Hey y’all! Happy New Year! As is becoming tradition here on Fresh Modesty, it’s time to review how I did in the previous year accomplishing my “appearance” goals. Frankly, by about May I’ve forgotten completely about them, but the new habits formed in the first few months of the year sometimes continue and progress towards these ends is made. So let’s see how I did! 
(Caution: embarrassing honesty ahead)
Here’s a link to the full post, “2014 Appearance Goals“.
And if you’re really curious, here’s “2013 Appearance Goals” 

“I didn’t (don’t?) know how to say, ‘I have enough’ when I see cute clothes!”

All year, it seemed like I was saying “no” and curbing my clothing/shoes spending a lot, but I still managed to spend about $470 over the whole year, $120 more than I was hoping. Granted, I made some big purchases like cowboy boots ($162) and rainboots ($40) and forgot to cancel my JustFab membership several months ($39.99/month) which really added up. In general, I feel like at least when it came to clothes, I made fewer impulse buys. I did hardly any thrift-store shopping, though, due to time constraints and just not needing any more clothes. I never did start paying in cash like I was hoping to. 😛 I’d say I made a little progress towards my goal, but not enough.
One reason I felt like I needed to buy so new many clothes this past year [2013] was that most of the clothes I already had were starting to look worn and old. I’m afraid I sped that aging process up by leaving clothes wadded in baskets and laying on the floor most of the time. 
I believe my sisters and I have made leaps and bounds in this area, but only in the last few months. We had so many clothes that we physically could not fit them all tidily into the closet, which made it hard to take care of them. After half a dozen or more “deep cleanings” we fiiiiinally have a manageable amount and are doing much better at keeping things hung up instead of wadded up. I did dry clean several dresses this year and was glad I did since they’ve continued to last.

“I have decided it’s a good way to be purposeful about the clothing I buy and not just going for the Pantone color of the year or what catches my eye.”

I pretty much failed miserably at trying to follow my color season. I did try to buy more of colors I know look good on me (blue, mustard, black, teal, etc) but didn’t follow my season at all. I don’t know enough about it to have the system memorized and I don’t think it’s quite as simple as websites make it out to be. I still think it would be good to have this knowledge, I’m just not sure how to go about committing it all to memory so I can practice it. 

“I want to diversify my wardrobe by mixing different elements of texture in it. Sequins, leathers, denims, knits, furs, cottons, silks, tweeds. etc. ” 

Honestly, I forgot about this goal. I didn’t wear knit with knit at all, but other than that I never made a deliberate effort to experiment with textures. I finally obtained a cashmere sweater which was a bucket-lister for me, though. Since I’d never tried out the genre of athletic-wear before, you might consider my introduction to that world an experiment in textures since it definitely has it’s own “feel”, but otherwise nope, didn’t happen. 😛

“Proper nail grooming is something that no matter how the rest of you looks, it always raises your level of class.”

I did amazing (for me) at this! I don’t know what changed, whether it was my extreme consumption of spinach or my deliberate effort to drink more water and rub more coconut oil on my skin, but my nails were strong and nice looking for a good portion of the year! In November I did some outside work and my nails are still recovering from that, but otherwise I’ve been pleased with their state. I painted my fingernails a bit more often in 2014 than I did in 2013 (just because it’s fun), so that may have helped with their strength, too. Having struggled with ugly nails ever since I can remember, it’s brought me a lot of cheer to have that little bit of me feel really nice. 🙂 

All in all, I made some progress in refining some areas of my appearance + habits. Seeing the ways I failed is getting me motivated to try harder in 2015 to be responsible and deliberate. I’ll share this year’s goals when I have them ironed out, but for now, I’d love to know– how did you do with your appearance goals in 2014?

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16 thoughts on “2014 Appearance Goals | How I Did”

  1. Thanks so much for sharing, Olivia! I've been attempting to keep my nails and over-all skin more clean and tidy than in past years too! It's definitely a more fun (and glamorous… well, sort of) goal to try and keep 🙂


  2. I don't THINK I spend too much on clothes/accessories, but if I actually kept track, it'd probably be way more than I think. I'm going to take a cue from you and try that this year!

