Fashion Hack – Breaking in new shoes!

Howdy Y’all,

Sorry it has been a little quiet on TLL this week, I have continued feeling ill. I swear that we are playing football with germs at the moment in the Lifestyle household. I can not say I am on my deathbed but just low grade things which seem to sap my energy, plus honestly I am finding all the negativity surrounding us at the moment a little draining. I am lacking inspiration and creativity. As I mentioned in an earlier post I am not sure what I think about the current election result, if you remove policies and the political element, I have to say I am so disappointed not to see a women elected. Privately as a mother of a daughter I am a little depressed that we have not been able to remove one of the final glass ceilings. It is difficult to say to your daughter that the world is her oyster and that she can be whomever or whatever she wishes because I feel like that is a lie. I do struggle to accept a leader who has verbalized such utter disrespect for women, but I believe everyone makes mistakes and we can all get swept away. Plus my gut tells me that he does respect women. So I pray that now the bravado and razzmatazz of the campaigns are over we can all put on our big girl/boy panties, accept the result and move forwards as much as possible in peace and harmony. After all that is democracy and how lucky are we to have the freedom to vote. I also remind myself how far we as women have come, less that a hundred years ago women could not even vote in the US.

Today I wanted to share with you a hack which works. Are you like me and love to read all the beauty or fashion hacks you can digest? One thing I hate is breaking in new shoes, which is bonkers for a women who loves shoes like TLL. I will tell you a secret, one of the first purchases I made when we moved to the US almost six years ago was a pair of Tory Burch leopard flats. I had always admired them and I was secretly thrilled when I added them to my closet, happy that was until I tried wearing them. Oh golly goodness they were unbearable. I hate blisters (I don’t know anyone who like them!) I think I must have very sensitive feet (I am a delicate petal.) They were so uncomfortable that I was looking to buy other flats with same pattern in a different brand – which is barmey. I love how the Tory Burch ones look on the feet, I thought I wont be beaten and I want to wear them this winter, so I set about finding a hack that would help make them comfortable. I read plenty which involved rubbing alcohol or soaking in water, none which would work with these particular fabric shoes. I then came across one which required a thick pair of socks, a hairdryer and the culprits (uncomfortable shoes.) You are required to warm your socks with the hairdryer for two minutes and then put them on (careful not to burn yourself) and then place said culprits on and wear them around for ten minutes. I was expecting this to be useless but surprisingly it has worked. I intend to do a few more times, but it certainly has made a difference. I always mean to wear them about the house to break them in, but honestly I either forget or by the time I get home the appeal of comfy slippers has the upper hand. So I wanted to share this with you, it is great when we can share things that help or save time, especially in the holiday season.


Who would have thought that these items could help me never have another blister! Plus these shoes are so cute they must be worn.



One could never accuse me of being vain for the blog. How sexy is this look? Who cares if it means I can wear these shoes out and about. Plus I have biro marks on my legs from Little L who found great amusement drawing on my legs during her 3 year wellness check today. Whatever keeps the peace #momlife.


I wish you a happy Wednesday.

Ta Ta for now



Monday Links & Loves

Howdy Y’all,

Happy Monday, how was your weekend? Good I hope! Full of love, fun and memory making. I had a particularly adult weekend as I went out both Friday and Saturday night. I am quite sure it will take me all week to recover. I do love going out and spending quality time with Mr L and friends. It is only that Little L is unaware of our escapades the next morning when she comes bounding in at 6am.  The words mama and papa had a late night don’t apply to her. I recommend the toddler alarm clock it is very persistent and will get even the most stubborn highnies out of bed. Plus could someone please explain to me the psychic abilities children have? How do they know the particular night they choose to wake several times is when mama has chosen to have that extra cocktail and nightcap!

So this week I caved to peer pressure for the first time in my life. A few of my friends have been using and discussing stitch fix, I have always been reluctant to try this service, mainly because I am tall and I love clothes. I have my style but I have noticed more and more with an energetic toddler and more demands on my time, I have less and less time to follow trends and to find particular cute items to add to my closet. So in the name of “blogging research” (that is what I will tell Mr L) I have requested my first fix. I will report back. I notice that they are branching into maternity and petite so why not check them out.

