It's tradition at this point to rush out the old year and herald in the new with the first verse and chorus of this Scottish folk song. But I'll bet few of us ever stop to think about what it is we're saying - even if we're sober. So here's my take on it: The sentiment is that of fond remembrance and acknowledgement that time and tide may separate us, and experiences may change us, but we should never forget the people and events that have made us who we are today.Read More
For tomorrow we shall all die(t). As we approach the end of the holidays and the beginning of 2014 it's only appropriate to ring out the old year in style. After all, on New Year's Day most of us will attempt to turn over a new leaf and get our lives - and waistlines - back in order. More on that later this week. For now I will dress to the nines and enjoy one last party this year.Read More
As I write this on New Year's Eve 2012 many of you are mulling over your resolutions for 2013.
My friend Laura at As Time Goes Buy pointed out that positive changes can, and should, happen anytime we're ready for them, thus escaping the pressure of the dreaded New Year's resolution. I couldn't agree more. She started her blog in March and I started this one in April. Lasting change only comes with true resolve - but that can come any day of the year.
I've always been more of a doer than a talker. When I started Spashionista Report I wanted to empower women, especially those over 40 and the physically handicapped, to look and feel beautiful and claim their own sense of self-worth. As the blog has progressed I've met many wonderful women of all ages and received far more positive feedback than negative comments. You're reading this so you're one of those women.
I hope that this blog has in some small way lifted your spirits, changed your perceptions, given you useful information or, at the very least, entertained you. It is my intent in 2013 to try to reach out to as many of you as I can, because we're in this together. Stay with me as I grow this into a bigger and better voice for all of us.
I'll close out 2012 with this wonderful post filled with points for you to ponder when you're ready for those positive changes.
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer Newspaper, Cleveland, Ohio.
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short - enjoy it.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to be happy. But it's all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive but don't forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
Everyone knows the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is the best time to shop if you want to stretch your cash. It's also a great time to celebrate the end of the season - and the year.
At my house after Christmas sales are an extension of the holiday. I can shift the focus from getting the perfect gift for someone else to getting the best deals for myself. It also means Mr Spashionista and I can take in a movie or tuck into a cozy meal while we're out and about. Since we always celebrate New Year's Eve at home - where my attire is decidedly casual - I thought I would show you what I wore for my post-Christmas discount tour.
It was cold - mid-thirties and overcast cold - so I had to be sure the outfit I picked was warm enough to counter the weather, versatile enough to allow me to negotiate crowded stores in my chair, and fashionable enough to be noticed, in a good way.
Let's start with the gorgeous acrylic pencil skirt from Forever 21 in shades of royal blue, raspberry, lemon, and black. The blue cashmere Cynthia Rowley cowl necked sweater is from last year's Black Friday at Stein Mart. Yes, the Baccini jacket should look familiar by now. It's actually very warm, ultra-feminine, and picks up the berry tones in the skirt so it was the logical choice for today. The Chinese Laundry black tights were a must given the chilly temps, but I couldn't resist the blue sequin oxfords from Shi as a a little dash of New Year's sparkle.
Did you find something amazing in the post holiday aftermath?
Next month I'll tell you what I got and give you some pointers for shopping in 2013.
• Spashionistas Wanted •
The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!