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Last night I got too little sleep.  It had nothing to do with my somewhat recently discovered Gossip Girl obsession, and it in no way involved me staying up and watching the episodes I had on my dvr.  Today, my eyes are bleary.  And I didn’t get out if bed until 7:45 this morning, even though I am supposed to be at work at 8:00.  {I was only 12 minutes late.}

To treat my Gossip Girl hangover, today I wore the most ridiculous pair of shoes I own.  They are orange suede platforms with a blue butterfly–and if that’s not enough, last year I added purple sequins to the heels.  I am not lying.

Let me attempt to explain:  For my birthday party last year, I threw myself the prom I never got to have.  {There are pics on my Facebook page, if you are curious.  Guess what the theme was???  NYE in NYC! Ha!}  And I added the purple sequins to go with my purple-accented tutu.  Again, I am not lying.  I don’t really know what’s wrong with me.  But I do know that these shoes make me laugh.  And who couldn’t use a shoe that brings cheer?

I guess when I did it, I wanted to document my insanity creativity, so I photographed the process of adding a strand of sequins to the heels.  Hmmm.  Well, here is some never-before-seen-behind-the-scenes photographic proof of the questionable way my mind works…

Step one: apply glue because everyone knows that glue is a lazy creative person’s best friend.  Step two: use tweezers to guide strand of sequins into pattern of your choice.


Step three: photograph the finished product.  From two angles.  {Eek.  Can you tell which shoe I did first?}


And hey, if a bottle of glue and a strand of sequins isn’t your thing, you could always personalize your shoes with shoe bumper stickers.

{image via Refinery 29}

Ohhh, the possibilities!


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Kathleen MillerNovember 17, 2010 - 7:09 pm

I LOVE THIS!!! Your creativity is one of my favorite things about you!

this is a public service announcement

Okay, so maybe this is more of an I-am-the-worst-planner-ever-and-my-30th-birthday-is-just-a-month-and-a-half-away announcement.  Here’s the deal:  I am going to be in NYC for my 30th birthday this NEW YEAR’S EVE!!!  Standing in Times Square, watching the ball drop, celebrating a new year and a new decade for me!!!  And you are all invited!  Seriously.  See, I figure that most people who read my blog actually love me {and by that, I mean you probably know me personally or are related to me}.  And I want to invite any and everyone who loves me to come celebrate with me.  Since I do not possess the capabilities of planning a trip like this for a group of people, I am just extending the invitation.  So, meet me in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.  Bring your family, come with a friend, or alone…


And actually, my wonderful friend Brandie did take charge when I procrastinated and she found us a room to stay in just a few blocks from Times Square.  Right now, there are four of us girls who are going and will be staying in the room…But I am quite sure we could fit in two or three more girls!  I am not joking when I say that I have seriously already considered buying an air mattress once we get there, if we need to accommodate more people in our room.


Please don’t feel hurt that I didn’t invite you personally and maybe you are just hearing about this for the first time here.  Let me explain…..Most of my close friends are married with families, so I just assume that they won’t want or be able to ditch their families during the holidays for a {not so} wild trip to New York.  So, instead of inviting people and making them have to say no to my face, I’m putting it out there, here on my blog.  Smart, huh? ;)

Who’s in???


{photos of me in nyc were taken july 09 by my fabulous friend kriea}

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jaredwanzerphotographyNovember 16, 2010 - 4:44 pm

jealous! what a good what to spend a birthday in the best city in the world!

Melissa CoxNovember 16, 2010 - 5:11 pm

I'm looking at plane tix today. :)

Kriea ArieNovember 17, 2010 - 6:07 am

So sad I cant go :( You are going to have a blast!!!

JacquelynNovember 17, 2010 - 6:38 am

I'm going to NYC for MY birthday.

But, it is not on New Years Eve. Dude. What a COOL birthday.

My birthday is in February, and I am really going more for fashion week than my bday. My birthday just so happens to be during fashion week every year. Hey, that's pretty cool too.

Maybe I'll go for NYE, too. ;)

Brandi SueNovember 18, 2010 - 5:44 am

I don't know you personally and I'm not related to you :) But I do love your photography :) aaaand I was in NYC last NYE and it was AWESOME!! You will have so much fun! It was cold, and wet, and crowded, and I mentioned cold right?! But when the ball drops and everyone is sharing that moment together and everyone is so happy and they play NY, NY over the speakers…it makes it ALL worth it!! Frozen nose and all! Yeah, I'm kinda jealous right now that you are going ;) My best friend and I can't wait to go back again!! Good luck and I hope you have a blast!

Kelly BeaneNovember 18, 2010 - 8:05 am


Pandora's BoxNovember 20, 2010 - 2:53 am

I wanna go!!!!!!!!

good morning

Since it is Monday morning, and it is a bit dreary here in Oklahoma City today, and because I love you all so much…I decided to give you little treat this morning.  Meet JeRayle {aka Rayle}. 


I had the pleasure of doing a second photo shoot of him this weekend.  {You can check out the first one we did, in Dallas, on my old blog here.}

Doesn’t your morning look better now?

You’re welcome.


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Pure-VirtueNovember 15, 2010 - 3:53 pm

LOL ;-) Nice Abi!

KristieNovember 15, 2010 - 3:56 pm

D A N G!

BrittNovember 15, 2010 - 4:16 pm

Nice! VERY nice! ;~)

Kriea ArieNovember 15, 2010 - 7:38 pm



Now that my hair is red, maybe I should try this hairdo for my THIRTIETH birthday this NEW YEARS EVE! :)  Exciting plans are in the works for celebrating it…….

via one of my favorite blogs, A Cup Of Jo.

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JacquelynNovember 12, 2010 - 6:35 pm

Yes! That is one of my favorite blogs, too! And I love doing this hair. I need to do it more…

not just a day that the banks are closed

To the veterans:  THANK YOU!!!

And to you, the citizens of this nation:  If you can, if you are able to today, please wrap your arms tight around a veteran and thank them.

I hesitated to post this photo, but I want to make it real to you.  This is an image of a mother wiping away tears after her son earned his Green Beret.  The tears are tears of pride and joy and also fear.  This is an image of a son smiling after embracing his mother.  He slight smile is meant to reassure her.  He has completed the most difficult training and is ready to serve.  This is an image of a Special Forces soldier on his graduation day.  This is my mom.  This is my brother.

jack sf 093

My brother Jack went on to serve on two deployments.  On two missions as a Green Beret medic, he fought and he healed and he administered care to countless people.  He made a difference in this world.  He also never came home from his second deployment. 

Thousands of men and women are willingly serving and have served in our military.  Please, remember them.  Thank them.  Pray for them and their families.  Not just on Veterans Day, but every day.


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Kathleen MillerNovember 11, 2010 - 5:13 pm

Wow Abi- SO many tears reading this…what a moving story/picture. Such a sweet memory! Im so thankful and proud of your brother's service!

JacquelynNovember 11, 2010 - 9:38 pm

Oh wow. I got chills. Well written and great photo. Thank you to your family.

Bethany LarieNovember 12, 2010 - 5:03 am

WOW, powerful! Thank You for sharing