Something Big on the Horizon & Link Up On the Edge #17

*I am posting my link up a bit early this week because I am heading off to New York City this afternoon for the weekend. I am super excited about this trip and I will share all about it later! I wasn’t sure about writing a teaser post, but it’s kind of the only thing on my mind lately. So here goes. Prepare to be teased!

I am cooking up something big. Really big. Well, really big to me in my little universe. I have shared my scheme with a few close friends and family members, but I am not prepared yet to disclose it to the entire blogging universe. But soon. Really soon. By the end of the October, for sure. I promise. (I don’t use Snap Chat, but I will try to post pictures throughout the weekend of my NYC trip on my Instagram and Twitter. There may even be some big hints about my secret revealed in these photos! So be sure to follow along!)

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In the meantime, I want to thank my friends and family for their continued support of my crazy little idea! But I think it will not be so crazy in the end. I also want to thank my blogger friends for inspiring me to strive for something more, to think outside the box, to take a chance.

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A few very special thanks are owed to these people:

My husband. While he was completely not on board at first, he is now so excited about my new venture and 100% behind me! It took a lot of persuasion on my part and there were quite a few very frustrating arguments, but we are here now and it is all so good. In fact, some of his points in the midst of said arguments did make me stop and think and reevaluate my approach. And I am much happier and way more comfortable with the route I decided to take because of his initial opposition. So thank you, babe, for pushing me where I didn’t want to go, but getting me to where I want to be.

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My sister. So, so much credit is due to my sister. She has helped with so many details that have made this venture come into existence. In fact, so many aspects of this entire plan were her ideas. Yet, she presented them to me in such a way as to allow me to believe that they were my ideas and mine alone! And this has only helped to boost my confidence in this pursuit. So, thank you so much, Sissy, for your brilliant and creative ideas, your “trickery”, and your unwavering support. You never once doubted me even when I doubted myself completely.

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My friend, Amy. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you should know who Amy is by now. She has been with me
every step of the way on my blogging journey and now this new venture. She takes my photos, she offers constructive criticism and positive feedback any time I need it, she is full of genius ideas that help drive me in new and better directions, and she shares in my excitement at the tiniest milestones that I achieve. I am so blessed to have her by my side. Thank you with all of my heart, Amy, for being my confidante, my friend, my photographer, and my business partner. Because of you, whenever I have doubts, I am able to remind myself that we got this!

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My special blogger friends (there are too many to name here, but I think you all know who you are!). There are so many fabulous bloggers out there who consistently deliver impeccable content and so much inspiration to their readers (and I am one of those readers). I follow so many of these amazing people. But through the course of blogging and reading and commenting and interacting with each other, naturally friendships develop. While I find the entire community to be extraordinarily supportive of each other, there are the ones with whom you just connect. And the conversations move from the comment sections of blog posts into personal email exchanges. You start to really know one another and you get comfortable with each other and you share things that you may not necessarily share in a blog post. You can ask these blogger friends for professional advice or ideas without fear of being rejected, ignored, or perceived as an annoyance. And they always seem more than happy to accommodate and help out a fellow blogger.Β  These relationships that develop in the course of blogging are just a really cool phenomenon that occurs so effortlessly.Β  So to those bloggers who have become my friends, thank you so very much for such an amazing experience. I really hope you like what I will be announcing soon!

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Outfit details:

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Tunic: Solitary Consignment in Watertown, New York (Brand: Vertigo).
Scarf: Salvation Army Family Store in Watertown, New York (No label).
Necklace: Cato Fashions (No longer available, but similar here).
Bracelets: Kohl’s (No longer available, but you can shop their bracelets here).
Leggings: Burlington Coat Factory (From last year but similar ones here).
Boots: Journee Collection Round Toe Over the Knee Boots from Target.
Bag: Merona Faux Leather Cross Body Bag from Target (Red is no longer available.)
Earrings: Metal Tassel Earrings from Target.

And thank you to every one who stops by every week and joins my link up. I really appreciate your continued support! Because I have been working really hard the past few weeks on my venture, I have totally been falling behind on visiting and commenting on everyone’s posts. Although I fully intend to start making your links my bedtime reading (rather than getting sucked into Farm Heroes and Toy Blast! But hey, a girl needs to shut the brain down every now and then, right?) For this, I offer my sincerest apologies. But please continue to share your links so others can find them and see what you all are wearing, sharing, and discussing. And now here are your three favorite posts from my link up last week:

Jodie, Nancy, and Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style. They were one of your favorites from the week before, too…well because these gorgeous ladies are rocking their fabulous styles! Check out how they took Frumpy Florals from “mumsy to magnificent”!


Edye of Graceful Coffee posted 6 Things Blogging Has Taught Me. Let me tell you, this girl is so amazing and so wise beyond her years. I always find such wonderful inspiration in her writing and this post is no exception. Give it read…it really is worth your while!


