Outfit: Casual Red + Aqua

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I love the look of booties or cage type shoes with skirts and shorts on everyone but me. Sigh. I thought this look would work but I just don’t like how it turned out. Help me out stylish friends, what is wrong with this look?

There are other styles that I really like that I just can’t pull off so maybe this just needs to go on the list. Since I’m displeased with this look I couldn’t bring myself to provide you links to recreate the look. So instead, how about downloading one of the HHS color courses? Red, Yellow or Green. How about shopping my closet for some killer heels (these are going away soon)? And there is a killer back to school collection from Shopbop that you definitely need to check out. Here are a few of my favs:

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

Outfit: Forgotten Stripes

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I love the colors of this skirt but rarely wear it. No idea why. I liked the idea of dressing it down a bit by pairing it with this Zoe Karssen t-shirt. Also styled here and here.

Even though it’s still been a bit hot, I’ve been able to get more time in at the barn. That always makes me happy. One of the horses I’m training is doing really well and I feel proud of his progress. We’re also building a chicken run for the new coop we got a few weeks ago. I’m so excited to have some chickens! I adore the sounds they make and love having fresh eggs. Pictures to come.

The master bedroom and bathroom renovation is well underway. Out with the old and in with the new. You’re not going to believe the transformation!

 

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

Outfit: Never Give Up

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Blogging and Instagram have led me to discover many social good brands. Stylish products that serve a good cause? Heck, yes sign me up. This shirt is from The Shine Project supports Fransisca attend college. She is the first in her family to do so. Her message to Never, Never, Never Give Up is a strong reminder how far determination can get us. It is currently sold out but you can shop their other items here.

After searching for the right kind of non-frumpy, just-the-right-color-brown sandal I finally found it on Shopbop. Aren’t they spectacular?

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

Outfit: Dots are Back

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For a while it seemed I couldn’t put together outfits that didn’t involve polka dots. But after a nice vacation from this simple and fun pattern it was nice to bring it back. I love these jeggings from The Limited. The wash is very dark and the fit is slim but still comfortable.

And yes, the hair is a new shade of red. If I hadn’t lost a bunch of pictures you would’ve seen more than just one or two outfits with the last color (see here and here). As is typical with red, it faded pretty quickly so a recharge was definitely needed. This time it is darker and more of a violet red than last time. What do you think?

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

Seeking Purpose

I’m not sure if it is because it’s been pretty hot (thus super casual not photo worthy outfits) or because my lifestyle has changed but I once again find myself wondering what the fate of this blog will be. I recently came across another blogger who decided to hang up her digital musings in favor of spending more time with her family. Yes, it does take quite a bit of time and goodness knows if I was focused on growing my blog I should be spending even more time. Better photos. Better content and more blog socializing. But I still really enjoy most aspects of blogging.

Much like in my life I’m struggling with the purpose and focus. I know many of the things that I don’t want to be and have found a greater sense of self in my 40s which I love. The clarity is nice and self love is a glorious thing. Now I just need to figure out the public version of myself. The one that has a meaningful career and puts something good out into the world (this is also a new development in my 40s; wanting to contribute to more than my own success). I see inspiration everywhere but still have not figured out how I can do something I love and make a living at it. It’s so exhausting!

Thanks for letting me get that out. Since I don’t have any outfit pics to post today, you get a dose of everyday life.

A few embarrassing BEFORE pics of our master bedroom and bathroom.

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A pair of new heels

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And make sure to check out my for sale heels!

 

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Thanks again for reading. Here’s to a great week!

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

Outfit: Lace Dress

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Left the house. Went up to LA. Attended a social gathering. These are all things that I rarely do anymore. When did I turn into such a homebody?

Thank you Sally Hansen and setting sun for making my legs look tan. I finally broke down and bought a clutch. For the longest time I really couldn’t figure out why many bloggers seem to have them. Was it just for the sake of completing an outfit for a post or was it really a bag they use on a regular basis? But if you travel or need a dressier bag they really are quite useful. Now I have one and I’ve already used it!

