I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me I would like girlie details like flowers, bows and pink. And yet here I am combining them all! That’s what is so fun about style. You can be girlie today and structured tomorrow.
I crossed so many things off of my to-do list yesterday. What a glorious feeling! Now that I’ve gotten some of the organizational tasks completed, I’m ready to dive back in to some of my creative endeavors.
Will you do me a favor? I’d like to grow my Instagram account. If you’re not already following please show me some love here and if you are, please tell a friend or two. I’d really appreciate it.
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?
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?
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!
I’m a sucker for eyelets. To me they offer the feminine touch of lace without hovering near the does-this-remind-you-of-grandma vibe. Add a gorgeous skin-flattering hue like coral and I can’t click buy fast enough. I had so many ideas for ways to wear this shirt but I opted to go for dressy out of the gate. Both the shirt and the pencil skirt (old) are from The Limited so it was an easy match. Perhaps predictable but definitely not boring.
Next, I upped the WOW factor by switching to the black and white striped full skirt from eShakti (similar here). I love the silhouette of the skirt. Great for so many occasions! You’re sure to see this on repeat. The little silver coin purse was from my mom’s dating era in the late 70s. I’ve loved it since I was a little girl and I’m pretty sure it was made from the scales of a magical dragon.
After putting together the Red Color Course last week, I realized I had yet to try the mint and red combination. I will admit I was leery. Yes, green and red are opposite on the color wheel which makes them a good pair but the wrong shades can make that combo hideous or to Christmas-y. I’ve seen other bloggers like Rachel of Pink Peonies pull it off beautifully and I hoped I could make it work for me.
What do you think? Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out but I’m still not sure how often I would choose to wear this color mix. That could also be due to the fact that both the skirt and the shirt are a few years old which means I’m tired of them. Perhaps some new pieces in better cuts would help me embrace the look a little more. It did give me an excuse to use one of my new clip in hair pieces and THAT does make me happy.
I read two inspiring posts from amazing bloggers that I want to make sure you read as well. Marionberry Style discussed silencing your inner critic and Running On Happiness shared her struggle with the never-ending quest for happiness. I know so many of us can relate to both of these topics and sometimes it’s just nice realizing you’re not alone. I hope you are enjoying the long weekend.
I’ve been dying to wear this BB Dakota pencil skirt from Shopbop and after seeing some patriotic inspired outfits on Pinterest last week, I decided pair it with a red t-shirt from The Limited and sexy Dolce Vita Kana heels. So what if I’m too early for Memorial Day or Fourth of July. It needed to be done!
Not much else to share today. I’m behind on several DIY projects and some blog posts that I’ve wanted to write. The house is a mess and the dogs need baths. Where does the time go?
I saw a fellow blogger in this sequined Happy shirt and immediately bought it from Target. It’s a light weight knit with a delicious HAPPY declaration. Yep, Target does it again. As if that wasn’t enough happiness, I added bright colors and the Prabal Gurung heels that were from Target last year.
As often as I admonish myself for tasks not completed or still searching for what I want to do professionally I often remember to breathe and appreciate my life. For me it happens most frequently while driving. I think of my cherished relationships, the freedom that my various jobs (but lack of career) bring me, the gorgeous So Cal weather, my pets, my home and my general good health. Sometimes the list is constructed of even smaller things like ice cold water, a nice walk with one of the dogs or a colorful manicure. I am good at being happy but I practice it relentlessly.
About a year or so ago, I crafted what I imagined as a perfect day. Leaving my job has allowed me to have more perfect days than not so I’ve decided to challenge myself to re-imagine what a 2014 version of a perfect day looks like. Then I’ll have something to help push me towards continued growth and happiness. How close are you to having perfect days?
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.
Sunny days are not unusual in Southern CA but sometimes I remember to actually appreciate it. What better for a sunny day than some bright colors? I love orange and blue together (in a variety of shades) and felt they were the perfect pairing for blue sky and a whole lot of sunshine.