Resolution Recap

Well, I already confessed (in this post) to falling two weeks short of my "no cardigans" resolution for 2014, but now that 2015 is officially here, I'm borrowing Carylee's grading system to rate the rest of my 2014 Resolutions. Initially I was going to do Pass/Fail but I like the idea of giving myself a little credit for effort!

1. No Impulse Target Apparel Purchases: Grade A.
I got into the bad habit of browsing the clothing section every time I went to Target and tossing an item or two into my cart. In 2013, I challenged myself to stop browsing that section in general, and it was just that - a huge challenge! But by 2014, I didn't even really think about wandering in there. Not making impulse clothing purchases there really made my wardrobe better over time and I don't feel the urge to go back to my old ways.

That said, I did purchase a few carefully planned items there that have gotten plenty of use. Specifically Maternity Tanks (longer length and great with leggings),  Peep Toe Booties (in black),and their Sleeveless Blouse (sold out).
Most Pieces Sold Out except Express Leggings & BP Striped Tee

2. Simplified Arm Accents: Grade B.
Bracelet stacking is kind of an art, and I am just not artistic. I cleaned out my bracelet drawer in 2014 and got rid of several random "stacking" bracelets. Then I made careful purchases of thicker bracelets that work well on their own. It's ironic that wearing less bracelets meant buying more bracelets in 2014, so I'm only giving myself a B for this. I'm planning to renew this resolution for 2015 and restrict purchases more in this category since I feel like I have a pretty good selection now.
Right: Express Lace Tank / Plum Jeans / Steve Madden Booties / Stella & Dot Portia Bracelet

3. No Shirts Requiring a Camisole: Grade F
The London Sweater has been my favorite sweater to wear this winter and I have to wear a camisole underneath because it's just too low cut without one for me. Even though I failed this resolution,  I just don't care because I love the sweater so much. I also don't mind the warmth from the extra layer.

3. Nail Polish Stash Reduction: Grade D-
I purchased way more polish than I intended to this year. I tend to get a color idea in my head (e.g. perfect "the hot pink pedicure") and I have to try six different variations to find The One. So at the end of  the year, I gave away a lot of my non-favorites to get my stash back to a reasonable size, which is why I gave myself a D- instead of an F! Going forward my goal will be to keep my collection limited to what fits in this container, so if I get something new I'll have to get rid of something else to make it all fit since I'm already at capacity.

Nail polish storage bin like this one.

4. No Cardigans - Buy Blazers and Jackets Instead: Grade C.
I bought one cardigan in 2013 (the first year I made this resolution),  and two cardigans in December of 2014. Not a smashing success, but not a total failure. I do think jackets and blazers are more "me" so I will continue to favor those purchases, but I'm okay with making a (small) place in my closet for cardigans.
Express Chunky Marled Knit Cardigan / Express jacket (Sold out) / H&M Blazer (Similar)

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All in all I think I did alright with my 2014 Fashion Resolutions. I wasn't perfect, but I'm happy with the exceptions I made because I think they serve a good purpose in my wardrobe. I'll be sharing my 2015 Fashion Resolutions on Wednesday and they're just as arbitrary and random as last year's so I hope you'll stop by and check them out!

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  1. Great recap, Gina! I think you did wonderful. At the beginning of 2014, I challenged myself to purchase only one item per month. I did fail a couple of times but I kept up with my challenge for the most part =) Have a wonderful Monday.

  2. I don't know how you held so strong with not browsing the clothing section at Target, because I get sucked in every single damn time lol! I think you did really well with your resolutions. I like the nail polish idea! Give away one every time you buy a new one! Wish I lived closer lol!

    Hope you have an amazing New Year! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

  3. Great Resolutions! Buying more blazers instead of cardigans sounds like a great start. I do love cardigans too; they are definitely very cozy, but blazers are way better investments!
    We Shop in Heels

  4. One of my resolutions last year was to avoid the clothing section at Target too. I think I did pretty good and only bought things that my daughter needed. I'm obsessed with cardigans but I do love how you style your outfits with a jacket or blazer too! I need to start adding a few to my closet!

