Outfit: Saved by Cobalt

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I don’t have much to say about this outfit. If it wasn’t for the cobalt it would be very boring. Sometimes my passion for creative and bold outfits wanes and I just end up with minimal styling. This is one of those days. So on to other things…

Celebrated a friend’s 30th birthday (see some pics on Instagram – please follow while you’re there!). A nice excuse to get dressed up – outfit pics coming soon.

Went on a group trail ride with some great ladies from the barn. It was relaxing and fun. I’m so appreciative of my flexible schedule that allows me to join in on these types of activities. I spent so many years riding by myself after work that I forgot  how good a community of cowgirls can be.

Started packing up our room so we can get the master bed/bath renovations underway. I’ve got all the pieces picked out and can’t wait to see the final design. We’ve been living with an ugly room for over 10 years. Originally I thought it would be the first room we did but it has ended up being the last. It’s probably a good thing because my taste has matured since we originally bought the house and the elements that we’re pulling together are going to be spectacular.

Have a great week!

Linking up with: Visible Monday, Monday Bloom and Manic Monday.

Outfit: Ssssizzle

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I have a snake print skirt (see it here) which I was skeptical about when I first purchased it. Do I have the personality to wear a snake skin print? Would it be too crazy for the office? Is it some kind of exta-cougarific pattern that I was blindly flaunting? But after wearing it several times, I’ve decided to stop being a scaredy-pants and embrace my affectionate feelings for snake prints. I even owned 2 snakes in college but that’s a whole other blog post…

Along came this shirt. Less hesitation this time. More click to buy right away. I think pairing with a bold structured cobalt skirt helps to make it less “look-at-me” and more “why yes, this is python.”

I’m making slow and steady progress on material gathering for our bedroom/bathroom renovation. I am anxious to get it underway. Less anxious to spend the money. But I know it will be so worth it when it’s done. I also got to visit with a great friend of mine from college. She was in town and we hung out in Solana Beach. Such easy conversation and openness that I found myself having some withdrawals the next day. Have you ever had that after visiting with a good friend?

Linking up with: Monday Bloom and Manic Monday.


Outfit: Crazy for Cobalt

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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.

Linking up with: Monday Bloom and Manic Monday.

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Office: Bold Office Stripes

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Here it is! The new hair. I’m having fun figuring out different ways to style it and even though I thought I was getting too old for platinum blonde, I’m glad to have it. It’s hard to see but there are fun purple and pink pieces throughout. I’ve added some images below from the actual show.

Bold hair makes me feel like wearing bold clothes. Well, I guess most things make me want to wear bold clothes but do you think this is too far into the realm of circus performer? I’m not quite sure.

Finally got around to tackling a project I’ve had on my list for several months. I’ve been using some large hard cover books as my monitor stand for several years now. Since I’m dreaming of a dedicated home office space, full of girlie details and chuck full of organization, I’ve been meaning to paint them in my new black and gold theme. I need to get some spray sealant and then I’ll share with you the after picture.

In other exciting news, I found a local horse property for sale. We are not planning to sell and buy but it seems like a great fit so we’re exploring the possibility. I’m off to see it this morning and then starts all the fun lending paperwork – maybe.

Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, Style Sessions and What I Wore to Work.



Outfit: Tights or no Tights?

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I wish I would’ve had some fun tights to go with this outfit but I haven’t figured out if I am a funky tights person or not. I envision funky tight people as either fashion runway model types heading to some creative job in NY or Zooey Deschanel. Or maybe Rhianna. None of which describe me. Where do you land on the tights wearing spectrum?

Source: strictlyweddings.com

As far as the rest of the outfit, I played it safe with the cream cardigan so the cobalt shirt and skirt could be the stars.

Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, and Style Sessions.

Outfit: Pants to Love

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Finally! I found a pair of pants that fit and look the way I want. These are the Exact Stretch pants from The Limited (of course). Next time they are on sale, I’ll undoubtedly by more colors.

Short term memory loss on Monday. Extremely noticeable gray roots today. There are many great things about turning 40 but those two things are not included.

Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, and Style Sessions.