New Things

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

For awhile now I have been struggling with my blog's niche. When I started this blog it was mainly about shopping. I had an hour long lunch break that I mainly spent killing time by wandering around Anthropologie or the Pink Palm 4-5 days a week and pretty much all my time online was spent perusing various online stores and other fashion/style related sites. At the time, style (and keeping up with everything in all my favorite stores) was my passion. Don't get me wrong - I still love to shop and put together outfits, but it's not the only things I'm passionate about anymore.

When I first started blogging, one of my favorite things about it was the relationships I developed with other bloggers. Then, after about a year of blogging I took an unexpected break for a few months (I was too stressed out by things going on in my life - nothing horrible, just a really negative work situation/realizing I absolutely hated the career I had chosen). When I finally got back to blogging it just didn't seem the same. I didn't feel as connected to my blog as I had in the past and I couldn't figure out what had changed. Hence, my blog identity crisis.

Anyways, while having my blog identity crisis I realized something. Although I really enjoy posting about fashion and style, it's not what I'm truly passionate about - so obviously I'm not going to feel as connected to it! I've made a lot of changes in my life (some more externally obvious and some more in just the way I've decided to think about/deal with things/live my life) and yet I wasn't really reflecting any of that in my content. So - I made a decision.

I've started a new blog to share what I really love - creating things. Delightfully DIY (my new blog) will have tons of diy tutorials (which I guess is probably obvious). I'm also going to be posting free downloads and printables. I am always making things in Illustrator (like patterns, backgrounds, social media icons, etc.) that I never end up using - so I've decided to share! If you like creative things and DIY projects, please come check out Delightfully DIY!

{Full tutorial for these earrings on Delightfully DIY}

I'm not giving up on Not Without Heels though - I am still going to keep blogging here (because after all I really do still enjoy fashion)!

Holiday Bling Sale!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Happy Friday! So much has been going on around here - I can't believe how long it's been since I've blogged. I've been busy working on something super exciting that I can't wait to share with y'all on Monday!

In the meantime...

When I got word that JoJo Loves You is having their Holiday Bling Sale I had to share! I love their Mini Bling Earrings and will definitely be taking advantage of their sale to purchase a few more pairs. Plus, with Christmas around the corner (seriously - how is it already December 7th?!) these would make great little gifts or stocking stuffers. The sale is available through their online store and runs from December 7 through December 9.

Happy Shopping!

Update - as I was browsing through the mini bling colors to pick which ones to buy I came across something seriously cool. If you lose one of your JoJo Loves You Earrings you can buy a single earring to replace the one you lost. I don't know about y'all, but for me earrings seem to be one of those things that inevitably go missing and I love the idea of being able to easily get a replacement.

Danish Wedding Cookie Recipe

Monday, November 12, 2012

Not Without Heels: Danish Wedding Cookie Recipe

I'm going to make a bold statement and say that Danish Wedding Cookies (the Keebler ones that come in the Barbie-pink box) might just be my favorite cookies ever. I haven't been able to find them since we moved here though, so last week I decided to try making them.

After some searching online I found a recipe and was pleasantly surprised when they turned out very close to what I wanted. They were so close, in fact, that I knew with a little tweaking I could come up with a recipe that would give me exactly what I was longing for in the pink box. I tried again a couple nights ago and I hate to toot my own horn, but these are awesome!

Yield: 24 cookies

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup rolled oats, roughly chopped in food processor
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt (only add if using unsalted butter)
1/4 cup powdered sugar, plus more for rolling
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Combine flour, rolled oats, cinnamon, butter, salt, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.

3. Beat on medium speed until a stiff dough forms. Add chocolate chips and continue to beat until fully mixed in.

4. Shape dough into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets, flattening balls slightly.

5. Bake until edges are just starting to brown, about 12 minutes.

6. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool slightly. Once they are cool enough to handle, but still warm, roll cookies in powdered sugar and return to wire racks to fully cool.

