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One of my goals this year is to create a more thoughtful wardrobe. I want to be more selective in the pieces I buy and minimize the number of clothes in my closet. This isn’t a new concept. Fashion magazines and bloggers love to talk about investing in “wardrobe staples.” The idea is, if it’s classic, timeless, repeatable, it’s worth spending more money on. Patterns, prints, trendy items should be bought from fast fashion sites and on the cheap. Sounds simple enough, right? But look through your closet and see how often you’ve actually applied that reasoning. I know my closet is filled with dresses, accessories, and shoes I’ve only worn once or twice, which makes me cringe just thinking about it.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize the pieces I wear the most tend to be more neutral and basic. Think: white tees, the perfect pair of denim, leather jacket, black boots. Not reinventing the wheel here, but when I’m throwing on an outfit to grab coffee in, it tends to be more laid back and simple. Now that I’m no longer in my early twenties, I’m slowly replacing my worn in basics with timeless, higher quality versions. As much as I love printed dresses and pieces that pop, at the end of the day, you can never go wrong with wearing all black. For me, a thoughtful wardrobe is a well curated one, filled with staples that fit perfectly with a splash of color and unique pieces scattered throughout.

Creating a More Thoughtful Wardrobe | by The Luxi Look

Creating a More Thoughtful Wardrobe | by The Luxi Look

Creating a More Thoughtful Wardrobe | by The Luxi Look

Creating a More Thoughtful Wardrobe | by The Luxi Look

Creating a More Thoughtful Wardrobe | by The Luxi Look

Easy tips for creating a more thoughtful wardrobe:

Wait before pulling the trigger.

Before you buy anything, wait at least 24 hours. You’ll find that once something sits in your cart for a day (or more), you might change on your mind on just how badly you *need* that new swimsuit.

Set an expiration date.

Determine what amount of time an item can go unworn in your closet before it gets tossed. I made a rule that if it doesn’t get worn in a year, it’s out. Don’t be afraid to throw out or donate clothes you don’t wear anymore!

Create a clothing hierarchy.

Not all items are created equal. Think long and hard about how much you’re willing to spend on clothes. Set some guidelines for where you’re willing to splurge. Ex: a good leather or denim jacket will last you forever. It will also most likely be pretty badass once it’s worn in and vintage. Sunglasses, on the other hand, often get lost (depending on who you are). So they might be an area where you want to spend less. Same goes for swimsuits – I’ve found that I’m in a swimsuit less than 20 times a year, but have enough suits that I could wear a different one each time.

Determine what pieces get the most wear.

I spend the majority of my week in clothes I can wear to the office (which luckily is fairly casual) and workout clothes. With that said, I’d still rather buy a classic pair of denim or a cozy sweater than yet another pair of black leggings.

+ Allow for some “fun” or one time pieces.

Sometimes you just gotta get a special piece for your birthday, or your friend’s birthday, or whatever. If it’s something you know you’re only going to wear once, think about if there’s any potential for it afterwards. Can you gift it to a sibling or friend? Maybe it has good resale value on a site like Poshmark? Or you’ll wear it again a few times a year for many years to come? (Ski clothes, a dress you’re determined to wear to more than one wedding, a beach cover up you’ll pack for every upcoming trip). If it can’t be worn to the office, needs to be reconsidered.

Creating a More Thoughtful Wardrobe | by The Luxi Look

Creating a More Thoughtful Wardrobe | by The Luxi Look

Creating a More Thoughtful Wardrobe | by The Luxi Look

Creating a More Thoughtful Wardrobe | by The Luxi Look

Some pieces of mine that have been getting a ton of wear lately? These striped pants from Flair the Label (surprisingly versatile – think with a plain tee or black turtleneck during the day or paired with a crop top or bodysuit at night), my favorite backpack from Sticks + Stones, and these white slides from Chinese Laundry.

top: similar pants: flair the label | hat: michael stars

backpack: sticks + stones | shoes: chinese laundry

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It’s Friday night after a long week. How do you unwind? In my early twenties, Friday nights were typically extremely boozy occasions with all of my best friends. Now that I’m in my late twenties, Friday nights are much tamer, to say the least. But they often involve unwinding with a glass of wine, an Aperol spritz, or spicy marg. But not this month. On December 31st, my boyfriend announced he would be doing a Sober January. I thought about it for a second and decided quickly I would join him. That means for the month of January, no alcohol. No evening glasses of wine, no cocktails with dinner, no drinks out with friends. So – what’s the deal with Sober January?

Kicking Off the Year With Sober January | by The Luxi Look

Kicking Off the Year With Sober January | by The Luxi Look

Kicking Off the Year With Sober January | by The Luxi Look

Why we decided to do Sober January

After the holidays, which were indulgent and booze-filled, to say the least, we were both ready for a reset. Combine that with a desire to get sh*t done in the month of January (hey, resolutions + goal setting!) and extremely busy work schedules, and we both knew we had to cut the booze.

