Month: February 2014

Goals for 2014

                        take a chance       

Last summer, right around sarah kate style’s first birthday, I toyed around with the idea of doing a 101 things in 1001 days list (á la Mackenzie Horan) and publishing it on the blog. Clearly that didn’t work out – and for a few reasons. I couldn’t come up with 101 goals or things to do, crazy as that sounds. I have a few big goals, like moving to New York and traveling to Europe, and a few smaller ones, like buying nice shoes and more purses, reading more, and going vintage shopping with my best friend more often. But in the end, I felt like putting little things on the list (learn to French braid, find a new perfume…) right next to the big ones and the long-term ones felt weird, kind of like bucket-list-meets-to-do-list-meets-shopping-list. At a certain point the things got too general, or I came up with things I didn’t really care about doing just to fill space. Plus, the idea of 1001 days terrified me. I’d be two years older, and the thought of all the things that could happen in that time was overwhelming. I felt like I’d forget the list, or lose interest in it.

But the idea came back into my head this week after feeling pretty down and hopeless about life in general – maybe I do need something to keep me motivated, to keep me occupied. I decided on the first day of January that this is my year of taking chances (and it’s been going really well so far). I’m taking control of my life this year, going after what I want, rolling the dice if you will – and pushing myself into this commitment felt like a good chance to take.

So I pulled up my old list and found I’d already accomplished some of the things, or didn’t want to do some of them anymore, and then I looked up when 1001 days from now is. Now, I know that a lot can happen in that time, but I also know for a fact that things will be very different then (mid-November 2016) from how they are now – I’ll be living somewhere else, with a new job, new friends, almost a whole new life. I’m not as scared of that idea as I used to be, but I came to the conclusion that that time frame isn’t the best fit for me. I like nice, easy, definite deadlines (and 1001 is definitely not divisible by 365) – so I settled on finishing my new, revised list by the end of this year. I came up with 14 (hopefully) attainable goals, which is a convenient and memorable number – 14 goals for 2014. It’s more than one a month (plus I’ve already lost January and most of this month), which feels like a challenge, but it’s not so many that I feel like I can’t get it done. Maybe this will evolve into a 101 in 1001 list, maybe I’ll do that next year, maybe I’ll never do it – we’ll see.

I’ll post my list here (it’ll be accessible through the menu bar, too) so as to hold myself accountable for getting things done. What do you think about setting goals and taking chances? Wish me luck!

14 Goals for 2014

1. Finish Matchbook’s novel (5/50 – my three favorite books show up on the list!) and movie lists (18/50)

2. Post on the blog at least 15 times a month

3. See Stonehenge and Big Ben when I go to England this summer

4. Go to New York at least twice

5. Get into a better daily routine (try to get more sleep!)

6. Finish putting together and hanging up my gallery wall (here’s the wall now)

7. Go vintage shopping with my best friend at least three times

8. Buy three new fashion/design books

9. Paint gold chevron on one of my bedroom walls

10. Take up yoga

11. Buy a classic pair of black heels

12. Go to the BMA re-opening gala this fall

13. Bake perfect macarons

14. Completely organize my office


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Showcase: Peter Pilotto for Target

showcase_peterpilottofortargetAll, Target. Images via Refinery29

When I got my February issue of Marie-Claire a few weeks ago, I only made it about three pages in to the ads before I dropped the magazine and ran to my computer. The cause of my excitement? Peter Pilotto for Target. Now, I know Target never disappoints with their designer collabs, but this one is just too good. I hadn’t been a big follower of Pilotto before but I sure am now. This is without a doubt my favorite collection since Jason Wu (which, regretfully, I wasn’t able to get much of). But I had a tactic with 3.1 Philip Lim in the fall – get to my local Target right at 8 am and grab everything that caught my eye – and it totally worked, so that’s exactly what I’m doing this time. Granted, this collection is a little pricier than its predecessors, but are the clothes above not totally worth it? That blue-green sleeveless floral dress is at the top of my wish list – I’m already planning on wearing it to outdoor brunch this spring. What are your thoughts on this collection?

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I’m trying to get back into the swing of blogging – I’ve been away for so long and I’m starting to realize just how much I miss it. I figured I’d officially start of the new year sharing my latest obsession with you: this dress. H&M has started introducing spring clothes and I couldn’t be happier with seeing loads of pastels and bright whites after living in black and grey for the last few months. This dress in particular caught my eye, and it reminds me a little of Downton Abbey (maybe I’m just getting excited over season four) – but obviously modernized with the shorter hemline. It’s that big, intricate, romantic lace yoke that gets me. I’ll admit I spent a good long time (read: an hour) deciding between black and white. I could use an LBD, but I hadn’t indulged in my white dress obsession in a while so I went for that one. I can’t wait to wear it with bare feet and dainty earrings once the weather gets warmer, but until then I’ll be content to wear it with tights and combat boots.

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