7. Cool completely, then roll again in powdered sugar.


Friday's Fancies: Bonfire Beauties

Friday, November 9, 2012

Not Without Heels: Bonfire Attire
Sweater, J.CREW | Puffer Vest, J.CREW | Tote, MADEWELL | Jeans, J BRAND | Scarf, MODCLOTH | Earrings, MODCLOTH | Socks, GAP | Boots, FRYE

I love a good bonfire. So, of course, when I saw that this week's Friday's Fancies theme was a beautiful bonfire outfit I knew I had to play along! Somehow I doubt I'll come across at any bonfires in Brooklyn, but when I go to Florida for the holidays next month I'm sure I'll find myself sitting at one there.

When I went to link my outfit over on Long Distance Loving I noticed that Alison had also used the save puffer vest from J.Crew in her post. I mean seriously, who can resist a hot pink vest!

5 Perfect Scarf + Glove Combos

Monday, November 5, 2012

Not Without Heels: 5 Perfect Scarf + Glove Combos

It has been one crazy week around here! We were incredibly lucky not to lose power during the hurricane, but trying to get anywhere after the storm has turned out to be incredibly tricky at best and more likely impossible. I think most (or at least a good amount) of the subways are supposed to be running today, but gas is still a problem. Hubs waited in line to get gas for over 2 hours last night (which compared to other wait times I've heard is pretty short)!

They just reopened Prospect Park over the weekend so now at least Mason and I can go on our walks in the park again, but there are still so many trees down. On our walk this morning I realized that it is definitely past time for me to pull out all my scarves and gloves (and maybe so shopping for some new ones, too)!

Hurricanes + Halloween

Monday, October 29, 2012

image from a hurricane that hit NYC is 1938 via NASA

Hurricane Sandy has us all snuggled up inside our apartment for the next couple days. Well, I'm snuggled up with the furs and hubs headed for the hospital before the break of dawn this morning. I'm hoping he's not stuck there until tomorrow!

With Halloween just a couple days away (and me with nothing to do but stay inside today) I put together a pretty masquerade costume for inspiration! I have such an obsession with masquerades. They're beautiful, mysterious, and often a little bit creepy - in my opinion perfect for Halloween. Oh - and while I was looking for a pretty mask I came across a great DIY version from Sprinkles in Spring. Seriously I think this lady is a genius for coming up with this. I want to make one even if I don't have a masquerade to attend!

Not Without Heels: Masquerade

Snapshots of Autumn

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Not Without Heels: Snapshots of Autumn

I am in LOVE with the beautiful fall colors in Brooklyn! Mason and I go on walks in Prospect Park every day and I just can't help snapping pictures of all the pretty colors on my iphone (and thinking I should bring my actual camera sometime because my iphone photography skills are seriously lacking). Isn't fall stunning?!

DIY Anthropologie Byzantine Floral Choker

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Not Without Heels: DIY Anthro Byzantine Floral Choker
A few weeks ago I spotted the Byzantine Floral Choker necklace online at Anthro and fell in love with the design. What I did not fall in love with was paying $58 for a necklace made of metal and plastic (yes, plastic). I realize in Anthro-land that's practically a bargain buy compared to some of their other jewelry, but still. Anyways, I absolutely knew I could come up with a DIY version and even had some beads that same green color.

Not Without Heels: DIY Anthro Byzantine Floral Choker

I'm so happy with how it turned out! Here's how I made it.

String six beads onto several feet of fishing line and tie them into a circle, leaving a couple inches of string on one side and the rest of the string on the other. (Note: might be overboard on the length, but better too have too much than not enough). Weave both ends through a couple beads. String one more bead, bringing it to the center, and take your thread through the bead on the opposite side.

I am much more of a visual person, so for these next few I tried to draw the path of the string so it's easier to see what I'm attempting to explain with words.

String 8 small beads, wrap them around the large bead to their right, and then take your thread through the large bead you just wrapped around. (This should leave your thread exiting the same place it did before this step). Go back through the first 3 small beads.

String 5 more small beads. Wrap them around the next large bead (going clockwise) and take the string through the large bead after the one you just wrapped around.

