Happy New Year!

Hello my dear readers! It’s already 2010 in Sydney, Australia, and I can already feel the great vibe that is 2010 and this new decade. I’m so elated to be out of 2009 and I’m looking forward to all the potential this year holds.

We celebrated in Sydney with candlelight, great music, and a smorgasbord of rich hors d’oeuvres (bleu cheese and dates, duck and salmon paté, a crusty baguette, feta-stuffed peppers, artichokes, and salami) and champagne, of course. The annual Sydney Harbor fireworks were nothing short of spectacular…see for yourself:

This morning, I will begin preparing a traditional good luck New Year’s lunch. This tradition—the idea of lucky foods for the New Year—is something my mother has believed in and upheld for years. Last year, I was in Sydney for New Year’s Day, and sadly, I missed my mom’s half-southern American, half-Greek good luck lunch. Consequently, 2009 was a most lamentable year. So, I decided that even though I can’t get black-eyed peas and collard greens at the local Woolies, I can still do my best to pull off a New Year’s Day lunch here. I’ve got cannellini beans I’ll prepare with caramelized onions and sauteéd tomatoes, as my mother does…but I’m adding my own twist to them with the addition of spicy Italian pork sausage. I’ll serve silverbeet spinach with caramelized onions, feta, and dates, and I’ll pan-fry thick-cut pork loin chops. Finally, I’ll also serve youvarlakia, which I’ve never made before, but I whipped them up last night and I must say that they rock. I will not eat chicken or lobster today, because I want 2010 to be an auspicious and prosperous year!

That said, I’m not going to make any resolutions that read like promises, but I will endeavor to do these things:

  • Be more positive. I’m trying, ya’ll!
  • Make this blog more personal. I’ve struggled with this. To be anonymous or not…it’s a tough call. Many of you who’ve been reading for years have seen this blog transform from very personal to the total removal of all traces of me. But I’ve realized that my favorite fashion blogs are the ones in which the authors share their personal style via regular photography. So I’m contemplating this and I may well explore it.
  • Seriously consider an image overhaul. Well, that’s extreme. I’ve finally settled into my personal style, and I have no desire to change it. But my hair has been about the same for a decade, I must admit. Every time I look at one of my girl crushes, Victoria Beckham, and compare her long hair days to her latest style, there is no doubt that she looks more sophisticated and chic than ever. So I wonder, am I stuck in a time warp, or like Demi Moore (another girl crush), is my hair a signature element of my look? I’m not sure right now. But I am seriously considering this. Your thoughts are appreciated.

Alright, I’ve got to get started on that lucky lunch, but I just wanted to wish you all the happiest New Year, and all the best in 2010!

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