Sole Searching

July 1, 2015

As promised, here’s my follow up post on shoes!! (And here’s the original – go read the comments!)

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I took all of your suggestions into consideration and tried to find a balance between frequency of mention and availability at Zappos before ordering a selection to try out.

Return // The Tieks


Sadly I sent these back. After many of you said they looked tight and that the linen ones would not stretch, I knew these had to go. I didn’t even try to wear them in around the house. I considered ordering a leather pair, but when my Clarks arrived (see below!) I decided to go with them instead.

Keep // Clarks Grayson Erica

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The second I put these on I knew they would work. Not a touch of redness, very padded, perfect fit. They weren’t cheap ($100) but these are the soft and comfortable ballet flats I was looking for! I’ve worn them a couple of times and really like them.

Return // Lucky Brand Emmie

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I feel kind of sad about sending these back. They were super comfortable – in a loose, casual kind of way (like Toms!) The only reason I didn’t keep them is because of the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I just didn’t need two new pairs of similar ballet flats. They were not quite as supportive as the Clarks, and I couldn’t see myself wearing them day in and day out. Thumbs up in general though!

Return // Reef Shaded Summer

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These flats just didn’t wow me. While the soles were much more supportive/padded/comfortable than Toms, they just didn’t stand out that much compared to the Toms that I have and love. I also didn’t love the navy color on my feet.

Keep // Teva Olowahu Flip-Flop

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Right around the time when I wrote the shoe post about flats, I broke my pool/beach flip flops playing soccer in my backyard. These were recommended in the comments, and I knew they would make great quick-dry shoes. Also, EMBROIDERY!

Return // Born Mai

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This is another pair I’m sort of sad I returned, as these were really cute and comfortable. I love my other Born sandals though, which are so similar I felt like I’d have a hard time choosing which ones to wear and might just default to my older ones.

Keep // Birkenstock Gizeh

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And finally! The most talked about shoe in my post’s comments were the Gizehs. It seems many of you live in these! I am still warming up to the look a little bit, as I feel like they make me look like a Hobbit (!) but the comfort says it all. They are a little stiff, but once broken in I can tell these are going to rock. Of course I got the shiny mirror color! I’ve already gotten three compliments on them.


So those are my shoes! I walked away (heh heh) with a solid pair of flats, a beach flip flip, and a really comfortable pair of sandals. Add that to my Toms and Born Joyas and I should be set in all categories for warm weather! (Let’s talk boots in the fall….!)


Raspberry Grapefruit Martinis with Salted

June 30, 2015

This post is sponsored by Salted I have never been to cooking school, and most of what I know about the kitchen comes from practical experience and The Food Network. I definitely know not to try to cut frozen things with a pairing knife after this bad experience! Needless to say, I think anyone who […]

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An Afternoon At DuCard Vineyards

June 29, 2015
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As I mentioned in my weekend post, we were invited out to DuCard Vineyards on Sunday afternoon for a special food and wine pairing. DuCard is about an hour north of Cville, nestled right into the mountains. On the drive there you can’t imagine a vineyard and winery at the end of the rainbow, but […]

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June 28, 2015
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Our weekend was here, there and everywhere. I have the grand finale coming in a post tomorrow! On Thursday I said goodbye, farewell and see you later to my friend Val, who headed back to Germany after a year and a half in the US as an au pair. We only recently became good friends, but […]

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Weekly Recap

June 26, 2015

This week has been packed with workouts!! I had not one, not two, but three soccer games, and pulled doubles on those three days because I just didn’t want to miss my regular classes and friends! I took it easy in the classes and didn’t push myself nearly as hard as I might otherwise to […]

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How To Make Homemade Yogurt

June 25, 2015
Homemade Yogurt

This post is sponsored by The National Milk Life Campaign In honor of June as National Dairy Month, I am celebrating milk’s versatility by turning it into yogurt at home! Since milk is one of the original farm-to-table staples, making yogurt has been going on for ages. It’s one of my very favorite foods for breakfast, a lunch […]

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12 Months of Real Food: Zucchini

June 24, 2015

  Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables! I love, love it grilled in the summer time, but it’s also one of the most versatile summer veggies – bake it, stuff it, roll it. Super good for you too!   Here’s a round up of some delicious zucchini recipes perfect for summertime! Cookin’ Canuck  Grilled […]

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