Are You Driving Your Heels Crazy?

Have you ever thought about how much you really abuse your heels? A nice pair of heels cost at least ( average) $50.00 and you don’t give much thought about how to prolong the look and life of the shoe. This is all about taking pride in yourself from head to toe. Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up. Shoes are the most neglected part of a man and woman’s wardrobe. Today the focus is a woman’s pair of ( patent leather) heels. They are the finished look to any outfit.

Where do you store your heels? They should be neatly in a box, on a shelf or placed in a single file on the closet floor neatly. The way you care about them will prevent purchasing the same shoe over and over. Especially if it’s a basic patent leather heel. Normally patent leather isn’t worn often. Therefore, when you decide to wear them, they should always look polished. There shouldn’t be any deep scuffs, abrasions or damage to to the back of the heels. There isn’t anything worse than wearing beat up patent leather heels with a nice, beautiful dress. Don’t leave the house looking as if you’ve escaped  a blind date and you had to take off running, (literally on foot) to get away from him.

How to prevent your heels from looking like to drove them crazy: 

  1. Always store your shoes in a neat, clean area.
  2. Make sure one shoe doesn’t disturb  the other while stored in a box; It creates scuff marks ( drives them nuts)
  3. When stepping onto a sidewalk or stairs, make sure the entire base of the shoe is completely away from the edge  of the side walk. You’ll end up with a hideous dent in the back of the heel.
  4. Never drive in your heels. The right shoe will have abrasive marks from carpet burn. ( one cute shoe and one ugly shoe..eww)
  5. Never keep heels in the trunk laying on it’s sides with junk piled on top of the heels. They will lose their shape and luster.
  6. Make sure you aren’t kicking the toe of your heels against your desk at work. The material will peel off and age your shoes in the worse way.
  7. Never walk on heels of the shoe with the front of the shoe in mid air. This ruins the taps on the shoes. ( Now they make sounds like an old car)
  8. Don’t allow anyone to borrow your heels. Not only is this unsanitary , but everyone walks in their shoes differently . They’ll end up worn in the opposite direction in which you walk. ( Just let her keep them)
  9. Don’t take long walks in them. They aren’t for exercise. You’ll ruin the sole.
  10. Make sure your shoe is the right size. Wearing shoes that are too large or too small adds stress to the shoe. ( Not to mention your feet )

 

Tip:

Have a pair of driving shoes in the car. The number one reason you drive your nice heel crazy, is because you burn them on the carpet.

Stop driving your shoes crazy! 🙂

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Things You Can do With Your Wedding Gown After the Wedding.

A wedding gown is part of a brides love story. It’s much more than pieces of fabric. In society today with so many modern women, very few women carve out time to feel like a magical princess. However, there is the one time when she wears the wedding gown of her dreams.

I loved my gown so much, I planned the exact day it would be worn again right after my wedding. It was worn the following year, a month before my first anniversary.   I was so anxious to do it. I called my photography mentor a few months after my wedding and booked the fun shoot.

Here are 10 things you could do with your wedding gown, post wedding:

  1. Have it cleaned and placed in a shadow box to hang on the wall
  2. Transform it into a  regular dress
  3. Preserve it for your daughter
  4. Wear it for an anniversary portrait
  5. Donate it to a charity for breast cancer or a bride that can’t afford to buy a nice gown
  6. Sell it to a consignment shop such as,  Le Dress Boutique, Discount Wedding and Evening Dresses
  7. You could trash your dress for awesome photos
  8. Become a bridal model and showcase your gown
  9. Rent it out for bridal marketing images
  10. Keep it and store it away from natural lightMMP_1692.jpg This was such a fun first anniversary session!

Photo by: Moreland Photography

 

The Next Word That Comes After Summer, Is Corn.

Hey there! I’m so happy you stopped by. I was hoping we could chat a bit about how elated I am that summer is here! My first thought is bring out the grill. Who wants to stand over a hot stove during the summer? The smell of summer is so tantalizing , but depending on what part of the world you live in. Summer is really here! You no longer have to dream about it or look at beautiful summer adventures in magazines.

Fresh corn is one of my favorite summer foods. Especially the yellow and white corn mixed. Oh! Did you know that  June 11th is  National Corn on The Cobb Day?

