Sorry, I couldn’t resist that old knock-knock joke (please tell me you know the one)! I had no idea orange clothing would instantly make me feel giddy or silly or happy but it does. It is so bright and full of energy that I just can’t help it. Orange is a fairly complicated color though and people either love it or hate it – rarely anything in between. Poor, little orange.
I was a little uncertain about these jeans but my husband gave them the thumbs up so they stayed. It’s nice to have a pair of pants that has a little bit of detail to them with the comfort of denim.
Last weekend we worked on the back yard. The dogs had thrashed most of it and what they didn’t ruin, we had let go unattended. I forgot how much I hate working in the yard. For all you ladies who enjoy it, my hat’s off to you! IT’S A LOT OF WORK. The new plants seem to be settling in and my husband fixed a broken drainage pipe and is reseeding the lawn. Hopefully, we’ll get it back to its normal splendor in the next couple of weeks so we can better enjoy the view.
Still to tackle is the master bedroom/bathroom remodel, plants for the front yard and turning the guest bedroom into my office/craft room/woman cave. I’m exhausted just looking at the list.
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The past few weeks have been full of purposeful reconnections. Good friends that I haven’t seen or spoken to in a while for reasons that are inconsequential. I find as I get older and now that I’m not working regularly, my introversion is growing. Often the most exciting thing I do is stay home and hang out with my husband. Perhaps we’re watching TV (by the way have you seen Orphan Black?) or perhaps we’re reading or doing who knows what on our laptops or phones. It doesn’t really matter what we’re doing. Just that we’re together and comfortable. My desire to stay home and my tolerance of drama is not existent. This leads towards a filtering of friendships. Sometimes it is intentional and other times it isn’t. Plus, I can be a bit direct so sometimes I’m the one getting filtered. For quite a while I struggled with the shrinking circle of people I called friends but now I’m realizing that it’s not the quantity but the quality that matters.
I do miss the friends I had from Michigan. The distance makes it so hard to keep in touch. But the great thing about those friends is when I do make it back to MI, it’s often like no time has passed at all. There is such a familiar comfort and history that makes it feel easy and right.
It seems I’m not alone in this friendship evolution. A sage friend of mine described his friend categories and I want to share them with you. First is the “4 am Friend” – the person you could call for any crisis and who would be there no questions asked. You must also be their “4 am Friend.” The next category is “Friends” (the people you really like being around and are willing to make the extra effort to see) followed by “$10 Friends” (this takes a little more explanation but the brief version is, would you loan them $10 if you knew that meant you would never see them – or your money – again?) and lastly “Acquaintances” (these are the folks often met up in groups). This is what my friendship circle looks like right now:
Thanks for reading. I needed to get that out in the open! As a result of these outfit pics I realized two things. 1) I don’t like my eye makeup like this and 2) these pants need to go. Sigh.
If I haven’t told you before, my hair stylist is amazing. A truly talented artist who is willing to work with me on my ever changing hair whims. This is still the basic cut from when I did the hair show with her but we’ve been cutting more and more off each visit. This visit was no exception. When or if I decided to grow this out, I’m sure there will be some very awkward stages. But for now, I like it super short and sassy.
Another reason she’s awesome is she introduced me to a company called The Giving Keys. She’s been a supporter for quite some time and helped me to determine the message that I wanted – GRATEFUL. You’re supposed to wear the product and give it to someone when they need it more than you but I may be selfish with this first one. I need the regular reminder to look at the life I have and appreciate what surrounds me. Stop searching for something bigger, more, better, and just be blissful.
When I looked closer at the key I noticed Cin’ti.O which I thought might be an abbreviation for Cincinnati OH where I was born and spent my youth. Low and behold it was and the Mosler Lock Co had quite an interesting history as well. So now I’m extra attached. A positive message from my home town. Kismet. I will now have to purchase another item to use as my giving key. Please go check them out and if you’re in the OC area, you can swing by Margit Aaron Studio to buy one there too!
Speaking of grateful…thanks to some birthday money from my mom, I was able to get some new shoes! I realize this isn’t the type of graciousness I’d like to be better at but damn, new shoes make me happy.
Sorry for the wrinkles (and not the ones on my face – those I actually like) but I just don’t do well with an iron. Plus t-shirts should never need to be ironed, right? Isn’t that a rule or something? Once we redo our bedroom, I’ll follow the advise of my friend, Nicole (see her website here) and hang up all of my t-shirts!
In other goings-ons…I bought some new shoes this weekend so I can’t wait to share those with you. My husband bought me a subscription to the Pop Sugar Must Have box for my birthday. I used to get them (when I was working full-time) but of course stopped once I left my job. I was missing the fun of getting the boxes and of trying new things so this was a great present. I already tore through just about everything in the box. I was like a giddy child at Christmas or perhaps more like a giddy fashion blogger at a 50% off sale. Here’s to a great week!