It’s been quite hot here lately but we began the bedroom/bathroom demolition any way. Demolition is fun. It is less fun when you are dripping sweat but it’s still fun. The contractor is coming next week!!

Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, I Would So Rock This, What I Wore to Work and Friday Frills.

Outfit: Now It’s Red

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Bam! Now I’m a red head. It’s been a while since I’ve been this color so it was time to have some fun with my hair color. Usually the only problem with red hair is that it fades so quickly but my stylist is using a new color line and we’re hopeful that it will hold for a while.

The only other thing worth talking about in this post are these ASOS Progress heels. The perfect silhouette. White with contrast black details and if that weren’t enough the chromed out heels add an unexpected detail. The price is right at $57 so click that link and add these beauties to your wardrobe.

On Friday your next Color Course will be here. Don’t miss it!

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

Outfit: Saved by Cobalt

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I don’t have much to say about this outfit. If it wasn’t for the cobalt it would be very boring. Sometimes my passion for creative and bold outfits wanes and I just end up with minimal styling. This is one of those days. So on to other things…

Celebrated a friend’s 30th birthday (see some pics on Instagram – please follow while you’re there!). A nice excuse to get dressed up – outfit pics coming soon.

Went on a group trail ride with some great ladies from the barn. It was relaxing and fun. I’m so appreciative of my flexible schedule that allows me to join in on these types of activities. I spent so many years riding by myself after work that I forgot  how good a community of cowgirls can be.

Started packing up our room so we can get the master bed/bath renovations underway. I’ve got all the pieces picked out and can’t wait to see the final design. We’ve been living with an ugly room for over 10 years. Originally I thought it would be the first room we did but it has ended up being the last. It’s probably a good thing because my taste has matured since we originally bought the house and the elements that we’re pulling together are going to be spectacular.

Have a great week!

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

Outfit: Lace It Up

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As soon as the temperatures rise I only want to wear loose fitting and light weight clothes. A nice knit skirt (Pure DKNY c/o Shopbop) and a lace front baseball shirt are the perfect combination of relaxed but not sloppy. I’m still surprised (and definitely glad) at how often I can wear these green heels!

It appears the lost picture debacle (read about it here) was just a fluke as new pics are now working fine. Too bad I can’t remember what outfits I lost.

We survived a trip to IKEA last weekend and made it out of there only purchasing what we went there to purchase – closet inserts for the bedroom remodel. Once we get the bathroom vanity and fixtures I think we’ll be ready to start demolition. My favorite part!

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

Outfit: Oh Drat!

While preparing to write this week’s blog posts, I encountered my first really bad technical glitch. I imported all the pics from my camera (77 to be exact) and when asked if I wanted to delete them from the SD card, I quickly hit the YES button (I am a bit OCD when it comes to file organization and digital clutter). This was before I noticed that all of the images were just black squares. Certain that it was just a fluke, I rebooted since my laptop was acting a little off anyway. But once I restarted and opened up iPhoto the realization that I lost several outfit pics hit me like a Kate Spade secret sale when you have $0. Tragic.

If you happen to know any fancy schmancy SD recovery tools, please let me know.

So today you’re stuck with a random recap…

  • Went for a lovely trail ride on Friday. Serene. Perfect temperature and water crossing after water crossing. The horses were loving it. I wanted to capture some video of Gilly pawing in the water. While doing so, Diesel (my horse) decided to cool off and lay down in the creek. Yes, I was still aboard. Completely drenched but mostly unscathed we got a good laugh out of my dunking. Here’s an after shot:

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  • Found out one of my agency clients is not moving forward with the work I proposed. Ugh.
  • Promised a good friend I would start working on a creative project that I’ve been too scared to start. Perfect paralysis as Marie Forleo calls it. I have to show her something by the end of the month. What have I done?
  • Returned some shoes

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  • Bought some shoes

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Linking up with: Monday Bloom, Mix It Mondays and Manic Monday.