Designers Reveal Their New Year's Resolutions

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A lot of people will poo-poo the idea of New Year's resolutions, saying we should be trying to better ourselves all year long, not just at the turn of a calendar. But we disagree...sort of. Come January 1, there's no better time to re-tool and revisit all the big goals, challenges, and dreams you've had simmering on the back burner. So, to kick-start our own self-improvement mission, we asked a few of our designer friends to pipe in about their New Year's to-do's to offer up a little inspiration. Here's to making good on the best of 'em!

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Jason Wu, Designer Jason Wu
"Next year—and every year—I'd really just like to spend more time with my friends and indulge in healthier food."


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Chris Benz, Designer
"My resolution is to sleep less but still be more productive!"


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Susien Chong, Co-Designer, Lover
"Lover turns 10 in 2011, so we feel like it's about time we master the work-life balance and escape the never-ending Things To Do list...fingers crossed."


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Max Osterweis & Erin Beatty, Co-Designers, SUNO
"Mine's super dorky! I want to become certified to teach Gyrotonics! You might have to google that..."—Erin
Max: "Mine is not quite as ambitious. I'd really just like to make time to start running again...it's the little things."—Max
Photo by Tina Tyrell


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Daphne Javitch, Designer, TEN
"My New Year's resolution is to learn how to drive on the L.A. freeways...I'm a New Yorker!"


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Thuy Pham, 1/2 of United Bamboo
"I read one book in 2010. In 2011 I want to read at least two books!"


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Kathryn & Lizzie Fortunato, Lizzie Fortunato Jewelry
"Travel more, less snowed-in days in New York, and volunteer more!" —Kathryn
"More time outside!"—Lizzie
Photo by Kava Gorna


Marissa Webb, head of women's design, J.Crew
"To learn French! Since my fiancé is French, and our three dogs understand him better then I do, I feel a bit left out of the conversations. The challenge is on!"


Lynne Hiriak, Designer, CARDIGAN by Lynne Hiriak
"To wear more high heels so I can kiss taller guys. To eat more Philly Cheese Steaks. To keep the fridge always stocked with bubbly."


Geren Lockhart, Designer, GEREN FORD, HAWKS by GEREN FORD, and GF by GEREN FORD
"I already quit smoking and eating sugar! On my list for 2011...to finish learning Spanish, to do yoga three times a week. To visit 10 destinations on my Bucket List in 2011. Cairo, Thailand, etc. And, to figure out how to support charity through aid to artisans."