A Contradictory Life

New look. For me AND for you! [[ Giveaway ]]


If you are not a brand, you are a commodity. - Philip Kotler

We all know that when we first start blogging the look and feel of our sites are…uhh…questionable, at best. I cringe when I think of what my first blogspot site looked like! I quickly moved over to WordPress though and have not looked back. I tried two different free themes but soon got frustrated with the fact that my blog was just so bland and boring.

I started developing a relationship with Creativ Natives and last year they perfected the new look and functionality of my blog! This year, I decided that I needed a real header image (not just one I made on Paint – yes I am *that* graphically retarded) and at the same time thought to update my social media profiles too. I have read, and loved, the creative living blog Clever Bird Banter for a while and the lady behind the blog – Andrea Barras – is also a creative consultant and freelance graphic designer. I had a look at her portfolio and my mind was made up; I thought her work would perfectly fit my style and wow I was so right!

Both Creativ Natives and Andrea Barras Graphic Design  & Creative Consulting have very generously sponsored a blog/website re-design and header image respectively to the total value of more than R2500!

Creative Natives logo

Andrea Barras Creative Consulting and Graphic Design


If you want a customised theme that reflects your unique style and blogging habits and that includes layout features that would make your life, as well as that of your loyal readers, easier, this competition is for you! Creative Natives can customise a fully responsive WordPress blogging theme. If you are the winner, you will brief them on what your ideal blog would look like (I even sent them links to my favourite blogs outlining/mentioning/took screen shots of why I liked certain parts of those particular blogs and sent them a whole bunch of ‘inspiration’ images I had collected) and you will work together to create something that suits you!

Category templates, plugins, and custom css styling will be incorporated to get the layout and design required. Custom fields and meta boxes will ensure the website is easy to update and maintain – giving you full control and improving the functionality of your self-hosted WordPress blog. Do remember though, the winner of the competition will have to move to a self-hosted WordPress blog – if you currently blog on blogspot or have a www.blogdomain.wordpress.com blog – you will have to change over. I host my blog with Creativ Natives as they really are cost-efficient and this ensures that all features they added works efficiently.

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I love the layout of my blog and working with Creative Natives was such a pleasurable experience; they are professional without being stuffy and efficient without rushing the job! The entire experience was fun and exciting which was perfect as this is exactly what blogging is for me. I was so excited when I started chatting to them about redesigning my blog as my old one was stale and boring. They definitely managed to capture “me” and incorporated endless ideas and thoughts I sent them – their flexibility and interpretation of my ideas was great. I really think anyone would love working with them and think this is a great opportunity to do so!

My experience of working with Andrea was just as great! She read through loads of my posts and asked me lots of questions to get a better feel for everything which I thought was such a lovely personal effort to get to know me and, as a result, the personality of my blog. I loved even her initial concepts and I had so much fun playing around with different images, textures, feels and combinations that she sent me. I am so very grateful for her patience until I was completely happy – which I most definitely am! The giveaway is for a Blog Header design but if you would like to add designs for a Facebook Header, Twitter Profile, Business Card and Email Signature you can chat to her and she will be more than happy to create an entire package for you (the extras will be at your own cost).

My blog header image as seen at the top of the page:


My Twitter profile looks so beautiful and fits in well with the overall design and personality of the femmegypsy brand! The elements used:





The header on my Facebook page incorporates all the aspects of the content of my blog and is fun too!

femmegypsy-facebook-headerThe business card and email signature design:


I love everything and really could not be more excited about it!

A HUGE thank you to both sponsors for this really fantastic giveaway! Now, get entering so that you can also experience the pleasure of working with these unbelievably creative and special people!

(The giveaway will run for one month at which point I will choose the winner using random.org on the Rafflecopter website.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

[[ WINNER ]]

Well done Monique Warner! In your comment below you mentioned that you would love to update your photography blog with a customised design and an awesome blog header and I am so excited for you and confident Creative Natives and Andrea Barras will do a fantastic job – I cannot wait to see the final result 🙂

A massive thank you to both the incredibly generous and talented sponsors!


The winner is picked randomly on Rafflecopter and the results are powered by Random.org.