In Defense of New Year’s Resolutions

What can I keep from this dumpster fire of a year?

Who among us hasn’t heard someone pooh pooh the idea of New Year’s Resolutions? “Why bother,” they ask. We know from the start resolutions are made inscribed with an expiry date, usually somewhere around the first week of February. I think people find them daunting. It’s always a plan to be more. Do more. Do less. Of something. Anything, sometimes everything. What’s daunting about that?!

Still I always loved New Year’s Resolutions, mostly because I’m on a constant mission of personal growth and love starting new things. I don’t limit resolutions to a day, though. I make them well beyond January. There are new resolutions on my birthday in the spring. On the official start of spring. At the start of summer. The beginning of the school year. And so on. It’s always a pivot of something in motion.

Like many of you, the pandemic has forced a pause in my world that’s turned into a nine month self-discovery. I’m looking through a different lens now. At the root of it, we know New Year’s Resolutions are about resolve. It’s asking, what do I resolve to do

But for the first time, the question I hear is, what do I resolve to keep doing


It was impossible not to be grateful in 2020. Grateful my friends and family were healthy. Grateful I had work. That I had toilet paper. Grateful I had cheese and wine in the house if the end was nigh’. The big things I couldn’t do like concerts, restaurants and travel made me even more grateful for the little things, like a phone call or a walk with a friend. Gratitude got a make-under and it’s fabulous. I’ll take it, all the way into 2021. 


This year tested everyone’s patience as we learned how to respond to the new rules of human interaction. Everything was new, the playing field – levelled. Somewhere in between the Zoom calls and the masks and the grocery store line-ups, I found a new calm – a patient kindness with myself and with others. (And I know I’m not the only one.) Patience is my now virtue – I’m keeping it. 


Even if you’ve stayed grounded and positive throughout this all (congratulations, by the way) the dumpster fire of this year’s news headlines absolutely demanded your resilience. There was so much to keep track of, everything felt life or death. And yet, perhaps because we were all forced indoors, we saw a massive renaissance in human ingenuity and creativity. As I toast the New Year, I realize it’s no small feat that we made it through the last nine months. And still, everything is changing. We may not be totally in the clear, but I know we are a resilient bunch.

Wishing you gratitude, patience and resilience in 2021!

Disco Night Dilemmas

Once we make it through the Christmas wrapping and leftovers, the talk turns to New Year’s.  For some New Year’s Eve is the year’s hottest ticket of the year and for others (and sometimes, for me) it’s a night preferably spent in the comforts of your own home.
This year, however, we’ve decided on the Thompson Hotel‘s NYE 2011 party.  Now the talk turns to what do I wear?  Here are a few ideas:
Carlie Wong Holiday photographed by Mike Chatwin
  • Go to the experts: For sparkle perfection, check out Carlie Wong‘s holiday 2010 collection.
  • Go custom:  No one will be wearing what you’re wearing if you’re wearing Pam Chorley’s Fashion Crimes.  Dresses are made-to-measure from a wide selection of styles and fabrics.  Order in person or online. 
  • Go for what’s left:  Take advantage of Greta Constantine’s sample & moving out sale this Wednesday, December 29th, 11am – 5:30pm
But if planning ahead isn’t your style, you can always go with a reliable staple of any wardrobe: the little black dress.  How you wear it depends on where you wear it, and on New Year’s feel free to go big.
LOVAS by Wesley Badanjak, photographed by Peter Lytwyniuk
Embrace elegance with elbow-length gloves.  Holt Renfrew carries a wide selection and the Winter Sale could net you up to 70% off.  Feathers and fur are everywhere, so throw on a fur collar or feather headband.  To finish it off, I recommend a fantastic set of earrings (like those carried by ukamaku) and a patterned pair of tights with heels.  Remember the simple rule – accessories make the LBD whatever you want it to be.
Above all, it helps to be comfortable and warm.  It makes that search for a taxi after midnight much more enjoyable.
Happy New Year’s!