January letter from the editor

Happy January!

January is such a good month. It’s a new year, a new semester. Everyone feels refreshed, recharged,and excited about life (for now, anyway).

The biggest thing about January, besides the start of the new semester, is the start of the new year.  The new year is our clean slate, a chance to be the person we want to be and do the things we want to do. All of the mistakes of the past year are gone, hidden from view as we focus on what’s ahead.

I’m the kind of person that makes one public New Year’s resolution and several secret ones. My public one was to take one photo every day, so that in December I could look back and have a flipbook of my year.

My secret one? To dress more like the style editor that I am. Like everyone, I got a little lazy at the end of the semester. Black pants turned into yoga pants, carefully styled hair turned into a daily messy bun.

I have a closet full of beautiful clothes; I need to start wearing them.

I realize it’s more than a little inevitable that I’ll end up in my signature bun and yoga pants again. But in the meantime, I’m going to take it one day at a time. I think the secret to successfully completing your New Year’s Resolution is to completely ignore the big picture and focus on one day at a time. Sure, maybe next week I’ll be back in yoga pants. But today, I can wear something cute.

It’s a brand new year. A fresh start — let’s take advantage of it.

This year should be all about finding our personal style and rocking it. When I was in New Zealand over Christmas Break, I wore whatever I wanted because I figured ‘why not?’ I’ll never see these people again. So even though I’m only 5’2″, I rocked my favorite maxi-dresses all the time and swept around like the Queen of Sheba. It was awesome.

That’s how it should be all the time, really –us wearing what we love and not giving two sh*ts about who cares.

So my challenge to you is to add one more resolution to your list: Wear what you love, everyday. Embrace your personal style and rock it, flawlessly and fearlessly. Find something quirky and make it your signature. For me, it was the stack of bracelets I picked up in New Zealand and still wear every day. For you, it might be a jacket or pair of shoes or even a piercing. Whatever it is, just do (wear) it.

Because it’s just college, and really, when are you going to see any of the people in your classes again?