Outfit: Happiness Declared

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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?

Linking up with: Monday Bloom and Manic Monday.

Outfit: Green Lace with Neutrals

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Usually when  wear this skirt I pair it with bright colors. I’ve worn it with yellow, magenta and bold black and white stripes but this is the first time that I’ve let it be the star of the outfit. I wouldn’t have believed that a green lace skirt from Target could be so versatile! I hope you’re having a great week.

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

Outfit: Coral and Stripes

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Stripes cut on the bias – so flattering. Added to bold colors and pointed toe heels is a fun way to do office style.

I’ve got a couple of fun things coming up. I’m giving away 2 tickets to the Be Well Expo in Pasadena on ThinkBriteBeBrite.com. We’re taking the horses camping this weekend and I’ve been invited to a Halloween inspired event at Goodwill. October is always one of my favorite months. The weather is perfect all around the country and of course, there’s Halloween. Will you be dressing up this year?

Details: Skirt from The Limited / Top from Nordstrom / Necklace from Stella & Dot / Heels from Target

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Outfit: Eye Love It

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I’m loving eyelet material that is popular right now. It’s like a more structured version of lace. Alluring but not overtly sexy and definitely work appropriate. You can find dresses, pants, shirts, t-shirts and skirts in this fabulous style.

Details: Top and skirt from The Limited / Belt from Francesca’s / Prabal Gurung heels from Target

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

Outfit: HHS 200th Post

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That’s pretty exciting stuff, right? It’s been a great ride. Personally, I’ve gotten better at shopping, mixing colors, mixing prints and blogging. These were all goals that I set at the beginning of this adventure. Photography still frustrates me as does accessorizing but I’ll keep plugging away. I’m still considering changing how I post/where I post/what I post for High Heeled Style but for now my current routine will remain. Thank you to all my new blogging friends and readers for your support!

Details: Mossimo dress and heels from Target / Leather wrap and glass bead bracelets from Think Brite Be Brite

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Outfit: Not in Kansas

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I turned 40 recently. I took a trip back to MI to celebrate mine and my grandma’s birthdays (she turned 95!). My mom bought me these fabulous heels. The picture does not do them justice. They are sparkly but not due to sequins or glitter – it’s actually in the fabric! So fun! I couldn’t think of a better way to debut these Dorthy-esque shoes than pairing them with my favorite color – red.

Details: Shirt and necklace from The Limited / Mossimo jeggings from Target / Nina heels from Carson’s (at least I think that is the name of the store where we got them)

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

Outfit: Lustworthy Shoes

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I needed a change of scenery so I took my laptop and headed to Barnes and Noble. Slight rant – they used to have comfy chairs spread around that you could hang out in but now they only have tables and chairs in the cafe (which requires you to purchase something to sit there). I can see the “business reasons” for making the change but I’m not happy about it. I was slightly productive but did get lured in by the neighboring DSW. I managed to get out of there without purchasing anything but I did find a shoe (see below) that I am now lusting over (they didn’t have it in my size). Let the hunt begin.

Details: Jeans, button down, tank and necklace from The Limited / Prabal Gurung heels from Target

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

Outfit: I’m Keeping The Shoes

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I bought these Prabal Gurung shoes a couple of weeks ago (here) and their fate has been undecided until now. My practical budget conscious brain could only justify keeping them if I could figure out multiple outfits to wear them with. Over the last couple of weeks, there were several times that I thought, “those shoes would really make this outfit.” I want more patterned shoes in my closet and this trendy neon pair seemed like a good starter pair. After all, this is likely the only way my pale skin will embrace neon colors! When I was 12 it was a whole different story (oh, fingerless lace gloves and giant hair bows).

So, they’re here to stay. I’m excited to have colorful, patterned shoes to play with this summer. I love their classic silhouette and so far, they’ve turned out to be surprisingly comfortable. $20 well spent I’d say!

Details: Cardigan from The Limited / Caslon shirt and Jag pants from Nordstrom / Necklace from Francesca’s / Prabal Gurung heels from Target

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Outfit: Playing it Tough

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Although I’m not currently working, my past career in advertising allows me to dress casual and funky when I meet colleagues. I wanted to rough up the feminine blush color of the jeans so I added a leather wrap bracelet and a chunky necklace. And the tattoos complete the tough girl facade.

Details: Cardigan, blush jeans, necklace from The Limited / Mossimo t-shirt from Target / Leather wrap bracelet from Abu the Artist / Guess Aland heels from Off Broadway