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Resolving to stick to resolutions

January 4, 2012

L-A: We’re finally back! I know, that was a seriously extended holiday and technically, we could have gone back at it for Monday, but we decided to wait to get Toddler G back in day care. And I was just lazy. Anytheway! Resolutions! I suck at these for two reasons: I don’t care to make them and therefore do not bother to stick to them. Because if you never resolve to go to the gym, you will never fail before February hits. But this year, I’m going to try to make a few fashion resolutions.

1. Wear heels more often.

Or wedges. Whatever. Point is, I have a great collection of shoes and I keep adding to that collection, but at the end of the day, I wear a pair of Joe Fresh ballet flats until they literally die. And I don’t use literally lightly. The pair I bought for $6 this summer has holes in the back of both shoes. Quite frankly, this is ridiculous.

2. Wear a pattern other than stripes.

At least once a month. Actually, I need to buy patterns other than stripes. My drawer is all nautical stripes and dark solids. It may actually be reaching a critical level of ridiculous (this is clearly the word of the day). Yet, I cannot stop. First pattern I plan to buy? Plaid.


In the spring, I may even consider a floral. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves too much. Just like it’s hard to quit holiday snacking cold turkey, it’s tough to quit a pattern. But I need to try. Because one of these days, clothing companies will stop making all stripes, all the time and my stash will wear out. And I need to be prepared, or else you’ll find me in tears on the bathroom floor trying to draw stripes onto a white t-shirt with a Sharpie. And that’ll be ten different kinds of not pretty.

3. Speaking of my dresser and closet.

Not only are they filled with nautical stripes, but they’re just plain full and unorganized. Perhaps 2012 can be the year when I Start to Get My Shit Together and organize my closet. Starting with a serious closet purge. Because sure the J.Crew halter dress that’s technically a bridesmaids dress is totally cute and a great colour on me, but if I never wear it, the cuteness is wasted. (Unless someone wants to invite me to a fancy summer wedding and the summer around here actually wants to happen).

4. And maybe then I can replace things with colour.

Because what isn’t a stripe, is either black, blue or grey. I need to start wearing colour. Bright ones. And more often. This is a scary prospect. Like florals, there’s something about bright colours that make me want to reach for an ativan. Dark colours are easy and they don’t get noticed. But you know that whole resolution people make to Do Things That Scare You? Well, I mostly scoff at this, but for once, at some point in spring/summer 2012, I will attempt to wear more colour and it will scare me. (I could start tomorrow, but really, I just refreshed the stripe collection when I was in Toronto and bought a navy jacket, so now isn’t the time to buy new, colourful things).

5. Wear lipstick more often.

I stole this from something Ann retweeted earlier today. But lipstick is the one piece of makeup I forget to put on. At the very least, a coloured gloss everyday.

If I start wearing it more often, maybe I can justify spending money on lipsticks instead of relying on those that are free with purchase. Like Lipstick Queen. There’s something so fancy looking about these lipsticks. I also dig that lipstick (and gloss and lipliner) is all they do. If that doesn’t make the lipstick worth it, I don’t know what does. But I’m getting off topic. Back to my resolution: wear fancy lipstick everyday.

I’m also going to to generally take better care of my makeup brushes, my skin, and whatnot. I usually have pretty decent skin and most people guess I’m a few years younger than I actually am (I assume they aren’t all being polite/feigning surprise when I say I’m not actually 28 or 29, thank you to my mom and her advice about moisturizer) and I’d actually like to keep getting such compliments. And I’d like to stop the recent tendency towards outbreaks. Especially those on my nose.

So that’s my attempt at resolutions. Also I resolve to do yoga until at least March, stick with my Weight Watchers plan, give back to YouTube (you’ll see what I mean by this soon) and try a new cookie recipe or two from my new Martha Stewart Cookies cookbook and calendar (I have both. But somewhat sporadically, as I just mentioned I’m sticking with Weight Watchers). We’ll check back next year to see if I actually managed any of this. Please feel free to share yours as I may want to steal any good ones.

Ally: I share a lot of these with L-A, but there are others that deserve attention as well. Therefore! I will be posting my resolutions (I hate that term) tomorrow. I don’t want to hold readers up anymore in order to get this up and posted for your morning coffee pleasure.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Meghan permalink
    January 4, 2012 11:25 am

    I’m also adding more color to my life via cardigans, camisoles and lipsticks.

    • la permalink*
      January 4, 2012 12:28 pm

      That’s an awesome way to add the colour. Much less scary than buying a fuchsia skirt or something.

  2. January 4, 2012 12:35 pm

    You inspired me to wear high heels today. I also should take on the colour challenge, but black, white, grey and navy is just so easy.

    • la permalink*
      January 4, 2012 12:40 pm

      Nice! I’m still wearing flats, but at least they’re fancy flats (pointy toes and clicky heels). But that’s because my only pair of heels at work today are open toe and it’s too damn cold for that. I’m going to bring in more heels next week – and then start wearing heels at least once a week.

    • la permalink*
      January 4, 2012 12:40 pm

      Also, I agree. black/white/grey/navy is easy. Which is why I do it. Today is a start – my stripes have red in them!

  3. Chris permalink
    January 4, 2012 2:08 pm

    Closet organizing: Goal: Actually wear the great stuff I have and stop buying more great stuff that never gets worn. (I started this summer and it seems to be working.) I take everything out of my closet but 10-12 complete outfits that I love (shoes/bags/accessories/unders). The rest go in rubbermaid bins/another closet. Next month comes, put away the old looks and pull together 10 completely new looks. Shopping now is way more fun because I’m on a mission for something to complete a look. AND… I’m actually wearing the stuff I have! (it’s sounds like a lot of work, but you’ll die at home much faster you can get dressed in the morning or before an event.) Hope that helps or gives you something to think about :)

  4. January 5, 2012 1:47 am

    I totes need to sort out my closet shizz as well. I mainly wear clothes from a giant pile on top of my dresser, while my closet is full of (probably) perfectly nice stuff I never remember I even own.

    I also really like the lipstick resolution, too. It’s supereasy to do, because if you realize one day “Oh, I’m not wearing lipstick!” you just put some on. Not as hard as being like, “Oh, I just ate lots of fatty food and didn’t go to the gym” where you can’t undo what you’ve not done. If that makes sense…

  5. January 5, 2012 8:52 pm

    First time visitor.

    Long-time lover of plaid.

    I am wearing it as I type this.

    And this.

    And now I am gazing longingly over at my closet full of plaid.

    • la permalink*
      January 5, 2012 11:38 pm

      It’s funny. I used to be all about the plaid. Now it’s the stripes. I need to learn to mix it up. (probably won’t happen).


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