Outfit: Red and Beige

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Oh, red, you make me so happy! The t-shirt was a recent purchase from The Limited. I realized I didn’t have a red t-shirt so it was time to add one to my wardrobe. It’s sure to get a lot of style miles.

Big things on the horizon. I’m working on a drool-worthy giveaway that should be up next week. I’m also thinking about expanding High Heeled Style to include some of my DIY and art projects. As initially scary as it was for me to take photos of what I was wearing, showing my creative side feels deeply frightening. But I figure it will be good for me to get over it and to make myself dedicate more time to working on my creativity. I hope you’ll find it inspiring or at least entertaining.

Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, Style Sessions and What I Wore to Work.

Oufit: Green and Leopard

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Check out those pasty gams! This is the first time in many, many years that I have bought shorts that are shorter than knee length. Mainly because I hate my knees. I realize it’s a funny body part to hate and I’m not sure there is anything that I could do to change it but what can I say, they are something I prefer to hide. But when I saw these Drew cut shorts from The Limited, I decided to be brave and add some variety to my summer wardrobe. The color is fantastic (I also got them in red) and I felt ok about my legs as long as I was wearing heels – of course!

Now, let’s talk about these shoes. A year or so ago, I was hesitant to add leopard to my wardrobe. So instead of making a large price commitment, I opted for a pair of Mossimo leopard heels from Target. As I found myself wearing them more and more, I was keeping my eyes open for a nicer pair. DSW came through! I got this pair for a steal – $32 and love the silhouette. So sharp.

The horse property I looked at last week was pretty great. The home is in good shape and would mostly need some cosmetic changes to suit my style. The arena and barn will need some love before they would be workable. My insides get all jittery just even thinking about it! I should know this week whether or not it is even a remote possibility. Here’s hoping no one else snatches it up. And further hope that it’s something that we can make a reality.

Linking up with: Visible Monday, Monday Bloom and Manic Monday.

Office: Bold Office Stripes

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Here it is! The new hair. I’m having fun figuring out different ways to style it and even though I thought I was getting too old for platinum blonde, I’m glad to have it. It’s hard to see but there are fun purple and pink pieces throughout. I’ve added some images below from the actual show.

Bold hair makes me feel like wearing bold clothes. Well, I guess most things make me want to wear bold clothes but do you think this is too far into the realm of circus performer? I’m not quite sure.

Finally got around to tackling a project I’ve had on my list for several months. I’ve been using some large hard cover books as my monitor stand for several years now. Since I’m dreaming of a dedicated home office space, full of girlie details and chuck full of organization, I’ve been meaning to paint them in my new black and gold theme. I need to get some spray sealant and then I’ll share with you the after picture.

In other exciting news, I found a local horse property for sale. We are not planning to sell and buy but it seems like a great fit so we’re exploring the possibility. I’m off to see it this morning and then starts all the fun lending paperwork – maybe.

Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, Style Sessions and What I Wore to Work.

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Outfit: Black and Orange

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Don’t be afraid to wear black and orange. They are such a great color combination and it doesn’t need to be reserved for Halloween. Sadly, I found a tear in the orange shirt so this was its last outing. I’ll have to keep my eye out for an orange replacement.

As far as life, it’s been good. I’m keeping busy with client work and got to stretch my brain a little while working on some new training modules. I really do appreciate the variance in work that I get to do lately. One of these days, I may figure out what the heck I want to be when I grow up! I also got a new horse training client this past weekend. It’s always fun (and very educational) working with different horses. They all teach me something new.

Linking up with: Monday Bloom and Manic Monday.

Outfit: Orange and Aqua

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The funny thing about this cardigan is when I wear it with cobalt it looks red but with aqua it looks orange. I’ve always thought it was a sumptuous blood orange. The necklace, earrings and ring were all purchased from different places at different times but end up looking like a perfect match. Lucky.

I took my Great Dane, Duke, to the vet because he was occasionally limping. Sure enough, he has mild hip dysplasia which is no surprise for a Great Dane. So he’s on some pills and got a little break from exercise but yesterday marked our return to walking. He got tired quickly and I can’t believe that my thighs are sore. Ugh, why must it be work to stay in shape?

I was able to catch up on some client work yesterday – thank goodness. I’m still distracted with dreams/plans of our master bedroom/bathroom renovation and styling my work-from-home office. I’m putting together an inspiration board so you can see what I have in my head. I’m also working on a training game for Pier 1 that I get a little giddy over.

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to get a lust worthy new dress from eShakti. Perfect for Spring and made even sweeter with your 10% discount with code HIGHHEELEDS.

 

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Outfit: Blue Love

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I love the look of a sweater layered over button down shirt but I usually have a hard time pulling it off. In this case, I think I nailed it. I wasn’t sure if this would be too much blue so I added neutral shoes and a gold cuff.

And joy of all joys, my perfect Kate Spade brown bag arrived. I’ve been searching for years for the exact right brown bag. I wanted a specific style and a specific shade of brown. Even though I really shouldn’t have spent money on a new bag, when I saw this on sale I just had to do it. I feel no shame or guilt!

