I Heart Heels

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

How I Wore My Heels: Off the Shoulder...and I Heart Heels Turns 8!

I Heart Heels is EIGHT today!!!! Woo hoo! 

Now, let me apologize to you profusely. I had planned to make this a big deal. I ran of time. I'm sure you've noticed over the past year that this blog isn't updated quite like it used to be. What happened? LIFE. I Heart Heels is baby #3 for me and it just doesn't get the tender-loving care it used to, quite honestly. I almost bought one of those huge "8" balloons for this photo. I ran out of time. I was going to have a giveaway where I give away 8 different things. I ran out of time. I was going to maybe give just one thing away and have the 8th person who emails me be the winner. But, guess what? I ran out of time for that, too. Folks, I'm busy. And I'm so, so, so sorry!

But you know what? It's like one of those things we always talk about around Christmas or Mother's Day or whatever holiday it is. Shouldn't we celebrate things we love all the time and not just make it that one day that's a big deal? I mean, I am a mother of two littles, and if you count my freelance projects I have about three jobs going at once. I love it! But I don't always have the time I used to and really hope you still loving coming to this blog and reading about my fav outfits and what's new with the kids. I want to continue to dedicate myself to this space and share things with you as I've always done. 

Will I have a post every day? Nope. But will you love the content I create and share on social media? I hope so! I plan to incorporate fun new things in my 9th year - and trust me, lots of new amazing shoes like these Gianni Bini shooties (hate that word, but had to type it) and fun new trends like this off-the-shoulder top from French Connection from Dillard's.

I Heart Heels has been my pride and joy for so long, and I'm thankful to be able to continue to share all of my fav things with you. And you better believe I've got a giveaway up my sleeves coming soon...stay tuned and thank you for reading for 8 years!!! PARTY TIME.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Whiny Wednesdays: Enjoying the (Little) Moments

Be still my sweet little-girl-loving heart. How did she get to be so big?! It's so cliche, but really. This time it's even more bittersweet because it's my last. I'm trying to hold on to every itty, bitty moment (insert mom voice here) that I can, although sometimes it's so hard getting wrapped up in work or the blog or freelance. My life is full of things, but I remind myself that what I do every day is to help us have a better life - and they see me doing things I enjoy (need a handbag description written in 5 seconds? got ya covered). And then the working mom guilt partly goes away. Partly.

On Sundays after church I let the kids run around for a bit in the sunshine (barefoot, natch) while my mom picks up lunch. So southern and so great. It's one of my fav memories as a child myself...eating "Sunday chicken after church" around the table with my parents. 

I love having family together, and it excites me to know the kids love going to church so much, honestly. The other night little L. hugged me so tight before bed, and little C. said a prayer that I would stay on this Earth 500 billion years and never go to heaven. It feels good to be loved so much, my gosh.

Every time I think about the chaos and the mess, literally, I try to take my mind back to little things like these and just enjoy my littles being so little. Tiny hands, tiny feet, sweet little hugs and kisses. Before I know it, they'll be grown. Because that's what we do. We grow up and we learn. Lots of learning. My heart aches for the learning they'll do, and the mistakes they'll make along the way. Knowing myself how cruel life can be, I cherish the moments now when they can be so innocent and carefree. 

Here's to running around outside barefoot, giggling, twirling skirts and forgetting about everything else. 

P.S. Thanks to Matilda Jane for sending us this dress to try out, among several others. Don't worry, you will get to see every bit of the MJ goodness. Stay tuned. And also thanks to See Kai Run for sending these gladiators because you know girl loves some shoes. Genetics are a funny thing.

Janes Give Back Special Sale! Enjoy 20-30 percent off of the Friends Forever collection through Saturday, April 30. Sweet!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Festival Fashion...Sketches!

Squeal!! These have to be THE cutest sketches in the history of fashion sketches. It's festival season, y'all! And while I haven't been to a festival since maybe 2006 pre-kids (I know I'm slightly old and lame these days), I'm living vicariously through these sketches. Because it I ever *did* get a whim and fly out to Coachella, I'd so be into festival fashion. Fringe anyone?

These sketches are by fashion illustrator Emily Brickel Edelson (hello, dream job). And she's the co-founder of mobile app Chic Sketch, where you can transform your images into instagrammable fashion sketches in minutes. Upload an image. Receive a made-to-order sketch. 

I may not be at a festival, but I'm SO doing this. Funnnnnn!!! 

Have a chic week! Xoxo 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Whiny Wednesday: Go Green Giveaway

Long gone are the days of little quiet L who lets me take her photo lying in her crib just for an outfit shot. Yep, she's 2! And it def shows in her daily sass. This girl is sugar and spice, folks. And I love her to pieces!

What else I love? Her new soft PJs from Naaya by MoonlightThis organic brand is a def fav for us. Now that it's warming up at night (down south, anyway!), this elephant shorts set is just perfect. 

