March 2017 | Balancing in High Heels

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Balancing in High Heels is a fashion + lifestyle blog written by Ryann Donahoe. This blog is a source for everyday, affordable style, the latest beauty finds and all things lifesyle with a touch on motherhood.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rompers for Spring

(Romper: HERE)

Happy Wednesday ! 

Today I wanted to share a few of my fav Target rompers (plus a couple adorable dresses!) I saw it online and thought it was too cute but once I saw it in stores I HAD to try it on and I fell in love.  I feel like Rompers are going to be a go to in my Spring wardrobe. Seriously a busy mama's bff. They look like a dress but who has time for that when running after a two year old boy. Not me! I'll save those dresses for date night. 

I hope you all have a great day! 

xoxo, Ryann  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tips on Updating Your Closet, On A Budget!

Like any girl I have a serious love for clothes. It probably doesn't help much with this obsession that I'm a blogger :) I've recently started updating my closet for Spring and Summer. I've got a few key pieces that hang around from season to season but this season I've got a few blogger events/other things to attend so it's crucial I give my closet a mini face lift! These are a few tip and tricks I've learned along the way to help revamp your closet on a budget.

Tip #1 Do Your Research
You might be raising your eyebrow at this one but it was the most important for me! Research the latest trends. Follow your favorite fashion bloggers. I spent some free time going through the blogs of some of my favorite Fashion Bloggers and just getting ideas of whats in this season. 

Tip #2 Don't go above your budget 
I know I know, I'm totally guilty of doing this from time to time. You see something fabulous and you HAVE to have it. $400 dollars later and you realize that four hundred could have gone a long way. Now don't get me wrong- there is always time for designer! But for me these are more investment pieces. 

Tip #3 Stick To The Basics 
I love getting few pieces but I also love stocking up on the basics! I'm always sure to get pieces I can wear and style several different ways. 

Tip #4 Buy Online 
 You're probably thinking "well duh" don't all women online shop? Well of course! For me- I'm much more likely to shop online, fill up my cart and then cancel a few things before I place an order. If I walk into a store I'm much more likely to go over budget. I get caught up in the adorable clothes. Bring about 50 to the dressing room and then realize my total is a couple hundred dollars more that I wanted! 

Tip #5 Sell and Buy
One of my main tips is to SELL the clothing you don't wear. Go through your closet, if you haven't worn it in a year you probably won't wear it again. No worries though, someone else might! Try selling on sites like Postmark,Thredup, a local consignment shop, or on your social media! You'll get some extra cash to put towards those new things! 

xoxo, Ryann  

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Bags Under $100

Happy Monday!

We are finally experiencing some Spring weather! This weeks looks like a low of 61 degrees (THANKYOU JESUS) I've pretty much been dying for warmer weather. I wish we could just do a redo of this Spring Break. 

So I've put together a few of my favorite bags for Spring all for under a hundred dollars. SCORE. I'm all about light and bright for Spring and Summer. I've linked all of the bags down below so click away!

Stay tuned- later this week I'm doing a post of my current fav Target go to dresses and Rompers! 

xoxo, Ryann

Friday, March 17, 2017

Getting Ready For Spring Weather

Happy Friday!

Last week I started a major closet clean out. Im excited to get new pieces for spring! The day after I put a lot of my "winter" clothes away the weather went to FREEZING. Go figure. Next week looks to be in the 70's and I can't wait! So for now I'm living in comfy sweaters, my go to Jessica Simpson pants and a couple of fun accessories. Oh and I'm obsessing over this new bag my parents got me for Christmas. You can find a similar one here. My favorite shoes to bring over into spring are my Steve Maddens. You can shop them below! 

xoxo, Ryann

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Moms Stop Feeling So Guilty

My current view- staring at my computer screen trying to get some work done but let's face it, it will probably be interrupted. I've got a toddler right beside me that has been running a fever for the last four days. All you other mama's can relate. Caring for sick babies is just exhausting. Although I wouldn't have it any other way.  

We have pretty much been a one person income our entire marriage. We got married, moved to a new town and had a baby. Five years later and we have moved again and added another babe. Until last year we pretty much lived just off of Barrett's income. Which I know many of families do! I'm BEYOND grateful that we have had this opportunity. For me to stay home take care of the house, babies and everything else. One reason I decided to make my blog full time was because I was kind of drowning in all of that. I needed something for myself and it has been such a blessing. 

This past summer after we moved I started working two days a week outside of the home. It was great because it gave me an opportunity to meet new people in a new town! 

Before I took on my blog full time and before i started the two day work week I would find myself feeling guilty. Every time I swiped the debit card I would panic. Every time I would go to target and they would tell me my total I would panic. I would find myself telling my husband when I spent six dollars at starbucks only with him to reply, "babe it's fine- get your starbucks! you don't have to tell me!" like all  moms I would find myself cutting corners in my own things just so everyone else could have things. I get all this is totally normal. 

I felt guilty for not contributing to the income. There are many times I would cry to my husband saying. " I just feel like I'm not helping out, what can I do?" and every single time he replies. "You are doing exactly what we need you to do. You're cooking meals, getting kids up, dressing them, feeding them, doing laundry, cleaning the house and everything else." 

Mom's that stay at home- stop feeling guilty about it. Being a full time mom, housekeeper and chef is ENOUGH. Mom's that work from home- stop feeling guilty about sitting at your computer doing work when there is five loads of laundry that can be done. Mom's that work full time- stop feeling guilty about not being at home 24/7. 

We are all doing what is best for our families.