A Fish of a Day & Link Up On the Edge #16

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If yesterday were a fish, I would have thrown it back. Because it was a fish not worth keeping, that’s for certain. I really didn’t want it. But alas, I caught it and I was stuck with it. Do you ever have days like that?

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The day began in the normal way. I awoke at my normal time of 4:50 a.m., took a shower, put my pajamas back on, and headed downstairs for coffee. I generally get a good 1 1/2-2 hours of quiet coffee time in the morning before the kids are awake. I catch up a little bit on reading my favorite blogs and joining my favorite link ups. All this went as planned.

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The kids were up by 7:00 a.m., the morning routine completed effortlessly, and we were in the car headed for school at 8:00 a.m. as usual. My husband was even able to be home yesterday morning to help with the getting ready and school drop off. I was home by 8:20, started some laundry and the dishwasher, got a pot of coffee brewing to enjoy with my friend, Amy, who was due to arrive around 9:30 a.m. to watch my little one while I went to a doctor’s appointment.

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My appointment was at 10:45 with my OB/GYN to schedule a uterine ablation and a tubal ligation. This was the second appointment which was prerequisite to even scheduling the surgery. At the first appointment (about 6 weeks ago), we discussed the procedures and the doctor ordered blood work and a pelvic ultrasound. It took 3 weeks just to get an ultrasound scheduled. Then another 3 weeks to get the follow up appointment with the OB/GYN. When I called to make the first appointment, I told them I was also due for a routine pap. This was never done at the first appointment. At yesterday’s appointment, I was asked if I was due for a pap. I replied that I was. And it was never done. When I finally sat down with the doctor, he had no pre-surgery paperwork and we had to wait for it. So I seized the opportunity to ask him a non-OB/GYN medical question.

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My question was of this nature: On Saturday, I was stung in the ankle by a hornet. There initially was no swelling and only a slight bug bite type mark about 24 hours after the sting. Then suddenly, my ankle disappeared in a gruesome swelling of flesh, my skin turned purple all around the area, and I could barely walk on my foot without pain. These symptoms worsened from Sunday night until I was at the OB/GYN on Wednesday morning, at which point I was starting to experience minimal relief. So I asked the doctor if he thought it needed medical attention.

(This is the spot actually starting to improve. Sorry to gross you out.)
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So upon leaving the OB/GYN appointment (without a pap or a scheduled surgery date), I walked across the parking lot to the Emergency Room of my local hospital (which shares a parking garage with the medical building where the OB/GYN is located). I was hesitant to go to the ER because it is really very much like entering the twilight zone. And once you commit to being there, you could be stuck there forever. But the doctor indicated that the stinger may be lodged beneath my skin and may require being cut out. I figured if I made an appointment with my family doctor, they may end up sending me back to the hospital anyway. So in the interest of saving time, cutting out the middle man, and eliminating a drive across town and potentially back again, I committed. I went into the ER, explained the situation, and then I sat. And sat. And sat. And panicked that I would not get home to relieve Amy of babysitting duties with enough time for us both to pick up our children from school. (I do think this caused me the most stress.)  And then I sat a little while longer.  I saw police officers come in and remove a patient from the waiting room for questioning.  And I got coughed on by a wretchedly sick man.  (Well, he didn’t really cough “on” me, but he was coughing a little too close for comfort.)

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I finally got a room, the doctor came in, checked out my ankle, prescribed an antibiotic because it is clearly infected, and sent me on my way.  No incisions needed (thankfully). While waiting for my discharge papers, the OB/GYN called me to schedule my routine pap (which was today, by the way…because that’s exactly what I wanted to do the next day)! Stopping in the bathroom on my way out of the ER, my belt fell apart and I had to discard it with the threat of losing my pants during the rest of this hideous day.

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At this point, I was pushing my time limit.  But Amy assured me that I had adequate time to drive all the way across town to my pharmacy to get my prescription (which is on the Army base and comes with all sorts of other complications). To my pleasant surprise, I was called up to the counter within minutes of checking in…only to be told there was no prescription sent to them. When they called the hospital, they were told once my file was closed they could no longer send the script electronically. The hospital also informed the pharmacy that they did not have the capability to fax the script. (My head may have exploded at that point.) After the pharmacist spoke with the hospital (in a not very pleasant tone), exceptions were made, my prescription was filled, and I headed towards home (holding my pants up with one hand all the while). I still needed to stop for milk (because I completely ran out of milk for the first time ever in my children’s lives and poor Amy had to deal with my little one crying for “pink milk” all day. Sorry, Amy.)

