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Your Shoe Problems Solved

Your Shoe Problems Solved IIHi there beauties!  It’s me, Maddie, your resident shoe guru!  We have all been there; you have just found the perfect pair of shoes, the ones that make your outfit, but are unbearably uncomfortable!  So, do you risk being in pain all day at your pageant to have the perfect outfit or do you pass up a beautiful pair of shoes for something more sensible?  Fear not, for I have the solution to your shoe problems. I am going to share with you the secret to making any shoe pageant-ready and comfortable! I promise it is possible!

Problem 1: Too Tight

A common problem a lot of girls face is that they have one foot that is slightly larger than the other.  This makes finding a pair of shoes that fits both feet almost impossible (I would know, I have almost a half-size difference).  While you could buy both sizes, this seems a little ridiculous!  So let’s talk about how to stretch a shoe so that it won’t be so tight.

Solution 1: Shoe Tree

A shoe tree is a wooden device that you put in your shoe to help break them in so you don’t have to deal with the pain of breaking them in yourself.  Shoes trees come in all sizes for both men and women.

Step 1 is to pick your shoe tree’s size, choose one that is the same size as the shoes you are purchasing.Step 2 is to then adjust the tree so that it fit snuggly in the toe box of your shoe. Step 3 is to let them sit this way overnight.  Try the shoes on again and see how they fit.  If they are still too tight then adjust the tree so that it is a little wider and repeat the process.

I would recommend doing this in tiny increments because shoes will stretch with regular wear and you don’t want to stretch them too much!  Another great benefit to shoe trees is because they are usually made of cedar wood they leave your shoes smelling fresh!

Solution 2: Heat

This is an idea I have seen on Pinterest many times and people swear by it.  I have tried it myself and it worked pretty well.  For this you will need a hair dryer and some thick wool socks.  Start by putting the socks on and then slipping on the shoes that are too tight.  Then take your blow dryer and aim it at the areas that pinch.  Holding the blow dryer several inches away from the shoes and gently heat them.  Make sure not to heat them too much, a couple of minutes should do the trick.  And make sure not to do this on plastic shoes, as they may melt! Then walk around for a bit while they cool.  Once your shoes have cooled, take off the socks and voilà, your shoes should be pinch free and pageant-ready!

Solution 3: Frozen

This is a trick I learned from one of my managers at DSW and she swears by it (She has enough shoes to wear a different pair every day for a year and a half?!). Take a large Ziploc bag and fill it with water. Take the Ziploc and place it in your shoes that are too tight (you may want to double bag it so that there is no chance of leakage).  Then get another Ziploc/grocery bag and place the shoe in it (this is to protect your shoes).  Now put them in the freezer overnight.  As the water in the bag freezes it will expand and help stretch the shoes.  Remove your shoes from the freezer once the water has frozen and try them on for size.  If they are still too tight repeat the process with more water in the bag.

Problem 2: Too Big

If you have a pair of shoes that are a bit too large for you, do not worry! l have a couple of options to make them more snug. :)

Solution 1: Inserts        

If your shoe is a little loose at the heel you can buy little inserts that stick to the inside of the heel cup.  These work to prevent your heel from slipping out the back of your shoe.  The inserts usually have an adhesive back that will stick directly to the inside cup of the heel.  You can stick multiple ones on top of one another if you need too as well.

These inserts come in a variety of materials and each offers their own benefits.  Most are either made of gel or fabric.  The gel ones tend to be a bit more cushioned and are easier to clean, but if you happen to sweat a lot they may cause blisters.  The fabric ones are a better alternative if your feet sweat and they also tend to stick to shoes a bit better.

Solution 2: Newspaper

If you are really in a pinch and need to make loose shoes fit, you can put newspaper in the toe box.  Now this will only work if you have closed toed shoes.  I am not a fan of this method because it is rather uncomfortable, but if you are only wearing the shoes for a few minutes then it is a really easy way to fix the problem.  Another quick fix is wearing thicker socks or double layering socks in shoes that are too loose.  Again this only works if you have closed toed shoes or shoes that don’t show socks.

Hopefully these tips will help solve your shoe problems. Whether your shoes are too small or too big, you can now make them into the perfect pair. Don’t forget to rock them at your pageant!

P.S. What are your D.I.Y.’s for making shoes fit?

