Listening to: "I won't be left," Tegan and Sara.
Dress: Sangria, bought at Sym's, NYC;
Sweater: Anne Taylor Loft, gift;
Tights: Target, gift from Nikki;
and Kady cognac boots: Target.
I've been thinking a lot about goals for the next year and I want to choose ones that are related to blogging and expressing creativity through clothes combinations. Almost every year I choose some resolution that's diet-related (like "Give up soda products or chocolate"). This past year however I worked really hard and lost quite a bit of weight, and while I want to continue good habits, I don't want them to be a central focus for the next year.
This blog has been a really great outlet of creativity for me. I first got into fashion blogs when I interned for a summer in NYC almost two years ago. People-watching became my weekend hobby and in a way encouraged me to step up my wardrobe and the way I thought about clothes. I discovered a few blogs that summer, and this year Nik and I started our own. It has been incredible fun to do daily photos, and we appreciate and enjoy the friends and followers we've met on here. Every comment and bit of encouragement means a lot to us!
So after some thought, here's what I'd like to start for the next year, and hopefully it will inspire us to be more creative.
1) Write more. Sometimes writing once a day may be hard, but I'm going to try to write in the blog and and my personal journal more. I will also try to take more pictures and learn more about photography techniques and posing.
2) Stop resorting to the easy wears. There are days when laziness consumes any will to do more than a t-shirt and jeans. That is okay sometimes but I am going to try to really make use of the wonderful pieces in my closet -- skirts, dresses, ruffles, lace -- that really need to see more time out.
3) Break as many fashion "rules" as possible. Reading different sites and finding new kinds of inspiration is a mind-opening way to expand what I already have in my closet. And I'm over the old stiff rules of not doing certain color combinations or fabrics during certain seasons. So next year, I will try to forget those dumb rules. I will wear black and brown, pink and red, mustard and purple. I will mismatch my patterns. I will wear brocade in spring, linen in fall. I will no longer care about the invisible audience and dress for myself.
This may be it for me for this year -- see you in 2010! What about you -- do you plan to have any New Year's resolutions and why?
Hope you have a lovely New Year's Eve, wherever you are!