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New Skill Added to my Repertoire

Lately my hubby and I have been catching some Top Shot on Netflix. It is quite a show with skilled marksmen and women competing in historically based events. After watching a couple really talented women on the show I posted on my Facebook page I’d love to try shooting. It didn’t take but a day to be invited by a coworker to women’s night at Metro Gun Club.

My first event was indoor shooting a 22 caliber handgun. (I have no clue what gun I was using.) I received one-on-one training on gun safety and handling. I’m a lefty and just happened to have a left handed trainer! I took my first shot and it was in the black circle at 12 o’clock. Second shot 7 o’clock in the black. Then I grouped the next three fairly tight. Wow. That was fun! My second round first shot hit just shy of center! Again, the rest of the shots fell within the black ring. Beginner’s luck I’m sure.

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Gun safety and handling training before shooting. Check out my shots!

After finishing up here I headed outside to try my hand shooting a rifle. This time I happened to catch the name a Remington 1100. This time my instructor was a young lady. I believe someone said she is a former Miss Minnesota.

Receiving instruction using a Remington 1100

Receiving instruction using a Remington 1100

Pull then fire

Pull then fire

This time I wasn’t as lucky. I missed the clay pigeon three times. But, please notice I was doing this in my wedge sandals! I don’t know what I was thinking. I knew I was going to the gun club straight from work. My blog is called Helmet or Heels so I guess it fits!

At the end of the evening they called all the women back to see who won the indoor target shooting. They called out me and another woman! What?! Apparently, we tied for first place. To break the tie we had to pick a number between 1 and 10. I lost, but had a lot fun!

Tied for first place indoor shooting!

Tied for first place indoor shooting!

I didn't pick the right number and lost but still had a boat-load of fun!

I didn’t pick the right number and lost but still had a boat-load of fun!

Well, maybe saying I added a new skill to my repertoire is a bit of an overstatement. It was more of an experience!

P.S. Please don’t go all anti-gun on me because what I did was in a controlled environment with professional supervision at a gun range.

New Shoes Flowchart

Found this over on Allposters.com! Gotta love a good flowchart.

shoe flowchart

My Glorious Haul!

I’ve needed to refresh and update my wardrobe for a while. The problem is I don’t like to shop. That wasn’t always the case. When my daughter was still at home she would help me find all sorts of great outfits. She knew what looked flattering on me and was quite honest when it didn’t! She was good. Now we are 1500 miles apart. I haven’t put much effort in these last couple of years.

Well, I was belly-aching at work about clothes again and a co-worker sent me this blog post from Pocket Your Dollars titled, “Do You Hate Clothes Shopping As Much As I Do? You May Not Have To Do It Ever. Again.” WHAT?! A woman after my own heart! I read the post and found out I could have the services of  a personal shopper for FREE! I had nothing to lose so I made an appointment but had a three month wait.

My appointment finally happened. Enter Michelle from ARC’s Value Village personal shopper extraordinaire! To prepare for the appointment I filled out a questionnaire which she used to pull together a bunch of outfits and single items based on my preferences. Well, let me tell you it was well worth the wait! Michelle did an amazing job pulling outfits for me to try on. I still can’t believe the service is FREE. As a side note there is no pressure to buy but I did end up purchasing many of the items that Michelle picked out.

I now have 19 new pieces to add to my wardrobe. To break it down for you I purchased two pair of shoes, five necklaces, twelve pieces of clothing (one pair of pants, one spring jacket, two dresses, four blazers, and four tops). I spent about $160. Almost all the things I purchased are new (with tags) or have absolutely no signs of wear! Here’s a few of the items I brought home.

Pair One

Pair One – Brown Heels

Pair Two

Pair Two – Black Wedges

Five Necklaces

Five Necklaces


Michelle put together this versatile jacket, brown dress and necklace.

Spring jacket

Spring jacket – can’t wait to wear this!!

Jacket, top, and necklace

Here’s another combo: black jacket, print top, and accent necklace!

Michelle the miracle worker and me.

Michelle and me in one of the outfits she put together for me.

Michelle and me in one of the outfits she put together. This is a sleeve dress, jean jacket, and scarf.

