High Heels and Training Wheels: August 2013



August Style

So this month I thought I'd do something different and put all of my outfits from the month of August together in one post. Just a little recap if you will. I like to be able to look back and see what worked and what didn't. It's the good, the bad and the ugly ya'll. 

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Kiss Lashes

It's 2 beauty product reviews in 1 week! Wha? Just like the Kiss Gradation Polishes I reviewed earlier this week, I was sent these lashes because I rock. No seriously, these were a gift for my kick ass review on the Spring Voxbox.


Lace, Take Two

Yes, I did just wear these shorts last week. And yes, I am wearing them again already. In my defense, I did warn you that they would be worn with unnatural frequency. They can be worn so many different ways. Same shorts, very different look. Plus, I've gotten complimented on these shorts more than anything I've worn, and who doesn't love compliments??


Fancy Pants Nails With Kiss Gradation Polishes

So the people over at Influenster thought I was so fabulous and my review on the Spring Voxbox was so awesome, they sent me a Kiss Gradation Polish kit as a "high five, you go girl". Pretty sweet. I'm pretty bad when it comes to nail art so if there is a product that can make it easier, I'm all for it! Let's check it out, shall we!

The kit comes with 3 polishes that are "specially formulated" for the gradient effect. I didn't know how well I was going to be able to pull this off because I have to use the make-up sponge cheat for ombre nails. I'll admit, I was a little skeptical on how this "specially formulated" polish was going to help my inept abilities of nail painting. I'm just that bad!


Neon Flair

The weather is cooling off and it's time to break out the ol' denim jacket again. Here I am lamenting over summer's passing again. Just you wait until the cold weather really sets in...then you're really going to see some "woe is me" posts. Maybe I should just move south...


50 Shades of Grey

Yes, this title was inspired by the book but only because it's catchy and it fit, not because I like the book. I got about halfway through the first book and realized everything seemed a little familiar. Basically, it's a Twilight replica with a masochist instead of a vampire. I mean, if you're going to copy a book, at least pick a good one! Amirite??


Polka Dot Perfection

So hey, big news! This skirt apparently has pockets! And I am apparently an idiot because I have had this skirt for nearly a year and had no idea that this skirt contained this handy-dandy feature. So yeah. there's that. Wow.


Why We Chose to Homeschool

  My husband and I came together to make the difficult choice on whether or not to homeschool. It was a subject we discussed and researched at length before we made our final decision; there are so many different things to consider when making such a big change and it involves a lot of work. It's definitely not a choice we made lightly. For something that will shape and alter our child's entire life, this had to be an informed decision with no stone left unturned. In our case, we were very fortunate to be close with people who had already pioneered this path. We had the opportunity to speak to people who had already done the work and adopted this lifestyle. We were able to pick their brains and learn from their experiences. We were very lucky to have these resources available to us. After such exploring and debating, we decided it was the best choice for us, for our child, for our family. For us, it gave us an opportunity to choose what and how our child learns, the ability to play to her strengths, the ability to spend more time as a family, and the ability to work at her pace. 

Why We Chose to Homeschool

There are many other like-minded parents who support and share our decision to homeschool but there are also a lot of parents who just cannot, and do not, understand this choice. For most parents who have not done this research or explored these options, it seems to be seen as an unfair method of sheltering our kids. Lack of "socialization" is the concern I hear most and they see it almost as a cruelty to our child. I have frequently found myself in a conversation with a, let's call them "traditional", parent and as I'm explaining our choice, they look at me like I have 2 heads. This conversation usually begins with them "finding out" that we homeschool, like it's our dark dirty secret. Homeschool to other parents seems to be some archaic, barbaric method of educating our kids and they just cannot understand how we could do that to our child. Public school is what's "normal" to them and choosing to homeschool makes us "weird" in their eyes. I'm sure. if you're a homeschooling parent, you've had a similar experience. But they are completely unaware of how homeschool works.


I Want: Transition to Fall

I've already said my sad farewells to summer this year. We still have warm weather but the seasons are starting to change. You can smell it in the air and the leaves are starting to turn. School is back in and the time for pools is gone. As sad as it is and as much as I absolutely loathe winter, I actually really like fall. One of the main reasons being fall fashion. I love the warm, rich colors. And I don't like the cold but I absolutely love a cozy sweater on a cool autumn day. So now is the time for transition pieces. Here are a few of my favs that I've got my eye on...

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Just Jeans

Not boyfriend jeans, not skinny jeans. Not colored or printed or distressed. Just jeans. They still exist! And they're perfect for functionality and showing off my shirt. Which I love. I've become a real fan of floral print. I used to not own anything floral. It's a frilly print and it just wasn't me. But, I don't rule out anything anymore and I dress how I feel. Your mood changes, why shouldn't your style?

Wordless Wednesday: Fabulosity

My "Wordless" Wednesday has quite a few words this week. But they're very important words! My very bestest friend is preggers!! 
And since it's finally public knowledge, I can finally say how thrilled I am for one of my most very favorite people in the world! To you, she is a complete stranger but to me, she has been an significant and essential part of my life and I feel like I'm announcing my own pregnancy! Which ain't happening, don't get excited. 


