Inspiration + Shopping: Espadrilles

I could lie and say that my my espadrille obsession is fueled by warmer spring temperatures and the lure of days spent by the water. But like I said, that would be a lie. The real reason I’ve been aimlessly putting espadrilles in my online shopping carts and pinning pictures nonstop is because I’m trying to channel my inner Jules Sarinana from Sincerely Jules. That laid-back, effort-less, wanderlust style has me wishing I was planning a summer long beach trip and packing only white sundresses, cut-offs, breezy tops and of course, espadrilles.

My reality is vastly different and seriously less glamorous but hey, a girl can dream. Well that and buy the espadrilles, which is what I intend on doing, if only I could settle on a pair.

One thing I am planning on doing once I get back to regular sized clothes is pairing down my closet. More simple basics and less stuff that I’ll only wear once (or for one season) or that just aren’t me. A simple pair of espadrilles won’t go out of style in a hot second and I’m thinking if I spend a teeny bit more, they’ll last longer than just this summer or at least until we can plan a {semi-glamourous} beach vacation – a la Sincerely Jules.

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The best part about this simple summer staple is that you can find a great pair at every price point. I’m thinking of doing a tiny splurge on these Soludos (just like the ones in the middle right picture) but as much as I’d love to have a pair of the black and white Chanel version, they’re not quite in my budget (these Tory Burch ones are WAY more reasonable – still a little splurge but nothing crazy). Here’s a round-up of pairs from lace-up to slip on, wedge to flat and more.

Shopping: Pumped Up Kicks

Like pretty much every other girl on the planet, I love shoes. Ask my husband and he’ll probably say I have an unhealthy obsession with them. That or I have a total aversion to cleaning them up in my closet, either way, he think it’s a problem.

Things are only going to get worse since fall is coming up and I’m looking to add a couple new pairs of pumps to my collection(don’t worry, I’m not going to start dressing all seasonally inappropriate on here – I know it’s still a million degrees and swampy outside).  You know, it’s time to replace the pairs with the rundown heels and scuffed up toes for some fresh pep in my step (it’s like school supply shopping only better).

I’m really big into incorporating color into my shoe game since I keep a lot of my wardrobe pretty basic. Grabbing a versatile heel in a bright color is, by far, the easiest way to make a seriously simple outfit a little more interesting and fun. So here’s a handful of options you can’t go wrong with that will work year-round, better yet – they are all under $150. I’ve already snagged #2 in pink (can’t wait for them to arrive, p.s. – they’re 25% off right now) and I’m thinking about picking up the Sole Society pair (#7) in black since they are on big time sale.

Shoes * Pumps for Every Season

Shopping: Holiday Heels

With a more laid-back, casual work dress code, I’ve slacked on my high-heel game. Since I try to schedule client meetings on the same one or two days a week, I tend to only really “dress up” for work a few times a week. Otherwise it’s dark denim, comfy tees with a blazer/jacket on top and booties. Always booties these days.

When I do go to throw on heels, I’ve been relying heavily on this green pair (worn in post on post on post) and basic black pumps. With the holidays and thus holiday party season, I’m looking to add a new pair or two to my rotation. Since I don’t wear them too often and I want them to stand out from the other basic b**ches in my closet, I want to go for something with a little pizazz. I’ve narrowed it down to four groups – blue suede (Elvis approved), embellished black d’orsay pumps, a bright red pair or a bold animal print. Oh and possibly a gold pair. Those are especially holly jolly.

I want something that’s going to work for the long run too. Something that I can wear after we’ve all packed up the Christmas decorations but that will give any holiday look a little something extra. I don’t mind spending a tiny bit more on a quality pair of pumps. Mostly because when you’re standing in something for a long time you want them to be comfortable and let’s all face it – the cheaper the shoe, the less comfortable it is in the long run.

Side note: one time I wore a pair of Forever 21 boots for a day of meetings in Chicago (aka lots of walking) and my feet have never hurt so bad in my life. I seriously considered throwing them in the river and going barefoot. It was mizz.

Extra bonus: a bunch of the options below are on sale! huzzah!

Fitness: Trainers

Working out lately has been hard. Spending a week in a hospital can certainly set your fitness game back and the scale reflected that when I got back home. So I’m planning on sneaking in a few trips to Milestone this weekend (Rhythm Ride on Sunday morning anyone?) and trying to accumulate as many steps as possible on my Fitbit (lost it back in February and found it when I cleaned out a closet a couple weeks ago. I’m now constantly checking how far I’ve walked). I’ve also tried hopping on the treadmill a couple times this week to get back moving.

I’m a big fan of running but I’ve found that the running shoes I have (and love) are pretty piss poor when it comes to more intense workouts. I absolutely love Milestone’s 20/20/20 class but those last 20 minutes my feet start to ache since my shoes don’t provide the necessary support. Next week I’m planning on crushing the class schedule but before I spend another minute doing burpees and hop squats, I need to invest in a new pair of trainers. It’s especially key for me since I have flat feet. So without some support, my arches ache and I tend to get blisters (I know, gross but it happens).

 

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I’ve had some local friends ask me about whether I still loved Milestone and I can wholeheartedly say: yes, I am still obsessed and I’d love it even more if someone could clear my schedule and make time for me to get there more often. The childcare option is so clutch that Drew & I use Monday night cycling as our date night (the struggle is real). If you’ve been thinking about joining, definitely enter their October giveaway (enter by the 23rd). And if you join, make sure you let them know you saw it on LWW!

You could win:

* 3 months membership,
* 2 weekly TRX personal training classes for 8 weeks
* $75 lululemon athletica gift card

Enter here.

If you win, call me and get my ass to those TRX classes.

Time for the stats:

Pre-Baby Weight: 140 lbs.

Weight at 40 Weeks: 205 lbs. WOOF

Current Weight (20 weeks post-baby): 154 lbs

Going the wrong way this week. took a little set back with that week away so I’m planning on getting my butt in gear these next couple weeks.

Disclosure: Baptist Milestone Wellness Center has provided me with a discounted membership in exchange for sharing my opinion, information on classes and the occasional offer. All opinions expressed are my own and as always, I would never write about something I didn’t support or endorse. Ready to sign-up? Call  Priscilla at 502-753-7558 or email her (pdespain @ baptistmilestone.com).

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