We’ve officially survived the Mayan Armageddon, yet another presidential election and a handful of fashion weeks the world over. But when it comes to our closets, have we really moved forward? The internet is full of New Year’s Eve fashion resolutions, but we wanted to take a more local approach to discover what our readers were really thinking. We scoured the streets of New York City to find out what style habits its citizens want to break, change, or start in the name of the New Year and you’ll never guess what resolution admissions they revealed.
Here’s hoping that that their experiments in aesthetic evolution might influence some stylish science of your own!
Hometown: Far Rockaway, Queens
New Year’s Fashion Resolution: Adding pants to her wardrobe and experimenting with chunky heels
Hometown: New York City
New Year’s Fashion Resolution: Dressing more businesslike
New Year’s Fashion Resolution: “Stay true to my personal style.”
New Year’s Fashion Resolution: “Wear better jeans”
New Year’s Fashion Resolution: “Wear more blouses”
New Year’s Fashion Resolution: “To take more fashion risks”
Hometown: Hackensack, New Jersey
New Year’s Fashion Resolution: “To be less label-conscious”
New Year’s Fashion Resolution: “More makeup”
The Divas & Dorks Guide to Making A Fashion Resolution of Your Own:
1. Make it fit your life now, not 12 months ago.
Take a second to look at how your day-to-day schedule, commitments, personality, relationships, work life, down time, and general lifestyle have changed over the past year. Then look at your wardrobe— does the tone of your personal style match that of your personal attitude (i.e. bolder color palette for a bold personality, more tailored/body-conscious pieces for a more confident body perception, etc.)? If not, pinpoint where it’s going wrong, and reconstruct it to reflect the current you— or, on the flipside, the you who you’d like to be in the New Year.
2. Make sure it’s doable.
DO NOT, we repeat, do not aspire to spend insane amounts of money or to rack up ridiculous credit card bills in the pursuit of your fashion revolution resolution. Do what the real fashionistas do— emulate design, not etymology. Rather than getting hung up on labels, make a pros-and-cons list of what you love about your favorite designers’ designs, and scour your favorite stores for their more-affordable incarnations. Allow yourself to invest big bucks on one piece that simultaneously captures your new attitude and straddles fashion borders (i.e. day-to-night or work-to-downtime).
3. Commit to the change.
Don’t be afraid to break your former fashion cycles. Trust that those who love you will welcome your fashion attitude as a reflection of a new and better you on the inside— that the change in your style cycles reflects a renewed sense of confidence and a reinvestment in self.
Do you have unique fashion resolutions for the new year? What are they? (Share your ideas below…)
After the chaos of the holidays are over you may be in search for places of peace where you can envision yourself sitting quietly, enjoying the view and/or great company, or getting your mind together for the new year and those new resolutions. Here are three spaces in your own home that could serve as a mental vacation for you and your friends and family!
Below is a space we like to call “Happy Hour for Two”. A long hallway with two seats, no TV, nor any other distractions as well as soft lighting and a few wall accents is all you need. Great debates, planning, and/or brainstorming could take place here and with any kind of functional relationship, communication is key. If you have a long hallway with a little extra space you can put it to use!
This is totally a “Summertime Sanctuary”, with your glass (or pitcher) of White Sangria placed on the table for you and your friends, you could have an iPod docked somewhere close by and enjoy your music of choice while solving all of the world’s problems. Any outdoor area can be transformed with the right furniture whether a patio, backyard or poolside, and now is the perfect time to get a great deal on outdoor furniture since it’s out of season. You can have it ready before Spring arrives. After all, sunshine and fresh air are the perfect combination to unwinding at the end of a long day or week and refueling for the next.
This is a MUST HAVE to complete the aura of relaxation in your home. Steal away, if only for a moment, and relax in your own luxurious bath while watching golf, or turning to one of the all-music channels and reflecting if you are able to add a TV or radio. You can create the perfect bath-time environment by adding candles, floral accents, and soft lighting. Perfect private getaway right on the other side of your bedroom!
Take advantage of these spaces in your home and you’ll be amazed how often you can escape the hustle and bustle of the world. Turn your home into the vacation spot you’ve always dreamed of having and feel more refreshed than ever before.
