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Celebrations and Aspirations

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Something funny happened a little over a week ago: I turned 28. Okay, on the surface, that doesn't seem to fit in the "funny" category. The hilarious part came in when my best friend surprised me with a birthday cake featuring my favorite Internet sensation of 2012, Grumpy Cat.

The joy is apparent on my face.

Best. cake. ever.

Because my birthday falls so closely to January 1, I like to think the new year begins on January 7 instead. And, while I don't necessarily believe in new year's resolutions, a birthday does mark the start of a new year, and, personally, a time to reset with new goals.

After reflecting upon my ideal self, I came up with three simple aspirations for the year. While these certainly are not all-encompassing, I hope to carry these goals with me through the year and beyond.

Unleash My Inner Jennifer Lawrence/Jessa Johansson/Blair Waldorf 
Even though two are fictional, each of these ladies possess traits which inspire me.

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Jen is my current favorite "It" Girl. Her roles have consistently proved her talent (p.s. If you haven't yet seen Silver Linings Playbook, go RIGHT NOW); but off-camera, she is completely silly, down-to-earth and endearing. She possesses the rare ability to seem completely polished in photoshoots and on the red carpet, but remains true to her core: a goofball. She doesn't hesitate to poke fun at herself and admit to guilty pleasures. Being a "dork" has never looked so cool.

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In a word, Girls' Jessa is free-spirited. In fact, she might be a little too free-spirited for me. But there is something to be said about not wasting energies on silly things, taking the day as it comes and trying something a little outrageous every now and then. I must do more of that.

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Disregarding the time when she was passive and weak (it's all your fault, Dan Humphrey), Blair is the epitome of power and passion in my eyes. Whether plotting a scheme or trying to salvage a relationship, Blair never backed down and always got what she wanted. 

Wear More Heels

A sad truth about living in a big city: it can become incredibly easy to forgo the stilettos when you commute/walk from point to point/constantly rush out the door to catch a bus. This year, I intend to make the effort to tuck away the boots and sandals more often in favor of high heels. The trade-off is an unmatched feeling of sophistication and sexiness — a feeling no other shoe can provide.

Be Kinder to My Skin

There simply is no excuse for not washing off make-up at the end of the day, moisturizing and applying sunscreen. Yet, somehow, I sometimes seem to make one. Part of showing skin some love, especially your beautiful face, is not packing on make-up every day. I recently swapped out my usual foundation for BB cream, and I was amazed how much lighter my skin felt. Essentially, BB cream provides an all-in-one product, combining sunscreen, primer, moisturizer and coverage, among other ingredients. I recommend Rimmel London's BB Cream, which contains SPF 25 and is friendly for the wallet.

In addition to these aspirations, I have many hopes and dreams for my 28th year. I look forward to you joining me for the ride.
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