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Viva Magenta

Viva Magenta

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Since I can remember, I have made it a tradition to start out each new year featuring Pantoneโ€™s color of the year. They named Viva Magenta (Pantone 18-1750) the hue for 2023. Pantone says it โ€œvibrates with vim and vigorโ€ and is a signal of strength as it is โ€œbrave and fearlessโ€ and is โ€œa pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.โ€ Usually I can kind of work it into my own year, but Iโ€™m not so sure. This is the most blank slate year Iโ€™ve had with pretty much nothing planned; however, I can say I feel mentally and emotionally stronger this year than last? Still working on that physical part postpartum ;)

Keep reading for more inspiration for 2023 and ways to incorporate Viva Magenta into your life.

Amanda Uprichard Hera Bodysuit (also available in white here) | Agolde 90's Mid Rise Loose Fit Jeans (this same exact pair is on sale if you donโ€™t mind small rips) | Amazon Sunglasses | Sarah Flint Perfect 100 Pumps (use discount code SARAHFLINT-BALMENTSOFSTYLE for $50 off) | Catbird Moon Earrings

2022โ€™s color was Veri Peri, which was pretty calming. Well, our 2022 was anything but calm. We completed 10+ trips where we had to fly, that alone is a high number. Not to mention, we took too many road trips to count. Needless to say, we were go-go-go. Looking at this year, the only for sure getaway we have is that Nick has a golf trip coming up. We of course we will do some sort of travel for the holidays as well. Itโ€™s not bad that we donโ€™t have any plans, but it sure is a bit odd for our typical lifestyle. Perhaps we need to learn to be still? Of course one can never truly be still with toddlers, so I suppose we could be like Viva Magenta in โ€œwriting a new narrativeโ€.

Typically I grab something new to photograph Pantoneโ€™s chosen color in, but I already had this bodysuit and am obsessed with it, so I just went with it. I actually own it in a pretty floral print as well (that is now sold out), but recently found it white and I think I may need to add it to my wardrobe. It has been my favorite top to don postpartum because it makes me feel pretty and doesnโ€™t accent my waist, all while still giving me a figure.

I rounded up some other magenta items that have caught my eye and made a collage for you below. All the items click directly to the product. Remember Pantoneโ€™s color isnโ€™t just for clothing, but works with accessories and even home goods too. Thereโ€™s a way for everyone to add this pop of color into their life if even just a swipe of nail polish or a headband. The color definitely feels fun and life giving. Great for 2023 if you ask me. If a brightish pinky/purple feels a bit off and makes you nervous, Pantone just wrote and signed your permission slip, so try it out!

Each new year, I try to choose a word of the year for myself. Well, Pantone sometimes decides to give a year two colors (they did in 2021 and have done it prior to that), so this year I am giving myself two words: CARE LESS. No, not careless. I also donโ€™t plan on not caring about people or anything of that nature. You see, I often care too much and put othersโ€™ needs or what I think they might need or want over my own. I dissect what I could have done differently or what someone might think of me and to be frank, it is quite crippling. I want to care less about opinions that donโ€™t matter. I need to care less about how someone is acting, when I can just let it roll off my shoulders. I am going to strive to care less about pleasing others when it is detrimental to me. I desire to care less about feeling like I have to say yes to something for the sheer reason of I think it may make someone not like me for saying no. There is probably a prettier way to say care less, like โ€œsoftenโ€ or even โ€œlet go.โ€ Soften to myself and how I think of myself and my wants and needs. Let go of what I think I have to do. โ€œCare lessโ€ feels like a more negative word(s) choice than people typically choose for a new year; however, I think it is perfect for meโ€ฆbecause if I donโ€™t change something around my mindset and really do try to care less in certain areas, it will not be a good year for me. I still plan on being considerate of others, cooking and baking for them, giving gifts, and so on. I just want to treat myself a little better! Thatโ€™s what bettering myself looks like for me this year.

What are your hopes and desires for 2023? I have some really basic ones like do a workout class a week, put my scar treatment on twice daily, keep up with my diastsis recti PT, and consistently use my NuFace so I can finally give you a review! Those are all personal; I need to sit down and write career goals (hoping for my YouTube!) and decide what Nick and I want our year to look like. I can tell you one thing, it may involve sending our laundry out. Lots to do, but Iโ€™m looking forward to it. Happy New Year - Iโ€™m excited to take on this blank slate of a year with you. Cheers!

P.S. Anyone else think of Magenta, Blues Cluesโ€™ friend?! Itโ€™s kind of funny that last year was a blue hue and this year was a pink hue, just like the Nickelodeon show friends!

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