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Thursday, August 17, 2017

LIFE | A TRANSPARENT REFLECTION AS I AGE ANOTHER YEAR


Happy August 17TH, Blogland!

TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY, WHICH IS ODD FOR ME TO SAY BECAUSE I'M THE LAST TO TELL PEOPLE OR EVEN CELEBRATE IT, ESPECIALLY SINCE ENTERING MY 30'S.

SO, THE REASON I DO MENTION IT, IS NOT FOR RECOGNITION. I AM DEFINITELY NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO CELEBRATES MYSELF AND MY BIRTHDAY OUT LOUD, LET ALONE FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK OR MONTH.

I ONLY MENTION IT THIS YEAR TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THIS LIFE UPDATE POST IS ONE OF TRUE PERSONAL REFLECTION.
DRESS: FRANCESCA'S  |  SUNGLASSES: LAUNDRY BY SHELLI SEGAL

MANY BIG CHANGES HAVE HAPPENED THIS YEAR already. STARTING MY PARENTS SELLING MY CHILDHOOD HOME, AND ANOTHER IS ON THE HORIZON WITH DESTINATION DENVER HAPPENING NEXT MONTH AND A NEW CHAPTER UNFOLDING.

ALTHOUGH THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME, IT IS ANXIETY DRIVEN AS WELL. ANXIETY IS SOMETHING I HAVE ONLY BECOME CONSCIOUS OF IN THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, AS IT SEEMS TO HAVE GROWN IN ME WITH AGE, THOUGH FEW SEE IT ON THE OUTSIDE.

SINCE 2009, WHEN I BEGAN THIS BLOG, IT HAS BEEN a place for me to OPENLY EXPRESS MYSELF, which is very THERAPEUTIC, and connect with each of you. I HAVE really enjoyed following SO many of your personal journeys through OUR INTERACTION HERE AND ON your own blogs.

Especially during what I refer to as the golden age of blogging, befoRe everyone seemed to have one, AND CLOSER CONNECTIONS WERE MADE.  YET, IT HAS ALL Brought me so much joy OVER THE YEARS BECOMING A PASSION PROJECT.

My life IS displayed in this space through pictures, words, videos and more, which HAS OFFERED me a way to document my own adventureS through THIS life, WHILE ALSO interactING more directly with each of you.  

I got to know some great people through this medium, like...

Anna Saccone (one of my 1ST supporters)
from Anna Saccone Joly
(previously KNOWN AS The Style Diet) 

Maegan Tintari

Mara Ferreira
from M Loves M

EMILY SADLOW

COURTNEY BINKERHOFF

Adeola

Melissa Blake

Tamara Anderson

Megan and Whitney

Rhiannon Nicole
(PREVIOUSLY HEY GORGEOUS EVENTS)

Anna White
from Lona de Anna 

Rosie von Waldherr
from Rosie's Life 

Shaylyn Nelson
from So Shay

Jacin Fitzgerald
(previously known as Lovely Little Details)

Whitney Street

Nicholas Walker

Minette

. . . Along with Rebecca Taylor, EMMINA 'M-INA' SACCONEShaylynn, Patricia and many more, THROUGH COMMENTS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND OTHER BLOGGERS, who Have each become WHAT I CONSIDER Friends OFFERING such genuine support in their own WONDERFUL ways.

To think these great relationships all started due to opening a blog, back BEFORE MANY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE, ON A WHIM SO MANY MOONS AGO.

I've watch many of you find love, get engaged, married, have baby 1, 2, and even 3, AND I HAVE experienced SOME ONCE IN A LIFE TIME MOMENTS AS WELL AS heartbreak, MULTIPLE moves, rough roads and STRUGGLED WITH A lack of direction, SOMETHING I THINK MANY CREATIVE SOLES AT HEART EXPERIENCE.

