April 22, 2014

Let It Go

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A few weeks ago, I was talking to a friend about blogs. We have many that we both enjoy, and she mentioned one that I didn’t know but she adored. So I added it to my reader. I mean, if my friend who I adore and respect and who owns the same leopard kitten heels as me likes this blog, I would too. Right?

Well this week I removed that blog from my feed. I realized that each time it came up in my Feedly I scrolled right by it. I tried reading the posts on the actual site for a different experience, but nothing really grabbed me, nothing brought value to my life.

For a moment, I felt guilty about unfollowing the blog. Maybe I was missing something; I mean tens of thousands of people follow this blog, including my wonderful friend. But really, why force yourself to like something just because it’s popular?

Nevertheless, by experiencing the blog, I had the chance to better understand my friend. And I got to better understand myself. No one has all the answers, every day we learn something new about life and about ourselves. By knowing what isn’t a good fit, we get closer to what is. This holds true with blogs, food, fashion, relationships… everything.

If something is not a good fit… let it go. It could be a dress that cost a ton but does nothing for your figure or confidence, a fading friendship, a bad habit, or something simple like a blog bookmarked on your browser. Letting it go is not giving up, it’s not being rude, it’s not being wasteful. It’s a step towards making your life yours. 

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April 21, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Reebok #Skyscape


I gotta admit, I'm not a big fan of traditional sneakers. While I need such a shoe for exercising, I hate how they look. I've always desired a shoe that's great for walking and the gym, but can also look great with weekend clothes while running errands. Enter the Reebok Skyscape, a shoe designed for the 23 hours of your life not spent in the gym. Commuting to work, taking the dog for a walk, or relaxing on the weekend, this shoe is perfect for that as well as your exercise routine.

Not only that, the Reebok Skyscape is a great travel shoe. This shoe is crafted borrowing the materials and soft molding process used to create lingerie, which provides all-around comfort and creates a shoe so lightweight that it weighs only 5.0 ounces. They will tuck into your carry-on luggage easily to be your travel gym shoe and a cute sight-seeing shoe. Skyscape's motto is, "So comfortable you'll forget they're on" and it's true.



Once I received my pair of Reebok Skyscapes, I've worn them every day. In the morning they're easy to slip on with yoga pants and a sweatshirt for a morning walk. Later they're fantastic for the commute, taking up less space in my work tote than my office shoes. On weekends, they look cute with cuffed jeans and a striped tee. All this, and Skyscapes are machine washable! Check out the Skyscape at Reebok and even customize a pair for yourself!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Reebok Skyscape via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.


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April 18, 2014

Updating The Closet for Spring with Boden

I'm all for a wardrobe of workhorses; pieces that fit, flatter, are versatile and relatively timeless. However, I also find it important to update your closet each season with a couple new trends, fun colors or prints to add your personal style and keep your closet from being boring. Boden is one of my favorite places to go for pieces that infuse fun into a wardrobe without causing one to look like a fashion victim. Great colors, cheery prints, some of the best striped tops (and y'all know I love me some striped tops), but made with such quality and attention to detail that their fun pieces end up being wardrobe workhorses too.

One piece I have loved from Boden for a long time is their Ravello Top, a blouse that's a classic yet makes a statement. A machine washable silk blend makes it a piece that can dress up and down with ease; traditional enough to be a blouse under your interview suit but can also dress down with jeans or get festive with a full midi skirt and heels. While the solids are great, I was immediately drawn to the Blue/Red Paintbox Floral print and knew it would be a great closet addition for spring. Thanks to Boden's phenomenal phone customer service, I went with a size 12 and think it fits quite nicely.


This print is bold enough to hold its own with dark denim; I added leopard haircalf flats and a simple black leather clutch for a great outfit to grab cocktails with my girls or to go to game night at a friend's house.


The top is perfect for the warming temps; while it looks great under a blazer or cardigan it looks professional on its own. For this look I paired it with white linen pants and used a hot pink skinny belt to switch up the blouse's silhouette.

Expect to see a few more pieces from Boden on the blog this season; I think the line fits my curves nicely as well as my personal style and I found a lot of pieces that will nicely update my wardrobe this season but likely be favorites for many seasons to come!



This post was sponsored by Boden through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Boden, all opinions are my own.

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April 17, 2014

Wyoming


We’re not a terribly religious family, but we believe in taking a moment before we sit down for dinner to reflect on all which we are thankful for. We regularly let Emerson lead, and it’s great to hear what is important to her. One time Emerson closed with, “Wyoming” instead of amen (the previous night we read a book about the 50 states). It has become one of the “things” we now say at times when, “I agree,” or “amen” would be appropriate. And somehow, this word is more appropriate at many different times.

Today I type this with both hands, and with no pain. This morning for the first time since February, I was able to open the jar of coconut oil without some crazy setup with a silicone mat and my feet. Last night, I slept through the whole night without waking up so a stiff throbbing (or asleep) hand. I drove to work with my hands on 10 and 2. I can get in and get out my contacts. When Emerson stubbed her toe, I picked her up with both hands, and gave her a two-armed bear hug.

The past two months have sucked. I felt helpless, useless, a burden. On top of the injury, I had work stress and then was completely disconnected from the office thanks to short term disability. I couldn’t blog, I couldn’t write, I couldn’t drive and get away. Personal situations took place that were upsetting, overwhelming, and out of my control. I couldn’t talk about my situation because it just seemed like whining, and I needed to be strong in front of my daughter. I got back to work and felt as though I didn’t have a place any more. My regular suit of armor, my personal style, which gives me strength to get through tough times was unavailable.

It affected my sense of self and my relationships with loved ones.  It made me not want to create, to write, and it sure made me not give a damn about how I looked.  The recent outfit photos?  There were a few tears during them because I felt so ugly, so fat, so stupid.  We did them indoors because I had such anxiety being outside on display.  Karl said I had to force through even if I hated it because if I didn't I'd stop doing them all together, and he knows how much I love the blog.  I just had to get back on the horse.  Funny, my orthopedist said something very similar about getting back my hand and wrist - fight through the pain, work on it daily even though it hurts, or I may lose it forever.

I just got back from a short family vacation, one that was planned well before my broken arm and one I couldn’t cancel. I felt so guilty leaving work right after six weeks on disability, and feared it would jeopardize not just my job but the progress I was making on my arm. The drive down was long, and I spent it doing physical therapy. I practiced being able to again make a peace sign, sign I love you, give devil horns. When at my cousin’s house, I was constantly making a fist and then flexing my hand, pushing down my hand and then pressing it up to work the wrist. One day we went on a boat and the speed, choppy waves, and Emerson clinging to me left my hand a red swollen lump of pain.  I didn't do my hair the entire time, hardly wore makeup, and lived in comfy knits and jeans.  I let myself relax and focused on my healing and my family.

And now I am back to the real world... for real this time.  I again am wearing clothing that makes me happy and feel put together, my makeup and hair are styled and in a manner than feels right for me.  My strength is coming back in both my hand and in my spirit.  It feels so good to come back.

Wyoming!  Wyoming!  Wyoming!

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