Another Monday is upon us.  Not a bad thing in my opinion because that just means we’re closer to our trip to Atlanta…and our trip to Chicago!  Vishnu and I are going there for New Year’s to celebrate with a bunch of friends.  Should be a fun time!

So last week I started thinking more about New Year’s resolutions and how I always have a ton of them.  And about how mine are always centered around nutrition and exercise.  Well things are going to change in 2013!  Not only will I only have one resolution, but it’s going to have zero to do with being healthy.  GASP! 

I feel like I have the healthy eating/working out thing under control.  I’m ready to tackle something different this coming year… 

My 2013 New Year’s resolution is to define and create my own personal style with regards to fashion.  No worries, myinnershakti is not going to turn into a fashion blog.  The mere thought makes me laugh! 

You’re probably thinking, “How does someone who’s almost 30 not have a personal style already?”  Let me explain.  As much as I love to shop, I’m kind of all over the place.  While I know what I like, I buy random things that look good at the time.  And on top of that, I have a “sale” mindset.  If something is on sale, it’s worth it – even if I don’t really see a long term place for it in my closet.  Well, that is coming to an end. 

First things first – defining my style.   Here’s what I came up with…simple, casual, comfortable, BUT fun.  Something like this…


Via my new favorite fashion blog

Here’s my plan on how I’m going to tackle this resolution:

  • Take full inventory of my closet and jewelry boxes every few months and get rid of the things that don’t fit my vision or me (I still have shirts I wore my junior year of college)
  • Take 10-15 minutes every night to put together my outfit for the next day (ironing, picking out jewelry, etc.)
  • Wake up 10 minutes earlier to give myself time to do my hair (you can only pull off the messy bun look so many times in a week)
  • When shopping, thinking long and hard about each purchase – will it work with other pieces I already own, will it work for both business casual and weekend casual (not necessary but definitely a good thing), is it a long term purchase or something I see myself not liking in a few months, etc.
  • Find fashion blogs that I can truly relate to –> recommendations are welcome!

I’m honestly really excited.  I read somewhere recently that our clothes and style say a lot about us, both professional and personally, without us having to say a word.  Sadly, my style doesn’t really say much about me.  If anything, it screams boring.  That must change ASAP because I absolutely love having fun! 

In an effort to jumpstart the whole process, I got a slightly different haircut this weekend.  I opted for side bangs and more layers for volume!  The bangs aren’t super chunky and prominent but definitely a change from my usual cut.

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Take 100 – definitely not a self-portrait person

Vishnu and I also went shopping on Saturday.  I’m happy to report that I was very picky about what I bought.  Off to a good start…2013 has nothing on me!

Would y’all like to see pictures and details about outfits I come up with every now and then?  I admit this question is a selfish one on my part because I could use the feedback!

Please share your favorite fashion blogs!

Do you have a 2013 New Year’s resolution in mind?  Share!

By Parita

30 thoughts on “A New Kind of Resolution”
  1. I love this resolution! Also, you are GORGEOUS.
    The only fashion blog I really follow is Capital Hill Style. It’s funny because she’s really a conservative dresser and has a much more professional style and life than I do, but I still find tons of things I need on her site. Plus I like how she does polyvore sets instead of pictures of herself in the clothes. It makes it easier to imagine them on myself.

  2. I was about to ask you for fashion blog recommendations! This is something I really need to work on too. I tend to go for comfort over style, and I think I’m getting too old to get away with it as much as I try to!

  3. Great resolution! This really got me thinking. I think I am going to do something similar, which is GET READY MORE. I think taking time out to pick out a fun outfit and actually doing your hair does wonders for one’s self esteem! I am going to have that goal. My other one is to drink a green smoothie every single day. I am not overweight at all but my health has really suffered lately due to poor eating habits and I am sick of it. I have been drinking green smoothies to get more iron and I already feel better.

    You said you are excited about your resolution, I think that is KEY!

    1. I’ll be sure to share my discoveries! And if I have to dry and straighten, it takes ~12 minutes (I timed my routine the other day…haha). Now that I think about it, I guess I am lucky!!

  4. Firstly I adore your new hair style- it looks so chic and suits your face SO nicely! Love this resolution and it’s definitely something which I’m sure will benefit you in more than just your physical appearance. I find that when I put a little effort into how I look, I mentally feel so much better about myself. I have been trying to be a bit more conscious about my appearance lately too- for starters, I am resisting the urge to bring out the Uggs ;)!

  5. I like the hair! I can totally relate to your resolution. I buy things I like, but it’s all a big jumble in my closet. There’s no real style there. I’m just a mess! 🙂

  6. Great Goal!! I do that too, spend money on ‘sale’ items that never seem to have a permanent place in my closet.
    Btw, check this out – she has a good series on building a remixable wardrobe:
    and the other good style blog is:

    Ur haircut looks chic and u r all set to rock 2013 with ur new hair cut and new goal! And sure, we would love to see outfit pics:)

    1. Thanks for the rec, Gia! I blame my sale mindset on the fact that I’m Indian…and a Guju on top of that. 😉 And I’ll be sure to share what I learn!

  7. I love it!! I’ve been wanting to do that for a long time as well because like you I’m a mish-mash of styles and really these days, whatever feels comfortable is good enough for me 😀 Post some stuff – maybe I’ll get some inspiration too 😀

    I love the new hairstyle as well – it’s really cute!

  8. When I read this, felt like it was talking about me, although I have no resolution to start my own fashion thing, its worked only for first two days and I am back to my flats and no jewellery, messy bun mode. I try to dress up to work first two days of the week and lose all the motivation 🙁 SInce, I have no sense of personal fashion, I always go for comfort over style. the above picture is my style. I would be very much intersted to see your outfits. BTW, the hair style suits you very much 🙂 no more buns for ya- gotta style them up! One thing though I try to do is try to buy things I could use casually & professionally- LOFT Rocks 🙂

    1. Thanks, Dixya! I was hoping others would be able to relate! Comfort is my go to style, and while I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, I do think I need to change my mindset to a cute/fun/comfortable one. I’ll share what I learn along the way! And yes, Loft, Ann Taylor, and Banana Republic are all awesome!!

  9. Ok – I love your new cut. I wish I could tell you my favorite fashion blog. Um, maybe Cup of Jo? I don’t really read too many. But seriously, you would look good in a garbage bag, sweetie. For reals.

  10. Heh, I totally have that same cardigan/belt picture pinned on my Pinterest Work Wear board. And yet, I still wear boring ol’ slack and a dress shirt to work everyday. I can’t wait to see the outfits you come up with in the new year 🙂 Oh, and I agree with everyone. That haircut looks fabulous!

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