New Year. Old Me. Just Better….

As we say goodbye to 2016 and prepare to welcome 2017 many people may feel pressured to shed their old ways in the effort to become bigger, smarter, stronger, better! For me, the end of the year always brings something new to look forward to. In addition to certainly being better than I was last year, my birthday is also right around the corner, in January. I look forward to the feeling of a fresh start; the optimism that comes with the start of a new year. While I believe we are meant to grow and evolve, we must celebrate the small victories along the way.

I look back at the past few years of my life – some good, some I’m happy to put behind me. Through it all, I’ve learned so much about myself and about life. I’ve come to truly appreciate the little things like watching Netflix with my sons and sharing more laughs with my closest friends. I have also come to greater appreciate ME, who I was, who I am and who I am becoming. For these reasons, I look forward to a new year but I don’t need to become a new person to appreciate it. Hopefully, you too will share my sentiments: New Year. Old Me. Just Better.

In 2017, I encourage you to fall in love with yourself. Appreciate exactly who you, are as you are. Striving to become better doesn’t have to mean disliking the person you are now. Do more of the things you love. Do what makes you look amazing and feel stunning! Take a weekend get away! Wear something that sparkles! Call up a distant friend. Rekindle that old flame! Smile more! Say hello to passersby! Wear something that sparkles! Buy the lipstick! Whatever you decide my job is to make sure you look beautiful doing it. Here are some looks to inspire you to look and be your best in 2017 no matter what your makeup style.

Sophisticated Glamour

Michelle Obama

Classic Beauty

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 5th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Vintage Glamour



Taraji P Henson

Smokey Eyes

Mariah Carey

Bold Lips

Viola Davis

Winged Liner

Nicki Minaj attends the Givenchy fashion show during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at Pier 26 at Hudson River Park on September 11, 2015 in New York City.

Nude Lips

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 30: Singer Ciara attends the 2012 Billboard Women In Music Luncheon at Capitale on November 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

All You

Alicia Keys

What are some of the ways you're looking forward to becoming better next year? Be sure to share this with a girlfriend who could use a little inspiration. Join the conversation by posting below in the comment section or on social media with @blackbride1998 and @woodsonlegacy!

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