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All-Natural Beauty: Body Lotion

All-Natural Beauty_ Body LotionI love body lotion. It keeps skin soft and supple, while making sure you smell wonderful! Lotion is important for skin because good lotion will not only hydrate, but also help heal and protect skin. Furthermore, because the lotion’s ingredients will be absorbed into your skin, you want to make sure that you’re not piling on the chemicals. This is why I prefer to buy organic body lotion when possible.

Every pageant girl wants beautiful, soft skin. So why not make sure you can keep it glowing by using safe, organic products? Below are a few of my favorite (or highly rated) organic body lotions as well as a recipe or two if you’re the D.I.Y. type. Enjoy!

Organic Body Lotion Products:

1.    100% Pure Nourishing Body Cream (Coconut)

I received a sample of this in my Birch Box and absolutely loved it. It had a nice creamy formula, and was very hydrating. The biggest problem I usually have with body lotions are that they are too thin and do not hydrate enough. However, this product was perfectly thick and hydrating. I had a sample of the coconut one, and personally loved it. However, some people are not huge coconut fans. Luckily, they also have green apple, vanilla bean, and pink grapefruit to choose from!

2.    Bliss Body Butter (Lemon & Sage)

My mom received a set of bliss body butters for Christmas, and I quickly set out trying each and every one. The consistency is between thin and creamy, but still hydrating making it nice for the summer. These body butters are paraben free and contain Vitamin A and E, both of which are good for the skin. Furthermore, the body butters come in an array of lovely scents. I liked the lemon and sage because it smelled fresh and energizing due to the citrus.

3.    Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion (Unscented)

My parents use this body lotion, and naturally I was curious and helped myself to some. This lotion doesn’t smell like anything special, and because of this you can easily layer your perfume on top without any scent conflict. Furthermore, this stuff is gloriously thick, and thus super hydrating! It is paraben free and hypoallergenic, so it is great for those with sensitive skin.

4.    Nourish Organic Body Lotion (Almond Vanilla)

I received a sample of this product and was impressed by its all-organic list of ingredients! It has a pleasant smell and a very lightweight formula. This would be perfect for summer. Especially, for those living in more humid environments because the lotion is less thick than those mentioned above (but is also less hydrating). However, it is chalk full of good-for-you ingredients such as aloe vera, argan oil, and vitamin E making for beautiful, soft pageant-ready skin.

Still want more to choose from? Check out—Elle’s Beyond The Face: Moisturizing Lotions

Organic Body Lotion Recipes:

Here are some links to great D.I.Y. organic body lotion recipes!

Healing Oceans—Family Wellness Center: How to Make Body Lotion

Wellness Mama—Luxurious Homemade Lotion Recipe

Gorgeously Green: Lifestyle: How To Make a Simple Body Cream

P.S. What is your favorite all-natural body lotion? Let me know in the box below!

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Navigating the Nail Craze

Navigting The Nail CrazeThe nail art craze! Within the last few years nail art—from fancy to crazy—has become a huge part of the beauty and fashion scene. Simply typing nail art into Pinterest will bring forth a plethora of different tutorials and ideas. But how far is too far for nail art? And how do you decide what is appropriate or not for different social situations? Never fear my lovely pageant ladies! I shall help you navigate the nail craze, so that you may go forth and feel confident in your nail art decisions. :)

1. For Work

For WorkThis is a tricky one, as it truly depends on where you work and what you do. If you work in a creative industry that promotes self-expression, you may have no boundaries in how crazy your nail art can become. However, if you work in a conservative law firm or for the government you should probably avoid nail art all together. In the latter case, light pink or nude nails are the best choice. Although you may be able to get away with a simple French manicure or red nail polish, other colors are probably not the best idea.

2. For PlayFor Party

Going out with friends? Have a fun, holiday get-together to go to? Then feel free to be as creative as you want. Check out what nail art is trending now, and go for it. Experiment and have fun!

3. For Everyday

For everyday wear you may want to forgo encrusting your nails with sparkling gems, but you can still have fun nonetheless.  Change it up by painting one nail a For Everydaydifferent color or choosing one finger on each hand to add sparkles. Add a geometric shape or even polka dots to your nails. Another fun idea is to buy a matte nail polish! These ideas may also apply to your pageant nail art choices as well. :)

No matter what nail design you choose, use your best judgment when deciding if it’s appropriate for work, play, or everyday. Have fun and be creative! Use your nails as a way to express your unique style. So get out there, and start painting!

P.S. What is you favorite nail art design? Post a picture or link to one below and let me know! :)

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