Classic Chucks

April 30, 2013

It seems like a long time coming now that I have been meaning to get myself a pair of classic white Converse “Chucks”.  Every time I told myself that I would run into a local store and grab a pair I got too tired or dare I say, “lazy”.  So last night I finally resorted to Zappos (who doesn’t love free and fast shipping) and ordered myself my first pair of brand spanking new Chuck Taylors.  My Jack Purcell Converse shoes that I actually bought before I went to Italy back in college have seen better days and are kind…

It seems like a long time coming now that I have been meaning to get myself a pair of classic white Converse “Chucks”.  Every time I told myself that I would run into a local store and grab a pair I got too tired or dare I say, “lazy”.  So last night I finally resorted to Zappos (who doesn’t love free and fast shipping) and ordered myself my first pair of brand spanking new Chuck Taylors.  My Jack Purcell Converse shoes that I actually bought before I went to Italy back in college have seen better days and are kind of yucky looking at this point.  These new guys will make the perfect replacement, and just in time for summa summa summatime.  Its always nice to have a few alternatives to sandals in the summer, no?  Speaking of, Molly and I were just gifted pairs of Bensimon sneakers (the iconic French sneaker) by a darling friend in Dallas, and are both obsessed with them.  Comfortable is an understatement.  You can buy them online here and here.

I came so close to getting these Sam Edelmans (after seeing them on cute Tuula Vintage) while placing my Converse order on Zappos last night…what do you think?

(Image 1 via Fashion Vibe // Image 2 via We Heart It // Image 3 via The Style Crusader // Image 4 via Andy Heart // Image 5 via Into the Gloss // Image 6 via Pinterest // Image 7 via Sincerely Jules)

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Elizabeth Showers + Sale

April 30, 2013

Sally and I had the pleasure of meeting one of Dallas’ most celebrated jewelry designers last weekend – Elizabeth Showers.  A woman whose beauty outshines even her prettiest pieces, Elizabeth was so down-to-earth and her passion for her work and name-sake company was so transparent in how she spoke to us.  A designer for more than 17 years, her designs are definitely a stand-out… “Effortlessly feminine and fresh, Elizabeth Showers’ jewels reflect the light and optimism of her own easy personality.”  More than anything, Elizabeth strives to make women feel beautiful, not just look beautiful – a mission we of…

Sally and I had the pleasure of meeting one of Dallas’ most celebrated jewelry designers last weekend – Elizabeth Showers.  A woman whose beauty outshines even her prettiest pieces, Elizabeth was so down-to-earth and her passion for her work and name-sake company was so transparent in how she spoke to us.  A designer for more than 17 years, her designs are definitely a stand-out… “Effortlessly feminine and fresh, Elizabeth Showers’ jewels reflect the light and optimism of her own easy personality.”  More than anything, Elizabeth strives to make women feel beautiful, not just look beautiful – a mission we of course stand behind!

If Elizabeth’s designs are new to you – take the time to discover her site and shop her amazing spring SALE!  I’m a big fan of these pretty hoops (on sale for $135!), this ring, and these sparkly bangles… Hurry on over – stuff is selling out!

(Images via Elizabeth Showers)

 

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Giveaway – Minnetonka Moccasins!

April 29, 2013

I have a long-time love of Minnetonka Moccasins. It started with a pair of deerskin moccs in the champagne color that I got in high school (total copy-cat from my friend Annie)… The same pair took me through college until I wore them so much that the sole detached my Senior year, got all flip-floppy, and I tripped on them one fateful day and fell on my face. When my dad found out that the scrapes on my face weren’t the result of Halloween makeup he bought me a new pair of Minnetonkas (the same as before) and sent me…

I have a long-time love of Minnetonka Moccasins. It started with a pair of deerskin moccs in the champagne color that I got in high school (total copy-cat from my friend Annie)… The same pair took me through college until I wore them so much that the sole detached my Senior year, got all flip-floppy, and I tripped on them one fateful day and fell on my face. When my dad found out that the scrapes on my face weren’t the result of Halloween makeup he bought me a new pair of Minnetonkas (the same as before) and sent me a coupon for Mederma. Several things about this event stand out in my mind: 1) that I liked and wore one pair of shoes for longer than 6 six years and they stood up to a lot of wear and tear, 2) that I didn’t blame the fall on my moccasins, but rather my ability to walk like a human in my moccasins, and 3) that the cool factor of the deerskin Minnetonkas was still so solid that I needed a new pair to match my new face scrapes.

