A Little Reflection

I had 2 main reasons for starting this blog. First was to learn more about blogging (I worked for an agency that made recommendations for clients about blogging but I actually knew nothing about it) and second to give myself public accountability for improving my wardrobe.

Induction by fire. That was my solution for learning more. Could I have read a book or asked some friends? Sure. But I wanted to know first hand how to blog and more importantly for my job at the time, how to help promote it. Wasn’t I a good little employee?

Well it worked. I jumped into this fashion blogging community and “met” ladies who helped me figure things out. I went to blogger events and learned the value of link ups. I’ve gotten to sample products and shop to help brands try to connect with their desired audiences. So cool to be on the opposite side of the fence as compared to the brands the agency used to represent.

At one point the wardrobe improved. The need to have content did exactly what it was supposed to do. It made me work on it even on the days I didn’t want to. And there was an added benefit to taking outfit photos. I learned that my mirror does indeed lie. The pictures helped me to see what I liked on me and what I didn’t. I learned to play with color and slightly improved my use of patterns. I found myself following trends and testing what worked for me and what didn’t. I found out I did like to shop; a joy that previously eluded me.

Fast forward a couple of years and life is dramatically different. I left the advertising job and discovered a new me that no longer wants to work an office job for someone else. A me that wants to be her own boss and has rekindled some of her creative spark. I had learned the value of dressing well – its impact on your confidence and personality. But now I struggle with finding the outfits that match this new me. Now when I put on my favorite pencil skirt and heels I feel like an impostor. “Where do you think you’re going fancy lady?” Often, I put on an outfit just for photos for the blog and then throw on my barn clothes. And that’s the real catch. Now not only am I an impostor, I’m one that personifies the only-show-your-best-self social media fakies.

I can’t do it anymore. There are many days that I don’t wear make up or do my hair. Jeans and a t-shirt are my best fashion offering. I’m not good an setting up beautiful pictures (even though I spent more money than I should’ve on a really nice camera). I don’t remember to take pictures when I’m out with friends and I never take pictures of food (I never did understand the allure of this). I’m mostly a hermit. I prefer to stay home and that’s just not very inspiring, is it?

So, I’m taking a break from blogging. I may still use this platform for something but for now I’m not going to pressure myself into capturing outfit pictures. A sincere thank you to all of you who have followed and commented over the years. It really has been nice to virtually meet you.

 

Outfit: It Must Be True

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If the shirt says “HAPPY” then you instantly think it must be so. Now if said shirt uses gold sequins to spell HAPPY then it also makes everyone who sees it feel good too. Sometimes it is a straight line between looking good and feeling good.

On this day, I reached for this shirt because I needed a boost. This whole house selling, house hunting, making my dreams come true adventure certainly has its ups and downs. One of the biggest decisions to make is that in order to buy the type of property I’m looking for, we need to leave Orange County. The place I’ve called home longer than any other in my life.

My adventurous spirit has become more cautious in my 40s. Part of me screams to not let it die. Part of me appreciates the wisdom and security and simplicity of my life as it is now. I guess time will tell which side will prevail.

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Linking up with: Visible Monday, Manic Monday and Stylish Saturday.

Master Bathroom Reveal

Sorry it’s taken so long but I had a heck of a time getting photos I liked. As a matter of fact, other than the first 2 they were done by the professional when we listed the house.

The shower:

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The water closet:

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The rest:

 

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I have been so happy with how it turned out. Functional and beautiful!

Just in case you forgot (and why wouldn’t you? It was so long ago.) here are the pics of the updated master closet. Or just revel in the shots from the pro…

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Have a great week. I’m off to look at a potential property on Thursday. Keep your stilettos crossed for me!

Outfit: Snake Charmer

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Back in college I had 2 snakes. People were either petrified or enthralled. I find them to be fascinating but they really aren’t the best house pets. So when I graduated I found them new homes.

This shirt and my snake print pencil skirt both remind me of Oggy and Hershey and that makes me happy.

Our house is officially on the market and we’re searching for a new home for Lemon Ranch. The possibility that my lifelong dream could be coming true is amazing; and terrifying. So I’ll be VERY distracted in the coming weeks!

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Linking up with: Visible Monday, Manic Monday and Stylish Saturday.

Outfit: Bold Stripes

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I was never really a full skirt girl. It was pencil skirts and pencil skirts only. But now I like the silhouette and the flirtiness of a full skirt. Plus it has pockets!

It seems like I have so much going on yet I’m finding it difficult to figure out what this post should be about. Do you mind if I keep this one short?

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Linking up with: Visible Monday, Manic Monday and Stylish Saturday.

Outfit: Blush is the New Pink

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I love that blush colored clothing is still on-trend. I’ll likely still wear it even when it isn’t! Such a fun hue of pink that is complementary to a bevy of skin tones.

Lately I’ve been consumed with Lemon Ranch. Looking a property and thinking of all the things that would need to happen for us to move. My husband and I were pretty nomadic in our youth but have been in our current house for almost 12 years! That is the longest stretch for either of us.

But this is what I wanted since I was a little girl; being able to look out my window and see my horses. I wanted to be surrounded by all kinds of critters and the fact that it is within reach is thrilling and terrifying.

I’d really appreciate your help in spreading the word about our animal sanctuary. Please like us on Facebook and share with your networks.

Stay stylish!

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Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, What I Wore to Work, Thursday Favorites and Fun Fashion Friday.

Outfit: Embracing Pink

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There was a time in my young life when my bedroom was pink and girlie. After that, I’ve completely shied away from pink in my wardrobe and definitely in my decorating. But now she’s back and I have to admit, I missed her a bit. Yes, I adopted her close cousin, red, as my go-to-powerful-lady color but now I’m finding the softer side of pink just as powerful.

Yes, I’m cheating a bit since this dress also includes red but there’s nothing wrong with fashion training wheels!

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And for you loyal blog readers, don’t forget to sign up for Rocksbox with the coupon code “highheeledstylexoxo” and now you can also get 10% off Ash & Willow by using this link. I recently ordered this beauty and I can’t wait to style it up.

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Linking up with: Visible Monday, Manic Monday and Stylish Saturday.

Outfit: An Old Favorite

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I’ve had this shirt forever and I still love it. It’s so flattering and comfortable. The necklace was from my first Rocksbox. When I first saw it I didn’t like it but once it was paired with something I actually liked it more. You can still get a discount on your Rocksbox by using code “highheeledstylexox” at checkout. I’m also testing a free 3 month trial of Daily Look (follow the link for your free trial too!). I’m nervous to see how someone else will “shop” for me but I love getting mail so it’s worth a try!

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Linking up with: Visible Monday, Manic Monday and Stylish Saturday.

 

Outfit: How to Say Goodbye

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Dear Cardigans, we had a good run. Great even. You were a workplace staple. You kept me warm. You added color and you were sophisticated. But times have changed. I’m not the girl I was when we first met. These things happen. Everyone changes and sometimes it’s in different directions. You’re still everything you once were but I need something new. I need a look to fit with my new vision of self and as hard as I’ve tried I just can’t see you in this new role. I know you’ll make some other lady very happy. I’ll never forget our time together and perhaps we’ll meet again.

Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, What I Wore to Work, Thursday Favorites and Fun Fashion Friday.