Bottom line, I’m going to schedule another appointment with Michelle. During the appointment I forgot I didn’t like shopping. True story.

Have you worked with a personal shopper? Are you a thrifter? What’s your favorite “find”? I’m guessing you know mine is Michelle!

Here’s a link to ARC’s Value Village scheduler!

Seasonal Fashion Help

I don’t know about you, but I find adding a scarf an easy way to update or dress-up an outfit. I found this video from Eileen Fisher demonstrating a nice variety of ways to tie a scarf. What do you like to do to accent an outfit?

Blog Challenge: Answered!

Our dear friend, Princess Scooterpie a.k.a. @Moto_Diva (see her profile I did here) threw out a photo challenge today. “Post a picture of your favorite non-motorcycle/scooter shoes & one of your motorcycle/scooter boots/shoes.”

Here are my fave summer sandals along with one of my riding boots!

My favorite non-riding footwear and one of my riding boots!

I must confess that this is the second pair of these sandals that I’ve owned. Very comfortable and very colorful!

Hold please

I’m having a wonderful time with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson! They are here until Saturday so hold my Tweets and blog posts!

While I’m away, I thought I’d give you my ultimate chick flick recommendation! Enjoy!

The perfect chick flick: Wizard of Oz

New Series: Profile of a Female Motorcyclist

Last May I put the call out for photos of women motorcyclists to show the world what we look like. The response was great both in the photos I received and the number of people who viewed that post.

This got me thinking that female riders are still somewhat of a novelty — not to us, but to the majority of the people out there — so I’d like to begin to feature female motorcyclists! I’ve sent a few emails with questions to ladies that responded last year and I’ll begin with those that respond. I’m thinking at least once a week I’ll post the profile with any pictures that are submitted.

If you are interested in being featured in my series Profile of a Female Motorcyclist please leave a comment. I’ll grab your email address and send you the questions! Let’s show the world who we are!

I’m so excited to be able to highlight in depth who we are and thank you in advance for participating! Ride Safe.

P.S. I need to get new pictures on my new bike and in my new girly jacket!!

Sole Hope

I’m thinking y’all are like me. I look in my closet and have several pairs of shoes {heels!} to choose from and some days its just not a quick decision. It’s too easy to take for granted having shoes until you watch something like this:

Sole Hope Promo 2012 from jason garris on Vimeo.

Sole Hope’s mission is to offer HOPE to widows, orphans and others within impoverished and forgotten communities around the world by teaching the simple trade of shoemaking which provides jobs and shoes to those in need.

You, me, and as many as we can share this with can help … for free. It only takes a few minutes to vote for this organization over at Cultivate Wines.

According to their web site, “Cultivate is giving away $100,000 per quarter to non-profits via a democratic voting system. The winner will receive $50,000, and the five runners-up will each receive $10,000. To vote, you can either register or login through facebook. Once you’re logged in, you will have 1 vote per day. To get started, click any “vote for this” button, then log in to cast your vote. So be sure to come back and vote again each day!”

The voting is over at the end of the month (March 2012). Join me and vote everyday until then for the wonderful cause Sole Hope. >click here to vote<

For more information about Sole Hope and discover other ways to help check out their web site: SoleHope.com

Who are these Lady Riders?

The Lady Riders Collage is filled with a plethora of pictures. In this post I will give a little profile of the women who have contributed. I hope you’ll make connections with those that have given their Twitter information. Also follow along on the many blogs that are listed!

