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My Favorite Top 11 Spring + Summer Sandals, Slides & Shoes at Benjamin Lovell

I am so excited to share with you a fun little project I was working on the week with my friends at Benjamin Lovell in Philadelphia.

I’ve partnered with Benjamin Lovell Shoes before – in the Fall, sharing my Boot + Bootie Picks – as well as when I worked with Earth Brands in store as well. I’m not going to lie, working with shoe brands and shoe stores for the blog might be my favorite.

I’m COMPLETELY a Shoe Gal over here. So the opportunity to focus on an entire blog post – I’m IN!

I love being able to partner with my friends at Benjamin Lovell Shoes because of the wonderful experience shopping there. The staff is always so helpful and lovely – and I always find new + amazing shoe brands that I’ve never seen anywhere else. It’s always a treat!

There are SO MANY shoes + styles + colors to choose from in the Benjamin Lovell selection. But I did my best to narrow it down to my Top 10 picks for the season {give or take a few} I kept things neutral and I’m excited to share with you what I found and what I loved.

#1 – Birkenstock “Arizona” in Copper Leather

As soon as I saw these Copper Leather Arizona Birks I knew they had to be on my list. I have had my eye on them since they were released in all their rose gold beauty last year. They are so comfortable and I love how Birkenstocks are having a moment right now – I’ve got a few pairs and I love them all – add in some Copper Leather and they are pretty much perfection.

Do you love them as much as I do?

#2 – Pikolinos “Alcudia” Lace Up Sandal in Stone

I was IMMEDIATELY drawn to these lace up sandals in the store. I’m a massive Pikolinos fan – I literally want every one of their shoes out now – and I love the look and style of these so I had to try them on. They fit like a dream, are super cute with pants, shorts or a dress and come in a few amazing colors. Love.

#3 – Earth Shoes Ivy Sahara in Coco

Having worked with Earth Shoes a bunch in the past, I’m already a fan. When I saw these block heel booties on the shelf, I knew I had to give them a try! They are beyond comfortable and the incredible detail, heel and buckle makes it a super stylish shoe. These are great for ANYTHING!

#4 – Taos Trulie Wedge Sandal in Golden Yellow

I totally wish there were more mustard yellow sandals out there at the moment because I LOVE this color so much. These wedge sandals are so comfortable and come in A MASSIVE selection {23!!} of colors to choose from. This was my first time trying Taos footwear in a sandal and it did not disappoint. I also love the weaving detail on the straps and the slightly wedged footbed is different than most others out there – I really liked it!

#5 – Pikolinos “Mykonos” Platform Sandal in Stone

These were one of the last sandals I tried on, and I’m really glad I did. I’m usually not one for a platform sandal, but the leather on these is so dreamy, it felt amazing to wear! In true Pikolino style, I love the fit and the look – the detail of the corked footbed and tan back strap only make the shoe even cuter!

#6 – OluKai “Pehuea” Slip on Sneaker in Tapa

OluKai is a completely new brand to me, and I’m so glad my friends at Benjamin Lovell introduced it to me! This slip on sneaker is different because of the incredible fabric – it’s super breathable and casual chic! I love that you can wear it as a sneaker or a slip on shoe {as the heel bends down for an easy slide on!} It comes in a bunch of beautiful colors, but I love the neutrality of the Tava for summer! Love these!

#7 – Aetrex “Hailey” Studded Sandal in Deep Taupe

Another completely new to me brand – Aetrex! These studded sandals were so much fun to try on. I loved the deep taupe color – a little grayish purple, but still completely neutral for everyday wear. Also the suede and the studs elevated these sandals a bit, which I liked! These also have amazing arch support and the straps are completely adjustable too.

#8 – Wirth “Coast” Python Slide in Nude

Yet ANOTHER completely new {to me} brand. These are a classic slide silhouette that – if you can believe it – I don’t own anything like it in my closet. I love the look and the python detail gives it a little extra visual interest. Not to mention the Italian leather is BEYOND.

#9 – Pikolinos “Jerez” Skimmer Flat in Brandy

The attention to detail on these shoes is incredible. The stitching and the design are so unique. I love the look and the easy style – they come in a variety of neutral colors too. I originally wanted to try on the Champagne Leather, which is more of a gold, but they didn’t have my size – and I really like the brandy color shown. What do you think about these?

#10 – Pikolinos “Santorini” Laceless Oxfords in Brandy

Another shoe, another Pikolino.

I told you I loved them. It was actually hard NOT to do the entire post of just Pikolinos. Because they are that good.

These laceless oxfords aren’t as spring + summery as the other sandals shown. I even posted about them before in my previous Benjamin Lovell visit this past Fall {in a different color} – but they are so good, I’ve kept coming back to them. They are so comfortable, like walking on a cloud {seriously} and they are an amazing transitional shoe between the seasons, another reason why I love them.