YET, I CONTINUE TO CHANGE, REARRANGE AND SMILE BECAUSE I ALSO KNOW HOW FORTUNATE AND LUCKY I AM TO HAVE SUCH AN INCREDIBLE FAMILY AND FRIENDS, FOR WHICH I AM SO GRATEFUL.

life's highs and lows, allow us to learn and grow. I TRULY BELIVE THAT THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON, EVEN IF WE DON'T ALWAYS KNOW WHY. IN TIME, I LIKE TO THINK THEY REVEAL THEMSELVES AND WERE LEADING US EXACTLY WHERE WE NEEDed TO BE.  PERHAPS IT OFFERS HOPE, AND HOPE IS A MAGICAL THING AND WHAT I THINK EACH OF US NEEDS.

AS I CONTINUE TO FIND MY WAY AND PLACE IN THIS LIFE, Looking back ON THE EVOLUTION OF THIS BLOG AND MY PAST HAS allowED me to see how much strength I've gained and how much I have evolved as a person OVER THE YEARS, despite A COUPLE VERY DIFFICULT AND BROKEN TIMES NOT LONG AGO.

FROM TODAY, I CHOOSE TO DO MY BEST TO REALLY TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF EVERY MOMENT, get out there and explore my new home in denver, meet new people, share my creativity, continue to better this blog and grow my ETSY SHOP AND SENSIBLE STYLE business, and take life by the horns, so to speak.

I'M EXCITED TO SEE WHERE I AM ON AUGUST 17, 2018, AND I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME ON MY JOURNEY UNTIL THEN TO SEE HOW IT ALL PLAYS OUT! 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

SATURDAY SAYINGS | LIFE, CAREER, HAPPINESS AND A SMILE


Happy SUNDAY, Blogland!

I've been on the road traveling and WAS UNABLE TO POST YESTERDAY, BUT I'M HERE TODAY WITH SOME INSPIRATION TO TAKE YOU INTO THE WEEK AHEAD.

I HOPE YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL WEEKEND! 
QUOTE VIA RUNAWAY PRINTS ON ETSY

| PURCHASE PRINT | = $7.20
QUOTE VIA SENSIBLE STYLE ON ETSY #LAYOUTSBYLIESL

| PURCHASE PRINT | = $4
QUOTE VIA LIMITATION FREE ON ETSY

| PURCHASE PRINT | = $5
QUOTE VIA LIFEHACK
QUOTE VIA BODIE AND FOU

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

REVIEW | HOURGLASS CONFESSION ULTRA SLIM REFILLABLE LIPSTICK + ALL SHADES


HAPPY WEDNESDAY, EVERYONE!

THANKS TO HOURGLASS COSMETICS AND INFLUENSTER, I WAS ABLE TO TRY THEIR NEW CONFESSION ULTRA SLIM HIGH INTENSITY REFILLABLE LIPSTICK IN THE SHADE 'I LUST FOR', WHICH IS A VERSATILE PEACHY BEIGE.

I MUST ADMIT, UPON UNBOXING THE PACKAGE THAT ARRIVED, I WAS STRUCK BY THE OVERALL SLEEK AND BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN DESIGN OF THE LIPSTICK!

IT IS SUPER SLIM, WHICH MAKES IT EASY TO APPLY, LIKE HOLDING A PEN, AND TAKES UP NO ROOM IN YOUR BAG OR CLUTCH ON THE GO.  NOT TO MENTION, YOU CAN SIMPLY LEAVE IT OUT ON YOUR COUNTER, WHEN NOT IN USE, AND IT INSTANTLY ADDS A DELICATE HOME DECOR ACCENT, LOVE IT!

IT COMES IN 32 WEARABLE SHADES, TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR PERFECT MATCH, AND THE BEST PART IS YOU CAN REFILL IT BECAUSE THE SHADES JUST POP ON AND OFF, INGENIOUS!   I'VE QUITE HONESTLY NEVER SEEN SUCH A MAKE-UP BEAUTY.

It costs $34, which is pricey, but the gold container it comes it is worth it and then you only have to pay for refills, not the entire lipstick. 

