I understand that New Year’s Resolutions can be completely overrated; you can make a goal and decide to stick to it at any point in the year. But, as explained in previous posts, I really do enjoy using 1) the new year and/or 2) my birthday to reflect and think about what I’d like to accomplish in the near future. This year is no different.
I used my vacation time in December for the first time since 2014. Over the course of 18 days, I went on a weekend trip to Chicago, spent time with my family, read my growing pile of magazines, took a stained glass class, beat an escape room with a group of friends, got an oil change, and spent a few hours journaling about 2017 and setting goals for the new year. This much-needed break gave me time to relax and reflect, and what I came up with from the experience was an obnoxiously long list of resolutions for 2018. The things I want to accomplish range from eating clean and drinking more water, communicating with my parents more, seeking new creative projects, and stepping up my style.
In lieu of the later, check out my resolutions that pertain to both fashion and beauty below:
1. Wear something special every day
Given how much time and effort I put into creating a wardrobe that I enjoy, I feel that I should also put that same amount of effort into wearing an outfit each day that I actually love. I don’t have any problems with shopping and purchasing pieces that I know will give my outfit a “wow factor,” but when it comes to wearing them that’s a different story that requires a lot of self-confidence. For me, it’s been easier to stick to the basics, and avoid wearing anything that may make me stand out. But, I want to really use the upcoming year as an opportunity to take style risks and wear those special pieces that tend to collect dust in my closet. That means it’s time to break out those patent leather boots I’ve had sitting in a box, that matte lipsticks I’ve been hoarding, and my years old faux fur coat, which I’ve worn only a few times since purchasing it a few years ago. Basically, I want to have fun with my style.
2. Be more conscious about purchasing decisions
In 2016, I posted that being mindful about purchases was something that I wanted to accomplish. While I have tried to limit my fast-fashion shopping habit, and I am more knowledgable about issues in the fashion and beauty industries, I still feel like there’s SO much more I can do. I’d like to use this year to continue learning about sustainably as well as what I can do to lead a stylish life that is economically, environmentally, and socially sound. On top of that, I’ve recently learned about socially conscious organizations that, in part, sell clothing or beauty products to raise awareness and $$$ for their missions. Whenever it makes sense for me, I’d like to support projects that combine both fashion/beauty x social good, like those mentioned in my piece about Charlottesville.
3. Read the magazines I buy
Even though I’m a magazine editor, I rarely have enough time to read the fashion publications I regularly buy or subscribe to — we’re talking W, Vogue, Vanity Fair, WWD, Allure, and, so, so many issues of The New Yorker (man the writing is good, but there’s SO much of it in each issue). Considering the obnoxious amount of magazines I have piled around my home and desk, It’s likely obvious to my family and coworkers that magazines have always held a special place in my heart. And, on a more professional level, I also get an insane amount of inspiration for my own writing when I read what others in the industry are are working on. As I start 2018, I want to actually make a point to crack open each magazine I have, and read, dog-ear, and share (but never tear out) more stories.
4. Get rid of old shit
About twice a year, I deep clean my closet and vanity in an attempt to gather clothing, accessories, and beauty items that I no longer need or want. This collection is growing. I’ve become somewhat skilled at deciding which items to save or ditch, but, for whatever reason, I don’t seem to actually get rid of the things I no longer need. In fact, as I type this, a storage space in my house is filled with three bags worth of clothing and accessories and several boxes of beauty products I decided to get rid of years ago. Every time I decide to part with an item, I tell myself I’ll donate, sell, or find new homes for the pieces. But, instead, I half-ass it, and end up holding on to everything. This year, I’m legit going to do something about this. Right now, I’m on the lookout for women’s groups that may be accepting gently used items as well as solid resale organizations that may want to buy up my nicer pieces.
What are your fashion and/or beauty resolutions this year? Let me know in the comment section!