Add 5 more small beads and then go through the last 3 small beads from the previous step. Go back through the bead you just wrapped around, then through the next 3 small beads.

String 5 more small beads. Wrap them around the next large bead and take the string through the large bead after the one you just wrapped around.

Add 5 more small beads and then go through the last 3 small beads from the previous step. Go back through the bead you just wrapped around, then through the next 3 small beads.

String 2 more small beads, then go through the 3 small beads on the other side of the final large bead to finish. Go through these steps again so you have 3 beaded flowers.

Take the remaining length of your string and weave it through the original circle of beads a couple times, ending so you can tie it in a knot with the remaining inch or so of the thread left over from the first knot. Put a little glue on the knot.

Then, put some glue on the back of the center bead and place the spacer bead across it. Let this dry long enough to form a strong bond before moving on.

Add 3 jump rings to each end of the spacer bead on each beaded flower. Then, connect the flowers using one of the larger jump rings.

Once you have all three flowers connected, attach the chain to the jump rings on both sides.

To finish the necklace add a jump ring on each remaining end of the chain. Connect the lobster clasp the the jump ring on one of the ends. I added a little green bead to the other end because I happened to have one that matched.

Not Without Heels: DIY Anthro Byzantine Floral Choker
All done!

BTW - I'm not sure why this necklace is called a choker, because it is about 19 inches long. So definitely not a super long, but too long to be a choker.

Linking to: Not Just A Housewife | Crafty Confessions | Violet Imperfection | Romance on a Dime | 504 Main | Craftionary | Thirty Handmade Days | Design, Dining, and Diapers | Simply Designing

Fall Style: Leaf Love

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fall Style: Leaf Love (
J.CREW schoolboy blazer | ELVA FIELDS zeal increase necklace | BAUBLE BAR ruby sun studs | J.CREW tippi sweater | MODCLOTH tech me with you gloves | J BRAND 811 mid-rise skinny jeans | TORY BURCH vikki suede wedge booties | MARC BY MARC JACOBS classic q baby aidan bag | DEBORAH LIPPMANN nail polish

It's definitely feeling like fall in New York. The air is crisp and chilly, and I get to see leaves in red, yellow, and orange hues every day when Mason and I go for walks in the park! Since this week's Friday's Fancies theme is an outfit centered centered around all the beautiful fall leaf colors I couldn't resist playing along! This outfit also has the added benefit of looking quite Garnet & Gold.

BTW - J.Crew has an extra 30% off sale right now! Not sure about y'all, but I get seriously excited when J.Crew puts their sale on sale. Have a wonderful fall weekend!

Style Confession: Crazy About Lavender Hair

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Not Without Heels: Crazy About Lavender Hair
My newest crazy style obsession is lavender hair. Realistically, I wouldn't dye all of my hair any non-natural color (my mom is reading this post and probably just took a huge sigh of relief), but I have thought of trying something temporary on the last few inches. Maybe either Kevin Murphy Color Bug or hair chalking. Has anyone tried either of these?

What are your thoughts on lavender hair?

image sources 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Crafty Pick Me Up

Thursday, October 4, 2012

I have been a little mentally under the weather this week. Hubs is on his second week in a row of working overnights and it’s really starting to get to me. Yes, I am about to complain for a moment when I am getting a full night’s sleep and my husband is working in a hospital all night, but bear with me.

Lately our days have gone like this: Between 9 and 10 am hubs comes home and passes out, I then try to be super quiet all day because we only have 3 rooms in our apartment and I don't want to wake him up. (Especially since he's already not getting enough sleep) He usually wakes up around 3:30 or 4 which gives us about an hour to see each other before he has to get ready, we eat dinner (at 5:30!), and he leaves for work at 6. I'll see him the next morning at 9 or 10 for about 30 seconds and then we do it all over again.

