All I want for New Years is . . .

 

Mariah Carey is not the obvious choice for new years resolutions however with new years here and glistening its that typical blog time where we tell the world our plans to stop ourselves backing out so here I am, deep breath, here goes . . .

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Be more brave and exploratory

2015 certainly had its break throughs and big steps but for 2016 I want to be even less timid about mine and Joshes future and where necessary make the harder choices to secure the better path. At 25 I realise that its not enough to go easy, to make allowances but to instead be a little bolder and a little braver.

Health in all forms

Buy a house and then see how your well being drops.

In 2015 we have stressed ourselves to max, forgotten all our good eating habits and become sloppy. Like million across the globe, January means health, it means more exercise and it means being more serious about making good food choices.

 

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Be more saving savvy

Pre-house we were so good at saving it hurt. We pushed for making ourselves as secure as possible and honestly owning a house costs far more than just a deposit, it requires fixes (quick and long) it needs your attention and then other things do to, like when your car breaks down, you cough up that cash but it does take its toll if your not replacing those depleted funds properly.

Thats not to say that we haven’t been saving, we have but not to the same extent that we would like. I’d also like to put a disclaimer in here, from what adulthood has taught me we are not the modern norm to want to save and to put away, the way we do. I like flying by the seat of my pants on most things but for me being secure monetarily is not fly by the seat of your pants acceptable. So in the months of February and March (which in the UK are non council tax months) myself and Josh are going to challenge ourselves to get out a small, set amount of cash for the month and try not to spend anymore than that. Its gonna be a challenge but we are excited for it a chance just to see how much we can live on. So stay tuned for more on this and how you can join along!

And then . . .

Thats it really. We have other things happening in 2016 like getting married etc but these are the right now things, keep your fingers crossed for me and lets see where 2016 takes us all!

21 Questions (ok, only 8 . . .)

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Scarf: India (I think its actually part of a Sari . . .)

Tee: H&M

Belt: H&M (Old) similar

Pink Bag: Jules (UK) 

Jeans: Zara (Old) similar

Those shoes . . .: Clarks (In stores) similar <- totally want these also! 

Firstly, red dorothy shoes? My one sale indulgence – look at them, they are just . . . ahhh I can’t get enough of these beauties! its true.

Now, I saw this little post on Lauren Conrad.com and though, oh my god! So cute so here goes my questions for 2014!

I want to wear more . . .

Patterns and Colours! (and girlie things!)

A Food I want to eat more of . . .

Broccoli, kale and garlic – you need your iron, your fun healthy chip recipes and immunity these days!

I’d like to spend more time doing . . .

Exercising, date nights with Joshey and seeing my friends and family!

A class I’d like to take . . .

In equal measure I’d really love to do either a sewing course or a photography course.

A project I’d like to finish . . .

Not quite a project, but we’ve been discussing getting our damaged wing mirror replaced for like, ever (We didn’t break it – we bought it that way, classy kids I know) and it could really do with just being done already! oh and that damaged door . . . but Im not going to get to far ahead of myself . . .

I’m going to work harder to . . .

Not stress so much (and bring it home) and also, actually keep up my ankle exercises!

A destination I’d like to visit . . .

With Joshes parents in India for the next couple of years there are so many areas there that I’d love to visit, Mumbai, Goa, Agra (hello Taj Mahal! But i’d also like to get some Europe in I haven’t been in over a year, even if its just a cheap over night in Paris I really want to get some more Europe under my belt soon!

A bad Habit I’m going to break . . .

Not wearing my glasses to read on the train (I’m meant to wear them all the time infact . . . opps . . .)

Ready, Set, Save.

It’s official. We are seriously saving for a house this year. Why am I telling you this you ask? Well, mainly because I’m telling everyone and you guys, I trust. And when I say trust I mean trust to tell me that there will still be fashion a few years down the line when I can afford to buy it again.

I joke, there’s no way I can go without new clothes. (Sorry Josh.)

However, one thing is for certain, I can’t go on the way I have and afford a house. So there are certain cuts being made and that includes my clothing budget. Instead, I’m definitely limiting new buys to maybe one thing a month, or as my mother has been encouraging me to do is look at what I’m considering, walk away, look at it again, walk away and then on the third time, if it’s still what I want, buy it.

This is already killing me, it’s been a day since the New Year and I’m already having withdrawal pangs. Lucky for me Josh is acting in charge of my shopping for a while. Aka I’ll try sneaking him into shops without him noticing and he’ll guide me back out with that incredible, “I’m disappointed in your lack of fashion control face”.

I’ll pout, he’ll give me a hug and tell me there are shoes and clothes out there that I should save for, that’ll mean more. I don’t need to go in H&M, or New Look and certainly no more Primarni, the horror. Anyhoo you know what this means right? Less clothes.

Here’s the second thing. I suggested we do a big house clean out as well this weekend, but you know that one area that’s gonna take the hit right? My clothing, again. I know it’s for the best, I know I need to get a grip but less? I’m not very good at that, but at least I know it’s not just me. My mum informed me also that my dad has clothes in a chest of drawers and in four of the five wardrobes in their house, so at least I now know who to blame for my obsession . . .

So to hold me off this month I have pre shopped a bit but promised myself to wait until at least the last week of the month until I can buy anything new. This month I’m looking at investing in . . . a dress and possible jumpsuit below.

Somehow I always start a new season in Next I’m not entirely sure how it happens to be honest. I may have also gone in the store this morning also and found a tunic I would consider wearing at a short dress . . . opps. £50 to save though, that’s not too bad right?

jumpsuit summer dress

Find the Jumpsuit (In Tall!) Find the Dress (Not In Tall 😦 )