melissaschollaert-dianabenjamin2016-090Dress: For Love & Lemons (similar) / Shoes: Charles David (similar) / Earrings: J.Crew (old, similar, love these) / Fur: Vintage

Hi! I miss being able to ramble, it’s my sanity. Right now the list of things to do is getting a bit too long for my liking – primarily due to the holidays and my over ambitious Type A personality of just over committing because I like to work. The other day I had a wonderful “just me” day getting my hair touched up then going to a long late lunch. I was in no hurry to return home because returning home meant me wasting time away in front of my computer.

I mean I’m working, I am. But some days do you ever feel like you’re just sitting in front of your computer all day waiting for an email? Or responding to emails? Then at the end of the day you’re like, did I even accomplish much or should I have just gone outside and played?

I’m determined to not entirely miss gardening season this year. I’ve really missed it and right now my beds are so so pretty – I hope to step away from the computer and be able to get outside and share. I enticed myself by buying new garden gloves from Anthro and it’s about time I toss the other five shabby pairs that have seen better days.

I relaunched my graphic design site here, it had been neglected for an entire year! I had to concentrate on other things of course and the jobs still came from referrals, but I felt like this was a part of my work that was unfinished and I hated that! So I’m glad it’s complete and out in the world to see.

I also moved agencies for the third time in my career, earlier this week. I know, what’s going on. Well nothing, really, which is exactly why I moved. Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands or jump when the opportunity comes, and in this case, I’m returning to my agent who knew me when I was 19. She took a chance on me then and still believes in me now after I have been off her roster for 6 years. I’ve made the rounds being represented by the best agencies in town and I’m at the point where I’m either going to leave the industry, or I’m going to give it one last shot. I’m not a quitter but I also know when I feel defeated and it’s time to walk away.

If you are still reading, God bless you. Thank you for being my soundboard. The great purge continues, out with old towels and I bought several new sets from Pottery Barn, I also crazily organized my linen closet that it is totally blog worthy but I didn’t want to share because I think you might think I was crazy or going overboard with my purging and organizing (I am). Clothes are on the floor ready to be dropped off to consignment, and I’m even cleaning out cupboards. A big blogger/stylist yard sale will be happening in the new year, so stay tuned, lots of us together getting rid of home, style and props all in one place!

I figure I should leave you with something since I’ve taken up your time. In the middle of our busy lives as we try to be selfish with our time because we value it, I want to encourage you to also give a little of yourself. There are friends who just need our company, an emergency babysitter to take a meeting, or our creative feedback and encouragement. Maybe we think our schedules are overflowing, and perhaps they are, but sometimes when we give a bit of ourselves, we find that we get back so much more. xx

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Photo by Melissa Schollaert / Makeup by Lizzy Marsh