you sticking to your resolutions?
Well, it's a couple of weeks in now and
I have stuck to my promise to myself (see
last times column) but I am already
struggling. I've done much tougher things
in my time but honestly, for a beauty
editor not to buy beauty products you
would not believe how determined I've
had to be. I'm constantly surrounded by
products and have an in-built passion
for anything vaguely 'creamy' but I really
have got to train myself not to want everything
I see. So if you're struggling with your
resolutions, I really know how you feel
- let's stick in there together!
One thing I am going to be buying more
of is leggings. I haven't worn leggings
for donkey's years and although I am quite
slim, I really felt that I might look
a little 'mature' shall we say for them.
But I tried a really nice quality pair
with Emu boots and a nice long-length
tunic top and I really liked the look.
I'd also forgotten how fabulously comfortable
they are to wear, like a second skin.
I'm sticking to black for the moment as
I like to wear colour up near my face,
and have a lot of Bohemian type tops that
need to be grounded with a neutral. But
I do love to see all the fabulous trendy
tartans and florals that I've seen younger
girls and ladies wearing - fantastic with
all kinds of ugly boots, pixie boots or
Teamed with the great longer shirt styles
around just now, made feminine with the
really long, jangly necklaces that are
every- where, it's a really fun, youthful
look. Great to see all the chunky knitwear
this season too in some really fab unusual
colours - teals, olives, mustards, this
winter fashion seems to have actually
got the message that yes, we do need to
keep warm and look great at the same time.
I'm also not doing too badly with my other
resolution which was to learn to crochet.
Each year I like to try something new
to add to my skills list (its's very short!)
and although I'm quite a good knitter,
I can't follow a crochet pattern. I love
all the crochet shrugs, over tops and
even hats that are all-season wear, but
so far I've made three small squares to
go towards a blanket I hope to complete
I'm really pleased with myself but I was
even more pleased to see all the youngsters
in the wool shop when I went! I think
wool-work must have really taken off in
the trendy stakes as the shop was packed
with young mums and even teenagers which
I think is fantastic. With all the 'home-made'
type programmes on t.v., lately it's great
to think that some of the old skills are
getting a revival.
I chatted to a young lady of twelve who
said she was starting a scarf and hopes
to have it finished for when she goes
to University - bless her! Actually, it
might take me that long to finish my blanket
so I can give it to her to brighten up
her student accommodation!
Whatever 2010 has in store for us all
I hope that it's a productive and enriching
time for us all, whether it's losing weight,
getting fit or giving up smoking I wish
you all the luck in the world with your
own personal challenges.