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Our Favorite Shoes

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As a boy mom, I spend far too much time (and money!) on shoes. These boys grow so fast! We’ve gone through so many different brands and styles and have loved some and hated others (and loved a few styles, but hated the quality of them.) I think we’ve finally found our favorite shoes – and we get TONS of compliments on them!

They’re made by Native Shoes and they are absolutely adorable. They look like boat shoes, but are completely made of rubber, which means they hose down easily after a day at the beach, or digging in the dirt. And they come in so many cute colors! Each of my boys has several pair in various colors, because we wear them so often. They look just as good at the beach as they do in pajamas (see below) or going to church! They’re comfortable, breathable and easy to clean (which is key for a boy mom.)

Every time my boys wear them, we get compliments on them and I’m constantly telling people where to get them, since we mamas need to help one another out. And who has time to research cute kids’ shoes all the time? Not me! We’ve bought some on Zappos, which is my go-to for my kids’ shoe shopping, since they’re returns are SO easy and you have 365 days to do it. Shout out to them for such amazing customer service! You can also get them on the Native Shoes website if you’d like different color/size options.

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They look awesome with Christmas pajamas, right? Shown here on our recent trip to Lost Pines Resort. Read more about our fun trip here.

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And they’re even precious with dressy clothes on, making them super versatile!

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Comfy + Cute = Fav Kicks

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As a blogger, I’ve made an implied promise to you to share when I find things that I absolutely LOVE. I find that I tend to like things that my friends like and in this cluttered world of constant noise, I rely even more heavily on recommendations for my friends. It saves me time and money to learn from others. And since I consider you a friend if you’re reading my blog, I want to share things that might help you as well. If you want to read more of my recommendations, look no further than the Things We Love tab (under the yellow heart) in my blog header.

Today, I want to share with you these shoes that are both crazy cute and crazy comfy!  I saw them on someone running out and about in Houston recently and at first glance, I just knew they were Cole Haans. I’ve loved the Cole Haan/Nike Air collaboration for a long time now and I figured that’s what these were. As it turns out, they’re actually a new line by Cole Haan called ZeroGrand, but the premise is the same. Super cushiony comfort combined with the quality and style we all love from Cole Haan. As a mama of three boys aged five and under who owns her own business, I’m pretty much always on the go, so this combination is key for me. I’m certain you can relate!

I debated over the silver and coral pair or the python ones and ultimately kept the python because I felt like they would go with more. When I returned the silver ones to the Cole Haan store, I saw that they also come in black. If they were a little less expensive, I would have two pair in a heartbeat, so I’ll just have to stalk them for a sale!

I’ve been wearing these for a few weeks now and am in love with them. They’re cushiony and comfortable and look equally good  with jeans and a top heading to dinner or with workout gear as we walk to the little league fields. And I just love the asymmetrical slant on the tops of them. It’s very flattering. All in all, I highly recommend you try them out! They’re not inexpensive, but from a price per wear perspective, they’re definitely a good purchase for me. Oh, and I wear a size 9 and I find these run true to size, in case that helps you in ordering.

What are your favorite shoes that are super comfortable but polished enough to go beyond yoga pants? I’m always looking and would love to know, so tell us in the comments below…

 

My New Favorite Shoes

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I’m the first to admit it. I have a slight problem with shoes. The problem being that I rather love them, possibly a little too much. Let’s face it, the right pair of shoes can make an outfit. And they always fit, which is nice (and which cannot be said for my favorite pair of jeans!) I recently discovered a new shoe company and had to share the deets with you.

M. Gemi is a new company that makes limited-edition shoes that are handcrafted in small batches by artisan cobblers in Italy. Because they are small production and sell directly, they are able to keep the cost of handmade shoes affordable. Each pair of shoes I have ordered has been expertly crafted and are high quality and their designs are fantastic and wear well. Each Monday, they put out a few new shoes and when they’re sold out, they’re gone. Occasionally, they will bring back the high-demand shoes and you can join a waitlist for notification about that, but it is wise to jump on a pair if you really love them. They send a weekly email introducing the new shoes or, if you’re an iPhone shopper like me, there’s a very well-designed app that will notify you as well.

There are several things that I love about this brand that has made me fall in love with them…

They offer free shipping and free returns. That makes trying out their shoes easy and free! You have two weeks to try on their shoes and return any you don’t like for a full refund. Their product descriptions are great, their product photos are detailed, their “fit assistant” is very helpful and they show you a few outfits that the shoes would look exceptionally good with, which I find really helpful and fun when shopping. They offer great customer service. If you have questions, their staff is both available and knowledgable. If you have a problem, they are quick to respond and make it right. The small batch production means you won’t see your shoes on every single person you walk past, which I really like. They are committed to a “less, but better” philosophy and they even include a bag with free shipping where you can donate an old pair of shoes to make room in your closet for your new ones.

