Let’s Get This Party Started

Happy New Year’s Eve! I’m betting no one is sorry to see 2020 in the rearview mirror. This year has been the pits for so many of us it’ll be great to move on. I seldom make resolutions and I haven’t chosen a guiding word for 2021 yet. After the year we’ve endured, I’m finding it more helpful to focus first on what went right in 2020. It’s all too easy to get distracted by the things that go wrong and I’m often guilty of sliding down that slope.

I propose that we count our blessings from this past year so that we start 2021 with a hopeful, grateful heart. Get a little journal if you like, and write them down as they occur to you. Seeing them written down makes them feel more concrete. 

Now let’s talk about New Year’s Eve. We’ve celebrated it at home for years.

Parties were fun when we could go, but I always had a hard time staying up that late. Now we hang at home and pretend we’re on New York time. We watch the ball go down in Times Square and call it a night.over 50 fashion blogger jennifer connolly styleing birdies loafers with black sweater and velvet pants

This is what I’ll be wearing to celebrate New Year’s Eve on my couch. I found the stretch velvet pants stacked on a table with pajamas at my local Loft. They didn’t look like pajamas but the salesperson insisted they were. The website tells me they aren’t PJ’s but they’re certainly as comfortable.JENNIFER CONNOLLY WEARING SPARKLY SWEATER FROM LOFT ON STAIRWAY

This soft sweater is covered with tiny little copper sequins that add a festive touch without being over the top. I can also see this styled with jeans for an easy day look. As much as I’m obsessed with my new Birdie shoes, they’ll be replaced by my black fuzzy slippers because we don’t wear shoes in the house.

Big sparkly earrings, a red lip, and I’m ready! 

Thank you so much for allowing me to come into your lives and your email box this year. Your comments, honesty, and openness have made this a place where real connections are being made. Our community has helped many of us to feel less isolated and alone during this tough year. Virtual friends are real friends and I count many of you among mine.

Happy New Year and best wishes for a happy and joyous 2021 filled with peace, good health, and love.

Jennifer xox





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  1. Lisa
    January 1, 2021 / 11:37 am

    Because of your comments about the black velvet pants I just ordered a pair. Thanks and Happy New Year.

  2. Lorrie
    December 31, 2020 / 3:26 pm

    Happy New Year, Jennifer! I often read, but rarely comment. We’ll be staying at home, too, but that’s not unusual for us on NYE.

  3. Karen Ziegler
    December 31, 2020 / 2:42 pm

    Hi Jennifer……I’m new to your site and have had such fun going over all the old blogs.
    Love your Loft outfit. It looks really comfy just perfect for a New Year’s Eve at home.
    Looking forward to the new fashion tips this coming 2021. K. Ziegler

  4. Jane B.
    December 31, 2020 / 2:17 pm

    Wishing you good health, peace, love and joy in the new year Jennifer. Thank you for all your lovely posts. Also, love the all black outfit!

  5. Debbie
    December 31, 2020 / 1:50 pm

    Happy New Year, Jennifer. We will be staying home (of course) with Chinese take-out and watching the ball drop in New York. Here’s hoping to a better new year, we sure do need it.

  6. audrey
    December 31, 2020 / 1:01 pm

    Happy New Year Jennifer. I have so enjoyed the blog, thanks for making it something we look forward to receiving each day.
    You asked for things we would like to see in the 2021. I would like to see more of the idea that you did a few days ago, same slacks and jacket, but different sweater and/or blouse and different shoes. Some times it is easy to put an outfit together, but then maybe there is a better look after all.
    Blessings for this new year, yes we have been blessed as a couple and family. Much to be thankful for in the midst of it all.

  7. Jacqueline bucco
    December 31, 2020 / 12:36 pm

    Happy New Year! Totally love this outfit, the sweater is beautiful, just that little sparkle to dress it up, and love the pants also😊this is something I would wear, without a doubt. You look soo pretty, the red lipstick, just brightens up the look and I like the vneck sweater without any jewelry added😊👍👍😊also very ready to say good bye to 2020….and bring 2021 with hopes of love, peace, health, and continued happiness throughout❤️🎉🍾🎉❤️

  8. Bea
    December 31, 2020 / 12:08 pm

    Happy New Year to Jennifer and everyone reading this blog. May we move into the new year with grace, gratitude, good health, and a gorgeous wardrobe!

