I’m going to be honest– I’m not a big believer in New Years Resolutions.
This is mostly due to the fact that I’m awful at keeping them. Never have I managed to accomplish what I set out to at the start of the year, be that getting in shape, getting my savings account in order, or finally getting the bangs I always wanted.
The years always pass and I remain bang-less, broke, and out of breath from climbing the stairs.
Still, I’m not against giving this year’s resolutions the old college try– there’s something kind of nice about giving yourself a goal to work towards, even if you end up altering or abandoning it the second February hits.
I’ve decided that to make up for all the horribleness 2016 forced me to endure 2017 is going to be amazing, and I’ve also decided that it’s going to look that way too. Here it is, Broke Babes: my Style and Beauty Resolutions for 2017.
Stand Tall: Wear Heels More Often
Considering the fact that I’m been exactly the same height since the 5th grade, I’m well-aware of the fact that people, by and large, do not take me seriously. A lot of them, especially men, tend to dismiss me right away as someone without big ideas or ambition.
I’m not happy about this, but I’ve accepted this and the following truth:
People suck. But you know what sucks even more? The fact that I used to encounter all this suckage and immediately go searching for a quick solution in the form of destructive online shopping. As a result, I have a closet full of four inch heels that I bought with the intention to appear taller, slimmer, and like the bad b*tch I know I am. But guess what– none of them have never been worn because oh my god, guys, how the f*ck do you walk in four inch heels?
I spent a lot of time repeating this cycle of wistful shopping without actually asking myself why I was doing it– and more importantly, why the f*ck I thought spending $39.99 on a pair of shoes would change the mind of all the *ssholes I’ve ever met.
Not everyone is going to see value in you, but guess what– it doesn’t matter. I’ve got a closet full of lessons that I’ve learned the hard way, but one of the biggest things 2016 has taught me is that you have to be confident enough to place a bet on yourself. You can’t always impress everyone, and even more, you shouldn’t try to.
(This year my dream NYE shoe is these gorgeous Steve Madden pumps– get them for a discount here!)
In 2017, one of my resolutions is to look good for myself. I’m going to be rocking those heels because I look f*cking hot in them (and because I finally figured out how to wear them) not because I want someone else to think the same.
Give Less of a Sh*t About My Hair
In high school I was one of those girls who never repeated a hairstyle two days in a row; I would rotate constantly between pony tails, braids, curls, head bands, and basically anything that was trendy in the late 2000’s. I would wake up at five in the morning to prep my hair for the day, skip breakfast to perfect a style, and often missed the first half of my morning class because my hair was taking longer than I planned.
Looking back, I know this was ridiculous. While I’m not as intense about it as I used to be, I still do take a lot of pride in how my hair looks; one curl that won’t stay or a wonky braid that I can’t get to sit right and suddenly I’m reduced to a frustrated mess, debating about whether or not to leave the house.
And while I’m a big believer that looking great can make you feel great, I also am completely not down for women missing out on life because they don’t look the way society tells them to. I’ve been late for brunch with friends, missed parties, and not done other sh*t that I wanted to do simply because I was self conscious about the way I looked– and you know what? That’s f*cked up.
The point is, it’s nice to look pretty. But it’s better to get sh*t done.
Be Brave, Smile Big & Put On The Red Lipstick
I’ve spent the last year amassing a collection of lipstick, lip stains, lip liners, and glosses so large I could do the make up of every woman within a 5 mile radius of my city, yet I rarely wear anything too adventurous outside of my house– while the selfies I post on my Instagram are filled with ever rotating lip looks, that’s pretty much an online exclusive.
The year I want to have the courage to rock those looks outside of the lighting of my bathroom— after all, if a bold burgundy lip can get 78 likes it can’t look that bad, right?
Pull it Together: Invest in Classic Pieces
2016 was the year I bought the beginnings of what I’m calling my big girl wardrobe: a sleek black blazer, gorgeous leather pumps, and a cross body bag that can double as a briefcase.
(The bag is by Matt and Nat– shop it and similar styles here, on sale for a limited time only!)
If there is one thing I implore every woman reading this to do it is the following: start shopping for future you– the one with a mortgage, health insurance, and job interviews for her dream career. She will thank you, and you will thank yourself.
Having grown-up, classic pieces in your wardrobe not only helps you feel pulled together in a pinch– they also help provide a foundation for your wardrobe and your life. Knowing that I have simple pieces that I can dress up or down to fit any occasion takes a huge amount of stress off my shoulders. And, because I know they’re good quality and classic, they’ll last through thousands of looks and always appear fresh and timeless.
The point is: 2017 will be the year my future self looks back on and says, “Damn. I really pulled it together that year.”
Have Courage, Have Style
Being a fashion blogger, I’m going to be honest: I know that if I post photos of myself wearing certain things, or if I promote certain brands, I’ll be successful.
Every day life is kind of the same way too– if you look a certain way it’s far easier to slip unnoticed into the crowd and bumble along without really accomplishing anything. Life is far simpler when you blend in– but it’s also a lot more boring.
Having courage to dress the way you want– without blindly following trends, listening to your boyfriend, or copying your best friends– is far more difficult than a lot of people imagine. Knowing what you like and don’t like is what good style is all about! Don’t get me wrong: sometimes you need to pay attention to trends or your peers to figure out what the hell works and what just doesn’t…
But when you find what you like, roll with it– if I like what I’m wearing, that’s all that matters. 2017 will be the year I own my style without shame.
What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Have some resolutions (or reservations) of your own?
Hit like, leave a comment, and don’t forget to tell me all your style and beauty goals for 2017!