Friday, May 27, 2011

Soludos: A Summer Solution!

A few weeks ago, my friend B, introduced me to a lovely summer shoe that I have officially fallen for! When your tootsies need a much needed break from the flip flop rub (ahhh, blisters at the beginning are rough), the solution will be clear: Soludos.

I've seen them in a variety of places, somewhat scoffing at them for looking so flimsy and in part like I am trying too hard to appear that I live along the beaches in the Mediterranean. But I thought the slightly nautical look to some of the styles was cute enough for a try.

B got hers in red (one of my favorites), but I opted for the light blue seersucker print. Here's a few things I learned about these little treasures from their website:
  • They have a natural, eco-friendly espadrille bottom (rubber soled to protect against wetness) that are soft and flexible for easy movement. Although, they suggest to keep these in the dry summer sun, rainstorms may cause some damage!
  • They have a terrific light, breathable fabric which stretches to fit your foot. The website recommends buying them to FIT, so as a size 7.5, I ordered the 7 (38), which was perfect.
  • And as B commented, they are a terrific alternative to ballet flats for the summer!
And for you language lovers, I wanted to know where the name came from...
Combining the clink of a glass ‘Salud’ and the heat of the sun ‘sol’, Soludos was born.
What a summer solution!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Inspired by N

It is no secret my love for fashion is in the jeans (ahem, I mean genes). And in honor of Mother's Day 2011, I shall share 3 things my mom taught me about fashion that perhaps you, too, can appreciate:

1) Stick with what works: Mom is a classic dresser through and through. She uses elements of the latest trends, but rarely does she stray from what she knows looks good on her: color around her face (she favors olive green to pick up her eyes), skirts over pants (pants are hard on short legged ladies), and anything nautical (the woman simply can't get enough of it). Know your things that work, and STAY.

This is right up her alley from Boden

2) Always get dressed: From when I was a child, my mom always got dressed. And I mean, she wouldn't take care of her children, run errands, volunteer, etc. in sweatpants and a t-shirt. She made it a point as a homemaker to always get dressed in something she liked (again, the skirts). She would say that it made her feel better and ready for the day. To this day, a mom of three grown children, she's still holding strong.

I fancy this one for her.

3) Dress age appropriate: She's big on this. My mom is blessed with a good figure and strong fashion sense, but you won't find her trying to look like she's in her 30s. She embraces her age, and likewise is attentive to her clothing fitting appropriately, falling long enough, or highlighting her best assets (her arms are quite good). I have NEVER have walked in someplace embarrassed of something she's wearing- in fact, I'm usually quite proud :)

She would like these, but would want them slightly less high. GREAT color combo.

Happy Mother's Day, momma- you inspire me!