new year’s resolution

Go Ask Gab: Style Resolutions

January 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm , by

It’s resolution time! Mine are: shed some pounds before my next birthday, sleep more (this zombie look ain’t cute) and break out of my fashion rut. Yes, even a fashion “expert” needs to get motivated from time to time. Here are a list of some fashion resolutions we should all commit to!

Try something new. Get out of your comfort zone! Instead of another black dress, why not get one in a bright color or a print — both are big trends for 2012.

Clean your closet. I am constantly organizing and purging my closet — I find it very cathartic. If it’s something you haven’t worn in awhile or doesn’t fit, get rid of it! Spend time really looking at each piece and figuring out if it has a place in your closet. (Also check out our February issue for some additional closet tips!)

Mix it up
. It’s so easy to fall in to a slump during the cold month (says the girl who is having another boots, jeans and over-sized sweater day). Figure out what works for you and have go-to stylish outfits ready. Maybe it’s skinny jeans with a blazer or shift dresses. It will make getting dressed in the morning so much easier.

Trust others.
You are your own worst critic so ask a trusted friend — preferably one with good taste — to be honest with you. Be open to what they say and don’t get offended, they are there to help.

Quality over quantity. I know we can’t afford to splurge on everything but I do believe in spending a little more on a piece each season, especially if it’s classic or timeless. Sign up for websites like Gilt, which sells tons of designer items at a discount. Also be an avid sale shopper. J. Crew’s sales are always great and department stores like Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor also are great places to find deals. You should also buy items on sale at end of a season: See a cashmere sweater or wool pea coat in February or March for dirt cheap? Buy it for next year!

Find your style. What kind of look do you want to present to the world? Start an inspiration board on Pinterest and print out styles you want to recreate yourself and hang it on your mirror.  Its important to be creative and inspired!

 


Lose Weight in 2011, No Diets Allowed!

January 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm , by

Lose ten pounds in a flash! The weight-loss secret! Gluten-free is the way to be! Oh, if only it were that easy. It’s still week one of the New Year, which means you’re probably eating better and exercising more in honor of your it’s-really-going-to-happen-this-year resolution to shed some pounds.

The unfortunate truth is that most women who resolve to get healthier in January fall into the trap of the yo-yo diet only to find themselves back where they started by year’s end. With all the fads, gimmicks and “best-kept secrets” out there, looking for guidance in matters of the waistline can be tough.

But sometimes it just takes some digging. So, in search of some intelligent inspiration, we went through our (very large) pile of health and diet books to find some good tips for staying on track in 2011.

Remember the Pleasure Principle
From French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
Instead of denying yourself, celebrate and savor food, but pay attention to portion sizes. Guiliano says that by allowing yourself to indulge within reason, what you get “is a non-diet and a reset healthy lifestyle. That’s something you can stick with.

Eat Plenty of Whole Foods
From The Perfect 10 Diet by Michael Aziz, M.D.
If you can’t pronounce the things in the ingredients list, leave it on the shelf, writes Dr. Aziz. The best thing you can do for your body is eat a diet full of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Those are the foods that have the nutrients your body needs without the additives that can leave you sluggish and mess with your metabolism.

Use the Web
From Lose It! by Charles Teague and Anahad O’Connor
Family and friends have always been important for losing weight, but now you are never more than an e-mail, text or Facebook status away from support. Take advantage of technology in every way you can—forums, recipe apps, blogs—to keep you motivated.

Be Kind
From The Self-Compassion Diet by Jean Fain
Beating yourself up for falling off the wagon is the worst thing you can do because it puts you in competition with yourself and creates so much negativity that it’s no wonder so many people give up. When you take a kinder view of yourself, you will struggle less, making it easier to make better choices, Fain writes.

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