1 Year

Hello, friends!

Today is bittersweet for me. October 14th marks the 1 year anniversary of my very first blog post as “Born in Heels”. My little hobby has come a long way in the last 365 days. Throughout this time, I’ve learned a lot about blogging, made tons of new friends and contacts, brought on 2 contributors, and found new strengths within myself.

Here we are- One year later… While I would love to be celebrating with a giveaway or promotion, it is just the opposite. Today, I wanted to first explain my lengthy absence from my last post, and to inform you that Born in Heels is going on a break.

As most of you may already know, my husband and I are expecting our first baby in April. While I could not be more excited about the birth of our child, pregnancy has taken quite a toll on your girl, LB… Working a full time job, keeping up with my family, and maintaining some dissemblance of a social life; not to mention preparing for a child is in short, exhausting. Now, I know that many people do these things, and maybe more while they’re pregnant, but I find it highly unlikely that they also write a blog!

Pregnancy hormones are a VERY real thing, and mine make me feel like a lunatic about 90% of the time. I feel gross, I feel fat, I feel run down, I feel sad, I just feel terrible. So, putting together an outfit and stepping in front of a camera is pretty much the last thing I want to do- which is so unlike me.

Before my inbox gets flooded with emails about how I’m ungrateful, I want to be very clear: I AM excited and very grateful to have the opportunity to be a parent. Not everyone has this chance, and we are SO blessed. But, I can not control my chemical balance (well, IMbalance is more like it most of the time), and being pregnant is not easy for certain people. I happen to be one of them.

I’m going to be 110% real with you… I just can’t do it all, and I refuse to give you half-assed content for the sake of just posting something. So, as we prepare for our baby, Born in Heels is taking a break.

The good news?! I will continue to post on Instagram and Facebook, so make sure you follow along there!

Thank you for your continued support and readership. I will be back soon!

xoxo

 

LB

I could make that Thursday: Natural Homemade Deodorant

As many of you know when I can I prefer to hand make just about anything. I’ve made natural toothepaste and clove mouthwash, smoothing coffee scrubs, whipped body moisturizer and today, well, today I’ll be making homemade deodorant. It’s not the sexiest thing I’ve ever made, but due to recent research on the dangers of modern day deodorants and antiperspirants I thought it was definitely worth a try. My friend over at Momma Earth Essentials provided me with the following recipe.

You will need:

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For the essential oils I used DoTerra which I got from Momma Earth Essentials.  You will also need an airtight glass container. Over time the essential oils can break down plastic which can be harmful to your health. I bought a glass container from the Dollar Tree but I think you’re better off using a container with a lid that screws on tight. A recycled glass jar would be perfect.

To make:

  • Mix baking soda and cornstarch.  Add coconut oil.                                      IMG_20151008_064816
  • Add 5 drops lime e.o. and 5 drops lavender e.o., mix thoroughly.                                                                                                                           IMG951535IMG_1537

Man, do I love a quick and easy DIY.

To use:

Apply a pea size amount to each underarm as needed.                                    IMG_20151008_064630

It’s not an antiperspirant so it will not stop you from sweating just from smelling. I was able to use mine for a week before this post to test it out. I liked it although it was a little strange at first. It does not feel like regular deodorant. It feels sort of gritty when you first apply but after awhile it smoothes out. I didn’t notice any build up or have issues with body odor so that was cool. The only problem I had was with the glass container I stored it in. I took it with me to the gym one day and accidently dropped my bag down harder than I intended and it shattered. Glass everywhere. {SMH} Of course I would do that.

All in all I liked it. I can see myself using it on a regular, daily, basis. I will have to investigate other options for storage  though.

If you’re brave enough to give it a try let me know how it goes.

I could make that. Can you?

 

*****These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.**********

Letting Go: The Secret to Finding What Makes You Tick

There is something so powerful about just saying “the hell with it.” Am I right? It’s a self-affirmation of giving zero you-know-what’s and doing what you enjoy or what feels best.

This weekend I did that. And it was awesome. And, I have no regrets (which is actually the best part of it all).