If you don’t have a love affair with Minnetonka – I want to be the first to make you become a devotee… The Minnesota-based was established is over 67 years ago – and the company has been producing high-quality, hand-made products since then. In recent years they’ve branched out of their comfort-zone of making wicked moccasins and now make both boots and sandals. When the good people (northerners = all good people, don’t you know) of Minnetonka reached out to us about trying some of their styles we didn’t already have, I was beside myself. Mainly because they didn’t just want Sally and I to test out the goods, but they wanted to share the moccasin love with you all with a giveaway! Minnetonka is generously gifting two A Piece of Toast readers with either a pair of the Deerskin Soft-T moccs or the Thunderbird II moccasins – the style and color choice is all yours (:

To enter, To enter simply follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below (if you are reading this via email or a feed, you’ll have to click over to apieceoftoastblog.com to enter)! Entering your email address is mandatory and you get extra points for liking on Facebook and following on Twitter… Entries must be posted by the end of day Friday, May 3rd, and two winners will be chosen at random and announced on this post the following day. Good luck!

**This giveaway has closed. Congratulations to Shannon and Ashley for winning a pair of Minnetonka Moccasins!  Winner was randonmly chosen by random.org.  Thank you to all who entered**

[No purchase necessary to enter, open to US readers only. Please only enter via Rafflecopter – leaving a comment will not be considered an entry. $45+ total value. Winner of the giveaway will be contacted via email once the giveaway closes and announced on this post soon after.]

Images taken by MEB, Inc. for A Piece of Toast

(Outfit One: J.Crew Dress (old, similar) // J.Crew Chambray Shirt // Minnetonka Kilty Suede Moccasins c/o (buy here) // Persol Sunnies // 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli . Outfit Two: J.Crew Chino Shorts // Calypso Shirt (old, similar) // Minnetonka Thunderbird II Moccasins c/o (buy here) // Imogene + Willie Hat // Ray-Ban Aviators // kate spade Saturday iPhone case // C.Wonder initial bracelet c/o // kate spade new york bag (old, similar) . Outfit Three: Forever 21 skirt (old, similar) // Old Navy Tee (on sale!) // Minnetonka Tramper Boot c/o (buy here) // Ray-Ban Aviators // Nixon Watch)

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Prepping for Cinco de Mayo

April 29, 2013

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner (next Sunday!), what better way to kick off the week leading into it than with a gathering of all the things we would love to be wearing for the occasion?!  We are actually making another trip this coming weekend to visit Bailey and family in Houston and will be having a little Cinco de Mayo fiesta on Saturday night down there.  Obviously, choosing the outfit for a fete like this one is a task in and of itself.  I can get realllyy into themes – takes me back to being in college…

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With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner (next Sunday!), what better way to kick off the week leading into it than with a gathering of all the things we would love to be wearing for the occasion?!  We are actually making another trip this coming weekend to visit Bailey and family in Houston and will be having a little Cinco de Mayo fiesta on Saturday night down there.  Obviously, choosing the outfit for a fete like this one is a task in and of itself.  I can get realllyy into themes – takes me back to being in college and going to theme parties.  I have been wanting to purchase Splendid’s watercolor stripe maxi skirt ever since I first laid eyes on it, and from my internet research, that puppy is flying off the (internet) shelves.  Think I should bite the bullet!?

A few other things worth noting:  This insane tablecloth new at Anthro – not just perfect for the upcoming holiday but could make a great blanket at the end of the bed too?  If you’re heading to a wedding this weekend, I highly, highly suggest wearing this.  Lastly, today is the last day of Loeffler Randall‘s friends and family sale (20% off – enter FRIENDSNFAM).  I couldn’t resist these.

Ace&Jig Artisan Dress // J.Crew + ISARO Cuff // Ulla Johnson Blouse // Free People Embroidered Dog Bed // Dezso Shark Tooth Necklace // Mara Hoffman Mexican Blanket Shorts // J.Crew Beaded Sweater // Cleobella Cantina Bag // Beaded Snake Earrings // Splendid Watercolor Skirt // J.Crew Embroidered Scarf // Gap Ombre Hat // Sol Sana Sandals // FEED Pouch

(Image via Song of Style)

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Toast Talk

April 29, 2013

Guys, I didn’t end up renting that questionable ivory dress that I asked about last Friday… You guys really made it known that it would be a no-no.  I was kind of cracking up over all the honest feedback – y’all are my homegirls for being so straightforward with me.  I decided that if I was going to spend $100+ renting a dress that maybe I should hunt around and see if there was anything at a similar price that I could buy and wear again.  I found this number and determined that the color, shape, and fabric was so me…

Guys, I didn’t end up renting that questionable ivory dress that I asked about last Friday… You guys really made it known that it would be a no-no.  I was kind of cracking up over all the honest feedback – y’all are my homegirls for being so straightforward with me.  I decided that if I was going to spend $100+ renting a dress that maybe I should hunt around and see if there was anything at a similar price that I could buy and wear again.  I found this number and determined that the color, shape, and fabric was so me and that I would wear it for the upcoming wedding and for other events in the future.  I know it’s simple (again, so me) but I think I can totally glam it up for black tie with incredible jewelry and accessories.  You like?

