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While it’s not as obvious as something like your skin, your feet are just as, if not more, important. Looking after your feet properly requires a lot of care and attention, and we spend so much time on our feet all day, every day, that actually, there are going to be some issues that crop up from time to time. While most of us wear shoes for the purposes of fashion, rather than practicality, this can be to the detriment of our feet. The one main solution to consider is to wear the right shoes (what a surprise!), but what are the best (and worst) types of shoes for your feet?

Pointy Toe ballet flats with scattered rhinestones

The Best…

There are two types that are particularly good for your feet. Any sort of athletic shoe is particularly good to support your feet, but sneakers are the best for overall comfort. Because the majority of sneakers have a lifespan of around 6 months, you’ve got a lot of wear in them, and they can last up to 500 miles. If you don’t consider sneakers to be a particularly fashionable item of footwear, you can dress them up in funky colors, and in fact, there is a website, https://www.alegriashoeshop.com/ that have some eye-catching designs. The other type of shoe for your feet is a wedge heel, and as most people opt for stilettos, this is a good alternative. The angle can give you a bit more support and balance, and you are less likely to fall down the stairs wearing a wedge heel!

The Worst…

Unfortunately, this is just a list of shoes that we all like to wear! From high heels, to flip-flops, and even ballet flats, they don’t provide the foot support. In fact, high heels can have an impact on your body by putting extra stress on your legs, back and hips, that can change the overall alignment of your body. In addition to this, high heels put more pressure on the ball of your foot, which will cause the natural padding of your feet to wear out, which contributes to problems like calluses further down the line. Pointed toe shoes have a tendency to squeeze your toes together, which doesn’t help if you’ve got bunions, and these shoes can cause your toes to curl under permanently. This is known as hammertoe, and will require surgery to get it rectified.

When picking any shoes, you need ones with good support, especially in the arch of the foot. Lots of people buy shoes that are too flexible, because we think that this is more comfortable, but in fact, it will cause many problems for you in the future. It’s always beneficial to look after your feet as best as you can, and http://www.healthywomen.org/ has some handy pointers to make sure your feet are in tip top condition. You should also try and avoid wearing the same pair of shoes for a given length of time, it’s better to switch up your shoes on a daily basis. Look after your feet, and they will look after you!

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I am proud to say that I am a success story of art therapy. After my sister died, I think that weekend, actually, our pastor’s wife suggested that I go into therapy and that art therapy would probably be a good option for me. I didn’t only not object, I enthusiastically agreed to go. Despite what my high school suggested, I stayed off any medication to “help me focus” and went the talking route instead. (I also threw myself into dance company, photography, and hanging out in any free art studio where I wasn’t underfoot after school.) I got back on honor roll in time for graduation, which I consider one of my biggest successes.

One thing that I learned about myself, aside from working through some very complicated emotions for a child, is that I’m extremely tactile. What I mean by that is that anything I created with Wendy, my therapist, had to have texture for me for it to feel complete. My favorite thing to do with her was paint. So one week I would paint and talk and the following week I would either continue working on what I was doing or sit with the painting on my lap, telling her what I created and why. After a few times of this, Wendy realized that as I talked about my painting, I’d run my hand over it pretty much constantly. A lot of my pieces had things stuck to them- CDs or sequins or anything to make them 3D. I was really unsatisfied with one, and Wendy realized it was because it was too flat.

This wasn’t a huge revelation. Honestly, I’m a walking bundle of sensory overload in all ways, but touch has always brought me a sense of comfort and security. I was one of those kids who always had to be reminded “touch with your eyes not with your hands.”  I still sleep with Little Pillow- once a pillow and now essentially a square of flannel. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but when I get upset I rub my face on it.

Whatever y’all. I’m weird. You should know this.

Fall is great because textures start to come out to play. Summer is all about lightweight cotton for me, but with fall comes suede and heavy sweaters and velvet and oooohhh I can’t wait. What are some of your favorite textures to wear?

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Velvet Twist Headband||Floral Embroidered Velvet Kimono||Steve Madden Women’s Clever Block-Heel Sandals

Faux Fur Tippet Scarf||Knit Faux Fur Pom Beanie||Billabong Furever Love Faux Fur Vest

Cable Knit Loose Sweater||Women’s Bp. Tiered Sleeve Cable Knit Sweater||Johnstons of Elgin – Cable-knit Cashmere Headband – Gray

BB Dakota – Wade Faux Suede Drape Jacket Women’s Coat||Mur Mur Faux Suede Cape Jacket||Mia Monique Faux Suede Booties

 

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I am so psyched that this week is only three days for Kendall and myself. We haven’t had a trip in a while, and we’re going to Charleston for Sahra’s wedding with a stop on the way down and back to Myrtle Beach to visit some of my family. We’re like really good at long car trips together, braving a week-long drive from Mississippi with several stops along the way when we moved him up here, and a few trips back by car since then.