 

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Wow, last week flew by for me. Sunday and Monday were dedicated to the OC Making the Cut hair competition. My stylist was one of the final six and I got to be a hair model. No, this is not the hair I had for the show – this is the “before” hair. I still have a few outfits that I shot prior so you’ll just have to wait a little bit to see the “after” (unless you follow me on Instagram).

I’ve been working on a social media plan for one of my clients for about a month now and we had our full client presentation on Wednesday. It felt great to present to a room full of people again and the material was well received. Accomplishment is a good thing. Next we work on implementation.

Throw in my part time job, a few other client deliverables and my 10 year wedding anniversary and you can see why the week went so quickly! My husband and I have decided to get new tattoos as our gift to each other for our anniversary. I should have a sketch back in the next couple of weeks and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Linking up with: Visible Monday, Monday Bloom and Manic Monday.

Review: eShakti Emma Dress

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If you still haven’t tried eShakti yet, let me tell you why you simply must do it. First of all, they offer a wide range of colors, cuts, patterns and materials that change frequently. Secondly, you have the option to customize your order to fit your style and your body. They also feature their clothing as seen on their customers and bloggers in their “Real fashion for Real people” marketing which showcases all of our beautiful and unique shapes and sizes. Hooray for real beauty!

I decided on the lovely Emma Dress (see my previous selection here). I have been attracted to vintage styles lately and I liked the color and pretty neckline. I opted to include sleeves (since I always seem to be freezing when I wear sleeveless dresses) but kept the length as below the knee. I love how it turned out!

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One of my favorite details are the pockets! I just love a dress with pockets.

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When ordering from eShakti it is important to know your measurements, not just your size. So get out your tape measure and use your bust, waist and hip measurements to get a perfectly fit garment. If you are in between sizes on their size chart, I recommend going up a size. I find that their items fit snug and you’ll appreciate the wiggle room.

eShakti style So, what are you waiting for? Grab a new dress (or skirt or top) for spring and strut out in style. As an extra incentive use code HIGHHEELEDS at checkout and receive 10% off your order. This code is only good until 4/30/14!

 

 

 

Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, and Style Sessions.

Outfit: It’s A Challenge

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Blogging can be a challenge. Get lazy with your content or post frequency and you’ll see your audience fade away. After almost two years of blogging, I still hesitate sharing much about my life. Originally, it felt like posting pictures of my outfits was bold enough. I felt like I was really putting myself out there. But after reading other blogs I realized I could do more. Immediately following that realization was a question of “do I want to do more?” I am still unsure of the answer.

Today, I decided to dip my toes just a little further in the water. Here goes…

My business partner and I have reluctantly decided to close our start-up. Life demanded that we get suitable incomes and those roles have mostly eliminated our ability to give the business the fuel it needed to thrive. Our hearts are sad. Our wallets a little less sad but our entrepreneurial spirit has not been broken. We’ll keep dreaming up our next adventure.

I left my full-time role as an advertising executive in September of 2012. I never imagined I would become such a free spirit. I can hardly imagine going back to a regular work week at a regular office job. It now represents the antithesis of how I define happiness. I’m fortunate to have a great network that allows me to leverage my work skills as a contractor and to have a personal network that allows me to get paid for things I am passionate about such as horses and fashion. My days are filled with creativity and chaos (just the right amount of chaos). Isn’t life’s journey strange?

This week I get to be a model in a hair stylist competition, get to review a dress from eShakti, present a social media plan to a client and build a website. I made a few new purchases which I’ll share with you shortly and am working on plans for our master bedroom/bathroom renovation.

Well, thank you for reading and please let me know if I shared interesting things or if I should go back to short outfit related content.

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Outfit: Red and Black

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I love these new Exact Stretch 5 pocket skinny pants from The Limited. They fit right between denim and dress pants and are perfect for casual but put together looks.

I’m ready for a hair change. I like the length but the color and the style need some jazzing up. Something a little sassier and more fun. Only a couple weeks left before my next appointment and I can’t wait to show you the end result.

Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, and Style Sessions.

Review: Bitter Root Vintage

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I’m very lucky to call Bitter Root Vintage one of my sponsors. Their vivacious dresses, skirts and accessories are demur and sexy. Vintage cuts and gorgeous fabrics are yet another reason to peruse their shop.

And let us not forget the details of pretty packaging and a hand written note!

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This Two for Tea dress is a classic 40′s inspired navy blue & white polka dot tea dress with a subtly flared hem & charming keyhole neck and back line. Silky soft and stretchy fabric, fitted and lined bodice. Feminine, pretty, and perennially stylish!

I decided to add some red details with a sash belt and tri-colored Jessica Simpson peep-toe pumps. It would also look amazing with mustard, cobalt or green. This dress would be easy to wear to work or a special occasion.

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Just in case you’re not yet inspired to add a Bitter Root Vintage item to your wardrobe take a gander at some of my other favorite picks:

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