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.

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: Sharp Stripes

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I think the small black and grey stripes on this shirt are so sharp. It seems like a simple enough combination but it really is stunning. I’ve never worn these accessories together and they were all purchased at different times and from different places but they look like they were meant for each other. Cool.

Months and months ago I mentioned my new tattoo. Although it’s unlikely that you’ve been holding your breath to see it, I finally got around to pulling the images together. So here it is from sketch to outline to final.

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Believe it or not, it is actually smaller than I wanted (but as much as I could afford) so I hope to add on to it the next time my husband and I decide we need more ink.

Linking up with: Monday Bloom and Manic Monday.

Color Course :: Green

This month’s Color Course focuses on a sometimes-challenging-but-really-worth-it color – green.

Why wear green? Because it makes you feel in harmony with nature and balanced. Let’s face it, we can all use more harmony and balance in our lives. When you wear green you feel…

green-wordsYou can always mix green with neutrals. It’s particularly flattering with browns like tan or saddle but if you want to take a bigger leap try one of these:

Green-CombosNeed further visual inspiration? Here are a few of my favorite combos:

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And from one of my favorite bloggers a little green on green action.

Emerald leopard top with turquoise and mint

Source: J’s Everyday Fashion

What are you waiting for? Add some extra green to your wardrobe.

download_buttonLike all these juicy tidbits? Download the Green Color Course PDF.

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