August 18, 2016

Teva Sandals: The Summer of my Rekindled Romance

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I’ve always had a soft spot for Teva sandals, although admittedly, they aren’t the most stylish footwear.  Functional, durable, sturdy, comfortable – these are shoes made for grand adventures.

I still have the first pair of Tevas I ever owned, worn religiously during a college semester spent backpacking in Yosemite over a decade ago. They were ultimately packed away and passed over in favor of something more stylish and trendy (and less comfortable).  But thanks in part to Teva’s recent design collaborations with the likes of Open Ceremony and one of my favorite designers, Leah Duncan, Teva’s new designs offer fresh takes on an iconic sandal.

My romance with Teva has been rekindled.

So, with the help of my friend, Megan, we highlight our favorite styles and show you how and where we wear them.

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July 21, 2016

Midi Skirts: A Non Shorts Summer Style Option

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I love summer (like, a lot), and even more so since I moved to Michigan and experienced the pure bliss that is a Michigan summer.   But..dressing for summer?

Yeah,  not so much.

There’s nothing like trying to get dressed on a hot summer day to to stir up all those body insecurities I spent the last nine months convincing myself I didn’t have.  It serves as a good reminder of why Fall is my favorite season-  jeans and oversized sweaters aren’t just favorite outfit options- they are precious protective layers!  I’ve joked before about my “cottage cheese” thighs, but it’s a lot harder to find the humor (ha, ha….ha?) when I’m trying on shorts and bikinis for the first time of the summer.  And, (TMI?) I’m a big time “sweat”er and sweat + shorts = an uncomfortable, irritable Jess. 

So over the years I’ve figured out a few ways to adapt my summer wardrobe to soothe my summer style stresses: skirts and dresses (ha! that rhymed). Midi skirts are the length I feel most confident in. My favorites are midi skirts with side splits, because they cover enough skin while allowing me to stay cool (or at least less sweaty). In July and August I usually throw on a basic tank or lace cami, a midi skirt and my Birkenstocks and I’m good to go for the whole day. Here’s how I styled a few of my favorite midis….

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June 16, 2016

The Best Nude Sandals For Summer

 

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Sandals y’all. Writing about sandals…on a day with a high in the lower 60’s…oh, Portland. I’m wearing close toed shoes today, but against my will. Once I bring out the sandals my toes do not want to go back to being confined in regular shoes…especially when they are freshly pedicured!

For me, it’s all about finding the right nude/natural colored sandals and wearing the heck out of them for the summer. A nude sandal goes with everything and keeps my shorter legs looking long. My current loves are this pair by Matisse (pictured above, yes, in the rain). I love that they are handmade and the leather is breaking in oh so nicely.

Keep reading for a round-up of our favorite nude sandals (and the criteria we use to pick the best ones….think: walkable).

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March 29, 2016

A Review of Ugg Australia’s Gorgeous SANDALS (Hint: Suuuper Comfy)

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Nordstrom asked for my thoughts on Ugg Australia’s newest line of footwear.  Specifically, sandals.  A huge sucker for cute-n-comfy footwear, I rolled up my sleeves, gave the UPS guy one heck of a workout, and got down to bizness.

All in the name of research, of course.  We’re alllll about Research.

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Keep reading to find out which pair was the MOST comfortable, which pair I absolutely wouldn’t recommend, and which pair(s?) made their way into my closet. (If you follow me on Instagram – @shanachristine – I’ll bet you can guess).

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September 8, 2015

Art-As-Style-Inspiration, And The Happiest-Ever Footwear From Jessbobess

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I’d love for you to meet my dear friend, Jess (aka @jessbobess).  If you’ve ever swooned over our fashion illustrations on TME (like this illustrated capsule wardrobe, or THIS), then you’re familiar with Jess’ art.  She works out of a soft leather notebook (pictured), which is filled with illustrations, watercolors, pen and ink, quotes, lists (OMG the LISTS), spilled wine/coffee/whatever and is just one big mishmash of inspiration and spirit.

I can pour over the thing for hours.  Such an amazing peek into a beautiful soul.  (And go check out her blog – This Wild Precious Life.  It’s a little bit of everything – art, style, humor, real life…I love it.)

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June 10, 2015

How To Pull Off Pencil Skirts and Flats (Even For Petites)

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We had a blast at the World War Two Weekend in Reading, PA this past weekend.  (For more deets on the event, see my full coverage here.  It’s pretty amazing.)  But dressing for the weekend is always a challenge:  it’s hot, it’s sunny, I’m on my feet all day, and then at night…..there’s a swing band and dance party.  To make matters worse, most of the other attendees arrive in full 1940’s costume.  Every year they look GORGEOUS and glamorous, and that level of dedication truly makes the weekend feel like stepping back in time.