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I made it home with enough time to grab a belt and get the little one into the car to head off to pick up the big one at school. And this is actually the outfit I was wearing all day. And I somehow survived in 4 inch wedges with a strap around my infected ankle (don’t ask me why I chose these shoes because I do not have an answer). And today I am exhausted. Completely and utterly fatigued. To the point that putting one foot in front of the other feels like I have to move a mountain. But I am home now.  And today I quit. I’m pooped. I’m tired. I’m done. I’m throwing yesterday day back, I’m recovering today, and I’m starting over tomorrow. Hopefully with a scheduled date for my surgery.  A huge thank you to Amy for keeping my kid and fielding my frustrated phone calls! So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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Outfit details:

*This post may contain affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you click on these links and make purchases. It costs you nothing and supports my website. All opinions expressed are my own and are in no way influenced by any compensation that may be received. Thank you for your support.

Honestly, I am way too tired to provide outfit details.

Briefly:
Sweater: JCPenney
Scarf and Jeans: Old Navy
Sandals: Target
Necklace: Kohl’s

Thank you to every one who stops by every week and joins my link up. I really appreciate your continued support! This past week really got away from me as evidenced by the story I shared in this post! So I do apologize that I have not been to visit every post that was linked up. But I am working through them all because I do love to see what you all are wearing, sharing, and discussing. If I don’t get the chance to comment, I have been trying to pin and/or tweet all of your posts as well!

Here are your two favorite posts from my link up last week:

I think this is one of my favorite outfits ever by Jaymie Ashcraft! She looks so fabulous in her Denim Skirt, Olive Cardigan, and Tan Booties!

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Jodie, Nancy, and Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style showed us just how versatile chambray and denim shirts can be. They all look so amazing in their different stylings in Chambray Shirt 2 (With Jeans).

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Recovering on the edge,

Shelbee

I link up with these other fabulous link ups!

Olive Utility Jacket & Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me Link Up

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I am so honored to be co-hosting the Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me Link Up hosted by Rachel of Garay Treasures. I started following Rachel’s blog when I was still just in the contemplating stages of creating my own blog. I think what drew me to Rachel’s blog is her casual and affordable style which is perfectly suited to my stay-at-home-mom lifestyle. I also find Rachel very inspiring as she manages her household of four children along with writing her blog and remaining very active in her church community. I love that her husband is her photographer and style partner and he even makes frequent appearances on her blog showcasing some casual and fun men’s fashions. However, I think my favorite things about Rachel are that she is down-to-earth, she is kind, she is helpful, she is approachable, and she is very real. And if you follow my blog, you know real is where I like to keep things, too. So I want to take this opportunity to give a heartfelt thanks to Rachel for allowing me a little spot on her blog today and for being so very helpful to me in my blogging journey. She is definitely a blogger who has and continues to inspire me!

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Rachel and I decided we would both style an olive utility jacket for this post. I love that she wore an all black outfit of leggings, a fringe top, and lace up flats. Sometimes keeping it simple ends up looking so chic. And her jacket makes a statement all on its own.

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To view all of the details of Rachel’s outfit, please visit her post here.

I decided to style my little black eyelet dress from my Last Outfit of Summer with tights and boots to create a more fall appropriate look. I found these charcoal gray crochet lace tights buried in one of my many bins of socks and tights and was super excited! I don’t think I have worn them before and I have no recollection of where or when I acquired them. But aren’t they really stinking adorable?!

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I wore my very old gray suede lug sole boots and topped off my dress with an olive utility jacket. I had no idea how much I would wear this jacket when I bought it last year. But it definitely has become a fall and spring staple in my wardrobe. Feeling a bit drab in black, gray, and olive, I grabbed my brightly color bird print infinity scarf.

I need to share this little quirk of mine with you…I despise birds. All of them. They are weird and creepy and scary and dirty and I get all Alfred Hitchcock terrorized when I see too many birds in one place. But for some very strange reason, I really, really love bird prints or motifs on just about anything. I guess as long as they remain images and not real life freaky creatures, I like them! (If you love bird prints, too, check out my Pinterest board All Things Aves.)

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I am loving how this black eyelet dress made the transition from summer to fall.  I think it will also work perfectly in winter with heavier tights and a giant cozy blanket scarf! But for now, I am going to relish the beautiful fall weather. Here in upstate New York, winter comes fast and comes with a vengeance…so my time for fall fashion and outdoor photos is but fleeting!

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And no photo shoot in Amy’s beautiful rustic haven is complete without a photo bomb from one or both dogs. This time it was handsome Brady making his appearance.

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And if it’s not a dog, it’s a kid.  Or two kids.  And a dog.  Well, because this is real life!