THE COLOR PAYOFF IS EXACTLY AS YOU SEE IN THE TUBE, so high intensity is an accurate description, and smells like cake, BUT I WILL ADMIT IT, ALTHOUGH IT IS SMOOTH, IT's MORE DRYING THAN I ANTICIPATED.

THAT SAID, WITH A BIT OF SHEER GLOSS AFTERWARDS, OR JUST SOME LIP BALM BEFORE APPLYING IT, IS BEAUTIFUL.

SEE MORE, INCLUDING SWATCHES AND ALL 32 COLORS, BELOW! 

YOU SIMPLY POP OFF THE BLACK PORTION TO SWITCH OUT THE COLOR OR PUT A REFILL INTO THE SLEEK GOLD LIPSTICK HOLDER.
HOURGLASS CONFESSION ULTRA SLIM LIPSTICK IN THE SHADe 'i lust for.'
IN the shade 'I LUST FOR' on my hand.
HOURGLASS LIPSTICK: CONFESSION ULTRA SLIM IN 'I LUST FOR' COMPLIMENTS OF INFLUENSTER  |  OFF-THE-SHOULDER OLIVE GREEN DRESS: FRANCESCA'S  |  LAYERED CRYSTAL & ROSE GOLD RING: CHARMING CHARLIE  | DRUZY STONE BANGLE: KRISTIN GRACE JEWELRY ON ETSY  |  PAVé PROTECTIVE EYE CUFF: STELLA & DOT  |  GOLD BAR BANGLE: ALI EXPRESS 
IN the shade 'I LUST FOR' WITHOUT ANY LIP BALM OR GLOSS.
So slim and chic to throw in your bag on the go or leave out
on the counter at home as a design accent.

HOURGLASS LIPSTICK: CONFESSION ULTRA SLIM IN 'I LUST FOR' COMPLIMENTS OF INFLUENSTER  |  SUNGLASS CASE: SENSIBLE STYLE ON ETSY   |  SUNGLASSES: LAUNDRY BY SHELLI SEGAL VIA TJ MAXX  |  STELLA & DOT FASHION CATALOGUE: FALL 2017 - SHOP MY TRUNK SHOW + GET 50% OFF EXCLUSIVE ITEMS
IN THE SHADE 'I LUST FOR' with Lipgloss over the top.

SUNGLASSES: LAUNDRY BY SHELLI SEGAL
SUNGLASSES: LAUNDRY BY SHELLI SEGAL

ALL OF THE ABOVE IMAGES AND LAYOUTS are BY LIESL EHARDT 



ABOVE SHADES LAYOUT BY LIESL EHARDT
USING LIPSTICK IMAGES FROM HOURGLASS COSMETICS.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

SHOP SENSIBLE STYLE | SUMMER SALE - GET 20% OFF ALL SUNGLASS + GLASSES CASES


Happy thursday, blogland!

I'M OFFERING 20% OFF ALL MY GOLD FOILED FOLDABLE HARDBACK GLASSES CASES FROM NOW UNTIL AUGUST 15TH ON MY SENSIBLE STYLE ETSY SHOP! 

simply use the promo code 200ffcases at checkout and the discount will appear on your order.

BUY MORE AND SAVE MORE, they make great gifts and are great for anyone on the go or even going back to college.  HAPPY SHOPPING! 






ALL OF THE ABOVE IMAGES AND LAYOUTS BY LIESL EHARDT 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

LOOKBOOK + TRAVEL DIARY | A DAY AT THE ABQ RAIL YARDS AND FARMER'S MARKET


HAPPY AUGUST, EVERYONE!

I SPENT A LOVELY SUNDAY MORNING AT THE RAIL YARDS MARKET, WHICH IS LOCATED AT THE ALBUQUERQUE RAIL YARDS IN NEW MEXICO.

IT HAS BEEN THE BACKDROP FOR MANY blockbuster MOVIES, INCLUDING TRANSFORMERS AND THE AVENGERS, AND IS SUCH A COOL LOCATION WITH SO MUCH CHARACTER THROUGH THE BROKEN GLASS. 

