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Belle's New Year's Resolutions

On New Year’s Eve 2010, while the rest of the world celebrated the joy of the new decade (gasp), I was curled up in my sick bed wishing for my luggage to arrive from wherever lost bags go, my flu-like symptoms to disappear and the yapping dog in the apartment next door would choke on it’s kibble.  Not necessarily in that order.  But while this was certainly not the way that I (or the rented Lela Rose dress in my closet) thought I would be ringing in the New Year, my convalescence gave me a chance to work on my New Year’s Resolutions.

I don’t usually indulge in the resolution game, but I thought that I might give it a try to see what all the fuss is about.  And if my anthropological experiment goes well, all the better for me.

Number One: I will stop idly shopping at J.Crew and Banana Republic.  Too often, I wander into these stores and buy lackluster tops, skirts and dresses just to have something new.  I will no longer be a slave to my boredom, instead, I will shop with forethought and deliberation for pieces that I truly love and want to wear.

Number Two: I will not cut my hair.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I, Belle, who has spent the last year struggling to get my hair past awkward shoulder length will not break down and cut it simply because it is a hassle.  Instead, I will deep condition to protect the ends from damage and ask Teri to teach me new ways of styling it so I do not get bored.  I will not cut it.

Number Three: In the past year, I have gained a few pounds and a healthy perspective about my body issues.  In other words, I have accepted the fact that God gave me many gifts and that he clearly thought large breasts and a toned tush would be overly generous.  Thus, I will focus on eating healthier in order to preserve my body and mind and doing just enough exercise to stay in shape even though the thought of doing situps and leg lifts makes me want to cry.

Number Four: I will give more money to charity.  This is not fashion related, but given my propensity for being a spend thrift, how quickly I become bored with my hair and how much I hate exercise, this will probably be the only resolution that I keep.  I’ve decided that does such amazing work, that they deserve some of that newly liberated shopping money.  My savings account deserves the rest.

Number Five: I will resist the temptation to slip into hasty, thoughtless criticism and instead try to make helpful suggestions peppered with witty jokes.  In short, I will use my snark wisely.

Any fashion related New Year’s Resolutions?  Or any other resolutions for that matter?


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  1. PamJ says:

    I love your bitchy criticism and funny wit. DONT STOP!

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  2. Laurie says:

    Great resolutions! I’m totally on the same page as you. And I’m almost about hitting that awkward length with my hair and I will not be cutting it either. Need to finally grow it back out!

    January 5, 2010/Reply
  3. Lou says:

    Happy New Year, Belle. Those sound like great resolutions and several are similar to mine. As a side note, I am leaving for Las Vegas (my husband’s Christmas present to me) on the 15th and decided to take your advice regarding what to wear while traveling. Today, Nordstrom’s is delivering a super cute charcoal sweater dress and I am pairing it with black suede Steve Madden boots that I got on a killer sale at their site. With a gray and teal wool plaid scarf from Banana Republic, I think this outfit is going to look terrific. Thanks for the tips!

    Good luck to you, glad to have you back.


    January 5, 2010/Reply
  4. pqresident says:

    balance my wardrobe’s inventory. I never get the number of each item (shirts, shoes, suits, casual wear) well proportioned…eg. plenty of shirts and suits but am down to two pairs of usable work shoes. guys tend to let things go until they have holes in them or they’re out of them. this is then followed by an "emergency" visit to Filene’s Basement or TJ Maxx.

    the other resolution? wish more people good cheer throughout the year.

    January 5, 2010/Reply
  5. PamJ says:

    I love your bitchy criticism and funny wit. DONT STOP!

    January 6, 2010/Reply
  6. Rory says:

    Same one I had last year that didn’t quite work out…be more organized. I’ve come to the realization I have too much crap, and I actually started today on getting rid of stuff I haven’t worn, won’t wear, etc. But old clothes are easy to get rid of, books not so much.

    January 6, 2010/Reply
  7. ~M says:

    I am going to buy more expensive shoes. The cheap shoes I have bought for most of my life have taken a serious toll on my feet and I’m tired of sore feet. I am going to buy fewer, high quality shoes.

    January 6, 2010/Reply
  8. nora says:

    I am getting rid of anything that has not been used in a year and reducing my shopping, volunteering more, attending church on a regular basis, and definitely not sweating the small stuff.

    pqresident – I donated my old school books to and dropped the novels off at Goodwill.

    January 6, 2010/Reply