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?

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7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 6)

Happy Friday! We are so blessed to be alive. Just sayin’…

1) Last weekend my dad came to visit me! I met him on the Amalfi Coast (Southern/Mid part of Italy) and we spent the weekend soaking up the sun and beautiful scenery. We also took a day trip to Capri (which I get to go back to in a couple weeks)! Capri was absolutely the most beautiful place I’ve been. Ireland was awesome, but this was a different kind of beautiful. My dad the photographer is the bomba-check these bad boys out:

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The view of Positano, where we stayed. The dome of the Church is the little Cathedral, Santa Maria D’Assunta.

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This was also in Positano, on a little hidden beach at sun-down.

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I thought this was a really fun door. But this always happens-I’ll go hiking with my dad so I wear comfy clothes and he likes to take lots of pictures. First World problems…

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A beach in Capri- the water was SO clear!

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The view from our terrace at dusk.

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Just off the coast of Salerno.

2) Here’s my outfit pic of the day. Another friend, Emily Brom, took these ones. I’m so Blessed to have amazing photographers in the house, I have no idea what I’m going to do this summer! :/

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Top: Unionbay (kids), Necklace: Charlotte Russe, Capris: Old Navy, Sandals: Candies

3) Monday is the feast of St. Catherine of Siena! ♫Celebrate good times, come on!♫  Her head is in Siena, but the rest of her body is here in Rome. Guess where I will be on Monday?

4) I have just finally gotten on board with Twitter. I was trying to hold out because a) I didn’t understand the point and b) I didn’t want to get addicted like I am to facebook. But I really like seeing what articles people share. Here is one I came across yesterday: “It’s Time for Better Women’s Magazines” I really like the idea of choosing a variety of body types for models. I learned by watching the “Killing Me Softly IV” documentary that the stereotypical model body type is a body type, but that only represents less than 2% of the female population. I think that’s a problem.
Do you know of any solid magazines for women? I love these ones:
Verily Magazine, Eliza Magazine, Radiant, Bow & Arrow

5) I came across a lot of really awesome Christian yet bangin’ beats songs yesterday. Check these out!



6) Speaking of music. I love to sing. And sometimes I get prideful and like to show off. And sometimes I get selfish and shy and don’t want to share. But I think I made a break through this week. I was asked to Cantor at Mass the other day, and it went really well. It was difficult because I don’t know how to read music, and it was Gregorian Chant. But I had awesome and patient teachers, and I was so glad to be able to give my gift back to the Lord. Holla!

7)  I have some ridiculously exciting fashion-related news that I will be revealing soon. Stay tuned! 🙂

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Fashion, basketball and…men.

Three of my favorite things, of course. In fact, until I wanted to be a fashion designer, I wanted to be the first woman in the NBA. Unfortunately, my genes and lack of motivation said otherwise.

My brother, who blogs over at JamTime, sent me a link, asking me to comment. The image below is of Russel Westbook, Oklahoma NBA star, and apparently fashion risk-taker.

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My initial thought was Hmm, this looks familiar…

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Do you think they have the same stylist?

My second thought was I never talk about men’s fashion, so this might be a good chance to challenge myself and branch out a bit.

I think a lot of what applies to women’s fashion is true across the board. Color, proportion, fit, emphasis, continuity and balance, etc. are essential for a well put together outfit whether you qualify for the WNBA or the NBA.

However, here are a couple men’s fashion specifics that every guy can keep in his toolbox.

  • Make sure your tie fits. A common misconception is that ties are one-size fits all, and usually from my experience, men choose a tie that is too long. Here is a great visual to help with this.
  • Your neutral base color should be consistent throughout the outfit. For example, it wouldn’t make sense to have a black tie, brown belt, navy blue pants and camel colored shoes. No. Pick one and stick with it. It will flow better, look more put together and not be distracting.
  • Speaking of belts, as my dad always said “If your pants have belt loops, wear a belt.” Simple as that.
  • Finally, I have realized this semester that a clean shaven face (and haircut for that matter) is greatly underrated. By putting in the extra time, effort and therefore care, you look prepared and invested in whatever event, meeting, date you may be attending.
  • But in the end, do you. There is nothing worse, for man or woman, than giving into a fad that isn’t you. Stay true to and be yourself and you will look your best.

Besides the fact that Westbrook looks like he’s going to his son’s Easter themed bowling party, his clothes fit, there is continuity and complementary in the colors and he has a clean shaven face. I grant Mr. Westbrook a B+.

