Walking with Pride

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I partnered with KIWI for this post, however all opinions are my own.

It’s no secret that I love to wear heels.  I think my mom bought me my first pair of heels when I was about 12 years old.  In fact, I distinctly remember what they looked like:  a white pair of faux leather kitten pumps.  I LOVED those heels. The rest is history, and the heel height never got shorter!

As I’ve gotten older, heels have become somewhat of a confidence booster.  My genetic fate proved to not favor my height, thus I remained vertically challenged. Not a problem, however, when you can wear 4 or 5 inch platform heels!  And boy was I good at walking in them!  Occasionally I would wear a pair that made me sound like a clydesdale when walking (aka not graceful), but for the most part, I like to think that I have always been most graceful when walking in heels.

As I have come up in the ranks of academia, I found that I was resorting to heels to help give me confidence I needed when at scientific meetings, when talking to peers, and simply for making me feel like I was “dressing the part”.  There is a stark difference between how I feel when I wear flats and how I feel when I wear heels.  I actually feel SUPER short and self-conscious when I’m wearing flats.  Not to mention, being short and female in a male-dominated field makes it even a greater challenge.  People literally look down at me to speak to me, and something about that body language really gets to me.  Wearing heels, on the other hand, even if they are 2-3″ heels, give me that extra little boost, and they really seem to make all the difference.  It enables me to walk with confidence and pride.

As a result, I have become quite the heel-wearer and thus, heel-buyer.  I have SO many pairs of heels.  They aren’t all expensive pairs, but, because I don’t wear them often, they tend to last longer.  I also know when to be practical and NOT wear heels.  Especially when I know I will have to walk long distances.  So, on those occasions, I like to wear comfy sneakers.  Have you noticed that sneakers also give a little bit of added height??

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All photography by Ron Pride Photography

Between my numerous pairs of shoes, and the 1-2 pairs of sneakers I own, I make sure to take great care of my shoes so that they will last and not easily damage.  My husband swears by KIWI shoe polish, and I have since become a fan of this KIWI Protect-All.  In fact, I carry it in my purse.  Do you remember me getting stuck in the building at work last year because I was wearing a pair of suede heels and I didn’t want the water to damage them?!  Well, I have since become savvy and taken action.  I’m in love with this KIWI Protect-All.  It sprays on lightly, doesn’t have a super strong scent, and in all, works-great to protect outer surfaces, shoes included.

Have you tried it before??  Let me know if you have!  If you haven’t, make sure to check out the KIWI website for more information. For those who haven’t used the spray before, simply remember to 1) shake the can well before use; 2) hold can upright approximately 15 to 20 cm from surface; 3) spray the entire surface evenly and thoroughly; 4) if using on leather or suede, let the leather or suede dry at room temperature. Actually, I bet it would also work well on handbags now that I think of it…  Hmm, sounds like another blog post idea for the future! I’ll keep you posted!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

 

A Carefree trip to LA

Last month, I took a quick trip to LA.  I was invited to give a talk to a group of women about the disparities that exist in cardiovascular disease, particularly among minority women. Coincidentally, the We All Grow Summit was happening that same weekend, and I was fortunate to have my attendance at the Summit sponsored by Carefree!

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They were a part of the swag I got at the We All Grow Summit (I forgot to include them in this photo because they were already packed up in my bag!!), so I left LA with two packages of liners!  I don’t know about you, but Carefree is a brand I have loved for over 20 years now. Carefree liners were among my first liner purchases and continue to be a staple in my home to date. I also always make sure to pack them on trips.  Here’s what I packed for my trip to LA.

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These liners have been useful for the usual monthly reasons, but they have also been a part of my workout prep and were especially useful after the birth of my two sons.  I especially love them for workouts, and most specifically when wearing clothing that might not otherwise disguise workout-related perspiration!  Was that TMI??  Oh wellz.  LOL. Other women I know use them on a regular basis, and incorporate them into their usual morning routine.  It really just helps give that added boost of confidence when you know you don’t have to worry about one extra thing throughout the day.

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One of the things I love about these liners is that they come in both a scented and unscented version.  I personally prefer the unscented version.  I always carry at least a couple of pads in my bag.  I have a transparent “makeup bag” that I keep in every bag I carry (if size permits), and add 1-2 pads for emergencies.  They are rather inconspicuous, so if someone peeks in my bag, it’s not completely obvious that I’m carrying around a panty liner!

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If you’ve never tried Carefree liners, I highly encourage you to try them!  They are SO inexpensive and so worth having around.  Carefree® Acti-Fresh® liners can be purchased at Walmart if you have one near you. There is a coupon for $2 off any 2 Carefree® products and $.50 off any 1 Carefree® product (expires 6/24): https://www.coupons.com/?&cid=19734374 if you decide you want to try them out, or if you already use them, to replenish your stock!  Let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are on these liners, or if perhaps, you’ve never tried them, but encouraged to do so after this post.

Otherwise, don’t forget to keep up with my daily outfits and other shenanigans on Instagram!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

 

 

Party Primping Faves

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the Dove and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

If I haven’t saturated you with Galentine’s Day ideas by now, then I haven’t done my job, haha!  Just kidding.  There really was SO much prep that went into that event, that I could talk about it for days.  But, what I want to share with you today are a few of the things that helped me prep that day.  If you haven’t read the post, catch up here!

I’ve heard a lot about the Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant, and in particular the Lavender Fresh and the Cool Essentials.  I recently posted them on Instagram Stories and I got SO many messages about how wonderful they were.  I tried them and let me tell you, I love them too! I love the fresh scent and it really does keep you dry throughout the day. When I’m in party prep mode, I’m running around like a mad woman.  On this particular day, I had to work, take care of my little one as he was not feeling well, pick up food and drinks, clean the house, pull out dinnerware, silverware, decor, I mean…should I go on?? It was a lot.  It was all worth it, but of course, I was super hot and sweaty.  YUCK.  BUT, not sweaty and STINKY!  And definitely not sweaty and stinky in the underarm area if you know what I mean. 😉

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For the party, I picked out this pair of tassel earrings which I fully described here, a pop of pink lipstick, my Dove Advanced Antiperspirant – because hello, I can’t bring the stank to the party – and, my signature fragrance.

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection, plus its Nutrium Moisture formula and 1/4 Moisturizers leave your underarms feeling soft and smooth.

Although both scents smell amazing, my favorite is by far the Cool Essentials – aka cucumber scent.  Also, the scent wasn’t overwhelming and didn’t alter the scent of my perfume.  Thank goodness for it!  I’ve officially found a new body deodorizer!  And, I got through my party too.

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Photography by Mary Margaret Photography

Have you tried Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant?  Do you love it too?!  Let me know in the comments section below.  Also, stay tuned for another post coming in the next days.  A work-life-balance post, for those of you who are interested!  Make sure you sign up to follow this blog via email on the right hand side of this post so that you get updates as soon as the posts go live!  As always, thanks so much for reading!!  It warms my heart that y’all take the time to visit my blog and read my stream of consciousness. 🙂

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!