January 3, 2014

{LIFE} To a New Year

To say that 2013 has been my absolute best year yet would be an understatement. This time last year, I was saying good riddance to the 365-days behind me: 2012 was a huge, disastrous mess. Yes, I accomplished a lot, but it was mostly a year of chaotic and uncomfortable change. It's shocking that, somehow, 2012 was not the year of my Saturn Return - but at least I know I survived that and came out of the darkness 134,985 times better (rough approximation), stronger, and more committed to living life awesomely. I didn't start this year with many resolutions or goals, just the one: to be happy... and I can definitely say that living with the intention of being happy has worked out to be the best thing I could have done for myself.

In my personal life -- you know that adage that says one woman can never have it all? 2013 felt like I could get pretty damn close to actually having it all. I completely fell in love with someone who I know I will be spending the rest of my life with... In fact, just a few days shy of the New Year, my S.O. got down on the proverbial knee (not literally, though), and proposed - standing outside The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of our most favorite places in NYC. We moved in together, redecorated our home to really reflect the two of us, traveled all across the country... it's a fairytale love that I never could have imagined for myself. In platonic relationships, I recommitted myself to my friends - the ones who I know will always be part of my life and who have been an unconditionally loving source of support through the last few immeasurably difficult years. I made a point to be intentional about the time I spent with people, however limited it may have been, and to make sure my loved ones always knew how appreciated they were in my life.

Professionally, this year has taken me far beyond my humble expectations. The year started with a bang when I was invited to be part of the Clements Ribeiro for Evans campaign in London, which was equally awesome and surreal. Over the course of the following twelve months, I continued my monthly column at Marie Claire, designed my very own leather jacket with emerging brand MYNT1792, covered two more seasons of NYFW, collaborated with Rent the Runway on the unveiling of RTR+, began the process of designing a line that will launch later this year, went on a whirlwind trip to Berlin to brainstorm with Navabi and join their Style Council, I partnered with Simply Be to host the "Celebrate You" project, worked with Panache on educating women on bra fit, created a plus-size Style Guide for Bloomingdale's - and hosted an event at one of their NY stores, toured the studios of some of my favorite designers - from Anna Sheffield to Tarina Tarantino to Joy Gryson, wrote a feature story for Bust Magazine, curated a jewelry set with BaubleBar... And the list goes on. There are even a few BIG projects happening behind the scenes that I can't quite let on, yet.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens
Disclaimer: Photos taken pre-blizzard, pre-engagement, pre-flu
ASOS Pink Spot Knit T-Shirt and Skirt, ASOS Vintage Style Cocoon Coat, Lulu Frost Milky Way Pendant, Jennie Kwon Charlotte's Web Ring, "Oui" Ring via Etsy, Bing Bang Bracelet, Loeffler Randall Rider Bag, Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal Heels, Stila Vinyl Lip Gloss

Though the past year exceeded all of my expectations, there's still a list of, well, not resolutions - but personal goals and reminders that are carrying me through the start of the new year...

Never miss an opportunity to express your gratitude. 

Time is precious. Be intentional with how you spend it. 

Step away from the screen!  You won't miss anything when you do; I promise.

Be positive. It really can change your outcomes.

Remember that health and wellness is equal parts physical and emotional.
Take care of yourself.

Spend less. Waste less. Save more. Head start: no non-essential shopping in January!

Relax. Breathe. You can't continue your ascent to the top if you never pause to recharge. 

Keep your friends and family close - and forget the enemies. 

Promote the people, causes, and organizations that share your values - and remember to Do, Say, Do rather than Say, Do, Say, (much credit to Gail Becker for this one). 

Challenge yourself, never stop learning, and stimulate your mind. Psst: TED Talks on Netflix

Be true to yourself. Present yourself authentically. Be honest with others. 


  1. Hooray for such a fantastic year for you! I was new to your blog this year but became a fan immediately. Your writing is the most genuine and warm of any blogger I've read and (obviously) I love your style. Can't wait to see what great things 2014 has in store for you.

  2. From what I can tell it seems like your 2012 was my 2013. As I head into a new year trying hard to dig out my inner optimist, I can only hope to have a fraction of the happiness and success of your 2013. Here's to believing that each day will be better than the last and that this time next year we'll have another laundry list of things to be happy about and thankful for.

  3. I am so grateful that I had the chance to get to know you during the Evans fun, you are such a wonderful person. You deserve all the happiness that has come your way, especially with Ali, who by the way is also just so amazing. Happy New Year to you my love. xxx

  4. Congrats on your love, personal and career achievements! Looking forward to what you want to share with us in 2014 :)

  5. Such a encouraging post! I am so happy for you! I am going to use your approach and focus on happiness this year! Congrats on your engagement! You look like a woman in love!

