16 February 2012

In a Rut with My Heels On

I think my life has been pretty blah of late. Every day is the same-same - get up, go to work, come home, veg, go to bed. Wake up and do it all over again. Throw in a sprinkle of dinners out, workouts, dog outings and weekend food trips and you pretty much get my routine for the past few weeks.

Now I know these mundane things are what make up a life but mine of late just seems like such a snore. I spend my time wishing the work week gone and then feel like I piddle the weekend away anyways because my brain can't seem to muster the energy to figure something to do.

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Just a few nights ago we had a friend visit us from out-of-town and BF and I spent about an hour dawdling over what restaurant to take him out to. What did we end up doing? Went to an old standby. I talk about taking the pup to a new dog park over the weekends and by Saturday I'm Miss Excuses Not to Go. I flip through recipe books and cooking mags like I typically do for inspiration and nothing catches my eye. I don't think I've tried a brand new recipe since the beginning of the year.

Even when I look through my closet nowadays, I am a bit at a loss for what to put together. I keep a notebook where I usually scribble down some outfit pairings since they sometimes come to me at a whim, but my options are dwindling thin. I feel like I've tried a whole lotta just plain bad looks in the morning rush.

Shoot, apparently I am so stuck in my nonspirational rut that I can't think of anything better to write about - wah!

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So please help me out ladies. My life seems like a whole lotta vanilla right now. Short of something drastic like selling my belongings and moving out to a small hut in South America, what do you do when you feel like you need to shake things up in your life? How do you break from the daily routine? How do you keep things in day-to-day life interesting?

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Jacket: F21 knit moto (worn here - sim here, boucle here)
Top: Lands' End Canvas floral poplin (worn here - sim pricey here, sheer here)
Shoes: Zara cap-toe court (worn here - sim here, quilted here)
Necklace: Anthropologie gold finger (worn here - sim here, as bracelet)

44 comments:

  1. Hey lovely,

    Take a different route to work. Get on pinterest STAT. Read an inspiring biography. As for you wardrobe: throw a bunch of random things from your closet on to the bed and see what things/fabrics/patterns look good together, and even if you'd never normally wear, just do it!

    Inspiration is everywhere kiddo!
    xoxo
    www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh girl, I hear you on this. I often feel just the same way. I second Natasha in saying: Pinterest. Stat!

    As for inspiration, I try to plan out my menus a week in advance. It forces me to think about what I'm going prepare and eat for the week, and I always always always have at least 1 new recipe to try each week. It's exciting in a very low key kind of a way.

    Maybe try a new makeup routine? I recently got quad pack of purple eyeshadows.... I'm kind of in love. And lately I've been pairing colors together that I've never done before: blue button down with red cable knit sweater? check. Purple blouse with light blue cable knit sweater? double check.

    I'm totally vanilla. With maybe just the barest hint of maple flavor...

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    1. Haha, vanilla with maple? Actually, that sounds fantastic!

      I need to get back into trying some new recipes, I used to love to do that - though poor BF playing guinea pig, because sometimes the recipes are no bueno!

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  3. Love the outfit! And the shoes... I love that the heel is substantial on them.

    I'm definitely in a rut too, but I use pregnancy as an excuse since my energy levels die quickly. A few wkds ago we saw Rain (the beatles tribute band) because we had gotten tickets from the in-laws for xmas. It was so nice to go into the city and do something different. I'm now planning an outing to get brunch and hit the Van Gogh exhibit at the art museum. Maybe see if there is anything going on in your town that could be a date night/day type of excuse to break the mold?

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    1. BF and I are bad for meaning to do something or see something, and then not. I should just go ahead and buy tickets when I think of them, because otherwise we miss out on a bunch of stuff!

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  4. Hi Lisa,

    I follow your wonderful blog regularly, but this is the first time I've posted here. I don't think it's you that's stuck in a rut - I think it happens to all of us this time of the year - the winter seems endless and you can't wait for Spring to arrive. I always feel this way in Feb every year. I tried retail therapy yesterday (shopped for new season shoes & clothes)and that helped a bit, although not fully. I'm just counting down to the time I can go bare-legged. I suppose it isn't such an issue for you, but could you still be feeling the Feb-blues like me?

    P.S. I live in the UK and it is freezing here at the moment.

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    1. I agree with you and Dea - it probably is partly the winter blues. I did do some online retail therapy this afternoon though and purchased a couple of items outside my comfort zone ... and yes, Zara knows how make things seem better for a while. ;o)

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  5. Oh dear friend, I can completely relate and was going to write a post about it on my blog. Maybe it's the winter blues? I don't know,,,but I don't like it. However, you look positively beautiful in this outfit and I love the polka dots paired with the bright jeans. Very Madewell, which is once place I've been drawing fun inspiration from!

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    1. Bah humbug winter - you're probably right. I have all these ideas in my head but of course they are all sunny day things and I use that as an excuse not to do anything. Please come back warm weather, these dreary chilly wet days suck!

