Must Have Piece: Woven Slide Sandals

Over the past few years, my summers have become increasingly casual. Because working with businesses and companies is what pays the bills around here, I work like crazy all fall and spring, and then the summer naturally slows down. In fact, yesterday was the last program I facilitate until the end of August. Hallelujah!

I still work, all day, every day, but I don’t have to get on an airplane or put on a pair of Spanx for almost two full months. When I start to get overwhelmed with the stresses and strains that come with working for myself, I think how lucky I am to work from home all summer.

The challenge, at least for me, is that the less I have to interact with people the more likely I am to barely pull myself together in the morning.  I’ll roll out of bed and put on something to work out in, or some combination of a pair of shorts, tee shirt and flip-flop and jump into the day.  Our summer is super busy, so I ‘d like to create a slightly more pulled together uniform, using the same casual elements I love but with a little more substance so I can get up and feel pulled together enough for whatever the day throws at me.

Must Have Piece: Slide SandalsSandals, $79

When I saw these woven slides, I thought they would be the perfect flip flop alternative.  They are still casual, with the woven slide detail adding some natural texture. You can wear them with pretty much anything, your go-to shorts and tee, a cotton tank dress, a maxi dress, ankle or cropped pants, even a simple tunic.  Sometimes swapping out one basic element for something a little better makes a big difference.

We featured them above in the silver, which is the most neutral option, but they come in four other colors, including black, white, a gorgeous saffron and an equally pretty blue they are calling “infinity.”

Check back tomorrow to see how we used these in a weekend ready outfit.

Jazz Up Your Basics with Embellished Summer Slides

A popular topic around here is how to update an outfit with accessories. When it’s cold out, it’s easy to add a scarf, stack some bracelets, even add an interesting blazer. The challenge is when it’s hot and humid out, the last thing any of us want to do is add layers.  So how do you create visual interest and depth without pilling on extra layers?

One word: Shoes.

On the blog, I have a tendency to show neutral, classic, versatile shoe options because I’d rather you “invest” in a few high-quality shoes you can wear over and again instead of having a pile of disposable, novelty shoes you wear once or twice.  But sometimes my practicality is boring, so today we’re featuring a few pairs of embellished slides that are perfect for jazzing up your basics this summer.


Fancy Slides to Jazz up Your Basics

one, $118  |  two, $73  |  three, $72  |  four, $80

Why slides?  In the summer, I often feel silly wearing a higher heel.  Of course, it all depends on the outfit, but generally, a flat, or a low heel, works best with ankle pants, shorts, and skirts with a higher hemline.  They tend to complement the weight of seasonally appropriate clothes and add to the general, casual vibe of the summer.

I was inspired by this first pair I found at Anthropologie.  I love the combination of a bold floral pattern with equally bold embellishments.  Many of you know I’m not a big fan of prints, but I do like a wink of them in an outfit when temps are high. I would wear these, and this similar pair from Steve Madden with white summer pants or shorts, linen pants, or even a simple, solid cotton tank dress that hits at or around the knee.

If you wear a lot of denim or chambray (raises hand), than these Sam Edelman slides are the perfect pair.  I would wear them with my white jeans, relaxed ankle length blue jeans, a box tunic in chambray, or a tank dress in shades of blue or white.

Looking to dress up neutral basics?  I can see these gold slides with pearl details at the shore. Going to dinner at the beach is always more laid back than in the city.  Wear these with your summer weight “dress” pants and a tunic, or cotton shirt dress or loose fitting sheath.

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Steve Madden Greece Sandals: Your New Favorite Summer Shoe

Today’s post is short and sweet; I want you to buy these Steve Madden Greece sandals if you are looking for an easy, casual and flat summer shoe.  I just picked up the style below and can’t wait to wear them. Many of you already know, I’m not the sparkly spangly type. Some sites are calling the detail on the top “rhinestones,” but they are not that obnoxious, more just a tiny bit of detail that reflects the light.

Steve Madden Greece SandalsSteve Madden Greece Sandals, $99

If you need extra arch support they’re not for you as the sole is super flat.  However, if you need something for vacation, or just to wear on the weekends with a cotton dress, or shorts, they’re a fantastic option. They’ve been selling out quickly, so get them while there are still sizes.

They also come in black, cognac, rose gold and white.

We have another jam-packed weekend ahead of us.  On Saturday our daughter makes her First Communion, and we’ll celebrate with a family lunch at a favorite restaurant, then a birthday party for a neighbor, a friend’s Communion party on Sunday and wrapping up with another birthday outing for my oldest and a few friends.

I’m putting my running shoes on now!

Have a great weekend!