And Karen of She Thought She Could So She Did looks beautiful in her Black Maxi-Light Denim outfit that was inspired by another blogger. And how amazing is her leopard scarf?!


Be sure to check back often for my big announcement! And have a fabulous weekend!

I can see something big on the horizon from the edge,


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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

100 Responses

  1. Good luck with your new venture /adventure! Can’t wait to hear what it is.

  2. Oh I hate this! I am a very curious person Shelbee! And one without any patience! Hahaha, I hope you have a great trip and that everything works out well. I am looking forward to your big announcement!

    • Sorry, Nancy! I’m still not telling! And it is hard for me to keep it quiet right now, too…but soon…within a week or two most likely!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your continuous support!


  3. Sounds exciting !!!! Have fun in NY. Love the outfit
    Xo susan

  4. Oh it sounds like you have something very exciting happening soon! Looking forward to hearing more about it πŸ™‚

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you’re having a fantastic week, enjoy New York! πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

  5. I cannot wait to hear what your new venture is! Good luck getting it off the ground! I love this look on you! Your striped dress is so cute and those boots are fabulous!

    Doused In Pink

  6. I am doing the second installment of my collaboration with fashion-forward brand STAYING SUMMER this week at blog & I know you’ll like it – don’t forget to drop by & let me know what you think!

    Happy Thursday!


  7. Good luck. I hope it turns out like you’ve imagined and I’m looking forward to the big reveal.


  8. Can’t wait to see what you are up to! Have a great trip!

  9. Girl—that is the meanest teaser ever!! But I am excited just because you are!
    I absolutely love NYC—I can’t wait to hear all about it!
    And i was so surprised to be featured again—-thanks, thanks, and more thanks!!
    Don’t you just love OTK boots—I now have 2 pair and think they are the funnest footwear!

    • Sorry, Jodie! It’s killing me to keep it secret, too! But I just have a few more details to work out and then I will share! I am a mess of emotions…excitement mostly, but nervous, scared, and freaking out a little bit, too! But like I have said before…good things come from stepping out of the comfort zone! Thanks so much for your continuous support, for always inspiring, and for always having such kind words!


  10. cant wait to find out what it is! You look great love the boots!!!!

  11. I’m loving this tunic on you, and it looks great with the boots! Have a great time in NYC and I can’t wait to hear about your new venture! Best of luck!

  12. I am very envious right now! Have a fabulous time x

  13. what great fall colors!

    Life is just Rosie

  14. love your outfit! Can’t wait to see what you have in store πŸ™‚

  15. Good luck on the new venture, looking forward to hearing about it. Shelbee, I agree, I feel like I am starting to get to know people, yourself included on the blog, and it is wonderful to know more about other bloggers, I do enjoy it! Love the colors of your dress, especialy orange. Great neck scarf and love the brown boots, its about that time in Charlotte!
    thanks for hosting!
    jess xx

    • Jess, thank you so very much! You are definitely one of the bloggers I had in mind when I wrote that particular thank you! So thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support, your behind-the-scenes help and advice, your kind words and thoughtful comments, and your friendship. It really does mean the world to me!


  16. Hmmmm a new venture, I must know! Pretty please with a cherry on top. Lol

    Vavavoom mamacita. The striped dress and OTK boots are great plus you are wearing all Fall’s colors which I love. Is that your neighborhood Shelbee? So nice.

    • Hahaha, Ada! I’m going to make you wait with everyone else! Isn’t this tunic fabulous? I found it at my local consignment shop and so love the retro feel of it and the colors! And yes, this is my neighborhood. I love it here. It is very quiet and safe and friendly! Thank you so very much for your continued support and for becoming one of those “friends” I talked about in this post! It means the world to me!


  17. What fun!!!!! Have a great trip!

  18. I’m so honored to be featured on your link-up, Shelbee! Your kind words mean so much to me. Thank you so much <3

    Edye |

  19. Good luck Shelbee, love those boots!

    • Thank you so much, Nora! And a very huge thanks for your help and input via email last night! I really appreciate it. (I think you are the only blogger “insider” on this one!)


  20. I’m very curious about your new venture!!! Love those leggings and that purse! Thanks for the linky! πŸ™‚

  21. Exciting! And I love your boots. : )

  22. Such a cute dress & I’m looking forward to hearing you news!!!

  23. Congrats on whatever it is. Looking forward to hearing.

  24. I am a firm believer in going after dreams and I have taken some HUGE steps in my life to go after some of mine! It can be scary, but it is better then wondering what could have been. I am SO proud of you and I can’t wait to hear more. Have fun in NYC, I went a couple of summers ago with my husband and we had the best time. I really need to go back there soon! That neck-tie/scarf looks so cute with the striped dress!


