What to Expect in 2017

Ann Taylor coat (old, similar), Madewell sweater, Rag & Bone jeans, Marc Fisher booties, H&M scarf (old, similar), Cambridge Satchel crossbody c/o, Ray-Ban original aviators







S H O P  T H E  L O O K

Happy 2017! How was your NYE? We kept things really low key by going to an early dinner at Departure and grabbing ice cream after. I’ve never been into doing anything crazy to ring in the new year, so let’s just say it was a much needed and appreciated date night. Since there was no stress to find the perfect dress or plan the perfect night, we were actually able to get a lot of rest last week. I’m feeling better than ever and excited to take on the new year.

To help kick off 2017, I thought it would be nice to fill you in on what you can expect going forward here on the blog. We’re in the process of giving this space a facelift. It seems like it’s a yearly thing, but I almost think it’s necessary because so much changes in a year. I want this space to evolve just as my brand evolves. We’re in the early stages, so I’m not sure when the new design will go live, but I will keep you posted. A email newsletter is also in the works. This has been a long time coming, so we’re really excited! Is a daily/weekly newsletter with exclusive content something you would be interested in?

Another huge goal for 2017, travel. I’m the biggest homebody and the fact that we work from home doesn’t help. But, I think I need to push myself and get out of my comfort zone. We have a couple places in mind already, but even getting out and exploring everything Oregon has to offer is a step in the right direction. Not only will it make for great content, but it will help the creative juices flow.  

We’re also working on a fun project that’s still a bit of a secret. It’s something Mike brought up in the fall and while the idea has been tweaked a bit since then, the gist of it has remained the same. Basically, we want to share more with you. I think you’ll fully enjoy it and you’ll learn so much more about me. More details on this to come…

And of course the fashion. You’ll continue seeing my outfits, helpful tips, styling tricks, and budget-friendly finds. I’m hoping to make my at-home try on’s and dressing room diaries a more frequent thing. I’m making my fitness a priority, so there will be more on my road to finding my health. Mike and I just came up with a new work schedule for me, so I’ll share more on that and how I’m finding a little more balance. There’s so many helpful and fun posts coming, I can’t wait to share. My Portland city guide should go live this month!

If you have anything you want to see more of on the blog, I’d love to hear from you. Email me, crystalinmarie@gmail.com, or leave me a comment below. I’m always open to hearing how to make this space a better experience for you. Cheers to 2017 and making it the best year yet!


  1. Georgina Russell
    January 2, 2017 / 7:24 am

    Happy New Year, I’m glad you had a nice break and are feeling refreshed and energised. Looking forward to see the updated blog and content and a newsletter is a great idea.

    • Crystalin
      January 3, 2017 / 8:14 am

      Yay, I’m so glad you’re interested :)

    • Crystalin
      January 3, 2017 / 8:15 am

      Happy New Year, Dana!

  2. January 2, 2017 / 8:38 am

    I hear you with the travel goal. We got a new puppy this year which has caused me to want to stay home most of the time, but I really need to get out more this year!

    Katie | WillowAndWhiteBlog.com

    • Crystalin
      January 3, 2017 / 8:16 am

      Dogs will definitely do that to you lol. But yes, cheers to traveling more this year!

  3. January 2, 2017 / 8:57 am

    Happy New Year, Crystalin! I’m excited to see what you have in store for 2017. I’m taking a long blogging break, but the good thing is that I have more time to really enjoy my favorite blogs and soak in all the fabulous.
    I’m so glad to hear you had a relaxing week between Christmas and NYE. Sometimes that is so much better than planning something big.
    XO! Gina

    • Crystalin
      January 3, 2017 / 8:17 am

      Happy New Year, Gina! Hope you had an amazing holiday. I can’t wait to start working toward all of our goals. I think this will be our best year yet :)

  4. Karrie
    January 2, 2017 / 9:07 am

    Happy New Year! I would really be interested in the newsletter. Everything else coming up sounds great too.

    • Crystalin
      January 3, 2017 / 8:18 am

      Okay yay! Love hearing feedback like this :)

  5. January 2, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Happy New Year! i feel like so many people had a quiet evening of celebrating this year and it’s been lovely hasn’t it! Sounds like some amazing things are coming your way! Definitely travel it can only make you wiser and I really think without travelling you can only write one chapter in your life!
    I look forward to seeing your blog grow

    • Crystalin
      January 3, 2017 / 8:19 am

      Happy New Year, Beth! I completely agree with you about travel. We’re super excited to start working toward all our goals. Can’t wait to share this year with you :)

  6. Cristina
    January 2, 2017 / 10:36 am

    I always wondered — how do you edit your pictures for the blog??

    • Crystalin
      January 3, 2017 / 8:20 am

      I will add that to my list of post ideas. Thank you!

  7. Heidi
    January 2, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Happy New Year Crystalin! Thank you for your continued inspiration and best wishes for the year ahead!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

    • Crystalin
      January 3, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Happy New Year, Heidi! Thank you for your support and for following along :)

  8. Annie Sun
    January 3, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    Happy New Year! I love all your posts, but especially the ‘Try On’s and Purchases’. I’m 5’1″ so it’s awesome that I can see how clothes look on you to gauge if it’ll look good on me without having to actually try anything on :-)

    Looking forward to the new styles and posts from you this year! Thank you so much.

    • Crystalin
      January 4, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Happy New Year, Annie! I’m so glad you like those posts. I will definitely be doing more of these in 2017.

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