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…)
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…
We’re in full throttle of the holiday season, and with Christmas next week and 2013 a mere two weeks away – it’s safe to say that everyone’s re-evaluating all types of relationships this season. If you’re not, then might I suggest taking this time to evaluate each interpersonal relationship that you currently have in your life. Relationships between you and your family, friends, business relationships and even romantic relationships can be tricky all year round… and when unaddressed unhealthy relationships begin to affect other relationships in our lives? Watch out! Check out this sneak peek clip of this week’s Mary Mary episode below…
Recently, I got the chance to check out a full sneak peek of this week’s episode of Mary Mary on WeTV and I realized that no matter what phase of life you’re in, the holidays are always a great time to prioritize healthy relationships in all areas of your life, just in time for the new year.
Need help figuring out what you can do today? Check out a few tips on creating & prioritizing healthy relationships in your life below…
TIP 1: Take responsibility for your own happiness. Save yourself unnecessary hours of arguing by remembering this one rule: it’s not up to anyone else to make you happy. Sure, you can choose to be in a relationship with this person and derive joy and happiness from it, but it’s not anyone’s responsibility to dig you out of a pitty-party pit every day. Remember that everyday, and you’re well on your way to enjoying happy & healthier relationships into the new year.
TIP 2: Devote time to each other. Make spending time with your partner or important people in your life a priority, even if it’s a little inconvenient at first. Relationships need shared experiences to grow, and you’re demonstrating that nurturing yours is important to you. Trying to develop stronger working relationships, use networking opportunities and invest time in nurturing the relationship. (The same goes for interpersonal relationships as well.)
TIP 3: Develop better communication. Most people aren’t born great communicators — it’s something nearly everyone has to work at. Relay your expectations. If you expect your partner to do something, say it. Don’t expect that he or she should read your mind, and don’t rely on hints. Being clear about what you want gives your partner a fair shot at succeeding. Say “please” and “thank you.” You should be able to let loose around your partner, so there’s no need to worry about having impeccable manners all the time.
Balancing healthy family and business relationships doesn’t take holidays or vacations. Curating a variety of great relationships in your life takes time and plenty of designated efforts – but during this season of reflection, remembering to take just a few extra steps could lead you into the new year and beyond with host of healthy relationships.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WE tv. The opinions and text are all mine.
It’s situations like these that the three-time Grammy® award-winning gospel duo Erica and Tina Campbell face in Season 2 of WE tv’s hit series Mary Mary as they balance being recording artists, mothers, and wives. MARY MARY premieres Thursday, December 6 at 10|9c and moves to its regular timeslot on Thursdays at 9|8c, beginning December 13. Watch a sneak peek here!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WE tv. The opinions and text are all mine.
Taking a moment to reflect on this year filled with highs and lows has brought us to the conclusion that 2011 was such an amazing year! We’d like to sincerely thank each and every one of you for visiting the site everyday, your comments and more!
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Next year promises to be an amazing year for DivasandDorks.com (Even better than 2011? Hard to believe, but yes!). Filled with even more amazing contests, giveaways and first-hand fashion/tech news we promise to keep you in the know for 2012. As we embark on new projects, facilitate new opportunities and continue onward throughout this epic journey that will leave a long-lasting legacy – we invite you to come along with us and experience what next year has to offer.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU…See ya next year!
It has been 365-days since the first official post on DivasandDorks.com.
I’d like to thank everyone for such a phenomenal year! To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect but somehow, this entire year has exceeding my expectations.
To fellow bloggers who were nice to the “new girl” to the corporate brands that took a chance on a girl with the uncommon idea.
To the pretty geeks out there that love gadgets, technology & everything nerdy…Thank you, we’re the cool kids now!