September 30, 2013

What are you seeing?

Recently I read the book Isolating Insecurities by Paul de Jong. In the book there is a snippet of something Helen Keller wrote that left me challenged and encouraged and so I thought it would be the perfect thing to share with all my girlfriends this Monday.
"Recently I was visited by a very good friend who had just returned from a long walk in the woods so I asked her what she observed. The woman responded by saying nothing in particular. I might have been incredulous had I not been accustomed to such responses for long ago. I became convinced that the seeing see little."

After reading this I quickly realized that I am that friend. So often I rush through my everyday ordinary and see so many things but truly see very little. How often are we missing the beauty of the world we live in. So take in the scenery today for a little longer than you normally would. Appreciate the beautiful faces of the people around you. See the needs of other people and meet them with compassion. See the happiness on others faces and meet them with a smile. See the defeated person and meet them with a word of encouragement. What would our everyday ordinary look like if we chose to open our eyes and see everything truly going on around us. I guess we would realize it's not so everyday ordinary. 

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September 26, 2013

How to take your Pinspiration and Make it Work in Your Closet

I'm sure you are like me and your Pinterest "my style" board is filled with fabulous fashion and girls dressed so darn good it's as if they never had a bad fashion day. Pinning on Pinterest is fun, but I am thinking that when it comes to our "my style" boards we would at least like to dress like these fashionistas some of the time right? Here are a couple of my tips when trying to create a Pinterest outfit from your own closet.

1) Make substitutes. A lot of what we love about outfits is the overall look. So when you find a pin, don't get caught up in thinking: I don't have a blue and white stripped skirt, or my brown boots don't look like that. Look at the silhouettes of the pieces and recreate it.

Take this one for example: I don't have an oatmeal colored sweater, gray scarf, or blue and white skirt. So instead I pulled out these pieces that have similar silhouettes and recreated it with the things that were in my closet.

2) Make the look your own. I tried wearing my maxi skirt with a loose fitting tee and denim jacket. It made me look frumpy. {:It was too loose and I am too short:} Instead I took the idea of the outfit and paired it with a less flowy skirt, tighter tank, and instead of a jean jacket I tied my denim chambray top. I added the scarf for a little pop of color. Not really the same outfit, but it inspired me to put a new outfit together in my closet that I wouldn't have on my own. 

3) Let it inspire you to make new clothing combinations. When I got my white jacket, I would have never thought to pear it with this racerback tank…until I saw this pin. While I skipped the strands of pearls because my shirt has a graphic, it inspired yet again another clothing option I wouldn't have tried otherwise.

4) Let it inspire your next shopping trip. Let's face it, there are some pins we see and we just don't have what we need to make it work. So the next time you head out shopping take a look back at your style boards and allow it to guide you in a couple of your purchases. Like this dress, I saw this pin first, then was inspired to buy this $15 H&M dress because I remembered what a cute outfit I could make out of it  from my Pinspirtation.

What Pinspiration outfits have you made work in your wardrobe?
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September 25, 2013

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year….A Giveaway

Ok, I know most people use that caption for Christmas, and I do love Christmas, but I really think fall is the most wonderful time of the year for me. Sure snow is pretty and I love a white Christmas, but other than that it just causes chaos. But fall on the other hand…I think I could do with fall all year long. Well, but then I might miss the nostalgia of it. So i don't know, I suppose I'll leave the whole season things to mother nature and I will just plan my wardrobe accordingly. But boots, scarves, and pumpkin spice lattes do make me smile a little bigger.

{:PST…Don't forget to scroll down and enter to win a bag of delicious, make your owning and life better coffee:}

Shirt: Rockin Republic for Kohls
Jeans: Just US
Boots: Candies for Kohls
Earrings: The sidewalk of NYC
Bracelet: Living Hope

Button Down, Pants, & Earrings: NY&Co.
Shoes: Target
Bracelet: Alter'D State

Scarf & Top: TJ Maxx
Pants, Bracelet, & Ring: NY&Co.
Shoes: Soda

Cardigan & Pants: NY&co
Top: TJ Maxx
Sandals: Target
Bracelet: Charlotte Russe

Top: Forever 21
Wedges: Candies for Kohls
Bracelet: Forever 21

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September 24, 2013

The SIngle Girl Diaries - Where did all the gentleman go?

I was on my way home from work yesterday, talking to my mama about a guy I use to like in college. I liked this guy who insisted I meet him everywhere we went and if I didn't meet him, I had to pick him up! He also wanted to "hang out" for six months on a nightly basis before he was ready to commit. HOLY SMOKES was I an idiot. Luckily by the time he was ready to commit I was over it and him. But I constantly brushed the comments and questions I would get about it from older family members, mainly my parents, off as just calling them old fashioned.

It got me to thinking about this: Do we live in a society that allows men to get away with no longer being gentleman? I mean we say it's just the "day and age we live in," but is it really or is it us women making excuses for them?

