Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year Foxes!

No, this is NOT me!

Do you sometimes find it difficult to decide what to wear? I do. Those muffin-top-spawning-hip-huggers don’t feel right these days, but I’m not feeling the “Mom jeans” either. The mini skirt doesn’t cut it anymore, but the muu-muu is a no-no. So I just stand there staring, glassy-eyed, into my closet trying to find something that works.

Why not just wear what I’ve always worn? Well, I could. But I feel like I’ve changed. No, I’m not a completely different person. I’m still a free spirit…still a bit boho. But I want to look more polished. Dare I say it?…a little more “grown up.” But definitely not "granny."

Earlier this year, after watching a Chrysler ad called, “Whatever happened to style?” I lamented the demise of the kind of style I experienced growing up in the fifties.

Somewhere along the way, it seems like we lost our sense of style. Dress codes have become so relaxed and informal, almost to the point of non-existence. I actually saw a man yesterday walking into a church service wearing shorts, combat boots, and a puffer jacket.

A young friend of mine went to a casino for the first time over the Christmas holidays, and was shocked and disappointed by the way the people were dressed. I think she was expecting something more sophisticated…more glamorous…more “James Bond a la Casino Royale.” Of course, that was not the case…

2012, for me,  has been the year of “Project Style.” I’ve been slowly and deliberately “upgrading” my style…spending an extra ten minutes or so in the morning on finishing touches when I’m getting ready for work, or trying to dress attractively (but comfortably) on my days off.

I’ve been paying more attention to grooming, and taking better care of myself, with regular facials, manicures, pedicures, and massages. I’m eating healthier, and practicing my yoga routine almost every morning.

I’ve gone through my current wardrobe and pitched everything that either doesn’t fit, or that does not fit in with my lifestyle anymore, and purchased a few new pieces to update my look. (I will go into this process later, in future posts)

For the most part, I’ve been successful in my attempts to look more pulled together, but more importantly, I’ve noticed that the better I look, the better I feel.

So over the next few months, I’m going to share with you the results of my ongoing search for a transitional style that works for me, as well as many of the sources, tips, and great products that I’ve discovered along the way that might work for you.

What are your feelings about style? As always, I would love to share your ideas, tips, and recommendations.

Looking forward to a fabulous new year!



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