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A New You In The New Year: Resolving To Improve Your Personal Style

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

A new year is just around the corner, and for many that means a renewed opportunity for a new and improved you. But, if you’re over 21, okay, maybe over 25, you probably like who you are and so do those you keep in your life and who continue to keep you in theirs. You have a comfortable and familiar routine and an even more comfortable and familiar style that is all “YOU”. But when it comes to fashion and beauty, no one wants to be a “victim”, in fact most ladies want to be seen as classy and classic, not a classic example of repeated bad mistakes and poor choices. So, as you get ready to celebrate and ring in the upcoming year, get ready to celebrate a more beautiful you.

1. Step Away From The Dark Side: Sure darker shades are slimming (powerful and professional) but wearing dark colors from head to toe can also be dreary and drab. Consider a bit of enlightenment by incorporating a brightly colored top, shoes, or accessories. Maybe even choose a more vibrant lipstick; 2006 had lots to offer with great shades of orange plum, teal and green.

2. Tailor Your Clothes To Your Needs: Whether you’re revamping your wardrobe with some newer pieces of simply improving upon the one you already have, a good tailor is the key to a great fit. Few people actually fit perfectly into store-bought selections. In fact, most of us need a good nip and tuck every now and again. Find a professional you like and trust and cultivate a good relationship with him or her, especially if you want to always go out looking your best.

3. A Cut Above: Start the New Year off with a new look beginning from head to toe. Treat yourself to a new hairstyle making sure to first take care of split ends and damaged tresses. Don’t forget the deep conditioning and top it off with some new color and a new cut.

4. Get Back To Basics: Sure there are lots of fun styles and fabrics out there, but remember, these items tend to be geared to specific age groups, occasions or seasons. Most of us are better off with some classic pieces with staying power. Consider some crisp, black pants, a cashmere sweater or two, and a tailored button-down shirt as some of your staples.

5. Be Firm About Keeping Skin Firm: With all the focus on retaining and maintaining a youthful glow, you’ll want to take extra good care of your skin. Invest in some quality moisturizing and hydrating products and be sure to apply them “religiously”. Allow new products at least two weeks to work, and don’t forget to remove makeup as soon as you get home, or at least, just before going to bed. And, if you’re suffering from skin problems, including acne, make this the year you get professional help and go see a dermatologist.

6. Clean House: Starting with your makeup back, then your “makeup cabinet” get rid of any and all outdated products and those that are simply poor quality, unflattering colors, broken compacts, etc. Also make sure to ditch heavy, lingering perfumes or anything containing heavy smells, as well as items that have separated or have changed color.

7. Get A Grip: On a new bag that is. Toss any old bags that look outdated, tattered, or are simply out of season. Without going over budget, look for a bag that is well made and will last you for at least a season or two. Consider darker shades such as blue, black, and brown that tends to match most everything. Also consider your lifestyle. If you use your purse as your home away from home, consider one with plenty of room and space, and if you’re constantly on the go, you may want to opt (at least for every day) a backpack.

8. Jean Therapy: Improve your look with a flattering pair of jeans. Make sure to try on the various styles, cuts, and colors to find something that fits your personality and your figure, even if it means trying on a few pairs before finding the right one for you.

9. Get To The Root Of The Problem: End the abusive relationship you have with your hair by limiting how much time you subject your tresses to blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, etc. to achieve a certain (often unhealthy) look. Instead, make an appointment with a GOOD stylist and go over what look works best for you and the best way for you to achieve it, including the products you use, without damaging your hair.

10. Stay True To Yourself: Unless you’ve joined the multitudes to “Trackies”, you know the ladies who go everywhere in track pants, (a.k.a. sweats); you’ll want to stay true to your style. If you’re conservative, look for styles that suit your persona, and the same goes for those who are a bit more bold and beautiful. Just remember to dress for your age, position in life (you may be 18 but if you’re a mom, you may want to tone it down at least for parent-teacher night). Obviously you’ll also want to change with the times but find a signature style all your own and learn how to work it and own it.

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