And don’t forget…

A long time comin’…

While being in a foreign country, I may be up on all the happenings with the Pope (or lackthereof), but I am not with the current American culture (I’m not complaining…) So forgive me that this post is so late, but here are some of my favorites from the most recent Oscars. I was very impressed with all the great looks–keep them up, ladies!

Kelly Osbourne in Tony Ward Couture

This dress is so awesome!

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Naomi Watts in Armani

Kevork Djansezian, Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Stacey Keibler in Naeem Kahn

Khloe and Kim Kardashian attend 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

Khloe Kardashian in Kaufman Franco at an Academy Awards Viewing Party

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab

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Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

Sally Field in Valentino

My favorite:

Alicia Vikander in Elie Saab

And a little more current, a friend just sent me this link, “Worst Dressed at the Conclave.” Classic.

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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7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 1)

I am linking up today for the first time with “7 Quick Takes Friday.” My stylist mentioned she publishes her blog posts Fridays and Mondays so as to keep it up and stay consistent. Hopefully my Friday and Sunday vow will keep happening!

1) Every semester a professor from our home school comes with the students to Rome to live with us and teach one course. Our professor and his new wife and two daughters arrive today! We are all so excited to have this couple, but perhaps moreso to have CHILDREN because there is such a shortage of them here in Roma. And if that wasn’t enough, the new Mrs. Rota is also expecting in April! So we will soon have a BABY in the house!

2)Confession:  I have had Burger King two times while I have been here. (Don’t tell my brother!) One time was an accident (I walked around for an hour and half looking for a place to eat and then I gave in) and the second time was planned because the first time was so good. What is also really odd, is that those two meals were the most expensive meals I have bought. My parents taught me frugality well.

3)On Wednesdays we have our community night and the dress is semi-formal. Since I didn’t bring any semi-formal clothing, I have opted to business cas, which always seems to lean toward cas because I didn’t bring any dressy shoes. Dumb.

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Glasses: Zenni Optical, Top: Rainbow, Necklace: Shabby Apple, Skirt: Forever 21, Tennies: Target

4) Every week for Community Night we have esteemed guests over to the house for a great meal and this week we had four sisters from the Little Sisters of the Lamb. They are so joyful, so humble, and it was amazing how diverse they were. One was from Poland, one from France, one from Italy and one from Austria. It was also very unsettling for us all that the sisters beg door to door for their food for every meal, and yet for dinner we had our plates full with opportunities for seconds.

5) Yesterday we saw a ton (and by a ton I mean hundreds) of big guys walking around in green jerseys and scarves, with a beer in each hand. Can you guess who we saw? If you guessed die-hard German futbol fans, you guessed correctly. They filled the entire Spanish Steps and the whole Piazza di Spagna below. It was quite a sight.

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This picture is of a bunch of Germans, on the Spanish steps, that were made by the French, in Italy, taken by an American. Talk about diversity.

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6) This week I learned I like cherry tomatoes, but not gnocchi in pesto sauce.

7) Today we went to Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Holla! Now we’re all going out to a pub to eat meat because it’s a Solemnity in Roma!

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This isn’t actually the “chair.” But it seems as though Italy has a tradition to dress up the statue of a Saint/depiction of Christ on the Feast day.

What is this wonderful aRoma?

That’s right everyone, yesterday morning I arrived in Rome, Italy to what will be my home for the next four months. I am feeling a ton of different emotions: excited, nervous, overwhelmed but most importantly hopeful (a feeling I have had for the last four months). Hopeful for all that the Lord will do this semester. I feel incredibly Blessed to have this opportunity to study, play, pray, explore, learn, and travel with an amazing group of fellow students. I can’t promise I will be posting a lot of pictures of the sites and scenery, as I have taken the position that it would be more beneficial to me to really soak it in and experience it for myself in person, as opposed to behind a camera screen. I know some of you might be a little upset about this, so maybe I will change the location of my outfit pics to some fun sites; we’ll see. 😉

One of the many amazing aspects of studying abroad in a Catholic program is that we have a chapel and chaplaincy (made up of 2 priests, 4 major seminarians and a group of religious) on site to help with our spiritual formation. Today we had Mass on site in our chapel, but I can’t wait to explore the city and visit the many different Churches for Sunday Mass. We got to briefly tour St. Peter’s Basilica (say what??) today, but I bet I could keep going for the next 4 months and still not really appreciate it all.

This beautiful picture was taken in the garden outside the building we are staying in by the lovely Miss Emily Hoffmann. She’s an aspiring photographer and also my roommate 🙂

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Scarf: Thrifted, Top: Target, Watch: Francesca’s, Skirt: Old Navy, Boots: Target

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