Monthly Archives: December 2010

I'm Not Making New Year's Resolutions.

I’m not making New Year’s Resolutions this year. Things like losing weight, organizing my finances, spending more time with family and friends of course ran through my mind. For me personally, the word “resolution” is dooming me to fail because it focuses on what I need to change or do better. Instead, I’m choosing to have goals for the upcoming year, rather than resolutions. Here are the key differences for me:

  • A resolution is a vow or promise. A goal is a target.
  • A resolution is short-term. A goal is long-term.
  • A resolution is something you want to do or change. A goal is something you are pressing towards.

One article titled Make Goals Not Resolutions states you need to “follow the fun” to find the difference. The fun part about goals is when they are completed and accomplished {Goal: finding a job before June. Fun part: WHEN you find the job and land it.}. The end is when you are super excited! The fun part about a resolution is the announcement {“I’m going to spend time with family and friends more this year!”}

Goals need enforcement, publicity and accountability. When other people pressure you to pursue your goals, or even KNOW that you are trying to pursue your goals, you will be more likely to attain the goals. Having people in your life who know what you are trying to accomplish and support you will make pursuing your goals so much easier. It’s also easier when you surround yourself with others who are also looking to accomplish their own goals.

I’ve learned the importance of visualizing what I want to happen in the upcoming year and then placing myself in the mental, physical and social environment(s) that lead to success.  The same article reads: When people took the time to visualize exactly when and where they would do what they needed to do, they met their goals. Every year I’ve done a half@$$ job of thinking of last-minute New Year’s resolutions that always, always, always, are forgotten by the end of January. This year, I’m determined to set goals—both realistic and “out there”—that I want to see happen.

When you break a resolution, it’s done and over with. When you haven’t reached your goal yet, you are still in progress and pressing towards whatever you set out to do. There’s nothing wrong with trying to change something about yourself or your lifestyle, but viewing the change as a goal, rather than a resolution, is a more proactive and optimistic route toward fulfillment.

Here’s to pursuing goals and dreams wholeheartedly and confidently. Cheers!

I’m Not Making New Year’s Resolutions.

I’m not making New Year’s Resolutions this year. Things like losing weight, organizing my finances, spending more time with family and friends of course ran through my mind. For me personally, the word “resolution” is dooming me to fail because it focuses on what I need to change or do better. Instead, I’m choosing to have goals for the upcoming year, rather than resolutions. Here are the key differences for me:

  • A resolution is a vow or promise. A goal is a target.
  • A resolution is short-term. A goal is long-term.
  • A resolution is something you want to do or change. A goal is something you are pressing towards.

One article titled Make Goals Not Resolutions states you need to “follow the fun” to find the difference. The fun part about goals is when they are completed and accomplished {Goal: finding a job before June. Fun part: WHEN you find the job and land it.}. The end is when you are super excited! The fun part about a resolution is the announcement {“I’m going to spend time with family and friends more this year!”}

Goals need enforcement, publicity and accountability. When other people pressure you to pursue your goals, or even KNOW that you are trying to pursue your goals, you will be more likely to attain the goals. Having people in your life who know what you are trying to accomplish and support you will make pursuing your goals so much easier. It’s also easier when you surround yourself with others who are also looking to accomplish their own goals.

I’ve learned the importance of visualizing what I want to happen in the upcoming year and then placing myself in the mental, physical and social environment(s) that lead to success.  The same article reads: When people took the time to visualize exactly when and where they would do what they needed to do, they met their goals. Every year I’ve done a half@$$ job of thinking of last-minute New Year’s resolutions that always, always, always, are forgotten by the end of January. This year, I’m determined to set goals—both realistic and “out there”—that I want to see happen.

When you break a resolution, it’s done and over with. When you haven’t reached your goal yet, you are still in progress and pressing towards whatever you set out to do. There’s nothing wrong with trying to change something about yourself or your lifestyle, but viewing the change as a goal, rather than a resolution, is a more proactive and optimistic route toward fulfillment.

Here’s to pursuing goals and dreams wholeheartedly and confidently. Cheers!

Best Dressed 2010

Who What Wear’s Best Dressed: 2010

Best Import: Clemence Poesy
“We always love an import with a certain je ne sais quoi, and Clemence Poesy is truly a parfait example of said femme. Her effortlessly cool style has such French girl panache, and we know we can always count on the Gallic starlet for a flawless example of how to step out in a circle skirt—a silhouette she is able to parlay with enviably posh simplicity for both daytime and red-carpet worthy looks.”

MVP: Nicole Richie
“Everyone knows that Nicole Richie—who is an author/designer/actress/newlywed extraordinaire—certainly has a way with clothes. Nicole Richie can always be counted upon for her glamorous vintage-inspired sensibility, which she also seamlessly translates into herWinter Kate and House of Harlow 1960 lines.”