And with Earth Day approaching this Friday, I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by showing these pink cuties off. We try to "go organic" with as much as we possibly can and since we sleep most of our lives (ha! I'd like to think that, but alas...), well...

Organic is important to little ones...to all of us...to the Earth. And if you wanna get hooked on a brand like Naaya by Moonlight like moi, go ahead and comment here to win a pair. Then go over to @iheartheels on Instagram for another chance to win! Happy green living! Xoxo 

Disclaimer: US only. Winner chosen at random and has 3 days to respond via email until another winner is chosen. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Badgley Mischka and Bolo Bash are Coming!

I'm sooooo excited because the designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka of luxe label Badgley Mischka are coming to my town of Little Rock...squeal! The annual Bolo Bash event with Baptist Health is always one everyone looks forward to not only to see amazing fashion, but to help raise money for the hospital. (Last year was Nicole Miller and it was the best time!) If you haven't gotten your ticket, there's still time. Do it now - because it all happens tomorrow!

The line-up of events 

**Trunk show at Dillard's Park Plaza from 2-4 p.m.
This is a great way to meet the guys up close and personal and buy something cute! Dillard's carries the super-chic (and more affordable!) Belle Badgley Mischka 
line. There are some really cute cocktail dresses in this collection and many are less than $200. 

**Bolo Bash Luncheon
This is a ladies-who-lunch type of event and I just adore it. This year I'll be working, but if you do have the opp to sneak away for this lunch, do it. For $150, you get an amazing meal, fashion show (with the designers AND my friend emcee Lisa Fischer) and trust me...a chance to catch up with women you haven't seen in years! Everyone goes to this. 

**Bolo Bash Reception
For just $50, mingle and spend time with Badgley Mischka at the loveliest Chenal home. They'll have special auction items and it's just a really fun time - and chance to dress up and be fancy! Always my favorite pastime. 

For tickets to either event, click here. And tell them I Heart Heels sent ya!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Kristin Cavallari Shares How She Balances Life - in Heels!

One of my favorite, trendiest mamas has a new book out: Balancing in Heels. It makes me feel like we're kindred spirits. Seriously. I'm literally going out to buy this book right now on Amazon. It's about all facets of life: how to be healthy, stay fit, be a (stylish!) working mom and still be happy and sane. Um, that's something I think many of us strive for and KC is such the role model. Besides, have you seen her shoes? I was lucky enough to be able to chat with her a moment about her new book as well as some of her favorite brands - and how many hours of sleep she gets at night!
I Heart Heels: Let's talk shoes. What do you look for in a heel now that you're a mom - has it changed your shoe style?

Kristin Cavallari: No, being a mom hasn't changed my shoe style, I just don't wear my favorite heels as much. I still wear heels when I can: for work, date night or girl time, but I’ve also learned how to love flats.

IHH: What can we expect from your Kristin Cavallari by Chinese Laundry shoe line for spring/summer?

KC: Trendy shoes like lace-up sandals and heels and some of my classic staples like an open-toe bootie that can be worn with everything.

IHH: Would you ever wear a kitten heel?

KC: Never say never, but they're not really my style. The higher the heel, the better!

IHH: Healthy living makes up such a big portion of your lifestyle. How do you find time (!) to be healthy in both your eating and fitness?

KC: I make working out a priority. It helps me so much mentally and physically and keeps me sane, which ultimately makes me a better wife and mother! That's the one thing that I make sure to do for myself. And eating healthy is all about preparation, especially for snacks, so I don't grab the easiest, quickest thing. I try to meal plan a few days ahead and only keep good food in the house.

IHH: Amongst the craziness of all of your facets of life, how do you stay centered?

KC: Working out really helps me, even more mentally than physically. When I get a good workout in, everything else falls into place and I don't get stressed or irritated.

IHH: How many hours of sleep do you get?

KC: It depends on the kids. Saylor just started sleeping through the night so now around 7-8 hours a night. I'm in bed early to make sure I get enough.

IHH: What brands will you be shopping this spring?

KC: Joie makes a great lightweight denim romper that I love and Rag & Bone makes great hats for spring and summer.

IHH: If you have one, single hour to yourself with no obligations, what do you do?

KC: The only time that ever happens is the hour after the kids go to bed before I start getting ready for bed myself and I either watch a show (right now I'm obsessed with The Walking Dead) or take a bath. If I randomly have an hour during the day I don't know what to do with myself because it hardly ever happens!

IHH: What inspired you to write your new book, Balancing in Heels?

KC: I've come such a long way since the public was first introduced to me over 10 years ago, and I'm at a great place in my life, so I'm ready to let people in and share my journey of how I've gotten to where I am today with everybody.

IHH: Who will appreciate your book the most?

KC: I think girls in their late teens and women in their 40s and 50s can appreciate the book. I'm very open about everything in my life: my marriage, being a mom, etc, so I think women who are about to go through those phases and women who already have, can all relate. It's also for anyone trying to live a healthier lifestyle.

[Photos Courtesy EMC Bowery]
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