New Year's Resolutions - A New Way

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I am a huge fan of New Year Resolutions. They feel like a fresh start and it's a perfect time to reflect and recalibrate. That doesn't mean I'm great at following resolutions. I get way too excited and set unrealistic goals and then I don't follow them.

This morning I realized I didn't really know what I wanted my resolutions to be. 2016 was a huge year of growth for me and I wanted to keep that train moving. I ended up being really inspired by a video I watched by a fellow Canadian, Rachhloves (you can watch it here). The title mentioned 5 weird New Year's Resolutions and I am all about weird.

One thing she talked about was picking a word as a theme for your year and I was immediately inspired. I loved the idea of using a word that represents what you'd like to see from yourself in that year and using it as a checkpoint for yourself.

I am hoping to choose 2 or 3 words for 2017 so I can continue to see growth in myself. One of the examples Rachel gave is one of the words I have chosen and that is effort. I put more thought into the word and thought it was a good fit for my intentions for next year.

So my first resolution theme is Effort. More specifically, putting in the amount of effort needed to get the result I am looking for. So, for example, if I'm trying to get fit, I would ask myself if the effort I am putting into my work outs and healthy eating is really representative of the amount needed to get where I want to be. Creating a new budget is something else I'd like to do in the new year. So instead of making "budgeting" a goal (which is totally something I would do), I would just create the budget and then check in to see if the effort I am putting into following the budget is getting me my desired results. I'm often guilty of putting in less effort than needed and then getting frustrated I'm not seeing the results, especially when it's something I don't want to do. Ie, budget or eating less chocolate.

I haven't decided on my other theme words just yet but some themes I have thought of seem to revolve around being kinder to myself. I tend to put so much pressure on myself in all aspects of my life and I end up being really hard on myself. So hopefully I can come up with a theme word that represents those intentions.

Do you have any resolutions? I'd love to hear your intentions for 2017.

I also want to take a quick moment to thank you for your love and support this year. Happy New Year! xo


My 20 Outfits I Styled Using Only 20 Pieces (for 20 Days)

Here are all 20 outfits that I styled using 20 pieces. They aren't necessary the most fashion forward but they are a pretty accurate representation of my current style. A sweater, jeans and boots are my go-to's these days. I was also really surprised by how easy it was to create different looks. I want to purge my wardrobe soon and this has really motivated me to do it sooner than later. If I can go almost a month with such a limited wardrobe and not feel limited, I could definitely do with less in my closet.

I've listed the items I wore below and also which looks I wore them with. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

Pieces Worn

Zara Studded Coat (3, 6, 7, 10, 14, 18)
Zara Blue Coat (2, 8, 9, 19)
Zara Oversized Blazer (apparently I like Zara outerwear) (5, 12, 15)
Old Navy Cardigan (1, 4, 11, 16)

H&M Red Sweater (4, 6, 17)
Old Navy Chambray Blouse (8, 12, 19)
Zara Plaid Blouse (3, 5, 10)
Barefoot Contessa Striped Blouse (2, 13, 18)
Old Navy Green Sweater (1, 15)
H&M Sequin Top (20)

Old Navy Dark Denim Skinnies (2, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15)
Old Navy Black Denim Skinnies (1, 3, 4, 5, 18)
Club Monaco Faux Leather Skirt (17, 20)

Joe Fresh Black Sweater Dress (9, 11, 19)
Red Vintage Dress (7, 16)
Old Navy Yellow Dress (14)

Urban Outfitters Tan Booties (2, 5, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19)
Black Booties from Hunnis (3, 4, 11, 16)
Navy Blue Zara Pumps (7,10, 14, 17, 20)
Brown Target Boots (1, 6, 8, 18)


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, from my family to yours.


20 Pieces for 20 Days | Final Week Round Up

I'm done! First off, Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! I can't believe it's already the 24th of December!

So the last 20 days were a lot easier than I expected. Most of my outfits were simple and similar (sweaters and jeans for the win) but that's how I was the happiest. The weather ended up being pretty cold for the entire 20 days so I was bundled up. 

I will do a full round up after Christmas where I will list everything I wore. Until then, here is my week three round up. Obviously some pieces I styled a handful of times and a few of the items only were worn once. In fact, on day 20 I realized I had only been styling 19 pieces so I pulled out a sequin number to feel a little more festive for Christmas Eve. I can't say I'll be able to wear sequins all day today but I'll try.