I always like to start a new year by refreshing some of my daily routines and more than ever before I’ve been thinking about my skincare. I’ll be turning 30 later this year and now is the time to create a really solid routine that will prevent early signs of aging on my skin. Aside from the whole birthday looming though.. winter in New York is incredibly hard on my skin. Last winter I really struggled with drastic dryness and in turn, surprising breakouts. Not ideal. So this year I couldn’t wait to try out Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream Moisturizerand Bi-phase Serum.
I’ll be the first to admit, winter style is not exactly my favorite thing. But since we’re really just now getting in to it and spring still seems ages away, I’ve resolved to try my best to come up with practical yet fun/interesting/stylish options to share with you all. The first being this suede skirt and teddy coat combo.
Happy New Year friends! I’m starting off 2017 with a fresh perspective and fresh blooms. At the end of 2016, after a particularly busy and stressful couple of months.. I was feeling a little bit burnt out on ideas for this space. But by the magic of January 1st, today I woke up brimming with new ideas and things I can’t wait to share with you all. As well as a few resolutions of my own.
2016 – phew. I’m not afraid to admit, this year really tested me in a lot of ways. At 29 I think I often felt in a hurry to make things happen this year. And in the moment, that often felt challenging, daunting and altogether frustrating. It often felt like I didn’t have the time to make this blog what I wanted it to be. Didn’t have the money to take the extravagant vacations I saw everyone else on Instagram taking. That I was letting the stress of my job effect the happiness I felt outside of the office. You get the picture. Not to mention a week I spent in bed with a kidney infection (and another with a stomach flu), a week I spent crying over my dead laptop and if I added it all up weeks and weeks spent worrying about when I’d have it all figured out. Oh yeah, and then there were those 5 weddings I attended in 5 months time. Which are all of course teeny tiny issues compared to those that the world at large faced this past year. But the funny thing is?
As I sit here thinking back on the past year here is what comes to mind:
I try not to take my style too seriously, and New Year’s Eve should be no exception. There’s seemingly so much pressure to have this extravagant night out on New Year’s (my friend Jen of Skirt the Rules wrote a great blog post about not giving in to that pressure) and the perfect sequined designer dress to match.. but some of my happiest NYE memories have been surrounded by just a few friends at someone’s house in an outfit pulled straight from my own closet.