I knew this fall semester was going to be a tricky one in terms of fashion and shoes — I’m moving from Pittsburgh mid-December, so I’m trying to really limit my clothes and shoes because I can only take so much with me. Plus, I’m starting some professional clinical rotations 2 days a week, so I need shoes that are appropriate and comfortable. Not to mention, I have to walk back and forth to school, to the bus stop, etc. Lots of walking in Pittsburgh. So I needed some comfortable, practical flats for the fall.
Enter these recent purchases: a red Minnetonka moccasin, beige-and-white striped Keds, and these unique Naturalizers.
I’ve admired the Minnetonka brand for years, and I’ve always wanted a colorful pair. While slipper-like in comfort, the shoes have fairly good treads and are really well-made. Plus, the cherry red color is perfect for fall!
The “Preppy” Sneakers
These Keds have a cushion in them, so they’re super comfortable in addition to being adorable. I love mixing them with mini-skirts and boyfriend jeans for an unexpected but pulled-together look.
The Professional Flats
These Naturalizer’s are made of incredibly stretchy and soft fabric that always bounces back. I love the thick horizontal strap, which adds a little “ballerina” to them. And they have a thick sole, making them really comfy to stand in a while.
All 3 of these shoes are going to make a great (and practical) addition to my fall closet. Which shoes are you loving for fall?
I rarely get to read (for fun) during the school year, so I’ve always tried really hard to read as much as possible during my summer breaks. This summer I had a hard time getting into reading, because I just wanted to spend all of my time outside in the sunshine, but I was able to get through some good books at my part-time job (such a great perk!).
Today I’m sharing all of the books I’ve read over my summer break — NO spoilers in this post, feel free to read on!
- Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran-Foer
Safran-Foer is one of my favorite authors, and this book is wonderfully written. It takes a little time to understand what’s going on with multiple narrators and different time periods, but stick with it!
- The Last Girls – Lee Smith
This book follows a group of adult women who are brought back together for the first time since college, and plays with the idea that nothing is ever as it seems. It was a pretty quick read, it would be great for the beach or lounging at the pool.
- The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling
Let me just say this: this novel is NOTHING like the Harry Potter novels, so drop those expectations! It’s also an adult novel with mature themes, and it’s so well done. The voice is incredible, and each chapter weaves several seemingly different characters together. Don’t be intimidated by the length–it’s well worth it!
- Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
This novel follows the same beloved characters from To Kill a Mockingbird when Scout is grown up. It gave me a new perspective–I thought about it for days after I finished! This book is really a reflection of racial tension, and though there’s been a lot of controversy over the story, I think it was really interesting to think about when it was written (hint–Lee wrote this novel before To Kill a Mockingbird!)
- The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
I’ve read this book so many times I’ve lost count. But it’s my favorite book–I read it almost every year and get something new out of it every time. I’ve heard it’s sort of a love-it-or-hate-it type of book, but it’s worth a shot. I think the narration is brilliant.
- A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
This book is not really a light-hearted read…but it is a sort-of romantic perspective on WW I about an ambulance driver. It has action, romance, suspense, and pages of lovely prose to sort through. I think I’d like to read it again in a couple of years to understand some of the metaphors and symbolism that is most certainly hidden within some of those drawn-out nature passages.
- Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
I’m not typically as interested in the sci-fi/futuristic/utopia genre, but I really enjoyed this novel. It’s clearly well thought-out, a little bit terrifying, and it will haunt your thoughts for a while. At first it’s a little confusing, with all of the futuristic words that Huxley invented, but you’ll catch on quickly to what they mean.
So there you go! I feel pretty proud of myself to get through all of those books this summer. I’m pretty much ecstatic when I get through one or two! I hope you’ll try some of these novels on for size, and I’d love to hear what you think about them.
*Note: all images are from Amazon.com, and all images are linked to the books there*
I can’t believe summer is winding down, it always just flies by! I’ve noticed that the air is starting to feel like fall in the mornings, and leaves are already starting to fall here in CO (what the heck?). While I’m excited for fall, saying ‘goodbye’ to summer is always hard for me. I especially miss the long days, where the sun comes up before 6 and doesn’t set until 9. *sigh*
Anyway, here’s what I’m currently doing this month.
Hope you have a great end of the week!
I haven’t been on Pinterest that much this summer, and I’ve definitely missed it. Is that sad? It feels kind of sad…but I love Pinterest, I just can’t help it! But it’s almost fall, which is my favorite season for fashion, so you can bet I’ll be browsing Pinterest much more now for inspiration.
Here are some of my recent pins.
- Love this pom-pom bedspread.
- This messy lob is just the perfect style for fall.
- These watermelon mojitos look so refreshing.
- How fun are these DIY cactus pincushions?
- I’m still loving midi skirts. This one is an adorable print!
- These tips for adding personality to a rental are really helpful.