    I'm just impressed with your organization!

  3. I would say $470 is still pretty good, and definitely on the way to seriously frugal spending! Although I understand that it wasn't quite where you expected/hoped to be. And that "color season" has always been a bit of an odd idea to me; although I know I have colors I look best in, I have done the "what season are you" thing with an old book of my grandmother's and it didn't work at all – it gave me all these colors that I KNOW wash me out. I look best in rich jewel tones (which means I just look washed out unless it's fall/winter when those colors are easier to wear in South Carolina, haha) but the seasons book really didn't peg me on that at all. Ah, well.

    My appearance goals for 2014 were definitely derailed. I DID lose all the baby weight within three months of her birth, so I succeeded at that goal, but I didn't really do as much fixing of my wardrobe as I had hoped. Money, mostly, got in the way. I'm hopeful that I can do some fixing on that score this year.

  4. If you're really thinking of wearing your season, this book will make you a pro at it.

    The awesome and well-written book Color Me Beautiful (by Carole Jackson) explains the whole color season thing and why using your colors makes shopping easy and effective. It also explains how to build a complete and versatile wardrobe much better than any website does.

    I absolutely love the book and highly recommend it! I am a winter and have found that the colors for winters honestly do make me look my best. Having swatches eliminates trial and error and unlocks almost limitless combinations!

    You can find it here on Amazon at a great price:

  5. Re: Color Seasons: I studied this for my senior project in high school and have been amazed what wearing the right colors can do for one!
    As Lydia said, Color Me Beautiful is well-written and informative–a good starting point for someone new to the idea. However, I've found from personal experience that no one is 100% Winter, Spring, Autumn or Summer. Most people will lean heavily towards one Season or another, but I've found they often have colors from other palettes that make them look fabulous, too.
    And then there are the exceptions, like myself. I have ash-blonde hair with a slight golden cast, "cool"-toned fair skin and greyish-blue eyes–a typical Summer according to Carole Jackson's system–yet I look best in the deep, vibrant jewel-tones of Winter (even black and white!), whereas the pastels and pale colors of Summer (which I wore in high school and looked great in then) wash me out–even make me look jaundiced!

    Erm, all that to say, go with colors that bring your God-given complexion to life, and don't worry if they're from several "Seasons." 😀

    God bless, and best wishes on your goals for 2015!
    ~"Tom Wild Rose"~

    1. I never thought of clothing goals before. I will have to make some!
      At first I thought $470 was ALOT, but considering you are a modest fashion blogger, that really isn't bad. Kinda like beauty bloggers need beauty products to review 🙂
      I'm not sure how much I spend. I usually only go clothes shopping once a year.
      I found out about the seasons thing from a blogger a few months ago, thanks for reminding me!!!
      This post was a total inspiration! Thank you!!

  6. Lydia! I have that book too and it is really helpful, just like you say.

    Olivia! Are you sure you aren’t an Autumn? Because whenever you wear olive green it looks amazing, and I don’t think that’s a spring color. Just a thought.


  7. This year I have finally bought a pack of emery boards which I've started using and already I feel neater just being able to shape my nails nicely and file off ragged edges.

    I think this year I'll need to go through my wardrobe and throw out a lot of dresses that are looking too old and worn. It'll be sad to part with old favourites 🙁

    ~Esther of Oz

  8. I learned a lot about health this year, and I think I managed my weight fairly well. I also got dressed fairly nicely almost every day, and did some minimal makeup. I think most of the clothes purchases I made were pretty good ones. A few things I need to work on this year is doing my hair better every day, keeping my skin nice, and making well thought out clothing purchases. I look forward to seeing what your Appearance goals for 2015 are!


  9. I was wondering if you could share what tools you use to keep track of how much you spend on what? I would love to do that this year and am trying to figure out a system! Thank You!

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