Saturday, April 16, 2011

Summer Chic

So, it’s pretty much summer here in Louisiana, even though it’s not even May yet. Once the days start hitting 80 degrees Farenheit, I break out what I call my summer “uniform”. 

I have one for pretty much every season – cozy sweaters and skinny jeans with boots in the winter, cardigans and longer skirts with tights in the spring and autumn, and then pretty, loose shirts and short skirts in the summer.

I live in skirts in the summer – they’re so much more comfortable than jeans! A lot of girls I know seem to think that skirts are uncomfortable, but I beg to differ! What most girls don’t realize about skirts is that not only are they prettier and more feminine than jeans, but they’re actually more comfortable, too. They’re not restricting, and if you live in a hot climate, they actually help cool you by creating movement around your legs (and by not covering them up).  The only downside to a skirt is that you need to make sure that you shave your legs on a regular basis, but I feel like that’s a small price to pay for something so comfortable.

A lot of girls also tend to fall into ruts in the summer. That’s okay, but your rut should be more fun and attractive than a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. Try doing something more special, like this (and heels are totally optional – I’ve done this outfit with a pair of flat sandals too).

Pick a shirt that’s loose and made of a soft fabric, but that still has some detailing. Cotton skirts are great too, like this one that I found at American Eagle.

Something like this is just as easy to do as shorts and a t-shirt, so no one has any excuse! Enjoy the rest of the pics, which were taken by my wonderful cousin Crystal. With any luck, she’ll continue to find time to help me out. 
Accessories detail



 Hat: Target
Shirt: American Eagle Outfitters
Skirt: American Eagle Outfitters
Belt: American Eagle Outfitters
Bracelet: Gift

Monday, April 4, 2011

Walking in High Heels

In case you couldn’t tell from the title of my blog, I love heels, stilettos in particular.

It’s funny – I’ve always been a shoe person, but I didn’t really start wearing heels until a few years ago, when I began teaching (college English, for those of you that don’t know already). I try to dress up, since I’m so young, and since I love heels and have so many, I wear then nearly every day so that they don’t go to waste.
I know, I know. I have a problem.

Side note – different types of heels (that I totally found here):

Kitten – a short (less than two inches), slim heel
Stiletto – a tall (more than two inches), slim heel
Prism – (I did not know this one existed) a triangular heel with no set width or height, rather like the cone.
Wedge – the entire space under the foot is occupied. This is not to be confused with a platform, where the space under the ball of the foot is thickened. Platforms and wedges are not the same thing, though there are shoes called platform wedges that were popular in the seventies, and are still around today.
Pompadour – the front of the inside of the heel itself curves into the heel rather than joining it sharply.
Cuban – (I didn’t know this one existed either) a “chunky, four-sided heel in which the front remains relatively uniform while the back tapers modestly from top to bottom.”
Cowboy – this really needs no explanation.
Espadrille – the sole of the shoe is woven, usually of rope, and is nearly always a wedge heel.
Cone – the heel is in the shape of a cone, and there is no minimum or maximum height though this is usually a taller heel.
Spool – wide at both ends, but narrower in the middle – an hourglass shape.
Chunky – (quite possibly the ugliest heel) wide at the top and base. These were really popular when I was in high school – see Britney Spears’s shoes in the “Hit Me Baby (One More Time)” video.
Covered – the heel of the shoe is covered in the same material as the upper.
Painted – the heel of the shoe is painted to be the same color as the material of the upper. This usually (though certainly not always) means that the shoe is less expensive, as the paint tends to chip or flake off with age.
Stacked – the “stacked” or layers of a wooden heel are visible.

Wow, I’m only missing six of these – guess which ones!

That being said, I adore shoes of all kinds, including flats (of which I have just as many pairs as heels). However, when most people meet me, one of their first questions is often, “How do you WALK in those?”

To which I usually reply, “Pretty quickly.”

Seriously, though walking in heels isn’t nearly as hard as most people think. I’ve never really had a problem with it, and I’m a fairly clumsy girl. First, what most people don’t realize is that most three and four-inch heels have platforms under the ball of the foot, making the heel feel more like a two-inch heel (most of my shoes are like this), though this isn’t always the case. 

If you’re a stiletto virgin, you may want to start with wedges, since they’re usually more stable and comfortable to walk in, since they’re supporting your entire foot instead of just the ball and heel, like stilettos. Bonus – it’s almost summer, and wedges are a summer shoe, probably because they’re easier to walk in on sand or grass.

Ultimately, it’s all about ATTITUDE. Walk strongly – if you hesitate because you’re afraid of falling, you’ll wobble and (most likely) actually fall. Remember – you’re wearing the shoe, the shoe is not wearing you.

Here are the heels I’ve worn the past few days (and yes, one of them gave me blisters. Believe it or not, it was the denim pair).

Blue heels (Moxie) from

Kelsie Girl wedges from Three Sister's Boutique

Denim Tommy Hilfiger wedges from T.J. Maxx
And finally, just for kicks, here's my outfit of the day. I actually wasn't happy with it, since I didn't plan it out last night and I felt rushed, but it grew on me over the course of the day. 

Oh, and I PROMISE I'll have a better background soon - it was raining today, so I had to stay inside.


Right, CHEESE!

The jewelry. An outfit's not complete without accessories!

Close-up of the shirt

Close-up of the detailing on the skirt

Last, but not least, one of my favorite pairs of boots. The poor things are horribly scuffed (they're at least three years old) but I can't BEAR to get rid of them!
Sweater: Change Clothes Boutique
Tank: Imagine Boutique
Belt: Three Sister's Boutique
Skirt: Change Clothes Boutique
Boots: Aldo
Ring: Charming Charlie's
Watch: Fossil
Bracelet: Vintage (originally my grandmother's)