Call me old fashion, but there are a few things that I expect when I go out with a guy {:Things I wish I had expected back then when the above duffs was still in the picture:}. I mean what is up with all these guys these days? We make it way to easy on them. We say yes to a guy asking you out over text message because we say it's how our generation communicates. Then, we meet the guy on the first date instead of having him come and pick us up at our house and just say it's more convenient. Then as if it's not bad enough, we even offer to pay for our meal or movie ticket not wanting to sound over presumptuous that this is a date. Why do we do this? Do we not want to sound too demanding? Not want to expect to much? Or just not value ourselves enough to know we deserve a man who is going to fall all over himself for us?

I mean hello girls, but any guy who does not do any of the above voluntarily is hardly worth your time. If a guy is truly interested in you, he is going to pull out all the stops. He won't run errands with you on your date, he won't ask you to pay, and he won't walk in any door ahead of you.

So girlfriend here is your permission slip. Your permission slip to expect a man to be a gentleman when he dates you. Because he can be a man without being a gentleman. And you my super fox friend are worthy of a gentleman.

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September 23, 2013

Just a little encouragement for a Monday

I came by this quote yesterday on twitter and I fell in love with it. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share it with you. 

What are you holding on to that is inhibiting you from per suing your dreams? Pride? Comfort? Approval of others? Fear? Insecurity? Maybe it is all time we wade out into the waters. We all want to find new oceans, but the first step in losing sight of the shore, is getting into the water.
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September 20, 2013

Coffee Date for Two {:filled with plenty of randomness:}

Oh how I wish I were sipping coffee in a quaint coffee shop with you right now. The weather here in WV has been absolutely spectacular. It is definitely feeling like the weather you where you wear your cute boots and scarf while you sip on a pumpkin spice late. Today it's a little warmer, but I am still very anxious for fall it's my absolute favorite season!

So how have you been? You may have read in Monday's post that my life has been pretty crazy lately. But, a good kind of crazy. I am definitely exhausted, but it feels selfish to complain about exhaustion when it is only the result of living a very blessed life. {:Not that I don't do it, it's just easier to filter myself on here:} It's just that I am really learning day-by-day how truly blessed I am in this life.

So can I share with you something else I'm learning right now?

God has me in the middle of a whirlwind learning how to release my comfort for my calling. It sounds so poetic and beautiful, but working it out in your life is much messier and much more complicated that it sounds. Well, maybe I should correct myself. It doesn't necessarily have to be messy, difficult yes, but messy no. I find myself making it messy by forgetting that I am not pursuing a God calling in my own strength but rather in His. {:I have a hard time remembering this tidbit:} 

Have you ever been there? Have you ever had God knock on the door of your heart only to tell you something you didn't necessarily want to hear? Something that challenged you and made you uncomfortable? Well, if you haven't, allow me to tell you how unfun that can be! But, the thing we all have to realize is that if God is calling you to get uncomfortable, He is calling you to something that is going to enlarge and expand your life-for the better. He is calling you to something that is going to build your faith and stretch your trust muscles in him.

I'm learning that it is okay to let Him in, even when he knocks with an uncomfortable proposition. Know why I find this okay? It's because I know He knows the rest of my story. I only know the past pages and the current page so it's much better to trust the One who has the entire book right?

Well, that's kinda what has been floating around in my head on the faith side, but I am a random girl so let's switch the topic up a bit and turn to this little blog of mine.

I have been thinking about retiring The Single Girl Diaries for awhile. What do you think? Not that I won't ever post a Single Girl Diaries post; it just won't be a weekly thing anymore. I mean I don't want to beat a dead horse. If y'all are still enjoying them, I'll happily keep them coming, but if not, maybe it will be more of a special post here and there.

What about your blog? How is it going? How is it growing? Have any questions?

How has your life been? Chaotic? I hear ya girlfriend! I thought after this past weekend with our women's conference being over life would settle/slow down a bit. Well, that doesn't seem to be true at all. I still feel like it has been go, go, go and I cannot seem to catch up. But, the good news is, it's Friday  and I have a weekend filled with very little to do except get my bridesmaids dress fitted. Which this is exciting because my sweet cousin is marrying her knight and shinning armor in just 3 weeks from tomorrow. Oh aren't they just adorable?! Look at these pictures!

Awe, I am just already imagining these pictures hanging on their walls for years to come. So thankful and honored to be part of their day. I'm a sucker for weddings. They always make my heart happy, single or not.

Okay, well I won't keep you with my ramblings. I know you're a busy lady, but I am so glad we got to catchup like girlfriends do. Thanks for having coffee with me!

