2018 – Notes To Self
The first quarter of every year is starting to become the busiest one for me. Unplanned trips, budget allocations for new projects, taxes and work permits. I apologize for being MIA and but here are my notes to self, a month into the new year.
Style and Body Notes
Continue exercise routine. In the last quarter of 2017, I got into a regular exercise routine. I want to keep it going this year. Ride that bike. Go to the gym. Reduce coffee intake. Keep the sugars in check. As much as one would love to cut out all sugar, bread and butter, I don’t think it is sustainable for long. For me, moderation is the way to go. Moderation and Exercise. Why is this the 1st style resolution? Because looking good in clothes starts with taking care of the body, good posture and staying healthy. A well cared for body and a healthy mind are the epitome of luxury.
Dress according to your habitat #1. During the past year, I learnt that wool coats, jackets and outerwear don’t have much use in my wardrobe. I have only one wool coat and I wear it when I have to travel in winter (to a colder place). I wore it exactly for 5 days in 2017. In comparison, I got better use out of my Tumi puffer jacket on morning hikes, on trips to the Canyon, on the occasional early morning commute. While the east coast is covered in snow and battling with blizzards, we in Arizona were still enjoying warm weather in late December and January. I wore a very light jacket/ cardigan on my morning commutes to work (only between December 15 to Jan 10. We are back to warm/ pleasant mornings again!). So, as much as I love the look of cashmere camel coats on Pinterest, it is time to stop chasing that dream. My light sweaters are enough.
Dress according to your habitat #2. My office has a business casual dress code which errs on the side of conservative. The style vibe among my colleagues is in my comfort zone. I may be the only one who wears dresses 3 days out of 5. But, no one really raises a brow or makes a snide comment. My dresses, blouses with dark denim, boyfriend jeans with sweaters or mid-weight t shirts fit in very nicely with the dress code. Right now, most of my clothes fit and serve me well. A few need alterations and that’s about it. Note on Bags: In a perfect world, I would carry a Hermes Kelly 32 Sellier to work. But, I think a Kelly might be a tad too much in a Tech work space like mine. Besides, I have a lovely mentor and boss who carries a very well made nondescript handbag. I would NOT want to ‘out dress’ her or risk marginalizing myself by over doing it in the work place. Besides, I don’t want to think about acquiring any bags until the end of 2018.
Accessorize (with what you already have). I have a small collection of gold rings, earrings and necklaces – quality pieces acquired over the years. I love wearing them every day. But, I am always in a rush getting out of the door that I forget to wear them. I am hoping to change that in 2018 and enjoy what I already have.
Focus on skincare. By the end of 2018, I want to get to a place where I have an easy, maintainable skin care routine. I almost feel like I am setting myself to failure here. The thing about skin is it constantly changes due to many factors, including health and age. Nevertheless, I just want to get to a place where I am NOT always on the ‘look out’ for the next awesome product. With skin care, I feel like we are in the era where every skin care story arc goes like this – ‘ethically made, all organic, locally sourced, by a couple of women who were tired of the big, bad conglomerates’. I am all for entrepreneurship, women leadership and quality products. But, there is so much noise in the name of research, new findings and quality that I am a little tired of it all. From Glossier to Goop, from Marula oil to Snail Slime, it is a product overload! By the end of 2018, my goal is to bring down the number of my skincare products to 7 or 8. This number includes moisturizer, sunscreen, cleanser, serums, vitamins, gels and all possible lotions and potions. Let us see where I land.
No more clothes. At this stage in my wardrobe journey, I have everything I
need want. Some of the pieces acquired in 2017 and 16 need alterations. I am still on the look out for a good tailor. They are so hard to find! Overall, I am at a good place. I don’t have any clothes on my wishlist for the first time in a long while. I would like to enjoy this phase. Unless something irresistible comes along, I am not opening my wallet for new clothes. Let us see how long I can hold out.
Thou shall not succumb to the siren call of a pretty dress. Enough said. Below is a picture of all the pretty dresses acquired over years and rarely worn. I am all set for every social event – in summer or winter, during the day or night, casual parties and weddings – for the next couple of years!!
Any Handbag purchases should be well thought out. Usage, Quality, Price and Longevity. I have a very small, almost non-existent collection of handbags. (I waste all my money on shoes!!). As I grow older, I am learning to downsize and only acquire things that I really use and will cherish for long time. At the end of 2017, I acquired one of my dream bags. It is the most expensive thing I ever bought. I am hoping to use it well before acquiring anything new.
Shoes are a weakness and a vice for me. I need to control it, but I am not sure how! This is one category where I always have something on the wishlist – Any advice for 2018?
Add a couple of jewelry pieces that make my heart sing. Maybe it is the Indian in me, but I love a good pair of earrings. I bought a couple of solid gold pieces before my wedding that I absolutely love to this day. Since then, I haven’t acquired any fine jewelry. I would like to add one or two pieces this year – perhaps a vintage watch, a pair of pearl earrings. I am going to take the ‘delayed gratification’ route. If there is a chance, I will try to go the custom made route.
Post more pictures. Hopefully this year I will live a little more dangerously and post pictures of myself in my everyday clothes. I am trying to muster the courage.
Write and write what you love. I was very consistent in the beginning of 2017. By the end, I fell off the routine. I second guessed every post I wrote about clothes. I am not an expert on fashion, clothes or personal style. My opinions are just that – mine. So, I don’t plan on wasting any more time over thinking all of it. This year, I plan to get back to blogging for the joy of sharing – sharing what I wore, what I learnt, bad and good purchases and opinions, including unpopular ones. It is only human to want to reach out, share and connect.
Beyond Clothes. There are other facets of life, interests and passions that I’d like to share. Hopefully, this will be the year I will learn to write better.
Thank you for reading, this post and all those I wrote in 2017! I hope 2018 brings a peace, happiness and success for all of you. We all need them, after the hell of an year 2017 has been.
This year, I did not want to make RESOLUTIONS. Instead I just wanted to write Notes to myself. Did you make any resolutions or set goals you would like to achieve. Professional or personal ones – I would like to know.