Posts Tagged ‘2011’

For Times Gone By & Times To Come

Dear Friends & Readers,

Wishing you all a warm and glamorous 2011. May this New Year and decade take you everywhere you desire!

And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill drink (of ale)
For times gone by!
-my favorite verse from Auld Lang Syne

Here You Come: Because You’re Ready for a Change, No?

“After you’ve done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.”

–Alfred Edward Perlman

What are those things in your life that will reach their tenth year, this year, and need to be thrown away and started “all over”? Hint: The first things that come to mind are typically the most on-target.

Luckily, those in the realm of your presentation are the easiest, most flexible and fun to change. Hair. Body. Skin. Style. Wardrobe. Manner. Since we often categorize our major life looks, or what I call our Personal Style Eras, by decades, start to think about how you want to visually remember You, Circa This Year.

As I say often, unless someone else is selecting your clothes, then dressing and grooming you each morning, this is an area you have absolute, 100% control over. You alone get to define what you look like.

Don’t let your look happen to you. For the coming year: Assess, Reinvent, Rejuvenate.

This is a fun process that you can kickstart easily. Begin to think about how you would love to look—don’t limit yourself. Let your mind roam to its most outlandish corners. Cling to these images. Let them take hold in your mind and form a new vision of you.

Once formed, start bringing this vision to life, piece by piece. Start with the areas that are easiest for you to evolve, it will make the more challenging, or bigger areas, less so.