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Dressed in Black and 2015 Goals

Photos by Sarah Veyna
Outfit Details:
Anne Klein Satchel
Forever 21 Sunglasses
Tommy Girl Coat
Forever 21 Marled Sweater (Similar)
Old Navy Skirt
Madewell Ames Boots (Available In Suede)
This whole outfit post is just an excuse to show off my new Madewell boots that I bought as a very early birthday present to myself. I was a little hesitant to buy these boots when I saw them in store because buying them meant spending a significant portion of my clothing budget for the next three months. Thank goodness that my friend Carly was there to make me realize that buying these boots would be a great investment. I’m so happy with my purchase because I haven’t stopped wearing these boots since I got them. They go well with so many of my outfits, and I also love that they’re something that I know will be in my wardrobe for many years to come.

 

I have to admit that it took me a while to come up with resolutions for 2015, and I was never the kind of person to make them until recent years. The reason that I never felt inclined to make goals for the new year in the past, is that I used to think about resolutions as being extreme and restrictive goals, such as going on a diet. I’ve come to realize that sometimes making goals is about searching for new opportunities. In the past year I made a goal to start a blog and travel. Although I hadn’t taken a trip in almost two years, I managed to fit in trips to Portland and Austin in 2014. I also documented those trips and many other things on this blog. In hopes that 2015 will be just as great as last year, I thought I’d go ahead and share some of my goals with you.
2015 Goals
Practice being more flexible with whatever life throws. If you followed my blog last year, you might have noticed that there were several times that I mentioned that I was feeling like I was in a rut. I tend to be very hard on myself when life doesn’t go my way and it often leads me to feeling anxious and depressed. I really want to do my best to break that cycle in 2015 and focus on being grateful for what I have.
Spend more quality time with family and friends. When times are rough, my family and friends have always been there to listen and offer me support. I think my negative attitude sometimes drives me be very self-centered at times, but I have to remember that much of my success is largely due to the wonderful and loving people that surround me. It’s only fair that I strive to show them all the same amount of care and love that they do me.
Be less materialistic, save more money and be more mindful about the items that I do invest in. I plan to achieve that goal by reducing the amount that I spend on clothes and learning how to appreciate my existing wardrobe. I was reading this post by Emma of A Beautiful Mess called “Being Content with My Closet,” and I definitely agree with Emma in that learning how to be content with your wardrobe is a good way to practice being happy with what you have in other aspects of your life. I recently donated/sold a huge bag of clothing, and I was ashamed at how many of the pieces that I got rid of had only been worn once or twice. I want to grow out of the habit of shopping impulsively, and purchase items that will enhance my existing wardrobe.
Put an effort on being healthy and place an emphasis on self-care. I want to make sure that I get enough hours of sleep every night, eat breakfast every morning, eat my vegetables, and take time to relax and unwind.
Move to a new city. As many of you already know, I’m applying to grad school and hoping to move to a new city by the end of this year. I’ve lived in Pasadena all my life and went to college only a half-hour away, so I think it’s time for a change. Living in the LA area is great, don’t get me wrong,  but I feel that living in this city has certain barriers that are preventing me from living my life to the fullest. I want to move somewhere with a more affordable cost of living, better public transportation and where I have a stronger sense of community.
Read more books. I spent way too much time procrastinating on social media and online shopping. I want to make a serious effort to turn off all electronics by a certain time, and set apart some time to read a book.
Continue to grow this blog and use it to its full potential. I started this space so that I could have an outlet to express my creativity and grow my skills set. Although I did a lot of that in the past year, there’s still much more room for growth. Instead of having such a large focus on outfit posts, in the future I want to include more travel, DIY tutorials and recipe posts.
Those are my resolutions for this year! There are many of them, but I feel very confident that I can accomplish them all in the upcoming year. I’ll definitely keep you updated on my progress. Since you all managed to read through all of my goals for the year, it’s only fair that I get to hear your resolutions. What are some of your plans for 2015?
xoxo,
Helen 

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25 Comments

  • Reply Laura Mitbrodt

    You look so chic! I love it
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    January 5, 2015 at 7:22 am
  • Reply Adria

    Great look!
    http://fashion-soup.com/

    January 5, 2015 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Debora Micucci

    Fantastic!
    New post from me:http://theroaronthecatwalk94.blogspot.it/2015/01/first-post-of-2015-nice-look-cheap.html#comment-form let me know what you think! If you want to follow my blog, I will follow! xoxo!

    January 5, 2015 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply adelinas choice

    Beautiful!
    http://adelinaschoice.blogspot.com

    January 5, 2015 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Chelsea Davis

    I love the outfit, those boots are so chic and perfect for all year round! Exciting goals for 2015, happy new year!

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

    January 5, 2015 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Idalia Pina

    great goals hun! happy new year!

    cheers,
    idalia
    http://www.abstractorganza.com

    January 5, 2015 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply Francesca Giagnorio

    I'm totally fallen in love with your outfit *_*
    kisses

    Francesca http://www.everydaycoffee.it/

    January 5, 2015 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Maggie

    First off, I love your new boots – definitely work the investment! and second, I think your resolutions are wonderful. Let me know if you need any book suggestions – I am always reading!! I think I will take some of these resolutions for my own!

    Maggie
    http://www.PolishedClosets.com

    January 5, 2015 at 11:22 pm
    • Reply helenveyna@gmail.com

      Thanks Maggie! I will let you know if I'm ever in the need of book suggestions.

      January 6, 2015 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Tina Phan

    I think you made a good decision in investing in these boots! I can see them being styled in so many different outfits! You also have lots of good goals for 2015. You should try moving to Seattle, we have reputable grad schools :). It's definitely a smaller city but not too small and our summers are the best here!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    January 5, 2015 at 11:30 pm
    • Reply helenveyna@gmail.com

      It's funny that you say that because I'm actually thinking of moving to the PNW! My heart is kind of set on Portland at the moment, though. But, who knows, I may end up in Seattle eventually. 😀

      January 6, 2015 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply indah jelita

    Amazing gallery

    Love your look! Gorgeous <3

    http://www.indahjelita.com

    January 6, 2015 at 4:36 am
  • Reply Danielle

    love this look, the blue inside your coat is really cool!

    xx danielle // shades of danielle // bloglovin

    January 7, 2015 at 4:44 am
  • Reply Janista Lek

    Love you, your outfit, and your resolutions. Best of luck at accomplishing all of your goals this year!

    January 7, 2015 at 6:56 am
    • Reply helenveyna@gmail.com

      Thank you, friend! I hope everything is going well in your part of the world. Miss you!

      January 12, 2015 at 2:33 am
  • Reply Shali -

    You look great! I especially love the sunglasses!

    thecollectionofknowledge.blogspot.com

    January 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm
    • Reply helenveyna@gmail.com

      Thank you, Shali. I bought them at good old Forever 21 over the summer, and I'm very pleasantly surprised that they have lasted this long.

      January 12, 2015 at 2:34 am

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