How will you change your home and relax better in the new year? Tell us below…
As 2012 comes to a close, many of us are looking back eleven months and wondering what happened to those New Year’s resolutions we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. While we hope that you’ve had success with many of those, we have found some of the most common resolutions that won’t require drastic lifestyle changes in order for you to keep in 2013.
Fitness and Weight Loss
The push to get to your ideal size is a common goal, especially at the start of a new year. With months and months ahead of you, you might begin to develop a workout plan that you start with vigor, but one that fizzles out after the summer months and bikini season come to an end. In 2013, try developing a workout plan that’s not too complicated and can be kept for an entire twelve months. That way, when 2014 rolls around you won’t find yourself struggling to hit the same goal. Try things like replacing snacks like cookies and chips with healthier alternatives like fruits and vegetables. Also, try not to be a couch potato. Scheduling fifteen to thirty minute workouts into your day either early in the morning or before going to bed are easy ways to help you reach your goals.
One the most common pitfalls, when it comes to making a resolution of better spending, is making an unrealistic goal. Start the year off knowing exactly what your intended income will be and make a monthly budget that reflects that amount. While you might be subject to a raise at your job or monetary gifts from family and friends, consider any additional income money that whichcan be put into a savings account. Crystal Colclough, financial advisor and founder of BlackChicksWithCents.com says, “Determine your net worth by figuring out how much you have in assets and how much you have in debt. Create and budget then find the leaks and plug them”.
If you go to work every day and leave feeling like the day has been wasted on work that hasn’t fulfilled you in any way, setting a goal to land a new gig isn’t a bad idea, and while the job market may seem scarce, it is not an unrealistic goal. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to pull out that stellar resume of yours and update it, adding any new skills or awards you might have acquired during the previous year. Were you named employee of the month? Did your job offer training that allowed you to gain certification in an area you weren’t certified before? These are great examples of resume enhancements that can help you land that dream job you’ve been searching.
Don’t let a fear of not accomplishing certain goals stop you from making New Year’s resolutions for 2013! Write them down so that this time next year you can look back and check them all off.
Tell us some of your realistic resolutions below…
The countdown to the New Year has begun! Many are now declaring their excitement for a “New Year, New Me”. The most common resolutions year after year are kicking bad habits, improving finances, advancing in careers, having a more positive attitude and/or better love life, losing weight and lastly, eating healthier. Every year many of us wait until the clock strikes twelve to change our ways, and every year more than half of us don’t make it through the entire month before we are back to our old habits. Yet, people continue to make the same resolution every year, in hopes that this year their commitment will finally stick.
Others have simply stopped making New Year’s Resolutions all together. Those who don’t make resolutions might be onto something. Here’s why: You’ve already had over 300 days of cringe-worthy dates, disappointing paychecks, and heavy duty moments weighing in on what areas of your life need improving. The anti-New Year’s Resolutions people have not given up on changing their life for the better. Instead their mindset is “why wait another month to make a change, when the first day of you working on the “new you” could be today?”
With three simple steps you can set yourself up for success and have a better a chance at not dropping the ball before the ball drops.
The first step towards weight loss has always been going to the gym and signing up. Of course, after the first great workout the motivation wears off and the only thing getting smaller is your bank account as the automatic monthly fee -for the membership you stopped using- continues to deduct itself. Like any resolution, deciding to get in better shape by preparing to do so is an action-oriented step. While preparing to make self changes the most important thing to do is research. Look into how much you want to lose, how much you want to save up, etc. and decide on a realistic time frame to make it happen.
Then set up your environment so that your goal is attainable. For example, many people choose a gym based on the best deal or the amenities, but finding a gym that you are going to visit often is all about location, location, location! Find a gym that’s close to your job so you can fit in a workout before you clock in, during lunch or right after you clock out. Also, always have your gym bag stocked and at the door so there is no excuse to leave home without it.
Once you have found a place that fits your needs, location, and schedule it’s time to put your plan into practice. Play around with different types of workouts until you find something you like and fall into a rhythm. It’s about building up until your practice becomes an enjoyable routine. It’s not about perfection. Start with one day a week and continue to build. Try going at different times on different days to see which are best for you. Try out different equipment until you find the ones that will help you reach your ideal body shape.
Preparing through planning and research, then practicing until you get into a comfortable groove helps you to build a foundation so that you can persist to the finish line.