There are so many ways to cook corn on the cobb, including boiling, roasting, grilling and steaming. Most of the time I don’t eat it in any elaborate way.  Salt, pepper and a bit of vegan butter will suffice. Believe it or not I’ve eaten fresh corn on the cobb without any seasonings. It’s like a Mercedes, it great alone. How do you like yours?

Here are some recipe ideas using corn :

  1. Roasted corn and tomato salad
  2. Creamy corn chowder
  3. Mexican elotes bisque
  4. Charred corn and black beans
  5. Veggie graten
  6. Sweet corn ice-cream

I can’t leave without touching the heath benefits of corn.  I wanted to be a nurse. Therefore, it’s in my blood. The antioxidants in corn helps protect the body from cancer and heart disease. I’m sure you get the most health benefits from corn that isn’t highly seasoned. Don’t quote me on this. I’m not a doctor. It’s just my educated guest. ( Hehe) The sweet corn is  loaded with lutein.  It promotes healthy vision. So, eat your sweets!

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Do You Have To Break The Piggy Bank, To Have Adequate Lighting?

Today’s subject is about the type of lighting equipment you need to create YouTube videos or videos for anything.  Do you need to have the latest and greatest lighting equipment? Some of you think you need it all to get started. Guess what? You don’t.

I discovered these nifty little beauties by watching YouTube.  They are by Limo Studio. You can find almost anything on YouTube. They’re handy , lightweight and very easy to use. These are called continuous  lights. The reason ( for you lighting newbies) this equipment is called continuous , because the power is turned on continuously. In other words the bulbs do not flash.  Easy enough …right?

This type of  artificial  lighting  is the best for videos.   You can also use them for photos. However always keep in mind natural light is the best light.  If you can sit near a window by all means please do so. It is the most flattering . Realistically there are some cases where using natural light isn’t feasible. What if  you  recorded a webinar during the evening; when most people are available to attend?  You’d need some type of artificial  light.

These awesome lights can be considered as a starter kit. They are inexpensive, and very easy to set up.  This will be the beginning of improving the looks of your videos. They can also be used with other lighting equipment . The kit includes: Three light stands, 3 bulbs, 3 light sockets , 2 white ( 1 reflector pictured) reflectors.  Lastly a carry case for the bulbs and one for  the  rest of the equipment. You can purchase this kit on http://www.amazon.com for only $55.99. The only suggestion I have is to invest in brighter bulbs. The bulbs that came with the kit are 45 watts. With the reflectors you’d lose some output.

If you are not a professional, but want to  produce nicer looking videos , I don’t think the Limo Studio lights will disappoint you. The best part about it, you won’t break the piggy bank!untitled-4582-1-2

 

Facing Fears And Loving Yourself : The Solution to Being a Happy Successful Woman.

I have been contemplating writing this blog about this topic for so long. Yet it keeps resurfacing my brain like the plague. This time I decided I’m going to write about the importance of women ( of all races) loving themselves and facing their fears. Believe it or not the two goes hand in hand. If you’ve been following my blog I discuss things that interest me. This shouldn’t be a surprise , because it’s what makes a good blog, when one can share their  knowledge and interest. However, I hope my blog doesn’t seem too broad or bore you to death.  I mean my topics are related to anything from food, weddings , and shopping tips. Initially my idea was to discuss only photography tips. It’s my main interest in the world . My eyes is a lens. I see potential photos throughout my daily life.  For the longest I couldn’t think of a blog title and AskDaralynn , just stuck into my head.  It probably doesn’t  make much sense, because I rarely get asked questions. This will possibly be the first blog without a photo. I love photos and its pretty tough for me to write a blog without  posting a photo. However, this is more about something very thought provoking . I want you to really dig deep into your soul and only think of yourself at the moment.  Place a photo in your mind of yourself, while reading this blog.

If you’ve been hating yourself. Stop it today! I know this sounds like a cliche, but you are truly beautiful inside and out. No one can be a better you, than you.  As a woman myself this thought process did not come to fruition over night and it didn’t come until I believed it. A million people can tell me I’m awesome! Until I made up in my mind that I’m smart, beautiful and worthy, things begin to change for the better.  Hopefully you are still with me here. This is an unusual topic for me. However, it is something I’ve struggled with for years.

