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Meet the New Cup of Charisma

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Welcome to the new and improved Cup of Charisma!

From site crashes to CSS for Dummies, I’ve spent the last month redesigning my blog and revamping my message. (Here’s the secret: it’s all about you.) I’ve always been extremely passionate about social causes and finding my purpose in the world. I might spend 20% of my time stuck in my closet conjuring new looks, but what am I doing with that other 80%? The truth is for awhile I had no idea. All I knew is that I had so much energy for life and nowhere to channel it.

That yearning to find a space to call my own was the idea behind Cup of Charisma. I was filled with not just thoughts, but questions. You know the inner monologue… What’s my 5-year-plan? How can I make rent? Should I move to a new city? Will my parents be my roommates forever? How many engagement photos will it take before I crack? Maybe I should go to grad school? Is everyone more successful in their careers than me? And the kicker: What impact am I meant to make?

Being a twentysomething is no easy feat. To be quite honest, it keeps me up at night! Realistically, we’re in the most fundamental years of our lives and filled with potential to change the world. More and more research confirms that millennials feel committed to not just making money but finding a purpose. Yes, that frightening word that we’ve come to question. Climbing up the career ladder is no longer the “American dream.” There’s far more depth than that and the excessive need to find something to call your own can feel alarming. At the end of the day, we’re all “figuring it out” and we always will be. It doesn’t matter how many times you Google the costs of a NYC apartment or the amount of day dreams you have about going all Elizabeth Gilbert in “Eat, Pray, Love.” What matters most is that you embrace these feelings and turn them into good. With enough support and courage, we’re going to find where we need to be.

So what can you expect to find?

1. Socially conscious fashion features that make it easy to feel good while looking good.

2. The brand new “Inspire Series” featuring interviews from inspiring authors, bloggers, entrepreneurs, writers and world changers who took a chance to discover their place in the world.

3. Fashion… because, well, you know.

4. A little dose of culture.

5. Stories reflecting real-life concerns, inspirations and goals generated by YOU. As I go through my own quarter-life qualms, please feel free to send me your own: cupofcharismablog@gmail.com

I can’t wait to hear from you and share my journey. Let’s share some energized thoughts.

xo,

Jillian

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The look: Forever 21 floral dress, H&M blazer, David Yurman bangle, Forever 21 beaded bracelet and key necklace, Betsey Johnson gemstone and chain watch,Ā Kate Spade Saturday sunglasses, Dr. Martens X Agyness Deyn heart satchel, and Target navy suede shoes.

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  • Jules

    Love it!!!! Great job Jillian!

    • cupofcharisma

      Thank you so much, Jules! I have SO much to chat with you about. Me seriously need a girls day.

  • I absolutely love your new blog design! I’ve been looking into redesigning my blog page, any advice? http://fashionnewsie.blogspot.com

    • cupofcharisma

      Rachel, thanks so much for checking it out! It was… well, a mission. Haha. What platform do you use? I recently switched to WordPress.org because I wanted more control of my page and to eventually monetize it. I originally on a .com that offered limited opportunities. I made the transition using GoDaddy’s WordPress Manager and have been completely happy with their service. I’ve had to call several times (either after mistakes I made lol or just t oaks questions) and they have been SO amazingly helpful. I purchased a layout from Theme Forest but ultimately built my own features by adding widgets and messing with the customizable options. Unfortunately, I modified my theme’s code in the Theme Editor over the weekend right before my design went live because I thought I knew what I was doing. NEVER DO THAT. Lol If you want to add a tweak or have questions on how to fix something in whatever layout you download, don’t try to edit the theme on your own. Contact the theme’s developer. I basically crashed my entire website and had to rebuild it from scratch on Sunday. Also, check resources like Pinterest for widgets to include, image ideas, etc.

      If you have any questions at all, feel free to email me šŸ™‚ cupofcharismablog@gmail.com.

  • Loved this post! and loved your outfit. Very pretty. You’re a pretty girl with a prettier heart.

    • cupofcharisma

      Daysi, you make my heart happy. <3 I miss you! Thanks for reading!

  • Love it!!
    your blog looks beautiful and you look great in this post šŸ™‚
    Also, it’s YOUR blog so it’s so important that it resonates all the things that matter to you most.
    You have picked some great topics/directions…can’t wait to see them all unfold šŸ™‚

    XOXO,
    Martha

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