Outfit: A Simple Style

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I’m not sure if it is the season or my lack of full time work or maybe even, dare I say, getting older but one of these things has led me to simple outfits. Minimal colors, less accessories and easy functionality. Well, there’s still heels so maybe not total functionality! I’m not ready to give them up yet despite 2 days last week when 2 different pairs of heels gave me blisters.

I’m also so frustrated with taking photos. So even though I had some nice outfits I just didn’t take any pics. But here is an example of what I wore to a client video conference meeting in LA:

That Three Dots sweater is so soft and comfortable. I just love the uneven hemline!

And then to a friend’s pre-holiday party I wore:

Sorry I’m not one of those bloggers who remembers to take beautiful pictures everywhere I go. My hat (if I actually wore hats) is off to those ladies!

Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, What I Wore to Work, Thursday Favorites and Friday Frills.

Outfit: Indigo and Fuchsia

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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.

 

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: 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: Sharp Stripes

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I think the small black and grey stripes on this shirt are so sharp. It seems like a simple enough combination but it really is stunning. I’ve never worn these accessories together and they were all purchased at different times and from different places but they look like they were meant for each other. Cool.

Months and months ago I mentioned my new tattoo. Although it’s unlikely that you’ve been holding your breath to see it, I finally got around to pulling the images together. So here it is from sketch to outline to final.

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Believe it or not, it is actually smaller than I wanted (but as much as I could afford) so I hope to add on to it the next time my husband and I decide we need more ink.

Linking up with: Monday Bloom and Manic Monday.

Outfit: Orange You Glad

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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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Linking up with Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, What I Wore to Work and Friday Frills.

Outfit: Bold Stripes and Vivid Green

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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 ;)

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

Outfit: One Shirt, Two Looks

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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.

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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.

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

Outfit: Red Hot

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We had some very hot and windy days last week so it was the perfect time to bring out this tank top. I couldn’t resist taking the new black and white heels out for another stroll. And the updated hair. This is how I left the salon – isn’t it grand?

I got the outline done for the “anniversary” tattoo on Monday. I don’t want to share it until the color is in because it will be even prettier once it’s done. I’m bummed that we couldn’t get it done in one session but a tattoo artist is not someone you want to rush!

I’ve been working extra hours at Pier 1 lately and it has made me fall behind on my other work and my own projects. I need to re-energize and re-focus. Is there an app for that?

Don’t forget to enter the Spa Bliss Giveaway. Just think of the relaxation!

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

Outfit: French Stripes

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Is it a blogger thing to dream of Paris? Or is that just a girl thing? I once stated that I would be in Paris for my 40th birthday. But instead I left my job, turned 40 at home and put it off until sometime later. Now I wear shirts that say “merci” just to feel a little closer to the dream. Is it weird to wear a french inspired outfit on Cinco de Mayo? I’ll have some margaritas to make up for it.

Can you believe these heels are from JC Penney? Pretty sure I spotted them on a blog somewhere (or maybe it on Instagram) and bought them as quickly as my little fingers could navigate on my phone. Click, click and voila! Satisfaction of the hunt.

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

I’m getting my new tattoo today. You’ll have to wait until it heels but I’ll share it when I can. Don’t forget to enter the Spa Bliss Giveaway!