Sunday, August 29, 2010

From Little to Big

One of my sorority little sister's got married this past Saturday.

Sarah looked absolutely stunning. I was so thrilled to be a part of her special day. I've seen her truly transform from this quiet freshman I met at rush to a witty, mature, lovely woman.

Her beautiful wedding was also a reunion bringing together a group of our sorority sisters. I was so excited to see my other little sister, also named Sarah.

Being a big sister was something that was very important to me. The baby of the family with three brothers, I never had a sister. Joining a sorority gave me that and I took the role of "big sister" seriously. It was an easy task because I couldn't have asked for two better littles (and friends). Our "family" rapidly grew and turned into an actual family that we lovingly named "The Big Kahunas."

At each initation, we took quite a few photos (that's an understatement), and I wanted to share one old and one new with you. The top was was on the Sarah's initiation day, which was back in January 2006. This was when we started doing a "Charlie's Angel" pose. And the bottom one was, of course, us again at Sarah's wedding. (Notice the red heels.) My how we have changed. I hope we will get to do this pose again at the other Sarah's wedding and one day at mine, too. My wedding wouldn't be complete without it!

Red Shoe Diaries

It all started when I bought the red heels. Luscious candy apple red heels. Just the perfect amount of sassy.

Turning 25 was just around the corner, and I wanted some fantastic shoes to wear on my big day. When I found THE pair, I knew they were the perfect accessory to complement my outfit. I wasn't entirely thrilled about turning 25 (which I now know is so silly) but those heels were just what I needed. It's as if they gave (and give) me an extra boost of confidence. Perfect example: this shy girl sang karaoke for the first time while wearing those heels.

They've become a staple item in my wardrobe. Anytime I want to jazz up an outfit, I grab them. Anytime I just want to feel unstoppable, those are my go-to shoes.

Exhibit A

Aren't they lovely?

I think deep down the heels symbolize a pivotal point in my life. Being 25, on my own, supporting myself, with the road of life in front of me. I can go any direction, learn from past mistakes and teach myself how to be better. I can become whomever I want to be and learn whatever I want and need to learn. The only obstacle is fear of the unknown, but I can't let it get in the way. My red heels and I are excited for the road ahead.

What is your go-to accessory when you want to wow the world?