Persistence is the driving force when you’re having a bad day or don’t feel as motivated. It’s the voice in the back of your head that keeps reminding you that you’ve already come so far. Once you have this your resolution has become a habit. These steps can apply to any of the things you want to improve about yourself. The key is being proactive. Many of us never leave the starting line, or lose steam early because we think of the resolution as a solution, as opposed to the first step in a proactive decision to be a better version of ourselves. Think about it, if you are proactive about taking the necessary steps to self improvement now, then by the first day of the New Year you will be ahead of the game.
Tell us some of your resolutions and how you plan to keep them below…
Even the President had to reapply for his job this year, indicating the perfect timing for us all to take stock of our desires for a better career moving forward. (Congratulations to President Barack Obama TIME Magazine’s 2012 Person Of The Year) Most working Americans spend roughly the same amount of time working each day as they do sleeping—even more than that if you’re an individual that holds down two jobs or pursues your passion on the side. With such a significant portion of our time spent on the daily grind, it is important to find satisfaction in the work we do. Listed below are a few things to consider that will help you move forward in your career and enjoy the satisfaction you deserve.
1. Make a list of the personal, financial, social and educational benefits your job offers you.
This list may be long or short; it could be practical (i.e.: pays my bills) or futuristic (i.e.: teaching me how to run my own business). Either way, there are daily benefits of earning a living—articulate those aspects and start being appreciative. Karma works on a positive tip too! It is always beneficial to remind yourself your work benefits other than just the monetary ones.
2. Reorganize and spruce up your work space.
Given the amount of time we spend at work, it makes sense that our environment contributes to our attitude. Here are Five Spring Cleaning Tips to Invigorate Your Workspace. Find small ways to brighten your work space and make it a place that you enjoy. Find more ideas on how to organize your home office from cupcakes to cashmere. Make it feel a little less like work, and more like you.
3. Not working at your passion? No problem. There’s still time left.
Just ask Dara Torres—at 45 she’s the oldest swimmer to have competed at the Olympics five times over (that’s a span of 24 years). Or think Iyanla Vanzant—inspirational speaker, author, and life coach. After taking a break from television for almost a decade, she’s made a strong comeback on OWN with the show, Iyanla: Fix My Life. Never give up on your passion. You may have to revise the steps you take to accomplish your dreams, but they can come true!
4. Find a mentor that can help you realize your full potential.
Mentorships can be formal or organic in the way they are developed. To avoid conflicts of interest, seek mentors that work within your field, but not at the same company. There are several specific programs that can aid you in finding one. Make sure to then ask your mentor if they have the time and commitment to serve in that specific capacity. Mentors can help with career development, networking, professional grooming and building of specialized skill sets. Remember to give back and mentor someone else once you have moved up!
5. Create a vision board to help plan for your next career move.
A vision board can focus your aspirations and uses the laws of attraction to help you get there. Do you want to change careers? Is there a specific company you want to work for? Do you imagine working in a particular environment? Is there a target income you’d like to make?
Creating a vision board is simple, fun and easy to do. Some have even started to use Pinterest as their virtual vision board. Whichever kind you use, make sure to place it where you will see it everyday so that it will be embedded in your mind and ready to come to life!
So remember: Prioritize, reorganize, and put one foot in front of the other. While you have the time and opportunity, take advantage of the people and technologies available to you that will not only advance your career, but also leave you feeling more satisfied.
Inspire someone else while being inspired. Tell us how you have reinvested in your career in the past or plan to do so in 2013, or share the links to your online vision boards below…
DID YOU KNOW:
According to a recent study, 25% of New Year’s resolutions are broken in the first week alone.
You’ve got your New Year Resolutions set? Now all you need is a plan and the top mobile apps at your fingertips that will keep those resolutions in check for the new year! All this week, we’ll be exploring the most common New Year Resolutions and the best apps for round-the-clock help in making your resolutions last! Check out Part I of ‘New Year, New You: Apps To Keep Your Resolutions’ tomorrow featuring the most common New Year Resolutions and the apps that’ll make it happen for you.
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Are you usually able to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions? If so, for how long? Are any of these resolutions on your list? Tell us about your resolutions below and which ones you’re interested in gaining help with. We’ll be tackling each resolution all this week so make sure you check back daily!