Design Files: The Stylish Disaster

Recently, my good bloggy friend Liz (hi Liz!) decided to do a complete rebrand of her blog. Previously blogging as ‘Dressing to the Nines in the Lonestar State’, she decided ‘The Stylish Disaster‘ was more fitting for her snarky lifestyle content (and also less of a mouthful). And she needed a new look to go with it. She wanted something clean and uncluttered, but still interesting. Luckily, she’s friends with a graphic designer who was only too happy to take her on as a client – me! See the transformation below:

The Stylish Disaster


Here’s a closer look at some of the new elements I created for her:


Liz came out with a new header/logo, a custom menu, a cut-out headshot image, new social icons, a new favicon, and some tweaks to her theme including making the overall layout wider. It was fun getting to work with her and figuring out a new look that she’d love! Really, any excuse I get to play with fonts makes me a happy camper. 🙂

Go say hi to Liz, and if you’re in need of a designer yourself, head on over to my services page.
Happy weekend!

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Book Review: Me Before You

Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Louisa is a 20-something who is the main breadwinner for her family. She just lost her job and is desperate to find a new one. An unusual option pops up at the local Job Center: daytime companion and caregiver to a quadriplegic man named Will. He has another caregiver to do the heavy medical stuff; Louisa’s job will be the lighter caregiver work and general social interaction to lift his spirits. It’s an odd job, but it pays really well, so she takes it. Of course their personalities clash initially- he is sarcastic and […]

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Recipe: Apple Cider Beef Stew

Apple Cider Beef Stew

If you’re looking for more perfect-for-fall recipes, I’ve got one for you right here. I originally found this on a recipe card from Taste of Home magazine, but modified it for the size of my slow cooker (2.5 qt.) and specific veggie preferences (the original called for mushrooms – ew). We tried this out last night, and it was delicious! The apple cider and cinnamon give it a really nice flavor, and the long cook time makes the beef fall-apart tender. Plus it made the house smell AMAZING while it cooked. I’ve tried a few different beef stew recipes in […]

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Tuesday Treasure Trove

Tuesday Treasure Trove: this week's round-up of read-worthy links.

Swedes Develop Invisible Bike Helmet. How To Order Off of a “Secret Menu” Without Being an A$%hole. Can You Tell the Difference Between Quotes from a Men’s Magazine and a Rapist? In Praise of Art Forgeries. 8 Things Marvel Got Wrong About Thor and Norse Mythology. This kind of thing pretty much happens with any movie based on mythology. The Average Income of Different Myers-Briggs Personality Types. I should be making more money. The 5 Things You Don’t Have To Want- Now, Or Ever. Things of Note: Today is for shipping shop stuff out, getting my back fixed, making yummy […]

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Bits & Pieces

1. I started the Beginner Sewing Series at Stitch Lab on Friday. We went over the basics of our machines (which was useful as refresher since I hadn’t touched my machine in awhile), and learned how to make a drawstring bag. The also introduced me to an oh-so-handy little tool called a magnetic seam guide. To be honest, sewing in a straight line is not one of my natural skill sets. But no more! That thing is a game changer. They also let us take extra fabric scraps to practice making bags, and I think I’ve nailed it: That one […]

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Friday Favorites: Tribal Prints

Remember how I used to not like mustard yellow, or corduroy, or ballet flats? This is another thing that falls under the category ‘never thought I’d like and now I totally do’. Tribal-inspired prints are everywhere this fall, and I’m loving it. So I rounded up a few of my favorites from the online shopping world to share with you folks. Clearly I like the black-and-white or more subdued color schemes with this kind of print (there were plenty of neon and color-clashy-eye-hurty options out there, if that’s your thing). I’m particularly eyeing the cardigan and jacket. Going Tribal by […]

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What I Wore: Olive & Stripes

What? A new actual outfit post?! Try not to be too shocked, even though I haven’t done one of these in a few weeks. I just wasn’t feeling it for awhile, but now I’m back! So, down to business. I have been on a serious olive kick lately (the color, not the food – though I do like eating olives, too). And it’s mostly because of these pants. Guys, I am in love with these pants. And they’re corduroy. I used to hate corduroy when I was younger (just ask my mom). But they fit great, are warm and comfy, […]

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