Fashion-Industry Favorite: Georgia Jagger
Georgia Jagger is clearly having a moment—in fact, her moment’s been going on for quite some time! The sexy, gap-toothed blonde and last year’s recipient of the British Fashion Awards Model of the Year award spent 2010 lending her curvy looks to a bevy of high-profile editorials, graced the covers of countless top mastheads likeHarper’s Bazaar and Australian Vogue, and caught the eye of Karl. Yes, that’s right: the va-va-voom, Bardot lookalike is currently the face of Chanel’s Resort 11 campaign after being handpicked by Lagerfeld for her ability to represent the modern girl.”

Reader’s Choice: Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung truly has her style profile nailed. The hip-Brit’s ever-quirky mix of au courant schoolgirl staples and key pieces from cult labels like Isabel Marant, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Russell & Bromley consistently makes her a reader favorite and one to watch. And let’s not forget her daring and prescient selection of 3.1 Phillip Lim’s tuxedo jacket and suspender trousers to attend the Met Gala early this year!”

Most Fashionable Fixture: Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller always wins us over with her bohemian-chic charisma—we know we can count on her to routinely inspire our music-fest best—yet, this year she’s subtly upgraded her personal aesthetic. Accordingly, since she has deftly displayed a knack for evolving while still staying true to the style profile from whence she came, we voted her most fashionable fixture and look to her as one of the year’s icons, prepared to stand the test of time.”

Best Fashion Pro: Rachel Zoe
“As a top tier, in-demand stylist, we can always count on Rachel Zoe to create a slew of killer red-carpet ensembles for her celebrity clientele. But this behind-the-scenes maven and reality TV star clearly has her own look down to an RZ. Whether she’s fearlessly dictating the trends in a ladylike maxi dress, stepping out in a signature fur, or piling on the vintage (Chanel) baubles, Zoe always looks amahzing!”

Risktaker Extraordinaire: Rihanna
“Holding fast to her title for a second year in a row, Rihanna never fails to excite us with her dramatic sartorial flair. While the flame-haired songstress has turned the volume down on her more aggressive, tough-girl looks as of late—making room for a chorus of ladylike and chic layered ensembles—she continues to step out in envelope-pushing style, like the high-contrast zigzag trousers and Balenciaga flats outfit we spotted her in last spring.”

Best All-Around Style: Kate Bosworth
“Fact: Kate Bosworth never looks bad. At this point we can safely say she has reached fashion icon status. Whether she’s running around town in Celine flats or making a red-carpet statement in a fabulous frock from an emerging designer, Bosworth’s sartorial choices are always interesting, keenly on-trend, and have you, dear readers, endlessly celebrating her personal style.”

Best High-Low Mix: Olivia Palermo
“The master of high-street-meets-designer dressing is consistently a reader favorite, and often provides further outfit intrigue by bringing lesser-known brands into the limelight. From editor-worthy ensembles marked by metallic accents or a belted silhouette to polished off-duty wear punctuated by Stubbs & Wootton flats, this brunette beauty always balances timeless looks with cutting-edge trends.”

Most Muse-Worthy: Diane Krueger
“Whenever we need inspiration for a fancy-dressing affair, we know we can turn to the Kruger-meister. The perennially-elegant half of one of our favorite stylish couples, the stunning star always declares her red-carpet presence with lust-worthy dresses that make us wish for a peek inside her assumed-to-be-immaculate closet!”

>>>Full WWD Best Dressed: 2010 article available here. Now. now.

Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.

>>>I love Wednesdays. Above you’ll find quotes jam-packed with inspiration and motivation. I can’t even decide which Words for Wednesday quoteI like the best today because so many are on my mind right now! Make today great! xo

Natural, lively, vibrant.


>>>Check out Osborn Design‘s first lookbook. The Winter 2010/Spring 2011 lookbook is filled with the inspiration that drives Osborn Design: natural beauty, Guatemalan atmosphere, lively textiles, vibrant fashion and, of course, beautiful craftsmanship. A list of places to purchase can be found here. You can also follow them on Twitter at @osbornds. Happy Tuesday!

Chanel Pre-Fall 2011

The runway looks:

>>>Gold chains, braiding, feathers, fringe, satin, mosaics. Almost exact opposite of Chanel’s Pre-Fall collection last year, the setting and feel of the entire collection looks intimate and almost other-wordly. Lagerfeld describes his 2011 collection as Paris-Byzance and expands: “The collection was inspired by the Empress Theodora and the lost culture of Byzantium. Theodora was a circus artist who became empress, like Chanel, who was a little singer and became a fashion empress.”

>>>Check out the full Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 collection on Style.com and more jaw-dropping behind-the-scenes pictures from The Cherry Blossom Girl.

May you always be courageous.

May God bless and keep you always
May all your wishes come true

May you always do for others
and let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars
and climb on every rod
and may you stay forever young
May you stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
and see the light surrounding you

May you always be courageous,
stand up right and be strong
and may you stay forever young
and may you stay forever young 

May your hand always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
when the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung

And may you stay forever young
may you stay forever young

>>>Although Christmas songs have been on repeat all week, I couldn’t get this song out of my head. It seems like all my blog posts this week are song-related, but I’m okay with it for now. Listen to Forever Young by Audra Mae & the Forest Rangers here. I hope you all had the happiest of holidays and enjoy a relaxing week with your family & friends!