So. I wanted to wear something comfortable, but something that could hang with all of the pin-up girl glamour (although a few women came dressed as Rosie the Riveter which was awesome).  Inspired by Cam “grunging” her pencil skirt (bless her preppy little heart), I used Cam’s grunge to make mine…glam?

But here’s the thing:  Cams is tall. I am not.

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August 28, 2014

Bye Bye Summer…Hello, Labor Day (And Sales!)

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What’cha doing this weekend?  We’re probably going to hit Morgan’s Pier (our fav summer pop-up in Philly and where all pics in this article were taken), or the newcomer this summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park.  Have you been?  It’s…AMAZING.  And I just heard that Spruce St. is going to stay open for another month!  Yay!  (The food is way better at Morgan’s Pier, but Spruce Street has those hammocks….and nets over the river to sit in….hmmmm…maybe we’ll have to hit both.  Now THAT’S a good weekend.)

 

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We’re also trying to get ready for school next week….and getting two boys out of the house for an 8:35 and 9:00 schools start times seems….totally out of reach.  Completely impossible.  I have no idea how.  WE WILL SEE, I suppose.  Pax wants the Later Gater backpack from MadPax which seems appropriate.  Any advice???

On that note, the Happiest Home published a round-up of books for kids just starting school (including Ramona the Pest…yesssss)

Apartment Therapy makes me want to install a swing and a climbing wall inside our house.  It’s fun and….GORGEOUS.

While browsing for school lunch ideas, I found this recipe for Lemon-parm popcorn.  I think I could make it vegan by swapping the parmesan for nutritional yeast (which tastes cheesy, if you’ve never used it before).  I could seriously start a whole other blog called WAYS I EAT POPCORN.  (Clearly, I wasn’t that successful on the school lunch front.  Anyone have a site they love?)

But let’s get to the sales!!

Everyone is having labor day sales this year.  I added a bunch of pieces to the sale shop, but wanted to highlight my absolute favorites.

Anthropologie – especially for the jeans.  Take an additional 20% already reduced items, and don’t miss MiH’s high-waisted, straight leg denim (I own these in a darker wash, size down)….or AG’s Stevie (my fav everyday jean)…or these Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans with cool thread/patch detail.

Nordstrom – if you missed out on the Vince slip-on sneakers during the anniversary sale, they’re back.  Actually, there’s a few pieces from the Anniversary sale that have been restocked and are on sale again.  Specifically these faux-leather trousers that I  keep debating and the overalls I love.

JCrew – 25% off certain fall styles and an additional 25% off final sale items.  I especially love the patched jeans, the printed leather loafers (or metallic), and the cropped short-sleeve tee.  Layer the cropped tee over a button-down shirt for a seriously cute work-or-weekend look.  Also?  Toile sweatpants.

LOFT is offering 50% off of Fall styles which is especially exciting because it includes their modern loungewear line, Lou and Gray.  I’m dying over these striped shorts and this sweater dress.  I also really like this camo sweatshirt.

Saks OFF 5th Ave is offering 40% off your entire purchase (and everything is already marked down).  This is a great time to pick up a pair of coated denim, these bad@ss Ash moto boots, and this oversized, color-block sweater.  (Or this cardigan if you’re nursing.)   And OH HELP – they have kid’s stuff.  Including our family fav, the K-Way windbreaker.  I guess I know what I’m doing tonight.

 

I’ve added a few of the sale pieces to the Maternity, Nursing/Postpartum and Kids shops as well.

 

 

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wearing:

tank: Everlane Ryan Tank size XS

jeans: Blank denim Relaxed Straight Leg Jeans size 24

shoes: Meraki Greek Symi Metallic sandals

accessories: Bauble Bar Long Arrow pendant, Raybans, Moop Paperback bag, old J.Crew belt (similar belt)

 

Happy Long Weekend!

xo,

S

August 5, 2014

Blogger Favorite: Levi 501 Denim Shorts (A Review)

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There’s always a pretty marked difference between the blogging world, and, uh, reality.  For example – have you ever seen someone wearing an ironic cat t-shirt in real life?  For really reals?  (Not gifting a cat t-shirt, but actually wearing said cat tee.)   And I’m not totally convinced that cupcakes/macaroons/doughnuts are actually part of anyone’s daily diet.  Despite the number of instagram pics to the contrary (including my own – cringe).