    Doused In Pink

  5. I think you did good I need to clean my nail polish stash but I don't want to :(


  6. Maternity tanks, you're a genius! I don't know why I have never thought of this before. I think it looks like you did well to me. Nail polish is hard. I'm not even that big of a nail painter, and I have waayyy too many.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  7. Those are great resos Gina - can totally relate to the Target thing haha! Have a great 2015 btw!


  8. I think I am going to make a resolution to myself to not buy any tops that I need a camisole under. I already own so many.... I hate that they make shirts so see-thru now! What's up with that?! I should probably make a rule to buy more blazers instead of cardigans too... I own sooo many cardigans. I have a cardi problem

  9. I think you should at least give yourself a C or D for the camisole one! The London sweater came so late in the year- you were good until that happened!!
    I've been great with the Target impulse shopping, or lack thereof. Now if I could just work on the other thousands of stores out there!! :)

  10. I would have totally failed 1, 3 and 4. Wow, I can't believe you were able to keep up with #1! That must have taken a lot of will power. Love that London sweater. The more I see it on you, the more I like it. Have a great week, Gina! ~Cynthia

  11. I rarely have a mani but I keep buying nail polishes. I have a drawer full and need a total reduction in there. I won't even talk about my closet....


  12. i love how you're like I got an "F" in the sweaters that need camis resolution but I don't care because I love the london sweater... I literally laughed out loud lol. I commend your self control in Target because for me its mentally impossible. I hear the clothes speaking to me...

    Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

  13. I'd say you did pretty well!! I do the same thing with my nail polish . I have a container to hold them and they all have to fit in there, so if I want a new one I need to toss one out or give it to someone else!

  14. You have some great resolutions for 2015. I have bought just two cardigans all last year and that was just in December, however I have added a lot of new blazers. So I agree with you on that and about sweaters not requiring camisoles.

    Happy New Year 2015 Gina!

  15. I can really relate to your 'don't browse the clothing section in Target' resolution. I don't even go past the women's clothing section, cause I know I will see something I really don't need and just throw it in my cart. The last two shirts I bought there sat in my closet for almost a year with the tags still on them, and my daughter finally asked if she could have them, so I gave them to her.

  16. I used to be so bad with Target but now I don't allow myself to go looking in the clothes section.. honestly though it normally means I pick something up in home or cosmetics lol so basically I try to avoid Target all together. And I love that Express cardigan you got, I really really really really REALLY want it. I used to be a cardigan hoarder and I have finally culled it down to 3 smaller ones and 1 big one, I want more bigger ones (like that express one) because I never wear the smaller ones. I bought 3 blazers this year and they are all in the eBay / goodwill pile now, they are just not me no matter how hard I try and there's really no point trying to make things work when they just don't, you know? You know I love my London sweater as well, but I wear a cami under absolutely everything. That being said - I think the London sweater + cami looks way cuter than say a random top with a cami. Make sense? Like it's supposed to be there.
    Anyway. Moving on. :) I think you did pretty good! you have inspired me to make 2015 shopping goals.

    1. I 100% agree about not trying to make things work that aren't you! I've learned my lesson on a few things this year. Like dresses. They're not me. I knew that before but blogging made me give them another try. Nope. Still not happening.

      Glad I could inspire you! You always inspire me to make more careful choices so hopefully I can do something good for you besides make you want to shop!

  17. Great recap, maybe I should do a list myself and see if I can stick to it. I agree with the Target, and I myself decided to just stay away from there LOL. I just can't help it with them. As for stacking bracelet, I'm simple when it comes with my accessories, and I like not to have to much going on (the statement necklace I like though). Great post as always.

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  18. I love your last year's resolution! I'm glad you made it!



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  19. I need to do this as well, I can go to store and just buy buy buy and not think about it (which isn't good haha)

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  20. This is such a great guide! I swear I impulse buy at target so often. Although I think I do this a lot of places! I love the ideas here. I need to get away from sweaters and purchase more cardigans as well!


  21. Girl, I'm glad I didn't make any resolutions in 2014 because I would have gotten straight F's! LOL I love the nail polish bin idea..every so often I have to throw some of mine out that have dried out from not using them so the bin forces you to keep a certain amount. Thanks for sharing!


