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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Outfit: Book Nerd

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When I saw this shirt from Out of Print, I immediately bought one for me and for my bestie. She’s a writer and we’re both book nerds. One of my favorite childhood memories was walking to the library with my grandma. You were allowed to check out as many books as you were years old. Not that birthdays aren’t amazing as a kid but knowing I could get one more book every trip to the library (and pick out a free toy from Johnny’s Toy Store) really was the highlight of each new year.

These cute lace slip ons are from Target. Oh, Target you get us, you really get us.

 

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As promised, I want to share with you something I’ve been working on over the past few months. It’s been my life-long dream to live on a ranch full of all sorts of animals. Now, it’s coming true! With the help of my best friend, we’ve started a non profit animal sanctuary named Lemon Ranch. I’d love for you to visit the site and help spread the word about our rescue. We are not only saving animals but also sharing the experience of animals with individuals who will benefit from their unconditional love.

We already have 3 wonderful animals at a temporary location. Our next goal is to find our permanent home. Stay tuned!

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Outfit: Winter Sun

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Although we get mild “winters” in So Cal, every now and then we get gray days that are perfect for cozy layering. I’ll use any excuse to wear these boots. I could hug them (maybe I do; don’t judge me). I think this scarf was from a Pop Sugar box and I love the variation in color. It adds some interest to the top portion of this outfit.

These Blank patchwork jeans are also very fun. Comfortable and full of visual interest.

Outside I went to take pics of this cozy ensemble and then the sun came out!

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Believe me, I’m not complaining. I don’t miss crappy midwest winters at all.

I’m sorry to say that the exact pieces of this outfit are no longer available. This is typically the case with my outfits because I wait until things are on super sale before buying them! Shop the look:

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