Master Closet Reveal

I’ve been mentioning for some time that we were tackling our master bedroom and bathroom renovation. The final room in our fixer-upper that we bought over 10 years ago! I never imagined it would be the last room to get done but when it came to sleeping and showering it was functional which made it easy to continue to move it down the priority list. But it’s finally done and I’m ready to share my brand new closet.

Here’s a little refresher of the before:

Bedroom before collage

Plain walls, cheap construction and a disaster of a closet. I had previously gotten estimates for custom closet inserts but in talking with my contractor, we opted to go for Ikea boxes and frame them out to look more substantial.

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Some added drawer space, more hanging space, more storage space and a few little extras like a pull out pants rack for my husband and a valet hanger for my outfit planning. We decided to not add doors since it makes the room feel closed in. Plus I like the easy access.

I’d like to eventually change the shelf above the drawers to house more decor instead of the bins but that will come down the line when I can justify spending money on pretty stuff.

But where did the shoes go? Oh, I’m so glad you asked. BEHOLD!

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A better look

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Yes, my very own shoe (and purse) closet. Easy access and beautiful!

I went with dark wood tones and gray walls for the overall color scheme. We found a fabulous bamboo floor and just wait until you see the bathroom. Another post. Another day.

Thank you for allowing me to share my new closet with you! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving week with good food, family, friends and shopping!

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Outfit: Just Not Feeling It

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Dear readers, I apologize for my inconsistent blogging, my lack luster outfits and generally blah attitude. But it’s where my head and heart are these days so I’m doing my best to just put one foot in front of the other.

I really want to be one of those stylish ladies who can wear booties with a skirt. Did I pull it off? Maybe but I’ve certainly seen it done better. I’ll keep trying though.

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Guilty

I shopped. I spent more than I should have. But let me explain.

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[click any of the images to link to the Zara site]

Zara sucked me in with items that have been on my wish list for a while. Black booties, red heels and a warm and stylish coat. I thought my requirements for booties were fairly straight forward. Almond or slightly pointed toe, leather, no peep toe, high heel (not too chunky), maybe a cute detail or two, reasonably priced – not to picky, right?

I guess my list was indeed picky because search after search yielded no results for several seasons.

Generally the same is true for red heels (not patent, not plain, not platform stripper types) and a cozy coat (jewel or round neck, practical, some interesting detail).

But there they all were. In my size and ready to be shipped. None of them were on sale. No, I couldn’t imagine waiting and missing out so I did it. I do feel guilty since it’s hard to say any of these items are essential but it did bring me a great sense of satisfaction to finally check them off my list.

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Outfit: In The Details

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From afar this shirt seems simple. But when you look closer it’s chuck full of interesting details. First there is the sheer pattern. Not too sheer but it’s definitely there. Then there is the knotting detail at the top which creates flowing pleats on the front. See. Simple but not boring.

The Micheal Kors heels are another example of simple but stunning (perhaps there’s a pattern emerging in my style these days). Black with gold accents and buttery soft leather. They are easy to wear and can class up any outfit.

Here’s a closer shot of the sheer pattern on the shirt:

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I’ve mentioned that I’m focused on living “cleaner.” I started by removing processed food from my diet (unless the ingredients are something I understand) and by switching from antiperspirant to a natural deodorant. I’ve tried some natural products before; crystals, sticks, essential oils but none worked to protect against odor. Until now. After checking around online, I decided to give Schmidt’s a try. It’s $9 a jar so I didn’t feel like I was wasting too much money if it didn’t work.

I ordered directly from their site. It did take over 2 weeks to arrive so I would recommend looking for a store in your area or checking Amazon if you need/want to get your hands on some quickly. Here’s the shocking news – it works! It’s survived days at the barn, retail shifts at Pier 1 and regular every day activity. My husband tried it. Works for him too (and he’s a bit of a gym rat). Then my best friend tried it and you guessed it, it works for her too. It seems to good to be true but after several weeks I’m still darn happy with it.