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Outfit details:

*This post contains affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you click on these links and make purchases. It costs you nothing and supports my website. All opinions expressed are my own and are in no way influenced by any compensation that may be received. Thank you for your support.

Jacket: Old Navy (Similar here and here).
Dress: Old Navy (Similar here).
Boots: Target (Similar here).
Scarf: Cato Fashions (Similar scarves on Etsy here and here).
Tights: Origin Unknown (Similar here and here).
Necklace: Walmart (I cannot find a direct link to this necklace, but it is a recent purchase and it was only $5.)
Photo credits: Amy of 5 Memory Lane.

 

Keeping it real on the edge,

Shelbee

Now for Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me link up.

Rachel of Garay Treasures:

 

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Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at-home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side.  Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures.  Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel on Bloglovin’, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Meet your Co-host Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge:

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My name is Shelbee and I write the blog Shelbee on the Edge. I am so excited to join Rachel as co-host for her Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me Link Up! I have been following Garay Treasures for as long as I have been blogging and am always inspired by Rachel’s style, her parenting, and her fabulous attitude toward life!

I am an over 40 stay-at-home mother of two boys and two cats. I also am an Army wife. We currently are stationed at Fort Drum in the northern reaches of New York State where the summers are short and the winters are long, cold, and very snowy. I decided to start blogging during my husband’s deployment to Afghanistan as a means to reclaim some of the sanity I have lost trying to raise these boys in the midst of this extraordinary military lifestyle in this curious climate of the North Country!

My blog provides a welcoming forum for like-minded women and mothers to stop by to give and receive support and helpful insights into surviving this crazy, beautiful life. I discuss topics such as Army life, parenting, fashion and style, and mental health. In my little space, you are free to express yourself without judgments and showcase your own unique style without fear. Here’s hoping we can all find our own individual voices in each area of our lives. While I may teeter on the brink of sanity (and midlife), I still find ways to hang on and feel fabulous in the process! Please stop by for a bit and feel inspired!

You can follow Shelbee by Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Bloglovin’ & Facebook.

Now on to Rachel’s Featured 5 from last week:

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Yvonne posted the benefits of wearing Electric Blue (also known as cobalt blue) this coming fall and winter and I couldn’t agree more. See why you should wear this color here.

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Andrea shares one of the most popular colors of fall in her cute lacy top and some of her favorite (old or new) staples from her wardrobe. See post here.

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I love Amy’s voice of reason and honesty as she dives into the topic of why she shares her style on her blog. For a good read on forsaking trends and styling what you have and own, go here.

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Katherine styles a beautiful midi floral dress for her mother’s wedding in this post.

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Bogi looks amazing in this A-line dress that screams icing on the cake of sophistication. See post here.

Now it is your turn, please follow the rules below and enjoy!

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host: Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all. Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!


To link up it would be great if you linked my button to your post that you link up. Get button code below:

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Join the party and have fun linking!

Linking on the edge,

Shelbee

 

I also link up with These Fabulous Link Ups Where I Link Up.

A Rainbow Kind of Day: Guest Posting for A World of Dresses

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Today, I am guest posting for the lovely Nina of A World of Dresses while she is making her big transition! Please visit her blog to read more about her move to Spain, her fabulous style, and her enviable collection of beautiful dresses. You can also check out the details of My Little Green Dress that I wore on a Rainbow Kind of Day.

I want to give a heartfelt thanks to Nina for sharing her blog space with me today. And I wish her all the luck in the world on her transition. She will be as marvelous in Spain as she has been in Cincinnati!

Make it an amazing day!

Keeping it on the edge,

Shelbee

Linking up with these Fabulous Link Ups Where I Link Up

Last Outfit of Summer & Link Up On the Edge #15

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Today marks the Autumn Equinox or the first official day of Fall! And I couldn’t be more excited since I love all things Fall…the temperatures, the colors, football, pumpkin everything, hot apple cider, homemade soup and chili, the fireplace, and of course, the fashion. So as I say goodbye to summer (very gleefully, I might add), I thought I would share with you one last outfit of summer…which I wore yesterday…on the last official day of Summer.

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How beautiful is my friend/photographer Amy’s yard for photos? And she tells me it is totally breathtaking when the leaves really change color. So I am super excited to feature lots of my Fall outfits in her yard…if she doesn’t get sick of me!

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I am thinking I can pair this cute black eyelet dress with tights and boots when the weather cools down…which, according to the weather forecast, should be tomorrow! You have no idea how excited cooler weather can make a perimenopausal, over-heated, sweaty, middle-aged woman! Until the hormones give me a chill. And that definitely happens. But then I just live in my beloved scarves until June! Literally. I sometimes sleep with a scarf around my neck if I get too chilled. And that’s totally fine by me. Because you all know how much I love my scarves.

