Needful Delays and Blue Skies


What a week it's been! Perhaps you may have noticed my slight delay in visits, and even a small social media hiatus. Well, if not, then it's because I did manage to squeeze in a few tweets and reads here and there, but most importantly I have been enjoying life, yet extremely busy. Rest as well as clearing my head from stress was needed. However, it was a progressively delightful week nonetheless.

All Smiles:
My new workout has started to kick in, so happiness abounds! Earlier this week a couple colleagues who recently changed locations moved into a new flat and hosted a small gathering. There was a feast rolled out, delectable food, grilling, and excellent company. It was simply perfect timing!
Above: Grilling time: marinated lobster tails, Break-time: Caffeine intake for the week, flight/bag situation, blackened salmon, potatoes, more food, and unseen vegetables.

Time and Date:
The one and only time I needed to carry on, my bag was delayed and threw my schedule off, but it arrived later safe and secure. We have also been trying to figure out mini-holiday travelling plans and did, only to be alarmed by me having to modify my tickets because of a special work project. As frustrating as it was to change plans it actually all worked for the better, and I was so happy to get amazing customer service on both accounts. Right, then even more news came when a (military) family friend (who is like a brother to me) talked about his wedding dates having to be altered ... now being sooner than expected ...

Count Your Blessings:
But, that's life and as unexpected moments occur sometimes you merely need to look on the positive side of it all; despite how inconvenient some situations may seem initially there is good flowing in the midst. Fortunately, the pleasing part of everything was the fact that I was able to make the changes necessary as well as complete a loaded list of other tasks this week. So, thankfully ... yes, mission: accomplished.

Next on the agenda, seeking birthday gifts for loved onesboth people being very selective ... oh, the fun begins! Obviously, online shops will be playing a huge role in the "suggestions box."

All of this business allowed me to remember an outfit that I wore some time ago for a shopping venture. Layers are always key for my style since I often get cold.  
Additional bonus: being able to bring out my camouflage denim once more.

With simple solid knits layered together I opted for boldness on the bottom of my outfit. I'm not sure how you like to look when you shop, but I always need to be comfortable. Of course, stylish and relaxed absolutely need to be merged somewhere in the ensemble, especially when extended walking is involved!

Wishing you a happy weekend! Do you have any exciting plans on your weekend itinerary?

The goods: Jacket-Thrifted, Boots-Mia, Denim-DIY, Knit vest-Mango, Messenger bag-F21, Beaded paillettes vest-Gap, Layered Tee-H&M, Eyewear-Firmoo


  1. francesca romana capizzi26 October

    I am glad to read that you are enjoying your time!! And I cann see it from your outfit as well!! I love those camou pants!!

  2. Chrissie26 October

    I love your pants they are great!

    Greets from the

  3. Marc Chanelette Chua26 October

    Very pretty and classy, love the look :)
    I follow you now!
    Follow me back on facebook ,twitter,and GFC
    love you dear :)

  4. SACRAMENTO Amate26 October

    Fabulous layering, my dear Madison.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  5. I love your pants - so cute!

    The Other Side of Gray

  6. Mary Jo at Trustyourstyle26 October

    Sounds like you've had a great week and I'm glad you got your bag back, there's nothing worse than lost luggage! Hope you have a chance to relax over the weekend--I will be catching up with life and hopefully taking it easy.
    xo Mary Jo

  7. Sounds like a wonderful time!
    Like your looks!
    The pattern pants and bag is amazing!
    Have a relaxing and creative weekend dear.

  8. Swoon! I LOVE the fall colors of this outfit! Those jeans look incredible on you!!  :)

  9. sartorialsidelines26 October

    Wow, you've had a lot going on! I'm glad you have time to do some reflecting all of it and count your blessings though - so important. On another note, I just love your jacket!

    Courtney ~

  10. I agree with what you said regarding counting our blessings. :-) by the way, love your jacket, looks so cool!

    Babi -

  11. Love the outfit, especially how you're wearing that jacket!  It's so easy to get frustrated with the bumps in the road but like you said, you have to roll with it and many times it works for the better. :)

  12. Cheryl van den Berg26 October

    Sounds like there is a definitely a lot on your plate and a lot of scheduling to do as well. I'm sure everything will come together beautifully like this layered look.

  13. Worryaboutitlater Bianca26 October

    the food looks very yummie, but also your outfit is great :)


  14. You are such a busy girl- and I love your attitude about it all! And of course you continue to look good while doing so..... 

  15. Thanks Francesca! xx Enjoy your w/e.

  16. That is so true. Yes, I'm happy everything worked out. Hope you're doing well with the little one dear.  :) xx

  17. Hi there! Thanks Babi! :)

  18. Sandy@OohLaFrouFrou26 October

    You look darling as always , sweet ... the soft layers look so comfortable.  I think breaks NEED to be put into our busy schedules ... life goes by so fast and we need to never feel guilty about calling "Time Out!" when the stresses happen!  Thanks for stopping by and your lovely compliments this week, love ... have a fabulous weekend! ~S

    SANDY M Illustration

  19. natalijayasmina-b.blogspot.com26 October

    suuuuuuuuper gorgeous :) <3

  20. Busy, busy!  But glad you've been enjoying yourself along the way.  Love this look.  It's totally something I would wear.  The great layered knits paired with the fab bold pants :)

    Have a great weekend, love! xoxo

  21. You look amazing in this outfit! And we all need some time for ourselves every once in awhile! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  22. Marcela26 October

    Beautiful outfit!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  23. chris ed26 October

    Lovely post, I enjoyed reading! The food looks delicious and your outfit is very pretty! I like your jacket, glasses and bag!
    have a nice weekend:) kisses chris

  24. Love this look!
    Amazing jeans!


  25. Ittakes2tofashion26 October

    Great army look!


