Thursday, December 31, 2009

Here’s to a Fabulous 2010!

My friend Mica, of Business Bombshell recently sent me a fun survey about 2010 and I thought it would be fun to share it with you. I have changed some of the questions so that the survey is better suited for a design blog like LDV. It is a less formal version of a resolutions list.
In the past, I have made to-do lists for each year, which have actually yielded a pretty good success rate for me. However, this year, I have been racking my brain for resolutions for 2010 and haven’t come up with anything monumental. I think the goals and aspirations in this survey are probably about as close as I’ll get to making full-blown resolutions this year. I hope you’ll take the time to share your answers some of these questions! Happy New Year!
resolutions Image via Tobi Fairley
1. Design Trend to Embrace in 2010: I’d like to incorporate more rustic and antique pieces into my home. I love the new Belgian-inspired pieces that Restoration Hardware debuted in 2009. I don’t think it would be very “me” to decorate entirely this way, but I think it would be nice to incorporate some rustic, neutral pieces into a more eclectic look a la Sally Wheat.
wheat new Image via Cote de Texas

I would love to have Restoration Hardware’s swoon-worthy Brickmaker’s Table in my living room!

2. NEW Style Icon I love Olivia Palermo's style, though any interpretation of mine would be on a much more modest budget than hers! I would also prefer to purchase more classic pieces as opposed to trendy ones and mix up my accessories.
3. 2010 Signature Look: I suppose it will continue to be mostly casual as that is what my job and lifestyle dictate. I don't think my overall look will really change from this year into next.
I really like Reese Witherspoon’s approach to casual elegance. I tend to favor a more classic look, especially when dressing up. I like feminine details, like the ruffles on Reese’s blouse…
but I usually fancy jeans and a casual top paired with cute accessories on most days. Needless to say, I don’t have throngs of paparazzi surrounding me everyday!

4. NEW Favorite Pair of Shoes: I am craving a good pair of flat, black boots, maybe with some nice hardware.

I like these boots from J.Crew, but I would prefer some with hardware. Let me know if you have any recommendations for a nice pair under $200!

5. 2010 Hair Style Preference: I doubt that I will change the way I wear my hair in 2010. I will most likely keep it the same...long and straight. I might try the Olivia Palermo / Kardashian (don't care for them, but they have such gorgeous hair!) waves sometime, but I think it would look best with my bangs pinned. I debated if I should grow out my bangs, but I think I will keep them since my hair looks more "done" with them.
olivia palermo hair
6. NEW Décor Color to Try in 2010: Pantone officially declared turquoise as the color of 2010. It happens to be one of my favorites, so I am excited about it. I still have a big crush on peacock blue and Hermes Orange, which I may try to infuse into my décor a bit more.

7. 2010 Design Inspiration: Rustic elegance inspired by European country houses and charming California Spanish architecture. This may have a little to do with the fact that I just saw It’s Complicated and fell in love with Meryl’s house in the movie. Plus, I visited my friend, Jeni in October in Northern California. Her home is gorgeous and she and her family are the embodiment of laid-back, California elegance.
Image via Cote de Texas

8. NEW Personal Goal: I plan to continue to work diligently on La Dolce Vita. I hope to find the continual inspiration to write refreshing posts with quality content to keep my readers engaged on a daily basis. A part of me would like to write a novel, but we’ll see if that happens!
paris_elle_decorImage Credit: ELLE DECOR
9. 2010 Milestones: July 1st will mark our fifth wedding anniversary! We plan to celebrate with another big trip to Europe. We are currently trying to figure out where we want to go and it seems the Andalucía region of Spain is in the lead. We also plan to start trying for a baby after our anniversary!
baby legs you are my fave
10. 2010 Aspirations To be the best wife, mom to Tate (and hopefully to a baby), daughter, sister, friend, tutor, and blogger that I can be.

Thank you so much for your continued support of La Dolce Vita. 2009 was a very exciting year for the blog, as well as for me personally. La Dolce Vita has definitely grown in both readership and quality of content over the past year and I have you to thank for both inspiring and motivating me. Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see more or less of on the blog in the coming year. I hope that 2010 has great things in store for everyone!
“May the best of the past be the worst of the future.” – Irish Blessing


Creategirl said...

Happy New Year!! I can't wait to see the boots you find...I have been looking for a similar flat pair! I look forward to all your great posts in 2010!

hana said...

Paloma, you are so wonderful! What a great list of resolutions. Thank you for sharing with us! I have been a long-time reader (whose resolution is to comment more) and yours is always the first I pour over (every word!). Thanks for your daily inspiration, Happy New Years! xoxo

Francine Gardner said...

Great read before closing the year...looking forward to 2010

Happy new year

Mrs. Limestone said...

Happy New Year!

Sounds like you have a fabulous 2010 planned. You don't have to change a thing but I can't wait to see what you have in store for us.

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Great list! All the best in 2010! xo

Emily A. Clark said...

I love reading all of these! Also, if you know of a way to get great wavy hair, let me know :) Your blog is wonderful. Best of luck in the new year.