But once in a while us bloggers get it right.  We focus on a trend (or perhaps even…dare I say it…create a trend?) that actually works in the everyday.  And the latest one I’m all over?  Levi 501 denim shorts.

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These are old-school Levis, with a higher waist and that classic Levi bum.  And?  I think I like them.  At $58 a pop, they’re a far cry from the $200 denim shorts I’ve been coveting/debating.

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wearing:

tee: J.Crew camo tee…long gone, but love J.Crew’s printed tee or this bright camo linen tee at ASOS

shorts: Levi 501 cut-offs, on sale for $39 at Zappos

shoes: old ShoeMint…love these on-sale Dolce Vita sandals (in any color)

necklaces: Gorjana Taner Collar Necklace, and my mom’s old necklace (try Gorjana’s honeycomb necklace)

sunnies: Madewell Hepcat Shades (on sale)

clutch:  Stella & Dot leopard print wallet (on sale!)

on Raines: FabKids tee and pants, Vans Kids Half-Cab (on sale at 6pm), my fav Raybans

 

But I think denim shorts are, in many ways, trickier than actual denim.  My closet has denim shorts that range in sizes from 24 – 27.  Some bloggers have specified that these particular shorts should be bought big, but I was skeptical (that high waist!!).   So I ordered a bunch and did a bit of research.  Here are the results:

 

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wearing: old jcrew tee….try this similar one, levi 501 cut-offs, Bite Beauty high pigment pencil in Quince

 

I actually didn’t mind the hugely oversized look of size 27, but the 26s just looked strange.  It’s like they were big, but not big enough to pull off the look.  The 25s were close – I loved how they looked folded over at the waistband (an old trick from the 90’s thankyouverymuch), but I didn’t like how they looked without the fold.  The 24s were the ones I ended up keeping – they looked cute fully buttoned, or buttoned and folded over.  The bum is shockingly flattering – especially from the side.

Soooo…I like them.  In hindsight, if I had to do it all over again, I’d probably pick a lighter, more destroyed wash, simply because that’s more my style.  Something like one of these:

 

Has anyone else tried these old-school Levis?  Thoughts?

xo,

S

 

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July 1, 2014

White Dresses, Birkenstocks, and our New Fav Patio, In Riva (Local Love)

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A few weeks ago, we headed down to Kelly drive to go for a little family walk.  And were greeted by this sight: 

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Oh.  Oh.  It was the Manyunk Bike Race, which is, apparentely, a big deal.  There was music, and beer, and a kiddie carnival.  They had some sort of zip-line thing for kids that dare-devil Raines was ALL ABOUT.

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And guess who's behind Door #2?

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It's Pax!!  Pax typically hates this kind of stuff so I don't know WHAT ON EARTH possessed him to try this.  I was freaking out (and taking pics, naturally).

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Brave little puppy.  But he did it.  And when he was done?  There were a bunch of people watching and laughing and pointing – he looked so small, you know?  

Waving to his fans.

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This was my reaction:

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Dork.  I am a dork.

Raines proceeded to go 2394876 more times, and Pax went ONCE more and then was all "I done, Mom" and really…who can blame him?  You couldn't pay me to go on that thing.  Well.  You could, I suppose, but it would be for a lot of money

After all of that excitement Mama needed a drink, so we wandered into a parent-wonderland known as In-Riva's patio.

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I consider any joint with a patio to be kid-friendly.  But this place also had crazy-amazing pizza, great drink selection, and live music.

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Yup – it was as good as it looks.  In-Riva is now one of our fav weekend haunts.  They don't always have live music, but tiring the kids out with a walk along the river then stopping for pizza and drinks is one of the great joys in life.  You know?

As are white dresses in summer.  I like mine with birks.  I have to credit Garace Dore with planting this seed.   A year ago she was talking about white dresses and said, "With Birks?  I do not think I am ready" and I thought "I SO AM" and now – just this past week!! – even Who What Wear is on board.  So there you go.  I'm not crazy.  (Almost.  I have a shirt that says almost not crazy and I think that's about right.) 

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wearing

dress: Milly…similar white cotton eyelet shift dress by Theory (on sale!)

Shoes: Naot Tahoe (like Birks, but more narrow)

Bag: Kate Spade (similar bag)

Sunnies: Ray-Bans

On Pax: Afrika American Apperal leggings, One Jackson shirt from Thred Up, Vans, Strider Balance Bike (aka the best money we've ever spent on anything, ever.)

On Raines: Tribe is Alive Be Brave tee, Tea Collection Knit Playwear Pants, Saltwater sandals

 

I also put together a little white dress + birkenstock shopping list, if you're interested.

xo,

S