The Balancing Act: Neon

This outfit might be the most relaxed looks (for weekend attire) that I have without wearing a maxi skirt or jersey knit dress. This was a nice breakaway from my usual weekend style, because I usually live in dresses during the week. The fun in the sun type of summer feeling has been rubbing off on me the past couple of weekends.

I recently had to swiftly attend a seminar, but I was able to have a great conversation with several colleagues about making time for ourselves! It was all very interesting, as most of us work similar schedules or long hours. Even though only a few others and I claimed to believe that although we might be extremely busy at times, we still feel the best when there’s balance in our lives!

You should always make time to spend with those you love, but especially take time out for yourself. This could be going to get a manicure, working out, hiking, reading, planning a holiday, etc. Life should be enjoyed, and that is exactly what I do! I decided many moons ago, that I would not get burned out (and this applies to life, not just blogging). Whatever you need to do … just do it!

Are you hard at work with no time for play? Well, perhaps it’s time for a retreat! Sunshine and fresh blooms can restore our smiles. Just add a little gratitude, and optimism and you have quite the concoction and ingredients for an enjoyable life, regardless of the schedule. 

The summer festivities will surely start for us soon, as I just made an R.S.V.P. to my first wedding invite for the season a little bit ago. Fortunately, a few summer plans have been made; including the Mr. scoring some great tickets to see Norwegian soulful musician Bernhoft, which I am so excited about (more videos here)! As for the outfit: it’s simple, summery, and had a burst of happy colour. Ahem, I could not resist a dash of neon and pink-coral.
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What are you looking forward to this summer?
 coral and teal crochet lace 70s inspiration
The goods: Crochet Lace Top and Neon Hat-c/o Osasp, Denim cut into shorts-Lucky, Wedges-Nine West, Tank-H&M, Necklace-DIY, Yellow Lucite pendant-gifted, Canvas bag-(old) Delias NY, Watch-iKen, Other jewellery-Assorted bangles-Consignment shop, Nordstrom,Charity shop. 

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  1. girlie blogger23 May, 2014

    Making time for one self is absolutely necessary for mental health. Nowadays women have to balance so much. Love your outfit. That shade of red looks great on you.
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  2. Love the top, so pretty. I hope you have a great weekend doll xx

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  3. The thing is that it's not so simple to remember about taking those breaks if you do something you truly enjoy. I only think about mine when I feel I am about to collapse (and I know it's not perfect, but that's just me).. :) Love the outfit and absolutely adore the wedges!!! x

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  4. Balancing really is crucial. We haven't had much time together as a family lately, so Monday we've planned a staycation- should be fun!

    Love your casual look--- very easy breezy!

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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  5. You've got a very beautiful sense for colours. I like this combo :)
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  6. Hi Madison! I agree with you, is nice to read your words as sometimes is something we take for granted. Sounds you are already planning your summertime, well done! Looking forward to that too! And talking about your outfit, you just look adorable! I need a lace top too, you should wear this combo more often as suits u. Enjoy the weekend dear, kisses! xo

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  7. it sure is such a lovely summer look! though right now I would feel super hot in something like that since we're having a heatwave here in Estonia :P anyway, the bright colours you've combined look beautiful together and those wedges are pretty awesome I must say. and I looove the hat!

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  8. Vix Brearley23 May, 2014

    Oh yeah, we work to live and not live to work. I nearly destroyed myself once and although I give 100% to everything at least I'm doing something I love.
    Those sandals rock! x

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  9. Daniella23 May, 2014

    Your top is so pretty Madison, I love the colour as well as the crochet texture. The way you combined it with the denim shorts and those amazingly printed wedges looks so great.

    I definitely have come to learn just how important taking time for yourself is. I try to set aside at least one day where I can do things that I find relaxing :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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  10. Carmen Vecchio23 May, 2014

    beautiful shoes!
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  11. Ivana Džidić23 May, 2014

    You look fabulous dear:) and I agree with you...we must find time for ourselves...


    and to answer the question- to be honest what I'm looking forward the most is swimming...I used to be a capital swimmer but had some health problems for the last few summers...this year I hope to spend 5 hours a day in the sea and 10 hours a day on the beach...at least for a few week or so:)

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  12. You look so good in this outfit, Madison:) And balance in life is surely important. Too much work is never good!

