Last year when I wrote about my new year’s resolutions the title was rather tongue-in-cheek: In 2013 I resolve to wear more Chanel! It wasn’t true. I had no plans of wearing or even buying any of that particularly expensive brand of clothing, but the goal to improve my wardrobe with better quality, classic clothing was a sound one. I’m pleased to say that 12 months later I do have quite a few pieces on my 2013 back-to-basics clothing list, including several silk blouses, good quality jeans in different classic washes, and one chic black leather pencil skirt. I actually managed to achieve about half of the goals I set for myself last year, including setting up a retirement account and exercising almost daily. So what is in store for 2014?
Most of my goals are uber responsible. I need to save money for this and save money for that and it’s all very respectable and not very interesting so I won’t go into it. However one fun thing want to do is find several really pretty earrings to add to the few I have in my collection. Years ago I had a big box full of bling, then my home was burglarized, and the jerk made off with most of my costume jewelry. It still hurts. Since then I’ve replenished my collection with several statement necklaces in faux gold and pearls, ropes of metal chains and strands of glittering rhinestones. Dozens of bracelets and a few wrist watches live in a small box in my closet. I purchased my new bling everywhere from upscale consignment stores to Target and I feel great about them all, except in one area. Earrings. In comparison to my assortment of necklaces and bracelets I have only a small selection of ear bling. As a general rule I like to wear earrings even if I’m not going “all out” in the accessories department, so why do I have so few? It’s time to change that, and 2014 is the year! Maybe while I’m at it I’ll add a few brooches. Nothing I could buy now will ever replace the big vintage rhinestone beauties I once owned, but maybe I could come close. What brought on this jewelry frenzy? The delightful rose necklace my husband gave me for Christmas, above, was the catalyst. It’s time to say goodbye to the jewelry I lost, and make new memories around the pieces I have now. Plus, jewelry is small, just like my closet.
Adding to my jewelry collection is a fun resolution to have, as is my main new years resolution for 2014. What is it? HAVE FUN! I want to have fun with this blog, fun with my life, fun with my husband, children, friends and family. Last year was about going back to basics and minimizing the stuff in my life, this year I want to remember, all year long, that life is short, and I want to live it with great enthusiasm, love and joy. And yes, pretty jewelry too.
What do you resolve to do in 2014?