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How to Enjoy Wearing High-Heeled Shoes without Pain

Is it Possible to Walk in High Heels Gracefully?

I recently put on heels for the first time in two years and was shocked to discover I could not even stand in them, let alone walk. Was I truly able to run in them once upon a time?

Women love wearing high heels for many reasons. You may enjoy the added height boost you get from wearing high heels. You could also enjoy wearing high heels, including liking the way they look and make you feel. Finding the perfect high heels to match an outfit is fun, and you have hundreds of styles to choose from whether you shop online or at the local shop.

When you are fortunate enough to get the feel of your high-heeled shoes precisely right, it can improve your posture, highlight your body’s curves, and give you an overall feeling of being more feminine. Another common claim by women who love high heels is that they enjoy the confidence boost they have in them.

How to Pair the Right High Heels with the Right Occasion

High-heeled shoes come in a range of styles, and it is important to know which type to wear with your outfit or for a specific occasion. The most common type of high-heeled shoes include:

  • Cone heels: Shoes with a cone heel have a round incline that appears broader at the base of the shoe. The increase in height is minimal with cone heels.
  • Kitten heels: Shoes with a kitten heel provide height of up to two inches. The shoe shapes the foot in an especially attractive manner. You can find kitten heels most often on a pair of sandals.
  • Platform heels: These shoes have a much wider heel than the other types. The height increase can be as much as several inches, and platform heel shoes provide an attractive curve to each foot, much like kitten heels.
  • Prism heels: As its name implies, prism heels have three sides that form a triangle at the heel. This shoe has one of the most unique looks of high-heeled shoes.
  • Stilettos: This type of shoe has a long, thin heel that sits several inches high. They are most appropriate for a special evening out.
  • Wedges: These heels run across the entire sole or bottom of the shoe to form a wedge. Wedges differ from all other types of high-heeled shoes because the heel provides its own base. The wedge high-heeled shoe tends to be more popular in the summer because it features an open-toe area.

The best thing about having so many choices for high-heeled shoes is that you can make all of them look dressy with the right outfit. You might even want to choose a pair of platform sneakers with high heels for a less formal event.

How to Walk in High Heels without Pain

If you have a big event coming up where you want to wear high heels, be sure you practice walking in them each day to build your tolerance level. Taking this approach gives you the opportunity to discover any issues you might have with the shoes before wearing them for an entire evening.

For example, your shoes may rub against the side of your foot and cause discomfort. Here are two suggestions for solving that problem:

  • Wear your high heels with a pair of thick socks around the house for a few hours. When you take the shoes and socks off, blow-dry the shoes in the area where they rub for 30 seconds to expand them.
  • Fill two plastic bags with water, place them in each of your shoes, and then freeze them. Freezing your shoes with the ice packs in them should help them expand.

Another thing you can try is to tape your third and fourth toes together on each foot. This tried-and-true trick helps to take pressure off the ball of the foot that helps you balance while wearing the shoes. Stretching your feet and toes before you go out for the evening can also help.

Lastly, consider adding silicone gel insoles to each of your high-heeled shoes. They help to relieve pressure and discomfort throughout the entire foot. Silicone gel insoles are typically inexpensive, and you can find them in any shoe store.

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Make It A Hot Girl Summer Complete With Healthy, Beautiful Skin

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

(Brigitte Bardot sunbathes in Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mepris, 1963)

Summertime Skincare

(Jerry Hall photographed by Norman Parkinson in Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1975)

When we think of summer, we inevitably think of the days becoming longer, parties on the lawn that last until dawn, fruity cocktails, lying by the swimming pool, walking on a white sandy beach, kids out of school, and, of course, sunshine. While summer is a magical time when we can get some much-needed Vitamin D, it’s so important not to neglect one’s skincare regimen!

  • Sun-kissed skin needs to be protected from harsh UV rays, so always use a good sunscreen when outdoors. If you’re at the beach or relaxing by the pool, do not forget to apply sunblock regularly. The sun is harmful, but so is the wind by the ocean: as good as a sea breeze feels on a hot day, it can also chap and burn your skin, so be careful.

(Nabila K’s organic Acai lip balm)

  • Don’t forget to keep your very delicate skin moisturized. Lip balm is a must and will stave off fever blisters from the sun. Try Nabila K’s organic lip balms (available in Acai, Passionfruit, Sweet Vanilla, Orange Tangerine, Peppermint, Herbal, and unscented flavors).

