My New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!

It took me a bit longer this year to really pinpoint what I want to attempt to change over the course of the next 12 months… I toyed with a few initial ideas:

  • ∞  Stop, Breathe, Notice the Stressor: an attempt to de-stress my life a bit by pinpointing the triggers
  • ∞  Drink More Water—doesn’t everyone say this?
  • ∞  Think LESS: stop over-thinking, nit picking, over-analyzing, etc. ENJOY LIFE…yeah, I should probably keep this one, lol.

Ultimately, though, I want to de-clutter my life. It started once I moved from DC to NYC. I gave away/sold/donated over 3 Hefty trash bags’ worth of clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. That put 2 things in clear perspective for me: 1. HOLY SH#* I waste a lot of money on clothes I don’t wear too often, and 2. HOLY F*$% I own way too much shit for someone my age. Moving into a studio apartment seemed like a death sentence when I was in D.C. Hell, even when we signed our lease here I was apprehensive because of the lack of closet space. Since last June I’ve come to realize that you just don’t need all that STUFF. Of course I’ve still shopped after we moved, but I’ve been smarter about it…because I had to. I’ve made an agreement with my boyfriend to tell him every purchase I make, otherwise he’ll just call me out on it and tickle me into submission. Yes, you read that right. Tickling is my weakness. I simply f*$%ing hate it.

In an effort to de-clutter my life ASIDE from my closet, I’ve also opted out of certain things. The biggest one? Twitter. Ah, yes, it feels SO great to no longer be a member of a social community that gives me more headaches than pleasure. Buh bye “Dolce & Gabana have tweets for you”. No…they don’t. Liar. PEACE OUT CUB SCOUT!
Twitter Deactivation Screenshot

Have a happy new year ladies and gents. What positive changes are you going to make in the new year?

Allow me to reintroduce myself…

If you’ve been with me since the very start you may have noticed the mini facelift Boundless has gotten. No? Clear your cache and reload the page. Much better, right?

Why the change?
I collaborated with a former fellow intern for the original design of my blog at the end of my junior year (summer of 2012). I chose the color palette I did because I thought that the readers I wanted to attract would align more with that than with a more self-reflective design. The original feedback: “that’s so depressing. You should go with something more cheerful.” End result: a chick who has always said “I hate pink” with a blog in a pink shade. Go figure. I’ve spent hours teaching myself bits of CSS coding to get my blog exactly where it is now, and it is the fullest extension of me that I can get it to…without paying for the services of an actual graphic designer 😉  NOTE: some readers may not be able to see certain fonts, namely Rock Salt and Kilogram. These will appear as Times New Roman for you.

So who am I?
After redesigning Boundless I’d like to reintroduce myself. I’m Julia, a type-A, strong-minded, foul-mouthed 22-year-old residing in Manhattan. I love leather, studs and everything punk-chic (think Balmain circa Spring 2011). Though I love transforming myself through clothes and makeup, I take a very natural/holistic approach to my diet and certain aspects of my beauty regimen. You most likely will find me rocking skinny jeans, combat boots, and rockstar hair—which, btw, is my bedhead—on my days off. In my free time I love people watching, attending art museums, and meandering around this marvelous city.

From this point forward: I’d like all of you to not be so afraid of me—I don’t bite, honest! Ask me questions, strike up a conversation with me, tell me if you hate something I post or compliment something you like that I’m doing.

I hope to hear from you all soon! In the meantime check out the blog’s new digs 🙂

My Apologies

Dear Readers,

I want to apologize ahead of time for what may happen in the coming weeks. This semester is by far my most intense semester yet: I am an editorial writing intern at Gannett Custom Media (USA Today’s magazine division) and I have undertaken a huge independent study where I will be constructing several garments out of post-consumer goods (titled, “A Reflection On Consumption Through Fashion“). I am telling you this because in case I fall behind in posting, I want you to know that it is because of a tight schedule (being in-office 3x’s/week + hand crafting garments), not just because I have lost interest in imparting knowledge to all of you. I will try to maintain the twice weekly postings, but they may not fall on the usual Tuesday/Friday scheduling as always. Some weeks I may only have time for one posting, and for that I am sorry.

I try to keep my personal life and my blogging as separate as possible, but if you would like to know what I am doing this semester please tell me so in the comments section, and I will happily include photos of the garments during and after construction in a post.

If you have a particular subject matter you would like me to write about, please don’t hesitate to make requests. Feel free to either leave a comment, send me a message via the Boundless Facebook page, or send me a direct email—any and all suggestions are welcome! Even if I don’t think the answer to your question will be long enough for a full blog post, I will happily respond to your query privately.

Have a beautiful day!

xo, Julia