Small things

I find enjoyment in the simplest things in life.

Here in the doldrums of winter, where there is more grey than sun, it's easy to feel defeat. Getting outfit photos ready for each week is a challenge; trying to cram them all in over the weekend, waking early enough to snap them at lightening speed before work (yeah right), or racing against the setting sun at the end of the day.

I feel like I am forever playing catch-up, never quite being able to get ahead, or stay there for more than a moment. But I suppose that is the nature of life, and I need to get out of the mindset that I am behind - perhaps I am exactly where I need to be. If that means some nights I need to go to bed early and don't get a blog post up, that is okay. If I never manage to schedule Instagram posts for the week, that is okay too.

Appreciating the little moments in my day, like my morning coffee, or how good I feel after going to my exercise class knowing that this week I could do something I could not do last week, or stopping to buy myself a grocery store bouquet, just because, gives me joy.

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The Rundown
White Sweater 89th & Madison via Marshalls similar
Coated Jeans Joe's via TJMaxx similar
Leopard Fur Coat JCP similar
Red Pumps Nine West thrifted similar
Bag "Lewis Drive Michela" Kate Spade similar
Leather Pom Matine
Tanner Toggle Lariat Necklace Gorjana similar
Hammered Gold Ring Thrifted similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx


  1. It really is the little things that can bring a great deal of joy! You look beautiful in this fabulous print coat, and the pop of red is perfect!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  2. I think what you said is so important for all of us to realize. Enjoying what we have and feeling blessed can change a bad day into a great one!!
    Besides when you are wearing red, fabulous shoes like these, how can you not smile?
    It's a beautiful outfit---I'm thinking it's time for date night??? :)

  3. Love the pop of pink from the shoes!!
    And yea, sometimes I feel like I'm behind and everything is snowballing. But then I realize that it doesn't really matter in the long run, just go with the flow!

  4. lovely look! Those shoes are perfect and look great! what a great find!

    Inside and Outside Blog

  5. Love this fab coat, it's a fave of mine. I am forever playing catch up in life and I'm learning to embrace that and just go with the flow.


  6. When I transitioned back from blogging professionally to blogging for fun, I really struggled with the idea that I wasn't doing enough, was always behind, etc., etc. There was a time when I considered giving up entirely. But in the end, it did just come down to changing my mindset, accepting what I could do and more importantly, what I realistically couldn't. That change took time, and there are definitely still moments when I'm not where I want to be, but overall, acceptance has been the best thing I could do for myself and my sanity. (And the endorphins from a good workout always help with that, too!)

  7. Love the leopard coat! Looks so cute with the pop of red from the shoes!

    Treats and Trends

  8. Love the thought behind this. Maybe I'm not behind with everything I need to do as well! I am right where I need to be! Your red heels look lovely with this classic outfit! What a fabulous statement coat!

  9. Life really is all about the small moments. I have to remind myself all the time to live in the moment. Love this look, your jacket is amazing!

    xx, Elise

  10. I love the leopard coat and the pop of color from your shoes! We can't be too hard on ourselves when we don't get a blog or Instagram post up. Life goes on and everyone who reads totally understands. One thing that I've found very helpful in shifting that mindset is writing down 3 things I'm grateful for every day. Sometimes it is as small as having time to get a delicious cup of coffee, but it has really helped me shift my mindset and focus on the great things happening in life (even when it sometimes doesn't feel like it!)

    Nicole to the Nines

  11. I hate feeling like I'm behind on things and yet I somehow always feel that way. It's probably why I'm crazy into making lists, etc - it's literally the only way I can semi-hold my sanity.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  12. Very beautiful outfit!

  13. I ALWAYS feel that way! But it's in those slow and simple moments to myself that I really enjoy the calm. This outfit is just so classic-love!
    xo Adri

  14. Totally agree -- life is all about appreciating the little moments. Trying to do more of this as well.


  15. I really like the animal print coat and red pumps! They work so well together!


    Tamara -

  16. The collar on your coat is giving me all kinds of joy, but I could also go for a grocery story bouquet as well!

  17. I feel like I am forever playing catch up lately too. I love that sweater on you. Perfect with the leopard and red pumps.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  18. That coat is beautiful!!!

  19. Love the leopard print coat! Also, I think that letting go of the idea of being behind and accepting that you're where you're supposed to be is beautiful :)

  20. I keep a gratitude journal of happy moments that occur throughout my day, so I can always remind myself that there are good things happening all around, even when I'm stressed and having a bad day! Hope you have a nice weekend, and I love this look!


  21. Totally understand what you are talking about. I don't feel too motivated to go out and take pictures at all this time of year. And then it just gets overwhelming with deadlines, quickie shoots etc. But then I remember life isn't necessarily about photo shoots and commenting on 100 blogs it's about the small things and taking the time to enjoy what is going on around you! Love your coat and hope you have one great weekend!

  22. Love the red shoes with the leopard print coat! :)

    I know what you mean too - I took some time off over Christmas from bloggy stuff, to just relax and enjoy the summer. I was feeling behind and like I had to play catch up and then the boys nap times changed so I barely have enough time to do anything, never mind catching up. But like you said, it's not that important, we are where we need to be and real life will always come over blog stuff. I'm still kinda managing to get posts out on time. I miss my 2 weeks of pre-scheduled posts though, hopefully I'll get back to it one day, haha!

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  23. Truly stunning jacket Lydia! Looks awesome on you. I also love your Kate Spade bag. It's so sharp and I love the tassel. I can only imagine how challenging it can be to take outfit photos during the Winter. Lighting is everything and can be so difficult. But you're a pro! Your pictures always turn out well.

  24. I love this leopard jacket! I have one that I need to wear more often!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  25. Sometimes I realise that I am the one putting pressure on myself with all the things I have to do.
    The red heels were the perfect addition here.

  26. That coat is TO DIE FOR! Love the print AND the price!


    Ashley || Sed Bona