Shoes As Self-expression

Dear Diary,

It’s Christmas morning and my dreams have come true! I am the proud new owner of lots of new shoes!!!

From beautiful blue Ugg boots with ribbons, to Kate Spade high heels with bows, and even gold Nikes! I have new shoes for every occasion and adventure!

I believe shoes are a great tool for self- expression and a way to speak without using words. When I wear red heels, I am usually feeling confident and powerful. When I wear my running shoes, I am feeling ambitious and energetic. When I wear slippers, I know it’s time to relax and reflect.

Each and every pair of shoes comes with a special memory or story. When I receive shoes as a gift, I am reminded of the giver, each time I put them on. When I get a pair of shoes on sale, I think about how happy I was to get an awesome discount.

Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Can you think of a memorable time when your shoes were an outward expression of inward feelings?

It’s Christmas so choose your best shoes and make a great new memory!

~Truly Yours~

Savoring 💋

Tis the Season for Red Shoes

Dear Diary,

Today I went to a Holiday party at Greenbriar Hills Country Club. I love being festive and was thrilled for the opportunity to show off my new red wedges with bows on top.

Greenbriar Hills Country Club in Kirkwood is a fabulous place to host a party.

Every room in the private club had festive decorations that made for a warm and inviting atmosphere. I couldn’t think of a better location for family and friends to gather together and celebrate.

There was also a wide variety of treats, light refreshments, and drinks to enjoy. My favorite dessert… Gingerbread cookies, which were sweet with a hint of spice!

Back to the shoes, I knew I would be on my feet most of the afternoon which is one reason I chose a wedge instead of a stiletto.

The wedges gave me just the right amount of height as I am only 5’4′. The stylish shoes also complemented the colors of my dress, and the decor! The comfort level was superb for walking around the room and socializing with the guests.

Tis’ the Season to find a fun, stylish, chic, but comfortable pair of red shoes, then wear them as much as you dare!

~Truly Yours~

Savoring 💋

Saturday Slippers

Dear Diary,

Today was crazy! Of course I waited till the last minute to do my Christmas shopping. I was at the mall all day grabbing last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. Now I am ready to crash! Lucky I have my Saturday Slippers…

Is there any better way to relax from the madness of Holiday shopping, then a cozy evening by the fire in some warm fuzzy Slippers?

These furry white slippers provide just the right amount of warmth in the winter. No one likes to walk around on cold floors! My house has hard wood floors so I always keep a pair of slip-on house shoes handy. These slippers have cute little pompoms for a hint of fun too!

It’s Saturday and Christmas is just a few days away… pull out the cookies and snacks, put on your cozy slippers and relax!! You deserve a break!

P.S. My cozy slippers came from Five & Below, they cost an unbeatable $5 and make for the perfect last minute gift. 😉

~Yours Truly~

Savoring 💋

Single Bells

Dear Diary,

What is it about the Holiday Season that makes being single 10x harder then any other time of the year? It’s almost like running a marathon. You start the Holiday Season race totally pumped for parties, paid time off, gift giving, lights, need I go on?

☆Ready for the Marathon☆

The race is going smoothly until you start to look around, and cannot help noticing happy couples at ever corner sharing in the magic of the holidays.

And while all the couples are off doing couples things: like holding hands, drinking hot coco by the fire, ice skating through central park, taking selfies kissing under the mistletoe, or finding the perfect tree together, us single folk are left feeling our way through the 7 different stages of loneliness.

☆Why am I single???☆

Stage 1: Confusion – you know you are a great catch with a lot to offer a significant other. This is when the question, “why am I still single” starts to plague your mind. You start reviewing all your past relationships, picking apart what went wrong, and start to second guess yourself.

☆The Family Get-together☆

Stage 2: Anxious – you might be smiling on the outside, but inside your mind is racing. You want to have the right answers to all the questions from family about why you aren’t dating anyone, what happened with the last guy, and how are those online dates? While you are still trying to answer these questions yourself, the questions from others don’t make it any eaisier. Then there are the couples who have been in relationship longer then you have been alive, that try to console you. “You should be greatful for xyz…” That is easy to say when you haven’t slept alone in 20+ years.

Stage 3: Frustrated – at the world in general for promoting and celebrating couples as if they won an Olympic medal. I am not minimizing the work it takes to have a healthy relationship. It also takes a ton of inner strength, confidence, and courage to be single, especially for long periods of time.

Why aren’t we celebrating more singles for having the courage, and self-esteem to say “No” to the wrong relationship?

How many people are silently suffering in abusive relationships, or making excuses for toxic partners because of cultural pressures to be in relationship?

☆True Love.. a Swipe Away☆

Stage 4: Tricked – by dating apps and advertisements that have cheapened the value of finding a soulmate. Swipe Left, Swipe Right, finding love is as easy as an app download, a photo upload, and a few text messages. If this were true, why are the same people still on those sites year after year?

