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30 Pairs of Espadrilles Under $50

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30 Pairs of Espadrilles Under $50

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To start your week off right, I’m giving you a little extra content today. It’s sort of a cross between a 5 on Fridays post and a round up of my favorite shoes right now. I’ve scoured the interwebs to bring you the best pairs of espadrilles under $50! From florals to stripes, wedges and flats, sandals and slip ons below you will find 30 different pairs for your shopping delight! And they can all be ordered online if you prefer! Anyhow, you’ll also find below five ways to wear espadrilles. They are such a fun addition for Spring and Summer seasons and they are a practical shoe. Hope you enjoy and I’d love to hear which ones are your favorites?

30 Pairs of Espadrilles Under $50

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Florals

Floral printed shoes are one of my favorite prints for Spring and Summer seasons. I really love how they make a neutral outfit pop and add a touch of whimsy. It’s also fun to mix floral printed dresses in the same hues. I recently wore the pair featured above with white jeans, a white tank and lime cardigan. You could also pair with a white cotton or linen dress and a pair of statement earrings.

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Bright Colors

Bright pink is pulled out every single year for Summer. I think during the hotter months I gravitate to crisp whites, cotton and linens and anything in the hot hues of pinks, corals, oranges, reds and yellows. If hot pink isn’t your thing, then choose a bold color you have in your wardrobe. Maybe a deep green or cobalt blue? Or if you prefer a pastel try lavender or blush. Use this season shoe to dress up floral sundresses (perfect for outdoor wedding guest attire), a chambray jumpsuit or otherwise neutral white outfit.

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Basic Black

Although I rarely wear tons of black, I do like to have a few pairs of neutral shoes like black, white, tan, camel and navy. Black is a great choice for a Summer shoe since it hides sand, dirt and stains. Opt for open or closed toed espadrilles flat or with heels for a walking shoe for travels. You can also wear these with a maxi dress for a night out if you are going to a resort. Layer a jacket or blazer over a black and white print dress for a day at the office.

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Bow Embellished

A pair of bow embelleshed sandals is such a cute option to add a feminine touch to your wardrobe. I love the way this pair works with this chambray jumpsuit. You can also pair these with a shirt dress, white capri pants, wide legged sailor pants or a dress. Wearing a bow embellished shoe works so perfectly with a simple garment so let your shoes do the talking and dress in neutrals when wearing these babies!

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Nautical Stripes

This pair is just so much fun! Stripes are a easy way to incorporate a patterned shoe into your Summer mix. Perfect for a boat ride, walk along the pier or dock, dinner at sunset and just enjoying a Summer picnic. Wedges are ideal for an outdoor heel because they do not sink into the ground but provide a solid platform for walking. The key a good heel is to make sure it fits properly. Your foot should not wiggle around when you walk but become in one with the shoe. Give a little room in the toes so as your feet swell towards the end of the day you don’t rub blisters.

Which shoe and look featured today is your favorite? Leave a comment!


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The Perfect Wear Anywhere for Any Occasion Outfit

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Having a go to outfit for almost any occasion really simplifies my life. Today’s outfit is modern, relaxed and most of all comfy perfect for a weekend activity, brunch, dinner dates or a leisurely stroll. Last week I shared How to Utilize Habit Routines to Make Getting Ready Easier to inspire you to collect a few items to put together for effortless outfits. Today I’m expanding on that idea to give you a few creative ideas to make a staple outfit stand out while still being easy to wear. Nothing is worse than being uncomfortable when you are enjoying life with those you love. I aim for comfort and ease above all else when putting together something to wear. If it’s not comfortable I probably won’t reach for an item in the future.

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Paper Bag Waist Pants

The pajama trend is still going strong and I’ve noticed pants are taking on a different structure than the leggings and skinny jeans of the past few years. Now I’m seeing an emergence of wide legged trousers, linen pants and paper bag waists all over the place. Look for pants made of cotton or linen for maximum comfort in the heat. Also, pants that are lightweight are perfect for summer travels. I prefer not to wear shorts if I’m riding in the car or taking a flight due to constant tugging and re-positioning. Instead, opt for a pair of relaxed paper bag waist pants to cinch the waist and the stripes help elongate your legs if you are petitie! Below are is a list including a variety of styles in neutral colors from $20-$100! Very budget friendly and all can be ordered online.

