Life lessons in heels

**I partnered with KIWI Protect-All spray for this post, however all opinions are my own.  

I have a pair of red suede shoes that I love.  LOVE.  One day last summer, I wore them, not realizing a huge thunderstorm was in the forecast.  Of course it hit right as I was getting to leave my office building for the day.  SIGH.  I waited.  15 minutes passed and I was now running super late to pick up the kids from daycare and after school care.  So, what’s a fashionista to do when wearing shoes that will damage in the rain?  Walk barefoot to the parking deck.  And so I did!

Of course, I’ve learned my lesson.  In an earlier post, I told you about my new found love for KIWI Protect-All® spray and how much I’ve come to love the product.  I’ve since applied it to my favorite red suede heels so that I can wear them without fear of the weather.

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Photos by Mary Margaret Smith

Of course, one learns about tricks like using a shoe protector like KIWI Protect-All® spray over time. It wasn’t something my mom used and told me about, for example.  But much like a fine wine, I too am getting better (wiser) with age.  I’ve learned about better ways to take care of my shoes, clothes, among other life lessons of course.  The photos above capture how I feel the older I get. Somehow more confident, caring less about what others think.  Don’t get me wrong, I still very much care about what others think to some extent – I am not yet completely immune – but I am much better than I was when I was younger.

There is a certain swagger that can only be had in heels at times (for me at least), that I feel these photos capture perfectly.  I’ve also become a lot more confident when it comes to my height.  I used to have a major, major complex about being vertically challenged.  The heels I’m wearing here are maybe – at most – 3 inch heels.  I used to wear nothing less than 4″ heels with a platform!  I was nuts for sure.  I also wasn’t running after two boys under 8, haha.  Life has certainly changed.

Anywho.  Did you try Kiwi Protect-All spray since the last time we chatted??  If not, try it and let me know what you think!  I saw it while I was at CVS today and it prompted me to remind you all about it.  Photo_1027

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

**I partnered with Kiwi Protect-All for this post, however all opinions are my own.  

Moms Do Holiday Style

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I was recently asked if I would partner with other moms to showcase some holiday outfit ideas, and so of course I said YES!!

I had to take some photos for other social media posts recently, and loved the outfit I put together for that, so I’m sharing that now with you for this post as well. 🙂

 

I happened to be at The Summit a few weeks ago and immediately made a bee line for the clearance wall.  To my surprise, they had all sale items marked an additional 40% off!  My eyes were immediately drawn to this skirt.  As a momma, midi skirts work well because they are long-ish and allow me to bed over, squat, jump, you name it, without flashing the world; all while trying to chase after my 3-year old, who is usually chasing after my 7-year old.  Sigh.  If you’re tired after reading THAT sentence, you understand how tired I am after chasing kids around!

I checked just DAYS ago to see if this skirt was on sale and it said it was sold out, so I don’t know what happened between Black Friday and now, but apparently it is magically back in stock.  No complaints here though, as I am able to share it with you and some of you may even decide to purchase it!

I paired it with a shell I bought for $12 from Marshalls, and a $15 cardigan (it was on sale) from Target.  The necklace, omg, is BEEEEAAAAUUUTIFUL!!!  My friend Yasi of Hello Gorgeous blog recently opened up a jewelry boutique and sent me a piece to style with my outfits.  I am in LOVE with it.  Best of all, it’s less than $30!!  The necklace is linked above for those of you interested.  Check out the other necklaces she has in stock in case you are in need of additional baubles for the holidays or to gift to loved ones and friends.

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Here with Heather of My Life Well Loved

Outfit details:  Necklace, Hello Gorgeous Boutique // Cardigan, Target // Top, Marshalls, similar here and here // Skirt, JCrew, here //  Shoes, Marc Jacobs (old), similar here and here//

Finally, my friend over at Take Time for Style is hosting a $250 Nordstrom Gift Card giveaway, so make sure to click here to enter.  Who passes up a chance to win free money?? I don’t!! You shouldn’t either!

Anyhoo, let me know if any of you end up buying this skirt and if you style it, I’d love to see photos!  Feel free to post them below or share them with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest.  I’d love to see what you come up with!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

 

 

Christmas Checklist… First task: Pictures with Santa at the Summit!

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Photo by Amanda Moses

Did everyone get enough Turkey and trimmings to get them through the next month??  I hope so!!  I know I did and I’m officially in Christmas mode.  After dinner, I ended up doing a little Black Friday shopping at The Summit.  I posted all the deals on Instagram Stories. Hours and store deals are found in the last two blog posts (here and here) in case you are interested in reading them.  Briefly, Gap has a monster sale and so did Belk.  I scored bigtime!

Anywho, as of today, I am prepping for Christmas.  We will be undergoing a kitchen remodel in the coming weeks (more to come on that), but should be ready for Christmas and I am SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!  So excited.  First item on my to-do list:  Christmas cards. Plan is to get photos taken, printed and mailed by next week.

This year, I plan to use pics from our visit to the North Pole at The Summit.  If you haven’t been there before, it is this SUPER cute space in Saks Plaza (the area by Saks Fifth Avenue, Loft, JCrew, etc).  Beginning today, Friday, November 25 through December 24, you (and/or your kids) can have your picture taken with Santa!! He’s going to be hanging out at the North Pole for the next month.  Don’t worry, the elves are taking care of toy orders. 😉

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The North Pole at the Summit is this amazing place with things to do and eat for the kids and also for you!  When you walk in, displays from Sugar Boo, Leaf and Petal (including a Christmas Tree Farm), Birmingham Candy and others line the sides of the space.

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Photos by Jennifer Hagler

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The North Pole experience and visiting with Santa are free of charge, while professional photos by are available for purchase Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Check out this adorable photo by Amanda Moses of my boys with Santa at the North Pole!

Appointments to have pictures taken with Santa are available by clicking HERE.

*Walk-ins are welcome as well. 

When you click on the link, you will be taken to this page:

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Click on the “BOOK AN APPOINTMENT” button, and that will lead you here:

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There, you have the option to book an appointment to take a photo with Santa or with Ruffy Claus!  Fill in all the necessary info and voila!  You’re all set!

The Santa Photo with Amanda Moses Photography Fee includes: sitting fee, 1-4×6 print, and 1- digital file (with rights to print). Additional digital files can be purchased on-site. Professional Photography only available Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12-6 PM.

If you are interested in booking, Santa Hours are:
Monday: 12-6 PM
Tuesday: 12-4 PM
Wednesday: 12-6 PM
Thursday: 12-6 PM
Friday: 12-6 PM { Professional photography available + appointments }*
Saturday: 12-6 PM { Professional photography available + appointments }*
Sunday: 12-6 PM { Professional photography available + appointments }*

My friend Heather of My Life Well Loved also had photos taken of her adorable son with Santa, so be sure to check out her post as well for additional Christmas Card inspiration!

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Photos by Amanda Moses

Let me know if you make it to the North Pole in the coming weeks!  I plan to go again and this time, plan to do some shopping.  I did walk away with some Birmingham candy before leaving because well, it was simply irresistible.  After all, I must add some fat to my body so I don’t freeze this winter.  Bears, squirrels, and other animals do it…so…I should too, right?!  LOL.  Sigh, I know, the answer is no.  But, life is short, so eat the candy, take your picture with Santa, and simply…be merry!!

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PS – If you’re a bit nutzo like me and need ANOTHER checklist in your life, check out this one I made for Christmas.  You’re welcome. 😉

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PDF version to print here: christmas-checklist

 

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!