Last week was always going to be a busy one, with working, blogging and preparing to go on holiday. But it turned out to be even busier than I expected. You may have seen the controversy surrounding Pipdig (many bloggers have themes from them) and the mass exodus to other theme authors. Basically, Pipdig have been accused of adding malicious coding in the P3 plugin to perform DDOS attacks on competitors. (You can read about it in detail on the Wordfence website.)
Well I’d been monitoring the noise amongst blogger Facebook groups and decided to sit on my hands for a while rather than react impulsively. I have almost no knowledge about coding so I couldn’t really make a judgement call on it, other than it seemed to be creating quite a sh*tstorm. Such is the strength of feeling in one particular group that all talk of Pipdig has been banned by the admins! As a temporary measure I did what was being advised as the very least bloggers with a Pipdig theme should do, which is upgrade to the latest version of the P3 plugin.
Frantically sending emails to my web host and theme author while the plane is waiting to take off isn’t the ideal start to a holiday!
But after a couple of days I felt it was time to make the move and find an alternative theme for the blog. Of course, nothing ever runs smoothly, I should know that by now. Just when I’d ironed out all the teething problems after moving to a new web host I had yet another project on my hands.
In hindsight, attempting to install a new theme and make the necessary tweaks the day before going on holiday wasn’t the best idea. Frantically sending emails to my web host and theme author while the plane is waiting to take off isn’t the ideal start to a holiday! But when things aren’t right they bug me and I have to get them sorted.
At first none of the links on the homepage were taking me to the correct post – it was like blog lucky dip!
Although I still have to make some changes to get the blog looking exactly how I want, hopefully you are finding it ok to navigate in the meantime. At first none of the links on the homepage were taking me to the correct post – it was like blog lucky dip! Pete had exactly the same problem on his phone too, yet my web host Stablepoint (whose customer service is excellent) said it was working fine for them. If you are having problems with the new layout please let me know and I’ll do my best to fix them.
Anyway, while all this was going on I had a million other things to do and needed a comfortable outfit. When we took these photos I’d torn myself away from the laptop, ran 10k and then had to go to the post office, do some shopping…and finish packing! I really don’t enjoy packing, I always worry that I’ve forgotten something extremely important – do you do that too?
I was also kind of testing out an outfit for travelling in, although ultimately I didn’t end up wearing this. But these Vionic Storm trainers are perfect for travelling – either to wear or pack. They are so comfortable, thanks to the arch support. But they’re also incredibly light so they won’t add lots of extra weight to your suitcase (I need all the help I can get in that department!).
After waiting ages to add some camo print to my wardrobe I ended up buying two pairs of jeans a few months ago.
The trainers are also available in navy in the UK, plus light pink and grey in the U.S. I chose black because I thought they would fit in more with my casual outfits, although it was a tough choice! I teamed them with a lace insert jumper, camo print jeans and a leopard print bag for a slightly dressed up casual look. After waiting ages to add some camo print to my wardrobe I ended up buying two pairs of jeans a few months ago. These are from Mango, but I also have some from Gap which are a lighter print, which I wore for November’s Style Not Age post.
SHOP THE LOOK
I added some fierce spiky jewellery in the form of a ring and bracelet (both very old), plus some mismatched earrings from Finery.
Have you been affected by the Pipdig controversy? If so what have you decided to do? I’d love to know what other bloggers using Pipdig themes think to it all!
Disclaimer: I was gifted the trainers in exchange for a review. All words and opinions are my own and complely honest. This post contains affiliates links which means I may earn a small commission for any purchases made through them, at no extra cost to you. This helps towards the running costs of the blog and is very much appreciated.
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