☆Just me.. no plus 1☆

Stage 5: Alone – at places like the company holiday party, the family’s Christmas dinner, the annual Christmas Eve Church service (this is the worst), or watching Home Alone while snowed in, left in seclusion.

Stage 6: Cold – as in that feeling when you walk outside and the icey air whips at your face, without gloves your fingers go numb, and even with a coat you still feel a chill. Humans were made for physical affection, and I am not talking about a hug from your great aunt or a small child. The coziest blanket in the world is no substitute for the warm embrace of a lover, or the feeling of holding hands with your soulmate.

Stage 7: Very Alone – being single on say Valentine’s Day, is not too big of a deal as it only lasts 24 hours. It’s pretty easy to trick your mind into believing it is a special day dedicated to celebrating the invention of Chocolate. The Holiday Marathon however, starts the second we flip the switch on Halloween, and lasts all the way through the New Years Ball Drop.

As Christmas day approaches, I know the Marathon is almost over, (sigh of relief) but isn’t the last stretch always the hardest? At the beginning of the race you have the most energy, and confidence you will make it to the end and maybe even beat your best time. By mile 21 your entire body is aching and your mind starts to work against you. This is the critical point when you need to give it all you’ve got.

☆Think Happy Thoughts☆

If you can identify with any of the feelings I mentioned above and you have made it this far, don’t give up yet!! The finish line is right around the corner. Next week I’ll share 7 strategies to boost your confidence and finish the Holiday season strong!

~Yours Truly~

Savoring 💋

Photo Credit:

Happy Nerd Photography

Fitness Meets Fashion

Dear Diary,

The cold weather and gray days almost killed my workout vibes. My daily mantra has become, “the cold is friend, not my enemy.”

When I started making a list of reasons to skip my run for a nap, I knew it was time to slay my inner quitter and practice mental toughness.

The first step to combat the “it’s too cold” excuse is find the right gear. I recently stumbled across a new brand of Athletic clothing called Utmost Existence.

The clothes are incredibly comfortable, durable, and stretchy providing for a great range of movement. The gear is perfect for indoor or outdoor workouts. I do a lot of stretching indoors but love to go outside for my cardio.

The brand itself was created for all those who want to live life to the fullest. Utmost Existence is more then just a line of clothing, it is a movement of like-minded folks who strive for excellence.

A quick wardrobe update and I’m ready to crush those workouts no matter how cold and frigid the temperatures are. What are some of your workout setbacks?

~Yours Truly~

Savoring 💋

Affordable Party Dresses

Dear Diary,

Last night, I went to a fabulous Holiday Party in a stunning, off the shoulder, navy blue, velvet dress from Forever 21.

The dress was perfect for a cozy evening inside, sharing drinks and appetizers with friends.

My best kept secret is that I only paid $1 for the eye catching cocktail dress. That’s right, it was just $1!!!

Forever 21 already has great prices as their dresses range from about $17.90 to $48 depending on the style.

I like to have a lot of variety in my wardrobe therefore, finding a great price means I can buy more then just one dress.

Another party favorite from Forever 21 is this gold dress that has just the right amount of sparkle.

Why let the decorations be the center of attention when you can turn heads when you walk into the room, with a glittering, figure flattering dress that cost less then your host gift!

So what is my secret?!?! It’s
Plato’s Closet. A St. Louis boutique with Brand name, gently used clothing.

Occasionally, I even find dresses that are brand new with the tags still on, like this lovely dress from MODA International that was originally $80.


I purchased this dress for only $9 at Plato’s Closet!! Most of the dresses at Plato’s range from $9 to $15 depending on the brand.

When you sign up to be on their e-mail list, you will be notified of great sales on already discounted clothing.

One of the amazing sales of 2018 was $1 dress day, and I made sure to stock up on some fun holiday styles.


There you have it, three fun holiday dresses at unbelievable prices!

~Truly Yours~

Savoring 💋

See’s Chocolate

Dear Diary,

Yesterday, I received a very special gift from a very special friend. My friend handed me a red wrapped box, and with a twinkle in his eye he whispered, “Even as an adult, you can still enjoy the magic of Christmas as if you were a child.”

As soon as he had gone, I tore open the red wrapping to find a beautiful 1lb box of assorted Chocolates.

I love receiving gifts and as a Chocolate lover, I couldn’t be more excited at the delicious box of sweets before my eyes!

I had never tasted chocolate made by See’s Candies before. I was in for a special treat. The box held a wide assortment of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, soft centers, and nuts and chews.

Each chocolate held a surprise of delicious flavors for my taste buds to savor.

See’s kitchen uses only the finest ingredients which means the quality of these special American-made candies is superb.

The Chocolates were so delicious I could not eat just one. I really did feel the magic of Christmas today, and I am so proud to have See’s Chocolates as a new holiday tradition.

~Yours Truly~

Savoring 💋