OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Studio on Fire
Resolutions are a tricky thing. Some are kept, some are as fleeting as the wind. Someone I friended posted this 3 item list on Facebook last year, and I took a shine to it. Perhaps, rather than setting out to conquer a 20 item long resolution list, this might strike your fancy.

Three Simple Rules in Life:

1. If you do not GO after what you want, you will never have it.
2. If you do not ASK, the answer will always be NO.
3. If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.

It just feels a bit more manageable and less resolution-y, right?

SO THIS IS THE NEW YEAR- GET A STYLISH START AND FILL IT WITH INSPIRED DESIGN

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Linda and Harriet
SO, this is the New Year. It is finally here. Full of great promise and potential, the calendar has advanced to January. I plan to travel to my favorite places frequently as well as discovering new ones, enjoying the multi culti experience that is New York City, and embracing sponteneity. For Stylebeat, I am planning a blog year of more great giveaways, stylish design, sharing talent and undiscovered covetable products that you will want in your life.
One of the best ways to plan your work and work your plan is to write it down, and then tell someone else about your goals. This is, apparently, one of the most effective ways to create change and stick-to-it-iveness. As an appreciator of letterpress and great graphic design, Linda and Harriet's Calendar/Postcards are on my desk to help me stay focused on making every day memorable. Penguins for January, and Popsicles for June will help me keep my eye on the prize.
So this is my plan:
to seek out new design obsessions, bring you new discoveries from the upcoming NY Gift Show, recap The Winter Antique Show, wait with anticipation for the new Architectural Digest every month, get excited for Lonny's Trad Home online-only Mag in May, cover new design books, be at the AD Home Show at Pier 94 come March and the DIFFA Event on March 17th, volunteer at The Kips Bay Designer Showhouse back on schedule this April, be inspired by The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 Retrospective at London's V and A Museum, get edgy with The Alexander McQueen Homage in May at the Met's Costume Institute, see creative combinations at Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay at the Cooper Hewitt in March, and submerse myself in history with American Style: Colonial Revival in the Modern Metropolis in June at the Museum of The City of New York.
What do you want to do this year?

THE BEST WAY TO EASE INTO A NEW YEAR

by Marisa Marcantonio

If you find yourself overserved on New Year's eve, perhaps a little hair of the dog and time under the covers will restore your energy and leave you ready to take on 2011! Here are some ways to wile away the day--

Photo courtesy of Charles Fradin
Breakfast in bed may be the best way to spend the better part of your day. Dine in duvet style with Charles Fradin Home's Alva Bed Tray.


Channel your love of folkloric florals with Anthropologie's Cadiz Mug.

Photo courtesy of Partners Tea Co.
Fill your cup with Partners Tea Co. fair trade teas, a company started by my college friend Sarah Scarborough. I was beyond excited to see her teas included in West Elm stores well-edited holiday gift assortment. Her Sweet Friend Blend is delicious, with its blend of herbal and raspberry flavors.

Kill a cold and get your energy back with Redoxon fizzy Vitamin C tablets. I always stock up on these when I am in London-- they really do the trick.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie
Spend you leisure time writing thank you notes for gifts with Rifle Paper Co.'s amusing Friends of The Forest cards from Anthropologie.

Photo courtesy of Marigot
Stay indoors and get cozy wearing a Marigot Collection long cashmere sweater with a handy pocket for tissues if you have the sniffles.

Photo courtesy of Gorsuch
I love my shearling Uggs, but sometimes an adorable design can trump shearling. Gorsuch has these boiled wool Chalet Slippers with a charming winter scenic design.

Photo courtesy of Penguin
Start off the New Year right by reading a classic, again. Take on Jane Austen's Emma, a Penguin Hardcover Classic, specially encased in in graphic artist Coralie Bickford-Smith's design on stamped linen.