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Outfit details:

*This post contains affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you click on these links and make purchases. It costs you nothing and supports my website. All opinions expressed are my own and are in no way influenced by any compensation that may be received. Thank you for your support.

Dress: Old Navy (no longer avaialable, but this Lace Boho Shift is similar).
Sandals: Madden Girl Triixie Sandals from Famous Footwear (the neon yellow is no longer available, but these do come in Mint, Light Blue, Blush, Black, and White).
Necklace: Kohl’s (no longer available, but adorable options here and here).

Some fun photos before we start linking up…

Every time we try to take pictures at Amy’s house, her dogs want to play!

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And then she makes me clean…

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Thank you to every one who stops by every week and joins my link up. I really appreciate your continued support! This past week got a little crazy for me and I did not have the opportunity to comment on every post that was linked up. I am working way through each and every post, however, because I love to see what you all are wearing, sharing, and discussing. If I don’t get the chance to comment, I have been trying to pin and/or tweet all of your posts as well!

This week, I have three favorite links to share!

Yvonne of Funky Forty shared all the fun details of her 2 Heavenly Days in Bregenzerwald-Austria spent with Annette of Lady of Style. Don’t thet both look so fabulous?!

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Terri of Meadow Tree looks so chic in her Blue Cabbie! I really am inspired by this outfit!

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And Shannon of Gamine and Stripes looks amazing in her Gingham and Slim Jeans! Gingham is my jam and I adore red, white, and blue together!

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So tell me, are you all ready for Fall? Where are you favorite places to shoot photographs when the leaves start changing?

Watching Autumn roll in on the edge,

Shelbee

I also link up with These Fabulous Link Ups Where I Link Up!

Thrifted in Fall Layers & Thursday Moda Link Up

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Last week, I co-hosted with Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood for her Thursday Moda Link Up and we had such an amazing turn out that she asked me to co-host with her again! I am so honored, Ada. Thank you. In a few weeks, Ada is also going to co-host my Friday Link Up On the Edge. So be sure to stop by and check it out! Thank you all so much for your continued love and support.

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If you are not familiar with Ada, let me tell you a little about her…Ada has been writing the blog Elegance and Mommyhood for the past 4 years. She focuses on affordable everyday style for casual stay-at-home mom days, polished work looks, weekend wear and everything in between. Ada also features her adorable daughter Vivian in her Mommy and Me Style posts. She is a firm believer that style and elegance do not have to cost a fortune and shopping your closet is always a great idea. So in the interest of budgeting and being frugal, we decided to style Fall Layers with thrifted pieces this week.

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When I was younger (like high school younger), I used to love thrift shopping to find crazy, unique pieces that no one else had. I liked to stand out in a crowd, for sure! And the thrift shop was the place to find such things. Recently, my fascination with picking through thrift store racks has been renewed and I have been scoring some pretty amazing stuff for super cheap (even after adding in the cleaning costs). Maybe you remember my post Do You Think I Have a Scarf Problem? which showcased a pretty hefty haul of scarves from my local thrift shop.

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Lately, when I shop at my local Salvation Army Family Store, I focus on a few specific things that I am needing or wanting. It is very easy to get overwhelmed when you walk in and see row upon row of racks jammed with all sorts of items. So if I narrow my search down to one or two categories, I can focus on just those areas in my search. And one thing I had been really wanting but was not willing to pay the ticket price was a leather jacket. Back in June on a thrift shop trip, I found this perfectly broken-in chocolate brown Wilson’s Leather jacket for $8! I went on a Wednesday which is Family Day and most items are 50% off. Although, I would have paid the ticket price of $16 for this fabulous jacket anyway, but you can’t beat $8!

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On the same trip, I had been searching for midi skirts and dresses and I found this adorable green paisley midi skirt. There is no label in it, but for a mere $3, why would I care?! I thought the dark brown of the jacket and the forest green of the skirt would pair beautifully to create a hip autumn look. Then I added one of the neckerchiefs from my scarf haul thrift trip.

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I loved the easy casual look of a light chambray shirt tied at the waist. I completed the look with a pair of fringe flatform sandals and a faux leather backpack, both of which I grabbed on clearance from Target during the end of summer sales. I think it created a great back-to-school look, too, if I were someone who was going back to school! But a girl can pretend, right?

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Outfit details:

*This post contains affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you click on these links and make purchases. It costs you nothing and supports my website. All opinions expressed are my own and are in no way influenced by any compensation that may be received. Thank you for your support.

