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My Most Worn Summer Shoes

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Hello readers!

In the sweltering, balmy heat of summer, the last thing you want is for your poor tootsies to be swimming in sweat inside your shoes. So I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite shoes to wear in the summer, all of which are fairly lightweight and very versatile!

I should point out that I am not a fan of flip flops or dainty sandals. I like my shoes to have some substance. Maybe this is because I have very scrawny feet and I think that my shoes will bulk them up a bit? Hmm. Anyway, as always let me know in the comments what you think!

Warning: The pictures below feature graphic images of an old, chipped pedicure.

1. Florida Birkenstocks

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Hands (or feet?) down, these are the shoes I wear the most in the summer. They are so easy to slip on and off ( I guess that’s why they are called slip-ons?). I think that the three-strap look is a bit more elegant than the thick two straps of the Arizona Birkenstock, and the taupe color of this pair goes with basically any outfit. And since I have had them for a few years, they have molded to my feet, making them the epitome of comfort. And almost every summer those three straps give me some interesting tan lines.

2. Minnetonka Moccasins

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My grandparents used to take trips down to Arizona a lot when I was younger to visit family. They would always come with beautiful Native American goods for me and my sister, and this pair of Minnetonka Moccasins is one of the gifts she brought back. However, they were for my sister. But even though these fit my sister when she was like 14 and I took them from her closet when I was probably 16, they still miraculously fit me because of the stretchy nature of the suede. I will admit that they don’t have much support, so they aren’t very comfortable for doing a ton of walking, but the thick sole of this style makes them really durable for walking on different surfaces. They add an instant bohemian element to any outfit, and they can easily be worn in the fall and spring as well with a pair of jeans.

3. Forever 21 Black Flats

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You guys are probably so sick of seeing these shoes, seeing as I have featured them in probably like 10 posts. But they just go with everything and are so easy to just put on and go! I bought them a size too big, but that makes the pointy toes a lot more comfortable for me.

4. Converse High-Tops

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When I was in middle school I wore Converse basically every day. So for a long time I was afraid to buy a pair because I was afraid of being reminded of those extremely awkward days. But my style has come a long way since then (thank goodness) so now I wear my black Converse high-tops sans fear. They add a casual element to any outfit, whether it is just a T-shirt and jeans or a summer dress. I do wear them more in the fall because I like to wear them with socks and socks in the summer can be a rough time. But for those cooler days or breezy summer nights, they work perfectly.

5. Forever 21 Floral Oxfords

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These shoes (find similar here) are probably the least versatile of the bunch because they have a print. But lucky for me, my style has gravitated more toward solids this summer, so these floral oxfords fit right in. I love how rustic and retro they look, especially with a tan, faux suede A-line skirt or a pair of denim cut-offs.

6. Chania Birkenstocks

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I don’t wear these Birkenstocks as much as the Floridas, but that is simply because I am often too lazy to buckle these up. But these shoes are also very comfortable and more secure on the foot because of the buckles. I like how they don’t have a little nub between the toes that some gladiator sandals have. Those nubs are just asking for blisters. These shoes are very versatile because the neutral color. I think that they are very unique and chicer than some of the other Birkenstock styles.

Thanks for the read, and let me know what your favorite summer sandals are in the comments!

Love,

Lauren

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Fourth of July Lookbook

Hello readers,

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, so be prepared for a wave of red, white, blue, stars and stripes. But I prefer to be a bit less obvious when I get dressed for Independence Day. So here are some outfits to give you a bit of inspiration, whether you are celebrating the Fourth or just going to a barbecue or the park. The good thing about subtlety when choosing your outfit is that you can wear it for any occasion (no shame in being an outfit repeater!). As always, I will link what is available!

Outfit 1: Pretty in Plaid

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I love this Forever 21 dress (which has a patriotic color scheme) because it can be worn several ways. It can be buttoned up to be a dress or worn open and used as a layering device. For this outfit, I chose the latter option. Underneath, I wore a Free People crop top with a bull on it. This shirt reminds me of the Wild West, which is quite an American theme. I paired this with a pair of shorts that I cut out of thrifted Guess jeans. I finished the outfit with a pair of gladiator sandal Birkenstocks and a crystal necklace.

Outfit 2: Sugar, Stripes and Everything Nice

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This outfit incorporates red, white, blue and stripes, so it’s probably the most themed of all of the outfits. I started with this top I thrifted (see the haul here!). I cut off the sleeves because they were unflattering and rolled up the ragged edges. I love how it buttons up the back. Tying the bottom in a knot helps define the waist and adds a bit of ’90s flare. I’m wearing the same shorts from the first outfit. This outfit gets a bit of a tomboy feel from adding a pair of black high-tops. I played off the black with a bolo tie my uncle gave me. Finally, a red Free People headband contrasts with the shirt, and the knot in it feels retro.

Outfit 3: Chambray Champ

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This Forever 21 chambray romper is comfortable and cute. It has a cutout in the back which will help keep my back cool and can show off a bralette or a bandeau. However, once the fireworks start it can get chilly, so I layered on a blue Forever 21 oversized cardigan. A black thrifted belt defines my waist, and Minnetonka moccasins add a western feel. I kept the same red headband as the last outfit to make it more patriotic.

As always, let me know what you think in the comments! Thanks for reading!

Lauren