2015 saw some major changes for me. Career-wise, I transitioned from working part time in an office, to full-on independent work, on my own schedule, with my own clients. I did this in part because I’m an entrepreneurial-minded person, and also because I have had a deep desire to homeschool my now 5 year old daughter since she started daycare. Looking back at where I was this time last year, I could never go back to my old corporate life.

But as I transitioned into being my own business-woman full time, my sense of style fell by the wayside. Immersing myself in my businesses, developing a love of running,  and devoting my time to my daughter’s education began to take away from my sense of style and how I present myself to the world when I’m not in front of my computer. When I walk in my closet, I see racks of glorious, studded heels and platforms that have given way to Toms, flip flops, and Newtons. A friend who dropped by one day, took a look at my shoe collection and quipped that he had forgotten that that was the real Tatiana.

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Yeah.

So for 2016, I’m bringing my old self back. The girl that would wear a white freekum dress with platforms and not blink an eye. The girl who threw on a designer ‘something’ just because. If not everyday, then at least once a week. I’ll just have to schedule my outings now that I’m a grown woman with child.

Resolution #1:
Put my heels back on

Last year I went on a binge and started buying heels again. But with my new lifestyle as a work-at-home, homeschooling mom, my lifestyle didn’t merge well with my fashion obsession. This year, I realize I will have to plan my outings so that I get ample usage out of my glorious heels!

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Lace stilettos, Nicholas Kirkwood, $437

Resolution #2:
Walk outside with a beat face

Ok, this isn’t necessary, or realistic, but I vowed late last year to make an effort to slab on some lipstick and eyeliner at the very least. I even purchased an on-the-go kit for my car so that there’s never an excuse not to look a bit more put together: Concealer, Eyeliner, lip gloss, a nude shade of lipstick, brow gel (brow gel just changes things!) Caudalie spritz and a hand moisturizer.

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Resolution #3:
Master Contouring

This sorta ties in with a beat face. Because when I want a beat face, I want to look flawless. I want a perfect arch, highlighted cheekbones, and airbrushed pores. Don’t judge me!

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Resolution #4:
Buy one super-flashy designer piece

My days are all about being realistic. So when I shop, I tend to buy high quality basics that will last me several seasons, if not a decade… or a lifetime. Buy that mentality tends to put my closet into a drab hole of blacks, grey and neutrals. Nobody died, and I’m not attending a funeral any day soon.

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Beads! Haute Hippy Beaded Vest, $347

Resolution #5:
Make a commitment to my hair and nails

I don’t want to wear a weave. And no shade to the women who do. But running races and picking up my physical activity makes wearing any protective style a complete drag. The sweat, the weight of the added hair and the special maintenance just don’t work for me. I’ve started taking these amazing vitamins from The Mane Choice, and I am never looking back. I’ve seen the thickness of my hair explode, and the length amazes my stylist on every visit. Here’s to waist-length hair in 2016!

What are your style resolutions?