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  13. thechilicool23 May, 2014

    Lovely shoes!

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  14. Ali Hval23 May, 2014

    Aaah, I can't agree with you enough! You've gotta take time off to see your friends and relax for a few hours, because if you work all the time you'll go mad. I'm a workaholic so I know that's definitely true! Good words, lady.


    Your top is so breezy and bright. I love the texture! Have a wonderful week my friend. :)

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  15. sartorialsidelines23 May, 2014

    That's such a lovely top - I love how relaxed and cool this whole outfit is. And I couldn't agree more with you about the importance of "me" time and not burning out. Although I definitely need to work on my work-life balance....

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  16. Closet Fashionista23 May, 2014

    I love those shoes, so fun! :D

    Luckily I do have balance in my life, probably tips a little too close to personal life but that's okay. ha ha. Since I work at home right now it's a lot easier to have me time

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  17. Your outfit says it all: BALANCE is beautiful :) Your look is cool,stylish. and comfy….Love the hat!!!


    xx from Vienna


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  18. That top is so pretty on you! Total agree that it's important to take some time to relax. Have a great weekend!

    -Sharon
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  19. I totally agree! It is so important to take time out for yourself and to do the things that make you happy. It is only recently that I've been starting to apply that idea to my life and I've been a little more relaxed with blogging (whereas before I was super intense and strict of posting all the time!). Anyway, I really like this summer outfit you are wearing! The colors are so bright and fun :)

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  20. Glam up your Lifestyle23 May, 2014

    Ich versuche auch immer Qualitäts-Zeit für mich zu finden. Aber oft ist man so im Stress und merkt es nicht mal.
    Dein Outfit ist klasse. Ich mag die rote Bluse sehr.

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  21. I like what you said about taking time for yourself and your loved ones as it's the little things like that keep us going. I like how you always look so put together even for the weekend Madison!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  22. francesca r23 May, 2014

    I don't have plans yet! I really like those wedges you are wearing!

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  23. Love the hat and the top! Great summer outfit!

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  24. I am loving all the shorts weather coming (and here some days) so thoroughly enjoy your ensemble! Love the hat with it too :)


    xo Mary Jo

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  25. Love how you mix different colors! and yeah, definitely need to balance play time and work time! <3 but I guess depends on what kind of work you have :D

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  26. madison, you are so right. that was one of my goals at the beginning of this year. i've really tried hard to maintain it. i did plan one trip for myself. it's important to get away and see new things. it's been a busy year for me trying to do it all. great outfit doll and enjoy each and every day!


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  27. I love the bright pop of color in your outfit! You're so beautiful!
    I am definitely looking forward to this summer--I'm going to Morocco for 3 weeks! :D hooray! Can't wait! And I totally love/agree with what you wrote about just enjoying the little, calm things in life like spending time with people you love, biking, etc--the things we all forget to do during the school year! xx

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  28. Balance in life is key to happiness! So very true! I have learned to just not take things too seriously, including myself! It's always good to laugh and treat yourself <3 LOVE that coral top, Madison! It's gorgeous! Happy weekend!

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  29. Shybiker24 May, 2014

    Lookin' lovely as always. And that's such good advice about taking time for ourselves. I need more balance in my life.

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  30. I love this summer outfit. The red top and shoes are gorgeous.

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  31. Lola Finn24 May, 2014

    Danke dir Madison <3
    Deine Bluser ist suuuper! Rot steht dir sehr gut! :)
    Liebe Grüße aus München

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  32. Missy May24 May, 2014

    Oh yea you're right! We all need balance unless we will go crazy. Lol! You look lovely :-)


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  33. Super cute summer outfit! Supper is always tricky for me, cuz I need to find a balance between office appropriate yet stylish enough for summer heat...

