Sunday, August 21st, 2011

New Design is in Bloom!

Just a quick announcement to assure you that you are not going crazy — we have changed the design and layout of Temptalia! We hope you enjoy the new look and feel. :)

As with any new design, there might be a few bumps and bugs along the road, and we’ll be on the lookout for them ourselves, but if you discover any, would you please let Temptalia’s resident tech guy know? Send him an e-mail with the problem you are having/seeing along with any browser information (e.g. which version of what internet browser you use).


  • We have changed the narrower font per user feedback.
  • If there is an advertisement in the background, the flowers + blue background will not show up. Β We are still tweaking the way the background will look when these run.
  • We are continuing to improve on the search.

If you’re using Internet Explorer and something doesn’t look quite right, click “Compatibility View” (circled below) to see if the bug persists.

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

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224 thoughts on “New Design is in Bloom!

  1. JD

    this went into effect just as i was loading the second page to read more posts! what a GORGEOUS surprise! looks amazing :)

  2. Yay! It looks amazing! Great job guys.

  3. Bunny

    WOW!!!! It is sooooo beautiful, love it.

  4. Alyne

    OMG thats absolutely beautiful. I loved it!

  5. It looks beautiful Christine! So nice and refreshing :)

  6. sam

    this looks gorgeous!! i’m so happy to see temptalia growing πŸ˜€ you are definitely a role model!

  7. Lavanya

    This is so pretty!

  8. Sky C

    I love the I love love looove the new layout! :)

  9. this is really great and pleasing to the eyes! :)

  10. ooo me likey! but i definitely hit refresh a few times to make sure I was not going insane :)

  11. Flossy

    Gorgeous! Nice and springy :o)

  12. Gaby

    Wow, absolutely stunning layout! I love it Christine you rock!

  13. Bekah

    I love it. It’s amazing!

  14. Debra

    Very pretty, feminine but simple, a little like cherry blossoms.

  15. It looks fabulous!! Well done lovely …. and team.

  16. Lisa

    It’s really pretty, and incredibly bright, I have to dim down my brightness on my laptop. lol

  17. Ria

    I love it! It’s much easier on the eye than the old design – really calming and pretty. The only thing I’m not too keen on is the font change for the titles; I find it a bit narrow and harder to read.

  18. Rozae

    I love the new layout and design, so soothing. Good job!

  19. Liz

    I really like the new visual, but the hdeadline text (the title of the post, the black “new design in bloom” in this case) looks a bit blurry on safari. I just got the new safari for windows a few days ago so I’m not quire sure where to look for the exact version, but it should be the newest one as I literally got it 3 days ago. Really do like it though, good job! πŸ˜€ I’ll shoot an email with details to the tech-guy as soon as I’ve figured out the version of my browser!

  20. Jane

    So beautiful! Love it <3

  21. Jen

    It looks wonderful!!!

  22. starchild

    The new design is gorgeous!

  23. alyssa

    I LOVE THE NEW LOOK!!! its so pretty!! :) and i love your picture icon your very gorgeous!!

  24. Ana Carolina Ribeiro

    Great job! :) Looks very nice and light!

  25. Kristen

    Looks beautiful Christine!

  26. daphne

    this is amazing!!!!! i love this 1000000000000000000 times! the fonts are awesome!

  27. divinem (Melissa)

    Ooooohhhhh, preeettttyyyyy!!!!

  28. Eva Sofia

    OMG! this new design is so pretty! I love the colors and the cherry blossom tree. Awesome job Christine!

  29. AS

    I love the cherry blossoms and warm blue color! It feels so open, cheerful and relaxing – the contrast between the blue and your signature pink is really nice. It will be especially welcome in the winter for those of us who live in the cold as a reminder of spring. It also reminds me of the anime I watched as a kid when I lived in Japan in the early 1980s!

  30. Lauren

    Loving the new theme/layout Christine! Cherry blossoms are one of my favorite motifs

  31. Mer

    wow, I love it, especially the top menu part. Very nice.

  32. I love it – it’s very fresh, bright, and clean. I also appreciate the fact that it is still as easily navigable as before, but has the modern updates with the colors, subtitle fonts, and moving features on top of the stationary background. Excellent job, Christine, as per always :-)

  33. I love it, its so pretty!

  34. I was surprised when i was searching something on google and landed to new layout … to make sure its My VERY OWN Temptalia ….
    I opened it again in other browser and saw this post …

    okay am in my senses πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    loved this honey … so WOW

  35. looks really fab temptalia! i love cherry blossoms :) and the pale turquoise gradient is fab!

  36. I love it. Definitely one of my favorite flowers!

  37. LH

    stunning look fab job guys

  38. Rachael

    I really really hope your new design includes a faster loading mobile version with potentially less ads (to increase the faster loading). I really really hope for that!