  9. Katherine Yvonne Weimer
    December 31, 2020 / 11:19 am

    Happy New Year! I spend almost every morning with you. I love your style. We have similar tastes!

  10. MollIe Munshaw
    December 31, 2020 / 10:48 am

    Happy New Year Jennifer! Thank you for your helpful blogs! I enjoy reading them each day.
    You cover just about all problems we women experience! We celebrate 🎉 at home too. At the stroke of midnight my husband goes out the front door to let the old year out and brings in the new year. An English custom.

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 8:36 pm

      I love that custom! Happy New Year

  11. Mindy
    December 31, 2020 / 10:35 am

    Happy New Year, and thank you for offering me a new creative outlet. I looked at my wardrobe with fresh eyes, and put together new outfits and accessories I’d never imagined before. Each day offered a little extra spark. Thanks Jennifer!

  12. Lisa
    December 31, 2020 / 9:26 am

    Jennifer, I have enjoyed reading your blog this year! I particularly like when you show an outfit 2 ways which allows for personal style preferences. It also shows how you can emphasize/de-emphasize body parts. Although not your specific challenge, my chest is large and I appreciate tips to play this down.
    My word for 2021 is “friendship”. Although I feel strong connections to “gratitude” and “appreciation”, it is my friends and family that have sustained me through this most unusual year. Others, on your blog, have mentioned the importance of women friends and I am grateful for them and all of you! Happy New Year!

  13. Sandra Matthews
    December 31, 2020 / 9:18 am

    Happy New Year to you and yours Jennifer, here’s hoping 2021 brings a fresh start and a break from this horrible pandemic for all of us.
    Thank you for all your efforts on your blog. I always look forward to seeing what you have created.
    All the best!

  14. Eve
    December 31, 2020 / 8:54 am

    I have loved your blog this year because it was a bright spot every day in a misty gloomy year. I always think of myself as a loner but I realized this year that I’m not. I need the interaction with other people. I plan to get out more and have new adventures this year. Thanks for all
    Ways being here for us even through the rough times you’ve had, I consider you a friend. Let’s do it again next year. Happy New Year Dear Heart!

  15. Janice
    December 31, 2020 / 8:52 am

    I so much enjoy your blog every morning, Happy New Year.

  16. Cindy
    December 31, 2020 / 8:50 am

    Happy New year Jennifer!! Thank you for All you do for us!!
    God bless you. I can’t wait to see what 2021 brings!!

  17. Joanne
    December 31, 2020 / 8:29 am

    Happy New Year Jennifer. Your blog has been so very helpful to me. You look just beautiful in this outfit. Blessings!

  18. Diane
    December 31, 2020 / 8:23 am

    Happy New Year!! I start each morning by reading and enjoying your post! Thank you!!!

  19. Shaoron
    December 31, 2020 / 8:22 am

    Absolutely your best look! HerNY. For all! My word for 2021 is ACCEPTANCE. But gratitude and resourcefulness came in second and third! 🎉🎉

  20. Susanne
    December 31, 2020 / 8:21 am

    I had three words which I drew from throughout this past year. They were Enjoy, Evaluate, and Evolve. Little did I know how 2020 would test those three little verbs!
    For 2021 I plan to add THRIVE as my word this year to begin a new year with added hope and optimism! May we ALL Thrive in all we do to be our best selves!

  21. Joanna
    December 31, 2020 / 8:11 am

    Just popping in to Wish Everyone a Happy New Year! ✨

  22. Jean
    December 31, 2020 / 8:02 am

    Happy 2021 Jennifer!
    I have been reading your blog for awhile. IDK why it has taken me so long to subscribe. Today is my birthday and subscribing to you is one of my little gifts to me and a great way to begin the New Year. I love the way that you write and how you are always very honest and straight forward in your assessments, whether it be fashion, beauty, or just life in general. While doing so, you also manage to remain positive and I really appreciate that!
    One of your readers mentioned opening the front door to let out the old year and welcome the new one in. My mother (English,Irish) used to do that but with one small difference. We ushered the old year out the back door and then rushed to welcome the new one in the front door. I haven’t done that in a long time but plan to revive this family custom tonight , if I can get a nap this afternoon and be awake at midnight!
    Wishing a very healthy and positive New Year to everyone!