#11 – Wirth “Hispanita” in Tan/White

Another Wirth style because I thought these were so cute – I can see them being worn with all the summer dresses and they would still be so cute with shorts or jeans! They are very comfortable and the leather is so gorgeous. These scream summer, but they come in a really fun black + metallic option as well!

So what shoe did I go home with?! Well, it happened to be a style I loved in a color I didn’t previously show you!

I went with the Pikolinos “Alcudia” Lace Up Sandal in Coral!

I fell in love with this little beauty in the gold/stone color – but my heart went soaring when I saw the red. The gold was amazing and neutral but I am loving the classic red color pop in these shoes. Plus, I’m wearing lots of grey, white + black these days {as shown in this photo!} so it’s easy to wear with all of that – but for the record, I wouldn’t normally wear the red with the green vest.

The metallic is amazing, I’m still dreaming about them and might have to keep an eye on them if they go on sale, because they were beautiful – but I fell hard for the detail in the red + coral color.

Maybe it’s a Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz thing – And Her Little Red Shoes Too. What can I say – I love a theme!

So there you have it – my Top 11 favorites and the ones I went home with! I can’t wait to wear these all Spring + Summer long – you can bet I will be styling them all the time, so be prepared to see a ton of them!

A huge thank you to my friends at Benjamin Lovell for having me in store, for introducing me to some incredible new shoe brands and for my new red shoes – I love them so!

Now I’d love to hear what shoes you are loving from my Top Picks – Are any of these brands your favorite? Which shoe style did you like best?!

Send me a message or comment below what you think! I can’t wait to hear from you!

Friday Five Favorites: Marika Activewear, Trader Joe’s Cold Pressed Juice, Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Concert + More

Hello and Happy Friday! We made it! Woohoo!

The hubs + I have a fun, kid-free weekend ahead – as my parents are taking the boys for an overnight before we have our family Easter celebration on Sunday.

We’ve got a date night in the works, going to cross a few things off our to-do list on the house and maybe find a minute or two to do absolutely nothing.

Dreams.

So before all that fun stuff can start, let’s get into this weeks Friday Five Favorites!

First up is actually a trio – this new workout set by Marika. Everyone loves a fresh outfit to workout in and I am no exception. So when my friends at Marika sent me this set as a little pre-Mother’s Day treat, I was more than excited to take it for a spin.

This brand is really cool because it’s designed for women by women and I can honestly say it fits + feels like a dream. I love the Lexi Seamless Sports Bra – it has amazing support and feels great on. It’s paired with the Raven Singlet – this is fun because of the navy pop in the bra – I can totally see myself wearing this on a hot summer day, it’s SO LIGHT!

Both the sports bra and the top were great compliments to the Westwood Leggings. They are super soft, breathable and have great detail to them. I also enjoy the high waist! Smoke Blue wouldn’t be a legging color I would pick out for myself – but I love them! They are really fun to wear.

A TON of great Marika products are found on Amazon – Hello 2 Day Shipping! – And I will also be adding some of my favorites to my Amazon Store. Most of the leggings are around $20 or under – super affordable and great quality! Any and all pieces would be fantastic Mothers day gifts for that sporty + trendy mom in your life – it’s never to early to start shopping!

Friday Favorite #2 – This amazing cold pressed juice from Trader Joes. I ALWAYS get it whenever I’m shopping there – it’s my favorite little treat. If you haven’t tried it yet, be sure to pick one up next time you are at the store – it’s fantastic!

Along with my new activewear and favorite green juice – do you sense a trend? – I am OBSESSED with this appetizer serving tray. I have been filling it up with fruits and veggies each morning and it’s become my go-to snack container for the boys. Whip it out when they are hungry and we are good to go. It comes with a lid to keep things fresh during the day and I can just pop it back into the fridge for them to grab whenever they want.

It came in a 2 pack – super affordable and great quality for under $15! I was impressed! I’ve also added it to my Amazon Shop – it’s going to be great for summer snacking.

#4 for the week is the Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods Tour.

Swooooon.

I’ve been a N*SYNC fan forever {and continue to be} I think Justin and his music is awesome, fun, inspiring and great to watch. He was originally supposed to be in Philly in November, but he was sick and rescheduled to this week. I scored $50 tickets a week before the show – we sat in the upper level, but we were first row. Amazing seats and a great show.

I’d expect nothing less from my man Justin. If you have the opportunity to see him – Do it!

And obviously this shirt was the perfect one to wear to this concert.

Boom.

For more pictures of my evening + some videos of Justin singing a few songs, check out this IG post! Where my JT Fans at?!

And my Friday #5 – These two little bunnies. We saw the Easter Bunny at the mall and the boys were pretty pumped. I love seeing them so excited for ever little thing.

They are the best.

Off to get my weekend started – I hope everyone out there has a great Friday, Saturday + Sunday! Catch ya on the flip side + thanks for following along!

Spring + Summer Dresses – Styling Two Favorites For Under $30

So it’s officially dress weather!

