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.

 

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

 

 

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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

TLL x

 

Fav Gym Wear for Real Women

Howdy Y’all,

Happy Friday, yes another week bites the dust. I don’t know about where you live but it is still very warm here in Texas, I am lusting after Fall. We are still suffering   living through potty training hell, I make no apologies when I say this is the toughest challenge I have faced in parenting yet. I think we may be seeing glimpses of light at the end of the tunnel (here is hoping Little L does not read this because she will have other plans.) This weekend Mr L is working although we do have a date night planned for Saturday night, I think we will grab a movie and dinner, it will be relaxed (and that is how we like it.) There are so many movies to choose from however, I really want to see The Light Between Oceans I would go as far as to say that is the best book I have read in an age, plus it has Mr Fassbender in it which is a win win. I also want to see the Tom Hanks film Sully, although Mr L is less keen since we are taking a plane soon enough. I will report back on what we choose.

This week has been a week of firsts on the blog, on Wednesday I shared something I never want anyone else to experience,it was very tough to publish but I was overwhelmed by the kind words and messages I received all over social media and email. I am simply happy that it brought comfort to some, resonated with others and more felt it could be used to explain to others how they were feeling. It has been my proudest moment on the blog to date, so thank you. I shall have to be more open more often. Today’s video is another first I am talking about Gym Wear, please do not chuckle into your coffee cups. Since my recent miscarriage I have been trying to find ways to focus on keeping positive, I have found joining a gym, sweating a little really makes me feel better both mentally and physically. I mean those endorphins or dolphins (as Little L calls them) exist. I am never going to be a gym loving, fitness fanatic but I have started a small routine which is helping keep me on the straight and narrow and that is good. So please enjoy.

Happy Weekend

TLL x

Howdy Y’all!

 

 

 

 

Howdy Y’all,

Long time no speak, sorry I have been out of action, but life has been action packed offline this summer. I did think this would be the case,  I don’t want you to think that the blog and you the reader are not important to me, YOU ARE. Actually some of the sadder events this summer have made me realize how important the blog is to me. It is a  creative outlet for me to share myself in another capacity other than wife and mother. It is safe to say that July was my mense horrendam. Just one sad or tough thing after another.  I am not one to let things get me down but sometimes you just get beat.

August was brighter and I was particularly enjoying spending the last quiet weeks with Little L before she started pre-school. So I find myself for the first time in three years with a little more time on my hands and plenty of dreams. One thing I know is that a mum can be very efficient with  limited time without their child, you would be amazed what we can achieve, but I have to be realistic that the dreams probably outweigh the few hours of freedom I find myself with. I do hope to channel some of this freedom in the blogs direction.

If you are familiar with The Lifestyle Lady you will notice some minor changes. The first is a new email subscription request, this will enable you to be notified when new blog posts arrive or I update the blog and also you will receive my newsletter which will contain exclusive content not seen on the blog, (WOW.) I have also been playing with the layout, I’m not totally happy yet so this maybe subject to change once again (but that is a women’s perogative right?!) Finally I list all the ways you can contact and follow me on social media.

Blogging: https://thelifestylelady.com/
Tweeting: @TheLifestyleLdy
Instagram: thelifestylelady
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLifestyleLady
Snapchat: LifestyleLady

 

So buckle up and enjoy the read, got some ideas or something you would like to see, drop me a line. I would love to hear from you.

Ta Ta for now

TLL x