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 8:49 pm

      Welcome. I’m so glad you’re here. I love, love that Jean!! My husband and I have decided to do just that!!! We will show/kick 2020 out the back door and welcome 2021 on the front door. Happy 2021!!

      • Jean
        January 1, 2021 / 11:05 am

        We made it to midnight here in Texas and showed 2020 out the back door. That was such a good feeling! We were motivated to stay awake by binge watching the first 4 episodes of “Your Honor” on Showtime. Brian Cranston and a solid supporting cast, top quality writing and suspense at every turn. The beginning is a bit hard to watch but stick with it and it just gets better with each episode. I highly recommend to anyone who hasn’t seen it and is looking for quality, thought provoking , adult entertainment that is also completely relevant in our troubled times.

  23. Meg
    December 31, 2020 / 8:01 am

    Thank you for all your great posts. Living alone during this pandemic your posts were often the distraction I needed. Happy New Year to you and your family. You look great in your New Year’s outfit. I always liked a New Year celebration at home.

  24. Meg
    December 31, 2020 / 7:55 am

    Thank you for all your great posts. Living alone during this pandemic your posts were often the distraction I needed. Happy New Year to you and your family. You look great in your New Year’s outfit.

  25. Randi
    December 31, 2020 / 7:49 am

    Happy new year Jennifer. I enjoy your styling tips. My word for 2020 and actually 2021 also, is Blessed. I am more than blessed with my family, friends, and our health.
    All the best for a healthy happy and prosperous 2021.

  26. Dianne
    December 31, 2020 / 7:31 am

    Outfit is festive for at home lounging. Looks wonderful on you. We too stay at home, big parties are a thing of the past. I am grateful that we stayed well during this past year and will continue to stay healthy in 2021!!! Many blessings to all the ladies out there and we thank you for your wonderful blog everyday!! Happy new year one and all

    • Sue
      December 31, 2020 / 9:38 am

      Thank you Jennifer for your posts! I too religiously read them each morning while sitting next to my happy light!
      The other thing that has worked for myself and my husband during this unusual year is we have a virtual dinner party each week, we dressup for the dinner, set a nice table for two, we plan our menu taking turns, plate our food at the same time, open our wine and turn on our eye pads. Tonight it will be dinner for 4 and cheers to 2021!!
      Happy New Year to one and all ….

  27. Arna
    December 31, 2020 / 7:29 am

    Happy New Year!
    It seems quite a few bloggers mentioned finding a word for the new year. I like that better than resolutions (which are hard to keep, and then I get disappointed in myself.)
    We will be celebrating at home, just the 2 of us. Usually the neighborhood gets together for fireworks and food and drink, but there is no snow on the ground and it is not wet enough for it to be safe for fireworks, and a bit cool for social distancing outside for more than a short time.
    I think of how lucky we are to have our health, and it puts the disappointments of the year in perspective. We missed our new grandson’s first Christmas, butwe cannot wait until the summer to move to be closer. Big changes for us in 2021.
    Best to you, your family, and your readers.

  28. Linda
    December 31, 2020 / 6:33 am

    Happy New Year, Jennifer and everyone. I love the outfit you are wearing today. I like the look and feel of velvet; however, I am wondering if they are warm. Not really looking for warm. I am at a certain age.

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:28 am

      Happy New Year, Linda. They’re lightweight and not warm.

  29. Donna
    December 31, 2020 / 6:26 am

    It’s possible that you have already chosen your guiding word. Gratitude. Thank you for your blog and for you. Be well and Happy New Year!

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:29 am

      How wise of you Donna! Thanks for that observation. Happy New Year.

  30. Linda L
    December 31, 2020 / 6:16 am

    Last year at this time I was preparing for my annual New Year’s Day open house! What a difference this year has been but like you I am counting my blessings of health and that my family is safe. Thank you for your blog every day! Happy New Year!

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:29 am

      Happy New Year, Linda!

    • Susan Gowan
      December 31, 2020 / 7:43 am

      Happy New Year. We also will be couching it with a pair of our friends who are in our bubble. Gratitude and Resilience are two of my word possibilities in the coming year. Ladt year was Tolerance. I am thankful for your style and life suggestions and enjoy your input every day. Tonight I will wear a long whie cotton sweater with black and white capri style pants and long sparkly earrings.