Below are a few photos from my first order unboxing! (Please forgive my use of an antiqued mirror for a few of them!) I love the personalized attention to detail in the note with my name on it and the gorgeous box it comes in. I rarely keep shoeboxes, but these are so strong and lovely, that I kept them for storage purposes. I love the strong, clean lines on their shoes. They’re both elegant and comfortable, which is a rare combination! I highly recommend you check out M.Gemi ASAP. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!


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Beautiful packaging, sweet personalization and a great box!

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I love this program – just wonderful!

 

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Great customer service, right from the start

 

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The lovely packaging with copper metallic lettering

 

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Leather shoes with pony hair uppers – I’m in LOVE!

 

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Cure + Comfy

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I love the lines on these shoes. You can certainly tell they are handcrafted.

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Love these fun fringe ones!

 

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Stunning lines make a gorgeous heel!


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Suede meets patent leather for a mixed media look that is beautiful!

 

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Loving these with jeans as well!

CultureMap Instagram Takeover

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As one of the featured designers at the recent Culture Map Holiday Pop Up Shop on Sunday at Silver Street Studios, I was asked to do an Instagram Takeover of their account for a day.  It was my first takeover and it was so much fun!  In case you missed the posts, I wanted to share them here – with links to make it easier on you to find just what you’re looking for!

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Introducing our Mixed Metals Collection

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Contrast. It’s one of the keys to stand-out style. Velvet with jeans, lace with leather, gold with oxidized silver – opposites that look incredible when put together. In our latest collection, we are all about the contrast. We’re in love with the look of matte gold with shiny black and of hammered sterling with 24k gold.

New designs have been added to the website this week, so take a look around, think contrast, mix and match…and have fun!

Shop our new arrivals here

We’ve Been Invited…

We are SO excited to have been invited to be a featured designer at the first-ever Culture Map Holiday Pop Up Shop!  Culture has included 25 invite-only designers to show their goodies at the event and help make your holiday shopping season effortless and fun.  With music, festive food, cocktails, a man cave to entertain your guy while you shop, free gift wrap and tons of great vendors to shop, your gift-giving tasks just got WAY more fun!  (I mean, who doesn’t like shopping with a free cocktail in hand – way more fun!)

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We’re on TV!

Houston-based stylist Natalie Weakly knows trends.  In fact, she makes it her business to know them.  And even better, to help you know them – and how they best work for you.  You may remember her from our “Friend Friday” post about her.  Natalie loves clothes and jewelry (especially ours – she’s got great taste, right?) but what she’s passionate about is helping you find the clothes and jewelry that work for your look and lifestyle.  A self-proclaimed “color obsessed” gal, she has expert opinions on what colors look great – from your closet to your logo to your living room walls.

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Make a Statement!

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We are in the middle of rodeo season here in Houston and it has been so fun to see the fashion that goes with this fun time of year.  Today’s post is the third in our series of rodeo fashion posts.  There are so many ways to make your outfit cowgirl chic with just a few pieces of jewelry added to your outfit. You can add a pair of statement earrings, or embrace the layering trend with some dainty necklaces that work well together.  Or, you can go with a statement necklace, which is what we’re talking about today. (more…)

Trends: Layering

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We’ve still got rodeo fever here in Texas, as things are just getting under way for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  This past weekend was the Bar-B-Que Cookoff and today starts the official concert lineup.  Fun times!

Last week, we talked about how to complete your rodeo-ready outfit (or any outfit, really) with a pair of statement earrings and a cool bracelet or better yet, a stack of them!  While a stack of arm candy is definitely one of the hottest trends right now, so is layering necklaces.  People often ask me exactly how to go about layering and I guess that it can be a little tricky if you’re new to it.  It gives such a great look, though, so its definitely worth trying out. (more…)

It’s Boots and Bling…

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It’s almost Rodeo Time and I couldn’t be more excited!  Having lived in California for the past five years, I’ve missed out on this grand Houston tradition for quite some time now and I’m thrilled to be back for it and to show my little guys the fun Texas heritage that the rodeo represents.  Of course, if you’re heading to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, this is the time to plan your outfit.  It’s time to break out your boots and hat!  (Because no, we don’t all wear them year-round. Well, not the hats anyway.) (more…)