Walking with Pride


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??



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 ‘Chic’ Easter Basket – Spring at Kohl’s

coverDisclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kohl’s and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions and text are all mine.

Gifting is one of my all-time favorite things.  I love to see people’s reactions when they receive the gift – and let’s face it, shopping for the gift(s) is also a ton of fun.  This year, I wanted to put together a ‘chic’ easter basket (canasta de Pascua, as we say in ‘Español’) and checked out my local Kohl’s store for ideas.  Kohl’s is a one-stop-shop place. Makeup, shoes, clothes, accessories, furniture, household items…I mean they have it all!!  And if you consider candy food, then they also have food to sell.  It’s rather amazing!

Their sales are also quite impressive.  Currently, a Kohl’s cash promo is in effect, wherein you get “cash back” for purchases you make in store which can be used at a later date.  I went shopping for easter outfits yesterday and got $20 in Kohl’s cash to use starting next week.  Score!

So, I went to the store and got to work! I knew I wanted to include a variety of things, so I visited all of the accessories departments and the makeup/fragrance department as well. They carry baskets, basket filler, plastic eggs, candy, and everything else you would need to fill your basket.  They also had adorable Star Wars-themed baskets for kids that they would love!!  If you follow me on Snapchat (ChicInAcademia) you saw some of these things.  Note: I went in the store yesterday, and all the baskets were 60% off!!  Check out what I decided on for my ‘Chic’ Easter Basket:

basket and grass


Easter Items

Easter basket

Basket items:  Lauren Conrad necklace, bracelets, and aviators; JLO CZ studs; Federic Fekkai Hair Fragrance; EOS hand lotion, Kleenex, and lip balm pack; two Essie nail polishes from their new Spring line; a polka dot jewelry roll; and a ceramic plate to place jewelry and other baubles on!  Also, the top I’m wearing is from the Lauren Conrad line. I’m obsessed with tops that with neck ties, and hello, can you pass up a good peter pan laced collar??  I think not.   This one was a winner!

This Sunday, I’ll also post an outfit photo with the dress I found for Easter (also from Kohl’s!).  A photo of the dress is currently Instagram.  It fit like a glove, has pockets, and was only $21!!  Can you say AH-mazing?!

Hubby didn’t get a chance to come into the store with me, but they also have lots of outfits for men.  I did manage to stop by the boy’s department and I got the boys some shorts for Sunday as well, so know that you can get your Easter baskets, Easter decor, and family outfits all taken care of at once! You’re welcome. 😉

Wishing all of you a Happy Easter (Feliz Pascua)!!  And to those of you who don’t observe the holiday…an excellent Sunday!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!




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Rockport Shoes $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Remember my blog post about Rockport Shoes and how amazing they are??  Well, they have decided to extend their campaign a bit longer (now running through October 29th) AND giving away a $100 gift card for a purchase on Rockport.com!!  How exciting is that?!

Here are two pairs I styled and LOVED:

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The shoes are constructed with Adiprene technology by Adidas, making each pair of Rockport shoes the most comfortable you are likely to wear.  Check out the technology here:

Isn’t that just awesome??  So get on it!!  For every post you upload on Instagram with the hashtag #MyDailyAdventure and tag @dressforsuccess, Rockport will not only donate $5 to the Dress for Success organization, but also enter you for a chance to win a $100 gift card to spend at their store/website!  Don’t miss out on this awesome and also benevolent opportunity!

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Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!