SEE WHY HE'S THE GO-TO DESIGNER FOR SO MANY BLOGGERS

Below are five easy steps to help you redesign your blog and choose a colour palette - if you're thinking it's a daunting task, please don't. I'd been thinking for ages that it was going to be some huge upheaval that would take forever in terms of finding a designer and going through the process of having a bespoke design made, but I discovered that buying a pre-made template which you can then tweak to match your vision is the easiest (and quickest) way to go about it.

Choosing your own colour palette, fonts and header are the best ways to make a pre-made template unique. You can go with the design's pre-chosen colours and fonts, but I recommend choosing your own. Read on for my simple tips on how to go about that process!


1. Find your colour inspiration

If you visited my blog at any point over the last few months you won't have failed to see that I went to the Greek island of Santorini in September (my Instagram feed and blog posts were unapologetically full of blue skies, peach sunsets and white houses). I came back so inspired by all the beautiful colours that I knew exactly what colours to use in my new design: Peach, orange, sky blue, Wedgwood blue, rose pink, lavender, lilac and cream).

Santorini, Greece
It may seem like a lot of colours, but with a blue header and most of the accents in the peachy-pink colour (if you hover over my social icons in the sidebar you'll see them change from blue to pink), it leaves me several colours to pick from for text-only images or text overlay.

And would you believe it: After picking the blue and pink as the two main colours (as in the bottom-right photo, above, of the village of Oia at sunset), Pantone decided to announce Rose Quartz and Serenity as their 2016 Colour of the Year almost days later. To say I couldn't believe it was an understatement! So in case anyone was thinking I just copied those two colours from Pantone, I really didn't... That one Santorini photo was really all the inspiration I needed!

PANTONE DECIDED TO ANNOUNCE ROSE QUARTZ AND SERENITY AS THEIR 2016 COLOUR OF THE YEAR ALMOST DAYS LATER: TO SAY I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT WAS AN UNDERSTATEMENT


2. Choose a new profile picture (avatar)

I always think it's a good idea to make sure your profile picture - or avatar - matches your colour scheme. If not, the colours and design may jar a little. Either use a great profile picture as your colour inspiration, or (as I did) take a photo to use as your new avatar using the colour palette you've already chosen.

Not Dressed As Lamb profile picture
I wanted my avatar to match my Instagram feed so I took this photo (above) during an outfit post photo shoot - I purposely chose the clothes and background for their colours to match my new scheme. I increased the brightness in Photoshop and ensured I changed my avatar and backgrounds across all my social media platforms to keep everything consistent.

I also changed my favicon for the browser tab to ensure my branding really was consistent everywhere - an important factor a lot of people forget about!


3. Decide on the style and layout

There were several key features I knew I wanted: New dropdown menus (to cope with all the categories I now have), a bold Instagram feed and smarter post dates and titles. I'm not a huge fan of the magazine layout that is becoming increasingly popular (just my personal preference), but I wanted something that set it apart from other blogs.

As I mentioned I decided to use pipdig - I've read nothing but glowing reviews for this guy and whenever I've been impressed with a blog design and scrolled down to the footer to see who designed it, 9 times out of 10 it was pipdig's name I saw. There are plenty of designers who specialise in blog templates (many of them sell via Etsy), but I can't recommend pipdig highly enough in terms of choice, style, ability to create innovative designs in Blogger (a bonus) and customer service.

The template that had that special something that swung it for me, in the end, had two things: A custom Instagram header feed across the whole width of the blog, and a 'full-screen page splash' on the desktop version.

My desktop scrolling homepage:



This is one of my favourite parts of the blog - the homepage has a scrolling 'full-screen page splash' showing the latest four posts. If you're looking at this on a mobile or tablet you won't see it, but I do recommend you take a look at it on a computer or laptop as it's a pretty cool feature.


4. Design a new header

There are several ways to get a header designed: 1. Go with the header that will automatically be created when you have the template you've chosen uploaded; 2. Create your own with a font you've chosen yourself and colour from your palette (that's what I did), or 3. Have a designer create a totally unique header from scratch for you.

I'd recommend 2 or 3, but 3 only if you're prepared to pay for a graphic designer or you happen to be friends with/related to one.

Not Dressed As Lamb blog | Who wants to be "age appropriate", anyway?
My brand new header - and appropriate tagline!

There are loads of sites offering free fonts, e.g. 1001freefonts.com, fontsquirrel.com or even Google fonts. I searched for one for ages and could never quite come up with one that I knew was the one, but I decided to buy a package from myfonts.com in the end that had two coordinating fonts plus little squiggly extras and characters that would work to create some stylish text overlays... I think it was well worth paying for it in the end.


5. Take the plunge and get it installed - just do it

The process of buying the template and getting it installed couldn't have been any easier, and that was partly due to the amazing service that pipdig offers. Once you've bought your template you can either install it yourself (by downloading easy-to-follow instructions) or have pipdig install it for you - for free. (Yes, for free!)

I bought my new template for the princely sum of just £39, and mine was one of the more expensive ones. I paid a little extra for all the drop-down menus I wanted (they don't come as standard if you want them to link to pages as opposed to labels), but it was worth every penny.

In hindsight, however, I'm glad I didn't get a new template installed before I went to Santorini because it was that holiday that inspired the colour palette I'm so in love with. So although I say don't hesitate about getting a new blog design, do ensure you know exactly what you want in terms of colour palette, layout, header and usability before you get it installed.

DON'T HESITATE ABOUT GETTING A NEW BLOG DESIGN, BUT ENSURE YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT IN TERMS OF COLOUR PALETTE, LAYOUT, HEADER AND USABILITY BEFORE YOU GET IT INSTALLED

Total cost of a blog redesign

When I think I was willing to pay in the region of £500+ for a new blog design, I'm amazed at just how cheap this was in the end. Here's a breakdown of what I spent to give you some idea:

Basic template: £39
Drowndown menus extras: £20
Font for header: £18
Installation: Free
Extra I chose to pay pipdig: £30
Research, inspiration and colour palette design: Cost me my time only

Total: £107. (So slightly over the £100 I mentioned in the title, but I paid for a font and the dropdown menu extras which there's no need to pay for necessarily.) Talk about an absolute bargain...!

Blogging Tips | How to Redesign Your Blog for Under £100
Are you thinking of getting your blog redesigned, or have you had it done recently? I do hope you like my new design - tell me in the comments or tweet me @notlamb!


Catherine

P.S. I'm still after votes for me to win Best Fashion Blogger 2015 in the Bloggers' Lounge Awards - if you can spare a few seconds to click "Vote" and "Submit" (without any subscribing) it would mean so much to me to win. You can vote once per IP address (device) - scroll down and look for me under "Best Fashion Blogger"... Thank you thank you!!

Please vote for me to win the Best Fashion Blogger Award #BLAwards2015
(ooh look there are those colours again - proof I chose them before Pantone's announcement!)

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