  39. Very pretty! I love sakura, the new background and layout is gorgeous! Very beautiful :)

  40. shannon

    hi theres no more Facebook google plus twitter or youtube links, unless they are somewhere else? thanks! xx

  41. The cherry blossoms are gorgeous and the site works perfectly for me. Good work!

  42. Tigress

    I just got home from a long day at work and the new layout immediately perked me up. Nothing like pretty and girly to make you forget about your annoying co worker! Good job Christine and Shaun! :)

  43. alison

    so pretty! i’m totally stealing the background for a new desktop wallpaper, haha! :)

  44. Oh, I love it! Very whimsical, and just the right amount of “girly” – neither overboard nor underwhelming. Loving your new icon in the comment threads, too! :)

  45. LU

    The new layout is spiffy. πŸ˜› Although I miss the signature pink and this is quite bright; maybe bold the font for post titles as well? I LOVE the link bar on the top that now shows links for you to click on when you rollover a category, so much easier. I love your site Christine, I’m glad I got to see how much it has changed over the years! You’re doing a great job, and your boyfriend too.

  46. Jamie

    Absolutely love the new layout! So pretty!

  47. catelyn

    i absolutley love it! So fun

  48. Kat Muniz

    I miss the old layout! This one is just so… blue.

  49. Angelcat47

    The new site is so beautiful,Christine!! I especially love the flowers in the background…it will feel like Spring every time I visit Temptalia,even in the cold,dark Winter!! Kudos to Shaun as well.

  50. Very lovely. I like how the colors go together! :)

  51. michelle

    I love the background. The layout is very nice and it adds a freshness too the site. I think it looks asain inspired and I love cherry blossoms. Great job!

  52. Love the new layout!!!

  53. Nadine

    That is sooo beautifuk *-*
    and i also like your new picture that appears in the comments.

  54. Amy

    I love it sooooo much, Christine! Although I could be a bit bias since I love white, blues, pinks, and pastels ATM xD! It’s so refreshing with hints of oriental style, though it doesn’t lose the professional feel of Temptalia :) Β It seems so happy and refreshing to look at, like mint for my eyes xP

  55. Thalie

    Love it ! Great job !

  56. Carie

    I love it! It’s so fresh and fun πŸ˜€

  57. I can’t see the cherry blossom background on the top by the logo, it’s just blank white with the white Temptalia logo. :( I’m using Firefox for reference.

  58. kasiaj85

    awwwwww :) this looks super awesome! bravo!!

  59. BooBooNinja

    I love the new design! It’s girly without being overly girly, soothing, and refreshing.
    It makes me smile. :)

  60. Nicole

    Looks sensational! I am on safari and have no blurriness of any fonts. I love the new fonts! The only tiny bit of feedback that I can offer is that the “New Design in in Bloom” title, the black on pink (not subtitle in aqua), kind of gets lost a little because it is in the middle of 3 pics and a fair bit of pink….Not sure if it really matter though :)
    Great work, you (and tech-man) are really talented!

  61. Ana G.

    LOVED IT Christine!!!Congrats on the design update!!

  62. Jennifer F

    :( I can’t see it :(
    I see it for 2 seconds and then it gets covered up by all of the adverts around the edges of the page :(
    Also the typefaces look strange, there are shadows missing from ‘Get updates by email’ and when I was scrolling down the main page, the MAC makeup bag post looked strange because the release text looked to be in Times and I wasn’t sure it should be as nothing else is in Times. The condensed typeface for the headings looks the same as it always has, nothing like your screengrab. The tabs along the top are in the wrong typeface (not condensed). Some of the coloured boxes are missing too. I’ve tried the compatibility view but that makes everything worse – boxes on top of each other.

    The screengrab looks great though lol! Look forward to seeing it properly :)

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Per user feedback, we changed the titles of the fonts. The shadows behind “Get Updates By Email” show just fine for me. Perhaps you could share browser and its version you are using – it is hard to help you if we don’t know what program you are viewing the site in and again, if you have issues, please email our tech guy so he can help you! :) Thanks!

  63. I love the new design. Very calming.

    One thing though. Maybe that’s just me but I’m missing the “home” button. It made going back to the front page easier. Now when I’ve read a post in total, I have to click on the address bar and have to change it manually. But as I said, maybe that’s just me.

  64. neringa

    amazing, loving it!!

  65. Love the new backround – very pretty colors

  66. Um Saeed

    Wonderful relaxing design, thanks for your great work. but may i ask where is the “home” button? cannot seem to find it!

  67. Yazmin

    its such a pretty layout when i click onto a page and it refreshes but then it dissappears with the large h n m wallpaper

  68. it’s really lovely ^^

  69. Fiaspice

    I love the new theme!

  70. Sam

    It’s so beautiful! I love it! It’s simple but not boring, and the colors are stunning. A+ :)

  71. Margaret

    I love the new layout!!! my two favorite colors!!!!

