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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Time to start again

Happy New Year everyone!
I can't help but to always marvel at the idea that another year is gone, and try to think about what it meant, and how I'm going to remember it for the rest of my life. 2010 will always be the year I went to Italy, and got to spend an extra week because of the volcano in Iceland. It will be the year I got a DSLR started to take more photos, the year my little blog stopped being so little! Last January I didn't even have 100 followers, and now I have 400?! All I can say is, wow, and thank you so much for reading!

Of course I've been thinking about what my resolutions will be for this year, and while I've got some personal ones, I've also got some specific blog/fashion related ones which I will share.
  • Preform a closet purge. A real, brutally honest purge. In August I was feeling overwhelmed by my closet and my shopaholic habits, so I set up a blog shop and gave myself a monthly budget. But it isn't enough; I need to clean out my closet, and I don't want to.
  • Spend less time getting dressed. Deciding what to wear shouldn't be an all day affair. I'm not sure how will force myself to be more decisive, but I need to. 
  • Try to limit impulse purchases. I can't say I've gotten off to the best start - yesterday I saw tweet from American Eagle about free shipping and 20% off and I went and bought a pair of PJ pants. They have sailboats, and I couldn't help myself. I still wish I could have gotten that sailboat cardigan from Talbots!
  • Respond to comments promptly. My usual habit is to wait until I've got 50 and then try to do them all in one night. It never works, and there is a back log of about 400. So now when I get a comment, I will try to visit you shortly after.
  • Take better photos. Are you getting bored of my driveway? Because I am. True, I like the light there the best, but outfit photos in the same spot every day aren't very interesting. I want to be getting more creative.
  • Get out in the world. The saying "All dressed up with no where to go" applies to me 99% of the time. I'm tired of 'wasting' all my good outfits. This will inevitably be the hardest resolution for me to keep, but maybe putting it out there will force me to try harder.
I wish you all the best of luck in keeping all your resolutions this year!

Winter red meets spring floral

Here is the wood pile and all the melting snow. So much more interesting than the driveway, neh? I can't complain about being freezing today, it's been a 'warm' 49° and rainy. I hate to see all the pretty snow go away.

This bag is new. It's Big Buddha (they make vegan bags, if that is something you look for) and they are always adorable and very functional, meaning they have tons of pockets. I love bags with compartments! This was on clearance at TJMaxx for $25 and I had a gift card, so I'm calling it free.

I'm beginning to feel like I'm not doing the No Repeats Challenge justice for two reasons: these boots and these leggings.
This is my fifth time with them both on since I started the challenge, and I'd done it many times before the challenge started as well. And my defense is weak, it's simply that these leggings are so comfortable and my other black boots are suede.
According to the challenge rules, shoes and accessories don't count, but I still feel like they are becoming redundant. (Especially if you took a look at my tight collection!)

Winter red meets spring floral
The Rundown
Sweater Gap - Skirt TJMaxx - Hat Avon - Boots Migliorini - Bag Big Buddha - Leggings TJMaxx
the rings
Rings (left to right)
Lia Sophia and Kohls
Winter red meets spring floral

46 comments:

The Fancy Teacup said...

You look so pretty with the mix of the animal print hat and the floral skirt!

I'm not tired of seeing your driveway, but the log pile is nice too :) Hope you do get to venture out more with your beautiful buys. Can't wait to see more of your lovely posts this 2011 :)

www.TheFancyTeacup.com
much love.

Iris said...

Oooo, I love a good closet purge! I wish you luck, I promise once you get started it gets easier.

I can't wait to see all the exploring you do in your new outfits!

Love the little floral print of your skirt it's so sweet and I feel like it's combatting the cold a little :)

Blythe and Charlotte said...

I love the rings! They are so pretty! The skirt has a great pattern, as well!

-Charlotte
allesmode2010.blogspot.com

Sarah O. said...

That hat! That skirt! That red sweater! Love this look! Happy new year!

tallgirlblogging said...

Good luck with the closet purge!
It would be hard not to wear the heck out of those boots - they're great!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

You are so cute in this outfit! Great goals...I have been working on the impulse buying for sometime now...I have to ask myself, DO I REALLY LOVE THIS...before I buy it!

Eyeliah said...

great plan! man I feel so stuck right now, nowhere to take photos and less than 40 pieces of clothing.... time to start fantasizing.

Closet Fashionista said...

Love the outfit!! And you're fashion resolutions are great :D
I should do some of those too, haha
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

R said...

I'm such a sucker for florals; that skirt is fantastic! o.o
And the closet-purge sounds like a good idea as well!

Artfully Awear said...

Oh, you look so cute and festive! Happy New Year!

Sally said...

I can't get over how great this red sweater is and I love the bag as well!

Best of luck with all your resolutions, I could stand to follow a couple of them myself :)

Molly said...

Great bag! Great Hat!
Congrats on a year of big growth on your blog. I'm kind of hoping I'll be able to look back on 2011 with a similar story. You're an inspiration!
So nice to "meet" you.

Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

Shey said...

Good luck on cleaning out your closet, I've been doing it weekly, sometimes on a certain day I don't feel like letting go of things but the next week it's not that hard anymore. I will also follow the rule of one comes in and one comes out. =)

Shelley Ann said...

good luck with all of your resolutions! i hope you complete all of them :) and i love your bag. that color is amazing!

this free bird said...

