January is the month of great, new, fresh starts. Gyms will be joined (and maybe not used!). Diets will be started (and ended) and resolutions will be made (but yes, broken).
But instead of getting rid of that extra 15 pounds by Monday or overhauling your career by Friday, warm up to January by facing your spring wardrobe collection.
One of spring’s hottest styles is a cropped top and, if you dare to sport them, it’s time to start getting ready. The good news is that getting toned abs by March is much easier than losing 15 pounds by Monday!EWS/ARCHIVE
Louis Vuitton’s spring 2014 runway showcased cropped, fitted jackets with midi skirts, while Vera Wang offered up long-sleeved jersey cropped tops paired with flouncy mid-length skirts
Eating clean will get you ready to embrace this trend by spring. Start by simply ditching sugar, refined carbs and alcohol in favor of protein, vegetables and grains.
Next, a consistent abs routine (essential, sorry!), with weights and varied moves rather than hundreds of boring crunches, will help get that tummy toned for spring’s great crop top reveal.
And, needless to say, any happy trails will need to hit the road with a visit to your favorite salon for a quick waxing appointment.
As for your closet, Black and white still continues to be ‘the’ style for spring with a continued focus on contrast. Abstract is having a moment so focus on stripes and patterns.
If resolving to nail style this spring is on your list, you can start by acquiring pieces that fit the bill.
So instead of scooping up that hot-pink leather trench that will no doubt be on sale this month, focus on building a wardrobe of well edited, classic and most importantly, flattering pieces in high-contrast black and white pieces.
For inspiration, look to the spring 2014 runways where you will notice a Black and White trend with even the best designers flaunting their abstract pieces.
Finish your look with beauty
At Marc by Marc Jacobs, eyes were dressed in shimmering layers of electric blue shadow while Francois Nars’ one and only show at New York Fashion Week featured models with teal cat eyes courtesy of Nars Eyeliner Pencil in Kaliste.
Whatever used to embellish eyes, get ready for spring with a renewed focus on your eye care routine.
Use eye serum and SPF daily (is a must, no matter your age). If morning under-eye puffiness plagues you, get rid of under-eye baggage the natural way. Soak a cotton ball in cold unsweetened soy milk, squeeze out excess and apply the damp cotton ball to puffy eyes