  26. Giusy Manzella26 October

    Great look!!!


  27. Tamara Chloé26 October

    wow great LOOK,I love the army green with the jeans,jacket is so hot too!! you look amazing dear!!!!

    hugs xoxo tamara Chloé

  28. ok, why had i never considered grilled lobster until this moment? my mind's kinda blown...

  29. Lilli C.27 October

    cool combo! I like the boots andd the jacket! xo

  30. Jo and company style27 October

    Hi dear
    Thanks for your comment some weeks ago on my blog
    Cute your leggings

    Kiss kiss.*Jo

  31. alessia milanese27 October

    Very very nice!!


  32. The first thing that caught my eye on this fantastic look is the stunning bag, I'd love one like that. You've put these great separates together with amazing flair.
    Frills & Thrills

  33. Luna Tiger27 October

    These tie and dye jeans are beautiful !

  34. Thanks Tamara! xx Have a great weekend.

  35. Yes, do try it out, it's amazing! Marinated and grilled. xo

  36. Yes, It's been a full load, thanks Dawn I am definitely going to rest this wkd. well, after a mani/pedi session. haha! :)

  37.  Thank you Courtney. Hope you enjoy your weekend. :)

  38. Yes, busy is normal, but not like this, so I'm happy it all worked out. Thanks for your comment Alexis!  :)

  39. Love your outfit! Those jeans are very cool. I like how you paired it with a motorcycle jacket and a long tshirt.

  40. Um, yes... I totally understand when travel plans change after experiencing a lot of that recently!!  And such cute edgy outfits here!

  41. GiovannaPacini27 October

    Cute look! Loving your denim!


  42. I love your marble pants! The outfit is put together well. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I'm sure you two looked so cute as Bowie and Iman!

  43. Thecloset36528 October

    awesome outfit and great blog!! Would you like to follow each other on gfc and bloglovin?

  44. :) Definitely hun! I don't feel guilty, it's life ... so we must take it as it comes! I hope your weekend is going well Sandy! xx Thanks!

  45. It's great the way you enjoy live even with tons of work and changes of in the meantime you look gorgeous! I'm so jealous, hehe! 
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting, I love your site so of course I'm following you now, I'd love if you follow me back, to keep in touch!
    A big hug!

  46. I love the military inspired look the marble and khaki brings. It's a great autumn look imo. The grilling looks good where did I put that steak....

  47. very nice outfit! love your bag :)

    sound like a fun weekend 

    well what i usually do is relax ,go for a drink, read a book and go for a walk by the sea to charge my batteries for the following week...

    kisses !

  48. Nothing makes me happier than hearing friends say they're enjoying life.  Your report of a fun (if busy) offline life is terrific.

  49. You look amazing and you sound so positive. I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

  50. These marble pants are incredible.

  51. Margaret Cruzemark28 October

    You have manage to make
    my heart beats like crazy seeing these amazing pics with these cool
    clothes and shoes you are wearing!!!

    Best Regards

    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

  52. Always impressed with your DIYs!  Looks perfect on you :)

  53. Sounded like an interesting week. And yes sometimes unforseen   changes to plans can be for the best. I am happy to hear this was the case for you. When shopping like you comfort is best for me too and to keep well fed so the energy levels dont slip. Xxxx

  54. Wonderful marbled trousers!  I wore similar hued pants a week ago to a meeting, and the ladies thought it was some "camouflage" statement.  Perhaps it was unconsciously, as we were discussing the ancient Spartans and their military society at that meeting! -- J xxx

  55. ofcourse u should enjoy life ..cus this world is beautiful:) and I am a little curious of where will u go for your mini vacation:)..btw u look great:)

  56. That grilling looks delish - lobster tails? Nom!

    And I am loving your updo in these pics!

  57. You're such a positive person. It's pretty refreshing. I always tend to have a bit of a nervous breakdown due to stress. Sigh.

    I love this outfit. I love that you look fabulous and glamorous even when being comfortable. :)

  58. cute outfit! those food looks yummy :D


  59. That jacket is fabulous and I love those pants with this look - I would have never thought to do that!

  60. Bravoerunway29 October

    Ahhh that is a good outlook on delays madison! I love the camouflage/tie dyed jeans!!

  61. Fun pants, everyone need to take a breather and slow down once and awhile.

  62. The Dainty Dolls House29 October can be nice to be busy, but I hope you relaxed some time too ;) I love layers!! xx

  63. Thanks Jen. It's been years of practise, I've learnt that it only hurts us when we're negative. But, hey I'm human and it happens. Wishing you a great Monday. :)

  64. Yes, very good point. Hydration and food kept me! lol Thanks Dvora! :)

  65.  Thanks Arash. Yes, the grilling was definitely a wonderful highlight! :)

  66. Just a quick one to say I love those bottoms, so bold indeed, but altogether, what a fabulous outfit!
    Glad your mission was accomplished too!

  67. Tyne Swedish29 October

    Great look! I love that bag and jacket! I wanted to pop over and say thank you for your wonderfully kind comment on my blog. 


  68. OMGoodness I love your positivity!  I also love your pants!  So cool!

  69. great outfit girl!!! i love that sweater and those marble leggings. i was doing good on my workout but totally skipped this week. so much going on. glad you incorporate exercise into your life. it's so important. that food looks soooo good! hahaha

  70. i love your palette here! and i have been counting my blessing like a crazy person. while i've been so so so so so busy, i feel incredibly blessed.