A Year of Gratitude
|Vogue 2012 - Scarlett Johansson|
Hopefully, everyone is enjoying the holiday season with family and friends. As the year comes to a close take a moment and reflect on the events from the last year. Everything that happens has a silver lining and when looking closely at any situation one can see the positive outcome. An upbeat attitude combined with enjoying the surroundings and noticing the beauty everywhere can bring joy. Even during the darkest moments relish everything, everyone and be appreciative. There is so much to be thankful for even with the hustle and bustle of daily life that can exhaust and hamper the ability to feeling fulfilled and in finding peace. Here are a few suggestions for a happy, successful and glorious New Year along with highlighting a few apparel choices for the undeniable breathtaking beauty of you!
Glitzy Long Gown
|Downton Abbey - 2010 - 2016|
New Years Affirmation: Be aware of others instead of focusing solely on self.
While rushing to an fro like a hopping hare, stop to notice surroundings such as the grand bald eagle sitting nobly on a light pole, the color of flowers, the hue of the sky, the scent of perfume etc. Notice people, notice the distance from other cars, notice your pet on the way out of the door etc. In other words, stop focusing just on self and instead each day make it top of mind to focus on others and your glorious surroundings. A selfish and self-focused person is a thoughtless human being. Don't be this person. Strive for being different and connected to the world.
I. A Swanky Affair: A long gown is always required for a black tie event, red carpet affairs and for very extravagant New Years Eve parties to ring in the new year. Of course, black stands out in a crowd but sometimes a little color is a show stopper.
|Thia Embroidered Illusion Yoke Gown|
Silver Shining Star
|Tadashi Shoji Sequin Lace Mermaid Gown|
Red - Of Course
|Tadashi Shoji Corded Lace A-Line Gown|
|Angelina Jolie - The Tourist (2010)|
"What is important in a dress is the woman wearing it" - Yves Saint Laurent
Festive Cocktail Frock
New Years Affirmation: Manners, manners and more manners.
Remember to say the following and look everyone in the eye: Yes please, no thank you, you are welcome, pleasure to meet you, how are you, do you need anything, can I help you, Mr. and Mrs., thank you and thank you again. Yes, manners are very important in any society keeping everyone connected together. Without manners we become anonymous and miss out on truly enjoying and noticing our fellow man. With manners we connect, we are grateful, we give and we share positive energy with others. When we show grace, speak with grace we will live by grace. Manners in the end are the force behind creating joy and spreading good cheer.
II. The Flirty Frock: A cocktail dress this season can be irresistible and create a ripple of envy at a soiree. Aim for a fitted dress slightly below the knees or for a full and flowing concoction that twirls as one dances the night away.
Simple and Elegant - No Trends
***Black is the backdrop for diamond drop earrings, stunning high heels and anything which shines and shimmers showing off you. You wear the dress rather than the dress wearing you.
|Dolce & Gabbana Floral Lace Embellished Crepe Midi Dress|
|Givenchy Side Gathered Crepe Dress|
|Theia Petal Applique Fit & Flare Dress|
|Nicole Kidman - Dior|
"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." - Coco Chanel
New Years Affirmation: Tech gadgets - Put Away - Become Present
Yes, we love those tech gadgets from our smart phones, computers, ipads, surface, fit-bits and the list goes on and on. We have become addicted to checking are gadgets all day long as if we will miss something. Sending texts, answering calls at all hours and basically keeping in touch with a computer is a false connection. You cannot see another emotions, hear a voice with inflection and instead are communicating with a computer. When we are out to dinner we check our phones, we text, we take selfies or we photograph every move and we posting the photos to all social media available. Did you know that you actually miss the moment by documenting every move you make? Or that the moment can be a bit lost with several posed photos? Now, I for one love to document moments and post to social media. Yet, sometimes wouldn't it be better to put the tech gadget away (bottom of handbag) and enjoy each other the old fashioned way - talking to one another and being present. Yes, be present and embrace the moment. The memory will remain forever.
III. Striking Jewelry: Adding a gorgeous necklace around a neck can brighten the face and emphasize creamy skin. Or a diamond crusted bracelet that captures the light makes the hand appear magnificent with well manicured nails. Of course, glittering rings heighten the allure of magical and beautiful hands. Ah..jewelry captures the essence of the soul - beautiful and gloriously happy.
|David Yurman 'Starburst' Pendant Necklace|
|David Yurman 'Starburst' Chain Bracelet with Pearls|
|David Yurman 'Quatrefoil' Chandelier Earrings with Diamonds|
"I feel very adventurous. There are many doors to be opened and I am not afraid to look behind them" - Elizabeth Taylor
New Years Affirmation: Be creative!
This is the year to start something new, perhaps take up a sport, learn a language, how to paint, garden, expand cooking skills, give a formal presentation or join a group etc. In other words, seek out and learn something completely different and new. Stretch yourself and set achievable goals. For instance, read one book a month which can be easy to achieve. Carve out the time and do not say "I am too busy" because everyone can say this statement and it is the perfect stalling tactic. Think simple, easy yet attainable. What will you gain? Well, new friends, new ideas and new thoughts all from doing something fresh and different. Interesting equals interesting.
IV. Enviable Shoes: Ravishing pumps complete an ensemble while showing off shapely legs. Select a pair that will stand the test of time.
|Jimmy Choo 'Abel' Patent Leather Pump|
|Christian Louboutin 'Prive' Open Toe Pump|
|LeeLee Sobieski - Christian Dior|
"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world" - Marilyn Monroe
New Years Affirmation: Smile, Smile and Smile
Everyday is a new opportunity to start fresh and fill the hours with hard work, joy and laughter. Of course, there will be moments that are difficult but these times will pass. Along the way, hold someone's hand, talk softly, listen and wherever the day takes you - give the gift of a smile. A smile engages others and sends warmth and positive energy to another person. Even if you are having a bad day this single "smile moment" will bring joy to you and the other person.
V. Red Lush Lips: Red lips are finishing touch to a New Years Eve get together of for any event. There is something classic and memorable about a smile festooned with the perfect red lipstick. When choosing a red hold up gold of silver jewelry to the skin. If silver looks better - you have cool tones and need a blue red. If gold looks best - you have warm tones and need a orange based red. Best bet is to visit a department store for suitable options.
|M.A.C Lipstick - Ruby Woo|
|Blake Lively- Cannes Cannes (2014)|
Well, there you have it. A few tips, lavish apparel, pumps and red lips to complete the ensemble. Have a safe, sparkling and exciting New Years Eve! May this chapter of your life close brilliantly and may the new chapter beginning tomorrow open with gusto. Enjoy, relax, be present, live boldly and never forget the beauty within that you share everyday with the world.