It’s time for a new Color Course. The first one (red) was a great success. This month’s color – yellow. This poor color gets left out of wardrobes because it can seem tricky. But it has turned out to be the most pinned outfits from High Heeled Style so if a pale girl like me can pull of this cheerful color, I know you can do it too. Prepare to become a yellow mix master!
Why wear yellow? Because it makes you and those around you feel happy.
You can always mix yellow with neutrals. It’s particularly flattering with gray but if you want to take a bigger leap try one of these:
Need further visual inspiration? Here are a few of my favorite combos:
What are you waiting for? Add some extra happiness to your wardrobe.
I have a black and white biased striped shirt that I love. So when I saw this skirt at TJ Maxx, I knew it would be a keeper. A comfortable stretch knit and figure flattering stripes all in one low cost package. Perfection!
I love when the Jacaranda’s are blooming! Their vibrant purple is so pretty. They are a bit messy but unlike most of the houses on our street we don’t have one so I get to appreciate them without the mess.
I had a good friend over for cocktails around the fire pit and we had a great time catching up and pondering our careers. I’m fortunate to have a couple of income streams that also allow much needed variety but I still wonder what will be next. Will I finally find the perfect business to start and build? Will I go back to working for someone else? Will I continue being a contractor, horse trainer and retail associate? Not knowing is a challenge for me. I try to remind myself to be patient. To just be appreciative of life as it is but the ambitious and creative part of my soul if very good at letting itself be heard. Thus the cocktails
I got it stuck in my head (mostly thanks to my Instagram feed) that I needed a cobalt purse. I started searching all my favorite sites and just couldn’t find one that matched what I had in my head. But I still couldn’t get cobalt off of my brain so I busted out some standards from the closet and paired it with my classic brown Kate Spade bag. The hunt for the right cobalt bag will continue.
Confession time. I’ve turned into an absentee communicator. It was a slow evolution. With my first cell phone I immediately got rid of a land line. I mostly answered the phone when it rang. Then texting came along. I basically stopped answering the phone but was a fast responder via text. Now, I forget to call people back and even worse, forget to text them back. Why are my phone skills declining? Has this happened to anyone else? Hopefully now that I’ve admitted my short comings, I’ll be motivated to improve.
My new tattoo is finally going to be finished this week! I’ve gotten used to it only being an outline so I’m excited to see what it looks like with color. And yes, I’m already planning for the next one. Stupid, addictive, expensive tattoos – you’ve made me your bitch.
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Lately I’ve been feeling like my life is on autopilot. The same things every week. Don’t get me wrong, the weeks are full of good things but when I sit down to write it seems like I have nothing of consequence to share. Perhaps a by-product of blogging and the “my life is so amazing” social media view. Only perfect pictures. Only beautiful places and moments.
But June is my birthday month. That’s right – the entire month. It’s not a significant milestone but worth celebrating nonetheless. I plan to consume red velvet cupcakes and delicious cocktails. I plan to enjoy the fire pit in the backyard and the rest is up to chance. One of my dear friends from college sent me a FB message that said, “Birthday countdown in 3, 2, 1… Whatcha gonna do this year for it??” He knows me so well.
As for bloggy land, I’m working on the next Color Course (you downloaded the Red Color Course PDF, right?) and a product review. Plus I hope to kick off the master bedroom/bathroom renovation. It’ll start with shopping for a new vanity and picking out tile. Look out Home Depot, here we come!
Way back when I was a young Spring Breaker I bought these Looney Tunes themed boxes from the Warner Bros store (I don’t think they exist anymore). I couldn’t resist the vintage style travel stickers with some of my favorite cartoon friends. Was it a brilliant decor decision? Probably not. But here we are many years later and they were serving as a night stand. Practically front and center. Embarrassing.
Time to give them an update. There is no denying their practical storage use so I decided to give them a fresh coat of paint to make them visually appropriate in my not-yet-but-soon-to-be-renovated master bedroom. Spray paint to the rescue. White tops with black bottoms was the goal with black polka dots to add some interest.
It was going well until…the paint on the lid started to bubble and lift. I still have no idea why this happened on just one of the lids but after trying to scrape it off, sand it off and re-applying the paint, the top box was sacrificed to the ever hungry “DIY oops pile.”
For the dots, I used self adhesive black foam and a hole punch. It wasn’t exactly a perfect process but we (my Mom was here to help) made it work. Maybe it was the champagne that helped.
Even though I’m down one box (luckily the top one and not the middle one!), I’m very happy with how they turned out. I’m sure once the bedroom is done they will have a prominent spot to shine!