You should check out my Instagram. Go to http://www.instagram.com/daralynn_L  It’s mainly about self love. If you are struggling with self love, I want you to do two things for me. Take a bunch of selfies and post them on social media. Analyze them and mention as many great things about yourself as you can think of. It doesn’t matter what you wear or how your hair is styled. You don’t have to post your thoughts . People will think you are a narcissist  or some snob. Just post a picture and say something nice. Leave a nice quote. It works for self love. Comment on something nice about another woman.  Do it! In the beginning if you’re not accustom to photos of yourself, you’ll feel silly or you may think you don’t look good enough. Do it anyway! The more pictures you take, the more positive things you say, it begins to become a part of you.  Hopefully this topic will inspire someone to change their existing situation to a much better one.

Facing fears doesn’t always mean you should face each and everyone of your fears, but the ones that have enslaved you the most in life. Often times its is the fear of being independent , strong and loving yourself as a women. Without courage and a positive mindset, the will to challenge yourself, you’ll always have doubt. You’ll always depend on a man to make you whole. If the man in your life disappoints you, you’d have to settle because of the lack of self esteem and skills.

The brain is a powerful organ. It will grow into the direction based on the information it is fed.  Feed it negativity and it becomes who you are.  A negative Nancy. If you not only speak on positive things about yourself, but act on them as well.  It will become second nature. You’ll begin to feel better about yourself, start to treat yourself in a more kind and loving way and that’s when the doors of success start to open. No matter what you think you see in the mirror; tell yourself otherwise. Repeat each day: I’m worthy, beautiful and good as any other woman . You can’t rely on others to see your worth. If you need someone to express your worth each day; you aren’t confident in yourself. You’ll only live for compliments.

This isn’t about women who chant and boast about how they don’t need a man, but more about being happy with yourself. No matter where you are in life, in order to be a successful woman, in anything you do;  you must FIRST love yourself. This sounds like I’m beating this topic over your head, but it is so true. Too many women hate themselves.   There are the normal struggles like PMS…that’s a mouth full in itself.  Then we add more pressure by sizing ourselves  up with others.   We have the media and men to thank for that. It’s easy to find yourself not good enough. Your boobs are to small, saggy, or too big. Your waist isn’t small enough or its too big. Your skin is too light , too dark , your hair is too curly, too nappy or too straight . You are too tall, too short, too fat, to small. You’re not smart enough, good enough or you walk strange . If you hear this all of your life, it’s enough to drive anyone insane. Plastic surgery can not fix your mind.

The happiest woman is the confident one whom loves herself.

 

 

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A Disneyland Dad is a product of the current system that forces one parent from being a meaningful impact on their child’s life. This is usually, though not always, the father. There are definitely, Disneyland moms as well.

A Disneyland Dad is basically a dad who is forced into being a “visitor” to his children.

Typically a Disneyland Dad only sees his children 4 days a month through court order and in their “best interest”.

The time with his children is so limited that he tries to make the most of it by making memories through planned events if possible.

Going to the water park, a shopping spree, an amusement park, Disneyland or whatever.

Every visit by the children is an “event”.

Your time so limited and your desire to have a good time and “make memories”, to see smiles on their faces and make the most of…

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Are Cheap Clothes Really Cheap?

i-m-priscilla-228220.jpgThere aren’t too  many people that would argue about clothes being expensive. Some people think if you shop for cheaper clothes you can expand your wardrobe faster with many selections. Expensive clothing may take more time to replenish the closet. This is all true. Should you pay less or more for your clothes is the question.

Have you every thought about buying  cheap clothes aren’t really cheap? In terms of the life you get from a cheaper brand of clothing versus a more expensive brand that could last you a lifetime. Have you ever had a beautiful blouse you’ve owned for over 10 years? Whenever you wear it you receive compliments as if you bought it yesterday. Perhaps it cost you a pretty penny and you are careful with the way you launder it. Proper laundering extends the life of a fabric as well as the quality of the fabric.  On the flip side, you bought this cheap trendy blouse and it makes you feel great for the moment. You are looking hip. Suddenly after laundering it may be three times it starts to look worn, the color is dull and the fabric is stretched and out of shape. It looks like you’ve had it for 50 years! The part it doesn’t fit you anymore. The cheap top cost you $8.00 and your other top  cost $80.00. Where is your savings?

