My Life, Styled :: Style Resolutions

Style Resolutions by Jen Pinkston | Photos by Denise Crew for Camille Styles

Happy New Year!  I hope your 2013 is off to a fabulous start! I always look forward to this time of year when we get a fresh start. I am a pretty goal-oriented person year round, so this whole new year’s resolution thing just justifies my small obsession with asking people about their five year plan and how they plan to spend the next twelve months (my husband can verify this!) Anyhow, If you’re still searching for a resolution, might I suggest forgoing the usual suspects — join a gym!  give up sugar!  get more sleep! — in place of something a little more fun?  What if we each made a resolution to let our personal style be a better reflection of who we are in 2013?  Let’s try new trends, get out of our comfort zone and finally part ways with those pieces in the back of our closet that we never wear!

Style Resolutions by Jen Pinkston | Photos by Denise Crew for Camille Styles

Last week, I took the entire week off of work and focused on recharging before the new year.  I wore quirky little pieces that don’t usually make it into my day to day look when I am running between meetings, shopping, and styling. This bright blue beanie is such a funny novelty piece that is really uncharacteristic of my usual more muted palette.  Since we were spending Christmas on the east coast this year, though, I thought it was fitting (I’m convinced it’s the reason we had snow three times in Maryland when it wasn’t even in the forecast!).

Style Resolutions by Jen Pinkston | Photos by Denise Crew for Camille Styles

This cardigan is Comme des Garcons from about 8 years ago—a testament to investing in quality pieces since I am still wearing it!  It looks solid navy from the outside, but each sleeve is actually a different primary color and the inside is bright yellow!

Style Resolutions by Jen Pinkston | Photos by Denise Crew for Camille Styles

The rest of this look is a mix of pieces that most of us have in our closet by now—a whitebutton front shirtstriped tankbright colored jeans, and ankle boots.  I may have been off-duty last week, but I still made it a point to have fun with my wardrobe choices.

Style Resolutions by Jen Pinkston | Photos by Denise Crew for Camille Styles

So by all means, do feel free to join a gym, do more cardio, and eat healthier this year, but don’t forget to allow yourself the occasional indulgence.  Whether it’s a piece of Japanese knitwear, an over-the-top dessert, or a new shawl collar blazer that let’s the world know you mean business, each is significant in it’s own way.  After all, what would the world be without creative self-expression and dessert?

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50 Responses to “My Life, Styled :: Style Resolutions”

  1. Karen A

    I love the outfit, too cute!

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    • effortlesschic

      Thanks, Julia! A good half of my closet is black, gray, and navy, so it’s fun to pop it with some color every once in a while!

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  2. Elizabeth

    Where is the bracelet from?? I love it!

    xox Elizabeth

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    • effortlesschic

      Thank you! It’s actually from Express… This is the link to it (http://rstyle.me/~9Xiz), but it appears to be sold out. Perhaps a store in your area might still have it in stock? Good luck!

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  3. Elisabeth

    looove that sweater – the shoot is adorable :)

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  4. Naomi A

    I’m all about treating myself once in awhile! It’s in my blog’s name which you happened to indirectly mention :P

    Giveaway on my blog~
    The Occasional Indulgence

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  5. Camille Styles

    Loved today’s post, Jen. So inspired by how you take whimsical, slightly-quirky pieces and wear them in a way that looks pulled-together (never messy!) And you always look like you’re having so much fun doing it!

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    • effortlesschic

      I am so glad, C! I really look forward to these shoots with Denise– we actually do have tons of fun shooting them!

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      • denisecrew

        We do! It’s a bright shiny light in my life

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  6. Annabelle

    That’s a fun resolution; I’ll have to think about doing that myself!

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  7. michelle

    I love all of the colors!!! Fun, playful and you look amazing!

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    • effortlesschic

      Aww, thanks Michelle! Sometimes I have to let the color come out :)

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  8. HANNAH ELOGE

    I was going to give up sugar until I saw that cupcake! Great post — love the whole look and fun feel:)

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    • effortlesschic

      Don’t do it! We will have to meet up over cupcakes next time you are in town!

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  9. Elizabeth Ulloa

    LOVE!!! the stripes with the mustard / yellow jeans super chic!

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  10. brandyn

    so cute Jen- love your layering- muah B

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  11. Hank

    That hat is so cool.
    Where can I get one?

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  12. Jeannie

    I’m all about goals too. This year my brother convinced me to do what he did last year…every month you give yourself a NEW goal. This way you always have something to look forward to and each month you feel good that you’ve accomplished something else! This month I’m vegan and I’m half way done!

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    • denisecrew

      Oooh, I love this idea!

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  13. Shara Peace

    Starting school again has me thinking a lot about my wardrobe and the pieces I need to add to feel put together and professional, but still trendy and cute. Now I’ll just need you to spend a week with me in Boulder to help me make that happen! ;)
    I was inspired…Thanks!

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  14. Wesley J.

    Too stinkin’ cute! Now I want a cupcake! ;)

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  15. Kate

    I love how you mixed those colors together. You always remind me that bright colors can still be worn during the winter time. Time to put away the black jeans and pull out some vibrant threads!

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  16. sam

    I wish I could envision things like you! I don’t know how you do it but it is amazing and looks great! Cupcake looks pretty good too…

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  17. Kat

    So adorable! I love those jeans ;)

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  18. Mindy Joseph

    I think I’ll indulge in a cupcake, too!

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  19. Susan

    The beanie is adorable on you! You always look like you’re having a blast. I want to step into your shoes for a few days and just see what’s it like. AND, I WANT THAT CUPCAKE REAL BAD!!!!!

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  20. Jen Cole

    So classy!

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  21. Gaye

    “Effortless chic” is the perfect description for you and your outfit. Happy 2013!

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  22. Pat

    Love the casual layered look !!

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  23. Lexie

    Obsessed with your outfit! The beanie so cute!

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  24. Mildred J.

    Combining the colors of the clothes and your perky smile are an instant hit!! I scrolled through the different clothes combination and loved them all!! Keep up the good work!!

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  25. Natalie McGuire

    You are adorable! I love the colors, especially in winter when colors seem to be muted and neutral.

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  26. sueann

    I love this!!!

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