I IMAGINE IT WAS QUITE THE TRAIN STATION IN ITS DAY AND IT DEFINITELY MADE FOR A UNIQUE BACKGROUND TO SHOOT MY LOOKBOOK AS WELL!

THEY TURN IT INTO A CHARMING FARMER'S MATKET ON SUNDAYS FROM MAY THROUGH OCTOBER.  I LOVE EXPLORING FARMER'S MARKETS IN DIFFERENT CITIES SINCE MY visit to THE ASPEN MARKET LAST SUMMER, ONE OF MY FAVORITES!

BELOW, I TAKE YOU ALONG via SOME OF MY TRAVEL DIARY HIGHLIGHTS. 
OLIVE GREEN OFF-THE-SHOULDER DRESS: francesca's  |  Straw Tote: FOREVER 21 (SIMILAR)  |  GLADIATOR SANDALS - SAM & LIBBY: TARGET  |
SUNGLASSES - LAUNDRY BY SHELLI SEGAL: TJ MAXX
ABOVE LOOKBOOK IMAGES BY DEVON SHELTON.
SUNGLASSES - LAUNDRY BY SHELLI SEGAL: TJ MAXX  |  GOLD FOIL FOLDABLE HARDBACK EYE GLASSES CASE: SENSIBLE STYLE ON ETSY
STRAW TOTE: FOREVER 21 (SIMILAR)  |  GLADIATOR SANDALS - SAM & LIBBY: TARGET  |  SUNGLASSES - LAUNDRY BY SHELLI SEGAL: TJ MAXX  |  Gold & DruZY STONE CUFF BRACELET:  KRISTIN GRACE JEWELRY ON ETSY  |  PAVÉ PROTECTIVE EYE CUFF: STELLA & DOT  |  Gold Bar Bangle: ALI EXPRESS  |  CRYSTAL & ROSE GOLD LAYERED RING: CHARMING CHARLIE
ABOVE IMAGES BY LIESL EHARDT 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

TRAVEL DIARY | ROAD TRIP VISIT IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO


HAPPY THRUSDAY, EVERYONE! 

I ALWAYS ENJOY A TRIP TO THE ABQ, AS WE REFER TO ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, known as the land of enchantment.  

I was recently there celebrating my nephew's 4th birthday and am back again for my niece NUGGET'S 2nd birthday.

below are some highlights from my travel diary of adventures. enjoy! 
IN A BIT OF A PRICKLY SITUATION.

SUNGLASSES: LAUNDRY BY SHELLI SEGAL  | OLIVE GREEN TUNIC: FOREVER 21 | BLACK SOLITAIRE NECKLACE: H&M | GOLD BAR BRACELET: ALI EXPRESS | TRIANGLE RING: BOHO BEACH JEWELRY ETSY SHOP
I FOUND DORI!
RELAXING AND CATCHING SOME SUN RAYS WITH PETE-Y-POP.

PREPPING A MIMOSA BAR BRUNCH FOR MY MOTHER'S BIRTHDAY! 
Love the champagne balloons, so fun!
CELEBRATING MY MOTHER'S 71ST BIRTHDAY, I ONLY HOPE I HAVE AS MUCH NATURAL BEAUTY AND CLASS AS SHE DOES WHEN I'M HER AGE.
WE BE GRILLIN' - PORK CHOPS DINNER
CHEERS TO A BEAUTIFUL DAY BELOW THE SANDIA MOUNTAINS.

BANGLES: ALEX AND ANI  |  14 HANDS WINE: CABERNET SAUVIGNON

BEAUTIFUL EVENING WALK AT SUNSET  |  LOCATION: - ALBUQUERQUE, NM

ALBUQUERQUE HAS SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND VIBRANT SUNSETS.

Enjoyed A DIVINE SUSHI LUNCH

LOCATION: PACIFIC PARADISE SUSHI BAR - ALBUQUERQUE, NM

MY SISTER KNOWS HOW TO PUT A YUMMY SPREAD TOGETHER.

Image captured from my Instagram story.

by Liesl Ehardt