The whole “don’t upstage the bride by wearing white” got me thinking about other wedding guest “rules” that are just as legitimate.  Things you should know even though they’re not really written anywhere.  Most of these are things I’ve learned myself or that I’ve read and thought, “hmm that is so true.”  Since I’m lucky enough to be going to a few weddings this summer, I thought I’d share my thoughts on what I think it means to be a dreamy wedding guest.  Rule no. 01. Dress appropriately.  Don’t wear white, ivory or any shade even close to bridal (re: above) and please try not to wear anything too short or too low.  We’ve all been at those weddings where there’s that one girl who everyone is talking about and saying “ohmygosh what is she thinking?”  Dress in something that makes you comfortable and but doesn’t make other guest uncomfortable.  Also wear something that fits the level of casualness or dressiness of the wedding.  If the invite says black tie, don’t wear a sundress.  If it’s an outdoor ceremony, probably don’t wear a fancy floor-length number that’s covered in sequins.  If you’re completely lost on how dressy or not dressy you need to be just ask the bride – I highly doubt she will mind giving you an idea of what to wear.

Rule no. 02. Don’t be late to the ceremony.  Seems obvious but leave yourself an ample amount of time to prepare for someone else’s wedding.  Nothing looks worse than being the last ones to arrive for the ceremony or god forbid, being the ones to walk in late (after the bride).  If you know that you’ll be stressing out over your hair – make an appointment at a blow-dry bar and own it.  Worried about how your shoes will look with your dress?  Figure that junk before the day of the wedding.  Even when you’re not part of the wedding party, many of us still get stressed out as wedding guests because we all want to look great.  Planning all your own details ahead of time will keep you on time.

Rule no. o3. Eat the food.  Those people paid a lot of money for you to eat so go through the buffet line or eat and enjoy your meal – try everything and if you see the bride or groom later in the night be sure to compliment them on how delicious everything is.  Whenever I watch Four Weddings (Bride night on TLC?  Anyone else?) I always cringe when they criticize the food… I just want to shake them and say, “Ahh – just go with it!  Sure the steak might be hard to cut but it’s steak for crying out loud!”  If you’re not that into what’s served maybe just keep it to yourself.

Rule no. 04.  Dance your face off.  The weddings where no one is dancing make me so sad – you don’t have to do the YMCA but sitting out during Shout! or Brown Eyed girl… I just don’t get it.  The entertainment is for the guest so show off your awkward dance moves and make friends with other party people while you sing along to Night Moves.

Rule no. 05. Don’t get too drunk.  I advise this from past experience… While an open bar is very tempting, try to keep things in check because no matter how great those free vodka sprites taste, people will probably notice when you’ve been over served and it’s not cute to be the slobkabob with spills down your dress and half-mast eyes.  I’m just saying… Been there and it’s not a good look.  Or a good feeling next day when you feel a combination of shame and guilt along with your hangover.  My go to is champagne because it looks classy (not kidding, I think about these things) and you’re having a darn good time after just a few glasses.  Sip on water when you can.  Or excuse yourself if you realize, “OMG I think I’m wasted.”

Rule no. 06. Sign the guest book or partake in the cute reception + guest thing. You know what I’m talking about – those sweet “leave the bride + groom a message; what’s your marriage advice; etc” that are always at a reception or part of the cocktail hour?  Do it.  Maybe do two – one that’s funny and one that’s sweet.  Because the bride and groom want to read that stuff when they get back from their honeymoon and how sad would you feel if only a quarter of the guest left you well wishes?

Rule no. 07. Stay till the end.  Because nothing looks worse than when the party has cleared out by half and there’s still hours of dancing to go.  Because that sweet bride probably paid a lot to have the reception space open past ten.  Because these people just invited you to a monuments celebratory event in their lives when they had a tight guest list and seriously, do you have somewhere better to be?  And because you never know what might be in store as the night winds down… Things get real.  Real fun.

Rule no. 08. Don’t bring your gift to the reception, mail it to the bride or bride’s parents before the wedding.  It’s just what you do… And even if you think it’s boring to go off the registry when buying a gift, do it.  They make those registries for a reason and even if you know that they’ll love this totally random thing that you like but they don’t have on their list – refrain.  They want the stuff they asked for and will probably want to return anything they didn’t…  When in doubt do what the Italians do and give then an envelope full of cash.

So that’s my take on how to be a great wedding guest.  I’ve never been a bride (and am nowhere close to being one anytime soon) and I haven’t been to a ton of weddings, but I think these rules make sense and they make for a happy and normal guest.  Cheers to wedding season!

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