Just Another Manic Monday

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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.

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.