Latest Outfit: 2014 Reflections & 2015 Resolutions

casual and cozy winter chic
J. Crew coat | TOPSHOP shirt | Bootlegger jeans (c/o) | Club Monaco hat (similar) | Scarf borrowed from the boy (similar) | ALDO boots | Coach vintage city bag (new version) |
Lips: Fresh Sugar Ruby | Nails: Dior Vernis Gel Shine 'Pied-de-Poule'

Happy 2015 everyone! Hope you all had a great holiday. We spent the weekend squeezing in as much down time as possible before the new year revs up. These last few vacation days have been so wonderful, returning to work and packing away the Christmas decorations definitely feel bittersweet. The last couple of days, I've been bundled up in some variation of the outfit above (love my new hat with the giant fur pouf!), trying my best to stay warm and comfy during a cold snap, as I reflect on 2014 and look ahead.

Brighten up a neutral-heavy look with a bright burst of cobalt
Details: cobalt blue, plaid, stripes
Cobalt blue, navy, black
Nail art idea: grey nails with gold triangles
Cobalt blue and black

They say life is what happens while you're making other plans. Reflecting on the goals I set for myself last January, I'm somewhat amused by the fact that I only achieved half of them at best. However, the best parts of 2014 had nothing to do with my best laid plans. The boy and I took our first real vacation in 4 years to Boston and New England, a trip during which many cherished memories were built. We got engaged and moved on to the next chapter of our lives.

2014 was also the year I finally made a huge breakthrough with managing my stress and anxiety. Ever an overachiever, I've been prone to some form of one or the other throughout my life. This year I finally learned to recognize and actively manage these feelings in the moment. I learned to accept that it's okay to be off-balance for short periods of time. It's okay if I don't always have time for everything and I have to let some things slide; that in itself is a mentally liberating acknowledgement. As I head into my 30s, I feel like I've approached a new level of mental clarity and toughness. All the better to tackle this new decade.

So what's in store for 2015? Here's a shortlist of goals in no particular order:

  • Exercise more. Salsa once a week, elliptical and light yoga twice a week. Also considering a spin class.
  • Plan the wedding. The date is set for August 15, 2015! It'll be here before we know it.
  • Plan the honeymoon. The boy's never been to Paris and I'm clamoring to return. Spain and Italy are also contenders.
  • Keep my momentum going with work and the blog.

I know this doesn't sound like much. But between blogging, working full-time, being a bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding, planning my own wedding, and still maintaining some sort of social life, 2015 is going to make this year pretty busy to say the least. Even if I can keep the status quo from this year going, I'll be very proud.

What are your goals for 2015?


  1. the blue coat really goes well with the plaid scarf! hope you have a great 2015, and that it brings you lots of joy and happiness, and in August in particular ;)

    1. Aw thanks, Julie! Best wishes for 2015 to you too.

  2. Good luck with your goals Lisa! Anxiety is something I've been dealing with quite badly the past year and so I'm hoping I will be able to take control of it in 2015.

    1. We can keep each other on track. :) I wish you the best in dealing with yours.


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