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!

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

Outfit: Black Lace and Coral

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I like that the second shot gives you a hint as to the glorious red that is my hair. It’s very fun but I am starting to miss the blonde.

Many bloggers are starting to embrace Fall and in some ways I’m ready to do the same. Layering is still one of my fashion challenges so here’s to finally getting comfortable with those darn layers.

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

Outfit: I Dig Sexy Shoes

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Am I a shallow person because these shoes made me happy? I don’t think so. It’s not like they solved every insecurity I have or cured my depression but they make me feel fortunate and sexy and stylish whenever I look at them. That has to count for something, right?

They were stupid expensive and if it weren’t for being a Shopbop affiliate, I would never had the opportunity to try on, let alone own a pair of couture heels. The leather is dreamy. The detailing divine. Are the more comfortable than any other pair of heels? Of course not. But strutting around like the CEO, creative genius, golden hearted, mega-liked woman that I envision in my head is SOOOO worth it.

Is there a lesson in all of this? Maybe. Don’t be afraid to make a ridiculous decision to spoil yourself.

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

Outfit: Indigo and Fuchsia

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I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me I would like girlie details like flowers, bows and pink. And yet here I am combining them all! That’s what is so fun about style. You can be girlie today and structured tomorrow.

I crossed so many things off of my to-do list yesterday. What a glorious feeling! Now that I’ve gotten some of the organizational tasks completed, I’m ready to dive back in to some of my creative endeavors.

Will you do me a favor? I’d like to grow my Instagram account. If you’re not already following please show me some love here and if you are, please tell a friend or two. I’d really appreciate it.


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

Just Another Manic Monday


Actually, is anyone actually manic about Monday? It seems unlikely. Poor little Monday.

We finally got a break in the heat! It was great to get a few horse rides in and to accomplish so many chores that had been readily discarded. And the phenomenal feeling of no longer working up a sweat just from applying mascara is most welcome too.

This weekend was productive. Not in the fashion sense but in the getting my life back in order sense. The only good thing about remodeling chaos is the accompanying bliss of diving head first into guerrilla organizing. I spent almost 2 full days to put together our new closet and get everything put back in its new home. A trip to Ikea – which by the way must be THE place to be on a Saturday night. Who knew? A trip to the Container Store also known as The Mother Ship. Both followed by a huge mess that proceeds any good organization project.

Don’t worry, pictures are coming soon but there are still a few things left to do in the master bathroom. It looks so good and I can’t wait to share the after pics!

Since I don’t have any outfit pics to share, how about a few links from my recent travels down the internet rabbit hole?

Have a great week!

Too Darn Hot

It’s been over 100º for days. It’s too hot to function. No outfits beyond cut-off jean shorts and loose fitting shirts or tank tops. No make-up and my hair has been left to air dry. I have never been so affected by the heat and I am ready for it to end. It looks like we get a break for a few days so I’ll have to squeeze in several outfits!

Thanks for sticking with me. I did get to buy my first pair of “couture” heels via Shopbop. The leather is so soft and the details are stunning.

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Here are a few other MK styles for your viewing pleasure!

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

Outfit: Green Lace and Gray Dots

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Oh my biscuits it has been so darn hot! Quite unbearable. It’s been affecting my ability to do my work, to ride horses and has completely negated any motivation for creative endeavors. I never thought I would be anxious for cooler weather but now that I’m nursing an uncomfortable heat rash, I am darn ready for it to cool down. We’ve survived 11 years in our home without air conditioning. It used to be there were about 5 days a year that we wished we had it but these last 3 years have been brutal. All of our money is currently going into the master bed/bath remodel but I’m going to make a serious effort to save up for AC for next year.

It’s almost time for my next salon appointment and I’m trying to decide if I should stick with the red or go back to blonde. Any thoughts?

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

Outfit: Dreams of Khaki

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I have been looking for casual khaki pants for over a year. I’ve purchased a few pairs here and there that never quite cut it. So the story begins for this pair of pants. I was returning a pair to The Limited that I had purchased online. Who can resist a quick stroll through the store while you’re there? Not this girl. That’s how I spotted a new pair of pants that looked worth a try. Wouldn’t you know it that they didn’t have my size. Not even in another color but luckily my years of experience with The Limited means I know my size and cut. The store ordered a pair for me and had them shipped to my home!

I forgot to take a pic of the cute zipper pockets but they add to the casual styling of the pants. Slim fitting and comfortable I’m sure you’ll be seeing more and more of these pants (once our weather finally decided to cool off from the high 90s – ugh).

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

Outfit: Overcome

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I took a little break last week. Sometimes my head just isn’t into blogging or outfits. Unfortunately that usually means I am wrought with sadness, despair or longing. This is not a topic I like to discuss and one I have avoided blogging about. After all, outfit inspiration and dark thoughts don’t really go together. But I’ve come to know that I have to be true to myself and be less afraid of being open about what I used to perceive as a weakness.

I’ve learned many “tricks” to abate my depression and putting on a nice outfit and forcing myself to put in extra effort to look nice actually helps. It’s sort of that fake-it-till-you-make it mentality. When I look in the mirror and like what I see it helps to knock down the self-doubt and gives my brain one less thing to use as ammunition for fueling my depression. And that’s how the climb out of the darkness starts. One kick in the ass at a time!

I held no punches with this outfit. Black and white stripes in a girly silhouette paired with chambray and my perfect Taylor Says heels. I bought these shoes a while ago but it’s almost like they are a piece of art instead of a function shoe. I don’t want to ruin them by wearing them but I had to slide on these gorgeous heels even if I was already wearing stripes. And happy they did make me. Thanks for listening.

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

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.