  22. What a cute post :) Love that you've simplified your bracelet collection to suit your lifestyle & how you use them, and also relate to the camisole resolution as it seems a lot of my tops need one underneath as well. Great job with the Target no impulse purchases, not easy at all. Hope you had a great New Years and wish you the best in 2015 dear, XOXO, Elif

  23. You've done very well! I agree with many of your goals last year, but I know for a fact I wasn't as successful as you were! I did cut out the impulse target buys though. That in itself made a difference! I have a similar post planned for Wednesday :)

  24. My name is Ginnie, and I have a cardigan addiction! Ha ha ... I don't think I could give them up, but I definitely need to work other pieces in. When I moved to NYC I was actually sad because it was too hot to wear sweaters in summer and much of spring/fall;)

  25. Any effort you put in should be a job well done lady! I cant wait to see what you want to work on this year!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  26. I agree with Carylee on the grading system. You definitely need to give yourself some credit since you did a pretty good job with your resolutions. I need to adopt the Target resolution. That place is so dangerous for my wallet! Happy New Year Gina!

    Nicole to the Nines

  27. Omg, my closet is literally overflowing with all the stuff I don't need.I agree with you on everything you say!

  28. How in the heck did you stick to that Target one? I can't help just throwing stuff in my cart. Also, tell me more about these maternity shirts. Is this a fashion secret that no one has let me in on :)

    1. Ha! They are just Liz Lange Maternity Tanks from Target. Thicker and longer than a regular tank, but no ruching or other maternity details. They're great for covering everything if you're wearing leggings!

  29. I think I need some fashion resolutions for 2015, especially the Target one. Although, I didn't find as much there this year (which is a good thing). I used to be really bad with buying nail polish too. I definitely need to add no impulse buying in general. I sold or donated way too much this year.

  30. I look forward to reading this year's resolutions! I think you did a great job with last year's ones... and I agree - Blazers look amazing on you! How do you find caring for blazers? I like the look of them more but it's easier to wash cardigans don't you think? I've attempted spot steam cleaning my blazers at home because I hate going to the dry cleaners LOL!

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    1. Yes, cardigans are definitely easier! Even a large portion of my jackets are machine washable. I'm just used to it though and luckily I don't feel like my blazers have to be cleaned every single time I wear them. So if I rotate through wearing them and only clean them every few wears, it's not so bad. :)

  31. Love the resolution grading....I tend to not make any resolutions because I'm afraid I'll just fail miserably at them, so why put them down to begin with. I like the grading system at the end of the year...you win some you lose some, right! :-)
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

  32. I love how you graded yourself! Way to keep accountable. And I think you did great! I mean, the camisole resolution was totally an okay one to "fail" on because the extra layer is nice and I rarely meet a cami I don't like. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  33. Oooh, I like this idea of reflecting back and "grading" resolutions. And there are some good tips in there -- like maternity tank tops! I never thought of that, and I'm always lamenting the short length of most tank tops. And I would totally fail on a no-cardigan resolution -- I'm a librarian! Cardigans are just so practical. ;)

    Jen @ Librarian for Life + Style

  34. This post made me smile! This is such a great idea and I love your grading system! It very smart to do this because we all get very comfortable with what we like and this is great to step out of your comfort zone a little bit! I may have to use this! It's brilliant!

  35. I love that you graded yourself! LOL! Really a great post, though. You always have such great style!
    Positively Stephanie

  36. Maternity tanks so they are longer. you are genius!!!! I love this post, thanks for sharing

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  37. Great recap, Gina. Gave me some things to think about - especially browsing (and minimizing it) which might help my continual shopping.

    Lisa @ Daily Style Finds

  38. Last year I made a promise to wear more color.. I think I did alright. Great recap!

  39. This is great! Totally the type of NYE Resolutions I need to make next year. I cut down on my Target impulse buys too. Such a difference in my budget. :)


  40. Love, love, love this idea of a fashion resolution!

  41. I think you did pretty great though, it was a lot of promises so you can be forgiven for not 100%

  42. You are strong staying away from the clothing at Target - I buy something every time I am in there!

  43. I think the important thing is that you kept and keep going with the resolutions. Last year when my blog was still young I didn't share my equivalent to resolutions, but I had (and will have) a small list of fashion goals as well.

    Alex - Funky Jungle


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