  31. Marlene
    December 31, 2020 / 6:10 am

    Happy New Year to you and to all of us who enjoy your blog! Our NYE plans are to dress up, prepare some appetizers and cocktails and Zoom with some friends as if we are all sitting around enjoying Happy Hour together.

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:30 am

      That’s a wonderful idea!! Happy New Year!

  32. Violet
    December 31, 2020 / 6:02 am

    Happy New Year, Jennifer! Thank you for all the pleasure and ideas you bring to us. I look forward every morning to reading your blog.
    Be safe and well.

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:30 am

      Happy New Year, Violet!

  33. Lin
    December 31, 2020 / 6:00 am

    Happy New Year 🎆 we too will be celebrating at home which we have done for the past 10 years. This time, just my husband and I. Kinda romantic.
    Thank you for your blog which will be on my “good things that happened to me in 2020”
    At 12:00 I will open my front door and let 2020 out and 2021 in. Old Irish ☘️ thing found on line.
    Love and peace ☮️

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:32 am

      That’s a great idea! I love that idea. Happy New Year, Lin

  34. Jan
    December 31, 2020 / 5:59 am

    Resourceful! For me, 2020 challenged me to find my own path to deal with all the challenges that quickly developed as a result of Covid. We are smarter and stronger than we think. So, in 2021, I feel that this will continue to be my course.
    I was resourceful when I continued to follow your blog. It provided me with not only great advise and new thoughts but definitely a connection with all the amazing ladies who also found comfort in your words.
    My age will not limit my ability to be creative and continue to try new things and accept change. My grandchildren are a huge resource for this influence.
    Wishing all a Very Happy New Year!

    • Jan
      December 31, 2020 / 6:09 am

      Is it the simplicity and elegance that gives you such a youthful glow in your pick for a New Years Eve outfit?! Just stunning!

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:37 am

      That’s wonderful, Jan! Thank you for being here and sharing your wisdom with us. Happy New Year.

  35. Paulette Levy
    December 31, 2020 / 5:56 am

    Happy New Year Jennifer! Thanks for all the inspiration you pack into my Inbox- each and every week of the year!
    Stay safe. Stay healthy ! See you in the New Year! 🙋‍♀️

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:39 am

      Happy New Year, Paulette!

  36. Yvonne
    December 31, 2020 / 5:50 am

    Happy New Year Jennifer! My New Years outfit is very similar to yours with wide leg velvet pants and a faux wrap sweater with sequins.
    Wishing you a joyful, healthy 2021.

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:41 am

      I love the feel of wide leg pants. They swish when you walk. Happy New Year!

  37. Cottontail10
    December 31, 2020 / 5:38 am

    Happy New Year to you too! Thank you for the great outfits and wonderful inspirations. We will also be home and safe.

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:42 am

      Home and safe sounds perfect! Happy New Year

  38. Linda R Gaertner
    December 31, 2020 / 5:33 am

    Happy New Year Jennifer! Thanks for bringing us great style tips that help me understand what’s best for me!

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:43 am

      It makes me so happy to hear that I’m helping you navigate all our fashion choices. Happy New Year, Linda

  39. Tina Olson
    December 31, 2020 / 4:33 am

    Happy New Year! I’m a celebrate at home person as well and ice headed my way this evening. I’m glad I found this blog this year. I’m still thinking about my word for 2021!

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:44 am

      With ice on its way, staying in and off the roads is the best place to be. Happy New Year, Tina

    • Brenda Starcher
      December 31, 2020 / 7:48 am

      Happy New Year, Jennifer. I love your blog so much. Gratitude is definitely what I’m feeling these days. So glad that I’m healthy and my kids are too. Here’s to a wonderful new year to you and all your readers.

  40. Gail Schwartz
    December 31, 2020 / 4:26 am

    Happy New Year, Jennifer! Here in Florida we can enjoy a Covid-safe NYE with friends, outside. I will take your advice and put on something sparkly. I have old velvet pants from Chico’s that go on for winter celebrations. I love your sparkling sweater. I may have to grab one, since I see it’s on sale.

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2020 / 7:45 am

      How fun! Have a safe and Happy New Year!!

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