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After another strenuous and stressful year, the determination to start 2022 with a positive outlook is non-negotiable. A fresh mindset, accompanied by new stationery and a meticulously detailed vision board, can make the start of the new year feel like your own personal playground. It’s a brand new year with new goals, new vibes, and new…whatever you want, really. Many of us thrive on the idea of a fresh start and the opportunities afforded with it; a way to put actions behind the self-work we did all year.

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Finding your personal style seems like an easy feat, but start the journey and you’ll soon find it overwhelming with minimal initial reward. Since style is so intricately tied to the type of person you are, it evolves and changes as you do. The uncomfortable truth is, it can take years to cultivate and perfect your personal style. But that shouldn’t stop you from honing in on what you like and replicating that in your wardrobe.

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Sustainability has been the buzzword for fashion brands over the past few years. Due to the highly visible spotlight of global warming, brands and consumers are a buzz to embrace more sustainable habits and processes. But it still leaves a lot of us thinking, what exactly makes a brand sustainable? According to the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, a sustainable brand features “local sourcing and production, transparency across the supply chain, traceability of work processes and raw materials, environmentally friendly raw materials, safe working conditions, and fair wages.”

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Whether we're ready or not, 2022 is here. Besides receiving utter relief from what felt like both the longest and shortest year ever, I am also looking forward to some serious style upgrades, starting with why and how I make purchases moving forward. My purchasing philosophy before the 2020 lockdown was very similar to Ariana Grande and T.I’s: "I want it, I buy it." Lately, though, my habit of abundance has taken a back seat as I find myself more intentional about my money in regards to my wardrobe. And since I still yearn for the excitement of a new trend, it’s left me a bit confused.

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Although we all know this season isn’t about the material things, it’s nice to splurge on the ones we love most, when we can. We can all agree that unboxing something truly special is momentous, especially when given by someone you love. This list of last-minute luxury gift ideas is hand-selected to ensure you find the best gift without wastefully spending your hard-earned coin.

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The moment I stepped into my 30s, my entire sense of self changed. It could be a placebo effect since women are often told, in many subtle and unsubtle ways, how life ends at 29. And if you're a single woman engrained in southern culture, you might be saturated with questions of children or marriage before you even hit 3-0. While it can be scary to transition from the wild days of your 20s to a seemingly quieter life in your 30s, we're slowly seeing that stereotype being shattered. We are surrounded by female icons and celebrities who refuse to adhere to the ageism experienced in almost every professional industry. And that confidence translates to your personal style.

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