Happy New Year's Eve! For me, the New Year is all about revamping style- one's thinking style, lifestyle, and of course- personal style! Some of us might be making last minute resolutions, preparing for tonight's festivities (a little soiree with some close friends, nothing fancy- how about you guys??), or simply settling down to wait for the day to come.

I present to you two photographic takes, editorial style, on this annual day of anticipation and last-minute fun. Enjoy!

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Whether you choose to ring in 2010 in Victorian black or diva deviousness, I wish you a splendid time tonight! May your new year be filled with everything you hope for, and some bright surprises along the way.



Resolutions and ideas

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Words of wisdom from all over the blogosphere have been inspiring me as I make my list. Hopefully I can recriprocate by sharing some resources and my thoughts on the new year!

My personal resolutions are as follows:

1) Focus on "making things happen" instead of "getting stuff done."
2) Pick up my yoga practice.
3) Believe in myself more/ worry less about other people.
4) Constantly find more effective ways of thinking.
5) Develop (and love, and nurture, and update regularly) this blog!

The quoted parts in number 1 come directly from page 68 of this awesome e-book! "What Matters Now" is an incredibly simple but innovative packet of inspiration for anyone with dreams and aspirations. You can use it to get ahead on your new goals.

Number 4 is something that I've been thinking about (ha, ha) for much of this year, and that I intend to take to the next level in 2010! Every intellectually-curious, philosophically-minded person has heard the phrase "You think too much." Many of us have probably said it to ourselves, wishing we could stop! Well, I came to the conclusion eventually that the answer isn't to stop thinking, it's to think better. In other words, you might spend an entire day worrying about a situation, instead of problem-solving your way out of it. Or maybe your thoughts tend towards the negative, when they would in fact be so much more effective if you just tweaked them a bit! This aptly brings me to an article focused on exactly that, entitled How To Think Better. It by no means covers all your bases- you'll have to do the rest yourself, as best befits your life- but I think it's a divine place to start. And now I know I'm in good company for thinking all these crazy thoughts about thinking. How about you, what do you think? ;)

If you're looking for some new blogs to inspire you in the new year, the above source, The Positivity Blog, is a great place to start. I also adore Gala Darling, who has been an invaluable muse as I've been delving into my life and work this year.

I've also been receiving daily Notes from the Universe for about a year now, and I must say they are a fabulous way to start your day, if you're a check-your-email-every-morning kind of person like me!

Personally, I'm still waiting to see what words Neil Gaiman will issue this year...though even if he repeats himself I think they are worth savoring! That's a wise man.

Now that the self-actualization (I prefer this term to "self-improvement") process is addressed, stay tuned for a less traditional NYE post!


Perfect for diving into 2010

It took me a long time to decide on the name for this blog. I was going with "Style and Think" for a while, but it seemed too impersonal. "The Philosophical Stylist" and variations seemed too stuffy, not to mention pretentious!

Finally, I decided to stick with "Kalonity," a name that has served me well for years on the internet. I came up with the term back in the beginning of high school, when I used to be super into looking up word etymologies (haha I was a nerd but it's not like anything's changed), and discovered that "kalon" was an obscure term meaning "inner beauty."

Ever since, I have stood by that principle. Every year, I am beginning to understand it more and more. The old sayings are completely true- what is gorgeous on the outside needs to be sustained by the inside!

So consider this my cheesy obligatory introduction post, and welcome to the blog. I can't promise yet what the content will bring, but rest assured there will be plenty of aesthetics and philosophy. Open entirely to an unpredictable evolution, of course.