So if you are interested in a natural product that works, give it a try. I was NOT paid or gifted product for this review. This is just me sharing a good find.

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

Outfit: Fall In

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Temps are back to normal after our unseasonably hot summer. Perfect sunny days when you feel cool in the shade and warm in the sun. I love it. This sweater has the perfect fall colors and pairing a pencil skirt with boots is always one of my favorite transitional looks.

I’m keeping this post short and sweet today. Off to work on building a craft table, taking some pics of the new master bedroom and bathroom to share with you and fitting in work and horses somewhere in the mix. I hope you have a great week!

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Outfit: Not My Finest

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They can’t all be winners. I still have a way to go to define my casual style. It’s so boring. I was hoping that the texture of the corduroy pants with the minimal pattern of the eyelet top would look simple yet interesting. Maybe more interesting accessories would help. Accessories are still my nemesis.

In more exciting news, we got chickens at the barn. They are so cute and I can sit and watch them for hours. Fresh eggs in a few months. Part of my trying to live a cleaner life goals. More home cooking. Less chemicals and processed goods. We’ll see how long I can keep it up. Let me know if you have any good resources or ideas.

Linking up with: Manic Monday and Stylish Saturday.

Outfit: Quit Horsing Around

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It wasn’t my intention to have such a horse-fashion-themed week but that’s how it has turned out. You must know that I’m picky about the horse themed products I buy. Although I’ve loved them since I was little, I won’t buy every little thing that has a horse on it. It has to be the right kind of horse and the right kind of thing. So you’d probably be surprised that I only have one horse art piece in my house. Is there a horse bit hanging on the living room wall, yes. But that’s the real deal. Anyway…

When I first saw this Wildfox shirt, I added it to my wish list but I just wasn’t sold on the horse. It was the back detail and the cut that really got my attention.

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Unique, isn’t it? I got a Free People lacy bandeau since I didn’t want a regular bra strap to show and paired it with these ridiculously comfortable Blank Denim skinny jeans. Seriously, I’ve worn them 4 times already.

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

Outfit: Black and Fuchsia

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I have this top for a few years now and I’m still tickled each time I wear it with it’s simple but flattering details. It’s a little bit sexy but also sweet. That’s a hard combination to find! Overall the outfit is a little darker than I envisioned but it was still a good choice for a client presentation.

Speaking of work, I’ve been so busy lately. It’s a good thing but I haven’t had the time to play with my creative projects. I’m behind on blog posts, I’m behind on some work and on last week’s full moon trail ride, my horse clearly demonstrated that I haven’t spent enough time with him either. Oh, he was so naughty.

And when are we going to put up the Halloween decorations?

Who’s going to pull the weeds in the back yard?

And the list goes on…

I did, however, find time to go to Planet Beauty’s 25% off sale. A girl has to have her priorities.

Linking up with: Monday Bloom, I Would So Rock This, Manic Monday and Stylish Saturday.

Outfit: Once a Spartan…

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…always a Spartan. You will never convince me that green and white aren’t a striking combination. With a new school year starting and my MI friends posting football and tailgaiting pics, I felt I needed to pay a style homage to MSU. Go State!

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Outfit: Casually French

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Yes, it’s October and Fall is supposedly officially here. SoCal didn’t get the memo. We still hit triple digits. Not nearly as bad as last month but we’re all really hoping this is the end of the heat.

We’re putting the finishing touches on the master bedroom/bathroom. It looks fantastic and I’m thoroughly enjoying organizing every nook and cranny. As a matter of fact, I’ve been finding it hard to focus on work or evening training time at the barn because I’d rather be decorating/organizing. Does this ever happen to you?

Maltby is the little dog photo bomb in the second picture. Apparently our sidewalk seems are not clean enough and required her attention. She’s really getting in there. Hmmm.

Just a reminder, please follow my Instagram account if you aren’t already. I’d really appreciate it. Happy to #f4f!

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