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Monday, January 2, 2017

You're My Only Hope

2017...you're my only hope.

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) |


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29 comments

Kizzy Von Doll said...

Happy New Year lovely!! I hope it's a fantastic one for you...great outfit :) x

Rachelle Pinksole said...

loving the new blog layout and your jeans are perfect. Love this fun outfit.

xo
Pinksole

Pooja Mittal said...

love the sweater
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Amy Johnson said...

Fabulous sweater! Happy New Year!

Courtney Erin said...

I am beyond relieved that 2016 is over. Good things did happen for me on a personal/professional level but none of that has changed my opinion that the year was a total garbage one. I hope 2017 is an improvement (honestly, if it's worse then we're all screwed....).

Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Happy new year to you Cheryl! A new blog look is a fabulous way to kick off the new year! The new design looks really clean and well organized!

Elizabeth Allcock said...

Happy new year! Your new blog looks fab and love the colours black and gold.

Ari van den Berg said...

Girl... your new layout is fire

Tanvi Rastogi said...

Love the new layout. So simple and chic.

Can the look is just so you. The sweater is very edgy and yet wearable. Love it.

❥ tanvii.com

RKCSouthern said...

I adore this outfit, head to toe! Had to pin it on my 'street style board'! I love that kitty headband and those booties with the distressed jeans!

Emmylou MW said...

The Force is strong in this new layout.

No....but seriously....love it, Cheryl! Very sleek, and I like that you made the menu the way it is. Very easy to navigate for sure:)
PS Love the sweater.
PPS Happy New Year to you as well!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

So happy you love the layout, dear!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

Definitely hoping this year is better than the last!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

So happy you appreciate the new look!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

Edgy yet wearable -- exactly!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

Awh, that's so sweet of you. Happy to hear that you love the look. I'll have to check out the pin!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

Lol, thank you. Glad you like the new sleek look.

Kristin and Megan said...

Loving the new layout! So so gorgeous!

LyddieGal said...

The blog looks clean and fresh and you did a great job! Cheers to a new year and a fresh start.
Chic on the Cheap

Mz Neti said...

I Love the sweater and those shooze. Great layout and it is Kris! But I liked the old layout too. Happy 2017 to you my dear.

Rach DiMare said...

I love the new layout! It looks so good! I need to work on mine haha!! You are killing it in that sweater!

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Carly said...

looking FAB as always my friend. That sweater is insane cute- and love it off the shoulder like that! #andthosejeans gah gah gah

204 Park said...

LOVING your new site! Happy new year, here's to an amazing 2017! XO

Alas de Angel said...

Beautiful look!
Kisses!

·Alas de Angel·

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Loving the new blog look!

In Spades said...

Love the new layout and your ode to Carrie Fisher!

Elle Sees said...

Love the new layout, your recap, and your sweater!

Lorena said...

I hear ya, 2016 was not my year.
Let's hope that 2017 delivers !
Loving that fun sweater C.

Stef said...

Here's to 2017! Love your outfit ^_^

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