Last night I seriously needed to kick myself out of my funk (because sitting around feeling dumpy is just not fun) and I decided to do it with a little crafting. (Which for me is probably one of the best ways to brighten my mood.) Unfortunately, feeling blue doesn’t really lend itself to me coming up with fun creative ideas, but it did give me a chance to try out a cool 3D paper diamond DIY I came across a few months ago from She has an easy to follow tutorial, plus a downloadable template she made.

Isn't it fun? I mean how could I not be in a better mood while crafting a hot pink paper diamond?!

I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with them yet, but I’m always trying to find fun random things to add to the shelves in our living room so maybe I’ll put my paper gems up there. I have kind of an obsession with making origami/3D paper things and most of them end up added to decor around our house - like the origami bow tie on this cute little pig.

What is your favorite way to kick yourself out of a sad mood?

DIY J.Crew-Inspired Pearl Necklace

Friday, September 28, 2012

Update: I've moved this post to my DIY blog, Delightfully DIY. Click here (or on the image above) to go to the tutorial.

Happy Birthday Kait!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wishing my sister a wonderful 25th birthday today! We'll be celebrating with lots of tasty treats, sparkly champagne, and tons of birthday fun this weekend!

Feeling Foxy

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Feeling Foxy

Recently I've been noticing adorable fox-themed items everywhere. I must admit that while I think foxes are cute, I would never have thought I would find them to be an appealing addition to my wardrobe. But - between Tory Burch's foxy-themed fall and Orla Kiely's fox print I have fallen for this trend. Anyone else feeling foxy this fall?

Pretty Packages

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pretty Packages

Wallpaper* Marou Chocolate (image via thedieline) | Marvis Toothpaste | Lucia Sea Watercress & Chai Tea Soy Candle | Lucia Fresh Fig & Wild Ginger Soy Candle | Lucia Eucalyptus & Gardenia Soy Candle

I am a sucker for pretty packaging. If I see something in a pretty package I will definitely stop to look at it and more than likely end up taking it home with me. I love to be surrounded by pretty things (really, who doesn't?) and since we have very little storage space in our closet-sized apartment there are a lot of things out in the open. I mean seriously, I would so much rather see one of those beautiful tubes of toothpaste next to the bathroom sink than a tube of the regular (un-pretty) stuff.

Currently Coveting

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I am currently coveting the Keeping It Realism Dress from White Verve (at ModCloth). Usually florals (especially floral dresses) make me think of spring, but the darker greens and blues paired with shades of red make this dress perfect for transitioning to fall. I think it would look awesome paired with black accessories so the bright colors stood out even more.

Bold Earrings for Fall

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bold Earrings

How fun are all these earrings?! I never wear big earrings, but I'm thinking that may have to change this fall. A pair of big, bold earrings would be a great way to dress up a sweater and to break up my fall sweater/statement necklace routine. Even better - all five pairs of earrings from ASOS are under $35!

Ready for Gameday

Thursday, August 30, 2012

1 RYSARUTH Erin Dress | 2 RYSARUTH FSU Gameday Dress | 3 MUD PIE Gameday Dress | 4 JACK ROGERS Navajo | 5 FLIRTIES Daizie Post Earrings in Gold/Garnet and Garnet/Gold | 6 GAMEDAY BANGLES Peek-a-Boo Stripe in Gold/Garnet and Garnet/Gold | 7 EMMA GRAHAM Allie Dress

College football season officially kicks off tonight.  To be honest I only know this because hubs has been giving almost daily updates (for months) of the days remaining until college football begins.  Even though our Noles aren't playing until Saturday, today seemed like a good day to scour the web for adorable gameday attire!

Colorful Skinny Belts

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Colorful Skinny Belts

Last weekend, as I was tearing through my wardrobe trying to find something to wear to dinner, I realized one thing I was seriously missing - colorful skinny belts. For someone who has a ton of belts and loves color, I only have one (yes, one!) belt that isn't of the black/brown/grey/navy variety.

Belts are such a great way to change up an outfit, and since I'm petite they are also a great way to give shape to looser fitting tops that look awesome on other people, but can tend to overwhelm a petite frame and generally look sack-like.