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One Shoulder Top

I’ve seriously had this top for 15 years. I bought it at Gadzook’s when a friend of mine worked there back in college. Although this particular top is obviously no longer in stock, I’ve rounded up a few other options in black, white and red. I like the modern ease of a one shoulder top. You can still wear a variety of undergarments like a convertible bra or use bra petals if you want maximum comfort. You can carry this top into the Fall by layering a blazer or jacket over it and adding a skirt for the office. I think this top has had more mileage than most in my closet and I highly recommend finding one that fits and creates slim lines!

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Buttery Soft Flats

After nearly two decades of practicing ballet and walking 4-5 miles a day I’ve grown to love the comfort of a good pair of flats. My go to brands include Marc Fisher, Banana Republic and Sam Edelman. I prefer to find flats that have support and padding with little need to break them in. The key to wearing a pair of ballet flats with relaxed pants is to find a pair that is on the slimmer side. You can opt for a classic pair of ballet flats or a pair of pointy toed ones. Either way these will quickly become a favorite when you find a good fitted pair!

Last but not least add a few accessories like a patterned purse and a pair of aviators. I love this bag my daughter picked out for me for Christmas. It is quintessentially me with it’s red rose print and structured medium size. I like to find a purse that converts to a cross body and this one checks the box! Also, you really can’t go wrong with a pair of aviators like these from Ray-Ban. They seriously make some of the most durable pairs and they also don’t hurt the sides of my head. If you have a smaller face like I do or a small bridge on your nose (guilty!) then choose the mini version for a better fit and frame!

What are some of your favorite pieces for a wear anywhere for any occasion outfit?

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5 on Fridays: Tips for Vintage Shopping

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent most of my time on introspection but tonight’s evening walk inspired me to talk about a light hearted subject and passion of my own - vintage shopping! First, of all vintage shopping is just fun! I love scouring hidden gems like the Blue Hanger in Austin or Feather’s Boutique on South Congress. The thing with vintage shopping is to not judge a book by its cover. You really never know what sort of treasures you’ll come across if you pop into a place. Today I thought it would be fun to share five tips for vintage shopping.

Shop for Seasons

Make a note of when a vintage store carries certain items you may be interested. For instance, if you are looking for a formal or costume piece the holiday season is perfect because many shop owners save their best inventory for peak seasons. Early Fall is a great time to shop for Halloween pieces. This is where I find skirts, robes, coats and embellished items. If you are looking for something specific then just ask the store owner or an associate. They oftentimes have the inside scoop on what other shops may carry!

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Don’t Pay Attention to Sizing

The sizing in older garments is often MUCH smaller than today’s standards. You may see waistband sizing instead of number sizing. Also, fifty years ago clothing was made smaller because as a country we were smaller. So also keep in mind that just because a garment says a Large or a Medium it may very well fit for a smaller frame. My advice is to look for pieces similar in shape and size to what you wear. Another trick is to bring a shirt, dress or skirt that is in your closet that you love so you can hold it up for size comparison. If you are in doubt, use the dressing room!

Check The Item Thoroughly

If possible check an item near a window for tears, stains or other defects. It’s so disappointing if you arrive home with a beloved piece only to find a yellow stain right in the center not seen under dim lighting or in a dressing room. Make sure you check lining if it has any, pockets, seams and embellishments. Also check in areas someone may sweat for additional stains. No matter what the price is, invest your money into something with quality.

Bring Cash and an Open Mind

Vintage shopping is a way to incorporate unique garments or classic pieces into your closet. I’ve found everything from winter white long wool coats to beaded flapper dresses. I always come shopping with an open mind and a wad of cash. Many stores give cash discounts if you bargain with them so it’s key to bring actual cash. Also, take your time and try things you love or a new item you may want to add to your closet!