  72. So pretty, I love cherry blossoms ( I hope they are) :)

  73. shuz4ever

    Christine, wow…LOVE the new look – i’ve been staring at the screen for the longest time – so pretty n chic. Adore the cherry blossom wall paper n the new colours. I’m just getting around to exploring all the changes – i see the tabs are insta-info and more user friendly – hah never thought u’r blog could get better and then u and Shaun surprise me again, and again, and yet again. I am having issues with page loading; the ‘like’ button vanishing when i click on a post etc. but i’m sure those kinks will get worked out in a day or two. Great job once again – and thanks for all that u do.

    • Hmm, what browser/version are you using with the Facebook issue? It was an issue at some point during testing, but I know we resolved it – but maybe it slipped by on a version (though we do testing on IE6+, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome)!

      • shuz4ever

        Christine, i am using IE8 – ‘like’ + ‘love it – leave it’ buttons are now fixed – thanks – couldn’t reply earlier as each time i clicked on ‘comments’ or ‘reply’ or any page beyond homepage the IE stopped working – and auto reloaded – kept getting a message ‘problem with this webpage caused IE to stop working’…then ‘tab has been recovered’…blah blah :( keeps happening :(

        • Could you please email our tech guy? I don’t solve any of the technical problems, so I can’t help you. It’s much better to let him know via email so he can follow up, ask questions, etc.

  74. artemis

    i love it! soooo sweet <3 if i had a site i would want it to look just like this

  75. Cindy v

    I’m on my iPhone right now, and I see the gorgeous design when the page first pulls up, but then sadly it disappears once it’s finished loading… Just wanna let you know

  76. EfbE_0033

    I absolutely love the new design, so gorgeous, so feminine and so fresh !
    This light blue background is a very good highlight for the posts, and the combination of this light tealish blue and pink is really pretty !

  77. rachel

    instantly fell i love! great choice.

  78. Tina

    What an absolutely beautiful layout! It’s so pleasant, serene, and easy on the eyes. This will make my daily visits even more enjoyable. Great job!

  79. Tina

    PS. I am loving the search bar and sort option. Makes finding things on your blog SO easy and accessing your series and regular posts a breeze.

  80. pam

    Looks awesome! I love it!

  81. Leti

    Hi Christine, beautiful background. Love it. In the past, when I viewed your website on my smart phone (which I do 9 times out of 10) it was in ‘mobile view’. Now it is not?

    • We were having a couple of issues that weren’t getting resolved (we didn’t design our mobile site), and until they are, we had to keep it as the full site.

  82. SO pretty! I loved the pink look too, but anything floral is awesome :)

  83. Miss Ruby Rouge

    Cherry Blossoms!! YAY!! I absolutely adore it, Christine!! πŸ˜‰ <3 Michelle xXx

  84. Anya

    Christine, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love it, it’s the best facelift ever πŸ˜€

  85. SA

    I’m loving the new look! It’s fresh and pretty!! Keep up the great work, I adore your website :)

  86. Hope

    can you please give us an option to use the old layout?

    i like the flowers and header but the actual reviews (aka why i’m on this site) are hard to read compared to the old skin.

  87. Stephanie

    Wow it looks fantastic!!

  88. Ashley Sarah

    I love this. I think it looks great!

  89. Diana B

    Gorgeous !! Thanks for making my favorite website even more of a pleasure to look at.

  90. Sarah

    When there’s an ad for the background, the logo doesn’t show up.
    Other than that, it’s really nice. Will take some time getting used to though haha

    • Yep, the ad becomes the background, so the one we have normally will not work – since we just made the change this weekend, our ad network still needs to adjust the background (the white – it was white because of the previous layout). Thanks!

  91. Violet

    I kinda like it, although I think the turquoise is a liiitle too bright. I’d love it a lot more if it was a shade or two paler to be honest. Something else I’m not crazy about is, the shade of pink of the top bar doesn’t work with/match the lighter shade of the cherryblossoms and the one used everywhere else. It’s just too red based.

    Otherwise, quite beautiful.

  92. Aw, I love it!! It’s a really nice change. I love pink, but this color is actually a really nice choice :)

  93. This is really pretty! Less pink and more contrast makes it really easy on the eye too! Maybe you could do a look inspired by the colors of your new template. =)

  94. Devi

    Haha, I like it! I was wondering recently why the site was pink when your favorite colors seemed to be green/teal.. glad to see there’s a color scheme that’s more closer to your favorite colors! The cherry blossoms are a nice complimentary touch!

  95. Ashley

    I really really love it! It’s so pretty and just..pleasant :)

  96. Roberta

    I love this new design!! So calming. I love flowers in bloom with the skyblue background. Exactly what I would take a picture of.