Fashion New Year's Resolutions

I know I've been MIA lately. Luckily we can all blame that November/December Holiday craziness. It's my favorite time of the year, one full month dedicated to eating, watching movies like Elf and Love Actually, eating red velvet brownies (that recipe is coming soon) and for me, Christmas in Maui. As you can imagine, I've been suffering severe post vacation depression. 

I don't normally create resolutions for myself, but I feel like if I have them here on paper per se, I can try to keep myself responsible to actually do them! 

1. Wear Lipstick - This may seem silly, but I don't vary with my beauty routine hardly ever. A good way to do that is just to change up my lip color. I have a small selection now, but it's a cheaper and fun way to change it up at night, and see what I like. 

2. Wear What I Have - This may seem obvious, but finding new ways to wear what I have, instead of throwing away never worn or rarely worn items will make me feel much better after a few years if I know I got my money's worth. 

3. Buy Quality not Quantity - This is something I've learned only recently. I used to want to have a LOT of clothes and shoes, and now I'm realizing what a waste it is. I don't wear a majority of it, and then I end of selling it for pennies for what I paid for it. Now when I buy, I only look for pieces that will last. Classic styles (not trends!) in quality fabrics that will stay in style for years. 

4. Thrift For Deals - If I ever had the urge to go on a shopping spree or am feeling down (that's when I usually like a shopping-pick-me-up; head to the nearest thrift or buy-sell-trade store. Getting a great deal on designer items is my drug of choice. It's guilt-free too. Don't cut shopping out completely, just be smart about it. I always buy things on markdown or double/triple markdown. One of my favorite finds was a gorgeous silk Rebecca Taylor dress I found for $6!! 

5. Don't Impulse Buy - This can also be translated to: Don't just buy it because it is on sale. I spent so much when I worked at J.Crew on cheap items that really added up. These were items that I got for great deals, yes, but maybe not items that fit perfectly, or were the right colors for me. Even if they seem like cheap, simple purchases, think about them. Because they DO add up.

6. Buy Clothes That Fit - This seems a bit obvious, but for some reason, I always buy clothes that are too big. I hate wearing clothes that are too tight because that looks good on no one... Even my co-workers would say things to me when I showed up for work wearing things in the right size. Imagine that. I always tell women to not pay attention to the number on the clothing, but the way it fits. It's well known that different brands vary by size. I could wear a large in Zara but a small or medium at J.Crew. It pays to try on the same item in multiple sizes to get the best fit. 

What are your fashion resolutions?

xoxo, Courtney

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