Happy New Year, Ladies & Gents! — Excited to begin one? — Get dressed already!
Time is relative, as Einstein proved, so what makes the year new? What has changed other than the calendar? It has always struck me as strange that a new year begins in the midst of winter, (or summer - on the other side of the globe). I don’t know how or why this was decided, but would it not make more sense to begin a new year with a new season, say, spring? (New life beginning, etc.) Or maybe autumn. (Season of harvest) Why January? — Anyway, let us make the best of it! Let us look forward, but also be present — harder than it sounds. What are you looking forward to? Are you able, in your day to day, to be present? Are you an optimist? Thoughts...?
Let’s talk about that and more... I’m trying to keep it brief, after all it’s a new year and there’s much to do…! BTW, we’ve got some wonderful new pieces in store for you for this year, and it’s important to have things to look forward to. It is equally, if not more, important to be present in your life. (This can be a relosution if you like.) Presence inspires peace-joy-growth-appreciation. A resolution, as far as I'm concerend, is knowing there's room for improvement and taking steps (small or big) toward desired improvements, throughout the year. We may resolve to improve areas in our life that will serve us better or create more joy... The future is a mystery — The present is a gift. So, let’s do it already.
“What is optimism? It’s a state of hopefulness and confidence about the future. It's also a state we can train ourselves to adopt. We can resist pessimism, assert control and learn to appreciate setbacks as what they really are - opportunities.” — Bill Murphy Jr. (More on this topic below)
Also, let’s break the rules, do things our way, when and where we can. Even fashion is heralding that call… I just hope it also means the end of the outdated ‘trend’ — fingers crossed.
“BE YOURSELF! — Fashion’s New Freedom” — declares Vogue. Apparently, it is the Time of the Individual. (You may recall, I covered this some months back.) No longer will we be dictated to by fashion rules — there are no rules, anything goes, and we can wear whatever we want, according to the 2016 runways, etc. (we've kind of felt that already, but there's always room for improvement). I think the sentiment has been been this way for quite some time, perhaps the fashion world is playing catch up. And as hard as the fashion-machine tries to pin down those ‘trending’ things, it may finally be futile, I hope. (Meanwhile, designers showed ‘Pre-Fall’ 2016 collections, because fall-winter is no longer enough? WTH is pre-fall about? I’ve been asking…but I digress…) The message: Go ahead, have no fear, let your fabulous personal style shine! Forget trends — trust your gut* (And feel free to ask us for advice)
*Get Dressed (up, that is). I've been feeling that perhaps we CAN stop waiting for special occasions in order to get dressed-up. (Resolve to improve, perhaps? -- I know I will certainly try, as my own, often lazy, attire has room for improvement.) Don’t let that beautiful thing, (dress or whatever) linger sadly in your closet…waiting for the ‘right time’…which may or may not come. Have something made because it’s beautiful, wonderful, will look fabulous on you, and make you feel good — for no occasion at all, but simply because life itself is enough — then wear it to wherever you like…seriously! Like, to a friends house, out to lunch or dinner, maybe to work, to a movie, to you parents house, the grocery store, while having people over, etc. Life is one big occasion, it is up to us to make it as special as we can, no? And I bet your winter wardrobe could use some cheer! — Add something lux to the mix, (that’ll take you into spring, maybe). Something silk, a pop of color, a little beading, whatever floats your boat.
“An excuse to get dressed up that is not mutually exclusive with doing something that requires you to get dressed up. This is the important one — and I don’t know if this is the case for you, but often times I will quite frankly make plans just to have an occasion to wear a new dress, or head band, or robe.” — Leandra Medine (Amen sister!)
*NewYear-NewDress — this style is great for its seasonless & timeless good looks — it’s sexy & sweet — meets occasion & non occasion criteria* In other words, a perfect starter. However, feel free to explore & pick out your one perfect starter, if this dress is not your style. High-Neck-Sheath with Quilty-Obi-Belt
More behind the scenes ‘sneak-peeks’ of collection 2016*
(Made-to-Order and available starting February)
Now…WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? — I’m doing this so that you will join the convo and share your own photos, (and thoughts). I hate posting pics of myself, but I’m hoping to inspire you a little. As you can see, I’ve even gotten some wonderful friends to join in on the fun — hope you will too.
Pics of New Years Eve & Day 2015-16
1. Stefanie, (in New Zealand) in her new (kaj.ani) silk keyhole dress with beaded obi — getting ready for NYE w/her beau.
4. Billy, (NYE) hamming it up w/Nicole’s fur and vintage beaded purse ;-)
2. Me, (NYE w/friends) in metallic silk (kaj,ani) swing dress & vintage tattered cardi, vintage earrings, Clergerie boots.
5. Me, homebound (NYD) in my button-up collar peplum cardi-sweater.
3. Nicole, (NYE) is her fab 70’s glam ensemble of fur, sequins, and Givenchy boots.