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A Christmas Wish

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As shoppers hurriedly race through the malls today, the rest of us can (somewhat smugly) gaze upon our wrapped presents under the tree with a sense of calm.

And, whilst you are gazing, take a few minutes to reflect on the past year and make your wishes for 2017. It sounds cliché but it’s good to slow down if even for just a few minutes to take stock.

The year that was…

Perhaps this was the year you not only read Marie Kondo’s books on tidying, but actually did something about it.

Maybe your subscription to Vogue has inspired you dress a little snappier each day because you want to.

Or, it’s possible you learned all the fashion rules just in time to discard them and do your own thing.

Whatever steps, big or small, that you took this year, you should be proud. Life is all about growing and changing. Learning something new keeps us young and vibrant.

The year to be…

What do you wish for 2017? For me, it’s peace… inner peace. I would love the sometimes-rocky seas to calm so I can be less stressed, and more active and connected.

For my wonderful husband, I wish for him to have more fun. We both work a lot and our vacations are short. I hope he can find more ways to have fun because life’s too short not to.

For my friends, my wish is for each to be more gentle with themselves. Lord knows there are enough hateful, nasty people in the world – you don’t need to beat yourself up, too. Care, compassion and a little tenderness couldn’t hurt.

What about you?

Merry Christmas and a Stylish Happy New Year!

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Another year wiser

Happy birthday to me. On Tuesday, I’ll celebrate with my wonderful family with prerequisite cake and candles.

So, what’s changed over the last year?

Well, I have continued my studies at FIT and have learned a lot more about style, quality, fabric, finish, colour and so much more.

I had the amazing opportunity to work backstage at NY Fashion Week in February where I met so many of my classmates who also volunteered as dressers. I got up close and personal with gorgeous couture fashion from Oscar de la Renta, Marchessa, Reem Acra, 3.1 Philip Lim, Carolina Herrara, Badgely Mischka and more. It was surreal and exhilarating.

I had the opportunity to travel – Las Vegas for Black Friday (all night shopping – cool), Washington DC, Chicago, Phoenix and Toronto. I learned a lot.

I count myself very lucky. My incredible, wonderful husband encourages my fashion passion. He listens with interest as I gush over this designer or that. And, I hope we’ll be able to go to my convocation in New York when I graduate with my certificate in Image Consulting (only one course to go).

Seems I’ve learned a lot in the past year. What about you?