Jacket: Wilson’s Leather from Salvation Army Family Store – $8.
Skirt: No Label from Salvation Army Family Store – $3.
Scarf: No Label from Salvation Army Family Store – $1.
Chambray shirt: Old Navy Classic Chambray Shirt in Light Wash – $25.
White tank top: very old from Target – $7.
Sandals: Target (no longer available) On clearance – $8.
Backpack: Target (no longer available) On clearance – $15.

Total cost of outfit: $67!

And how adorable is Ada in her floral pants and turquoise vest! I am loving the bright colors combined with the darker floral for a fresh fall look. For more thrifting and fun fashion inspiration, please go check out Ada’s blog. You can also follow her on Pinterest, Instagram, Bloglovin’, and Facebook. If you are a blogger, you are invited to join Ada’s Thursday Moda Link Up every week where you can meet and discover new bloggers. There are currently over 100 bloggers who link their posts every week!

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Have you scored big at your local thrift lately? I would love to hear all about it. Also, remember to stop by tomorrow for my weekly link up as well!

Feeling thrifty on the edge,’

Shelbee

Linking up with These Fabulous Link Ups Where I Link Up

Out of My Comfort Zone: Camo and Floral

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Oftentimes, we get stuck in our comfort zones. It’s a natural occurrence and it’s completely understandable to want to stay within the confines of what makes you comfortable. Because, well, it’s comfortable. And who wants to feel uncomfortable? But I have learned that nothing great comes out of comfort…except, of course, comfort. But if we manage to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones that is where great things can happen. And this carries through just about every aspect of life that I can think of from the everyday mundane things like our clothing to the bigger and scarier things like huge life goals.

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When I was a competitive swimmer in my younger years, I remember my coach teaching me this exact lesson. He would tell me, “You will never swim faster if you stay inside that comfort zone. Fast is supposed to hurt. Push yourself outside of what is comfortable.” I can definitely attest to the truth of this. Fast does hurt. But when you push yourself into the realm of discomfort and pain, eventually that becomes comfortable, too. So then you push even further. And the further you push yourself, the faster you would become. And essentially the only limits to what you can do are the limits you set for yourself.

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Ask any superstar athlete or really any dedicated athlete at any level of competition. Or any successful entrepreneur. Or musician, actress, artist. Anyone who has achieved any kind of success has experienced discomfort at one time or another (probably many times) in their journey to their respective success. They all know that your mind and the limits you set for yourself are your toughest competition. Your worst enemy, really. Years after I had hung up my swim suit, I coached a high school swim team. And I remember preaching this same lesson to them. I had them watch the video of the 1982 Hawaii Triathlon where one competitor, Julie Moss, literally crawled across the finish line, dehydrated and covered in her own feces, because her body completely shut down on her. But her mind refused to accept the limits that her body had set. I used this video to explain what can be accomplished when you push outside of your comfort zone.

Julie had only entered the Iron Man competition as part of her research for an exercise physiology thesis and by her own admission did not take training for the event seriously. Nevertheless, she found herself comfortably in the lead with only two miles left at the end of the triathlon. At this point she had become severely dehydrated and her body was shutting down on her. Yet she was determined (delirious, perhaps, but determined nonetheless) to cross the finish line unassisted. Moments before the finish line, she was passed by another competitor and lost her lead. Yet she continued on, crawling on hands and knees until she finished the race she started. The race was broadcast around the world and Julie Moss became an inspiration to so many athletes for years to come.

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Today, I am at a point where athletic goals no longer drive me. I do, however, still have life goals. And I have become very comfortable being a stay-at-home mom/Army wife for the past 6 years. But now that I have been pushed into an uncomfortable zone having sent my oldest child off to kindergarten, it is time to start making plans for once both kids are in school. And that is only two years away. Which isn’t really a lot of time. Yet, I have been sitting around day dreaming most of the time about what I want to do with myself at that point. Because I am afraid to take action. I am afraid to fail. And I am quite comfortable right here where I am. But nothing great comes out of comfort.

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So in the effort to take some baby steps and start feeling what it is like outside of my comfort zone, I put this outfit together…inspired by Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust to pair camo and florals. Let me tell you…when I looked in the mirror at this combination, I was so unsure of it that I almost changed my clothes. But I had seen this camo tee at Target a few weeks and I left it behind because I didn’t have time to try it on. And then I saw these fabulous ladies style the tee in three different and gorgeous ways that I had to go back and pick it up yesterday! (Jaymie of Shopping Your Closet with Jaymie Ashcraft, Courtney of The Dainty Darling, and Tif of Bright on a Budget.)

