I Heart Heels

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Whiny Wednesday: MJ (Matilda Jane) Every Day

You know about my Matilda Jane obsession for little girls, right? It's a problem. Girl has a much larger wardrobe than I do (ok, fine, not really...but close). And can I tell you about, oh wait....zzzzzzz....I can hardly write this post because GUESS WHAT. Little L. thinks it's amusing to wake up at 5 a.m. now and call my name from her crib. Hil-arious. 

She will usually go back to sleep, but not moi. Makes for long days in the boardroom (err, cubicle), but I'm starting to get used to the new formation (cue Beyonce). No sleep...drop kids off...Starbucks line...work...pick kids up annnnnnnd repeat. 

So basically what I'd like to say about Matilda Jane is it's easy and cute at the same time. It's not too fancy for daycare (although some moms might argue), but it's super cute and stylish (gotta raise 'em early). These clothes though are quick to slide on (this tunic had a couple of buttons to unfasten, but most of her MJ pieces are pull-on) and several of the pieces we have from this collection are mix and match (and don't forget the adorable "pawtets" as she calls her beloved pockets). She's wearing the Picnic Pie Tunic ($44) and the Patisserie Scrappy Leggings ($36), which go with so many things. We also have the Licorice Lace Shorties ($32...as they paired with this tunic on the site), and they also go with so many things (so stay tuned on another post featuring those striped cuties!).

It makes my groggy, no-sleep mornings that much easier. And you know what? It makes me look like I tried when really allllll the credit goes to MJ. Cheers to easy, chic and tiny clothes. Now I'm going to bed. 

P.S. Interested in hosting a Matilda Jane trunk show? It looks like so much fun and there are fun benefits! If you don't have the time, you can also find a trunk keeper in your area to scoop up all these goodies.

Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this post. This outfit was sent to us by Matilda Jane for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. As you can see, I'm obsessed. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Take Care of Your Hair: Tips from DreamDry

As you know, when it comes to beauty stories, I'm super into managing my hair. After all, I have plenty of it! So when DreamDry (of NYC and Chicago) offered up these tips to pass along to you all, I jumped on it like a shoe

Stylist Bricel Cury sent over a few handy hair tips that apply to every hair type. (And, nope, humidity is no joke with this hair.)

thin hair? 
Search for products free of silicones and dense oils – these will significantly weigh down your hair. You’ll want to find lighter products, especially when it comes to your shampoo and conditioner, that are gentle on hair, while creating great body and movement. 

Avoid cleansers that foam as these usually contain sodium laurel sulfates (SLS). SLS is a common ingredient that promotes a lather for your cleanser, however it also strips your strands of essential oils and proteins they need.

medium to thick hair?
Stick to a line of products that make hair more manageable, those that claim to tame or help smooth out hair are best. Humidity is your hair’s worst enemy, especially during the warmer months, so I suggest finding products that contain Keratin. This key ingredient works to diminish frizz and flyways by restoring the fiber in your hair cuticle for strong, flexible strands.

color treated or damaged hair?
If you color or use curling/flat irons often, you might find your hair feels dry and damaged. Look for products free of sulfates and parabens, as these can fade your coveted color, irritate your scalp and cause hair loss! 

UV protection is key for all hair, however it’s especially important for hair that’s colored and often styled using heating tools. Since your hair is in a fragile state, exposure to UVA and UVB rays from the sun can further damage the outer layer of strands – which can lead to discoloration and hair that looks and feels dry.
split ends?
For those trying to grow out hair, split ends can be a nightmare. Split ends are a clear sign of damaged hair, and when they go untreated can result in more tangles as the rough ends intertwine adding on more breakage. It’s important to regularly trim unhealthy split ends to lessen breakage, while still protecting your hair daily. Look for products that keep split ends under control, while sealing your ends and creating a smooth soft finish.