Helen has been riding since she was 16 yrs old.  She is now 59 and a grandmother {pictured with grandson}! She has had a 1100 cc Yamaha VStar, 800 Vulcan Kawasaki, 750 Honda NightHawk, and a bunch of smaller bikes, 350`s, 175`s, 125`s, 250`s, 650`s.
Find @BusaHoney on Twitter!
Find out more about Donna on her blog: http://demenshea.com/blog/
Anita named her motorcycle Hercules! Check out her blog:  http://torquethis.wordpress.com/
Friend @VaVaVroomGirl on Twitter and subscribe to her blog found here.
@Strega_Rossa has been riding motorcycles for almost 30 years and currently owns a 2011 Ducati 796 Monster.
@dailycoyote writes Vespa VagaboundThe Daily Coyote  and Honey Rock Dawn. She writes, “when I’m not on my Vespa ET4 ~ on Ervin, the angus bull I tamed (with a jealous horse to the left).”
Karen said, “This is me in my summer armor jacket right after taking off my helmet. Seriously! I use Paul Mitchell Smoothing Serum and then put it in a pony tail with segmented ties, and it stays nice (except in heat and humidity). Some female riders may like to know that!”
@ninja_girl76 from theUK
@willytooren ‘s first bike was a Yamaha 535, second a suzuki 800, and now a FXBD Streetbob 1584, she’s gone bigger each the time! “Biking is a great buzz, and we have made great friends!”
Linda rides a 2002 Yamaha YZF 600
Dim rides a 2006 custom painted Yamaha V Star 650 Classic named Twinkle (little Star). It’s a big bike for a little girl, Nim’s just under 5 foot tall!
Kate’s biker friends call her Bee. She is a self employed gift shop owner and painter… kind of a peace loving hippie biker chick. She loves to tour around the country, often riding solo. Kate celebrated turning 50 last summer by riding a 9500 mile ride in 29 days. It was amazing!  http://beeinthewind.blogspot.com/
Darlene is a daily commuter on her scooter!! Catch her on Twitter @scooterdiva1 and follow her blog too! http://scootermayhem.blogspot.com
Chris sent a picture taken on the International Female Riders Day 2011 with her friends.
@leanintolife learned to ride a motorcycle at age 48! She is a mother of two. No Tattoos. Teetotal. Says her only piercings are in her ears. And rarely drops the F-bomb!
Sam {@09samlo} wrote, “When I got a new job and walked in with my jacket and helmet I got a bunch of “you’re a biker? NO WAY! You don’t look like one” comments even though I mainly ride a Honda Ruckus scooter. I need a motorcycle license to ride it and it’s on 2 wheels, it totally counts right?” Catch her blog here: http://almostfridayshow.com
@chickthatrides is the owner of http://www.wrapter.com/  a unique ponytail wrap for motorcyclists with long hair. Wrapter ponytail wraps are designed to prevent painful and damaging tangles associated with riding motorcycles.
Rose sent a picture of with her friends taken on International Female Ride Day. She also has a blog: http://mototripsandsuch.blogspot.com/
Brandy started on a used Honda Nighthawk 250 but it was too small and felt blown around a lot. She sold it and bought a used Ninja 650r. She hated because of the fairing, sold it and bought a new 2009 Suzuki TU 250, loved it but needed something with a little more power and finally got the Gladius. Follow her adventures here:  http://trobairitztablet.blogspot.com/
Shannon is 37 years old from Jacksonville,FL.  She’s been riding for about 3 years now, and has a 1996 Kawasaki Eliminator 600. Shannon is a middle school teacher and rides with the Chrome Divas of Orange Park, FL, as well as her husband, brother in law, his girlfriend and father in law!
In her own words: I’ve been riding for about eight years. Started on a VStar 750 and moved to a HDDeluxe. I ride with a female group, Chrome Divas of Orange Park.  It is an international female riding organization and we have a blast. At the same time, we give back to our community by participating and helping with several charity events.  Every time we get to together it is an adventure. We let our guys ride with us sometimes, but they have to ride in the back (women first afterall :)).  The women are from all stages professionally and of life.  We have 70 year old grandmothers to 20 year olds and all ages in between. It’s great to have something in common with so many generations and we just have a great time with each other. You might have a chapter in your area too, or be able to organize one.  See chromedivas.com for more info.
SonjaM rides a BMW F650GS and writes a blog too! http://2wheelersrevisited.blogspot.com/
