April 27, 2016

Shorts Capsule

Shorts Capsule

It's been so warm lately, that I thought it'd be fun to create a summer capsule full of shorts! This capsule holds a variety of sleeve lengths but I kept to a neutral palette except for blue (and pink in shoes). Keeping it simple makes it easy to mix and match. You'll notice all the shoes are flat and that's just my preference, but you can add heels if you like!

Happy Wednesday!

March 29, 2016

Loving Lately: March Madness

  • Anchor's Aweigh (it's spelled that way I promise) with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra dancing and singing to make us swoon.
  • Spring weather with tulips all around.
  • Periscope app ~ love having conversations with people around the world and getting to sit under the teachings of some of the greats! If you'd like to join me on Periscope, my username is @CatherineDenton.
  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Car resurrection ~ the mechanic came to our house because he remembered one thing he needed to try and now my car is RUNNING again!
  • OU being in the final four, simply because I'm an Oklahoman.

March 26, 2016

Snapchat Roundup: Route 66

For Spring Break we took a road trip highlighting interesting spots along Route 66. My husband loves planning this stuff and is crazy-good at finding deals and out-of-the-way treasures. We spray-painted cars at Cadillac Ranch, drooled through endless art galleries in Santa Fe, locked ourselves in an old timey one-cell jail, stuffed ourselves at Lucille's and The Big Texas Steakhouse, marveled at a mysterious staircase that baffles architects, photographed gorgeous snow-capped mountains and rested in fun places along the way like the Blue Swallow ~ cutest hotel I've ever seen!

It was a much needed get-away and a fun adventure, but I'm happy to be back home now!

What have you been up to this week?

If you'd like to follow me on snapchat, you can find me @dentoncatherine! 

Hope you have a great Saturday!

March 24, 2016

The 10X Rule

"Does anyone benefit when you can't get your art sold or that great book published or that great idea that will improve everything across?"

Let's talk about The 10X Rule. WOW, this book, oh my word! Grant Cardone kicked me right off my booty into action! I don't know if I've had any book jolt me so completely. I've had lots of books inspire me, encourage me, motivate me and lead me; but The 10X Rule literally got me off my chair.

If you feel stuck or like there is nothing you can do to change your situation then please read this book! Ten to one you will change your tune. This is not a feel good book. He minces no words; he tells it like it is TO YOUR FACE!

"One of the greatest turning points in my life occurred when I stopped casually waiting for success and instead started to approach it as a duty, obligation and responsibility." 

One of the things that impacted me the most about this book was how he showed that not pursuing success is unethical. I strive to be an ethical person so this hit me square in the face. He said, "I even suggest that failing to insist upon abundant amounts of success is somewhat unethical. To the degree that electing to do our personal best each and every day is ethical, then failing to do so is a violation of ethics." 

That woke me up and had me leaning forward in my chair. 

"Treating success as an option is one of the major reasons why more people don't create it for themselves-- and why most people don't even get close to living up to their full potential."

I'll be honest, I never looked at success as being necessary or even my duty. That may sound crazy to some of you but I have been seriously entrenched in the "maybe it'll happen" or "I'm fine without it" camp. I didn't understand the enourmous action that comes behind success. I feel like I've just woken from a dream into a reality where there is no room for excuses, blaming or victim mentality and only time for massive action!  I'll leave you with one last quote:

"If you don't consider it your duty to live up to your potential, then you simply won't."

March 23, 2016

Same Outfit Every Day?

Would you be willing to wear the same outfit every day?

Some of the most forward thinkers of our time have done it and are doing it; President Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Alice Gregory, and Matilda Kahl. They've taken one stressful decision out of the their morning routine by wearing the same outfit every day. They do this to keep from wasting precious decision-making energy on items that don't matter and save their best thinking for ones that do.

I have long loved this idea and have partially adopted it by creating a "uniform" of clothes so to speak. Jeans, top, cardigan, flats. That's my uniform almost daily. But it's still not as extreme as wearing the same outfit every day because currently mine changes a little each time through pattern/color of tops; color of jeans; and type of shoe.

At the beginning of the year I toyed with reducing my 20+ wardrobe down to ten and seeing if I could do a year with ten pieces. The prospect excited me because the thrill of reducing gives me a freedom high. Yet each time I try to reduce my wardrobe to ten, I struggle with choosing the pieces. 

So if successful women like Alice, and Matilda, are wearing the same thing every day; I'm tempted to do the same. Taking even those last few decisions away and adopting a uniform of exactly one outfit every day.

It would be simple, chic and comfortable and I'd never have to decide again. 

The minimalist side of me jumps at the chance, but the artist side of me hesitates. Then I read somewhere about an artist who felt she could focus her creative energy on her art much easier when she wasn't exerting creativity in her clothes. That quieted my inner protest and has ignited a fire of curiosity. Would it increase creativity?

Wearing the same thing every day seems more simple to me than going the route of ten items. Less constricting if you will, which I know sounds completely opposite.

I'm thinking of trying it as an experiment, maybe a year, to see how it would feel to wear the same outfit in all seasons. And if I love it, then I'd be set. If I hated it, then I'd be done. I'd like to do a 365 project and take a photo every day to document the process and share how I'm feeling.

What do you think? Would you be interested in seeing that? Or do you think I'm crazy?