Keeping it Real in Rainy Day Flats

Sometimes it’s hard for me to know what is “post worthy”, but today a reader introduced herself (Thank you J., I love it when I get to meet new people) and she reminded me that sometimes we just want to see “real life” style. Thank you for the reminder! I always need to remember this, especially after I’ve looked at Harper’s Bazaar or a really fancy style blog- ha!

So, here’s what I really wore today. You may already know about these shoes, but just in case you don’t I wanted to share because I love them. They are the rainy day flats from J. Crew. They are the perfect shoe for when there is a light drizzle or just a few puddles and you don’t want to wear full on rain boots. I’m sure we have all ruined a pair or two of shoes from the rain. I used to wear these with my suits at work all the time. I was not going to ruin my nice work shoes one more time!

Outfit Links:

Sweater- Gap for similar, Shirt- J.Crew, Jeans- Joe’s Jeans (similar), Flats- J.Crew and Melissa for alternative, Sunglasses- Ray-Ban, Purse- Marc Jacobs, Earrings- Kate Spade, Watch- Michael Kors

Here’s a close up picture of the rainy day flats. They’re made of all rubber with a little bow on top. In the spirit of keeping it real, I have been known to wear these flats even when there’s no rain in sight- just because I think their cute and comfy.

Keepin’ it real.

(Photos by Mallory Lee)

Dress for Weather or Season?

One of the best parts about living in Houston is that it is warm and sunny in the middle of the winter. At one point in my life I felt like I couldn’t wear warm weather clothes in January because it was still officially winter. I don’t know when I changed my opinion, but I’m so glad I did and now I’m on another kick- ha! In fact, my new mantra just may be dress according to the weather, not the season- ha!

While I can’t pin-point the moment my opinion changed, I have a few scenario’s I think may have influenced me. I have a bff that lives in Miami (she’s a stylist- check her blog out here) and we had a conversation about what people wear there in the fall. She said they wear beach shoes, shorts, sweaters for layering at night and always the color white- YES! It may have been the times when I was sweating in my cold weather clothes when it was unseasonably warm, (suffer no more!). Maybe it’s because when the sun is finally shining I want to celebrate and wear my warm weather clothes. Or maybe it was after I blogged about wearing white all year round because, hey- after all, Emily Post says it’s OK. Who knows what the catalyst was for the change, but what I do know is that it’s been kinda liberating!

I hope you’ll join me in dressing for the weather and not the season. And for those of you who have been doing this for years, why didn’t you tell me- ha!

Outfit Links:

Shirt- J.Crew, Jeans- AG, Shoes- J.Crew, Sunglasses- Marc Jacobs, Purse- LV, Earrings- Urban Outfitters (in store only), Belt- J.Crew

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