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  34. You look awesome, love your little hat! Agree, you have to take time for yourself and what makes you happy x


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  35. Absolutely! Doing what you love makes a massive difference.x

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  36. I agree, and thanks so much for your comment. :)

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  37. Thank you Kim. I agree, it's difficult at times to stay on track--but once you tell yourself quality time is essential I found that even 10 minutes can help.Your trip sounds great, enjoy! Have a lovely weekend!

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  38. Yes, I think we all have felt that way. You can definitely have balance + dancing, hehe! ... I hope you find a way to do it soon. x

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  39. Hi Ivana-- thanks for commenting sharing! I'm glad to hear that you are looking forward to swimming this summer. :-)

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  40. Thanks Daniella! I also usually take one day, sometimes on Sunday works best for me to just rest when I can. xx

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  41. Yes, summer concerts and festivals are my favourite as well. :) Thanks Stanislava!

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  42. Yes, I agree and sometimes when you do what you love you might spend more time working without even realising that you're working so much... But, for me I've been able to find little moments to take a breather. Thanks Natalia!

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  43. Thank you! I hope you stay cool in that heatwave and load up on plenty of water, etc. :)

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  44. Thanks Emmy! Yes, getting burned out is not recommended for healthy living ... at least not for me! :)

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  45. I think we all could use a bit of occasional motivation and reminding to have balance in our daily living. Thanks Courtney!

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  46. Thanks Rowena! Yes, sometimes those 'little things,' are what can have the most effect on us. :)

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  47. Thank you for your comment. Yes, it definitely depends on your occupation and lifestyle--what may work for some may not work for others, regarding how to balance it all!

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  48. Absolutely! Thanks Hoda for your lovely comment. :)
    Have a great weekend. /Madison

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  49. Yes, laughter is so good for the soul! :) Thanks for your comment Laura!

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  50. Danke für Deinen Kommentar!
    Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.
    LG,
    Madison

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  51. Thanks very much Ali, I'm glad that this post resonated with you.

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  52. Thank you Marie! And, I'm glad that you're able to be a bit more relaxed (with blogging), and have balance. :)

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  53. Liebe Lola, Danke! Schönes Wochenende!
    Liebe Grüße,
    /Madison xx

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  54. Sounds great! Enjoy your staycation and family time! Thanks! /Madison :-)

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  55. That is such a beautiful statement top! I like it paired with your bright wedges too :) Hope you have a wonderful summer and find lots of balance :)

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  56. Absolutely!
    Thanks Josie!

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  57. Elisabeth Heinrichs25 May, 2014

    Thanks for leaving such a kind comment on my blog. I'm following you now on Bloglovin from Finland :) I'm looking forward to finishing my master level thesis project!

    xxx
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  58. Thank you! I hope you're enjoying your weekend. xx/Madison
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  59. I look forward to afternoons spent at the lake and long hacks with my cute horse!

    You look adorable and so relaxed! :-)

    -Kati
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  60. MISPAPELICOS26 May, 2014

    The lace top is just fantastic, dear Madison

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  61. I love that lace top. looks so gorgeous with those shorts. I'm looking forward warm summer with plenty of sun. Fingers cross.


    xoxo Ra

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  62. That top in red is perfect! Love the look :)

    xoxo

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  63. Thanks so much Alexandra. Have a great week.

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  64. Michèle27 May, 2014

    wonderful outfit dear, you look so pretty in bright colors

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  65. Jenmarie28 May, 2014

    That top you're wearing is so cute! I definitely agree with you too! We absolutely need time for ourselves. It's basically like recharging!
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  66. RedTagChicLA28 May, 2014

    Wow Madison.....you look absolutely great in this ensem! I am looking forward to wearing my cutoffs too!!!


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  67. A good balance is a must for sure! Glad you are able to relax a bit! Lovely blouse!

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  68. Really nice look :)

    The top is amazing!

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  69. This is such a beautiful look! Love that top in red ! So unique :)
    xoxo

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