I am a big fan of your resolutions and am on the impulse purchase/purge ones, too. I got rid of so much stuff on December 22nd. I mean bags and bags of stuff, but what's sad is it isn't enough.

It was hard, but truth is I can only remember about 5 things I let go of. And that's a bloody shame b/c it shows the rest had little real importance.

This is the year of reeling it in Lyddie!! Thanks for being such a great blog friend. I love reading your posts!

xoxo,
Carrie
ps-red is your color!

Sarah Dee said...

These are good resolutions! and i love that you took a separate shot of the jewelry!

<3 Sarah
theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

Sarah Dee said...

p.s. I added you to the favorite reads section on my blog (i know its about time right!)

sbot said...

So cute!


www.baublesandbangles.blogspot.com

-Stephanie

Kinsey said...

This has to be my favorite outfit of yours ever! You look great in red!

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

AH AWESOME POST. Can't wait to see all of these resolutions in the work! Although, I must admit that I always LOVE your photos - so I don't have any problems with the driveway, haha.

Happy New Year! Stay fierce. Congrats on all your blogging success! That sounds really cheesy, but totally true :)
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kris said...

$16 on pajama bottoms, yet you purchased a great pink sweater for a few bucks??? Oh my goodness. Yes, I'm sounding like the thrift police. : )

You are always one of the best thrifty fashionistas. Hope you get back on the wagon.

PS - the pj's are cute!

sofi moukidou said...

oh! so nice post! love all your looks!!!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Well said - I'm in for a purge too though most of my stuff is back in NYC! I need to create a list of staples and my purchases should only come from there!

Franca said...

I think your photos are amazing already! you have the photo editing skills!

Good luck with your resolutions!

Beti said...

amazing outfit :)

northwest is best said...

Happy new year, love! And good luck with your resolutions. Mine is to start growing my own vegetables.

Your photos always look great, but I know what you mean about feeling like I'm wasting outfits! I like to use taking outfit photos as an opportunity to explore my neighbourhood.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

Happy New Year! I wish you the best of luck in attaining your goals!

I adore that floral skirt, and those boots are fantastic. I can definitely see why you'd be wearing them a lot.

Jan said...

Can't blame you for wanting to wear those boots all the time. They're gorgeous! And great resolutions - I only ever make one - to have more fun. That's not to say that last year wasn't fun but just to have the goal of enjoying every last second that I have on the planet. Good times! Happy new year!

dotty said...

i heart how much red you wear! i just got a super bright red skirt and am looking to you for some outfit inspiration!

Aynna banahna said...

I love this outfit. So wintery and fun and cute. I love using more warm weather clothes in winter (just your skirt here) So versatile! And I love all your resolutions. I still haven't made any. I think I'm off to a bad start.

Marloes. said...

you've got some great resolutions!!
you look beautiful btw ;)


Gawgus things... said...

I so need to purge my closet but also start wearing things instead of keeping them for 'best' - who cares if I go to the supermarket in sequins?! Great blog :)

Marella said...

You look amazing dear! <3

eek said...

Great resolutions for 2011 - good luck!

I love al the colors you are wearing today. And I don't blame you for rewearing those boots - they are great!

A La Mode et Plus! said...

I love your resolutions and I am so with you on the last one! I need to take myself (and my outfits) out on the town more. Here is to a fun-filled 2011 girl!!

Hope you will check out my giveaway this week!

Lorena said...

Lovely look and in case you have not noticed you are having a GORGEOUS KICK ASS BEAUTIFUL HAIR DAY!

Sally said...

You're so right! I blame our society, I know I'm not the only one who thinks that way.

Amber Blue Bird said...

I adore you in this outfit and that hat looks so perfect on you. I have a hard time with flopy hats, they sit on my head weird. I too have to do a closet purge and I am not looking forward to it. Oh and I got that tripod you recommended for X-mas and love it. Thanks again for the link

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

I really love the last shot so much! very pretty. the rings picture is too.

elledee said...

the red is a really pretty color on you!

Ashley Hasty said...

I'm new to your blog...I saw your comment on ExPresso and thought I'd bop on over to your blog and say a quick hello!

<3 Ashley
www.ahastylife.com

Sue said...

Great outfit!

heidiluxe said...

i just discovered you! what a great blog! i'm so inspired by your thrify and creative ways.
my fashion resolution would also be to get dressed faster. my creative side is laid back and just wants to meander in the closet and try everything on. it's a bad habit!

Alex Elizabeth said...

If yellow if my color then red is definitely yours! I think you're okay with wearing the boots multiple times, too, I wouldn't want to risk ruining suede in the snow either :( And I like the woodpile but I think your photos would look good anywhere, the exposure is always excellent!

Jessica said...

First off, you look absolutely incredible. Secondly, sailboat pjs are totally worth the impulse. Last, I don't think I'd ever have the heart to do a real closet purge. There's too much greatness in there! And what if it comes back in vogue?!

Emily Saltzberg said...

You live in New England, right? Come to Boston for a day and hang out with me! It'll help with your last two resolutions :)