Just managed to update my journal with a custom style courtesy of scholarslayouts, isn't it pretty? I'm still trying to figure out how to add exciting text to the sidebar, but this is a huge improvement over the stock lj layouts. And since I plan to be on lj more often in the coming months (hear that, No Takebacks gals?), having a prettier journal will be a good motivation to leave RL behind and log in. Hooray!