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  • New Year, New Dress, New You… Really?

    Apparently the 17th of January was Ditch Your Resolution Day. As if none of us had enough will power to hold onto our so called good resolutions even fifteen days after the New Year. I guess they picked this particular day following very serious statistics and studies. However, now that January is behind us and that February started, where are we at with our good resolutions?

    As far as I am concerned, I did not take any. Because first of all, I have no will power. Offer me a cookie and all my grand speeches on starting a diet are gone forever. That’s how easy I am to convince. Cookies. I have taken good resolutions in the past though. The usual sort – diet, work out, self-care, etc. And never ever have I been able to hold onto them and see any results.

    Why is that though?

    My guess is because I set myself objectives and not goals. Objectives that were very ambitious with no clue on how to reach them. So you want to lose X amount of weight. So you want to go vegan. Yes, sure, good for you. But how will you get to there. It does not happen overnight, does it?

    Maybe when setting resolutions, I did not think on how to keep them and succeed. Maybe I need to look at it from another angle. Thing about your resolutions as business goals companies set each year. You are the company and each of your resolution is a department (i.e. marketing, sales, customer service, etc.) with individuals goals each and a strategy on how to reach them.

    It would be like breaking down the yearly big goal into monthly smallest one. If I want to lose weight, first month would involve giving up alcohol and working out once a week; the second month would involve reducing my sugar intake and maybe increasing workout to twice a day, etc. If I wanted to go vegan, the first month could be about staying away from non cruelty free beauty brands and slowly reducing my meat intake. Month 2 could be on switching meat for vegan meat. Month 3 would be to switch cow milk for an eco friendly vegan milk alternative. And so on. Small steps, small goals, month by month, to make the transition smooth and viable in the long term.

    And add numbers and percentages along the way. A decrease by x% or an increase by x. To make it more tangible, to give a direction and a clear goal to reach. Because, again, it never happens overnight. And if it does, it will probably just be short term.

    Being ambitious with goals and resolutions is great and all, but in the end, if you are too ambitious, it will only have a negative impact in your morale and motivation. Be kind to yourself and acknowledge your limit, what you can and can’t do. Small victories lead to great victories.

    I am still not taking resolutions for the coming year. Oh Wait! I stand corrected, I am doing dry February and I am committing to reducing my alcohol intake and meat intake. I have also set myself to record one Youtube video a month to start with and to wear whatever I want whenever I want.

    Before you ask, I was not really doing it already. Since my days of party girl have gone, I have not focused so much on being glamorous and sexy outside of a club or even at all. I put comfort above all and for long, I decided not to wear something because I deemed it inappropriate for the location or occasion.

    But you know what? F*ck it! If I like the dress, I am gonna wear it! So what if it is all sequins and sparkles and today is a work day? Well, if I want to wear it, I will! Starting with that gorgeous mesh and feather dress from PrettyLittleThing. Accessorized with my favorite Furla bag and blue biker jacket. The perfect outfit for a night out, drinks out or why not the office. After all, new year, new dress, new you?

    Not sure about the new you bit yet, but for sure new dress! Especially when it is that pretty!

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    What about you? Did you take good resolutions this year? Are you still working on them? Or have you ditched them? How do you make sure you reach your goals? Do you think breaking them down into smaller ones like you would do for a business would help? What do you think of THE dress?

    Thanks a lot for stopping by. Hope you liked this post.

    See you soon.
    Love.
    Corinne

    *The dress featured in this post is a gift but all opinions are my own.

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    1. February 7, 2019 / 10:03 am

      In your blog posts and photographs you always manage to emphasize the essence of what you’re talking about! What an immense wonder this incredible dress that lends itself to many different outfits!

    2. February 7, 2019 / 10:32 am

      Now that’s a new year new you dress. I love it and frills make it a more playful, fun yet chic dress at the same time if you know what I mean. Stunning.

    3. Alexandra
      February 7, 2019 / 12:11 pm

      I really love your way of thinking when it comes to resolutions – and agree. My goal for this year is to make small weekly goals. And overall, to develop a better routine.
      I love that dress 🙂

    4. Chelle Dizon
      February 7, 2019 / 2:17 pm

      Good job on rocking those whole outfit. I like everything. The dress looks elegant and the shoes is very chic.

    5. February 7, 2019 / 3:04 pm

      I have to admit I don’t make resolutions just because it is new year anymore, I make them when I feel like the time is right to make those changes and stick to them.

    6. Melissa
      February 7, 2019 / 3:41 pm

      I don’t make resolutions. I did decide last year that I was going to do something to be healthier. I have dropped 50lbs and feel better than ever!

    7. February 7, 2019 / 3:45 pm

      This is a fantastic dress, that’s for sure! I rarely make resolutions because I know I won’t make them. I just hope for the best with new years!

    8. February 7, 2019 / 5:13 pm

      We don’t really make New Years resolutions anymore. More like taking it as it is and changing our lifestyle at our pace kind of thing. So far so good, keeping off the pressure defo helps!

      Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk

    9. Jenny in Neverland
      February 7, 2019 / 5:15 pm

      That’s a lovely dress, you look great! I didn’t make ANY resolutions this year. I’m just going with small monthly goals instead because they’re much more achievable and manageable <3

      Jenny
      http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    10. February 7, 2019 / 5:16 pm

      I didn’t make any resolutions this year because I know I wouldn’t stick to them. I completely get what you mean by planning how to achieve them. I see so many people say they want to do something but fail because they want it to happen instantly! Great post!

