Stylish Resolution #25: Start Your Own Vintage Collection

Do you love antique brooches or vintage handbags? Is there one designer – past or present – that you absolutely love and would buy anything they’ve ever produced?

I’m definitely a collector.  Aside from my obsession with shoes, I also love to collect vintage clothing, especially Halston. I like the idea that each piece has a story behind it and that I’m carrying on that history. I get lost in thinking about who the person was that owned it before me and where they might have worn it.

This year, start your own collection. With sites like Etsy, eBay, 1stDibs, the RealReal and more, it’s easier than ever to score hard-to-find vintage and designer pieces. Decide what it is that you love, and then go out and find it. Fill your closet with historical pieces that bring you joy and stir your imagination.

Things I Currently Have in my Vintage Collection

     

A Halston dress like the one SJP wore on SATC | This dress Kelly LeBrock wore in Weird Science

   

This stunning 1980s St. John by Marie Gray dress

Stylish Resolution #24: Try a New Look

Since I’ve recently upped my Pinterest game, I’ve been saving a lot of beauty looks to try. So today, I did just that. I tried a “messy bun” and I think I succeeded, because it was, well, quite messy.

I love the fact that Pinterest now has the “Tried It” option where you can upload a photo of a pin you’ve attempted. It helps to determine the level of difficulty of a makeup or hair look when you see how many other people have tried it and whether or not it worked.

Remember the days before Pinterest when you would tear out a magazine page or just do endless screenshots of looks you loved when surfing the web? It’s just so much easier now. Which means there’s no excuse not to try something new.

Today I Tried the Messy Bun

     

Pinspiration (left) vs. Actual

Stylish Resolution #23: Brush Up

One of the keys to getting a perfect makeup application is using the right tools. And more specifically, the right makeup brushes.

Some of my favorites include MAC, IT Cosmetics, and the ridiculously affordable Elf brushes you can pick up at Target.

This week, clean out your makeup drawer and treat yourself to some new makeup brushes.

Tools of the Trade

Stylish Resolution #22: Get to the Point

Don’t get stuck in a rut when it comes to your manicure. Not only can you try a gazillion different color and manicures-style combinations, but you can also play around with the shape of your nails. I personally like the rounded, oval and stiletto.

Check out this guide from Pinterest on the different types of nail shapes and try a new one the next time you get a manicure.

Check out my Pinterest Board “NAILED IT!”

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Stylish Resolution #21: Be Pinteresting

I’ll admit that I’ve been neglecting my Pinterest boards for quite some time. But recently, I’ve really started organizing my Pinterest account and adding more great content that I find throughout my daily online meanderings.

Every time I logon to Pinterest, I get lost in a world of creativity and inspiration. Like most people, a lot of the stuff I try doesn’t exactly turn out the way it looks in a Pinterest perfect world. But the point is that you try something new. Whether that’s a new outfit, new makeup look, workout plan, or an entire room makeover.

Make 2018 the year you pin more, try more, and be more creative. You may just turn into a “pinspiration” for someone else.

Follow me on Pinterest so I can follow you back & see what you’re up to!

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Stylish Resolution #20: Get Primed

Let’s face it. Amazon rules the world. And I’m kind of okay with this.

I, like most people, shop on Amazon practically every week. It’s just so damn easy and I always find the coolest things. I figure, why fight the crowds at a mall and waste time that could be better spent working out, reading or relaxing when I can get pretty much anything I want on Amazon?

Here’s what I got on my most recent purchase. (I mean really…how cute is that laptop case?)

 

 

I’ve also been binge-watching like crazy, thanks to all the great options available with Amazon Prime Video. I just finished the first – and unfortunately, the only – season of Good Girls Revolt. It’s based on the book by Lynn Povich about the women of Newsweek who, in 1970, filed a lawsuit against the magazine for discrimination. And just last night, I watched Glory Daze – a documentary about Michael Alig, the “King of the Club Kids” back in the early 90’s in New York City, who was convicted of manslaughter after he killed his roommate in a drug-induced haze.

Amazon just raised the monthly rate for Prime Membership to $12.99, but to me it’s totally worth it for the free 2-day shipping, video streaming, and unlimited photo storage option.

So, if you haven’t already, make your life much easier in 2018 by getting Primed!

Click Here For an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

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Stylish Resolution #19: Transform Yourself

What do Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez have in common, other than stating the obvious? They both went through major transformations to become the women they are today. Sure, having tons of money and access to the best makeup and hair artists helps (and they may have both had some plastic surgery over the years.) But the key to any transformation is in highlighting those things you love about yourself and minimizing things you don’t.

 

I’ve certainly made myself over since my high-school days. One of the things I realized when I was younger was that I look much better as a redhead than a blonde. Hence, my hair color has become part of my signature look.

Find your own best look when it comes to your hair, makeup and wardrobe. Make an appointment to have your makeup done by a professional, or just pop-in to any Sephora and have one of their makeup artists give you suggestions. Try some of your favorite beauty bloggers’ tips and tricks.

And, while you’re at it, why not give the rest of your life a makeover as well? Spruce up or remodel a few rooms in your house. If your current job is not making you happy, create a plan to find a different one. Change your daily routine to make sure you’re getting enough rest, exercise, and that the hours you devote to work are not wasted but are truly productive.

Make 2018 the year you transform into the best version of yourself.

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