P.S. I know I've been a little under the radar the last couple of weeks and I'm sorry!! I've got some pretty exciting news to share soon! Hashtag: building my empire. Wink. Xoxo 

Monday, May 16, 2016

How I Wore My Heels: Chambray Two Ways

The heart of spring means chambray all the way for me. It's a closet staple and when I spotted this chambray button-down on a mannequin at J.Crew Factory in Florida, I never knew how much I would wear it even 6 years later. That's called amazing cost per wear, yes?

There is a new outlet mall dangerously close to where I live, and since it has a J.Crew with the teeny tiny, sweet little crewcuts for kids, I frequent it a bit. Tiny eyelet shorts for little L, a new skirt for me. It's a win-win. I stumbled up on this bright floral skirt a few weeks ago, and I love how I can pair my chambray with it. A skirt and button-down combo is sorta my new fav go-to. But guess how else I like to wear chambray?

Of course, white jeans.  Hudson is a fav denim brand of mine (I think I own maybe 6 pairs now!). And we all know white jeans can be a nightmare to fit. Well, Hudson has an entire White Denim shop and I'm wearing the Krista Super Skinny ($145) here. The stretch and low rise make these super comfy, and honestly I love the fit much more than a white bootcut. Cropped jeans are so stylish right now, and they give you an edge on showing off those shoes - whether it's glitter heels (above) or woven wedges (below). 

Have a chic week everyone, and embrace your chambray!!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post; however, I was sent this pair of jeans from Hudson to try out for the purpose of this review. Aren't they amazing? You need some. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Whiny Wednesday: Little Ladies Who Brunch

Count this weekend amazingly fun. It was my most fav Mother's Day yet. I took the kids to a fun museum and we got to hang out with family (including my fav person of all, my mom, of course!) - you can't beat that. And the weather? Sunny as can be. So, of course, we dressed ever-so-chicly appropriate. 

A day in the sun calls for this fun Rose tunic and leggings set ($37.50) sent to us by Mud Pie. It's going to be perfect for our beach trip with the adorable open petal back! Obviously, it's a bit much for daycare and other events, but I let her wear it to brunch and for the car ride home because it's made of the softest bamboo-blend leggings. (They're supposed to be capris, but her legs are still a little short!) Aren't the ruffles just sooooo squeal-worthy?

I was worried about the white tank, but the flower applique was just too adorable to resist - and since it's made of sturdy cotton interlock, stains aren't really a problem. Both pieces slide right on and off, making it really easy to wear. It comes in sizes 12-18 months all the way to 5T (she's wearing a 2T). 

Mud Pie is a brand fav, and so is this outfit. For the girly-girl through and through...

P.S. Her metallic gladiator sandals are by See Kai Run and they are the most versatile spring/summer shoes ever! She wears them to daycare and on the weekends both. On a scale of 1 to 5 hearts, I give these 5 hearts!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Delete Blood Cancer with Georgia May Jagger

Like many people, I know someone with cancer. For me, it's my mom. She's been living with leukemia for 14 years now and I'm so thankful for her health right now. 2014 was a rough year, not because of her actual cancer, but because of a freak tick bite that got out of hand because of her low immune system. Living with cancer can be a scary thing, even on good days. I pray every day for her health, and I love what is being done with the annual Delete Blood Cancer Gala

This was the 10th year and Georgia May Jagger is Coty's global ambassador in the fight against blood cancer. Her Rimmel London look was amazing, and since I was sent all the details, I thought I'd be lovely and share. I honestly wish dressing up pretty would just make it all go away, but alas, we are making progress and every little bit of time and money helps the amazing doctors who help my mama. So, thank you. 

How to get GMJ's look:

Rimmel’s Fix & Perfect Pro Primer and Rimmel’s Match Perfection Foundation in Nude

First, Rimmel’s Exaggerate Lip Liner in Under My Spell was used to create a smokey maroon on the lid. 

Then, two coats of Rimmel’s SuperCurler 24 HR Mascara ensured a long-lasting curl while her brows completed her eye look with the precision and easy application of Rimmel’s Brow This Way Sculpting Kit in Blonde.

Rimmel's The Only 1 Lipstick in Naughty Nude 

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.
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