New Year, New You?

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The new year is upon us and the first month has almost come to a close.  At the end of each year, I like to reflect on the past twelve months and create a plan for the new year with a new set of goals.  I make both short and long term goals-personal as well as career oriented-and then figure out how I’m going to make it happen and the steps I’ll need to take.  I thought I’d share some of my goals for this year, as well as some things I’ve been doing over the past few months.  Be warned, this post is anything but short and sweet.

Cook More
I love cooking and trying different recipes, but lately have found myself relying on going out to eat or ordering in.  Because sometimes pizza and Swiss Chalet take hold of my emotions and I just can’t say no, you know?  The downside-I’m left with an unfortunately light and empty wallet. SO, I’ve decided to start prepping my meals a head of time for work so I don’t use the excuse of not having enough time.  I’ve also started waking up 30 minutes earlier than usual to actually make myself breakfast and pack a lunch which makes a huge difference.  Note: this does not mean that pizza will not be consumed on a weekly basis.  Just in smaller/less doses.

Be Active
Real original, I know.  Way back when, the gym, exercise and I had an extremely happy relationship.  Sadly, somewhere along the line, we fell out of love and I cut them out of my life…until about a month ago.  The building I live in has a gym and I swear no one is ever in it aside from an old man who occasionally lifts 5 lbs weights.  Basically a missed opportunity to not take advantage, right?  So I started working out 3-4 times a week and I’ve fallen back in love with my long lost friends.  It’s reminded me how good it feels to work out first thing in the morning or to let it be an outlet when you’re having a bad day. 

Drink Up
Talkin’ bout hydration people!  They say that drinking lots of water on a daily basis is good for you, so I’ve decided to take the plunge and see if what “they” say is really true.  I started monitoring how much water I consumed and noticed a huge difference going from days where I drank up to 3L of water to days where I drank a weak .5L.  It’s like my mom always says, ‘it’s hard to remember the things you forget’.  Truer words could not be spoken.  Ever notice how the things your parents said when you were younger usually become very relative and true when you grow up? Drinking water consistently was definitely something I had to train myself to remember to do, but now it’s second nature and I have no problem drinking copious amounts on the daily. Tip:  Adding lemon juice or green tea bags to your water is a great way to trick yourself into  drinking more and is also a nice change sometimes from just plain ol’ H2O.

Clean + Clear
People who know me are already smirking, Lane being #1.  So let’s be real-I am a disorganized and messy person.  There I said it.  I lose my phone at least two or three times a day while it’s either in my pocket or sadly sometimes in my hand, I’m always dropping and spilling everything and after a day of not knowing what to wear, my closet (which sometimes can also be known as my entire room), is a serious force to be reckoned with.  My first step was to get rid of the mess which is my closet.  Within the next few weeks, I will be selling a lot of my clothing and shoes for extremely low prices in hopes to get rid of things I don’t wear anymore or haven’t worn at all.  So far I’m still working on how I’m going to actually improve on this so I’ll keep you posted.

And there you have it folks!  More or less all of my personal goals for this year. Let’s kick some 2015 ass together~

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Finding the Perfect Knit

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Since the beginning of Fall, I’ve been on the hunt for a good oversize chunky knit sweater.  I had a long list of qualities it must have: oversized but not so big that I look like I’m wearing a potato sack, must be able to roll up sleeves or wear down, has to be versatile enough to wear with jeans or skirts, and the knit has to be chunky, thick and soft.  More than anything though, I was looking for a sweater that not only possessed these qualities but had a reasonable price as well.  Knitted sweaters like this are classic in a sense that they can be worn with almost anything and aside for hot summer days – be worn at any time of the year – but they’re not something I ever feel an urge to splurge for.

Long story short, I’m in love with this sweater and have deemed this item as “my new favourite.”  I use the term loosely because it seems that every new item I purchase ends up being my favourite.  With that being said though, I have made a rule to myself that if I don’t absolutely love it in the store, I won’t bring it home.  It’s not something I always follow, it does help me carefully pick and chose what gets added into my wardrobe.

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Disclaimer:  Wearing jeans with holes in them, having your bare hands exposed, and not wearing a jacket, are a fool proof way to make sure every inch of your body freezes and becomes numb while outside.

sweater: American Eagle / jeans: American Eagle / shoes: Aldo / necklace: Aldo

Black Out

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 These jeans are the one and only successful pant DIY I’ve ever done.  Probably because all I did was cut two slits in the knees, but that’s besides the point.  I’d been searching for black skinny jeans like this with a rip in each knee and couldn’t find any.  So I resorted to just buying a pair and doing it myself.  After putting the jeans on, I took a pair of scissors and cut a small hole in each knee and then ripped it across to the other side.

Every month or so I seem to change up my go to all black outfit when I’m having one of those days of not knowing what to wear or not wanting to put anything new together.  So for the month of December, this has kind of been my fall back outfit.  As you can tell, I’ve been in love with this velvet jacket and still can’t believe I found it at Value Village!

I hope you all have a great holiday with your friends, family or whoever you’re spending this time with.  See you in the new year!  Merry Christmas and thanks for reading! x

 jacket: Value Village / shirt: Value Village / jeans: American Eagle / boots: Aldo / necklace: Aldo

Dressed Down

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Last Sunday, I celebrated my birthday to the tune of “22” by my home girl (T-Swift), and thanks to my best friend-aka the best listener EVER-I was gifted this beautiful lipstick, after having lusted over it for months.  The Salem Velvetine lipstick is a true chocolate brown hue with a slight rusted red undertone, otherwise known as liquid perfection.

I didn’t have any solid plans for the day, so this was the perfect outfit to look/feel good in without sacrificing comfort.  I found this dress at Gap in their sleepwear section..so maybe it’s suppose to be a nightgown of some sort or just a tunic top (?)  Either way, I purchased it to wear as a dress like this but have also paired it unbuttoned with jeans and a t-shirt.

Over sized shirt dresses like this can sometimes appear sloppy if not styled properly, so matching it with statement pieces like this fringe choker and jeweled cuff creates the perfect balance.  The dress becomes more polished, the jewelry becomes slightly dressed down and you’re left with an outfit that can be adapted and worn almost anywhere.

Aside from wearing one of my favourite outfits ( as of right now), while eating pizza and watching The Grinch, it was amazing to spend time with some of my closest friends and I was once again reminded how lucky I am to have these individuals in my life.  Big thanks to everyone who made this day (but really more like weekend) so special. x  

 Dress: Gap / Shoes: Aldo (similar here) / Hat: Aldo (similar here) / Necklace: Forever 21 / Cuff: Aldo / Lipstick: Salem by Lime Crime