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As uncomfortable as I was in this pattern combination, I decided I was going to walk out the door for a girls’ night out wearing it anyway. And I did. And I pretended that I was comfortable. And I think that I rocked it. So now it’s time for me to take some bigger steps into really uncomfortable territory…I will keep you posted. In the meantime, I challenge you to do something, big or small, that is outside of your comfort zone.

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*This post contains affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you click on these links and make purchases. It costs you nothing and supports my website. All opinions expressed are my own and are in no way influenced by any compensation that may be received. Thank you for your support.

Outfit details:
Tee: Target.
Jeans: Target (last year).
Jacket: Fort Drum Exchange (last year).
Boots: Carlos Santana for Famous Footwear (last year).
Necklaces: My entire collection of pearl necklaces.
Bracelets: All old.

What are your thoughts on getting outside of your comfort zone? Do you also believe great things can happen there?

Uncomfortable on the edge,

Shelbee

Linking up with These Fabulous Link Ups Where I Link Up.

How to Wear Over the Knee Socks Over 40 and Link Up On the Edge #14

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I don’t really think this classifies as a legitimate “how to” post because it is really simple. You pull on some cute over the knee socks with an above the knee skirt or dress (or shorts) no matter what your age and the rock the hell out it!

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I am going to totally throw my sister under the bus here (sorry, sis)…back in my mid-thirties, my sister would make fun of me for wearing knee high and over the knee socks. She told me it was ridiculous that a woman of my age would dress that way. At first, I tried to disregard her words. But then after I had children, those words started haunting me. I felt like not only should a woman of my age not dress that way…but, horror of horrors, a mother should not dress this way!

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Then this same sister is the one who encouraged me to start this little blog to show off my creative side! Yes, the sister who quashed all of my over-the-knee-sock-dreams lifted me up and put me on my crazy little fashion pedestal. So redemption for us all!

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Also, the blogging community and Catherine’s (Not Dressed as Lamb) #iwillwearwhatilike movement made me realize that I need to stay true to my own style. And boy, do I love my socks! I literally have 100’s of pairs! Actually, three giant bins full of socks. Most of them are knee high or over the knee. And I can’t part with any of them because I just love them all so much! (#itsasockproblem) I even have a Pinterest board entitled Sock Problem!

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So, I say to hell with what anyone says…I am wearing my over the knee socks! I actually was going to be super nervy and title this post “How to Wear Over the Knee Socks When You Are Over 40 and Over 200 Pounds”! The only reason I didn’t use that title is because this is a link up post as well and it just got to be way too long! But in the interest of showing you all that I have no shame of my body, I just put my weight right out there! Well, maybe I have a little shame. Like the normal amount. But I certainly have no shame in my weight. Whatever. I weigh over 200 pounds and I can keep up with my kids (as well as any 40+ mom of young boys). I can fit into clothes that flatter me. And my husband thinks I’m sexy. Enough said.

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So, please ladies, wear whatever the hell you want! If you wear it with a smile and some confidence, you will wear it well! By the way, this was probably the most fun I had shooting photos to date! One of the reasons I shared a tremendous amount of photos in this post (#sorrynotsorry). But I compromised with fewer words this time. A big thank you to my confidante, my friend, my photographer, and one of my biggest supporters, Amy! I couldn’t do this without you! Thank you so much! I love you right through that camera lens!

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Outfit details:

*This post contains affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you click on these links and make purchases. It costs you nothing and supports my website. All opinions expressed are my own and are in no way influenced by any compensation that may be received. Thank you for your support.

Dress: Old Navy (from last year). Shop all of their dresses here.

Scarf: A gift from my friend, Ellie. She also gave me a matching a tote bag which I will be showing on the blog soon. I promise! Thanks so much, Ellie, I love them both! Purchased from Accessorize.

Necklace: I simply cannot remember where I purchased this.

Socks: Very old from Target.

Boots: Franco Sarto from Famous Footwear.

Shop the Latest Fall Fashions at FrancoSarto.com today!

Now let’s see all of your nervy outfits, ladies!

Thank you to everyone who has joined my link up in the past! I am so grateful for all of the support I receive from this wonderful blogging community! Please keep spreading the word and sharing the love!

And now…here are your favorite links from last week!

Andrea of Living on Cloud Nine looked so amazing in her Boho Rich Color. I really want her entire outfit in my closet. Now!

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And how gorgeous is Suzanne of Ask Suzanne Bell in her printed wrap dress paired with that adorable zebra print bag featured in her What I Wore: Color Me Bright + Labor Day Sales, Nordstrom Sale Picks post!

