TODAY, MAY 18, IS MY GLORIOUS BIRTHDAY. *pops the confetti and dances around*
I’m not much of a birthday celebrator tbh—I’m a bit apathetic about it because I’ve spent childhoods not doing anything particularly special and I’m turning a year older which is frickin’ scary—but that doesn’t mean it won’t be an awesome day! I will make it one with my friends and loved ones!
In honor of my birthday (and upcoming Summer), Charlotte and I gave The Novel Hermit a much-needed revamp—a semi-facelift, keeping with the general design look! Do you see anything different? ;D
WHAT DID IT LOOK LIKE BEFORE?
Rest assured, it has stayed the same shape. (No worries, Kelly. ;D) I would never part with it.
However, the waves have a new color scheme and texture to it! Since I wanted a header change, whatever background I used in my header needed to be in my waves too, and voila! Look! It’s more aqua! The colors are bright and eye-catching, and the water glistens! THERE’S STARS IN THE WATER.
AQUA WATER. HERMIT CRAB. STARS. HAVE THE PLANETS ALIGNED? PRETTY MUCH.
You might be asking me, “Cee, what does planets and the ocean have anything to do with each other?” Well, the sphere in the header reminded me of a planet, and I mentioned it to Charlotte and asked her to put some planets around it like they were revolving around it (because I like space!). This is the beautiful outcome. I’m so in love with it. The circle looks like a hole cut into the walkway to see the ocean under it. The waves and the header matching is so perfect. SO. MUCH. LOVE.
Aqua + monochromatic! Hover over each social media button, and see the awesome!
I remember seeing a design blog with this kind of social media style, and pestered Charlotte about creating one for me back in October (it didn’t come into fruition because of life priorities). But here it is now!
Charlotte managed to work her magic and make this blog responsive on mobile and iPad. It should be easy viewing on your phone now! (Hopefully?) I know it’s not completely responsive for alllll resolutions, but we made due, considering the design code isn’t ours, and it was never coded for responsiveness from the beginning.
Other than those obvious changes, my color palette changed to match the waves and the header (goodbye teal + lavender, hello aqua + red); the search bar and the blockquote is now the texture and color of sand; there’s a fabulous “read more” style because I was never that fond of the one I had; and the archives for the tags and categories are no longer excerpt. Huzzah!
(The blog design’s structure has stayed the same to what Mitchii designed, but Charlotte and I added a bunch of things to make this design even more awesome. Fun fact: this entire concept with the different wave colors and that header was created just a week ago!)
Thank you again to the beautiful tropical fish, Charlotte, for doing all this! <3 She knew exactly what I wanted. She’s the best.
Because it’s my birthday as well as my site design’s facelift, I’ve decided to give away two boxes of awesome books + a $20 book from The Book Depository!
- Giveaway #1 is only opened to the US. Giveaway #2 is only opened internationally (as long as The Book Depository delivers to you).
- The giveaway will run from May 18 to 31, 2015.
- You must be 13 years (with your parent’s permission) or older.
- You will be disqualified if you pick up entries you haven’t done.
- If the winner does not respond to my e-mail within 48 hours, I will have to choose another winner.
- I am not responsible for any items lost in the mail.
1. For US people ONLY, there will be two winners who will each win a box of YA books (which includes A Thousand Pieces of You, Pushing the Limit, and many more!):