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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.

Healthy Choices

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.

Everday Jewelry

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.

Shopping Notes

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!!

Special Occasion Dresses

 

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.

Blog Notes

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.

16 Comments Post a comment
  1. Yes please! More pictures & more blog posts 😊 Would love to see your wardrobe, new bag…

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    January 28, 2018
  2. LL #

    I missed your posts! These are all great things to consider for the year ahead. I’d love to see more of your wardrobe and keep up with the notes you listed.

    On another note, I really hope you get to the Grand Canyon to your heart’s content. My own plans for a Grand Canyon trip fell apart (I wanted to do a north-to-south rim-to-rim hike but backcountry campgrounds fill up so fast). It must be great living in Arizona!

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    January 29, 2018
    • SA. #

      Thank you LL! I wish ur blog stops eating my comments 😕I love your posts soo much!!

      We are hoping to do rim-to-rim this year. It is indeed great to live in Arizona. For about 3 months I complain about the heat. But then, I spend most of those days indoors at the office. Barring those 3 months, the rest of the year is pretty awesome. The housing market is not so saturated like california or new jersey. The fact that I can potentially buy a house without having to become a slave to a job is assuring. The only thing I miss is the scenic beauty of forests, woods and fall colors. Well, there is always the chance to travel to neighboring states 😊. We all always crave the parts we don’t have!

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      January 29, 2018
      • LL #

        Still don’t know what’s up with the comments, but I am very flattered by your persistence! Maybe if you comment and access the blog by incognito mode?

        If you’re thinking of rim-to-rim this year, Phantom Ranch is completely booked for the rest of the year (I think). I’ve accepted that rim-to-rim is not happening for me this year, and am planning on doing it in 2020…and will gladly make all necessary preparations as far in advance as I need to.

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        January 29, 2018
  3. My friend in AZ knows a tailor. I can ask her if you want his information. You’re jewelry collection is beautiful, the stone earrings are especially divine. And good call on deciding against the camel coat. It is beautiful in the pininterest–but they are predominately fair/white women. And that shade tends to wash out olive/medium/tan skin tones when worn close to the face in my opinion.

    Shoes: I started doing a 1 in-1out for heels when I noticed I was buying all these heels that were uncomfortable, impractical, and wasn’t wearing. I’m not super strict about it now, but it curbed the unnecessary purchases of heels. If that helps.

    Beauty products…there are so much hype, new releases. I replaced fashion purchases with beauty purchases. I want to try IT ALL. Doesn’t help that I watch beauty videos on youtube. On one hand I like the no nonsense skincare videos from Dr. Drey but then also enjoy skincare YTs that talk about this vitamin serum or acid. And then being an esthetician’s guinea pig, I want all the peels, all the dermabrasions, all the lasers, all at once!!! lol! And really I should stop binging on bread and sugar late at night, get some sleep, and do stretches for god’s sake! I take my good skin phases for granted.

    I hope you continue to write about style, lifestyle…I enjoyed your meal prep post. 🙂

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    January 30, 2018
    • me too! I enjoyed the meal prep post and love looking at real photos of wardrobes! Please send me yours with a short paragraph about the philosophy behind it…they will be shortlisted and published anonymously.

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      January 30, 2018
      • SA. #

        @Lady Sarah! You are too kind! I will try to capture my modest closet space this weekend and send you a picture with a short write up.

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        January 30, 2018
    • SA. #

      I would really appreciate the tailor info. Thank you for offering. I bought those stone ones on a trip to Hawaii. You are right about Camel color. Also, I remember how you told me it could potentially work better on brown skin when paired with white clothes 🙂 But, for now, I don’t see much use for it here in AZ.
      On the shoes, that is an excellent idea. As I get older, I don’t care for heels as much as before. Besides, I already got most of the shoes I want. So, the 1 in 1 out philosophy should potentially curb my itch.
      About beauty products and treatments, I started over thinking it too much. I will be honest, some times those images of flawless bare skin with no under eye issues or pigmentation just gets to me. This year I have made a list of skin goals and want to get moving towards a more realistic and sustainable approach. Let us see where I land.

      Thank you for the encouragement. I will work on a few more posts outside of clothes 🙂

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      January 30, 2018
  4. Nice notes. 🙂 Hope to read more from you this year.

    I am not a goal-oriented person at all (as much as I try!), so I don’t even attempt making resolutions. I hope that I can continue a routine of hiking, swimming, Tai Chi and yoga. That’d make it a perfect year for me

    I watched a film titled “True Cost” on Netflix that really brought home the dark facts of fast fashion and its toll on human lives and societies. I decided to not purchase any clothes for the first six months of the year. I have enough/sufficient clothes, so I don’t think it is a challenge at all. However, I succumbed to a persimmon-colored cotton-wool J Crew sweater last week! Ahh, well… no more!

    I decided to get my nose pierced late last year (right nostril), and have been wearing a tiny diamond nose pin these days. It was one of those quick decisions. I thought about it one day, got it done the next. And I love it. 🙂 Dunno why I am sharing this here but I just felt like it!

    On the subject of bags, I decided, no more shoulder bags. My massage therapist always tells me that I have tight shoulders. I don’t even carry a heavy bag! Anyway, I decided to buy a mini-backpack. Found a cute, vegan one on Etsy. Have been carrying it to work and everyplace else… I love it. It feels nearly weightless!

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    February 2, 2018
    • SA. #

      Thank you for reading!!That set of physical activity sounds wonderful! I did not buy any clothes this month and I am hoping to be able to do it at least until March. Can we please do it together so that we talk each other out of temptation? 🙂

      About Backpacks, I have been wanting one too!!! I am lusting after a particular LV model that is no longer made. It is called the Mabillon Backpack. It is available pre-owned across the internet. I just don’t know if it will suit me, but it is so discreet and no one would ever guess it is LV, which is kind of nice 🙂

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      February 3, 2018
  5. Xin #

    Your jewelry collection is beautiful! I generally don’t do well with remembering to wear jewelry unless it’s the kind that I never take off. Even the extra 20-30 seconds it takes to put on a piece every morning just doesn’t really happen. There are a lot of fairly affordable pearl earrings from sellers that sell on Amazon that are pretty good quality. My style of wearing them (every day and night, including in the shower) is pretty careless, but the earrings hold up great to that.

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    February 3, 2018
    • SA. #

      Thank you for reading Xin! I know all too well what you mean by not remembering to wear the jewelry we already own. Those earrings sound perfect for lazy millennials like us! 🙂 Would you please share more about them here or even better, on your blog? I would love to read!!

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      February 5, 2018
  6. This is a great post – thank you for sharing such detailed notes – a lot certainly resonates with most of us! My own aims for 2018 are very similar to yours in several areas – no more clothes – I have been successful in using the twice yearly shopping list strategy and yes what’s the point if nothing fits anymore so exercising and moderate eating are the ways to go for me too. I absolutely want to wear more of the jewels I already have – they’re tucked away mostly so am going to invest in lovely jewellery boxes to home them properly and allow me to see them more.
    I would love to see your new bag and more posts about everything!

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    February 19, 2018
    • SA. #

      Thank you for the kind words! I am glad you liked my post. One of the best pieces of advice I got in 2017 was from you regarding Hermes Bags (the Drag in particular) and how not all luxury bags are suited for modern needs. I am going to do a post on my new bag as soon as possible.

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      February 19, 2018

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