Shoes for the Working Girl

As I leave the time of life where my shoe searches consist mostly of great heels for a night on the town and transition into daily shoes for the office, I didn’t know where to start looking. Boxes that need to be checked are:

1. comfortable

2. neutral

3. not like they belong to my mom (no offense, ma).

I have a few consolations in searching for this new pair. Now-a-days you can find coupons and sales for practically every brand and most online sites have free shipping so you can try them on risk free. After a brief search I found a few pairs I’m dying to try.

 

DSW - $39.94

DSW – $39.94

Necessary Clothing - $21.99

Necessary Clothing – $21.99

Aldo - $19.98

Aldo – $19.98

ModCloth - $29.99

ModCloth – $29.99

ModCloth - $39.99

ModCloth – $39.99

ModCloth - $59.99

ModCloth – $59.99

 

Do you have any go-to comfy shoes for the office?

Who said “Businesses” have to be boring?

Here’s my third article in my “Who said…?” series. Check it out over at Twin Cities Catholic–it’s a spotlight on the great things one of my best friends Lindsey Landgraf is doing. Check her out here!

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A recent trend in businesses is the mission to give back. These companies provide quality products while serving the less fortunate with their proceeds. You’ve seen it done popularly with Toms Shoes©, and a local start up is doing just that. “Hope Headbands” is making a beautiful product while giving back and helping those in need.

Lindsey Landgraf, a student at the University of St. Thomas, started Hope Headbands in 2011. She got the idea when she decided to make Christmas gifts for all her friends, and people liked them so much she decided to sell them. Then, after plans to travel to South Africa to volunteer at an orphanage, she chose to use the money she made from the headbands to give to the orphanage. When she finally arrived in South Africa, she met the women there and quickly grew to love them. She had a great desire to somehow help these women, and she knew just how to do it with the headbands. Over the four months Lindsey was in Capetown, South Africa, she taught a group of women there how to make the headbands. Now the headbands get shipped to the US, and all the proceeds go back to the women who handcraft these works of art.

With each headband and its maker comes a story. You can read and learn about each woman who makes the headbands on the website. These women rejoice at being able to raise money for themselves and their families, and they have fun letting the creative juices flow. Also, the headbands are a sustainable endeavor, as all the fabrics and beads used have been recycled and donated.

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My first magazine “article”

A friend of mine just started a new Catholic Magazine for the Twin Cities, amply named “Twin Cities Catholic” to unite and support young Catholics in the area. He asked me to write the fashion column, and I couldn’t be more excited. Some of my blog posts will also show up here. This is the first teaser issue, and the first real issue is due out February 1st. My “column” is called “Who Said…” each issue I will fill in the blank in the question “Who said _____ has to be boring?” This month’s topic is Catholic Gear. Girl, you work that Mary necklace.

 

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Boho Chic

If you haven’t been able to tell already, I really love neutrals, especially natural browns and oats colors. I recently had a Groupon to a local consignment shop, Turn Style (which I used to work at in high school, as a matter of fact), and found a bunch of gems! This sweater was one find, and I thought it would be the perfect pairing for my new clock necklace.

Not too long ago, a favorite online dress shop of mine, Shabby Apple, had a necklace give-away. All I had to do was post on my facebook about Shabby Apple’s sale, and they sent me this necklace for free! That’s worth $50 ladies and gentlemen!

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Sweater: Thrifted, Necklace: Shabby Apple, Jeans: Old Navy, Boots: Gifted

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My brother also, very generously, pointed out my new found resemblance to Flavor Flav. How nice.

I will be going on a short hiatus, due to getting my wisdom teeth out 😦 but hope to be back on Sunday.