My 2011 New Year's Resolutions for Fashion and Beauty

By Stephanie, age 22, New York

Like most of you out there, I too enjoy the fun of setting a bunch of resolutions for the next year. After failing miserably at the resolutions from last year, I have decided to be more realistic in my approach. Instead of setting large unreasonable goals, I am trying to make small changes in my everyday life and normal routine.

Add More Color to My Winter Wardrobe

Just because it is winter it doesn't mean I have to look like a dreary rain cloud. I have noticed that most of my winter wardrobe is black, heather gray, brown, and tan. Why do I seem to pack away all of my fun colored clothing at the end of fall? Not anymore! It's time to add some color back into my winter look. Here are a few suggestions:

RSAPH Opaque Pantyhose are available for $14.00 at or your local American Apparel store.

UGG Australia 'Classic Sparkles' Boots are available for $169.95 at or your local Nordstrom store.

The easiest option for adding color is to add bright and bold accessories. Accompany your traditional peacoat with a bright patterned hat, scarf, and glove set. This can give you a quick pop of color if you're in a rush, and you won't have to worry about matching because chances are your winter coat is a nice neutral color. Color sweater tights are also a great way to add some color. You can pair these with your favorite dress or skirt. Want a fun way to double your wardrobe? Try some opaque tights with a pair of shorts for a cool and trendy winter look.

You could also add a few staple pieces for the winter in a color instead of the traditional neutral colors you might usually purchase. For example, instead of buying a black sweater to go with a pair of gray pants, try a hot pink sweater. It will look great and match with gray perfectly. The same idea can be used when purchasing footwear. Come on, how many pairs of black or brown boots does one girl need? Try a pair of royal purple boots. They are neutral enough to wear with almost everything, while still adding a touch of color. Even the popular Ugg brand comes in fun new colors.

Grow and Maintain Gorgeous Nails

I must admit I am a recovering nail biter; however, I am determined to change that this year! My mom recommended that if I keep my nails painted I will stop biting them because they look so nice and I won't want to mess them up. In this case mother does know best. I realized that I do tend to bite my nails less when I have a nice fresh manicure. However, I also realized I can't afford to get my nails done professionally every four days. So, I created a great kit to give myself a great at home mani and pedi. Best thing is, it's free!!!

Left: Ms. Manicure Handy Dandy Mani is available for $9.97 at or your local Wal-Mart store.
Center: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Nail Polish is available for $2.99 at or your local CVS store.
Right: Wet 'N Wild Nail Color is available for $.88 at or your local Face Values store.

I found the world's greatest nail kit ever. The best thing is that it was super cheap at Target. It came with a nail clipper, cuticle stick, toe separators and two nail files. Everything a girl needs to give herself a manicure even a professional would envy. Have brittle nails? No worries. Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails is a godsend. This not only protects and hardens your nails, but it also works as a great base coat. Two for the price of one!

Don't believe the myth that great polish has to cost $8.00 a bottle. The Wet-n-Wild nail polish that usually retails for around $.99 is a great buy for the budget conscious diva. With over 30 different colors, you could grow a great collection and choose whatever color you feel like for that day.

Organize my Clothing and Makeup

Like most of you, I have a ton of stuff and only a small room to house it all in. I have been looking for fun and creative ways to organize all of my stuff. The hard part comes with finding storage that won't take up additional floor or wall space. Here a few options I found when reorganizing my room that might prove very helpful to you.

Left: Double Hang Closet Rod is available for $9.99 at or your local store.
Right: Java Brown Collapsible Cubes (set of 2) are available for $8.79 at

The quickest way to double the space in your closet is with a "closet bar". It hangs from an existing closet bar and creates additional hanging space a couple of feet under the bar (see photo above). I was able to hang all of my tops and bottoms in one half of my closet, therefore creating additional space.

One way to maximize shelf space is by using storage cubes. These cubes sit on shelves and hold up to 1 square foot. This has been a great way to store all of my makeup and beauty products.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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