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  6. That polka dot blouse is so cute, wish it wasn't sold out in my size!

    I also feel like I'm doing my same boring routine on daily basis. Like the poster above, I think a lot has to do with it being winter. Once it's spring, I feel like there's so many more things to do and I have more motivation! A good way to get out of the rut now is just to try something new :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  7. First of all, those bright blue pants are so fun! Love them on you! Secondly, I hear ya sista! I agree with Dea...maybe it's the winter blues. I feel like my days are so scheduled with school schedules, after-school activities, hubby always gone...just the same old thing daily. I have found that if I schedule fun activities to look forward to a few times a month it really helps. We had a date night last week for V-day that I was super excited about, and now this weekend I have a night out with a friend planned. It's these nights out that get me out of my normal routine that really help. Do something you've never done before maybe...change it up!

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    1. I definitely need to call some friends I haven't talked to in a while up! And BF and I just make a pact to have a date activity at least once a week, so I'm taking small steps!

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  8. Lisa! clearly these ruts are part of life and they are also a part of our creative side to keep it balanced and reactivate itself. What usually works for me is a conscious effort to change my attitude towards the rut itself. It sounds so silly but when I find myself not being able to get out of my routine I get frustrated and upset and eventually I realize I need to make myself snap out of this funk even if I keep doing the same things. What I mean is I try to find the good and happy and positive of all these things that aren't changing. Being in a better mood makes me more open and makes me feel less tired and more willing to try new things or do things on a whim. Sometimes you just have to push through it and just force yourself to go to that different park or try that new recipe even if you're not feeling up for it. I don't think you'll regret it :)

    PS. I don't think I've ever written such a long comment before. I almost made it a post! haha

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    1. You and Carol from in Pursuit of Pretty Things are on the same wavelength, and I like it! Appreciate the little moments and the day to day and not wish my time away, I need to do that!

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  9. This outfit is gorgeous! I love the shade of blue with all of these fabulous neutrals. Love your shoes and your blouse. And that jacket and necklace are perfection!

    See Me Rwar

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  10. Well you certainly wouldn't know you were having the blahs from your pix, b/c you always look cheerful and super classy. I'll tell ya, though, I SO understand where you're coming from b/c being a parent of 5 year old twins feels a lot like Groundhog Day. I feel like I do the same darn thing everyday and it really gets kinda old sometimes (I know I shouldn't think that way, but hey, I'm human). :) I wish I had advice on how to shake things up, but I don't. I'd love to hear some ideas, too! :)

    http://bestdressedinthenest.tumblr.com/

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  11. omg- I think we are living the exact same life :)

    I guess we need to force ourselves out of the everyday- for anyone else I'd say try wearing something outside your comfort zone, but you're such a fearless and adventurous dresser I don't know what to suggest! Maybe challenge yourself to wear just black for a few days- that'll get your creative energies flowing again!

    Or watch a horror movie- I watched a beautiful and excruciating french film called 'Eyes without a face' last night and feel quite a bit happier with my lot today! I'm sure this movie has inspired some fashion spreads, with its creepy doll face and enormous Givenchy dresses...

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    1. Ooh, I love a good horror movie. I don't think there have been any good ones in a while, so I'll definitely look up that "Eyes" movie. It's a slippery slope though - I love to get scared during the movie, but then I can't go to sleep at night!

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  12. Sometimes I feel the same way with outfits - seems like I continue to wear the same combinations! Maybe try to spruce up outfits with different accessories :) Go shopping or thrifting as there are always different things there that could inspire you :) Have a "me" day and go get a massage or similar :) Take your camera outdoors and find something to take photos of :) I agree that inspiration is definitely all around :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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    1. That's an awesome idea, I should totally do a "tourist day" and see spots of my city with a visitor's eye and appreciate them instead of just going "bah, traffic!"

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  13. i love those pants! i've been eyeing similar ones from madewell for a while but probably won't end up with em. haha! oh well. when i'm in a rut i sometimes like to go out and buy a new nail polish. it's retail therapy without the high price tag and also really fun to create outfits around a nail color. sometimes though, i just need a break from my norm and i'll cut things out for a while... like facebooking or window shopping online. i feel like the times i cut things out, the more creative i get!

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    1. I adore playing with polishes, but I've been searching for the perfect shade of shimmery emerald green forever! Why does no one make that shade!

      And though I love the color of these Loft jeans, I have to admit I probably wouldn't recommend them - they stretch out soooo bad! I totally should've belted today!

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  14. Oh I know the feeling, I am dragging myself out of bed to the gym in the mornings, everything is so samey. I have no answers so I'll be checking everyone's comments!

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  15. I'm totally feeling the same way that you do right now. It has to do with the grey winter weather(although not so wintery here in Toronto--not much snow). I think I'm hitting a bit of boredom with tights and winter clothes in general. I try to perk myself up with new music, new outfits (but not new clothes--I'm being good with my shopping this year), new food...but it's tough. I'm going away this weekend so I'm hoping that will help break up the daily monotony. In the end, monotony is probably better than constant turmoil, right?