In the past six months, at age 23, I have 1.) turned 23 (which happens to be the oddest limbo-like stage in life thus far), 2.) moved out of my parents’ house, 3.) gotten a big-girl, full-time job in social work, 4.) kept that job, 5.) turned down law school, 6.) was accepted into and started grad school, 6.) and transitioned to paying for everything on my own.

Needless to say, I needed to just “not” for a minute. And that minute lasted approximately 3 days. I did not plan it, nor did I intend it. I just let it happen spontaneously.

Sure, I worried about homework and all that I should have or could have been doing, but only for an hour or two out of the whole weekend (which is record breaking for me!).

Instead of homework, projects, and fretting about what “needed” to be done as my head continued to spin, I spent quality time with people. People I love and care for, who needed a listening ear and a steady demeanor– which is funny because I felt like the furthest thing from steady. But by being stable for those individuals, I became stable myself.

By letting go, my inhibitions were shed and the authentic “me” surfaced. I chose to value what is most important to me: relationships. I went to my five-year high school reunion and rekindled old relationships with classmates. I counseled friends and family. I had a wonderful Sunday breakfast with my boyfriend. I spent time with my parents. I hung out with the most bubbly and wonderful three-year old twins eating brownies and watching “Happy Feet.” For the first time in a long time I was happy. Blissful, perhaps.

What I’m saying may sound like common sense. But as sensible as it may seem, how often do we do it? How often do we, in the middle of all of the busy, productivity-driven, routinized, stressfulness that we construct as life take a goshforsaken break? In fact, more than a break, why don’t we take a pause to recognize whether or not we are embracing what is truly important to us as individuals?

For me, since my relationships are key, I discovered that I need to make time for relationship-building and rekindling in my regular “routine” of life. I need to override an evening of reading in exchange for deep conversation with an old friend. I need connection to keep my clock ticking.

Our minds can only function in chaos or under pressure for so long, or else we eventually crack. On top of that, depression often has its way of wandering in as we struggle with inadequacy and anxiety from the stress we place on ourselves.

Although gratitude, prayer, meditation, self-affirmations, time management, and other techniques and qualities are great to focus on to alleviate this, we must know that letting go is an option, too. We need it for our health and sanity. Routine keeps the clock of time running, but what is the inertia that keeps you at pace with time? In other words, what feeds you from the inside? It is this that you must make room for in your life; the only way you will make room for it is by saying “the hell with it” to something else. Not forever, but just for a minute (which may last 3 days).

So, what keeps your clock ticking? Find it and tap into it. It will bring out the best version of yourself and life will unfold from a whole different perspective. Rather than letting the clock run you down, find out what keeps your clock running. With that, you can make the resulting bliss stretch across time.

Thanks for reading, friends! And remember, “on Wednesday’s, we…. DO WELLNESS (DUH!)”

 

 

 

KCFW Friday Night

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Photo by Laura Noll Photography, Dress(es): BGBG Generation c/o Bloomingdale’s (see similar here) and H&M (see similar here), Shoes: Shoe Dazzle, Earrings: Kendra Scott

 

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An adorable, black and white collection from 16 year old Molly Elizabeth. This dress… #loveit
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Flowy, easy to wear pieces from veteran, Lauren Bander. I did miss the tulle this season!!
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Elaborate, embellished, metallics from Afielda
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Loved this floral dress with sheer shoulder detail from Ola Style.
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A gorgeous patterned maxi from Joshua Christenson. OMG… NEED!!!!

KCFW Fair & Fashionable- Thursday night runway show

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Jana Meister (Jana Style blog), me and Kelsie O’Brien (Floor Supervisor for KCFW) stopping by the Sunflower Dermatology booth to take the Tan-Free Pledge! #FairAndFashionable

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Badass intergalactic fashion from Buf Reynolds!
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Color blocked halter dress by Buf Reynolds
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Beautiful finale piece from My Heirloom. Love the peplum bodice!

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Intricate and dramatic body jewelry by Enve Designs (my favorite of the night)!

Kansas City gal with a love for fitness, food, fashion, and all things pretty!

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