2013: Shop Smart, Stay Fit, Get Noticed, Be Fabulous

These are my personal resolutions for 2013.

Sick of the "r" word already? You'd be in good company. Statistics show that by January 20th 92% of us will have abandoned our lofty aspirations to settle for another year of disappointment.  The main reason being that most people set impossibly lofty goals for themselves, which does little more that sabotage any chance they may have of succeeding.

The goals I set for myself in 2013 are nothing more than a continuation of what I started in 2012. The only difference being I now have my readers to hold me accountable.

This year more than ever I'm going to be very choosy, and hopefully savvy, about what I buy. I did a little post-holiday shopping and managed to score several tanks and tunics at 60-80% off, including several in 2013's color of the year, emerald green.  I also found some great and distinctive looking summer converse lo-tops for 50% off.  I'll show you my purhases as the weather permits my wearing them. But my best find by far is pictured below.

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When you see a sign that says, "Final, Final, Final Clearance" you don't just walk away from it! I got a pair of fisherman's cable ivory boot socks, two pairs of violet knee socks, and one pair of raspberry tights for $8. The tights are control top so I can work towards my "stay fit" resolution - which we'll talk about later this month - every time I put them on (which will be a 20 minute aerobic workout).

There is a world of difference between being resolute and being perfect. Perhaps this is why people give up on resolutions so easily. They either expect perfection from themselves or from the circumstances around them. I have news for you. You aren't perfect, and the road to seeing your resolutions through to fruition isn't, either. In the end it all comes down to what you're willing to do; your resolve to resolve your own problems. However, just because you have to do the heavy lifting doesn't mean you have to do it without a spotter. I'm committed to lending my support and encouragement to any of you that need it. All you have to do is ask.

What are you going to accomplish in 2013, and how can I help?

Your Support System

If there's one thing no Spashionista can do without it's support. The kind that you can always count on to be uplifting. The kind that makes you smile because you know it's always there for you. The kind that's so reassuring you know you can take on the world.

You do know I'm talking about your bra, right?

This is the second item in the "Budget" category of BODS that I will pay full price for if I have to because I think it's one of the most important articles of clothing you wear at any given time. Your bra should not only fit you properly, it should also be pretty enough to make you feel more beautiful for wearing it.

The majority of women give their underpinnings so little thought that they are wearing the wrong size bra, which consequently has the effect of making them look dumpy, lumpy, saggy and baggy. I already look Palsy so I need all the help I can get. If you've been paying attention you will also have noticed that I'm incredibly ample in the bosomage department. What I'm trying to tell you is if I can find beautiful bras that fit perfectly without breaking the bank so can you.

I am as enthusiastic about my lingerie as I am about my shoes with one major difference. Whereas I buy the majority of my shoes in person from Shi by Journeys I buy all of my bras online from Bare Necessities. After an exhaustive search both on and offline I find BN offers the widest variety of styles and sizes that meet my fit and fashion requirements.

First order of business is fit - potentially tricky if you're disabled, but doable. This is the part where all the other "bra fitting" blog posts out there tell you to go get professionally measured. I've been measured twice and they got it wrong (very!) both times. They measured me as a DD when I am, in fact, a G! You are better off doing this yourself or with trusted help, and it's easier to check for fit than it is to measure for it. Here's a great bra fit checklist. The important things to remember that the majority of women get wrong is your bra band shouldn't ride up in the back and needs to fit flush against your sternum. Your shoulder straps should fit comfortably without digging into your skin. Speaking of skin, make sure none of it is spilling out from the bra's cups. Got it?

In my book fashion is just as important as fit. Actually, when you're as well endowed as I am the revelation that you don't have to wear an ugly tank of a bra is purely blissful. Enter Elomi, the brand with styles every busty girl lusts after.

I own all of these bras and I don't mind at all if my décolletage offers a passing peek at them. These are but a sample of Bare Necessities' 1108 styles. I've tried other, less pricey brands but for me Elomi never disappoints. Fortunately BN offers inexpensive or occasional free returns. They always have some kind of sale going on as well and if you're a more common size you can almost always find a bargain. Alas, Elomi is one of those brands that only goes on sale several times a year but when it does I pounce and buy several more. I never buy the matching panties unless they are a cut that will flatter me and they are on sale; no exceptions. It's too easy to find inexpensive coordinating bottoms at places like TJ Maxx. So, like my shoes, I will pay retail for my brassieres if I have to - but I seldom do.

What about you?