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Holidays and New Year’s Resolutions

3 Jan

I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus after being home for the holidays, but I am officially back!

This past week and a half has really been amazing. I was able to stay at my parent’s house. I love sleeping in my old bed, hanging out with my family and seeing my dog.

My dog Sammy hopped in bed with me the first night I was home

Most of the Christmas cookies were already made when I got home so Matt and I made a batch of Gingerbread Men on our own and they came out really good despite the fact that I accidentally spilled more flour in them than the recipe required.

I also got to make delicious tamales with my family.

All the fixings for our tamales

This is one of my favorite holiday traditions my mom brought with her from Costa Rica. Making tamales is a lot of work. Unfortunately my mom burned her hand on the stove Christmas night so I ended up doing a lot of the tamale preparation for the first time. I cooked the pork and kneaded the masa together. My brother Christian was also home from his college in California, so we worked together to make the tamales.

I was also able to see some of my best friends from college.

Girl's night at Sara's house

We got together at my friend Sara’s house and she put together a nice spread of appetizers and we brought some wine. It was great to see everyone. Since I’ve been in school in Boston it’s been a lot harder to see my friends so I love when we are able to get together. We all caught up and talked about all the new things going on in our lives. It’s also great to hear that my friends are all doing so well for themselves. I’m really proud of all of them.

Friday night Matt’s parents put together a masquerade party.

Me and Matt all dressed up for the masquerade

It was fun to dress up and wear masks for the night. That dress should look familiar, I liked it so much after featuring it in my post that I bought it. It was my first masquerade party and it was nice to see that so many people dressed up.

For New Year’s Eve I went out with Matt and some of his friends.

Some of the group outside on New Year's Eve

All the ladies on New Year's Eve

Last year we stayed in for New Year’s Eve so it was nice to get out and celebrate with friends.

I also got in five runs outdoors, it was nice to be able to still stay active with all the festivities. Today I was back to my regular eating and exercise schedule, which was nice. I got in a 4.5 mile run on the treadmill at a steady pace and it felt good.

Resolutions

After that whirlwind of a holiday, I’m back in Boston and back to work. Since I’ve been able to settle down I started really thinking of some resolutions and goals I want to set for myself for 2012.

1. Continue to be assertive in all aspects of my life

In 2011 I really started to speak out more at work in regards to my ideas and issues I have noticed. People always see me as the nice guy, which I’m ok with, but sometimes people take that as weakness. I’ve had to become more assertive so people don’t try to walk all over me. I think assertiveness is necessary to not only create boundaries, but to also get your thoughts and feelings out. I want to be assertive not just at work, but with all my personal interactions. This is something I’m constantly working on and is a a resolution I am renewing this year.

2. Save more money

I’m ok at saving, but I would like to get better at it. I want to be more aware of my spending habits, so I can enjoy the things I really love and cut out the frivolous things. I’m also realizing that I’m getting older and there are things that I will start to want/ need in the not-so-distant future, like a car and a home, so I have decided to put more money into savings this year.

3. Running one road race a month

Come this spring I would like to run about one road race a month. I know this won’t always be possible, but this is something I do really enjoy so I would like to be able to take part in more road races this year. I’m also considering some longer races. I still don’t see a marathon in the cards for me, but instead of completely ignoring the idea of possibly doing a half marathon I might actually consider doing one this year… we’ll see.

These are my resolutions for the new year, what are yours?

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Holiday Party Outfits – What to Wear on a Night Out

9 Dec

This morning I skipped my usual high intensity workout and opted to do a 20 minute pilates DVD that I totally forgot I had. I think it was my moms but I somehow got a hold of it. It’s called Winsor Pilates and it’s pretty low impact but great for toning.

This weekend I’ll be celebrating Matt’s birthday with him. Tomorrow night we’re going to go out for some drinks with his friends. I’m excited to finally give him his birthday gifts!

What to Wear on a Night Out

This is the second and final part of my Holiday Outfit series. This post will focus on what to wear on a night out with friends and loved ones. Whether that’s a casual night in, a bar or other event where you want to get a little more dressed up, or going all out and classy for New Years or Christmas, I have outfit ideas for you.

Dress Up the Bar Night

By the5kfashionista

Oasis pink top, $17, H M tux jacket, £35, TopShop wet look pants, $44, City Streets platform shoes, $25, H M clutch hand bag, £15, FOSSIL cocktail jewelry, $36, Spike jewelry, $24

Going out with friends for New Years or just going to a bar to catch up? This outfit is a great mix of girly, punk, and refined. First, let’s start with the wet look pants. They have a leather-like look that brings this outfit up a couple of notches. The pants paired with the pumps just scream fierce, while the frilly top add some femininity to this outfit. The menswear inspired tux jacket adds a bit of refinement and also pulls this outfit all together. I went with a simple clutch, but the jewelry is a great accent. The spiked gold hoop and studded ring keep with the edgy theme of this outfit.

I personally love mixing very different elements and this outfit is a great example of that. This would be great outfit to wear to a bar or another evening holiday event where you may not want to get totally dressed up.

Holidays at Home

By the5kfashionista

J Crew scoop neck sweater, $120, Mango straight leg pants, £40, Born leather flat, $70, Oasis camel handbag, $70, Green jewelry, $25, Mimco yellow gold bangle bracelet, £35

Some holidays are simply just spent at home, with family gatherings, small events with friends, or just enjoying Christmas dinner with those closest to you. This outfit is pretty effortless, comfy and still chic. The sweater can be worn slouched over one shoulder. The black trousers make the outfit look a little more polished than just wearing jeans. The flats are cute, but comfy. Who wants to walk around in heels all the time? The earrings and bangles are simple accessories that help to dress this up. The bag is basic and easy to carry or just leave in the coat room.

Christmas Party Glam

By the5kfashionista

Oasis gold dress, $60, Michael antonio shoes, $69, MICHAEL Michael Kors metallic handbag, $100, Jessica Simpson snowflake jewelry, $48, Kenneth Jay Lane yellow gold drop earrings, $45, Leather sash belt, $75

Everything about this outfit screams glamor. From the gold sequined dress to the gorgeous plum pumps. The sash on the dress wasn’t doing anything for me so I would exchange that with the leather sash belt, which also follows with the rest of the color pallet. The gold drop earrings and large cuff bracelet are great accents to this already beautiful dress. The clutch is also simple and plays off the gold accents.

This would be a great outfit for a more formal Christmas party with family and friends. I would totally drink some eggnog by the fireplace in this.

Fun New Years Outfit

By the5kfashionista

Evening party dress, $230, DV by Dolce Vita heel pumps, $74, Dorothy Perkins navy blue handbag, $39, Blu Bijoux black and gold jewelry, $36, Juicy Couture navy blue earrings, $48

New Years is a time to go big or go home and this dress is definitely a show stopper. It doesn’t need much accessorizing, but the small touches add to the glamor. Plain black pumps would do but the bows add that extra little something. I like how the blue accents look against the gold. The studs are simple and the clutch adds just a little extra sparkle. The bracelet is interesting without taking away from the dress. Sometimes you find a piece that just needs to stand alone and this dress deserves all the attention. I would love to party my way into 2012 wearing this!

What’s your favorite look?

This is a tough one, but I think my favorite is the New Years dress. You just don’t get to wear a dress like that very often and it just looks like you would have a great time in it.

Have a great weekend everyone!