Happy 2019, everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with loved ones. I was terribly sick over the holiday with a respiratory infection, but was still able to spend a little time with family – including our nieces, who we only see once or twice a year. I spent the rest of the holiday week resting, watching some series on Netflix, knitting and reading. I especially enjoyed reading How to be Parisian Wherever You Are, which is comprised of light, quirky observations about the contradictions of Parisian culture. It was a thoughtful gift from my friend, who knows I am enthralled with all things Paris.
As promised, I want to be better about posting my outfits here, rather than just on Instagram. Since today is the first day of work of 2019, I decided to wear something both comfortable and polished to set the tone for the new year.
For Christmas, Matt surprised me with this VETTA blazer dress, which I had written about here and on Instagram a bunch of times when it was released this fall. It is an oversized blazer, dress and vest all in one, with sleeves that zip off (but in a much trendier way than say, those zip-off pants that used to be a thing). It is made in New York City of deadstock fabric.
Over the last week, I’ve been thinking a bit about goals for the new year. I recently read that resolutions aren’t necessarily the best way to think about what you want to achieve, because they frame your actions as something you will always do. This can make people feel discouraged if they don’t manage to adhere to what they said they would, and this all-or-nothing approach isn’t in line with me trying to be kinder to myself in general. So I have goals this year, not resolutions.
For my first goal of 2019, I want to do another closet clean out. I have a lot of clothes set aside to list on Poshmark, but the reality is that I rarely get around to taking photos and listing items. So they just create a whole lot of clutter. I also have some things I didn’t wear at all this season, and it is probably time to part with those. I’ll be using a Clean Out Bag from Brass Clothing for this project. The pre-paid mailer sends old clothes directly to the Brass recycling partner and diverts textiles from landfills. This week only, Brass is offering a chance to win $500 in credit to refresh your wardrobe when you buy a Clean Out Bag. Read more here.
I’m really excited about this; it will help me dispose of my clothing responsibly and also help me figure out which items are worth taking the time to list on Poshmark. Brass has also offered me ten bags to give away to my readers for their own closet clean-out, so keep an eye on my Instagram for that post.
Some other things I’d like to do this year:
- Continue to improve my knitting skills
- Take a French class
- Bring my lunch to work more often (I am notoriously lazy about making my lunch, and am spending far too much money buying it)
- Slow down, whatever that ends up looking like. Maybe that means spending less time on social media. Maybe that means puttering around the house a bit and working on some projects I’ve wanted to do, but “never have time” to do – like gardening. Take baths? I don’t know. I want to create space in my schedule to do the things I want to do, rather than feeling like I constantly have a list of things I have to do. Do you know what I mean?
Is your 2019 off to a good start? Have you set any goals?