Well…almost!

Even though I LOVE my denim, I’m excited to switch things up a bit and wear some flowy prints as the weather warms up. I love wearing dresses even before its *really* hot out because its lots of fun to play with layers and accessories for the different styles, prints and silhouettes of dresses!

Here’s two new dresses recently added to my closet that I’m so excited to wear this spring + summer season.

Outfit Details:

Smock Dress {Under $30} / Boots / Cream Hat / Navy Hat / Earrings

I LOVE the ease of this Crochet Trim Striped Smock Dress. It’s got great embroidery, visual interest with the fun ruffles on the sleeves {which I wouldn’t normally like, but this isn’t much!}, the v neckline along with the white + blue for summer.

It’s such an easy piece to throw on and go!

Another new favorite dress, that I can’t wait to wear over swimsuits in the summer and layer with other cozy sweaters is this little beauty.

Outfit Details:

Dress {Only $11!} / Denim Jacket {similar} / Headband / Wedges

It’s a fun print for summer in a classic shape – not to mention its only $12! I love the detail on the hem and the spaghetti straps {less tan lines!} The black and cream make it easy to add in some brown leather {which I did with this bag} – another great one, done, throw on and go piece, which are my summer favorites!

So excited to wear and share these new pieces with you + you can bet I will be styling them in different ways all summer long!

As a little treat, you can use code – FEST233 for 15% off any order – valid from April 1st to June 30th!

Please tag me and let me know if you grab anything fun for spring + summer! I’d love to see you wearing any of these great looks! Thanks for following along!

Pinkalicious: The Musical at Walnut Street Theatre + Exposing Young Kids to the Arts in Philadelphia

I’ve been having so much fun partnering with the Walnut Street Theatre these past few months! I think it’s SO IMPORTANT to expose young kiddos to the arts at a young age! Getting them to sit in their seat, focus and enjoy a show is such a great accomplishment for any little one – and I think it’s just one of those things that the more they experience it, the more they know how to act during a show so they can really enjoy it!

Here’s a look back at some of the shows we’ve enjoyed recently at the Walnut Street Theatre:

Ronald Dahl’s Matilda / Aladdin Jr. / A Christmas Carol

Last Friday, we packed up our bags and took a bus downtown to check out Pinkalicious: The Musical! The boys love taking the bus and it was threatening rain later in the day so I figured it was a win/win.

We got down there to the Theatre area a little early so we had some time to grab a snack before the show. A few doors down from Walnut Street Theatre is Le Pain Quotidien – so fancy croissants + a warm latte for all before Pinkalicious!

When we first were invited to Pinkalicious, it wasn’t a show or a book the boys had read or seen. But before going to the play I made sure we all watched an episode of the show together and read the book – and I was pleasantly surprised – it was super cute !

I will say that Brooks – before he read the book or saw the show – said that ‘this play is for girls, it’s about everything PINK” – but I am ALL ABOUT exposing boys and girls to all sorts of things, no matter the gender norms. Plus, my two little boys that like to wrestle and fight all day long could use a little additional exposure to the kinder + gentler “girl world” of everything pink! I think it tends to calm them a bit, which I enjoy!

The Walnut Street Theatre has a Walnut Street Kids program where they always have a kid-friendly focused show going on – they are usually at 10:30 am in the morning and earlier in the day on the weekends. These shows run 1 hour long with no intermission and are perfect for a younger audience.

Every seat in the house is a great one – and there are boosters {which Graham is sitting on in the photo above} for anyone that needs a boost to see.

Here’s a bit about the show:

Despite warnings from her parents, Pinkalicous Pinkerton eats too many pink cupcakes—and ends up turning pink from head to toe! But when things really begin to go too far, it’s up to Pinkalicous to find her true colors once again. This cupcake-tastic musical is a fun and charming story for kids of all ages.

It was fantastic! The characters were lively and engaging, the story was silly and bright and the music was catching and you can bet we’ve been jamming out to the Pinkalicious: The Musical soundtrack ever since!

And aside from the Pinkalicious character dealing with turning pink – it had a fun little message from her brother and dad for the boys out there that it’s ok for them to like pink too! Both Brooks and Graham sat through the show mesmerized. They didn’t more or make a peep and had a great time enjoying the show!

It’s running through the end of this week and then a new show is starting in May! So if you’ve got a Pinkalicious lover in your life – be sure to take him or her soon – tickets are super affordable and it’s a great morning out with the littles!

Coming in May for Walnut Street Kids – Fly Guy + Legally Blonde: The Musical for the older crowd! I hope we can get to both!

Now I’d love to know what you think – Do you take your kiddos to the theatre? At what age did you start/plan to start? Have you seen Pinkalicious? What did you think?! Please share – I always love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for following along + a HUGE Thanks to my friends at Walnut Street Theatre for the tickets! Thanks for having us – we had a blast, as always!

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