Month: December 2014

Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions?

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I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  Mine was so relaxing that I didn’t realize how long I’ve been away from my blog… whoops!  With the new year two days away, now’s as good a time as any to talk resolutions.

In the past, I’ve tried to set concrete goals like exercising at least three days a week or cutting certain foods out of my diet, but those resolutions start to feel restrictive.  And, as it turns out, I don’t take directions well – even from myself.  So this year I’m resolving to do two things that will help me to enjoy life even more, and I’m phrasing them as loosely as possible to take the pressure off.

Resolution 1: Spend less money.  I’ve told you about the treat yo’self motto… this upcoming year, I’m going to use it with a little more discretion so that when the time comes to make major life purchases, I can treat myself guilt-free.

Resolution 2: Write every day.  It’s fun to claim the title of a writer; it sounds creative and romantic.  Yet, at its heart, writing is often difficult and solitary, and it can be a struggle to get started.  My mantra for 2015 is “a writer is someone who writes every day.”  No page quotas, no set guidelines, no specific projects.  My only promise to myself is to put either pen to paper or fingers to keys for a few quiet moments every day and see where it takes me.

It’s easy to make resolutions, but the real work is in following through.  What are you resolving to do in 2015?  Are you anti-resolution?  Ever make any that made a positive difference in your life?  I’d love to hear!

Check back tomorrow for a round-up of year-end links.

P.S. Speaking of resolutions

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The Original Zoolander

I’m in the midst of a busy few days leading up to Christmas as I start a new job, but I’m trying not to neglect the space I’ve created here at Life of La.  So, posts may be shorter and fewer in the days leading up to Christmas, but we’ll return to our scheduled programming by the New Year.  Thanks for bearing with me!

Now, onto the topic at hand – crude comedies.  I love ’em.  Anchorman remains my all-time favorite (Anchorman 2 was also hilarious – rare for a sequel – and it just hit Netflix), but This is the End, Step Brothers, and Zoolander all rank in my top ten favorite flicks.  It’s terrible to admit, because I usually at least pretend that I have some class.  Now, as a Christmas gift for reading my blog, I’m letting you in on a secret: I don’t.

Anyway, I just learned something really cool about Zoolander – it all started with this sketch from the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards:

Fierce.

(Via kottke.org)

Have a cozy weekend!

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This weekend, I’m wrapping presents and staying warm inside. What are you up to? Here are some links that you can browse in between putting up the Christmas lights and writing your holiday cards:

Really cool aerial wallpapers for your phone.

Beyoncé on body image and happiness.

J. Crew’s newest designer? A four-year-old named Mayhem.

“What to call you and your friends when you guys are being ‘so bad.'”

How to look great in holiday party pics.

Twins are confusing.

Thursday Features: Living within your means, Lumbersexuals, and more…

My Favorite Blogs

This Wednesday, I’m highlighting three of my favorite female bloggers. I hope you enjoy their sites as much as I do!

A Cup of Jo

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I’ve been reading Joanna Goddard’s blog for years, now, and used her conversational tone as a model when I began my own blog. She has great personal style (although it’s a little more expensive than mine) and posts recipes, advice, and plenty of pictures of her beautiful tots.

 

The College Prepster

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If you’re looking for some outfit inspiration, Carly Heitlinger’s your woman. Her wardrobe is enviable (and her sponsorships are, too), and she has a lovely way of engaging with her readers.

 

Lauren Conrad

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Lauren’s more of a brand than a personal blogger at this point (and she has the staff to prove it), but her website is a carefully curated selection of beauty, fashion, cooking, and lifestyle tips that are always on point.

Check back next Wednesday for more of my favorites!