High Heels and Training Wheels



I Finally Did It!

Cut my hair, that is! If you remember this post, which was 6 months ago, you know I've been planning to cut my hair for a very long time. Whether it was my indecision, lack of funds, or a lack of time; for whatever reason, I never got it done.....until now!

Over-sized tee, leather leggings, ankle boots, knit infinity scarf

Over-sized tee, leather leggings, ankle boots, knit infinity scarf

Over-sized tee, leather leggings, ankle boots, knit infinity scarf

Over-sized tee, leather leggings, ankle boots, knit infinity scarf

grey ankle boots with buckles

Over-sized tee, leather leggings, ankle boots, knit infinity scarf

Over-sized tee, leather leggings, ankle boots, knit infinity scarf
Tee c/o / Leather Leggings c/o / Boots / Scarf- Thrifted / Backpack- Thrifted / Sunnies c/o

The story of how my haircut came about is actually very sweet. My husband, who has listened to complaints about my hair for over a year ("I dipped my dang hair in my cereal again!" "I rolled over and pull my own hair in bed again!" "My hair is so tangly!" "My hair has been wet for 8 flipping hours now, it refuses to dry!") decided to help me do something about it. He knows I have admired my sister's hair, and after several bad haircuts and major trust issues on my part, knew that I would only to trust my sister's hairdresser. (My girl quit cutting hair, for shame!) So he called up my sister to find out who it was and arranged for her to set me up a surprise appointment. Next thing I know, I'm being told not to make plans for Friday at 4 and am handed a wad of money. The two of them had schemed and planned to surprise me with something they both knew I wanted very badly.

Now I don't know about you guys, but I don't get a lot of surprises. Especially surprises that are so thoughtful! When I figured out what they had done, it hit me right in the feels. I am always accusing Justin of not listening to me but I guess he really does hear what I say. I was really touched that he thought about me and went out of his way to do something so nice for me. And with my sister! Who is a dang good secret keeper, let me tell you! Just the day before I was yapping to her (for a very long time) in the car; once again complaining about my hair and threatening to just chop it all off. I asked her who her girl was, when she was in, how much she charged, how I wanted to get it cut, etc. And Kendall played along the whole time, never once letting on that I already had an appointment set up and would be getting my hair cut in short 24 hours later. Sneaky, sneaky! So a BIG thank you to my husband and my sister! You definitely got me and it was the sweetest thing anyone has done for me! : ) I absolutely love it and feel 10 pounds lighter!

What do you think? Did I choose well?

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Summer Meets Fall

The last couple of weeks I have been majorly harping on transitioning my wardrobe from summer to fall. This seemingly simple task is such a such a complex task for me and successfully achieving it eludes me every year. So after digging down and trying to pinpoint exactly why this is so difficult for me, I figured out the cause; I have no transition pieces! All of my summer clothes scream "summer" and all my winter clothes scream "winter". I don't have any pieces to take me across the seasons. So that has been my goal this year, acquiring pieces that function for more than just one season.

Dress c/o / NecklaceSunnies

Dress c/o / Denim Jacket / Bag / Scarf

This dress is the definition of a transitional piece. The cut and straps make it ideal for summer but the fact that it's a maxi with a neutral print, makes it perfect for layering in the fall. So my advice to anyone having the same issues as me? Get some transition pieces, duh!

This particular transition piece came from The Shopping Bag. I love it because it's one stop shopping; shopping from A to Z. From clothing and accessories all the way to home decor and food items. And all the pieces are unique. It's like boutique shopping online! Annnnd aren't you lucky you came here today because all High Heels and Training Wheels readers can get 25% your order by using code HHANDTW at checkout. Score!

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To Flats? Or not to Flats?

That was the million dollar question today. I couldn't decide whether to wear my ankle booties or the flats. Well, you can see which won....

Sweater c/o / Skirt c/o / Hat c/o  / Crossbody / Flats / Necklace- Thrifted

Any time I can't decide on a particular piece, I always ask my husband and/or daughter for their opinion. I'm not sure why because I usually don't do anything with their input and just wear what I wanted to all along. (Growing up, I always did this to my mom too! It made her nuts!) In which case, why did I even ask them at all, if I already knew what I was going to do anyway? I don't really know. But I couldn't decide on which shoes and my husband said flats, and today I actually went with the flats. Turning of a new leaf? Nah. I probably just subconsciously wanted the flats all along. ;)

AND let me tell you how nice this fall weather is!! Are you guys enjoying the same where you are? It has been in the high 60s/low 70s all week and it has been GLORIOUS! Makes me so excited for bonfires and pumpkin picking! Are feeling it too?

Are you as excited about the arrival of fall?

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My Baby is a Baby No Longer

So, as foretold, Alex and I did his yearly birthday Q&A this afternoon because my bitty baby is 10 years old today! Asking him these questions, I see how mature he is getting. I knew how big he was getting but he's growing and maturing by the day. (Waaaah! *sniff sniff*) So here is all of his answers. And as I said with Izzy's interview, I soooo recommend doing this with your kids! It's fun, they love doing it and I love looking back and seeing who they were each year.

The Coolest of the Cool

That's what these glasses are. Which, of course, makes me cool by association. 