Lace, the Fabric of Our Lives

Are you singing it? "The touch, the feel, the fabric of our lives" Yeah, I'm not deaf. I know it's cotton but I like lace better. So let's talk about these shorts...I have been wanting a pair of lace shorts for months. I didn't get them because I just couldn't style them enough ways in my head to make them  "versatile" and as a poor person, versatility is imperative. Ya'll know I'm poor. But then I decided to indulge anyway and was really surprised.


Help a Sista Out!

OK, so I've changed my blog's design a couple times in the last month already. I told you guys, I'm squirmy. And I am incredibly indecisive. It's probably a good thing I can't afford plastic surgery. Nah I'm sayin? So anyway, I visit numerous blogs every single day and everyone has such beautiful blog designs and get to hatin on my own. In the moment I'm coming up with a blog design, I love it. Best design ever. But once I settle on one I think, man I should have gone with another one! So I need your help. I've put my design options together in "blog" format so you can see what the finished result would be and I need a vote. Maybe if I can get enough people to agree that the one I choose is top dog, I might stick with it for longer than a month....well, here's hoping. 


Le Tote: Purple Print

Le Tote blazer khaki

I have literally nothing to tell you today. I wish I could say it's because I've been busy solving world hunger but if I'm being honest, I've been busy watching reality TV. Yeah, I said it. My days, which used to have free time for blogging, are now filled with homeschool and my nights have prior engagements with Dance Moms, Real Housewives and Chelsea Lately. Not to mention the True Blood I have to keep up with. It's exhausting! No seriously though, I'll get my time management under control. Until then, check out Le Tote!


Le Tote: Summer Blues

 You know, with school being back in, I am realizing just how terribly I'm going to miss summer. Summer is my absolute favorite for numerous reasons...firstly, no cold. I'm cold natured anyway and winter is brutal. And #2: the sun! Winter has no sun at all. It's a mix between overcast and night and it's de-press-ing! Aww woe is me. Sweet summer, I am going to miss you!

BIIIIG change for the Blincoe household....
This school year is going to be a little different for us, too. We've decided to homeschool our youngest. She's heading to our basement kindergarten and I thought it'd be the easiest to figure out if this is the right choice for our family. We didn't send her to preschool because I worked with her and she is now a grade level ahead. We've got an entire classroom set up and have all the classroom materials we need. But as kindergarten marks the first year of "real" school, I'm feeling pressure. Each of my children have different struggles with school and ideally I'd like to homeschool them all but I think I need an "easy" year under my belt to decide if it's going to be beneficial for all of them and whether to continue. Any of you moms homeschoolers? Or have any great online resources? I've been stalking Pinterest like nobodies business and I have found some great ideas but I am still completely intimidated. If I'm just using workbooks without any hands-on "creativity" I might as well send them to school! Our entire purpose is to provide them resources and experiences traditional school just can't give them. It's as much a learning experience for me as it is for her! Preschool was one thing but now we're heading into the big leagues! Trust me, this isn't the last you'll hear of our homeschooling adventures...

Le Tote leopard print scarf style outfit


Le Tote: Multi Maxi

Le Tote multi-color maxi sheer fedora style outfit

Le Tote has made me one happy chick again! I am positively enamored with this skirt...this entire outfit really. I asked my husband what he thought and he said "Well...it's colorful." aka "I don't care for it." But what does he know? Absolutely nothing. 


OWB Week: Candy {Giveaway}

Today is finally the day! The giveaway from Our World Boutique is finally open! One of you lucky winners will be walking away with all 5 necklaces that were featured this week! Sweeeeet...


Sponsor Post: KAMA Fitness

Hello readers of High Heels & Training Wheels.

I am Karen from KAMA FITNESS and I am super excited to be guest posting here today! Lindsey has incredible style and I instantly fell in love with her as soon as I stumbled upon HH&TW I just had to contact her to give her my support! She was nice enough to offer me a guest post to share one of my workouts with all of you :) annndddd I am adding a little fashionista to my workout - something I have never done before so phleeasebear with me!
Today's workout is a real burner....thigh burner that is...its focused solely on those thunder thighs! Oops...did I say that? Well maybe not your thunder thighs, but definitely mine! ;) I love working those legs. It always feels too damn good to have a great thigh/leg workout!
This workout can be done by anyone! It doesn't matter of your fitness level, all shapes & sizes are welcome! Are you new to exercising? If so, start off slow, focus on form and begin by completing one round. Once you're comfortable with the exercises - then move up to two rounds & so on!

The Workout:
Complete the following exercises without any rest for one round. Once completed one full round, rest for up to 2 minutes and complete another round.
Complete a total of 3 rounds.
10 Plank Triangles - alternating sides
10 Frog Jumps
10 Side Lunge & Leg Lift - alternating sides
10 Glute Squeeze
10 One Leg Bridge & Leg Abduction - alternating sides
10 One Leg Squats - alternating sides
10 Pike Leg Raise & Sumo Squat (x2)

OWB Week: Coral

It's day 4 of Our World Boutique week...check out day 1, 2 and 3 for the other fabulous necklaces. Tomorrow the giveaway opens for not one, but ALL 5 necklaces featured this week. It's a heck of a prize, yo!

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