DESIGN YOUR LIFE: camila of of “high-heeled foot in the door”


Welcome back to DESIGN YOUR LIFE (DYL)! Last week was full of steps to making under and DYL got lost in the shuffle. But no need to fear, DYL is back and today’s interview is a great one.

I first met Camila via a Jess LC giveaway on This is Glamorous. Camila was the lucky winner of the Astor St. Cluster Bib Necklace. Once we started chatting via email and I saw her blog, High-Heeled Foot in the Door, I knew she would be full of intentions and sage advice for us here at MakeunderMyLife. I was right. Read below to find out about her awesome philosophies (I share her ‘become a YES person’ intention).

[Random Side Note: I have the same Essie color on my tootsies as well.]

Be a DO-ER

I use to be a huge complainer. Why wasn’t I richer, skinnier, successful, etc? You name it and I probably complained about it. I would sit around with my sisters and just complain about how life was passing me by. While I was happy with my family and home life my career was  a completely different story. I had always envisioned myself as my own boss and in a more creative field. Finally one day everything changed. What was my Ah-ha moment? An episode of Grey’s Anatomy where George and Lizzie are complaining and finally decide that to get ahead in life they need to be DO-ERs. Right then and there I changed my attitude and took steps to making my dreams a reality. It started with my blog, then schooling in Interior Design and I’m now in the final steps of launching my own interior decorating company called Effortless Style Interiors!

Become a YES person

Along with being a DO-ER and ending my complaining another new addition to my life plan was becoming a YES person. In college I dealt with a lot of anxiety. Having anxiety was really hard for me and most times the best way to deal with it was to stay within my safety zone and that meant being at home. So I said no to many invitations and totally felt like I was missing out. I no longer suffer from anxiety which is a huge yay for me! I now love saying YES to different things. It’s such a simple thing to do and you really never know what you will learn from a new experience so I say  go ahead and embrace it. Get yourself out of your comfort zone. I assure you that you will have a great time.

Act silly at least once a day


I’ve always been really serious. Totally always the mother hen making sure everyone is behaving and taken care of. The big  joke in my family is that I was pretty much born a 40 year old. The older I get and the closer I start inching towards 40 (I just turned 28!) the more I want to make sure I actually have FUN! So now I try and relax a bit more and let my funny, quirky self come out.

Mix and Match

I love variety in life. I think that many times people get dissatisfied with their lives, because it’s always the same old thing. Change is scary and uncomfortable so I understand why it’s  hard to do it, but I think everyone needs a little bit of it. I think mixing and matching can be used in all aspects of your life from your clothing options, decor, food choices, music, activities, etc.

Big things come in small packages


Here are my toes with my new favorite nail polish color called Bermuda Shorts by Essie. It’s a little loud, but I love it! Don’t forget to get excited over all the little things. This has always been something that I practiced. I get excited over school supplies, a pretty packaging job on a bar of soap, my favorite song on the radio and even the perfect nail-polish shade.

Who cares about the Jones’s?

I think now a days a lot of the world is all about keeping up the Jones’s. Making sure they have the most current luxury car or the newest Chanel bag that everyone in town in sporting. While those things may be nice they aren’t the only things that can make you happy.  I say take chances and be original. To me the word strange isn’t a bad thing. I take it as unique and go with it. If you love something that’s all that matters. Don’t forget that.

Just breathe


How can you say no to this face when he asks for a walk? I constantly remind myself to do this. When I’m stressed, nervous, upset I always give myself a time-out and regroup before I make any rash decisions. One of my favorite ways to regroup is by taking my pups on a walk around the neighborhood. They get a little exercise and I get some sunshine along with time to figure things out in my head.

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  1. Camila

    Thanks so much for asking me to participate! So funny that we are both sporting the same nail polish! Great minds think a like! 🙂

  2. Jill

    Great interview Camila~ I’m a huge fan of you and your blog… fun to get to know you more!


  3. Nicole M.

    I’ve just started reading your blog the other week, and I’m so happy I found it! I can’t remember where I heard about it, though. Anywho, in just the short amount of time I’ve been following, you’ve provided me with a ton of inspiration. Thanks for another great post!

  4. Erin

    That was great and very sage advice! I totally see your personality in this post and in your blog. I love it! (and your blog!)

  5. LindsB

    I love Camila, this little interview was great! I just put a sticky note on my computer to become more of a DO ER and not let my life pass me by anymore- so thank you Camila and Jess this was great!!

    PS- love the toes 🙂

  6. Marianne

    Great advice Camila, I need to print this out and read it a few times a week. You are so right about everything you said. Plus, what a cute picture of the pup!

  7. shabby chic

    I just happen to fall upon your blog today, browsing some other site… How fun it was to read & get such inspiration!!

  8. Camila is a living doll. She has such exuberance and I am delighted she won one of your wonderful pieces. I count myself as honored to have done her blog header.
    She is also a wonderful baker and sweet, from head to high-heel!

  9. Jennifer

    love her blog and it’s great to get to know her better. great advice, Camilla!

  10. Lauren

    Loved your advice, and I’m so happy I added another great blog to my roll!!

    I couldn’t agree more with the message of this article – there’s nothing better than loving how you look because you look like yourself, and not a reproduction of something else. 🙂

  11. Jess

    @ all: Nice to meet you all! I am glad you are such a fan of Camila’s simple and SO true intentions!

  12. Jackie

    What wonderful advice from Camila! It’s funny because I just watched the movie “Yes Man” with Jim Carrey the other week (sooo hilarious!) and decided I needed to start saying yes to more things too! So far it is working out pretty well 🙂

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