Hello 2017! So glad to see your shining face! This is mainly because I was so ready to leave 2016 in my dust. And even though I know for a fact that 2016 didn't actually kill anyone, it still just wasn't a great year for living. Refugees, people of color and celebrities were all equal when it came to being killed off in the year of 2016. But bless-ed be, we have a new year ahead of us! So here's to hoping that 2017 takes a complete 180 from last year. #GoodVibesOnly
Now, to talk about the most obvious 2017 change so far: the new blog layout! What do you muses think? I'm actually super, super in love with it. I can be fickle though, so I hope that my love for this new look lasts a long time. In the eight years that I've been blogging, I think I've changed my layout maybe four times, which I think is pretty standard. I decided to bite the bullet and actually pay for this template this time around. Before I just utilized some HTML skills to get the job done. But seriously, I've come to realize that buying the template (and then using my HTML knowledge for tweaking) is truly the best way to go. It was so simple to merge together, and I'm super proud of myself.
I think I deserve a pat on the back or a plateful of carbs or something. Quick notes: my main categories are right at the top for easy viewing (sticking with Lookbook, Inspiring Style and Movie Revews). You can find all my outfits under Lookbook; all my gift guides, product features and wish lists under Inspiring Style; and all my reviews on all things entertainment (movies, TV shows, books, music) under Movie Reviews. If you scroll to the bottom, you'll also find my Makeup & Muses category. This is a category that I will continue to add to, just not as frequently as the others.
I've also made it super easy for you guys to pin images, find my social media links, search my site and subscribe (at the bottom). You can also peruse the Muse Must Haves section at the top to shop some of my favorite items. This section will change randomly but will always feature 35 of the fashion accessories that I'm into at the moment. And everything opens in a new tab so you won't leave the blog! So I think that's everything. Let me know your opinion on the new look!
Here is one more change for 2017: Today is sadly going to be the last Monday Mingle Linkup with the fab ladies of Momtrends and Take Time 4 Style. But don't fret! Starting next Monday (January 9), I'm going to start my own weekly linkup. So you can come by the Muse every Monday and add your post to my Lookbook Linkup! So let's send the Monday Mingle out with a bang by adding your latest blog post below and be sure to stop by the ladies' blogs as well.
FYI -- the post title (and my hairstyle) are homages to the late great Carrie Fisher, if that wasn't super obvious. And, even though I find this quite hard to believe, I've apparently never worn this Altuzarra sweater on the blog before -- and I've had it for more than two years! Apparently it's been sitting in my closet under the impression that I'd worn it on the Muse in the past. I mean, I wear it in everyday life, but I'm happy that I have finally shared it. Better late than never.
On the Muse: | Altuzarra for Target Crane sweater (similar) | Shein ripped denim (similar) | Chinese Laundry Jinxy booties (similar) | H&M ears hairband (similar) | Charming Charlie saddle bag (similar) | 2SeeLife bridge-less crossbar tortoise sunglasses (similar) |