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September 19, 2013

City on a Hill Coffee-Product Review

I am so excited to be doing my first product review, and boy did I hit the jackpot! Hannah, from City on a Hill Coffee, emailed me a few weeks ago to ask if I would be interested in writing a review on the blog for some of their featured coffee. How lucky can a girl be? It combined two of the things I love most: coffee and blogging. 
The name alone already had me wanting to try it. But I will admit, I am a bit of a coffee snob. I am picky with the type of coffee I drink, but this City Treat blend did not disappoint. If you are drinking grocery store coffee you will certainly taste the difference. It was fantastic. We will call it love at first cup. It's the kind of coffee you won't be able to decide if you want to have it ready for friends when they come over or if you should keep the goodness to yourself. So do I recommend this coffee? You bet. Stop on over and try a bag. Tell them Amber from My Life in High Heels sent ya! OH and don't forget to like their page on Facebook.
If you are interested in having me do a review of your product, don't hesitate to e-mail me.
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September 18, 2013

One of those kind of weeks

Ever have one of those times where the pressure is on to look your best? Well, this weekend was one of those times. I was going to be around 350 other women, so I had an intention of dressing to impress. Thursday night, in preparation for the conference over the weekend I tore my room apart. I stared into a jammed packed closet only to see not even one outfit I was dying to wear staring back at me. How is that possible? At one point I had fallen in love with each and every piece of clothing, and now I hate it all. {:But I am sure that has never happened to you *wink wink*:} So for the next hour I tried on countless outfits, took tons of selfless, and polled my girlfriends to see what I should wear over the weekend. And these are some of the outfits that won...

Pink Tunic: TJ Maxx
Leggings & Bracelet: Charlotte Russe
Booties: Target
Necklace: JC Penny

Dress: H&M
Boots: Relish
Necklace: Charming Charlie

{I wore one other cute outfit, but I ran out the door and forgot a selfie, so here is what the top half of me looked like:}
Blazer: H&M
Top: TJ Maxx
Jewelry: Kohls

Then there was what I wore the rest of the week.
Top: Khols
Pants: NY&Co.
Bracelet: Foreve21
Watch: Fossil

Top: Kohls
Pants & Bracelet: NY&Co.

Cardigan: Gap Outlet
Maxi Skirt: Kohls
Tank: H&M

Top: TJ Maxx
Jeans: American Eagle
Sandals: Target
Bracelette: Charlotte Russe

Sweater: H&M
Pants: American Eagle
Wedges: Kohls
Bracelet & Earrings: Charlotte Russe

Linking Up With: Wildcard WednesdayStyle Sessions
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September 17, 2013

The Single Girl Diaries - People Actually Celebrate This?!?

Did you know this week is National Singles Week? Like there isn't just a holiDAY dedicated to us single peeps, we have a whole flipping week. This "holiday" of sort makes me giggle a little because I think most single people hardly see being single as a reason bust out the party hats and streamers. But, maybe just maybe whoever invented such a week was on to something. Maybe they were trying to get the single people in their world to get their focus off their loneliness and paranoia of never finding the one and getting their focus back on how awesome they are all by themselves.

I think I kind of could get into this whole holiday thing especially if it makes us stop thinking of singleness as a prison we are trapped in and instead encourages us to celebrate the season we are in a little.

I mean why not? We are single. Who said that being single had to be torture. When was the last time you were actually saying positive things about this place of singleness you find yourself in?

I know there are countless things I envy about my fiends lives who are married and have children, but I also know there are some things they are probably pretty jealous about in my life too. I mean I can go buy a pair of overpriced, to die for heels and have absolutely no one to answer to. I can decide on Friday at 5pm that I want to go spend the weekend with an out of town girlfriend, pack up my bags and be out the door in 30 minutes. I don't have to check with the hubs to make sure that plans haven't been made for me already or call the laundry list of people searching for a babysitter. I can sit and read a book for hours and no one interrupts me, not even once. I can spray the crap out of my hair with dry shampoo in the morning and pretend I took a shower without anyone knowing any different.

The list could go on and on but I think that the best one is how open ended our story remains. Don't get me wrong there is ALWAYS unpredictability in your life, but once you are married with kids there is a large level of your life that becomes predictable. Whereas when your single there is so much left wide open in the unknown. And yes the unknown can be scary but it can also be thrilling! How will you meet your husband, where will you live when you do, how many kids will you both decide to have, what will God call you to as a couple, and the list goes on and on.

So here is to us: to the ladies who choose to walk this road of singleness in confidence and who realize that being single is far better than settling.

Give yourself permission to crank up the single jams tonight, open a bottle of wine, and celebrate the fabulousness of YOU!

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September 16, 2013

Somewhere between over exhausted and over joyed

It feels like forever since I have had the chance to catch up with you pretty lady. I am so sorry I have been so out of touch, but last week I was super busy helping put together our churches women's conference, Adored. It is always a ton of work, but more than worth it. So even though I am feeling the effects of an Adored conference hangover I am thrilled to share pics with you from the weekend.

I had the awesome responsibility of decorating for the event and I must say I had a blast doing it. This year's theme was overwhelmed with JOY!

We got to hear from some of the absolute best speakers on the planet. Andi Andrews, Marilyn Skinner, and Beth Green….

I got to hang out with some of the girls I love most….

I danced my sassy little heart out in the opening number...

And I even got to MC the event some and even spoke to the single ladies with my sassy and fabulous friend Heather. 

Everyone should totally experience this holy hangover that leaves you somewhere between over exhausted and over joyed. It was a goooood weekend. Well, incredible is more like it.

Linking Up With: Weekend Shenanigans
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