A New Look For Apartment #412...(& a fantastic giveaway!)

Woot woot!

I'm so happy and excited to unveil the new look for my blog - Apartment #412. When I returned to blogging I knew I wanted a complete overhaul and as much as I'm a total diy-er sometimes it's just better (and easier) to leave it to a professional.

Enter Ellie of Rainy Day Templates. After looking at several designers online - the moment I saw her site I knew she'd be the person I'd contact. She offers really great templates at a very very reasonable cost. You can buy a template "as is" or customize it further by adding on features (again for a reasonable cost). Another bonus - she regularly retires templates so you can rest easy that not too many people will have your same layout - awesome. Everything is laid out really easy on her site so it makes the entire process a breeze. PLUS, she is super helpful and so quick to respond via email. All good things in my book.

I've actually been so looking forward to blogging this week but didn't want to post anything until I had a nice new look. I'm really visual and just couldn't bring myself to post pretty pictures and fun posts on, what I felt, was a "blah" site - so now that I LOVE the new look I'll be posting with a vengeance over the next few weeks =)

Ahhh, I just couldn't be happier with my new look. It's exactly what I had in mind. Simple, clean and super easy to navigate. Please look around and click on stuff - lol. I wish you all could feel the happiness I feel. Actually, what the heck - I WANT one of you all to feel the excitement and sheer joy that I'm feeling right now....so I'm giving away a template from Rainy Day Templates*! That's right. It'll cost you NOTHING** A nice shiny new template that screams YOU so we can exchange comments or tweets about how nice our blogs look ;)

Here are the rules:

First, you MUST be a follower of my blog. If you already are - great! (and thank you!) If you're not - just click on the 'followers' button on the sidebar over to the right hand side. Easy peasy.

Next, to actually have a shot at winning just go take a look around Rainy Day Templates then come back and leave me a comment letting me know what template you'd like.

What's that? You wish you could improve your odds? Okay fine. For ANOTHER entry simply tweet the following sentence "I just entered a back-to-blogging giveaway from @kayinto for a FREE blog template!"

And what the heck - for ANOTHER entry blog about the giveaway on your own blog. Even it it's just a sentence or two!

So there you have it! You can have up to 3 chances to win...and experience the new blog feeling that I currently have :) If you tweet or blog the giveaway be sure to let me know some how (twitter/email/comments).

The giveaway will close Monday, November 2 at Midnight EST. Winner will be randomly selected.

Good Luck!

Now for the fine print...please read them!

*Rainy Day Templates are only useable for the blogger platform. Sorry wordpress and typepad users!
**This giveaway is for an "as is" template at a max value of $35. The templates are pretty great as is - but if you'd like to further customize it you'll be responsible for the additional fee/s - which is/are pretty reasonable.
***This giveaway is ENTIRELY sponsored/funded/paid for by ME. It was not a donated gift or done in exchanges for services/review/my OWN new template. I am just really happy with the outcome and want to pass it on to someone. Plus, it's a nice 'thank you for sticking around until I felt like blogging again' gift :)


Mandy said...

AGGGGHHH!!!!! I love it!! So pretty, simple, and completely YOU!! I subscribe to your blog on reader, but the little follow thing isnt there any more.

I checked out Rainy Day Templates immediately (even before finishing this post, sorry!). I adore the Amelia one (is that what this one is?). She is fabulous!

Jeannine | The Small and Chic Home said...

I have looked at Rainy Day Templates time and again. Alas, the template I last "settled" is gone. The Sofie and Emily templates are my other favorites. I love three column formats!

Sue @ SimonsSistaSaw said...

Ooh, great give away idea and a great new design! Tough choice and whilst I like the Zoe, I think I would go with the Emily. Love damask, love teal. Perfect

ceecee said...

ur blog looks NICE! too bad i don't blog publicly.

###### said...

LLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOVE it..You know I have been having issues with mine but this is fresh and nice....I love my 3 column blog, but you got me thinking.....this is really good...the design is really what brightens the blog...GET IT GIRL

###### said...

I didnt see the giveaway....oh my word...PICK ME> PICK ME>>>>OH OH OH OH....ME ME ME

So Haute said...

Kay! The blog looks great! Love the new template and so glad to see you're back to blogging:)

Anonymous said...

Love the makeover!

LindsB said...

First of all I LOVE your new look here and second, this is like the BEST giveaway EVER!

I cant pick between Emmeline and Amelia templates, they are both pretty fab :)

T said...

I would really like to win this. I hate my blog layout right now mainly because it makes my posts seem so long and then [some] people don't read them.

I'm going to blog about this tomorrow (Entry # 2) and I'm about to Tweet it right now. I'll @reply you. Three entries. FTW!

Michelle... said...

Looks fantastic!

Mandy said...

I just posted about your giveaway on my blog!

Elizabeth said...

What a great giveaway, Kay! I love the "Amelia" design over at Rainy Day Templates. So simple and perfect!

P.S. Your blog redesign looks fantastic! Congrats on the new look.

Lovely Little Nest said...

I'm a follower, and my favorite design is the Sofie...or maybe the Emmeline...ahh I can't decide! I love them both :)

###### said...

ok..i did a tweet..count me in twice...i dont know which one i like...trust me i looked...i emailed the designer and still waiting.

DaVida Chanel said...

OMG! What a cool contest!!!! Rainy Day was a beautiful site!!! My two favs were Zoe and Evelyn; I also liked Misha!!! What a great contest! Off to tweet about it :)

Erin said...

I really love the Penelope. I would love to vamp us my blog, it needs some life!!!

amanda said...

i seriously ponder around rainy day templates for hours. i love the designs! gorgeous. and i really like your new layout. boootyful!

i adore marnie and love it. oh boy, my bloggy could definitely use some sugar and spice!

great giveaway...and i'm a follower :o)

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