How I Weekend in the Mountains

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Fall

in the mountains is magical!

the scoop

Last night we hopped in the car with the dogs and drove up to our place in the mountains. I had been gone for a couple of weeks and was missing it. It was after dark when we got there so we unpacked the car and settled in for the night. Today, I sprung out of bed ready to face a chilly day in the mountains. I tidied up the house first while drinking lots of coffee.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to work on a blog post but after getting dressed I decided to snap a few pictures and put up a quick post. Rain is moving in later today so I have lots to do until then.

my look

I decided to wear a pair of high waisted jeans, low heeled OTK boots, a black tee and top it off with a cozy blanket scarf. It was perfect for this fall day. I bought the high waisted jeans in my favorite brand but sized up so I could tuck tops in and wear belts easily. I am so happy I did because they are so comfortable.

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Cozy

style is my style!

create your look!

I’m wearing Seven For All Mankind high waisted skinny jeans, long sleeved black tee, blanket scarf and Steve Madden Gabby OTK boots. I’m linking my jeans and boots and lots of other options for creating your own look!

sup’

  • I’m keeping this short today so I can run into town and get some groceries. I want to make chili and cornbread and an apple cake.

  • I will be going on a trail run or hike and it may be in the rain which I love to do. I have always loved to run, walk or hike in a light rain. It’s like you are the only one in world outside and so peaceful.

  • I need some things at the drug store, like bubble bath, face powder and maybe nail polish.

  • I’m looking forward to tonight by the fireplace with a glass of wine reflecting on a beautiful day.

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Peace!

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A Scarf My Way

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create your own look

These dress legging here are beautiful and these here too. Both on sale. This sweater here is the same brand as I am wearing and comes in neutral like I am wearing but a beautiful lavender here that will carry you into spring! Obsessed! I think in my cart it goes! Random here but I added these shoes here into my cart to go with the lavender sweater. It will make a perfect spring transistion look. Here is a scarf option. I would get this scarf here to go with the lavender sweater! More options below or in the Boutique for creating your own look!

 

the scoop

I'm still using my photos taken before I left the mountains. Believe it or not it was easier to take photos there where I am familiar what I have to work with regarding lighting and background. Here in Arizona I have to travel a distance to get to backgrounds and the lighting can often be too bright to get a picture. 

Even though we have had about three days of temps in the upper 50s and low 60s it was still warmer than the mountains. Most of the time it has been in the low to mid 70s and that is where I like it! 

I am working on a big post for the week of February 5th along with a give away worth $400+ so stay tuned and I will keep you posted!

my outfit

This outfit was created in an effort to be warm and cozy on a cold wintry day in the mountains. I am wearing leggings but they are not sport leggings they are thicker and more like slacks. I put on an over sized sweater in a neutral shade and then added a big blanket scarf full of warm rich colors. Once I had the scarf I thought of my orange bag that would compliment this look. A pair of lower heeled suede booties completed this look.  

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As always, thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

How I Wear An Off Shoulder Top In Cooler Weather

MY OUTFIT

We had a cold snap last week with highs mostly in the mid 40s. This week is supposed to be closer to normal with highs in the mid 60s. Right where I like it the most. It is really time for cozy sweaters, comfy jeans and beautiful scarves. But I don't plan to put away all my summer trends for the winter. Take the ever so popular off shoulder or cold shoulder tops. Should we put them all in winter storage? Not me, I'm going to continue wearing mine but with a twist. I'll be adding a cozy scarf to add fall colors and extra warmth when needed. Imagine sitting by a fire in the evening with a glass of wine looking stylish and comfortable all through fall and winter.

I have several of these over-sized cold shoulder sweaters that will be on repeat during the cold weather seasons. I usually wear lace t-back braletts with them because they are pretty and add another level of comfort. In this outfit I am wearing flared jeans that have a nice stretch. There is no snow on the ground so I'm wearing a pair of open toed booties that are an olive color similar to my sweater and of course I'm wearing one of my favorite scarves full of neutral tones and fall colors. I really like pattern mixing like here with the plaid scarf and the leopard bag. Making sure they are in the same color family appeals more to my eyes. 

LETTING GO

When I first started blogging several years ago I was only doing it for a creative outlet. A little hobby. I really did't care that much if anyone read it or not. And for the most part, not too many did. But as time went by I started thinking I would like to turn my blog into a business and started learning how to grow an audience and make my blog more professional. I loved the design part of blogging and was starting to learn that a few people kind of liked what I was doing. 

Fast forward to today, and I am getting on average 14, 000 views per month on my blog. Relative to other blogs that can be considered a lot or not. I use social media to help people find my blog and spend a great deal of time promoting and engaging with other bloggers. I joined a few like minded groups on Facebook and have worked my self silly with it all. I have become more worried about growing my blog than taking pleasure in the process. I am forgetting the joy I find in other things in my life and am feeling way too much stress and unmotivated in general.

So I decided this weekend to let some of it go. I am going to go back to doing what I love, and that is creating stylish looks that hopefully inspire others to play in their closets more often if that is something they enjoy. No more sitting in bed at night and in the mornings with my nose in my phone on IG and other social media worrying that I will make someone mad if I don't like their post, comment on it or their blog. No more feeling like I can't keep up with the social media rat race. I'll do my blog posts, let everyone know that it is up via a quick post on social media and then I go back to life. My real job, my family, cooking, hiking and being in the present. 

I'll still be updating my Boutique and Chatter page, sharing finds that I think you will like. I like that part of my blog also. I don't make money from doing it for the most part but I get a kick when someone finds it useful. So keep checking it out if you're interested. 

I love helping others design their blog and only work with two or three clients at a time and I find that fun also. I won't be giving up that part of my blog either. So if you ever want to start a hobby blog I'll always be happy to share what I know. Then if you want my help we can go from there. You can see more detail on my Blog Services tab.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


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