I’m not a big drinker to begin with, but a glass or two of wine with dinner can quickly become a habit, especially over the holidays when I wasn’t working every day. Then, of course, there are the more obvious reasons to cut down on alcohol – it can lead to weight gain, interferes with sleep, is horrible for your skin, it’s filled with sugar, etc. etc. I could go on and on.

To be completely honest, we both wanted to debloat from the month of December and not have to deal with hangovers and all the other expenses of drinking. We honestly couldn’t afford to be out all night, wake up late in the morning hungover, and eat junk food. #adulting

It’s also funny how our minds work sometimes – I swear when I tell myself I can’t have something, I just end up wanting it more. Does anyone else feel this way? Even though I often usually go days and weeks without drinking, I noticed that when I set a challenge of having NO drinks, I found myself being more aware of the times I was in social situations and wasn’t drinking. I also quickly realized how much alcohol is ingrained in social outings and our culture in general. You don’t even realize how alcohol is everywhere and so many social situations often involve drinking. Now that we aren’t drinking this month, we’re definitely being more creative with the activities we choose to do with friends. Workout date, anyone?

Kicking Off the Year With Sober January | by The Luxi Look

Kicking Off the Year With Sober January | by The Luxi Look

It’s only been a couple weeks, but we’ve already noticed a difference in our bodies and energy levels. My skin has definitely cleared up and smoothed out. I feel way less bloated, and I’m sleeping well and waking up naturally. This isn’t to say I’ll never drink again. I definitely miss having the occasional glass of wine. The other night at dinner I definitely stared at the spicy margaritas at our table enviously. But the mental clarity and focus have been much needed this month to tackle our to-do list and I’m happy with the decision and the little mini-challenge we gave ourselves.

We kicked off the challenge after a champagne-filled New Year’s Eve… I loved the sequined dress I wore from Revolve so much. I know sequins are such a NYE thing, but I really think this dress could be worn during the year as well. Maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to wear it again ; ).

What are your thoughts on doing a dry January?

dress: its nbd | jacket: bb dakota | shoes: raye

Happy Monday! Apologies for being completely off the grid over the weekend, but I was taking some time off to fight off a bug I caught last week. Nothing like the combination of winter and germs everywhere to start off the year, am I right? At least I was able to online shop from the comfort of my couch, there are so many winter sales going on at the moment, including one of my new favorite sites Blue & Cream.

I really want to share because I only just discovered Blue & Cream a month ago and can’t believe I had never heard of it! If you’re big on online shopping I highly recommend (especially the crazy good sale going on right now). One of my fashion resolutions for the year was to not buy fast fashion and focus more on adding well crafted contemporary pieces to my closet. This means expanding beyond the usual sites and brands I shop at and integrating more forever pieces into my wardrobe. As you can probably tell, I spent a lot of time this weekend browsing Blue & Cream.

Why I’m Loving The Faux Fur Trend:

Speaking of winter sales, I’m sure you’ve noticed how hot of a trend faux fur jackets have been for the past few years. Personally, I am such a fan of this trend. I would love to see it continue into the future as well. Aside from it being more ethical and affordable than real fur, there are so many different varieties of faux fur jackets available to consumers at different price points.

Trend You Need: Faux Fur Jackets | by The Luxi Look

Trend You Need: Faux Fur Jackets | by The Luxi Look

Trend You Need: Faux Fur Jackets | by The Luxi Look

One of the first pieces I highlighted when I started my blog a little over two years ago was this faux fur jacket from Unreal Fur. I still have this jacket in my closet and continue to wear it. I’ve been so happy with the quality and how well the jacket has held up over time. This year, I added a new Unreal Fur jacket to my closet – how cute and different is the peach color?!

Trend You Need: Faux Fur Jackets | by The Luxi Look

Trend You Need: Faux Fur Jackets | by The Luxi Look

Trend You Need: Faux Fur Jackets | by The Luxi Look

See below for my favorite faux fur picks (including Unreal Fur!) at different price points.

Shop the trend: faux fur jackets

jacket: unreal fur | skirt: free people | boots: marc fisher

New year, new me. Every year around this time, we start thinking about new years resolution. A new year signifies a fresh start, a new chance to be a better person. Most of us like to think that when the clock strikes midnight, we’ll begin working on our new and improved self. Maybe this will be the year you finally reach your health and fitness goals. You might put more time into your career, or focus on spending more quality time with the people you care about. No matter how big or small your resolution is, when it comes down to it, how determined are you to follow through?

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

What happens to most new years resolutions?

The truth – not much. Most of us are completely guilty of setting lofty resolutions, only to forget about them come February. Apparently only 8% (!!) of people keep their new years resolutions. Some of the reasons? Overly ambitious goals, getting thrown off by setbacks, and losing motivation. Um, not too promising, right?