I went online the next day to commence my colorful skinny belt search and came across tons of options at J.Crew and ASOS. I found a few here and there at other sites, but these two seemed to have the most variety. Do y'all know of anywhere else to find skinny belts in fun colors?

j.crew (right side): patent leather skinny belt in neon persimmon, dusty jade, and festival blue | leather round-buckle belt in spiced chartreuse, mint, iced lilac, and bright fuchsia

DIY Art: Ombre Chevron Braided Paper

Friday, August 24, 2012

DIY Ombre Chevron Braided Paper

I have been trying to figure out what to put on my art/gallery in our living room, so when I came across this paper braiding tutorial I thought doing it in red/turquoise with an ombre effect would be a fun addition to the wall!

Paper in three shades/tints of whatever color you are using (I used scrapbook paper/cardstock)
Adhesive (I used a Martha Stewart glue pen)
Xacto blade (or scissors)

Begin by using your xacto (or scissors) and ruler to cut half inch strips of each color of paper.

Using a tiny bit of glue, adhere one white strip and one strip of your lightest color to the second white strip. Then, glue the other lightest color strip across (and on top of) the two strips you just glued down.

Starting on the left, fold the white strip over the colored strip on the same side (Make sure it lines up with the strips on the right). Then, repeat on the right side. Continue folding until you have the desired length of the first color. (I did four chevrons in the lightest color).

To switch colors, cut off the first color excess paper (leaving about a quarter inch past the end of your last colored chevron). Then, glue a strip of the middle color to the remaining portion of the first (making sure to line the newly glued strips up with the white strips.

Continue braiding as before until you reach the desired length of the second color and then repeat the same step to switch to the third color. Depending on the length of your white paper, you may need to add another strip of white paper halfway through.

When you reach the end, use a little glue to hold your strips in place, then cut off the excess paper.

After I finished all the braiding, I used double sided tape to adhere my strips to a piece of Bristol paper cut to the size of my frame (mine was 10 x 13) . To make sure everything is centered, begin by marking where the center strip will go and placing it first, then work out from there.

To finish, flip the paper over and cut off anything hanging over the edges.  If there are any flaps of paper at the top or bottom not staying put, just fix them with a little glue.

Linking to: Craftionary | The Shabby Nest | Addicted 2 Decorating | Five Days Five Ways | 504 Main

Kate Spade Surprise Sale!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I don't know about y'all, but I get seriously freakin' excited when Kate Spade has a surprise sale! There are so many pretty purses and wallets I want - the only problem with surprise sales is trying to narrow down all my favorites! Click here to check it out.

Stylish School Supplies

Thursday, August 16, 2012

1. MOLESKINE Volant Notebooks | 2. MONDIAL LUS FOR TOP HAT Pushpins | 3. JUICY COUTURE USB Pyramid Bracelet | 4. KATE'S PAPERIE Mini Sticky Note Block | 5. MODCLOTH Pack the Trunk Paperclips | 6. MODCLOTH Task at Handy Set in Success | 7. SHARPIE Fine Markers, Set of 24 | 8. MUJI Colored Pencil Set | 9. URBAN OUTFITTERS Graphic Notebook | 10. DELFONICS FOR TOP HAT Flat Pen and Pencil Case | 11. PAPERTHINKS Recycled Leather Notebooks | 12. SEE JANE WORK Sticky Tab Dividers | 13. URBAN OUTFITTERS Fluorescent Highlighter Pencil | 14. THE CONTAINER STORE Number Paper Clips | 15. URBAN OUTFITTERS High Stylers Highlighter

I came across these pretty Moleskine Volant notebooks (#1) while browsing for organization ideas on the Container Store site the other day. Since I already have way too many notebooks/sketchbooks I really have no reason to buy them, but it got me thinking - I miss shopping for back to school supplies! Did anyone else absolutely love selecting all the pretty, colorful new school supplies and then arranging them in their bag before the first day, or am I just a complete nerd?

I seriously want that Juicy Couture USB bracelet and the fluorescent highlighter pencils!

