2013 in Review

{I had the best experience working with Gap Inc. }

{finally made my life easier by purchasing this beauty}

{Mike and I headed back to Santa Barbara where we met almost 9 years ago}

{found out how much I could love when we welcomed this fur baby into our lives}

{we’ve seen Lola grow into such a sweet pup and have learned a whole lot of patience and unconditional love}

{had the pleasure of working with brands I love and admire like AG, Nordstrom Rack, Gap, Banana Republic, Missguided, Rachel Roy, Torn by Ronny Kobo, and DSW.

{I got my braces off!!!}

{made some incredible friendships through blogging}

{made a handful of trips up to the city that I love and miss so much}

{relaunched and rebranded the blog from In the City with Crystalin to Crystalin Marie}

{visited family in Oregon}

{enjoyed a true summer for the first time since living in San Francisco}

{discovered the land of Ebay and all of it’s amazing finds!}

{launched Crystalin’s Reviews}

{blessed to have had so many great conversations over yummy meals}

{had one of the best and most memorable holiday season with family}

{made so many amazing memories with my best friend}

Happy New Year! I didn’t realize how big 2013 was for me until I was putting together this post. We started the year off settling into our new digs in San Jose (from San Francisco). We made a huge decision to get a puppy. Although it’s been a lot of work and has involved many changes, Lola is the other love of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way! After almost two years, I finally got my braces off! Mike and I were able to take a handful of mini trips to Santa Barbara, Capitola, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon.

Business wise, I have learned SO much this past year. I have had the pleasure of working with different brands I love and admire. The relaunch of Crystalin Marie was a challenge but an experience in itself and I learned just how far I could push myself. I was finally able to see my vision come to life with Crystalin’s Reviews. This website is still a work in progress and I’m excited to see where it goes in 2014. The blog has seen a tremendous growth, recently, and I can’t wait to see where it goes in this upcoming year. I have new ideas and visions for content that I think you’ll really enjoy. 2013 was also the year I finally put myself out there in terms of meeting people. I’m so thankful to have met friends and like minded people through blogging. You ladies have encouraged me and keep me inspired, thank you so much!

Overall, 2013 has to be up there with one of my best years. I have learned so many new things about myself, my relationships, and my business. I have grown up A LOT. I can only hope I take what I’ve experienced and continue to grow in every area of my life. My main goal for 2014 is to find a better balance between it all… oh and also, to finally finish decorating my office.

Thank you for your continued support, comments, emails, tweets, messages, and likes. I read every single one of them and they mean so much to me. You guys are the ones who allow me to follow my dreams and do what I love. Thank you!

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  • You’ve had an amazing 2013! What a year!
    I can’t believe you and Mike have been together 9 years!! =D
    I have genuinely enjoyed following your blog and can’t wait to continue seeing more from you!
    Cheers! Happy 2014!

    • Thank you so much, Nancy! Loved getting to know you this year and following along your journey as well. Thanks so much for all your support :). Now let’s just be sure to meet up this year!

    • Thank you, Chelsea! And thank you for all your support and for always leaving the sweetest comments :). Happy 2014 to you!

  • Wow, the end of the year was such a whirlwind, I didn’t get to stop by as much as I wanted… but I have just caught up & what a fabulous year it was! Cheers to more to come in 2014!


  • What an incredible year! I enjoy following your life and I look forward for more this year ;)
    Wishing you all the best for 2014!
    PS: I’ll be traveling to San Fran from the 9th to the 18th so if by any chance you make a mini trip on those dates, let me know as I would love to meet you in person ;)

  • I just started following you this year and have really enjoyed it. I love year end reviews. Also not to rush you or anything, but seeing you and Mike be so cute in these posts I couldn’t help but think how much I am looking forward to a Crystaline wedding! I die to just think about how lovely it would be, with your since of style and styling –it would be AH-mazing!
    Cheers to 2014!