Stop and Smell the Wildflowers

Since being home from a really nice and long overdue break, it has been difficult to adjust back to my old routine.  Honestly I hate routines although some things require it such as, good hygiene, sleep and exercise, I loved having the stimulation of being somewhere new and experiencing a different wave of energy.

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Ever since I was a young girl I have always had a fascination with flowers and plants.  I loved gardening and picking bouquets of wildflowers to keep on my nightstand.  My sister and I would catch butterflies in the horse pastures and release them into my bedroom to flutter around for the day then return them back to the wild.

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When I came home from Florida I had a lot of new energy and ideas with me, I felt like I was in a really good mental space.  Like I was saying earlier breaking the routine is so important to me. After a while I began to lose sight and made plans just to get through each day or each week resulting in tunnel vision.

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I am happy to be home with my animals and my own comfy bed, that is always a plus.  But I am also inspired to get out and do more.  I want to make the rest of this year an adventure since I spent the first six months recovering from a major surgery, not that that wasn’t an adventure in and of itself. I had to hustle to make ends meet while also being physically impaired. I’ll share more on that and my dog-walking adventures soon.

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During my hustle to make ends meet, I wasn’t always able to freshen my wardrobe.  I’ve become creative with recycling old outfits and even borrowing from family to liven up some tired pieces.  This maxi skirt is from Marshall’s circa 2013 roughly. I gave it to my mom when I couldn’t find ways to wear it anymore. I saw it recently in her wardrobe and it popped out at me telling me to take it! The sweater and the bralette were part of my buying frenzy as a manager at Macy’s, they have also been laying around wanting some wear.

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I get a lot of my style inspiration from other style blogs, my friends and people walking by.  I saw a picture of Karlie Kloss wearing a maxi skirt with a long sleeve tee and white sneakers on her Instagram and loved it, that is how this look was born with a little bit of my own countryside style.

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Wearing BCBGeneration top, Free People bralette, Maxi skirt is from Marshalls

 

 

Field of Dreams

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Wearing : Guess trench coat | H&M mini dress | Modern Vice boots

I love finding new brands that jog my imagination. I discovered Modern Vice boots at a women’s lifestyle event in New York City. The moment I walked into the venue my eyes cast upon these boots and was swept off my feet. I tried them on, and vowed to myself I would buy a pair as soon as I responsibly could.  I took a business card that day and months later had realized I was working in a showroom across the street.  I stopped in and got a tour of the factory and their entire showroom, needless to say I was in heaven, boot heaven. I decided on these boots which were custom made for me. Four weeks later, I got to take them home.

There’s a beauty to sharing the same passion with people, riding a wave of creative energy not knowing where it will go but continually portraying its essence in whatever way we can.

A Walk on the Wild Side

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Dress: Free People

This is my time. Time to take risks, make life changing decisions and teeter on the edge of responsibility and spontaneity. I decided I want to move to New York and BOOM I was there. I was terrified and excited but I was there. I got a good job that noticed my hard work and promoted me quickly but still something was missing. And now an amazing opportunity has unveiled itself to me and I have nothing to do but take it. From a young age both of my parents told me to become the person I desired to be, that my dreams are never too big.  One thing that I’ve learned is to take what life gives me and adapt because it just keeps going and not that I could ever be left behind, but I could be left with my own blocks and fears. Being in my twenties has really pushed me to develop myself and to create a world in which I would want to live. What I don’t want is to wake up someday and say ‘I wish I did that.’  I always have faith, and present what it is that I truly want on a day to day basis, and if you haven’t experienced it yet, postivity attracts even more positivity.  And be sure to surround yourself with people who believe in you and support you no matter what.  They are the poeple who don’t think you’re silly if you want to take pictures in a field with your wine glass, they join in.

Upstate Adventure

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It’s already mid-August and I want to drink every last drop of summer I possibly can.  This has been the hottest and most humid summer upstate New York has seen in a while.  And one thing I definitely struggle with is living in the moment, I feel like I’ve always got some kind of obligation holding me back from enjoying something wonderful.  It’s my nature to want to take a fraction of time and pause it long enough to gather my thoughts and take in the beauty around me.  The things I love most I need a lot of time for them such as, my family, my relationship, and my farm.  I wish it wasn’t as unacceptable to be open about it or to express that I require more time for that purpose. There’s this sense of competition amongst human beings such as: Who works harder? Who needs more rest? Oh you think you’ve got it bad? Take a look at my laundry list of responsibilities.  How do we actually break away from those behaviors and just be.

I love long drives and I love being at peace in nature, especially by a body of water. I walked along this stream and took in all its beauty.  I watched the sun light gleam onto the water, pour onto and through me.  Then I took a drive down a road I had never been before and saw this incredible view of mountains and fields.  Pasing a big cow farm, I stopped to take a picture of this particular cow because he looked so tranquil on top of his hill, and he looked directly at the camera.

What I’m wearing: Shoes: Target | Shorts: Guess | Shirt and Tank: F21 | Sunnies: RayBan

The Bigger Picture

IMG_1302 IMG_1318 IMG_1319 IMG_1331 IMG_1332 IMG_1334It’s days like these I wish I could live over and over again.  There is something about being outside that makes me feel whole; everyday I am fascinated.  We often take this for granted because we lead such busy lives and can’t stop to see what is going on around us.  I try to take a moment, even a fraction of a minute to appreciate what is in front of me. It keeps me grounded, then reminds me there is more to life than what society is telling me to do.  That is probably why I enjoy riding my horses so much, I let my mind escape me and run wild with thoughts and daydreams.  I think about the horse underneath me and how he appreciates the tiniest treasures and he is so content.  I learn from him, to be kind and patient and he lets me onto his back to escape reality for a while.  There is so much more to life than what we are looking at, don’t miss it.

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Welcome to Love It Madly! I have always wanted to write a blog but never set aside the time or really had a focus on what I would blog about.  This past year has been my first year living as an adult and let me just say it has been quite a journey.  Being in my early twenties is tough, but I know this is the beginning of a beautiful chapter of my life.  I’m from a small town in upstate New York and run a private farm. I went away to school in New York City where I developed my underlying love for fashion and anything creative.  While my first love is the equine world, I have found myself head over heels for the city and its abundance of life and art. I feel as though I have two separate worlds and it has been a struggle to piece the two together.  I have years of riding horses, training them and competing under my belt and although I left that for a little while (but never really did) I am bringing that back into my life as a primary focus.  I want to share that with the world and whoever my readers are, but also introduce the side of me that loves fashion and style.  Follow me as I photograph my life and what I wear.  This isn’t your normal fashion blog, this is going to be country girl meets the city but I want to be honest and real.  I hope you enjoy and here are some of my beloved animals who truly make my life complete.

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