4.24.2014

Appearance Matters


In life I am learning more and more that if you can find somebody who does something better than you can, let them. This includes but is not limited to: cleaning your house, cutting your hair, washing your car, making dessert, dressing yourself, and last but not least, designing your blog. I have never claimed to be an expert in HTML or design work nor do I ever plan on claiming such words. Since starting this blog I knew that the appearance was one of the most important aspects [truly I think it is] but knew I didn't have the patience [or talent] to learn how to do it myself. Because of this I went on the hunt for somebody who I could say "make my blog look pretty" to and could trust they would do just that. I am really a no hassle type of person. I sit down in my hair stylists chair and say "do whatever you want, just make it look good" and that is the same approach I have had with my blog designer. Thankfully Melissa Rose Design does just that. I have worked with Melissa for the past couple of years and couldn't say enough times how grateful I am for her creativity, easiness to work with, and crazy talent that she delivers each and every time. I am nearly confident that I have sent hundreds of emails to her saying "OMG YOU ARE THE BEST!" No but really, I have. 

Melissa created my most recent design for me (with very very few instructions and direction on my behalf) and as I know I have said before, I am in love with the look and feel around here. 
At this point I have her on speed dial for any little thing (ex: my picture in the right hand corner which was swapped out yesterday). Your blog's appearance is not something you should skimp on. I know that looks aren't everything, but they are a lot (example Ryan Gosling). If you are on the hunt for the best blog designer, I encourage you to check out Melissa immediately. Lucky for you, she has a few spots open left in May. Also lucky for you, if you mention Living In Yellow when booking your spot, you will get a free social media package which includes a facebook cover photo, twitter profile picture, and a hover pin-it button. 

If you need a little more proof that she is as awesome as I say she is, you can check out her portfolio here. Melissa is also a branding extraordinaire so if you are a business looking for a little oomph in your appearance, she's got ya covered. I am excited to see what beautiful things she can create for you. 

One last thing--Melissa's blog + instagram is one of my favorite places for inspiration so be sure to check those out if you like pretty things. 

Today you have the chance to win $25 towards any design work from Melissa Rose Design. Good luck! 

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72 comments:

  1. I made a whole list of blog goals for the year, one of them is definitely to update my about me/bio picture/blog roll!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

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  2. I have many goals for this year but my top two is to get more of a following and start having sponsors.

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  3. What a great give away. My blog is in serious need for some TLC.

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  4. I love her portfolio! Such clean and tidy designs! Her landing page makes me want to eat some ice cream!

    http://polkadottedbluejay.blogspot.com/

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  5. I love her designs! I'd love to be able to save enough money and hire her as a designer!

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  7. Thank you for this opportunity! Like you, I agree that blog design is very important. One of my blogging goals is to post with more regularity and varied content matter.

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  8. Great giveaway! My goal is to try to grow my audience and to the point where I can have sponsors. Another thing I always strive to do is come up with good content.

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  9. I have so many goals for 2014! I need to be more consistent with my posting, I want to become better at some DIY and I want to grow my blog!

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  10. Completely agree! I mean, look at Pinterest... they've built a huge social media platform just on looking pretty! One of my blog goals for the year is to make (read: have someone else make) my blog look more professional.

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  11. I am a graduate student, so my goal is to get a fulfilling internship for the summer! Her designs are great - I would love some new stationary!

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  12. I love the color in your blog! I would love someone to design mine one day!

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  13. I want to be more consistent posting. I do well for awhile & then feel like I've got nothing. But it's something I enjoy & want to keep up with!

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  14. Awesome giveaway, I love the design of your blog! Hope to win.

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  15. Get more organized and efficient with more content-heavy posts

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  16. I could totally use a blog revamp! i have had template (diy googled by me...yikes) for way too long now!

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  17. Grow my blog to al least 3000 followers.
    K at www.beautystyleandgrowth.blogspot.com

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  18. LOVE your design! My goal this year is to network more!

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  19. I totally agree and love your new blog look! My blog goal is to find one subject to talk about monthly that is educational.

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  20. To reach 200 GFC followers and to study abroad in Austria for the summer :)

    - Alex @ Radiating Sunshine

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  21. Goal for the year? Increase my muscle mass, get pregnant, buy a house...

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  22. Goals: Lose ten pounds, get a full time job, reach 1,000 BL :)

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  23. If I could only choose one goal it would be to get in shape.

    Hayley
    everydayhayley.com

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  24. Personal - continue my daily work outs! Blogging - learn more than basic coding

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  25. Personal,I do want to continue my workouts and get back to the gym regularly, on the blog front to finally get a real design,
    Lindaandkent1@gmail.com

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  26. She is extremely talented and I LOVE your business cards!

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  27. personal - run another 1/2 marathon. signing up and training for races really keeps me accountable.

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  28. I love your new design and business cards! A blog goal of mine for 2014 is to grow my Bloglovin followers - I caught onto the bandwagon late so I'm lacking in that area compared to the others.

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  29. I love to be self-sufficient and can find it very hard to let others do things for me. But as I have gotten more into blogging I realise that I just don't know how to do some of the more technical sides of this biz and I need help. There is also the added advantage of working with a pro, they give you tips that you would probably never have come across any other way. Focus on what you are best at and for the things that aren't your strength be really fussy about picking someone to work with that has a similar approach.