La Maison Fou said...

Good to hear & things to aspire to!
Best in 2010,

deliciously organized said...

Happy New Year! You just about hit so many things I want right now and my fashion icons, etc. I have always loved Olivia's hair, it's so gorgeous! And Reese, LOVE her casual elegance. I also need black flat boots and I'm too having a hard time finding ones with hardware. I also would love to incorporate more rustic pieces into our home.

I hope you have a wonderful New Year!


Miss E said...

Great post! Love your things for 2010. Have a very safe and happy NYE, friend!

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Here's to 2010! Thank you for all the hard work on La Dolce Vita, it's always a gorgeous pleasure to read.

Angie said...

Great post!!! Don't even know where to start on answering the questions. Let's see, in 2010 I'd like to make bolder choices, lead a more fulfilled life, be a great wife and mother all while looking effortlessly chic. Ya I think that sums it up! I'll be on the look out for some cool boots with a bit of hardware! ;) Happy New Year

Arely said...

:-) Great reading! I wish you and Fabian the most wonderful year filled with happiness, great moments and may what you wish for, come true. Good luck on travel, family and baby!
Andalucia is a great choice. There are so many things to see, blends of Arabian, African, Castillian takes a turn to a more relaxed, fun and colorful tone, very much like Caribbean people.
I have been looking at Riding Boots and seen great looking ones that I will be happy to share. I hope to see you again soon, January I gather for Lili's bday!
Have a great New Year Celebration.

Anne @ The City Sage said...

Tons of great goals Paloma! Here's to making 2010 the year you reach all of these and more :)

Lauren said...

paloma- happy new year!! thanks for being such a sweet blog-friend & I'm go lad we "met" this year!!!! Have fun tonight!!!


Celeste said...

Love Olivia, love Reese, love the post. As far as boots... maybe check Eddie Bauer. In early fall they had some gorgeous boots similar to the ones pictured, except with hardware. They were very similar to Frye boots, but the price was around $200.

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

Beautiful and inspiring post, Paloma! I think us readers love you for your sincerity and kind heart (we can sense it!). May you continue to enjoy the success of LDV as you deserve it!

Happy New Year!


Amber said...

Great resolutions! I love Olivia as well she is amazing. Perfect elegance.

DeShawn and Sara said...

Paloma, I LOVE your blog! Partly because your kindness always shows through. You are incredibly talented and I think you SHOULD write a book...why not?! Let 2010 be the year to begin unchartered adventures in your life. Best wishes for a wonderful New Year, and keep up the amazing work!

Jen Laceda | Milk Guides said...

OMG, Paloma!! Best Wishes for 2010! The baby plan sounds so good! I have a 3-year-old and another girl coming along March 2010! They are such a blessing in life! Hard work but fun!!

Anonymous said...

Great post Paloma. I really believe you can write a novel- you remind me of me. I'm working on my second novel and my first novel won both university and arts programs awards. Anyway, it will soon to be published. I think you have a great "voice" and that's what got me published. Maybe a scorpio thing?

Averill said...

Great post, Paloma! I love Reese's style as well -- it's classic and put together, but still casual and young.

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

love this post. :) good luck with everything ~ i look forward to reading as you accomplish your goals!

ppp said...

was so excited to come upon your blog because you highlight so many things i enjoy! also cant help but love your name!
keep it up!

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

Happy new year- so much to look forward to for you in 2010! :)

chandra h said...

new reader here, & i am loving your blog. :)

wonderful summation of the different pieces of '09 + a look into '10! i just love the image of the laptop at the desk w/ the long draperies.


Carrie said...

Hi Paloma, happy new year to you! I *heart* your blog, please keep up the great work! As for the boots, these are a bit more than $200, but I bet you could find them cheaper.

Sarah Ring said...

Oooh a baby!! You are going to be the cutest mommy ever!

Jenna @ Mi Vida Bonita said...

I LOVE that coffee table from Restoration!! I have seen it in store and swooned immediately. the coffee table I currently have has a similar top, very rustic. The legs are iron too, they are just more curvy and that changes the style. I am trying to locate the straight iron legs and that will give it a more modern feel!

Happy New Year! xo

The Depressed Yogi said...

I also LOVE Olivia Palermo's style and really like that she mixes in cheaper pieces (H&M, Zara, etc.). Her hair is beautiful too! And the Kardashians, well they ALL wear hair extensions, but they look GOOD!

I'm SO glad I found your blog :)

Anonymous said...

Martin + Osa have their boots on sale right now, they have the Equestrian style and it has hardware...I think they are right under $200, like $199. hope that helps ya!

Tuesday in Amsterdam said...

GREAT BLOG! love the pictures!
Loving Palermo's and Reese!

Linton from London

Tuesday in Amsterdam said...

Love this blog!

Big fans of Reese and Palermo!


Peny@embroidery digitising said...

“May the best of the past be the worst of the future.”

This is the first time that I've read this quote. Very nice adage to those who want a better and brighter future, eh. Thanks for the post, anyway.