Buttons and Bows ~ A Moment in Shoe Heaven

“Oh my God! Do you know what these are? Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes! I thought these were an urban shoe myth!”~ Carrie Bradshaw

Shoes, shoes and more shoes! What woman does not LOVE pretty shoes? Carrie Bradshaw was [and still is] a shoe icon, her shoes were fabulous! Recently I was strolling the boards of Pinterest when I came across what I believed to be a shoe fallacy! A lover of bows I instantly fell in love with the most gorgeous pair of shoes I had laid eyes on. Like Carrie B. I had no idea shoes so beautiful existed in real life. I followed the link to the website of Aminah Abdul Jillil and there they were! Simply named “The Bow Pump” this was love and first sight. Initially I wanted to be selfish and keep this wonderful shoe find all to myself, but then I would feel guilty for not sharing such a wonderful thing. So without further ado, here they are, “The Bow Pump” by Aminah Abdul Jillil.

A little about the designer: Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska Aminah began as a professional dancer in Los Angeles, performing with some of the biggest names in music including Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. She’s appeared in commercials for Pepsi, Mazda and New Balance and recently performed as lead character “Crimson” in Cirque du Soleil’s BELIEVE.  Aminah’s career as a dancer has given her constant exposure to culture, art, design and fashion. She takes inspiration from images in street culture, music, and cinema. ( Bio Credit: http://aminahabduljillil.com/about )


Aminah Abdul Jillil~ designer

What makes Aminah Abdul-Jillil’s designs unique is her excitement to “try something different”. 









You can find these shoes and more here. Your feet can thank me later!

“Mama always said you could tell an awful lot about a person by the kind of shoes they wear.” – Forrest Gump

Funny Valentine…

“But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.” ~ Carrie Bradshaw




Happy Valentine’s Day!! Do yourself a favor on today, and don’t forget to fall in love with yourself!!


A Journey…..

“When we are on a journey we don’t fear change, we welcome it, we look forward to new and unfamiliar experiences, we are full of optimism because we are filled with the expectation of a wonderful adventure and it’s the perfect attitude to carry with you every day because life too is a journey.” -Senora Roy

Here it is, 5:18 am on a Monday morning. Unable to sleep, I have been awake since 3. Like a kid on the first day of school my nerves and anxiety have gotten the best of me. It was admist my tossing and turning that I was reminded of a conversation with a friend and former co-worker. “B, I am on a journey. A journey to figure out who I am and what makes me happy. Everyday I am constantly peeling back layers of myself. I’m just on a journey.” Initially, I laughed at the thought then it hit me. (Kind of like a Carrie Bradshaw voice over) Everyday we embark on something new, despite repition, no day is like the day before. (Unless you’re Bill Murray in the movie GroundHog Day) Each day we are given, we are given an opportunity to do something new and different, given another chance to smile at someone you normally don’t smile at or something to that effect.

So as I lay here, now partaking in Sex and the City reruns I realize that today begins an entirely new journey for me. One that only the Most High himself could have orchestrated. But I also realize that in the four months leading up to this very moment I was then; also on a journey, a totally different path but none the less a journey. So, while nervous and anxious for what this day holds I shall hold my head high, take a deep breath, smile, go forward and look great while doing so.

“Eventually all the pieces fall into place….until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moment, and know that everything happens for a reason”
~ Carrie Bradshaw

Happy Monday!!


Commitment Phobe?

“I’m not into committing myself to things I can’t walk away from. Like marriage and children.” ~E. Rob

I don’t think I have ever heard a more direct and honest statement than the one quoted above come from a woman when speaking in terms of relationships and marriage. Funny thing about it is, I was able to relate 100% to her. I have written in-depth about the want for “happily ever after” in my life, the desire to one day become a bride. (Notice I said Bride not Wife) there is something to be said about that which I will explore at a later time. As a young woman who is vastly approaching her thirties it may seem strange for me to openly and honestly admit that I may not want the storybook happily ever after, after all.
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