On the clothing front Little L is becoming more and more the diva about what she wants to wear. Although she has an extensive closet for a two year old, if it is not a tutu or a Princess costume from Frozen you have no chance. Luckily tis the season for the tutu and good old Target has not disappointed. If you want a great gift idea for a two year old gal, tutu all the way.

While on the subject of Target I picked up these really cute colorful pens to write in my planner and calendar, because they have to be pretty am I right? These Bic Velocity are really comfortable to write with, don’t bleed and look so cute,I am sure they will be available in all stationers so check them out.

I am not sure whether I have shared with you before but I am not a tea drinker, which is near on treason for a Brit. Tea is in our DNA. I only started to drink coffee a few years ago. I had been reading for a while about this brand in the UK called Tea Pigs and when home at Christmas I thought I would pick up a box and give it a try, and I’m in love with the Camomile. I need to extend the repetoire, you can buy in the US through Amazon and other suppliers, so if you love herbal teas, give them a try you won’t be disappointed. It is an evening ritual for me now, it’s only missing a chocolate hobnob and my life would be complete.

It is the Academy Awards this evening, honestly I don’t get to follow film like I used to, I am not sure I have seen any of the main movie contenders (how life has changed!) I do love to watch them, mainly the arrivals, and the fabulous dresses, hair and makeup. I love the glamor of it all, I hope Leo does it this year, he has always “been the bridesmaid never the bride.” This could be his year 😉.

I made this meal last week, it was a complete hit, even with Little L. It’s a great week night meal, it requires one pot which means less mess and it is easy enough to prep and cook in sufficient time to all sit round the table together. We try and do this as much as possible, I think it’s so important. I love budget bytes as a site to use for dinner inspiration, go take a look.

Speaking of supper I must finish before Mr L and Little L start moaning about where supper is. Have a great week.

Ta ta for now,



High Five Monday – Fall Fashion Loves x

Howdy Y’all,

How was your weekend? Mine was a wonderful, I have family visiting and we went to a farm with rides and a fall celebration it was a fabulous time. Little L was in her element as she had her first pony ride which was as much of a thrill for her as for me (and she was a natural.) It really is good for the soul to spend time outdoors with those you love, treasured memories were made. When you live so far from special people you learn to appreciate the time you spent together.

I am well aware for the majority of you it has been cooling down for a while and you have been enjoying the trappings of cooler fashion. It finally is showing minute signs of cooling here and being super excited I wanted to share with you my fav fall items, things I am eager to wear. Most of these will transcend to winter so if a few are a little pricier you can justify it the lifestyle way 😉.

1. Gilet or Vest – either describes this versatile item which is perfect for the season. This year in particular I have noticed a larger selection in styles, patterns and colors. I own two and hope to replace once this season!!

Fantastic Pattern
Traditional and Timeless
Cheaper and very cheerful x

2. Comfy Sneakers/Trainers – now I never thought I TLL would ever be the advocate of these, but life for me has changed and ballet pumps or boots just don’t hack it when I am running around after a toddler. So fear not those who know me well I will not be wearing loud and proud athletic shoes with my jeans but this season I found some keepers.

Want these ! My size out of stock- agh
Own these, love the shoreline design so easy to wear and no laces issue!
Cool and fab color

3. Plaid/Tartan Blanket Scarf- I will be honest I bought one of these last winter, so am totally thrilled to see them back in vogue once again. My mantra the bigger the better which might not work so well if you are on the petite side, but stores are producing a variety of sizes. This really depends what colors suits you and what patterns you like.

I own this scarf and have a matching one for Little L, love it
Classic navy and green
Another classic

4. Breton Tops- the classic stripe. Call me traditional I am always drawn to the chic navy and white. It has that Audrey Hepburn feel. They are everywhere in all colors and styles. I have a collection and they never date. I want to add red and white to the pile.

Saint James the standard in breton tops
Another must have
Love this color and love Boden

5. The Trench Coat- an absolute must for every closet or wardrobe. I like most things think this is worth investing in but the high street produces such fun varieties in colors and styles each season. This item is so elegant and keeps you looking put together even in the rain. I bought a new classic last season but here are a few that have caught my eye. I do hope to get some wear out of mine, we need some rain in the South.

Love Gap and navy is so classic
The ultimate trench

So that’s my loves for the season. I have plenty more I want to share with you all. Is that something you might be interested in? What are your loves? What do you disagree with? Get in touch.

Enjoy Monday!

Ta Ta for now