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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Lately I’ve been feeling like my life is on autopilot. The same things every week. Don’t get me wrong, the weeks are full of good things but when I sit down to write it seems like I have nothing of consequence to share. Perhaps a by-product of blogging and the “my life is so amazing” social media view. Only perfect pictures. Only beautiful places and moments.
But June is my birthday month. That’s right – the entire month. It’s not a significant milestone but worth celebrating nonetheless. I plan to consume red velvet cupcakes and delicious cocktails. I plan to enjoy the fire pit in the backyard and the rest is up to chance. One of my dear friends from college sent me a FB message that said, “Birthday countdown in 3, 2, 1… Whatcha gonna do this year for it??” He knows me so well.
As for bloggy land, I’m working on the next Color Course (you downloaded the Red Color Course PDF, right?) and a product review. Plus I hope to kick off the master bedroom/bathroom renovation. It’ll start with shopping for a new vanity and picking out tile. Look out Home Depot, here we come!
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.
Mixing polka dots and leopard, are you crazy? Yes. I really like both of these patterns and I’m constantly working on my comfort level of pattern mixing. And another take on doing my hair a la Evan Rachel Wood. I’m not a fan of using celebrities as our muses but when I styled my hair this way, it’s the first thing that came to mind.
Since I mention working with horses from time to time, I thought I’d share a pick of two of the boys I get to train. First is Fernando. He has some fear as a result of being worked really hard and really fast when he was younger. So we’re working on trust. Second, is Bo. A green broke horse (which is cowgirl speak for doesn’t-know-much-about-anything) who is very laid back and a little bit lazy. He looks like a gangly teenager when he moves so we’re working on building up his strength.
Ah, I am one lucky cowgirl! Less than a week to go for my new tattoo. It’s going on my hip so I’m guessing I’ll be flashing a shop full of strangers. Here’s to courage and humility.
Oh, red, you make me so happy! The t-shirt was a recent purchase from The Limited. I realized I didn’t have a red t-shirt so it was time to add one to my wardrobe. It’s sure to get a lot of style miles.
Big things on the horizon. I’m working on a drool-worthy giveaway that should be up next week. I’m also thinking about expanding High Heeled Style to include some of my DIY and art projects. As initially scary as it was for me to take photos of what I was wearing, showing my creative side feels deeply frightening. But I figure it will be good for me to get over it and to make myself dedicate more time to working on my creativity. I hope you’ll find it inspiring or at least entertaining.
I love the look of a sweater layered over button down shirt but I usually have a hard time pulling it off. In this case, I think I nailed it. I wasn’t sure if this would be too much blue so I added neutral shoes and a gold cuff.
And joy of all joys, my perfect Kate Spade brown bag arrived. I’ve been searching for years for the exact right brown bag. I wanted a specific style and a specific shade of brown. Even though I really shouldn’t have spent money on a new bag, when I saw this on sale I just had to do it. I feel no shame or guilt!
Wow, last week flew by for me. Sunday and Monday were dedicated to the OC Making the Cut hair competition. My stylist was one of the final six and I got to be a hair model. No, this is not the hair I had for the show – this is the “before” hair. I still have a few outfits that I shot prior so you’ll just have to wait a little bit to see the “after” (unless you follow me on Instagram).
I’ve been working on a social media plan for one of my clients for about a month now and we had our full client presentation on Wednesday. It felt great to present to a room full of people again and the material was well received. Accomplishment is a good thing. Next we work on implementation.
Throw in my part time job, a few other client deliverables and my 10 year wedding anniversary and you can see why the week went so quickly! My husband and I have decided to get new tattoos as our gift to each other for our anniversary. I should have a sketch back in the next couple of weeks and I can’t wait to share it with you.
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.
I’m ready for a hair change. I like the length but the color and the style need some jazzing up. Something a little sassier and more fun. Only a couple weeks left before my next appointment and I can’t wait to show you the end result.
An evening out with good friends over a good meal was the occasion for this outfit. I wanted to be dressy but not over-the-top. When I first paired this shirt with a white tank underneath I was surprised how stunning the simple combination was so I decided to give it another look by pairing it with skinny black pants and sparkly shoes.
The majority of my wardrobe consists of pieces from The Limited. I find their styles mesh with my desired aesthetic, the fit works for my body type and man, oh, man when they have a sale, you can score some amazing pieces.
When I saw the invite for the Red Carpet event I knew it would take an incredible amount of discipline to not spend ridiculous sums of money. Overall, I behaved myself by bringing home 2 clearance shirts, a pair of pants (50% off) and a simple necklace (also 50% off)!
The event included a quick make-up session by the talented ladies from Shiseido who helped reduce my shine and make my eyes stand out.
And of course, no Red Carpet event would be complete without a fashion show. Models were decked out in professional styles for work or winning that new job.
I loved the Spring color palettes!
The Limited crew was fantastic and helpful as always and clearly having a good time themselves.
What are you waiting for? Go grab some new, stylish pieces to update your Spring wardrobe. Here are a few of my favorites (click the image to purchase):