Say hello to the new look me!


I finally bit the bullet, one year in, and made the decision to go for a professional design and a bit of an all-round spruce up!

And I couldn’t be happier with the end result!

Having been rather an indecisive individual throughout my life, it really was very difficult to come up with a brief for a design style I wanted. I have always been one of those people who tends to fall madly in love (lust!) with so many different things, styles, new fashions, old fashions etc, so really didn’t have a clue how on earth I’d be able to provide a concise idea of what to have. I wanted it all!!

I knew I wanted modern, chic, contemporary and clean, but a part of me also wanted the pretty colours and a bit of a ‘girlie’ theme as well, and I had no clue really as to how to fit all this together!

I was also keen to have some sort of illustration to show a bit more of the personality behind my beloved ‘Diary of a Midlife Mummy’, which I’ve lovingly and painstakingly nurtured to become what it is today, one whole year on.

Although I technically started out on this path as a ‘mummy blogger’ per say, I have realised that I have more subjects I want to speak about, more ideas I want to share with people and further topics I need to journal in my diary!

With this in mind, I was therefore quite keen to keep my design as plainly simple and all-encompassing as possible. Highlighting more the fact I am just a girl, writing her daily diary about everything I love in my life, be that my wonderful family and the adventures we share together, or the latest ‘must-have’ home styling ideas, to travel destination write ups and reviews!

So, after a long while trawling the internet looking for designers who worked on WordPress platforms, who I thought might be able to help me uncover the ‘real me’, I came to the decision to use Helen at Ellie Illustrates

And again, I really couldn’t be happier with my choice and the eventual design of my beautiful and sparkly brand new site!

I was able to provide Helen with a little of what I was after though, as I had a good idea of what colours I wanted and the font types I liked, but the rest I just had to ramble on about in an email and hope with gritted teeth and fingers crossed that my rambling made some kind of sense for poor Helen, and that she would be able to pick out the key elements in amongst the junk, and turn it into something beautiful.

I also supplied a ‘mood board’ to illustrate all the elements I wanted included – and just hoped she could make sense of this messy piece of paper I presented her with!

And she did.

She was amazing, and I now have a perfect blend of all of my mixed up mind all together on one page and it works perfectly for me.

She has done what I thought was the impossible and allowed me a design to have everything after all.

I must admit though that yesterday, I was rather a ‘sad’ case because I made sure to take a screen shot of the ‘old me’, just for prosperity and to remember who I was when I started out on this journey.

So for that reason also, I’m posting a photo here too….

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And although I loved this little patched together design, complete with all it’s flaws and probable design ‘no-no’s’ – it was my beginning, so it will always be a little part of this blog.

But just look where I am now, and how far I’ve come – I feel so amazing, posh and proper now!

Just ready to take on this fabulous blogging world all over again!


I hope you like it too!!




  1. 25th February 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Oh this is DIVINE! Looks so cute, pretty, feminine….love it so much! I am so glad you did it and I bet you love looking at it!!!! Yey xxxxxx

  2. 25th February 2015 / 8:16 am

    Love love your new design it really is gorgeous. I think you are right to keep the picture of the first design as I’m really sad I don’t have mine!

  3. 25th February 2015 / 4:24 am

    I love the new design, it’s gorgeous! Really suits your lovely blog xx

  4. 24th February 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Aww Steph what a lovely post. I’m so glad you’re happy with the result – it’s stunning.
    And its always best to remember where you came from <3

  5. 24th February 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Oh very fancy! I love it! So pretty x

  6. 24th February 2015 / 8:56 pm

    Steph I just love it, it is inevitable I am going to get mine done too, I just love yours so so much x

  7. 24th February 2015 / 4:09 pm

    I love it flower. Glad you went for it. I made myself some business cards for my blog last weekend which makes me feel so grown up and proper! X

  8. 24th February 2015 / 3:27 pm

    I like the new design – clean and unfussy but with little touches of personality shining through in things like the header.

  9. 24th February 2015 / 2:14 pm

    I love it!!! Love the colours, they are just beautiful! You deo made the right choice on style and designer!
    Suz xo

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:17 pm

      Thank you so much – I’m still in love with it!!!! Steph xxx

  10. 24th February 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Lovely knew design – you made the right choice 🙂

  11. 24th February 2015 / 11:00 am

    Ah how lovely, love the tribute to your original header design. Stray of new beginnings lovely and I adore your new design. Lush. Xxx

  12. 24th February 2015 / 11:00 am

    I LOVE your new design. It is totally the Steph I know and love. It is just perfect! But it is good to remember your old blog design with fondness. I now wish I’d taken a screenshot of mine. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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