Next week, I’ll have my Chowderfest trip too! Now that I’m a grown-up with a full time job and responsibilities, it’s not so often that I get a weekend away, much less two in a row. While the trips serve different purposes, the bulk of both trips is going to be pretty casual. I have a crazy gown for Sahra’s wedding, but I’ll spend most of both trips in pretty comfy attire (especially as Long Beach Island will be pretty chilly at the ‘fest).

This time of year is pretty tricky, weather-wise, so layers are key. So is a (practical) variety of footwear. I’m kind of over over-packing (I used to be so bad about this), so I’m rather strategic in what actually gets to come with me for a weekend away. I tend to pack in coordinating colors to mix and match.

the carolove getaway essentials

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Women’s Obey Basel Cable Knit Sweater||L.L.Bean Blanket Scarf, Plaid||Free People – Jordan Tee Women’s T Shirt

Original Tour Women’s Rain Boots||Jessica Simpson Water-Resistant Hooded Raincoat||Perverse Declan 51Mm Keyhole Sunglasses||Women’s Sp Black Decon Raw Edge High Waist Skinny Jeans

Roxy – Peak Moments Striped Dress Women’s Dress||Women’s Leith Easy Circle Cardigan||GUESS – Disc Pendant w/ Tassel Y Necklace Necklace||Lucky Brand Women’s Eesa Block-Heel Booties Women’s Shoes

Cobian – La Paz Women’s Sandals||Vans Authentic Lo Pro Sneaker||Brown Buckle-Accent Tote Set

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Sometimes the best weekend are planned last minute. A couple a of weekends ago, I found myself with a Sunday by myself and tagged along with Dani to a fun brunch that Tonya hosted at The Ashburn Pub. Tell you what- if the pub was closer to DC I would be back constantly! If you’re in the ‘burbs in VA, you should definitely go check it out! Not only do they have very yummy noms for brunch and great drinks (think bloodies with shrimp in them!) but they have great theme parties. Make sure to follow them on Instagram for updates!

On our way home, Dani needed gas, so we pulled into the cutest brand new shopping center in Sterling. After getting really turned around (like, literally in circles) we found the Colada Shop and grabbed some coffees to perk us up for the drive after shoving our faces at brunch. The light was just too good and the blogger bestie in Dani was sweet enough to shoot a few pics of my weekend casual outfit. My outfit is actually mostly from American Eagle, but not recent, so I’ve linked some of my current faves from there below.

It was kind of awesome stumbling upon an area I’m not familiar with just outside of the city. Do you have a suburban find you want to share my way?

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Outfit details

Antonia Tassel Necklace||Mermaid Earrings||Pompon Keychain, Malltop Charm Simulation Rabbit Fur Car Bag Plush Key Ring||Similar Sandals||Similar Lace Top||Alice bag c/o Urban Expressions||American Eagle Outfitters AE Skinny Bermuda Short

Currently at AEO

 

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A couple weeks ago, Kendall + I had a serious discussion about adventuring. With his work schedule,  it’s harder to plan weekend romps and day trips, so we decided we need to at least explore this great city that we live in more. My old roommate was having a birthday get together, so we decided to take the morning for us and just walked around the DuPont/ Logan Circle area.We grabbed sushi at one of the few places that is open between 2 and 5, and Kendall asked if he could take some pictures for my blog since he’s noticed that I haven’t been doing many outfit posts. (He’s such a great insta-husband-to-be.)

So, I actually got this top thinking it was a dress. I put it on, and Kendall was visibly confused. I stuck my white jeans on under it, and it definitely looked better. This is one of those outfits I think my mom will hate- it features skulls, ripped jeans, and a cold shoulder. But I think it’s fun! It makes for a great weekend outfit especially if I’m stuffing my tum full of sushi, cupcakes, and drinkies from Orange Anchor, like I did that day.

I’m so into the western skull motif kind of out of nowhere- see my other western-inspired picks below my outfit details!

Outfit details:

Get Me Moving Tunic Top: Southern Fried Chics||Jegging crop: American Eagle Outfitters||Purse: Coach Outlet||Sandals: Forever 21||black cat scallop activity tracker||Stella & Dot Stack: Melody Bracelet; Wishing Bracelet – Bisous

Western picks:

 

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