Tis the Season: Fall Fashion

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I have never understood "high fashion". I know, how do I have a fashion blog? But I'm a mom in small-town Indiana and "straight off the runway" just does not work for my lifestyle (or my wallet, if you really want to get specific). I don't exactly spend a lot of nights "out on the town" or at red carpet events; I don't go to art shows or fancy charity events. But as Miranda explains (quite eloquently) in the Devil Wears Prada,

"I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select... I don't know... that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean. And you're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent... wasn't it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff."

this high fashion, straight off the runway hullabaloo I can't seem to understand, does influence what the rest of us peons wear. Now I'm not refusing the fashion industry because I take myself too seriously or have a disregard for designers the way Andy did, I just don't live their lifestyle or earn their income to make it appropriate for my daily life. BUT as she points out, high fashion majorly influences what I wear. All of my closet and outfit combinations are completely comprised of inspiration I draw from what I see. What are my spots for inspiration? Well Pinterest, of course. And other bloggers. But my favorite source is fashion magazines. Most especially fall fashion magazines. Can I get an Amen?

There is just something greatly cathartic about sitting down with my enormous magazines, curled up on the couch in the worst sweats imaginable, coffee in hand. So while I was looking a hot mess, dreaming of...well....not looking a hot mess, I was majorly inspired by this season's fall looks and how I can work them into my everyday lifestyle. These are a few of my favorite trends and how you and I, regular folk, can have functional pieces that work for our lives (and budgets!).


A Sad Farewell is Looming

That yearly farewell to summer is coming. And I am dreading it. Fall is absolutely my favorite season but it's what comes after it that I dread. It taints my view of fall. I can't anticipate my favorite season because my least favorite season follows it. Are there actually people out there who like winter? I just can't see the appeal. The days are shorter, drearier, colder and it seems to draaaaaaag on forever. It's usually about this time of the year that my seasonal depression starts to slowly creep in. So I'm holding on desperately to what last shreds of summer I can. While I was embracing fall fashion last week, not today. No dressing for fall, I'm full on summer today with this white/nautical feel....after all, no white after labor day, right? Today is the last day I can wear white this year, right? Psssh. I have never felt the need to abide by that rule. Is it actually still a "rule" anymore anyway? 


Patience at it's Finest

I am a whiner. I always have been. My mom used to tell me when I was a kid to stop whining, she wasn't going to speak to me until I stopped. I would reply back to her in my whiniest voice, "But I'm not whiniiiinnnnggg!!". I seriously whined so much, I had completely lost touch on how to speak normally and had no idea I was even doing it. (Sorry, mom!!) Well, I have since learned how to speak in a "normal" tone but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't still guilty of the occasional whine. Today was one of those times.


One Last Shebang

So if you notice over there in the sidebar, I've added a shop my closet at Poshmark. It took me forever to finally put together but it was a long time coming. After jean jackets came back in style and I realized I used to have one and got rid of it, I've been afraid to get rid of anything. So I have a closet (and boxes upon boxes) filled with clothes that never get worn but never get thrown out either. I'm most definitely a hoarder when it comes to clothes. I'm ashamed at just how much just hangs there neglected, but I have an unnatural fear!

So I've been forcing myself to abide by the rule "if it hasn't been worn it in a year, it's time to go". Well, it's still REALLY hard to bring myself to get rid of things! These cobalt skinnies are one of those things. I've not worn them for a year and even then I only wore theses cobalt skinnies a couple times so they are still like new. It's so hard to get rid of something that is like new! So I'm giving them one last "hoorah" to see if they really belong on the short list. Problem is, I'm still undecided! 


MoxieJean: The Little Fashionista

For an entire year I have had this blog and for an entire year my daughter has been asking for one of her own. She's 6. Uh...no ma'am. But that doesn't mean I can't share with her every now and again, right? Of course I can! So (drum roll please) I introduce to you, the witty, the charming, the fabulous Izzzzzyyyy!
And there is no better time than now to share her wee little fashion because the new school year is upon us and I know all you mommies out there are back-to-school shopping too....and probably spending a fortune. But, whoa, wait a second. Back the train up. I'm all frugal and thrifty over here, buying my things super cheap so I can go out and spend a fortune on the kids? Oh, no no no miss thang, I am not! Plus, we know they're just going to outgrow it all in a year (month...week...day...they never stop growing!) anyway. So why go into debt just to clothe them? I'm serious here, have you seen some of the prices on kids clothes?? "Oh hey, you can buy this size newborn sleeper for a mere 80 bucks! Isn't that a steal, folks?" (I'm not exaggerating, Google it) I would not spend that much on myself, so I am most certainly not spending that on this messy, growin-like-a-weed, rough and tumble kid! And you don't have to either!
This year, you fellow mommies can streeeeetch that back-to-school budget while still dressing your kiddos supa dupa fly. MoxieJean is an online consignment store that carries great brands like Gymboree, Gap, Old Navy, Baby Lulu, Ralph Lauren, etc. All at 75% or more off retail prices! For a mere 35 chucks, I was able to score Izzy 3 separate looks! My kind of store! MoxieJean adds hundreds of new outfits every Monday and Thursday so there is always something new to choose from and with sizes newborn all the way through to 13-14, there's something there for your entire clan. Holy convenience, Batman!

So, without further adu, here are little miss Iz's back-to-school looks she scored from Moxie...

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