Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy New Year & Blog Changes!

I know I'm a little late, but...
(First post of 2012!!!)

I wasn't able to get any good pictures of my New Year's outfit (boo), so here's an outfit I've been meaning to post for a while, of what I wore to my cousin's engagement party.
And, world, meet...(drumroll) younger (and only) sister! Her name is Julia, and she was wearing a super cute BCBG dress.


I'm really hoping to have a good year. Last year was pretty good, though I'd definitely say that the first half was better than the second. I've actually read many posts written by bloggers saying how awesome 2011 was, so yay, that's great for them! I hope you're all really satisfied by how 2011 has turned out for you. I prefer counting the years from my birthday, not New Year's, actually - maybe because that's an actual milestone for me, having completed another entire year of my own life, instead of the world celebrating another one of its' years - it's more personal. However, I do love making resolutions, and the one I'm making this year is particularly important to me: to lose weight.
I know, I know, you're probably thinking "ugh, someone else who wants to lose 3 pounds to look better...", but no, I'm in this to improve my health. I've needed to lose a good amount of weight for about 8 years, so it's high time, haha.
So, my resolution (drumroll):
Losing 10 pounds before I turn 20, or "10 before 20", as I like to call it.
I'm turning 20 on May 5th, 2012, and I'd like to be healthier, in better shape, and of course looking better by then. Now you can all hold me accountable! I made the resolution a few days before the New Year and had a good few days but then stayed in bed for a bit with a cold, so the past few days haven't been great, but now I'm back into it!
A few ways I'll be keeping that resolution:
  • Drink at least 3 glasses of water before every meal.
  • No soda unless I'm eating out or at a big family dinner.
  • Always having cut-up veggies available to snack on.
  • Exercise at least 4 times a week - 2 weight-lifting/resistance training sessions and 2 cardio sessions.
  • Weigh myself once a week before breakfast.
  • Have at least 1 yogurt and 1 cup of milk every day.
  • Do yoga once a week. Hot yoga doesn't count.
Anyone have any other weight loss or fitness tips? I think the no soda and 1 yogurt/cup of milk a day rules will be the hardest to follow...

On top of the new year, I also celebrated my blog's first birthday on December 4th! Although I was in the middle of exams and therefore wasn't really able to fully celebrate it, I reflected on the past year quite a bit. I'm happy with how my style has evolved - although I can only seem to get good pictures half the time, I feel more daring with the way I combine different pieces to make an outfit but still don't spend an insane amount of money like I used to before I started blogging and looking at other blogs - I guess you could say it put what looks good on me and what I actually wanted and needed to spend money on into perspective. I also feel more confident with my writing! Though, am I the only one who needs a few days to finish a blog post? Not because it takes so long, just because I can't seem to put everything into words at once? I haven't worked a crazy amount of time on this even if I'm already happy with it, but it's taken me 3 days of about 20mins. Weird, huh? :)

Most of all, though, I want to thank all of you for reading and supporting me! I don't blog specifically for the comments and all that, but interaction definitely helps and motivates me to always do better and be creative with the blog. So thanks!!!

Here are two posts I think are really inspiring for the new year: " 5 years..." by photographer Alex Beadon, and "New Beginnings" by Kimberly of Dream.Delight.Inspire. I also really enjoyed this article to help with resolutions: "4 steps to make and keep your New Year's resolution" by Geneva of A Pair and a Spare.

Now for... blog changes!
I have a facebook page! I have to admit, having this page took quite a learning curve because of the fact that I'm already used to having a personal page, but I find this is pretty different! So feel free to follow me there for more updates and pictures.


I also have a tumblr! This has been such a pleasure to curate, but also hard - I want to get it just right and really make sure it reflects my world! I try to keep it within the topics of fashion, photography, and fashion/art history, but the occasional joke inevitably makes its way onto it :). Follow me on tumblr for a kind of extra limb to the body of my blog - there's lots of beautiful stuff on there that sometimes doesn't have a chance to make it onto the blog.

Are any of you doing any New Year's resolutions?
Also: OMG, I'm starting university tomorrow! Wish me luck! Outfit photos to come. A big and important part of my life is about to start!!!

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