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1 - Kate Retherford of All Things Kate in Kate Spade, J.Crew, and Stuart Weitzman

So many updates, so little time! I’m not even quite sure where to begin, so let’s start from the top…

2 - summer style floral print skirt jean jacket

I don’t normally write much about my day job, but today’s going to be a little different. If you were to ask me what I’ve been doing for the first ~6 months of this year, I would have difficulty explaining it. Work has been EVERYTHING! Not that it isn’t normally, but it’s taken on a whole new meaning this last year, and particularly in the last 6 months. We’ve been working towards a major acquisition, which is now complete, but it’s been an adventure! For me personally, I’ve been on the road for 6 out of the last 8 weeks and, combined with my other travel for work this year, I’ve been gone for 9 weeks (if I’m not missing anything!).

I don’t really know where the time has gone this year, between all of the planning, travel, etc. It’s been a roller coaster and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve met so many amazing people, seen so many beautiful places. Even amidst the crazy, I wouldn’t have changed a thing…

3 - J Crew striped bow back top

And then something happened. An opportunity fell into my lap quickly and unexpectedly. I had to make a decision, and I had to make it fast. There were frequent text messages to Jon and tearful conversations with my family about what to do. Ultimately, I decided to accept the new opportunity, and these last two weeks have been even crazier and more emotional than the last 6 months.

The decision to leave my current employer was not easy. In fact, I would say it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make. There have been so many opportunities here for me and I leave behind an amazing team and so many wonderful colleagues and coworkers, many of whom I am now blessed to call friends.

4 - Rocksbox studs

I think the best word to describe everything I’m feeling is bittersweet. There are so many emotions: sadness, excitement, nervousness. Don’t get me wrong, I am ecstatic about my new adventure, but leaving behind the people, place, the organization I’ve known for the last 5 years, and where I started my professional career is a big step. As a wise woman I work with once had on her Twitter profile, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” I think I’ve found the end of my comfort zone and I’m excited to see what life holds in store for me.

5 - J Crew pave stud bracelet

Oh yeah, and we booked a last minute trip to Hawaii… we leave in TWO days! Send me your recommendations!

6 - hot pink Marc Jacobs bag and rose print skirt

Jacket // Top (similar) // Skirt // Bag (similar) // Wedges // Bracelet // Earrings c/o Rocksbox

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7 - rose print skirt with wedges for summer

8 - kate spade denim jacket

9 - stuart weitzman wedges

10 - Redhead Seattle Style Blogger

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