Outfit: Orange and Aqua

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The funny thing about this cardigan is when I wear it with cobalt it looks red but with aqua it looks orange. I’ve always thought it was a sumptuous blood orange. The necklace, earrings and ring were all purchased from different places at different times but end up looking like a perfect match. Lucky.

I took my Great Dane, Duke, to the vet because he was occasionally limping. Sure enough, he has mild hip dysplasia which is no surprise for a Great Dane. So he’s on some pills and got a little break from exercise but yesterday marked our return to walking. He got tired quickly and I can’t believe that my thighs are sore. Ugh, why must it be work to stay in shape?

I was able to catch up on some client work yesterday – thank goodness. I’m still distracted with dreams/plans of our master bedroom/bathroom renovation and styling my work-from-home office. I’m putting together an inspiration board so you can see what I have in my head. I’m also working on a training game for Pier 1 that I get a little giddy over.

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to get a lust worthy new dress from eShakti. Perfect for Spring and made even sweeter with your 10% discount with code HIGHHEELEDS.

 

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Outfit: It’s A Challenge

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Blogging can be a challenge. Get lazy with your content or post frequency and you’ll see your audience fade away. After almost two years of blogging, I still hesitate sharing much about my life. Originally, it felt like posting pictures of my outfits was bold enough. I felt like I was really putting myself out there. But after reading other blogs I realized I could do more. Immediately following that realization was a question of “do I want to do more?” I am still unsure of the answer.

Today, I decided to dip my toes just a little further in the water. Here goes…

My business partner and I have reluctantly decided to close our start-up. Life demanded that we get suitable incomes and those roles have mostly eliminated our ability to give the business the fuel it needed to thrive. Our hearts are sad. Our wallets a little less sad but our entrepreneurial spirit has not been broken. We’ll keep dreaming up our next adventure.

I left my full-time role as an advertising executive in September of 2012. I never imagined I would become such a free spirit. I can hardly imagine going back to a regular work week at a regular office job. It now represents the antithesis of how I define happiness. I’m fortunate to have a great network that allows me to leverage my work skills as a contractor and to have a personal network that allows me to get paid for things I am passionate about such as horses and fashion. My days are filled with creativity and chaos (just the right amount of chaos). Isn’t life’s journey strange?

This week I get to be a model in a hair stylist competition, get to review a dress from eShakti, present a social media plan to a client and build a website. I made a few new purchases which I’ll share with you shortly and am working on plans for our master bedroom/bathroom renovation.

Well, thank you for reading and please let me know if I shared interesting things or if I should go back to short outfit related content.

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Outfit: Color Makes Me Happy

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Aren’t these bright colors fun? It was only a year ago that my wardrobe was mostly gray and black. I still love a crisp black ensemble but I’m so glad I pushed myself beyond my comfort zone and bought colorful pieces. What’s your relationship with color?

Details: Shirt and tank from The Limited / Jeans from Loft / Necklace from Talbot’s / Nine West heels

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Outfit: June Gloom

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If you live in southern CA you’re familiar with June Gloom. Mornings start off hazy until it burns off in the afternoon to reveal beautiful clear skies. Well, I am not good at taking pictures with this crazy lighting so you’ll have to excuse these hazy pics. We’re taking the horses camping this weekend. I hope you get to have some fun and relaxation too.

Details: Yellow tank and shorts from The Limited / Aqua Halogen tank from Nordstrom / Nine West Rain Date heels from Zappos / Necklace from Francesca’s

Outfit: Warming Trends

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Oh, colorful pencil skirt how I’ve missed you! Warmer weather unleashes skirts and dresses and sandals and I couldn’t be happier. Since I’m having to stretch my existing wardrobe due to my $0 shopping budget, it’s nice to have access to something other than blazers and pants. Plus, I busted out the purple hair extensions because…well, there’s no reason other than I felt like it. I’ve decided to get additional colors so I can play with them all summer long!

Details: Top – no idea where I got this from, maybe TJ Maxx / Skirt from The Limited / Calvin Klein Viviana heels

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Outfit: Margaritas Make Me Happy

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I’ve been working on better eating habits but when I got a chance to go to happy hour with friends I couldn’t say no to a few margaritas. I managed to avoid the fried bar food so that has to count for something, right? I’ve only worn this dress one other time because it’s a little shorter than I usually wear. But for happy hour and 80° it was perfect!

Details: Dress from Francesca’s / Belt from Loft / Necklace from Stella & Dot / Jessica Simpson Armat heels from DSW

Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, Mix and Match Fashion, Style Sessions and Whatever Whenever Wednesday.

Outfit: Colorful Mixer

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I’ve been dusting off my networking skills lately. At the end of last year hardly a week passed that I didn’t have some sort of networking event. I took a break for a couple of months and am now back at it (but at a lower frequency). Comfortable shoes – check. Professional but not stuffy – check.

Details: Shirt, necklace and polka dot vest from The Limited / Jag pants from Nordstrom / Coach Caya heels from Macy’s

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Outfit: Beating the Blues

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I’ve seen some good looks on other blogs and in some magazines where scarfs are used as belts. However, I’ve been hesitant to give it a whirl because it has to be done just right or it looks a little sloppy or dated. There were a couple of attempts (tied in a knot, tied in a bow) before I settled on this obi inspired version.

See that fabulous beaded bracelet? That was hand crafted by my good friend Tiffany! I have a feeling she’ll be selling them soon because every one who sees them wants one.

PS. Sorry for the harsh noon day lighting.

Details: Shirt, skirt and scarf from The Limited / Limited Edition Coach Poppy Leather push lock tote bag / Franco Sarto heels from Nordstrom

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Outfit: Gray, Brown and Aqua

Although I wish this cardigan was a little more shapely, I keep wearing it because I love the detail. Since I started this blog, I’ve really learned to embrace gray + brown and gray + yellow. Two combinations that I just didn’t consider previously. I’m also working on adding accessories that don’t match; coordinate but not exact matches. Thus, a necklace with a little bit of yellow with this casual outfit. I’m happy with how it all turned out.

Details:

  • Top, necklace and cuff from The Limited
  • Cardigan from Nordstrom
  • Mossimo jeggings from Target
  • Matisse boots from Zappos

Outfit: Perfect for Fall

I’m not sure if you would consider this jacket oxblood or not but I’ve actually had it for a couple of years. Trends are very circular. The addition of aqua accents made this combination a little unexpected and for me, helped to make sure it didn’t feel too dark or drab. How do you feel about aqua and oxblood (or maroon or burgundy or blood red depending on your color POV)?

Details:

  • Jacket and gray pencil skirt from The Limited
  • Necklace from Stella & Dot
  • Earrings and belt from Francesca’s
  • Nine West shoes from Nordstrom’s Rack

I love the pinstripe detailing on these shoes!
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