Out with the Old, in with the New

Happy New Year! Time for out with the old, in with the new – unless you’re talking about vintage.

I enjoyed the last two weeks of 2015, delighting in the crisp wet winter weather, spending quality time with family, and reuniting with friends all in the name of gluttony over a table of scrumptious food. Even the scroogiest of people are somehow friendlier come holiday time. I can’t help but turn my frown upside-down when I stroll down the streets of houses and store fronts decorated in pine garlands and strings of lights as Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire replays in my head to no end.


Alas, the holiday festivities have come and gone, the ball has dropped, and January has reared its head into our lives. A new year beckons fresh beginnings, a chance to make new resolutions, or perhaps work on ones you failed to complete last year. It’s all about self improvement and doing something different, right?

I sometimes get into a slump during this time. There’s a lot of pressure to make new year’s resolutions I will stick by. I’ve been through this before; I gain momentum in the beginning of the year, only to slow down by first quarter, leading to disappointment and feelings of failure.

What I’ve realized is that writing down your goals is key to ensuring you will follow through with them. Once those goals are documented and declared to the world, you will be accountable for them. Goal setting and achieving should be year round. It doesn’t matter if it’s January or December, every day is a chance to get your ass moving if you were lazy yesterday. So hear ye hear ye, here are a few of my ongoing resolutions for this year:

  1. Free your mind: I’ve been practicing meditation on and off again for the past three years…well, to be honest, it’s mostly been off, and I’m going to change that. It will be a priority as soon as I wake up in the morning and the last thing I do before I fall asleep. In the past I’ve used Headspace’s guided meditation sessions to get started on how to clear the mind. Now I’m attempting to meditate on my own with nothing but the harmonious sound of my singing bowl.
  2. Closet freak: After living out of my backpack for several months, I returned to all my pretties in my closet and suddenly felt burdened by the amount of stuff I have. Who needs 50 pairs of blue denim skinny jeans? Needless to say, I’ve been quite a closet freak these days, organizing and thoroughly purging: coats, dresses, skirts, accessories – even as far as my overstuffed sock and underwear drawer. Keep for future outfits, donate to Goodwill, or sell in my Poshmark closet (sign up with code HLVSP to get $10!)? I’m embarrassed I kept some items as long as I did, but hey, we all have some out-of-style skeletons in our closet, don’t we? Anyway, fashion trends always come back, and I never hid the fact I was a hoarder – I rest my case. Although I barely made a dent when all was said and done, at least my dresser drawers close properly now.
  3. Mother tongue: Did you know that a family’s native language is usually lost by the third generation? My bilingualism is slowly slipping away, and I can feel it every time I visit my parents. This language maintenance goal is always on the back of my mind everyday of my life, and I want my future kids and grandkids to be able to speak the language of their forefathers. I’ve been relying on Pleco’s free offline dictionary for the longest time, but I’m eager to try out some different apps like FluentU and Chinese Skill.
  4. Get physical: I’ve been pretty good about staying fit and hitting the gym at least three or four times a week in the past. But now that I am gym-less, it’s time to lay my yoga mat down and work out awkwardly behind the dining table while my housemates eat dinner. Thank you Blogilates, for keeping me in shape!
  5. Chic Vic: I’ve been using WordPress.com ever since Chic Vic’s inception, but have considered migrating it to self hosing for a very long time now. I haven’t done it because I’m terrified and am unsure if it’s even necessary at all. Are there any bloggers out there who started with WordPress.com and are now using WordPress.org? Please share your tips or story!

Now that I’ve declared these goals to the blogosphere, there’s no turning back! Dear readers, what are your new year’s resolutions, and what tips do you have on goal setting and achievement?

As for the rest of 2016, Chic Vic will now return you to your regularly scheduled stylish programming.

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The Resolution Minimalist

Minimal Closet
Image from Buzzfeed

Happy New Year! The new year means a new wardrobe right?

It’s not uncommon that I receive compliments on my outfits, followed by, “You must have a huge closet!” or my favorite one, “I’ve never seen you wear anything twice!” I’m going to set the record straight. No, I do not have a huge closet in terms of physical space, but yes, I own many articles of clothing. I do wear things more than once, but by the time it takes me to cycle through that item, most people will have forgotten that I wore it a month ago.

Despite my vast wardrobe, I still suffer from the “I have nothing to wear” syndrome due to the paradox of choice and analysis paralysis. Checking myself into closet rehab, I’ve been on a mission the last few weeks to clean out the black hole that is my closet. Through the purging process, I discovered dust bunnies, wrinkly shirts, clothes with tags still attached, and had many a “I forgot I had this shirt/skirt/dress/jacket!” moment.

To donate, sell, consign, or hand-down to my sister? Although I have yet to move mountains of clothes, I’ve been somewhat successful in my attempt to declutter my closet and mind. I am slowly making progress on style resolution #1.

Style resolution #2: fill recently decluttered closet with new minimalistic wardrobe. This will help with style resolution #3: spend no longer than 10 minutes getting dressed every morning.

If you haven’t heard of the minimal closet (thanks to the French), essentially it encompasses building style capsules with very few basic items in neutral colors in order to mix and match with ease. Depending on the season, your list could comprise of a little black dress, slacks, jeans, plain tee shirts, cardigan, blazer, classic coat, black flats, boots, scarf, and a handbag.

Now nearly a week into the new year, only time will tell if I succeed with my resolutions. Will my old vintage collecting habits die hard? Stay tuned for the next 359 days!

Casual: Tweed Blazer • Chevron Necklace • Tote • Ankle BootLong-Sleeve T-shirtLegging Jeans 

Casual

Business: Chevron Infinity Scarf • Pointed Toe Flat • Crepe Button-Front BlousePixie pant • Tweed Blazer • Tote

Business

Dressy: Patterned Tights • Chevron Necklace • Pleated Fit and Flare Dress • Pointed Toe Flat• Tweed Blazer • Tote

Dressy