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    1. I guess I should be thankful my life is not full of turmoil, you're totally right. I get my fill of drama just by watching the Real Housewives, haha!

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  16. You know, I recently went to this weekend conference on mindfulness in education (mindfulness being the sort that is practiced by contemplatives, etc) and I realized that I could use more of it in my life. My life is fairly routine, I suppose, outside of the occasional site visit/business trip I have to do for work, but my problem is I feel like life and time are racing by and slipping though my fingers, because I'm always rushing mentally towards the next thing. I think stopping, and just being, would help me lose that sense. Not sure if it would help with your sense of ennui, but maybe. Sometimes, being really present brings into sharp focus the beauty and wonder of the everyday, doesn't it?

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    1. That's a wonderful idea, Carol. I don't think it is a good thing that I just wish days away, I need to remember to take time and just enjoy the moment. Easier said than done for me though, but I've got to make the effort!

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  17. I find that the key is to set up little things to look forward to within the week. Otherwise, I too, find myself feel very "blah" and bummed out! For me, baking is one of the activities I cherish most - I always say it's the best therapy! I think it's just a matter of finding something you're passionate about...whether that be a commitment like running everyday, or a sort of thing you can change up easily, like taking new classes (language, cooking/baking, instrument, etc). Maybe it's just setting aside a special time in the week where you get to indulge in your favorite treat and your favorite TV show, without guilt. Also, I find it's pretty key to live in the moment - as in, usually no more than a week ahead. This way, you have things to look forward to, but you don't get overwhelmed (or sad that your big trip isn't for a few months, for example). Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for these ideas! BF and I just agreed on doing a date activity at least once a week - we're not picking a date or specific activity because we are hoping it'll be fun and kind of spontaneous and not turning it into something we "have" to do. I love your idea of doing "little things" though - I don't want to feel pressured to have a good time, haha!

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  18. Awesome colored pants! I recently bought a similar color from Old Navy!

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    1. Glad you got yours from ON, because these streeeeeetch out!

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  19. Hello,
    really nice look!!! Beautiful blouse and necklace!!!
    And those shoes... they look stunning!!!
    Kate

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  20. I went through a slump that sounds just like what you described a couple of months ago.....(actually think I go through it once every year in the winter) :p I'm not sure what pulled me out of it but I'm pretty sure polyvore didn't hurt ;)

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  21. I've fallen into similar patterns, too. I see new restaurants I want to try but always stick to standards. Wear "go to" looks consisting of skinny pants tucked in boots and an easy top.
    I've started buying vouchers from Restaurant.com with the intent of trying new places and putting together a new outfit to wear. I've also spent more time checking new online inspiration to try and get re-energized!

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  22. I say go out for a REAL good work out, out doors if possible.

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    1. My initial reaction to that? Ooh, but it's so cold ... and people will see me huffing and puffing ... see why I'm in a rut? ;o)

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  23. What about a day out with your girlfriends? That always helps me lift my spirit :) But I totally hear you on this one.
    btw: I love the blue pants on you!!

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  24. Are you planning on having a wedding soon? Even if it is going to be small, wedding planning is an activity and can take up a bunch of time.....

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    1. Oh that will need to be a post all by itself. Yes, I'm engaged - no, I've done zero planning so far, bad bad me ...

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  25. Been a while since I have popped in...went to lunch w Eleanor from Shopp the Closet and she mentioned you and I was like, Hey, I haven't stopped by in a while..need to pop in.
    Anyway..hope you are well....LOVE those blue pants...especially the way you rolled them..decided I need colored denim for Spring...I was going to buy red, and then the boutique got them in late, so I didn't purchase...and now wishing I had...so no regrets for Spring..must buy fun colored denim!!

    As for the "rut"...its that time of year...I am looking to spring fashions for blog inspiration and of course time with family and friends always inspires me:)
    Best
    C

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  26. I know exactly how you feel - especially when things like fashion week are going on and...I'm still going to normal work. Something that helps me is that I link up with Bex (bexadiary.com) for Thursday Latelies, where you can do a video or regular post about the little things you're thankful for or are making you smile. It's surprisingly satisfying to have a scheduled time to reflect on last week and what made it great...even if it's just painting my nails a new color, or something small at work.

    On an unrelated note...can you share what size/official name of Lands End dress shirt you're wearing? I'm thinking about buying a few, but am wondering about sizing and such.

    ...Lauren

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  27. I know how you feel - spending all week wishing for the weekend and then managing so spectacularly to do absolutely nothing with it. Then just start the cycle again.
    Clearly the cold doesn't help, and once the sun sets, I'm done... no motivation to do anything other than curl up on the couch.

    Two weeks ago I went out to dinner with my little sis and my best friend. we just went to chilies, but even at such a tired venue I had a great time just talking and laughing. I said we needed to start going out every weekend. Just to have one part of the weekend feel like it was a weekend and not just a blur of sleep, coffee and chores.
    But it hasn't happened since.

    Chic on the Cheap

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