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Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 3:30 AM

Happy New Year!! 

I hope you all had a wonderful NYE. Mine was totally low key, shopping, lunch and at night we hunkered down to watch Netflix while barely made it to midnight. With big ideas for NYE, it has been just too darn cold. In the Northeast, much like the rest of the country, we are in a 'deep freeze'.  For me this means, there is absolutely zero ability to look cute. I want to wear all of my sweaters at the same time and just snuggle.     

It has been difficult to take photos and acquire content for S&S because in addition to looking like Randy from a Christmas Story because I am so bundled up, the highs have been about 9 degrees and lows about -5 degrees.  Being outside for more than three minutes seems to be like cruel and unusual punishment.  

2018 Goals

I have never been a big New Year resolution maker,
 but I often like to set small, manageable goals for myself throughout the year. 
Here are just a few that I thin I may be able to tackle. 

Continue to be Present
This is a reoccurring goal. It was 'try to be more present'. I have definitely achieved being more present,  but every day I am astounded with how fast time goes and how quickly my son is growing up. So, I will try and continue to be more mindful of being present and enjoy every bit of it. 

Be Kinder to Others
I am not sure what happened in 2017, but people have gone haywire! It seems it has become completely acceptable to be rude, crass, classless and say unsavory things to people who don't agree with you.  I am not excluding myself from these unspeakable acts, I have been quite unsavory on far too many occasions. It is unacceptable. I have always subscribed to the belief that people base their beliefs and opinions on their experiences and not everyone has had the same experience as I have.  Respect the opinions and try to listen to others.  Sometimes if we step back and listen we can learn a thing or two. 

Be Kinder to Myself    
I know we can all relate to this. I mean, I am aware that I am self deprecating to some degree, but when my son said the other day my butt was the jiggliest of all jiggles and referred to me as a cow, I was stunned. His response to my stunned face was 'Mom, you always call yourself a cow.'  Simply, I need to be more careful what I say about myself and view myself in a more positive way.  

Limit Alcohol
 I sneeze, my sinuses fill up and I get nauseous, sounds wonderful, right?   
All that after only a two glasses of wine. Why do I do it? Not sure, but it makes me feel like crap, so it will be even less frequent that I have a glass or two of wine. 

What are some goals you have made for 2018? 

top / coat Primark not available online. similar here and here / jeans / bag / boots / sunglasses 

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  1. I can so relate to the difficulty of taking blog pictures! It is just too cold! I love your goals for the new year and your shirt is adorable! Happy New Year!

  2. I need to stop stressing myself so much. Though, I´m not sure how to do it.



  3. So many great goals to look forward to! I love the focus on kindness, especially kindness to yourself - which is something I need to do also. I can't drink at all anymore, I quit completely last year after realizing it just wasn't worth it for me!

    pumps and push-ups

  4. Loving that coat, so warm and cozy! And yes to being more present and being more kind. Happy New Year girlie <3
    Green Fashionista

  5. Happy New Year gorgeous! I have been so in love with that plaid free people top and you wear it so beautifully!

  6. I love the sleeves on that jacket - such a stylish look - Happy New Year! x

  7. Great minds... Working on being more present as well. It makes such a difference!

  8. Happy New Year, babes! I hope this year is your best yet! I love and agree with what you're choosing to focus in on this year, especially the one on being more present. Time is something that is so valuable, yet we can easily take for granted by wasting it on things that don't matter much. As for your outfit, I adore that coat, so cute!



  9. I hear ya girl! I just want to stay in my fleece lined leggings and cardigan sweaters. You look so cute in this plaid top. Good for you for getting out there to shoot it!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  10. I am with you. It is so dang cold that all I want to do is bundle up or snuggle up. I love the print on this top! I'm also continuing to work on being more present. Time goes by way too quickly. Happy New Year! Sierra~Beautifully Candid

  11. Wow that is so cold! I love your new resolutions. Cheers to an amazing 2018!


  12. Great goals to live out this year. I do love your coat so so much! Happy New Year!

  13. Being kinder to ourselves can be hard sometimes. Especially if we start comparing ourselves to others. I really like your goals!

  14. That coat is gorgeous! I love the bell sleeve! These goals are so great! Happy New Year!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  15. I totally understand you, it's freezing everywhere and all I have been doing is trying to stay warm. These pics are great though, and I love your goals. It's free to be kind and it certainly never hurts. <3 /Madison

  16. I can relate to most of your resolutions! I have to work hard on it!😂😂😂

  17. Such great goals and happy 2018!

  18. I hope you have a wonderful new year. I love your flannel top.

  19. I'm not much of a resolution-maker, either- my main goal for 2018 is to be more mindful.

    Loving this look, babe- the red plaid is so cute!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  20. These are some great thoughts Elise!! I could certainly learn to be kinder to myself and even others.....

  21. I am looking forward to some warmer weather, where I can do outfit photos without taking little breaks inside to warm up! Lol! I love this warm and cozy jacket and the neutral color of it. You have some great goals for the year, I think I really need to work on being more present with my children as they are getting so big now. I can't believe how quickly time passes sometimes!


  22. I love your idea of being kinder to yourself. Our children learn from us and we need to show them a good example and help them build their own self-confidence! Your story about your son makes me wonder what my daughter overhears me saying! I need to watch myself!

  23. I can't believe your beautiful coat is from Primark! Great goals, I've set myself a few for the blog - let's hope mine come to fruition. Jacqui

  24. I agree - the world has gone nuts in the past year! I like the idea of being kinder. I just added it to my mental list of goals for this year too. think of what a joy every day could be!


  25. I love your New Year's resolution. I can relate and matter of fact, I had blowout with hubby about prioritizing a day before Christmas. So I too need to improve on being present. A lot of the times, lights are on but nobody is home because my brain is elsewhere thinking of other things to finish. Definitely not good. Anyway I am a work in progress and just happy to have another day to be better. Happy 2018!

  26. Happy New Year babe. It is freezing in the Mid West too and I am running out of outfit photos. But you managed to look beautiful and look warm. Love the outfit. Oh and I featured the Gold Sparkly Star skirt outfit on my "New Monday, New Week, New Month, New Year" titled post - check it out! ;-)

    Happy New Year to you and come join my recent Thursday Moda with your wonderful stylish looks!

  27. These are all such great goals! Being present with my son is one of mine too!

    District of Chic

  28. I'm like you about the resolutions. Love what you are focusing on, and that cute outfit!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  29. Oh what a fun top! I like your resolutions too, we could all be kinder to ourselves and others, it's so important to be kind.

    Happy new year! Hope that this first week of 2018 is going well for you! We've had such a relaxing week here, really appreciated after a crazy year last year!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  30. Sorry to hear it's been so cold. It's been oddly warm where I live with the temps in the 60s and no snow, which isn't fun either when you love snow as much as I do.

    You look beautiful in the outfit though. I love the cozy vibe that comes from pairing the textured sleeves with flannel.

    Have a great weekend!
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

  31. Happy New Year babe. I am not much of a New Year resolution person either. Stay productive and happy in 2018 is what I am aiming for :) Simple and small. Love your coat and hear you about just layering on the sweaters, lol. Have a great weekend.


  32. small manageable goals sounds like the best idea! Happy new year babe!

  33. Be gentle and kinder to myself is on my goals menu list too. I love how realistic your goals are and great outfit.

  34. I definitely think that our world could stand a little more intentional kindness--it would help in so many ways!

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