INDIANAPOLIS (LIN) –It's good to renew at least once a year, whether you purge your closets down to the last shoe or simply treat yourself to a mani-pedi. You don't have to completely recreate yourself, but rather evolve.
Let loose of bad eating habits, worn-out clothes or soleless (soulless) shoes and start 2012 fresh.
Dare to wear festive footwear and flair
There is nothing better than having new shoes, in my opinion. You can fancy up an outfit by simply getting a bright pair of heels, DIY-ing some faux jewels on some old ones or simply breaking all boundaries with new over-the-top footwear.
A shoe says a million words, and boring, understated flats can make or break an outfit. Take a chance and go with some footwear flair.
To follow up fancying up your feet, statement pieces – bright scarves, bulky costume jewelry, and feathery hats – can take an outfit from frump to fantastic.
Fascinators, faux fur and feathers are all fun and can add the right amount of feng shui to your frocks.
Plan outfits ahead
Definitely a great resolution for eliminating the last-minute wardrobe failures, planning ahead can keep you from experiencing that, "Oh no, what was I thinking," moment when you are too far away fix your fashion faux pas.
Play dress-up, try things on and experiment with accessories the night before work or school or that big important meeting. It will help you feel more confident knowing you have tried on your outfit and will give you some extra time to prepare yourself mentally the next morning.
You'll also have more time to grab a new pair of stockings if you've got a run or find that perfect matching nail polish when you plan the night before.
Get rid of the old, bring in the new
Do not be a hoarder! Clean out your intimates' drawer, throw out those stockings with the runs and dump out your make-up bag.
There is no need to start a brand-spanking new year with ill-fitting, overworn hose and goopy, dried-out makeup.
Treat yourself to some new color-rich stockings. These make an outfit pop, especially if you normally wear a lot of black and gray.
And toss the old makeup. Makeup does have an expiration date even if there is not one on the package. Mascara should be tossed after 6 months and anything else you just keep hanging on to needs to be renewed.
If you keep your makeup in the bathroom – a big no-no – you'll definitely want to dump the older stuff. Moisture collects in powders and eye shadows that can allow bacteria to grow and it's safe to say if you've had anything for 6 months to a year, then toss it out and start from scratch.
Let your brows go native
I think most women are horrified of the unibrow and the slim chance that if they quit plucking or waxing their brows they are going to look like Bert from Sesame Street.
Get over it! It's fine to pluck the extra hairs between your brows, but keep it minimal. Let your brows go for a while, and only wax or pluck to shape. You'll see the difference in fullness in 6-8 weeks.
Fuller, healthier brows can make you look younger and help maintain a good face shape. Use a similar brow color shadow or eyebrow pencil to fill in any thin spots. If you have sparse brows, you can even try a weave.
Start a regular beauty routine
It's hard when you are tired or have had a late night out on the town to maintain a beauty regimen on any regular basis, but try this year to really commit.
Like anything else, most of us have some aversion to commitments, but this routine is vital to healthier, happier skin.
Plan out a simple routine that would also be easy to carry in your purse for nights you are working late in the office or you are traveling or you end up not making it home. Be a good Girl Scout and be prepared.
Drink more water and eat better. Although this could be in its own category, it is a major component to clear, healthy skin. Water IS a moisturizer and the more you drink, the more elasticity you maintain in your skin.
I'd go far enough to say that skincare is the most important resolution to hold your self to this year from these tips. If your skin doesn't look good, what you're wearing won't matter.
Lastly, remember to love yourself. Clothes, makeup and shoes can make you feel good, but keeping a healthy attitude, good self-image and a positive outlook can make you not just look good, but look and feel fantastic.
Happy New Year!
"Good, smart style doesn't die, it evolves." – Me.
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