New year, new look…

Every year it is the same old thing: you make new year resolutions that you intend to keep, and a couple of weeks in you’ve already failed to maintain them. Well, I want this year to be different!

It’s taken me a while to adjust to reality (being back in the US) after living my dream in London.  I worked all through the holiday season to make back some money for this next semester. Which explains, but does not excuse, my lack of blog posts recently. Now that I’m not completely broke, it is time to start getting everything else ready for this coming semester.

Since the new year began, I have been determined to check off all the things on my to-do list.  First item of business: write down my resolutions on decorative paper, and frame them.  If they are on my bedside table every morning, I will be more motivated to keep them (at least that is what I’m hoping). I got this idea from one of my favorite bloggers, Emily Schuman, who writes Cupcakes and Cashmere.  See her original idea here.

Second item of business, focus on my blog! (Which also happens to be one of my resolutions). Ever since I changed my layout, I have wanted to create a new header.  Now that I finally have the programs, and the time, I have created two options. As you may have noticed, one of the options is already visible on my blog. There is also another one, but I can’t decide which I like better. That is why I want to get your input on them! I’d love if you could comment on this post with which one you prefer.

Option One

Option Two

Hope you all had a happy new year! I’m looking forward to what 2012 has in store… What about you?  What are your new years resolutions?

Done with excuses…

Less than 140 characters was all it took for me to stop making excuses and just blog. I follow @FashionweekNYC  on Twitter, and yesterday the “Independent Entertainment Tweetologist” behind the Twitter handle tweeted: “Quote of the Day: If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way & If you don’t, You’ll find an excuse!”

BAM. Light bulb. Cue inspirational music. After weeks of deliberating how I could possibly start a post after a two-month hiatus, I finally realized that I’m done with making excuses – I just want to blog. I’m not sure if this post will satisfy 2 months worth of content, but I have to start somewhere…

Saying “it’s been a while” would be an understatement.  I feel like apologies are in order.  I’m sorry for being MIA!  For anyone reading this who used to follow my blog, thank you for coming back. If it’s your first visit, welcome to The Naked Mannequin.  I promise you, it’s going to be better than ever!

But first, I’m going to answer the questions I know you’re all thinking: Why have I not posted in so long? What have I been doing? As you may know, I am studying abroad this semester in London. Assumptions confirmed, I’m obsessed with this city! I’m also in denial that I’m leaving in a month. Over the past two months, I have traveled quite a bit (although, if I had endless funds and time, I would have traveled more).  I have been to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany; Rome, Perugia, Florence, Milan and Como in Italy; Paris, France; Kusadasi, Turkey; Athens, Greece; and the Aegean Islands of Mykanos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini. So, that partially answers those questions.

To be perfectly honest, blogging as a working college student during the summer is one thing… blogging as a student studying abroad in London, England is a whole different playing field.  I had a plan to blog outfit posts at least once a week, probably share some traveling stories – but then I started exploring, meeting new people, making the most of my time here, and before long I somehow abandoned all my well-intentioned plans. However, that is about to change.

I’ve spent weeks considering what I could write for my “welcome back” blog post. I probably should have just written something, as it’s better than nothing.  During that time, I was learning about blogs in my interactive communications class, for which I created another blog. I’ve learned a lot, which I intend to apply to future blog posts. And those blog posts will not be few and far between. That’s my new goal.

Look back tomorrow, when I will start a series of outfit posts. Less words, more fashion! But for now, I leave you with a little sneak peek – my favorite outfit of the past week.

You know, just hanging out in Ancient Ephesus in Turkey!

Stop making excuses & just blog!  XO