Hello! Welcome to Ditch the Heels!

June 5, 2015

Hello! I’m Emily, creator of this blog. Here are some facts about me:

  • I am married to the most loving, patient, and generous man, Ted. We are approaching our 2 year anniversary this August
  • I am “aunt” to the cutest Alaskan Klee Kai, Balto. He resides in San Francisco with my brother Jason and has the Instagram account @baltosf
  • I am a graduate student living in Chicago
  • Prior to school, I was a marketer for a large consumer product goods company
  • I love international travels. In the last 2 years I have traveled to New Zealand, Fiji, Peru, Turkey, China, and Japan
  • I am learning how to swim with the goal of completing a triathlon next year
  • I watch way too much TV!

Emily and Ted


I have always wanted to launch a beauty and lifestyle blog, but fear stopped me. There are amazing bloggers whom I admire and they’ve set an extremely high bar. My family and friends gave me the courage to pursue this passion, and I am thankful for their support.

Why Ditch the Heels? The name fits my personality and the content of this blog. Ditch the Heels is about effortless beauty, self-confidence, adventures and explorations, and bliss.

Why beauty and lifestyle? My friends often come to me for makeup and skincare advice, and I could spend hours talking to them about different products and applications. I have a curious mind and strong desire to learn new things so I am constantly looking up things, from ingredients found in beauty products to self-taught calligraphy for my wedding invitations. I have a deep passion in photography and travel, and I want to improve my photography skills by practicing through this blog. This blog will contain content that inspires me, and I hope to share with you the joy and happiness. Most of us are extremely busy in our everyday lives so we get stuck in a routine. I am guilty of letting weeks or even months go by without working on a project that excites me. This blog is a way of keeping me in check, and I hope it inspires you to make time to do something you love!

Thank you for coming to this blog and I would love to hear your feedback and suggestions! Please follow Ditch the Heels on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and BlogLovin’ (all the links are in the icons)! You can also subscribe to new posts by email using the form on the sidebar.

  • Hi Emily! I really enjoy your blog… the design and all the photos are so classy and well done. Your furry nephew is absolutely adorable šŸ™‚ I own an Alaskan Malamute named Aurora, so I’m a huge animal lover too. Also that’s so cool that you’re into crafts! Not as many people are nowadays. I love crocheting, jewelry making and decorating in my spare time.

    Anyways best of luck with your new blog and too many, many more posts and followers šŸ™‚
    Lots of Love,

    • Thank you Richelle! You’re so sweet! Your dog Aurora is super cute from the picture on your website!!

      • Thanks Emily! And thanks for replying back šŸ™‚

  • Hey! I just named you to do the MLBB tag. You can see my post here and I’m looking forward to reading about your favorite lip products!

  • Kortnee

    Hi Emily! I’m so glad I’ve come across your blog.I, too, am a grad student and have just joined the blogging world. So excited to read more of your posts!

    • Thank you Kortnee! What is your URL? I looked on your Disqus profile but it’s not listed. I would love to check it out!

      • Kortnee

        Oh thanks! I’m kind of dragging my feet on officially launching and haven’t begun sharing my URL yet, but I can keep you posted!

  • stephanie

    I am glad I found you! I’ve been afraid of bloging, who knows why, but I really do love writing and taking lots of pictures! Lol… it’s a creative outlet, isn’t it?

    • Hello Stephanie! It has been a great creative outlet! Thanks for stopping by šŸ™‚

  • Sijie Cheng

    Hi Emily! I found your blog through Kian’s Instagram post. It is so lovely!! It gives me more ideas to work on my blog too! I will definitely be coming back!