hmm the relative path i used was:href="/Users/Catkustes/Desktop/sincerely curious html/sincerelycurious.css
the html is saved as a .html and the css file is saved as a .css
i'm not using apache and i don't have a local host set up. all i've been doing is writing the code in textwrangler and dragging/dropping into safari to see what it looks like. the html works but when i try and link to the the css it doesn't work. it works when i put the css directly into the html, although i'd rather keep it as a different file.