    • Carrie, thank you so much! I needed those words right about now…I am leaving in just a few hours and this trip is like a for real “business trip.” And it’s kind of freaking me out! I have been a stay-at-home mom for too long, I think. Ha! I really appreciate the support and the inspiring and motivating words. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


  25. I love tunics, and yours is fabulous!

    And I’m very curious, too!!! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful trip & good luck with your business ventures!

  26. Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine

    You’re so special Shelbee!! AND I love the retro vibe this is giving off…Super cute!! Have the BEST trip!!!!

  27. Wow, Shelbee, I am so excited for you and cannot wait for the new venture reveal! Best of luck to you, girl! Meanwhile, this mod look is so fun and perfect for fall. You are rocking these boots!

  28. How exciting! Enjoy your trip to NYC and take lots of pictures to share with those of us here on the West Coast! Looking forward to hearing about your new venture!

    • Colleen, thank you so much! I have a post in the works about my trip! I didn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked because I got so caught up in my mission! But stay tuned to see what I did capture…


  29. Good luck in NYC and thanks for hosting.

  30. You look amazing in this tuni, Shelbee. I wish you much fun in NY. I’ve never been there. Hugs

  31. this is so not fair, Shelbee darling, curiosity is killing me but whatever you decided to do, good luck because you seem quite determined lady who knows exactly what she wants and goes for it. Enjoy NYC, it is one of my favourite cities in the world, there is so much to do and see there. Have fun

    • Anna, thank you so much for the kind words! We had such a great time in NYC! It was an amazing experience for sure. A post is in the works about some details of my trip. Stay tuned…


  32. Can’t wait to hear all about the big venture. You look great in this sweater dress with that cute boots!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  33. Have fun in NY! I love those stripes!

  34. Good luck on your new journey…can’t wait to hear all about it! Love the otk boots…funny thing, I didn’t used to be a fan and now I have four pairs.

    • Thank you so much, Debbie! I am loving OTK boots lately, too. I have a few pairs as well and would not mind adding more! Stay tuned for more information about my big secret and about my trip coming soon…


  35. How exciting! Can’t wait to hear about your new venture! Have a great time in New York πŸ™‚

    Emma xxx

  36. Ugh! I hate teasers! A relative on FB did the same thing to me last night and posts “I will have a BIG announcement soon”….drives me crazy wondering what it is. Well, whatever yours is, I wish you success. Love your dress!

    • Sorry, Amy! If it is any consolation, I hate keeping secrets! But I need to work out a few tiny little details before the big reveal. But a post will be coming today or tomorrow about my trip which will have lots of hints I think! Stay tuned…and thanks for stopping by.


  37. Ah the suspense is killing me haha! Good teaser! Thanks for sharing and goodluck on your adventure.

  38. Excited for you! And curious! And loving this cool mod look on you too!

    Dawn Lucy

    • Thanks so much, Dawn Lucy! I totally thought of you when I styled this outfit, too! The tunic definitely reminded me of something you would you choose, too!

      Stay tuned for more about my big reveal!


  39. Such a fun tunic! Hope you have a super time in NY!

  40. Ooooh I wonder what it is! I’m sure it’ll be fantastic! I have enjoyed watching your blogging journey too. My blog is right about the same age as yours and it’s inspiring to see all that you go after!


    • Thank you so much, Nina! I have enjoyed watching your journey as well. I am so excited for you and your new adventure as well. Stay tuned for more information about my…coming soon!


  41. Thank you for the feature sweet Shellbee! I really appreciate it friend! Now I have to say, you certainly have my curiosity piqued about your new venture! I hope you have a wonderful weekend in NYC!

  42. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. This striped dress is very cute and makes you to look tall. Love how you styled it!

  43. The world is but your oyster, friend, it is as tiny or as scaleable as you deem it to be πŸ™‚ SO pleased for you, whatever the big announcement may be, I know it is well deserved xoxo

  44. Ok, now you’ve got me all curious! Have fun in NYC and I can’t wait to hear what you have in store. Whatever it is, I know you will rock it! Safe travels…

  45. Hi Shelbee!! I wanted to thank you for linking up with my party and for hosting your party. Each time I visit it reminds me of how drab my wardrobe is lol. Someday I’ll get it under control. Have fun in NYC!!

  46. Can’t wait to hear what you are cooking up!! It sounds very exciting. Weekend in NYC – hello … the trees in central park will be in a symphony of colour – enjoy!! looking great my friend. See you for next week’s link up.

  47. Sounds like a fun trip and some fun news coming up!

  48. Can’t wait to hear all about your plan! It sounds lovely and hopefully it will lead you to where you want to be. Would love if you can link up to

  49. I’m so glad you have something so fabulous on the horizon! Sending you positive vibes and so much happiness!!!

  50. I am excited to hear about your new venture! I hope it goes smoothly and turns out just the way you want it to! And I hope you have fun in New York! Thanks for sharing at the Grace + Lace Linkup!

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