What are your tips for vintage shopping?

The outfit pictured in today’s post was from Hawaii early 1980’s. My mom recently passed it down to me and is now one of my most treasured two piece sets. I plan on mixing the pieces up and wearing the top with a pair of skinny jeans and boots for the Fall season.


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Thoughts on Vulnerability

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“Vulnerability is the courage to show up when you don’t know the outcome.” - Brene Brown

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Vulnerability is a concept I’ve avoided for 33 years. Yes, completely avoided. I’m sitting here listening to Brene Brown’s feature on Netflix and it is inspiring. If you didn’t know Brene Brown is a specialist in studying the concept of courage and vulnerability over the past twenty years. What she found through extensive research and data is that you can’t have courage without vulnerability. I was raised as a child who gathers strength from God and Jesus. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I started thinking about how vulnerability plays into drawing from Christ's strength instead of my own strength.

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In the past, I’ve made sure to skip over every weakness and amplify my own strengths. In doing so, people found often that they couldn’t relate to me. How heartbreaking for someone who puts forth the effort to being their best. Do I fail? Often. Do I lose? Yes. But do I dwell there? No. I always found it inefficient and will hinder meeting my own goals. But does that mean I’m not vulnerable? Absolutely not.

Vulnerability is defined “the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.” (according to Dictionary.com). Being exposed….well, hmmm. What exactly does that mean? I think vulnerability is admitting to yourself and others where you have gaps. It doesn’t mean those gaps won’t be filled in your life, it just means you are willing to recognize shortcomings. I think the more aware we are of ourselves the more that we can experience true greatness in our lives.

What are your thoughts on vulnerability? I’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment below!

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5 on Fridays - Five Books to Read to Ease Anxiety

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Lately, one of the biggest ways I’ve used a coping mechanism like reading to learn more about ways our thinking can impact the brain. Specifically, how our thought patterns can improve our behavior and the way we think on a broader scale. Anxiety has been a battle for me for years. This year I’ve made huge strides in informing myself more about behavioral cognitive therapy, meditation, how sleep affects us and thinking patterns. I’ve used audio books from Audible to listen to while driving and also downloaded a few ebooks to read when I’m in need of a little break from daily tasks. Here are a list of what I’ve been reading lately:

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

By: Arianna Huffington

This book was one I downloaded and listened to on drives and walks. It’s written by one of the founders of The Huffington Post. Arianna discusses some of life’s stresses, collective international data on how things like technology impacts our ability to be more mindful and ways to address health epidemics. If you are a fan of having data back up a book then I highly encourage taking a look a this book. It’s absolutely inspiring and I’ve already started implementing more techniques and mindfulness in my every day life.

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The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook 3nd Edition

by Edmund J. Bourne 

I picked this workbook up last Fall and have enjoyed working through the assignments. It’s half text book and half therapy worksheets. It addresses how anxiety affects us, ways to spot triggers and identifying coping mechanisms.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Charles Duhigg, Mike Chamberlain

This was another downloaded audio book for myself. I listened to this one mostly on walks. It discusses how creating and implementing daily habit routines allow our minds to think more clearly and calmly. Habit routines are linked to creating mental clarity. This is a fantastic book and was very impressed by how the book draws sociological examples.

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Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

Shauna Niequist, Brene Brown

This is a spiritual based book discussing a woman’s journey being addicted to performance. I actually was in a bible study group and we discussed a new chapter every week. It was a really fun group and getting to process what we learned each week on our own time in a conversational setting was so rewarding. I would recommend this for any mother or woman who feels like life is too full right now. The book discusses how important being present is and how it impacts inner peace, joy and our perspectives in life.

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson, 20th Anniversary Edition

by Mitch Albom 

This is not a new book, but I felt like it was worth mentioning. The book is written in a conversation form and is a short read. Although small in stature this was an impactful book in my life when I first read it early high school. It’s written by an young man who was a student of an older gentleman who is now dying of ALS. The wisdom in each chapter is profound and meaningful.

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What are some of your favorite books right now?

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