I have a poster framed in our guest room that reads “I do believe it’s time for another adventure.” I crave exploring, travel and finding new places. I’m always amazed when I find out about an incredible new spot right here at home.
How did I not know about this epic location here in Portland? Gorgeous, right? It’s called Rocky Butte and it was the site of a little day adventure for me. Yes, a rainy day adventure, but fortunately the downpours held off while I looked around and snapped a few pictures and took a minute to myself to clear my head.
I want to be a laid-back person, a laid-back mom. I really do. I’m not overly emotional most of the time and I approach a lot of life in a pretty matter-of-fact way, but I’m a perfectionist and a serial do-er. Idle hands and all, I guess. I have a frantic need to check off that to-do list everyday. And I have a bad habit of making myself feel guilty if I don’t get through that list. I mistakenly think because I enjoy my work or because I’m not going 100mph every second of the day that I don’t need to set aside time to myself. It’s so hard not to listen to those voices all the time, right?
But, on this morning, I ventured out, ignored those voices and that to-do list and just enjoyed a spectacular view of the city I love. Yes, I’ll bring Sienna here sometime, but this day was just for me…
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.
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….
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).
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.
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).
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.)
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?
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.)
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???
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.
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.
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.
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:
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?
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