  6. Nicolette, Mazel Tov on a great 2013; may 2014 bring you more awesomeness. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and can't wait to hear more from you (and neither can my daughter - you can find her at elementarywitheva.blogspot.com - she thinks you are the best!).

  7. What an incredible year! You've achieved so much, and the success is so well deserved.
    I love your approach to resolutions- these seem much more like uplifting mantras to living and loving life rather than unachievable- 'do this, do that'.


    PS: Congrats on the engagement! I hope 2014 is a good one!

  8. Happy new year to you! I love your 2014 goals and reminders. Every day is truly a gift and there is nothing more important than being present with those you love.

  9. Happy new year Nicolette!!

    I love your blog :) Congratulations on the engagement ... I hope 2014 will be everything you hope for!

    Greetings from Belgium! :)

  10. Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to the new year to see whats coming up in your life! I can't say I followed from your blog from the beginning but from what I've read, I absolutely adore! I love your articles and your personality shines through. Plus, you make me want to move to NYC every single day!!! :)

  11. Congratulations Nicolette on everything!! You deserve it. Wishing you and your love a lifetime of happiness.

  12. Congratulations on getting engaged, that's so great !!!! :)

  13. Congrats and best wishes!

  14. i'm so happy for you - your life sounds like a total dream & you 100% deserve it!

  15. I totally feel that the goals you have set for 2014 are wonderful. Thank you for showing that nice people do exit still. May you have an awesome 2014 ahead!


  16. Nicolette! I'm so happy for you and excited for all of the wonderful things this this new year holds for you!!

  17. ahhh when i saw that asos set, i wanted it so badly!! and your nails are amaze!

    thank you for being a light in my life, nic. i love you and am so happy you're on such a huge roll. i don't expect it to end <3 xo

  18. My darling Nicolette,

    I can't tell you how happy this makes me! I couldn't think of anyone who deserves the happiness you have achieved in 2013 more (and your gratitude only makes it better). Wishing you the most wonderful 2014; I just know there are more wonderful adventures and achievements in store for you this year!

    Thank you for being such a treasured part of my life; I truly value your friendship more than I can express!
    P.S. You look totally gorgeous here!

    Briony xx

  19. Yay for such a splendid 2013! Congrats on the engagement & I'm so in love with that outfit.

  20. Dina Paola RodriguezJanuary 3, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Congradulations! That necklace is perfection <3

  21. So happy for you and your partner! Happiness is addicting and contagious and I'm glad you give us tiny peek's into your world. I wish you nothing but the best in 2014 and beyond :)

  22. I am 51 years old and find you very inspiring. Your spirit shines through. i wish you continued success and happiness.

  23. Congrats to you and all your accomplishments in 2013! I look forward to seeing more from you in 2014!

  24. Heidi Segelke ReskyJanuary 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Dear Nicolette,
    It seems no surprise that you are reaping Karmic rewards as you realigned your values prior to 2013 - and it is a valuable object lesson for me. In retrospect, I've spent a great deal of time complaining and precious little time reflecting…your missal here is powerful and I am grateful that you honestly shared your experience.
    I do have a question for you. As I peruse blogs I respect: yours, Stephanie Zwicky, Garance Dore, I still find style and fashion that's taken seriously somewhat elusive. I am not a fashion writer/artist/or personality by trade (just - sadly, in my spare time)- and I wonder: can you be taken seriously as a fashion "player" if you can't invest in designer shoes (Manolo, Miu Miu, etc…) and who, in fact, are the designers of plus sized wear that are taken seriously fashion-wide? I confess, I have a rather humble job that allows me a lot of room to shop in the Lane Bryants , Old Navy,One Stop Plus, Igigi, SWAK and Simply Be's of the World - but not so much in the MYNT 1792, Madison Plus and Marina Rinaldi's. I am informed and I read and study but I suspect I'd be laughed out of the room at Fashion Week. Should this matter to me? Not sure, call me a perfectionist, but fashion has become a passion and I'd like to do it as seriously as I can... but within my means. Your comments are appreciated.
    And congratulations on your soulmate having found you. That is how it happens! xo Heidi

  25. happy new year to you, and again, congratulations! those shoes are the bomb!!

  26. I am in love with the cocoon coat and the heels!! I wish you a great 2014!!!

  27. thanks for the inspiration. especially for your 2014 goals. have a wonderful year ahead.

  28. Happy, happy new year!

    Also, I LOVE this winter white getup...so gorgeous!

  29. congratulations on a wonderful 2013 and getting engaged nicolette! and gorgeous outfit post!

  30. All that pink goodness of an outfit. Love it!

  31. nice style

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  32. I want to see a better shot of that adorable shirt and skirt set! So cute. Congratulations on your engagement! As a recent bride myself, all I can say is enjoy the wedding planning process and don't let it overwhelm you if at all possible. It will be the most beautiful day of your life!

  33. I wish you the most amazing year!!! Love these goals.

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