  • It’s inevitable: when we get a bit of sun in the summer, our skin will peel and look dry and unhealthy. This is why it’s crucial to exfoliate! Try Nabila K’s organic Botanical Mud face mask (with peppermint and aloe vera) for smooth, restored skin.
  • What about swimming caps? Well, they may seem old-fashioned but are quite useful when one doesn’t want to ruin their hairdo while protecting their scalp from the sun’s harsh rays. Don’t forget that the skin on your scalp is incredibly sensitive and can burn easily, too!
  • Finally: no summer look is complete without a pair of cool, dark shades.

Keep Cool

(Grace Kelly on the beach in Cannes: To Catch a Thief, 1955)

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” —Henry James

Paper fans, floppy straw hats, parasols, and big beach umbrellas, loose flowy clothes in pale colors, cool drinking water, highball glasses filled to the rim, and a refrigerated bottle of facial mist: all of these are essential when trying to beat the heat!

  • Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water, and don’t forget to moisturize. A Popsicle or two can’t hurt as a little treat, either!
  • Try Nabila K’s Here I Am/I Am Here Set for all your facial moisturizing needs (from day to night). With aloe, rose, and sage as main ingredients, these creams will help to nourish, restore, and rejuvenate your skin when you wake up in the morning and as you sleep.

  • Use a refreshing facial mist to cool down. Nabila K’s Aloe Surge is the perfect way to quickly rehydrate and refresh skin. Just spritz it on and let it work its magic!
  • A fun, little-known secret for staying refreshed and youthful (especially in summer) is to give yourself an instant natural facelift with an ice facial! Fill a big bowl with ice and dunk your face in! Your skin will immediately look a bit tighter and more youthful.

For more information on summer skincare and the Nabila K products mentioned in this blog, visit the website and check out the links below:

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4 Easy Tips For Communicating In A Foreign Country

How to Travel to a Place When You Don’t Know the Language  

I frequently travel for both business and for pleasure. Nothing excites me more than introducing my children to new cultures and watching as they learn to understand and appreciate the people and the customs of a foreign country. Though my family is multilingual, (my eldest speaks 6 languages and is learning two more) very often we find ourselves in countries where the local language is not one of the several languages that any of us speaks. If you’ve got foreign travel in your future, you might be wondering how you’re going to communicate with people who speak another language. Don’t fret. With just a little planning, it’s not as hard as it seems. And I’m not talking about learning a whole new language, either.

Learn the Basics

Sure, it’s great to have a second (or third) language at your fingertips. But from experience, I find you really only need to know a few basic words and phrases to get along in just about any situation. Start by learning greetings, like “hello,” “good-bye,” “good morning,” and “goodnight.” And you can’t go wrong with “please” and “thank you.” You’ll be surprised how appreciative the locals are that you made an effort. Once you’ve mastered those basic greetings, you might learn how to ask a person’s name or, even more importantly, where the bathroom is. Or maybe learn how to ask the price of something, especially if you plan on bringing home some souvenirs. You can use sites like YouTube or Duolingo to learn how to say foreign words and phrases.  Hearing the words will also help you recognize and understand them when someone speaks them to you.

Be Polite

You know the saying, “Actions speak louder than words”? Well, it’s especially true when you don’t know a lot of words to begin with. Being polite and showing a friendly attitude can go a long way toward helping make sure you’re understood, and, I find, it also makes people more patient and helpful when I’m trying (maybe sometimes unsuccessfully) to get my point across. And remember this: A smile is understood no matter where you go. It’s a language unto itself.

Download an App

Not sure what to say? Do as I do and let your phone say it for you. There are plenty of apps that will translate what you want to say into foreign languages – and some apps will “listen” to what someone else is saying and translate it back into English.

Write Down Your Address

One phrase you want to be sure to get right is the address of the hotel where you’re staying. Not only is it essential for taxis and Ubers, but it’s also good to have in case you forget the way “home.” Additionally, I always have my address written down to avoid any confusion due to mispronunciation.  That way, I can simply hand the piece of paper to my taxi drivers and let them read it for themselves.

One final thing to remember: English is widely spoken outside the U.S. -in fact, so many people throughout the world speak at least a little English, it’s often referred to as the world’s language. It’s also the most common foreign language taught in countries outside the U.S. That means even if your foreign language skills aren’t up to par by the time you leave for your trip, there’s a really good chance you’ll still be able to communicate just fine. So enjoy your trip and have fun learning about the culture around you.

Nabila Khashoggi travels extensively with her own children, believing it broadens their horizons, fosters tolerance and understanding, and ensures a global perspective of the planet.

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