    11. February 7, 2019 / 5:16 pm

      I agree that big new year’s resolutions should be tackled in small steps otherwise it’s just too over-whelming. And also, that’s a great f*cking dress. 🙂

    12. February 7, 2019 / 5:18 pm

      That dress is so cool. I like the idea of one word resolutions, so mine this year was sustainability. That leaves less room for beating yourself up. Oh and I need to read to the baby more. I’m still working on it though!

    13. February 7, 2019 / 5:20 pm

      I didn’t make any resolutions this year. Like you, I’ve been way too ambitious in the past and haven’t managed to stick to them. If I set myself one next year, I’ll try to make it more achievable. That dress is stunning, it looks so good on you.

      Eve | http://www.evemorganinteriors.com

    14. February 7, 2019 / 5:25 pm

      That is such a gorgeous dress Corinne, your photos are stunning! I haven’t made any resolutions this year, but like you I’ve reduced alcohol and meat and feeling much healthier for it. Hope you have a fantastic month! <3 xx

      Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    15. February 7, 2019 / 5:39 pm

      You look so beautiful! This is such an interesting post about resolutions! I did Dry January and I’ve given up chocolate, I’ve also challenged myself to swim 100 lengths a week which I’ve managed most weeks!
      Hels xx

    16. February 7, 2019 / 5:47 pm

      I love that dress… I want it so bad.. and, the jacket as well. Oh yeah, I didn’t do resolutions either.

    17. February 7, 2019 / 5:50 pm

      I didn’t even make a resolution this year because I know if I did I just wouldn’t have done it, I’ve given myself little goals for the year to see how I get on. Also that dress is amazing!!

    18. February 7, 2019 / 5:57 pm

      oh my!!! You look stunning, cheerful and so happy! I love it. Thank you so much for the awesome post.

      Chad
      http://www.mosaicslab.com

    19. February 7, 2019 / 6:14 pm

      I never usually make resolutions, I’m more of a there and now sort of person. Love this dress you look amazing!! xx

      Em // https://www.emilybecca.com

    20. Alice
      February 7, 2019 / 6:29 pm

      I don’t like to set resolutions, as they always involve giving up something, or limiting yourself. Instead I have goals, and I achieved all my goals for 2018! So I’m hoping to do the same this year

      Alice | Wonderlush | Sunflower Thoughts

    21. February 7, 2019 / 6:51 pm

      For me goals have never worked. Set a new year goal and you be sure I failed. So this year i set up challenges instead.
      Every month a new challenge, and so far I’m still going strong.
      Maybe I’ve finally cracked the code.
      And that is a very very pretty dress. Love it <3

    22. February 7, 2019 / 7:13 pm

      I love your attitude about wearing what you love. I to love dressing up daily.

    23. February 7, 2019 / 7:50 pm

      I love this dress. I would definitely wear it to work if I had this! I made goals this year, rather than resolutions. One of them is to eat healthier, and I’m surprised at how I’ve kind of stuck with it. I still sometimes treat myself, but I’m not stopping off at the shops for a packet of chocolate digestives every second day. It was getting to be almost a pack a day habit last year 😀

    24. February 7, 2019 / 8:44 pm

      I really do not do resolutions, lol! I just try to make targets an it works better for me!

    25. February 7, 2019 / 8:45 pm

      Haha I love this- I’m sold on cookies every time too. This dress is absolutely beautiful, I’d be wearing it at any opportunity!

      Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    26. February 7, 2019 / 9:59 pm

      The dress is gorgeous! And I love your new attitude about wearing it just because you want to. I never set myself resolutions but agree totally that a lot of the time they feel like empty statements rather than clear goals with a plan. Good luck with your new lifestyle goals, I hope you’re feeling better for it x

      Sophie
      http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    27. February 8, 2019 / 2:28 am

      I’m not a huge fan of resolutions. I prefer to make goals for the year and achieve them, one at a time.

    28. February 8, 2019 / 5:16 am

      I didn’t make any resolutions this year. I have the same cookie problem! When I’m ready to change, nothing will happen unless I make small measurable goals.

    29. February 8, 2019 / 5:35 am

      I didn’t even know the 17th was ditch your resolutions day. I mean if we really want to push for our resolutions, there’s still the rest of the year to get things done, hehe. You bring a good idea on the “how” part. How will a resolution be conquered? I mean as easy as it is to say stop drinking alcohol, if I am at a bar, I will order one, haha. Love your dress!!!

      Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    30. February 8, 2019 / 7:04 am

      I try not to make a resolution but I do use the time to reflect upon my goals and see what adjustments I need to make. I found if I’m super strict with my goals, I’m going to fail but if I allow myself that wiggle room I’m more likely to succeed!

    31. Bindu Thomas
      February 8, 2019 / 7:27 am

      Good luck with your new lifestyle goals. The dress is elegant and you look stunning.

    32. February 8, 2019 / 9:23 am

      I love the dress! Simple and elegant. Trust your instinct for your fashion sense.

    33. February 8, 2019 / 12:04 pm

      You are right! Definitely new dress, when the dress is so cute!

    34. February 8, 2019 / 1:55 pm

      I love the dress with the feathers! You pull it off beautifully x

    35. February 9, 2019 / 4:10 am

      You are correct. For the last couple of days I try to go for smaller goals than big ones, it works better for me that way.

    36. Monidipa Dutta
      February 9, 2019 / 3:58 pm

      You are looking gorgeous. So wow. The dress looks wonderful on you. Great post with awesome pictures lovely.

    37. lexi
      February 15, 2019 / 1:22 am

      gorgeous dress happy new year

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