Thursday, August 10, 2017

INSPO // WTF (Why the face)

ReadyTwoWear: Body silhouette blouse
ReadyTwoWear: face earrings ReadyTwoWear: Line drawing body print blouseReadyTwoWear: wire hand earringsReadyTwoWear: line drawing top

Have been really feeling this line drawing/abstract body-inspired trend.  I have been trying to find the shirts shown here but for the life of me cannot find them using my well-honed internet research skills (i.e. reverse google image search/keyword search on "line drawing body print shirt"). Someone help me out??

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Urban Hikes in Tieks




Okay, using the term 'urban hike' loosely.  

Last week I got called to jury duty and had to go in for selection.  Because selection was all day, we got an hour and a half off for lunch. The courthouse is right next to Lake Merritt, so I decided to walk around the lake to 19th street to meet up with my friends to eat (for those who are not from the East Bay that's about a mile if you walk lakeside). After lunch, I also walked back. 

Now, in normal, broken-in shoes, this walk is NBD. But on this day I was wearing my Tieks for the very first time. I figured it would be a good test of initial comfort. 

Basic overview of Tieks before I get to my thoughts:
  • Italian leather
  • Stretch opening
  • Split sole
  • Can be folded in half to fit in a bag
At the end of day 1, here is how my feet fared:
  • NO rubbing or chafing! I was a little worried about the stretchy top rubbing, but this was not the case. I would say they rub less than a flat that has a hard back and sides.
  • The bottoms of my feet were feeling good.  Most flats are just that...flat. Tieks' cushion sole really helped during the walk. Normally the ball of my foot is a bit sore after walking around all day, but the Tieks did a pretty good job preventing that.
  • The top of my big toes were feeling constricted.  The way these are sewn, the height of the toe area is pretty small. At the end of the day, they were feeling tight on the tops of my toes. However, I am not too worried about this...the shoes are leather and will stretch as I break them in. This was the least comfortable part of wearing these for the first time.
Overall, I think these are a good option for people who do a lot of walking/standing at work, or for traveling. Tieks are advertised as super comfortable, and they are...for flats. They are obviously not going to win out over sneakers, or boots for that matter. However, I would say that I haven't worn a flat that feels as comfortable. Other flats don't stay on as well (the stretch opening really makes sure they don't slip off) and don't have as thick a sole.  If you need some shoes that look fancier than sneakers while still being comfy, I would recommend these. I don't have this shown here, but my favorite part about these is that they fold up super small so you can throw them in your bag...definitely useful for when you need to change out of your heels!


Friday, July 28, 2017

Sale Stalker // Extra 50% Off at J.Crew

Use code YAYSALE at checkout!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Shopping Guide // Straw Hats under $30

ReadyTwoWear: Straw hats under $30

Summer may be on its way out, but we aren't ready to say goodbye...especially now that straw hats are getting marked down.

$30 is generally the most we will spend on a hat because we don't wear them enough to warrant spending more.  Don't get us wrong, we love a good hat. However, they are more of a weekend/vacation thing so we will only buy them when they are on a good sale. Scroll through our under $30 picks below!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Eyelet

ReadyTwoWear: Zara embroidered off-the-shoulder dressReadyTwoWear: Schiffli embroidery dressReadyTwoWear: Eyelet embroidered off the shoulder dressReadyTwoWear: How to belt a summer dressReadyTwoWear: Belted embroidered sundress On Mallory: Zara off-the-shoulder dress with schiffli embroidery (sold out, bought during Zara sale), Vintage Coach classic mini backpack, Celine Caty Sunglasses, c/o SUGARFIX by BaubleBar Filigree Tassel Drop Earrings, Zara block heel sandals (old, similar linked below).

Photos by Rene

The Zara sale is no-joke. I nabbed this dress for under $20! When it arrived though, I noticed the sleeves did not look like the website. The sleeves on my dress were sewn incorrectly. The cuff was attached at the wrong spot so that the sleeves bloused over the cuffs and hid the scallops. I still really liked the embroidery, and it was sold out so I wouldn't be able to exchange.  To make it work, I ended up pulling the fabric up and tucking the excess into the top to make the sleeves less voluminous (and also shorter). The top elastic is very tight, so the sleeves actually stay tucked in without sewing no-problem.

I guess you get what you pay for...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hydrangeas

ReadyTwoWear: Ruffle Crop TopReadyTwoWear: Styling CulottesReadyTwoWear: Ruffle top and wide leg crop pants On Mallory: Mango ruffle crop top (old), Ann Taylor wide leg crop (old), Soko Double Dash Choker, Zara block heel sandals (old)

Photos by Rene

Remixing some old favorites.. these culottes from Ann Taylor are still my go-tos for when jeans are too casual. As an added bonus, they also feel like pajamas!

See how else I have worn these pants:
Culottes
Lilu
Legion

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fourth of July Weekend

ReadyTwoWear: Asymmetrical Ruffle Off-The-Shoulder TopReadyTwoWear: Fourth of July Outfit IdeaReadyTwoWear: Off-the-shoulder ruffle top

ReadyTwoWear: Self Portrait inspired ruffle top
ReadyTwoWear: One shoulder ruffle top

On Mal: Bardot Ruffle and Frill Shirt (and more affordable option here), thrifted high-waisted shorts and basket, H&M espadrilles (old), c/o Baublebar Sugarfix Choker

I found this basket years ago in a Carmel thrift shop for $1.  I thought it was cute, but possibly a bit too picnic-baskety so have been using it to store my sewing supplies. Now that basket bags are back in a big way, I decided to dump all my supplies out of it and try using it as a purse, for fashion.

That being said, I kinda get why this wasn't originally intended as a purse. The handle placement on the top of the basket means that you cannot just easily get into the basket (you have to hold it from the bottom or put it down).  TBH I will probably still use it every so often, just not for times I know I'll be out and about for too long.