    Fabulous giveaway from a very talented designer

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  30. Create a new blog that is more "me." I'm going for a boho Free People/nautical feel with a splash of a southern peach. :)

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  31. I would love to streamline my blog and social media accounts so they all have the same theme.

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  32. Melissa did such a fabulous job :). I just started my own design business so am taking as many notes as I can!

    www.mynewfavoritedesign.com

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  33. Love the new design!!! Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!! I've been wanting to relabel myself and launch a new blog but fear has kept me paralized. Winning a new blog design for my new brand would be the perfect kick in the pants to move forward!

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  34. OHHH I so want to dislike you for getting me hooked on Melissa's Blog, I just wasted, no I meant spent way to much time reading everything and imagining all the crafts I could do...she is fabulous, thanks for sharing
    Lindaandkent1@gmail.com

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  35. Love your blog look :) Im definitely in need of an update

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  36. oops 1 blog goal... grow my readership post consistently

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  37. Since I just started blogging, my goal is pretty simple: post regularly! I am so excited to have my own space, develope it and watch it grow. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  38. My goal for my blog this year is to grow it enough that it can be a part-time job!

    www.simplysophisticatedblog.com

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  39. Awesome giveaway. My blog is in need of a makeover :)

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  40. I am just starting a blog so a make over is much needed. My goal is just to get it going and grow it as much as I can. This would be a dream to win!

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  41. Looks great! I could totally use a bloggy makeover, too.

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  42. I really want to get my blog more organized and easy to navigate. To simplify. I also want to grow my voice and engage more readers. Love the new design!

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  43. To get more organized and actually use my planner to plan post!

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  44. We are planning on a complete blog overhaul and rebranding to coincide with out 1 year blogoversary on August 1. We hope to make our entire site a little more professional, as well a develop an official "florken" logo that we can carry throughout our blogging business.

    -Kate
    www.theflorkens.com

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  45. To grow my social media following and blog views.

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  46. I would love have 100 posts in one year. Two a week... that is my goal, for now.

    -Elise
    http://polkadottedbluejay.blogspot.com/

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  47. My goal this year is to get organized! I just started and I am just starting to get the feel of what I want and where I am going!

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  48. become more confident in my job!

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  49. Your biz cards are adorable!! She definitely has talent. :) My goal this year is to create a community over on my blog. Instead of me just cranking out content every day I want more engagement with my readers and to create a little support/friendship community for my followers!

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  50. As you know from my consultation form-- getting better at sponsored content :)

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  51. I really want to get more organized.

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  52. I never comment, but ... Love the new designexcept for the yellow bar at the top to subscribe. The bar enlarges as I zoom in to read the page on my phone making it impossible to read the page. Can this be removed? I have almost stopped reading entirely because it is so annoying, and that is a shame.

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  53. i love your blog design..so clean a pretty!

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  54. I really want find a cohesive design that ties into all of my sites. I've been at this for a few years and nothing matches, I just have to sit down this year and do it!

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  55. I'd really like to work on the relationship I have with my blog readers...I feel like I have a good community on Instagram...but I don't know how to get my blog readers to comment so that I can get us talking...

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  56. My biggest goal is finding myself this year! I have no work, so I have no excuse to not take the time!

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  57. I am dying for a new blog design. I have been shopping around, checking other blogs out and figuring out exactly what I want. In 2014, I want my blog to grow, have more followers, get my voice out there and experience the whole blog experience.

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  58. I too agree with your thoughts on appearance. I hired someone to design my blog and I love the look. As things have grown on my site, I am now needing a little tune-up to fix a couple little things though. Thanks for the reminder and your level-headed thoughts on it all. Fun to read!

    - Jaime
    www.southonbroadway.blogspot.com

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  59. I absolutely love the new LIY! Actually I liked it before too! I can't wait to check out Melissa's designs and work. I've been looking for a blog design and had NO CLUE who to turn to. Thanks Erin - You're the Best!

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  60. My goal is to have sponsorships in demand so much that they're booked way in advance, and brands reach out consistently to partner up.
    Also, to reach 1,000 FB likes for Coming Up Roses!

    lovelovelove,
    Erica
    cominguprosestheblog.com

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  61. My Goal is to attend the BLOGCATION cruise!! I just found out about it and am kinda excited just gotta see if I can work out the deets!!! Awesomesauce!!!

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  62. My biggest goal is to stay true to ME. I get so caught up in numbers, and growing, and sponsoring - that my posts start sucking & I'm not really being pity party me. Sad, but true.

    P.S. I miss you.

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  63. Blog advice questions: If I change the name of my blog should I start completely over or do a redirect. I so need to book a consultation with you. I've been meaning to do it but I feel like I should get back on the bloggy train before I waste time.

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  64. Just stumbled across your blog, and I'm SO glad, you're already one of my favorites!! I can't agree more about how important a blog layout is/ how little I know about making one. I've tried to get my blog going many times over the past two years, and now that I finally just bought a nice layout, I've definitely been more active with it.

    Can't wait to hero reading yours!

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)