You saved when you spent more for the nicer blouse. It has become an investment piece; not in a traditional since. Yet you can build upon that piece with a jacket, slacks, jeans or skirt. This can instantly become 5 outfits with a statement piece. It will last you for many years. This one blouse can see you through , college, job interviews,  and even your first good job until you can afford to splurge on something new to freshen your look. Mixing old pieces with new pieces does wonders.

Your closet may look bare with more expensive things but you will save more money  It’s not always about the quantity of clothes that you have in your closet, but the quality will last forever.  Sure when you show someone your closet they are in awe about all of the stuff  you have. However, if they were to dig deeper in most cases all you have is a lot of junk.

Take your time and invest in your wardrobe. Think of pieces  that can create outfits with what you have. Never go shopping for outfits. Buy pieces. More than likely the outfits will cause frustration, because you’ll think those pieces can only be worn together. Then your wardrobe has become boring. Don’t be  afraid to mix and match with pieces.  Buying more expensive clothes doesn’t  always mean you had to pay a house note for it. It could have been on the clearance rack at Neiman’s. It’s the quality of the fabric. Great fabric is stretchy  and looks great and comfortable. There is nothing worse than having 20 pairs of cheap jeans that are uncomfortable and look a mess , than having 5 pairs of nice , comfortable jeans that make you feel good and you look amazing in them.

Remember when you go shopping the next time. Cheap clothes are really expensive. You’ll buy them over and over.

What! Coffee Has Health Benefits.

About nine months ago I decided to alleviate a few more things from my diet.  I mean why not? It’s been 30 years ( literally) since I ate any red meat. I’m on a roll!  I no longer drink any sodas , especially my favorite Dr. Pepper. Then I decided to discontinue drinking  caffeine free coffee. I heard it’s a synthetic  drink and is bad for you. I know the coffee   (at least I thought) with caffeine is worse.

I’ve always had this thing about not allowing any thing such as bad habits control me. Not to mention there are so many people in the world with bad health; whom continue to eat things that worsen their health.  I’m not perfect, but I try to listen to my body and do what’s best. Finally I am proud to say my main drink of choice is  water. I actually crave water. I know, I sound sick.  I can drink juice, Almond milk  or lemonade  and will not feel a sense of satisfaction until I’ve had some water.  Some of you can relate.

However , here is the problem at hand. I gave up caffeine free coffee, because I heard it’s bad for me as I’ve mention. Another problem I have is repeating myself. Ok back to the subject:  Coffee  causes insomnia , nervousness, upset stomach, increase heart rate, headache, anxiety, nausea,  ringing in the ears and diarrhea. I’m sure there are other symptoms from drinking coffee.  It’s surely caused irregularly heart beats and increased my heart rate, caused nervousness and upset  my stomach.  This is why I stayed away from the caffeine . The caffeine free has small traces of caffeine.  If you ask me, it’s like saying I don’t use crack , but I use crack light. Therefore, I decided not to drink it at all. I have the coffee pot, and coffee maker at home. Perhaps I’ll donate it soon. It’s taking up space in my pantry. Sometimes I think I’ll have a relative over that will ask me for coffee.  I’ll hold on to it a little longer.  Yes, I was really into the caffeine free stuff. In my refrigerator was all of the non dairy flavored creamers  to enhance the taste. It was full of sugar and each time I poured it in my coffee, I felt bad. my conscience would ask why are you doing this to yourself.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not perfect. I’m not extremely strict on my diet. I still eat cookies guys. A for sure weakness. The doctor would have to tell me to step away from the cookies , before I give them up. I must add, that my cookie intake has decreased. Too much of anything can be bad. Sugar is not the best thing in the world to eat. annie-spratt-65077

The confusion comes along when I read an article that express the benefits of coffee. It protect agains Parkinson disease, type 2 diabetes, liver disease and some cancers. Come on now.  The sugar that most people put in their coffee is enough to cause diabetes alone. Is coffee good or bad for me?

This blog is not meant to verbally beat up on coffee drinkers. Receiving mixed information on weather it’s good or bad for my health is the real problem. I should be able to make an informed choice to do something or not. With all of the misconceptions , it makes it that much more difficult. I love the flavored coffee. I gave them up to improve my health. Now I’m not sure if I’m giving up some of the small joys in life in vain.

One thing I no for sure. I can’t go wrong drinking water. …unless I’m poisoned.