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Friday, September 24, 2010

ootd, On the road again... this time ironed :)

Hey friends! Remember this?

Well guess who broke out the ironing board?

Why the duffel? Because we're heading down to the Bay Area today! Of course, I needed to swap out the red pumps from before with travel ready shoes. So I swapped in my Toms which are freakishly comfortable to travel in, and they still give me some height!

I have to admit, I totally ragged on Toms shoes. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea behind the shoes: for every pair of shoes purchased Toms gives a pair of shoes to a child in need (of shoes). It was more about what the shoes became - a status symbol for celebrities to show their humanitarian and charitable nature. And then it no longer feels like it's about the charity anymore. It feels like it's about power, money, and a fashion statement. I also personally thought the shoes were pretty hideous. Then I stumbled upon this new pair at Goodwill (perhaps someone actually bought the shoes to be charitable and decided not to wear them). I tried them on, and oh my goodness. They are seriously the most comfortable shoes I own. More comfy than sneakers. I think this pair looks less ugly than the normal Toms and especially the Tom boots. But, now I could be completely engaged in motivated reasoning - they are just THAT comfy!

I thought my DIY lace necklace gave a softer edge to the dress. These are super easy to make btw. I just bought some lace applique off ebay for about $4 and attached a chain to it. Voila! Easy lace necklace (goes great with strapless evening dresses).

It's going to be in the mid 80's and sunny in CA (a far cry from the cold and drizzly here in Seattle). So I'll be bringing my Oroya dress and my Speckled Ink dress down to enjoy a little last note of heat! Have a great weekend everyone!

OOTD specs
Converse One Star Canvas Shirtdress sz S (thrifted $8)
Toms Shoes blue/white wedges (thrifted $6)
Lace DIY necklace ($4)
Adidas black skinny belt (thrifted 99 cents)
Travel duffel bag (graduation gift to my husband from his high school... free to me!)


LilMissSeamstress said...

I must try DIY lace necklace... I have bunch of doilies from antique store(somehow I can't resist them)that I never make any use out of.. would be perfect for this project!!!

Have fun in CA!

Matt said...

Super cute! Those Toms shoes are surprisingly cute too, and if they're comfy, well that's awesome! And thank you for your question the other day and comment today!! I hope you guys have fun on your trip! :)

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Have a good mini break!

I haven't tried Toms yet but I am curious - I wish they'd make a pair of close-toe wedges for fall!

Laura said...

Yeah for the pressed dress. Looking fabulous. Love the DIY necklace. My Mother does tatting. Old English Lace making. I have bits and pieces of her lace that would make beautiful necklaces. Maybe with ribbon instead of chain.

The Tom's wedges are cute. Too bad some people have to spoil a well meaning Project like that.

Jamie - Thrifty Threads said...

Your dress looks so classic and flattering! And I'm so impressed that you found the Toms at Goodwill. I hope you enjoy the weekend!

vintageglam1234 said...

Ohh! Lori you look so casual chic! The dress does look less wrinkly, i think it looks much better.
Also like your shoes. I like how they have a heel but still have that laid-back feel.
Hope you have an awesome time!

Jess said...

Hello Lori! That necklace is fabulous, I love how it looks peeking out of the collar.

Lori said...

@LilMissSeamstress yes! Definitely give it a try! I'd love to see how it turns out!

@Matt Thanks! I'm so happy I found my Toms!

@Lisa yes! A close-toed pair of Toms wedges would be super nice! Honestly, I wasn't even aware they branched into wedges until I stumbled upon these.

@Laura lol, I try! Too bad I'm not the best at ironing :) Omg how special would that be to use some of your mom's handmade lace in a necklace?! So fabulous!

@Jamie thanks so much! But you too have fantastic thrifting skills! Didn't you have Michael Kors thrifted booties? I know I'm always just as impressed with your skills!

@Jen Thanks! That's def part of why I like Toms too!

@Jess Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

The DIY necklace is a nice touch. And ironing makes a world of difference! (I'm guilty of wearing wrinkled clothes, too.)

Jessica said...

You look super cute, love the Toms! And have a great time in the bay area!

Lori said...

@shybiker thanks! yeah, I think I'm re-falling fr this necklace, and I want to incorporate it into more outfits this fall!

@Jessica Thanks!!

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