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I don’t know if you noticed that I have shortened my link up name from On the Edge of the Week Link Up to Link Up On the Edge. I like it better. What do you think? I still need to create a new button. I will try to have that ready by next week.

Also, tell me what daring and “inappropriate” styles you have been trying lately. Better yet, show me and link them up!

Over 40, overweight, and rocking my over the knee socks on the edge,

Shelbee

I also link up with these fabulous link ups.

Fall Florals, Jewel Tones, and Thursday Moda Link Up

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Today, I am honored to be co-hosting the Thursday Moda Link Up hosted by the lovely Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood. I was so flattered when Ada emailed asking me if would be interested in co-hosting her fabulous weekly link up. This was my defining moment of feeling like a legit blogger! So thank you, Ada, for that very important affirmation.

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I want to use this opportunity also to thank all of the blogging community and the amazing women (and men) I have met along this journey. You have all been so tremendously supportive of me and of each other. And it is so appreciated and definitely does not go unnoticed. I really love how everyone is so willing to help out fellow bloggers with the beautiful comments and compliments given to one another, the safety of being able to reach out with technical questions and receive very quick and helpful responses, and the loyal readers who return to my blog week after week and participate in my own weekly link up. For all of this, I am so, so thankful.

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I created this blog as an outlet to express myself creatively through style, fashion, and writing. And I have gained so much more. I have found camaraderie with like-minded people who share similar interests and passions. And I have been able to share my own experiences in life with the hopes of helping others. From response I have received, it seems that perhaps I have already helped a few. And from my perspective, that makes me feel successful.

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Now…onto the outfit. I am so ready for Fall! But it is still hanging in the upper 70’s with a tremendous amount of humidity in the air. For the awkward transitional weather, I have been wearing autumnal hues in lighter weight fabrics. Like this mustard and plum floral blouse. I scored this last year on major clearance from JCPenney. A pair of white distressed skinny jeans and these fabulous plum suede booties (also scored on major clearance last year from the Aerosoles Outlet) complete this outfit.

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Outfit details:

*This post contains affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you click on these links and make purchases. It costs you nothing and supports my website. All opinions expressed are my own and are in no way influenced by any compensation that may be received. Thank you for your support.

Top: Liz Claiborne for JCPenney (from last year).


Jeans: Gap Factory (no longer available).

Booties: Aerosoles (from last year, but these are very similar and currently on sale for $49.99).

Necklace: Fort Drum Exchange.

Beaded Bracelets: Kohl’s (no longer available).

Silver Bracelets: Tiffany & Co. (very old).

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About Ada: Ada has been writing the blog Elegance and Mommyhood for the past 4 years. Her blog focuses on affordable everyday style for casual stay-at-home mom days, polished work looks, weekend wear and everything in between. Ada also features her adorable daughter Vivian in her Mommy and Me Style posts. She firmly believes that style and elegance do not have to cost a fortune and shopping your closet is always a great idea. For some fun fashion inspiration, definitely check out Ada’s blog. You can also follow her on Pinterest, Instagram, Bloglovin’, and Facebook. If you are a blogger, you are invited to join Ada’s Thursday Moda Link Up every week where you can meet and discover new bloggers. There are currently over 100 bloggers who link their posts every week!

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In fact, you can link up right here. Right now! To see more of Ada’s Fall Floral outfit, you can read her full post Fall Florals and Jewel Tones here.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you can find some style inspiration here! And remember to check back tomorrow as well for my Link Up On the Edge!

Co-hosting on the edge,

Shelbee

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What to Wear (and Cook) for a College Football Saturday Celebration

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Labor Day weekend marked the kick off of College Football Season. In my house, we don’t watch very much professional football (unless that is the only football on television), but we do get a tiny bit excited about college football. For my husband, he was raised on college football and has been a Penn State fan for as long as he can remember. For me, I appreciate college athletics much more than I do professional sports. Perhaps because I spent most of my college career as a student-athlete, I understand the sacrifices and crazy time management skills required to be a successful student-athlete. So I appreciate the world of college athletics much more than I do that of the paid professionals.

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To get to my point, my husband gets very excited at the start of college football season. And his enthusiasm is contagious and spreads like wildfire all through our house. It is expected that every one wear a Penn State shirt of some kind on Saturdays (except our roommate, of course, who is a Maryland fan) and football is on the television. All. Day. Long.

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I have to confess right here…after all the years of having football on in my house (my father always had NFL games going)…to this very day, at the age of 42, I do not understand the game at all. And that is not for lacking of trying. Or for lack of countless people trying to explain it to me. I just don’t get it. But I do love the atmosphere created when Fall arrives and football season sets in. It makes me nostalgic and happy and well, hungry. So I do what I do best…I put on a cute outfit and I get in the kitchen and prepare the best game day food that I can!

