January 12, 2015


{wearing Buffalo David Bitton leather skirt, J Crew stripe shirt, vintage fur vest, Rag & Bone booties}

Over the past week people have been asking me what my new year resolutions are.

I don't have any resolutions. But I have goals that I continuously work on: To be happy and to be at peace with myself. To try my best in things I attempt. To travel more. To cut out toxic people. To eat less french fries. To pay off my mortgage. To not be so afraid of taking on new tasks at work. To further expand my side business. To not buy stuff I don't need.

I want to live a life with minimal 'stuff'. I've always fancied people that can live out of two suitcases and move on the fly. The type of people that go traveling for months moving from places to places. It won't happen to me for a long while, because currently I think that two suitcases is only enough for my shirts, but I'm working on it. I want to further develop my closet for ageless wear instead of trendy wear.

I want to not just be happy, but be happy with myself. I want to be happy with how I choose to live. This includes being happy knowing that I feel fulfilled. Being happy that I am kind to others. Being happy that I'm physically active. Being happy to cook my own delicious meal instead of going to a overpriced restaurant just because it's trendy. Being happy to pay off my mortgage years early because mortgage interest is the worst. Being happy knowing I can spend a few thousand buying a designer bag or a luxury car, but choose not to and put the money towards traveling to foreign places and my perhaps early retirement.

Maybe one day when you visit on here, you will see me wearing tattered t-shirt and jeans living in the Himalayas where I spend my days learning about Buddhism and herding sheep. Or become a beach bum with my own tiki hut in Mexico (all that money saved from not buying another Chanel!) and all I do is chill and eat beef tacos. And I'm honestly okay with that.

I also got Instagram @julielan_ over the weekend, finally!! So let's be insta-friends!? Right now my Instagram is kind of sad with lack of posts in my feed that I feel like I'm just talking to myself :)


  1. Money and wealth is not the thing that makes us happy, but as you said, being able to buy a luxury car and not do it. I know that you've heard this quote, but it's my favourite - "Travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer". Here's an example. You finally got an IG account. Now, you'll be able to see how many girls are happy with their new Chanel, LV, or other expensive stuff and the only thing they think of, is how to get more of these brands. It's a pity that people pay so much attention on such material things. Anyway, I loved your list of goals!

  2. Being at peace with myself, my decisions and my life is also one of the things I am working on. Love your text, so nicely written. And props to you for saving up and paying early, I don't think I'll ever be able to.


  3. love your look esp the skirt! Great goals. I'm trying to save more and declutter my life. I guess I'm trying to live more minimally as well.


  4. On the Bloglovin' preview it almost looked as if you had extensions in! I love the vest, though, it looks really nice!

  5. I love just being happy by myself. I live by this saying: You have to be happy with yourself, before you can be happy with someone else.

  6. Wonderful post and outfit! I totally agree with your goals ♥
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

  7. Julie, I am so excited that you have Instagram... I just added you... I love that app... I am such a picture freak... other people's pictures lol...

    I adore you outfit, it is so cute... and if you get to bum around the beach, I want to go too... no worries just relaxing... Ooo and I love your goals xox

  8. Great outfit, I really like this concept.

  9. Looking lovely, babe! I dig the stripes + fur vest.


  10. Your goals are great and good luck building a timeless wardrobe is not an easy task but when done right its amazing.


  11. Like you, I don't have any new year resolution as well as long as I live a happy life. Love the shots, sweetie! You look so cool with those shades. xoxo
    Luxury Haven

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  13. Yes to all of this! I'm all for collecting experiences over stuff!

  14. For a second there it looks like you had this crazy fur ombre going on with your hair, haha :-) Lovely outfit, you look very glamorous! And I adore your hair and hair color.

  15. I totally like your current goals, happiness truly isn't something that has a formulation anyone can follow to achieve! Wishing you all the best in this year girl! I'm also going to be saving up to travel more! Instead of buying things I don't really need! *sigh*

  16. Amazing words! I'm impressed!
    You look stunning! Great outfit!

  17. I try to live the minimal life as well. The last few paragraphs is just so adorable for you. I am hoping the same for myself, too, now that you wrote it. Oh, nice outfit as well! :) Wish you all the best this 2015!

    xo, Mimi

  18. Million dollar look! I don't make resolutions either. I like your goals. Taking care of my responsibilities doing my best to be a good person are my biggest goals.

  19. Wow. wow wow... your outfit is simply amazing and makes you charming. Your plans and goals are amazing too. Good luck.

  20. I really love this outfit! The fur and skirt go so well together!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  21. I've entertained thoughts of that - just up and go, and live a simple but fulfilling life. Hopefully that's still in the cards too.
    Here's to a year of continually evolving into the person we strive to be!
    Love this classy, uber chic outfit you're rocking too. Leather skirt, striped top, and fur vest? Lovely!

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  22. omg!!!! this outfit is sooo chic!!!! eazy but so stylish!!!!! perfect!!)) xoxo

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