@chesshirecat In her own words, “OK, I’ll show ya. I’m ALWAYS on the other side of the camera. Rare is the time I allow others to photograph me. This photo is no glam shot. Better that way I think. That way I don’t get all “stinky” about myself. LOL. This shot was taken after I rode my bike up a mountain gravel road, then down the mountain to explore a section of the Appalachian Trail inTennessee. I had hiked an easy 1.3 miles into this area where the falls are. It was getting back out that was the hard breathing, heart pumping kicker! I loved it so much I’m taking my bike hiking again tomorrow! Anyway, that’s me. Overweight, long-haired 55 year-old biker-chic-lady-wanna be hiker. I set the timer on my camera balanced it on a river rock and laid back trying to look casual. I don’t think the look worked.”
Jane is a city clerk for a major suburb of Minneapolis and dresses as a business professional all week long and can’t wait to wear her motorcycle clothes evenings and weekends. Jane’s daughter also rides!
Stacie lives in Palm Bay Florida and rides an 09 Street Glide. And says, “Women Riders Rock!!!!”
Shirley says she’s, “63 yrs old and just retired. I spent the past 8 years as the Executive Director of a local nonprofit and many more years in similar nonprofit positions. So, like you I get a lot of similar comments … “you ride a Harley?!! Really!” guess we women riders look like everyone else.”
Lynne rides a 1973 honda CL350
Alison is a female rider of a Suzuki 2001 SV650S and DR-Z125, and Owner/Operator of Canadian Motorcycle Adventures.
Jude is a woman who likes to ride! Her ride is a Honda Shadow VLX Deluxe. Jude lives in the Northern Californiawine country and owns a business (www.webmelt.com) and yes, she likes to wear dresses as well as jeans.
Karri is a mom of 3 grown kids, has 2 grandbabies, and a Registered Nurse. She owns and rides a 2001 Harley-Davidson Dyna Lowrider. Loves her family, and loves riding with my knees in the breeze.
@bikerfayKarla ‘s friend took her picture when she was next to her car!
Donna is a 63 year old rider of nine years, also a full-time RVer with her husband who rides as well. Here is a picture of her grandmother, also a rider, next to her! I come from a riding family….too many to count lately, and a lot of women in the family ride as well.Donna aka Froggi
@FieryPinkGirl is pictured with the bike she is building!
Julie aka @bonnyface on Twitter also writes a blog: www.rounded-corners.com
Cheri’s rides with her newest riding partner, her daughter!
Friend @aveldina on Twitter. She rides a Monster 696 & an NSR 50 mini track bike.
Candis ddn’t get her license, or even ride a bike, until she was 33. That was just 2 1/2 years ago. Now is riding a 1990 Suzuki VX800.
Shannon H. writes: I am a nursing student, and I love to ride. I get people all the time asking if I ride with my husband, and they are shocked when I say NO I ride my own bike. This is a picture when I first got my bike. I had just got home from school when my husband had surprised me by having the windshield and saddlebags on. 2009 V-Star 650.
Madeleine rides a Triumph Bonneville and a Ducati Monster.  Catch-up with her here: http://missrider.com/
Must read, Fuzzygalore.com and follow @fuzzygalore on Twitter too!
Donia is 24, living in Phoenixand rides a 2005 Buell Blast. You can find her on twitter @OnlyDoniaUKnow and tumblr:  http://donia.tumblr.com
@gaia3465 Jenny has had her endorsement since ’08, riding an ’02 Honda CBR 600 f4i since spring of ’10 when she bought it.  She started out on an ’06 SV 650s, then had a few rides on a ’90 Honda Hurricane.
Erin rides a Vespa ET4
Alex has been riding for 20 years, raced competitively and consistently for 15 years (AFM #89). Currently she owns 7 motorcycles! Alex said, “I’m also a HUGE advocate of protective gear and wear an Aerosstich Roadcrafter with full armor and back protector with Carolina “logging” boots EVERYTIME I ride on the street (leathers obviously on the track with Daytona carbon boots instead). I also have been wearing Arai Signet helmets exclusively the past 10 years and either Held or Alpinestar gloves. Nothing like wearing a dress under your ‘stich and watching people’s reactions as you unzip it!!!”
 Well there you have it!  Thank you so much for contributing!!

What does a Woman Rider Look like? Like this …

She is beautiful!! Check out all the pictures that were submitted by some awesome woman motorcyclists. 54 ladies submitted 85 pictures.

And folks, don’t try to define her she is too fabulous for words … see for yourself!

I am woman hear me roar!

I will be posting all the Twitter, blogs or web sites that were submitted soon!! Not everyone wanted to be identified so I thought it best to do a separate post.

Update 6/2: Who are these Lady Riders?