What’s the point of even setting a new years resolution, then?

Even if statistically most resolutions fall to the wayside, there’s still some benefit to setting them, especially if you’re goal oriented. A fresh start can happen any time of year, but something about January 1 just feels right for most people. It also depends on how you like to look at things – I tend to be more optimistic, so I still set resolutions. Let’s face it – we all have areas we could and would like to improve in. Why not use a new year as a chance to take a stab at making ourselves better?

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

How to set better new years resolutions:

My new approach – have a vision rather specific goals. The reason? Goals can lead you down a narrow path, and we often underestimate how much our goals will change over the years. On the other hand, a vision is broad, which allows us to explore more opportunities and remain more open minded.

This year, I’m trying to focus on themes that I can revisit throughout the year, regardless of the time of year. In the past my goals have very specific (i.e. exercise X times per week, read X books per month, etc.), but this year I really want to focus on cultivating a broader vision vs. such specific goals.

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

So, how do you actually keep your resolutions?

+ Focus on small, actionable changes. Take your “big resolution,” and distill it into something small you can work on daily.

+ Create a mantra – something you repeat and think about daily. Set a reminder – a daily alarm, a calendar note, journal – that brings your resolution and vision to the front of mind every day.

+ Force yourself to be accountable. Tell people you feel close to, join a group of like minded individuals with similar goals, and place yourself in an environment where not only do you feel like you can’t fail, you won’t want to because of the support group you have in place.

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

Coming for You, 2018 - How to Set & Actually Keep Your New Years Resolutions | by The Luxi Look

My new years resolutions:

+ Be more present and spend more time offline. This is something I started doing the last few months of 2017, and the single thing I’ve found most beneficial to my mental and emotional well being. Going offline, unplugging from social media, and staying off my phone when in the presence of other people is one of the biggest things I want to focus on in the new year. This isn’t always easy when you’re a full time content creator – but I’m not. At the end of the day, striking a balance between capturing the moment and living in the moment is something a lot of millennials seem to struggle with. Anyone else with me on this one?

+ Quality, not quantity. This one is hugely important to me – learning to say “yes” to things that matter and no to the things that are not. Being more selective with my time and energy. Basically, making sure that everything I do is done with intention.

+ Enjoy life – this might sound silly, but between balancing work, blog, life, & everything in between, sometimes you forget to take a step back and just enjoy the life you’re living. A lot of us try to focus on gratitude and appreciation as a resolution, but how often do we give ourselves permission to have more fun?

What are your resolutions?

xx, Amy

jumpsuit: flynn skye | bag: who what wear | shoes: similar | sunnies: ray-ban

planner: box of style | jewelry: luv aj

Happy holidays! Only 9 days left in 2017… we’ll talk about resolutions next week, first let’s talk holiday + NYE outfit ideas. It’s not too soon to think about what you’re wearing on NYE. You can never go wrong with sequins, silk, or a jumpsuit! The way I see it, there’s no reason to reinvent yourself on NYE – want to wear a mini dress? Go for it! New year, new you? That can start later. Some of my favorite holiday + NYE pieces are from Michael Costello’s amazing collaboration with Revolve. I especially love this silk black bodysuit that’s versatile and goes beyond just NYE. For more holiday outfit ideas, shop my favorite picks below!

Holiday + NYE Outfit Ideas | by The Luxi Look

Holiday + NYE Outfit Ideas | by The Luxi Look

Holiday + NYE Outfit Ideas | by The Luxi Look

Holiday + NYE outfit ideas

Personally, I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to NYE events. For most settings, you can’t go wrong with a great mini dress with stand out details. I’m also not usually one to worry about being overdressed, but you may want to keep in mind the venue you’ll be at. With that said, if you’re looking for a killer mini dress, some of my favorites this season have been from For Love and Lemons and NBD. I really love everything in the Michael Costello x Revolve collection as well. Again, some safe choices are always: black, silk, glitter/sequin, and velvet. Festive and appropriate for the occasion.

Holiday + NYE Outfit Ideas | by The Luxi Look

Holiday + NYE Outfit Ideas | by The Luxi Look

Holiday + NYE Outfit Ideas | by The Luxi Look

Holiday + NYE Outfit Ideas | by The Luxi Look

Hope everyone has a beautiful holiday weekend with their loved ones and enjoys some time off. I know I’ll be taking a much needed week away from work and with my loved ones. Stay tuned for the best after holiday sales (IMO so much better than Black Friday sales!) and more new content  in the new year! Sappy moment (sorry), but I feel so truly incredibly blessed to have this area to share my thoughts with all of you, I appreciate every comment + email so, so much, and hope to continue sharing more in 2018.

top: michael costello x revolve | pants: equipment

shoes: who what wear collection | clutch + earrings: box of style

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