Current Obsession: Loafers

Friday, August 10, 2012

While my favorite footwear is obviously a pair of heels, let's face it - there is no way I can go wandering around Brooklyn wearing heels all day. Luckily, there are so many fun printed/colorful loafers out right now! They look super cute with shorts, and are perfect for transitioning into fall. I will definitely be adding a few more pairs of these comfy (but still stylish!) shoes to my wardrobe.

What do y'all think of loafers?

DIY Tutorial: Dry Erase Organizer

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Over the weekend I decided that hubs and I needed a place to write down his crazy intern work schedule and to write down notes. If you were to look in my purse at any random time you would probably find at least 3 or 4 different lists written on index cards (which works for running errands, but not for a 'master' list of things I need to buy/get done). I wanted a dry erase calendar/memo board, but finding one that that's both cute and not stupidly expensive was proving to be a difficult task.  So I did what I usually do (when I fixate on something and then am unable to find exactly what I have pictured) and decided to try making it.

I started by designing the calendar and memo pages in Illustrator and once I had those finished, I started working on the frame.

I used a paper bag to make the template for my frame. I cut the bag into one large strip of paper (the same way you cut a paper bag if you are making a book cover), cut the paper down to the size I wanted for my frame (adding an extra half inch to each side), and then folded it into fourths. After measuring where the interior of my frame would be I drew a design for the outside edges. I used binder clips to secure all four folds of the paper (to make sure my cuts would go evenly through) and then used an exacto to cut along the outside of my template.

Once I was finished cutting my template, I traced it onto the foam board. (I secured it with some tape before tracing and then carefully pulled them template off so the taped off parts of the lines were visible).

I then cut out my template using an exacto.  (Side note: you get a much cleaner line along the edges if you don't try to cut through all the layers in one pass.  Also - make sure to have a sharp blade!)

I forgot to take pictures of this next part, but after cutting around the outside I figured out my interior measurements, drew, and cut those out too. (Below is a template of my frame that, if downloaded, should save in the full size).  The dotted lines are guides for where the paper will go and the boxes with an 'x' running through them are the holes in the frame for each page.

Once the entire frame was cut out, I brushed a coat of mod podge on the front and laid the paper I used to cover it on top, smoothing out (most of) the bubbles. Then I flipped it over, placed a couple books on it to make sure for foam board didn't bend, and let it sit for a little while.

After giving the glue some time to dry I used my exacto again to cut off the excess paper, leaving about an inch of paper on each edge. Starting with the inside edges (since they were straight) I cut diagonally down from the corners and folded each edge over the side and onto the back, gluing it into place with more mod podge.  This covers the exposed foam edge.

Next, I began working along the outside edges.  This step was a bit time consuming, and I suppose I could have just cut off the excess paper and called it a day, but I really like the way this turned out. I cut tiny flaps along the outside and used mod podge to glue them over the side and around onto the back of the frame. I then applied two coats of glossy mod podge to the front and along the edges to seal everything and make it shiny.

With that finished I gave it some time to dry while I worked on the backing. My original idea was to use poster board, but since I could only find it in 10 packs for some odd reason, I had to improvise and ended up using the bottom of a diet coke case. I cut it down to the size I wanted (18.5 in. x 10 in.) and drew a guide for placing the pages.

For the dry erase element of my organizer I used clear plastic scrapbook page covers. The calendar page fit perfectly into an 8.5 x 11 and I cut down the note page cover to 8.5 x 6.  I then adhered the plastic sleeves to my backing with rubber cement, being sure to leave the open side of each facing toward the outside edge (so I can change the insert pages if I want to later).

I put a line of hot glue on the top and bottom edges of the backing and then placed the frame on top.  Finally, I used three long pieces of adhesive magnetic tape on the back (diet coke side) of the backing so that my frame would stick to the refrigerator.

One last thing I realized I was missing was a container to hold my dry erase markers.  I made a quick magnetic marker bin by decoupaging a matching piece of paper to an empty (and thoroughly washed) spice container and then adding magnetic tape to the back.

All done and ready to organize!
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