I am so unbelievably psyched for 2012! I’m making it my mission to make this year successful and memorable. Below is a list of resolutions we should all make a priority this year!

Be positive. This seems pretty basic, but optimism is the foundation of almost everything we do.

Wash off make up every night. Because if you’re not washing it off, you’re not using night cream, so you’re no sleeping beauty.

Start applying eye cream. I have a very intense fear of aging and wrinkles. My grandma once said, “Why would I want to buy that anti-aging eye cream? I’ve worked hard for these wrinkles!” Although that’s adorable, and we all should aim to be half as humble, I will take all possible preventative measures.

Moisturize your neck. A woman’s neck is a strong indication of her age. THIS is a very serious subject, I don’t take it lightly after reading Nora Ephron’s book, “I Feel Bad About My Neck”. Here’s a segment worth remembering.

“Oh, the necks. There are chicken necks. there are turkey gobbler necks. There are elephant necks. There are necks with wattles and necks with creases that are on the verge of becoming wattles. There are scrawny necks and fat necks, loose necks, crepey necks, banded necks, wrinkled necks, stringy necks, saggy necks, flabby necks, mottled necks. There are necks that are an amazing combination of all of the above. According to my dermatologist, the neck starts to go at forty-three, and that’s that…short of surgery, there’s not a damn thing you can do about a neck. The neck is a dead give-away. Our faces are lies and our necks are the truth.”

(The book is a super quick super witty read, check it out!)

Overdose on yoga. I’ve never heard anyone spend time in deep reflection and focus and come out unhappy.

Drink water. H2O is forgotten, boring, underappreciated, and SO important. Please make it a priority!

Be a daymaker. This has been my daily goal every day since I was a student at Douglas J Aveda Institute. It makes me a better person, gives me a reason to wake up.

No fast food. No exceptions. I am giving up fast food for 2012. I’ve tried this, multiple times, and failed. Here I am, promising on the www, that I’m done with it.

Use less salt. If you know me, you’ll doubt my seriousness. I’m a salt addict. But we just broke up.

Be above the snooze button. I’m also famous for the snooze button. ZERO quality of life happens between the first alarm and the fifth. I AM going to GET UP at the first alarm every morning.

Wear sunscreen! Everywhere.

Find your signature scent. My new fragrance is the new Jimmy Choo. I’m hopelessly in love with it. I feel glamorous and warm when it’s on.

Schedule a skin cancer screening. And all medical appointments you’ve been putting off. I despise anything related to the doctor. Not this year. THIS IS MY YEAR. My year to break the bad habits, and make my body, the ONE body I have, a priority.

Perfect your foundation color. Sheri Cox and Valerie of Beverly Hills are your new best friends. Sheri is my make up artist, aside from being one of the most remarkable women I have in my life. She uses Valerie of Beverly Hills make up in Thomas West Salon. This make up is CUSTOMIZED to YOUR skin color. It’s the right shade every single time, it vanishes blotchiness and uneven tone, feels like suede, and LASTS.

Quit being a hair slacker. Please. For me. Get over wearing a ponytail just because you can. This is me, telling you nicely, you can not. If you wear a ponytail, wrap some hair around the elastic to add some instant effort.

Quit hoarding makeup. That stuff expires guys, and faster than you think. When in doubt, throw it out.

Make sleep a priority. It’s your beauty foundation, and feels SO good.

ONLY tan in a can. Tanning beds and harmful rays are so last century.

Retire the tweezers. Again, come see Sheri Cox @ Thomas West Salon. If you think your eyebrows rock, they probably don’t. I’m sorry, I don’t mean to be harsh, but I’m here to speak the truth, and it’s actually a fact, that your eyebrows don’t look as good as they could.

Embrace YOU. This year, I’m in a relationship with me. I will NOT downplay myself for others. I will not give up on this list. I will not get comfy on autopilot. :)

Happy New Year! Lets make it our best year yet!

Your Stylist, AJ