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So to kick off college football season, we invited a few close friends over for food, fun, and football. (In my husband’s case, that should be phrased football, food, and fun! Because it is always about the football.) We ate until our bellies were full, our kids were tired, and the games were coming to an end. And enjoyed our company until the wee hours of the night (which, by the way, I am way too old for that kind of socializing, but exceptions must be made on game day!)

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Now I am going blast you with some delicious food pictures. So make sure you are not already hungry before scrolling any further! (Also, I never ended up using my cute football trays…oh, well, I will save them for the next party.)

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Homemade Potato Latkes served with sour cream and Grey Poupon Mustard

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My Famous Ultimate Nacho Tray/Bottles of Booze (There is always booze.)

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Tortellini and Pastrami Salad/Shrimp Cocktail with my Super Hot and Spicy Cocktail Sauce/Amy’s Ham and Turkey Sliders

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Amy’s Ham and Turkey Sliders/Homemade French Onion Dip with Chips/Homemade Bruschetta and Crostini/Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Dip/Corn Dip

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Spinach Dip/Sliders/French Onion Dip

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My Sweet and Zesty Cocktail Meatballs

How do you like my digger table cloth? Not really on theme, but it is what I had and this party was a bit impromptu. So I work with what I have! And as I always say, “If you leave my house hungry, it’s your own fault!”

And by the end of the night, we were full and tired!

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How do you do your football parties?

Touching down on the edge,

Shelbee

Linking up with These Fabulous Link Ups Where I Link Up

Transition and Edge of the Week Link Up #13

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I have always considered myself a fairly adaptable person. I have moved a few times in my life and changed jobs abruptly and found myself in situations where most people would find the transition quite difficult. Yet, I usually adapted pretty quickly and got comfortable where I was at that point in time. However, a recent transition seems to be kind of rocking my world. And it is confusing me!

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My oldest child has started Kindergarten! And seriously, I am all out of sorts. Not really emotionally out of sorts. Just sort of all around out of sorts.

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Before school started, I was excited for the inevitable “more free time for me”. And now I have the free time and I am not quite sure what to do with myself. Yes, I still have my three year old with me (who, by the way, is equally all out of sorts). And yes, I still have a giant list of household responsibilities as well as a bunch of blogging obligations that I have recently taken on. Yet, I am finding myself unmotivated and bored for most of the day.

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The little one and I have literally been sitting around, kind of tolerating one another and by 10:00 a.m. we are searching for things to entertain us. And today is only the third day of school!

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In the beginning (like before school started), I was actually more nervous about 8 hours alone with the little one without the big one to act as the entertainer, the buffer, Mommy’s little helper. But, truth be told, the little one has been just as unmotivated as I have been and has been playing quietly by himself for most of the morning. But this behavior is freaking me out a little bit, too! This is not like him.

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Granted, the last three mornings the only tears shed are those of the three year old. Not because he doesn’t want his brother to go to school. But rather because he doesn’t get to ride on the school bus, too!

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So, I suppose in two years when the little one starts kindergarten, it will be easy. Perhaps. But probably not. Since apparently I no longer know how to enjoy my “free time” or at least be productive in it.

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Outfit details:
Top: Kohl’s (Old).
Shorts: Kohl’s (Old).
Sandals: UrbanOG (I bought these at least 10 years ago).
Necklace: Refurbished by me but original necklace is from Cato Fashions.
Bag: Merona Faux Leather Cross Body Bag from Target. The red is no longer available, but it is available in navy.

Readers with school aged children, please tell me this gets better. Or at least less weird. I just wish I even had words to describe this strange transition! Even some simple words to help articulate these emotions would be helpful. I think.

*This post may contain affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you click on these links and make purchases. It costs you nothing and supports my website. All opinions expressed are my own and are in no way influenced by any compensation that may be received. Thank you for your support.

Thank you to everyone who has joined my link up in the past! I am so grateful for all of the support I receive from this wonderful blogging community! This week has been super crazy and unfortunately I did not have time to comment on every post that was linked up, but I was able to visit them all and share them on Twitter. Please keep spreading the word and sharing the love!

And now…here are your favorite links from last week!

LauriePOP‘s video tutorial on Curling Short Inverted Bob Hair Style

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And Alison of Get Your Pretty On showed us the perfect Fall Transition Outfits: Olive Cargo Pants

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Shelbee on the Edge



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Uncertain, upside down, and feeling weird on the edge,

Shelbee

Linking up with these Fabulous Link Ups Where I Link Up.