Starting a fresh new year always makes me want to look at my life, closet, and house to determine what is working well and what needs to go. Eliminating what no longer works is very liberating.
On New Year’s Eve, Mr. Mickey took me out to dinner at our favorite local restaurant, Gourmet & Company. The place was fully decorated for the festive events of the evening. Each table had fun party hats for each person. We didn’t hesitate to don them and proceed to have a fun night while laughing and talking to many of our friends who were also having dinner.
Being silly and laughing a lot is part of my daily exercise and beauty routine. I never take myself too seriously.
Trends from head to toe would make me look ridiculous at any age but certainly more so now that I am sixty. I will continue to observe what the current styles are, and I may add a few inexpensive “of the moment” items this year just for fun, but the bulk of my style dollars will go toward the best basics I can afford. Before I buy something, I think, would I wear this every day this week? Of course, I will not do that, but I should love it that much before buying anything new. It should go with most of the other items in my wardrobe. This helps me stop impulse buying. I hate having things in my closet that I wear only once, if ever.
Good examples of classics that serve me well are the pants I wore for the evening. I had them on the night I met Mr. Mickey at a neighborhood Christmas party eleven years ago. They are heavyweight tall Travelers pants from Chico’s. (The fabric they use now is very different.) I am so glad I have hung on to them all these years. They are too big for me now, but I can still wear them with some tops and jackets. I love how the hem falls over my short boots, which are also a couple of years old. That sweater with spangles and feathers was a hand me down from my dear friend, Mitzi.
My wardrobe goals for the new year include wearing classics with the occasional tiara or party hat.
My food goals are; Eat less but better foods. I am not very active in the winter, so I should reduce the calories and include more fresh, in-season fruits, especially citrus. Below is my weekend breakfast. That is a piece of toasted Rudis Ancient Grain Spelt bread, which is the only bread I ever buy. I topped it with Stonewall Kitchen Jelly, Hot Pepper, the only jelly I ever buy. On all the other days of the week, I eat this for breakfast.
Below is Mr. Mickey’s dinner. Mine was the same but without salmon. I always enjoy in-season root vegetables, unprocessed grains such as farro, and grilled Brussels sprouts very much. We did share a dessert, but I only have a couple of bites. I always tell myself the other bites taste the same, so one or two are plenty.
I have an occasional glass of champagne or wine, but I always drink a lot of water along with it.
Sharing my life with you and getting to know some of you through your comments and emails has given me a great deal of pleasure. I value our friendships very much. I hope that sharing what I learn and using myself as an example helps you determine what works well for your shape.