Simplify Your Look & Your Life in 2014
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A Simple Plan1 of 9
By Shannan Rouss
Looking to make a fresh start in 2014? Here's how to streamline and simplify your life in the year ahead.
What Would She Wear?2 of 9
Before you stock up on sale items that will only add more clutter to your closet, focus in on a signature look. Take inspiration from a contemporary style icon (our pick: French "it" girl Caroline de Maigret), and ask yourself whether you could see her wearing that sequined sweater, floral pants or lacy top. Repeat this question like a mantra when you're shopping or embarking on a closet clean-out.
DIY 'Dos3 of 9
You don't need to chop your hair to change up your look and keep it fresh. Instead, try this tip from Into Mind blogger Anuschka Rees: Find pictures of three or four easy-to-do styles that work for your current cut and texture. Keep these pics handy (even taped to your mirror), so you can create a different look without a lot of effort.
Beauty Basics4 of 9
When it comes to makeup, routine is your friend—especially on a day-to-day basis. Figure out what works for you—whether it's a bold lip, dramatic eyes, or dewy and natural—and stick with it. You can always amp things up in the evenings or on weekends.
Making Moves5 of 9
Like pairing together different items of clothing to create a whole new look, you can refresh your home by rearranging the furniture and accessories you already own. Simply flipping the existing layout—turn the sofa to face the windows rather than the television for example—will make the space feel fresh and new again.
Color Scheming6 of 9
Want to bring a little color into your home, but aren't sure where to start? Look to fabric for clues. If the color combos work in the print then they'll work in your room, too. Added bonus: A lot of home decor fabrics are made in coordinating prints, so you can get ideas for how to mix and match creatively.
Clutter Reconsidered7 of 9
Quit trying to hide everything in drawers and behind closet doors. If you have a great shoe collection, work it into your decor in a clean, streamlined way. Similarly, a set of fabulous vintage hats can become wall art, or jewelry can be artfully arranged in crystal dishes.
Bucket List8 of 9
Organizing your office or the kids' room? To keep things interesting but still tidy, combine different bins, buckets and boxes while sticking to one color.
Free Your Mind9 of 9
The one thing that often gets in the way of anyone's keep-it-simple strategy? The Internet. All that time you saved is suddenly squandered on hours of mindless Web browsing. To get rid of distractions, we're obsessed with Freedom, an app that temporarily locks your wireless connection. It's the next best thing to going off the grid—at least for an hour or two.