Twinkle, sparkle, and shine.
Shine like the brightest of diamonds.
As I was writing back to Ada, confirming my participation in this special collaboration (thank you for even thinking of me), I began mentally assembling my outfit, as I tend to do whenever embarking upon a shared project.
A little bling here, a little shine there. Perhaps velvet. Or some sequins. You know, how the concept of being festive and dressed up for new year’s eve seems to always be tied-in with those elements. And that’s when the thought came into my mind. That a woman shouldn’t sparkle only once a year.
That a woman should always sparkle.
As bright as she could ever possibly be.
Every single day.
In everything she does. Big or small. Be it on her own, or with her fellow sister pioneers (Famous Footwear, you really knocked it out of the park).
Shine so bright that she illuminates every soul met along the way.
Dispel the shadows.
Cast them aside.
Propel others into the beautiful clarity of a new day, a brand new dawn.
Particularly during these times of uncertainty and anxiety, her glow must light up the night sky, casting its bright warmth all around, like a cloak of hope and optimism.
While I speak metaphorically, I also do mean this quite literally. We all have a part to play in shining light upon the dark.
In trusting that there is always hope.
FOR THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE
Please, come join me and my fellow sisters, as we band together to shine and sparkle just that wee bit more, all in the name of a brand new year.
A fresh start.
After all, we already speak volumes with the way we dress, how we move, the way we portray ourselves. Is this not the perfect occasion to make that message one about hope and optimism?
There’s Ada in her blue sheath dress, looking ever so poised and serene, while both Lee and Linda evoke a sense of fun with those sequined pants. Monica and her red plaid shirt bring such joy and gaiety to our line-up, and, of course, nothing quite compares to white in conveying the message of hope so thank you, Emily, for sharing that.
And there’s me, striving for playfulness in PJ sweatshirt and a ballerina skirt.
Here are some thoughts, from us, on how we hope to usher in 2017.
Emily from Darling Dearest
“Hi friends! I’m Emily from Darling, Dearest. The past couple of months have been the most hectic I’ve had, as I wrote my first book, a devotional! Because of that, I’m taking every second I can to rest, hopefully including New Years Eve! I plan on wearing a cozy, warm outfit like this one, perfect for a night in with my husband. Happy New Years!”
Ada from Elegance and Mommyhood
“New Year’s Eve is usually a night I dress up a lot for: a cocktail dress, sequins, heels, velvet, fur, bold jewelry, lots of texture. The last time I wore a real fancy dress for New Year’s Eve was before I was pregnant, 5 years ago. Well, this year we will be ringing in 2017 at a fancy party dinner and I will be seen in a fun dress, for sure. I was trying different ones on and this teal, long-sleeve piece is dressy enough and has sparkly dots, especially perfect for New Year’s Eve paired with jewel tones and red lips. Happy New Year’s everyone!”
Sheela from Sheela Writes
“I was completely inspired by Jennifer Lawrence when she wore a sweater + ballerina skirt on the red carpet. It was such an unexpected pairing that I had to give it a go myself. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Sheela outfit without some tongue-in-cheek fun, now would it? That baby blue sweater, you see? That’s my winter PJ top 🙂 oh, and my tulle skirt? A super stretchy waistband makes it perfect for that New Year’s Eve dinner we’ve got planned.”
Linda from A Labour of Life
“This year I am celebrating New Years in Nashville. It is a huge outdoor celebration and sadly the temperature is expected to be cool. I have searched my wardrobe for a party inspired outfit warm enough to watch Keith Urban ring in 2017. I figure if I can handle the snow in Ottawa I can handle Keith in Nashville. This was my test outfit, I think it works.”
Monica from Jersey Girl, Texan Heart
Hey y’all, I’m Monica from Jersey Girl, Texan Heart. This year for New Year’s I’m deciding to relax a little bit and wear a casual look. I usually dress up, but this year has been quite the hectic year I think I need to finish it off by being casual and taking a breather. I hope everyone has a great New Year!
Lee from Wine and Couture
“I love dressing up for New Years. I get to wear all my sparkle and glittery clothing! It’s the one time of year that going all out is expected. These leggings are from Target last year and I have loved wearing them for over the top events. I always pair my sparkle clothing with Brosway jewelry. I hope you stop by my blog and see more of my fun New Years Outfit!”
If we all took these four words to heart, every moment of each single day, I just know that the light will never stop shining. Ever.
Happy New Year, friends. It is my sincere prayer that 2017 turns into 365 days of much love, laughter in abundance, and a neverending belief in the power of hope.
Be a light in someone’s life.
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