Favorite Spring/Summer Shoes

Hi y’all,

I will be the first person to say I have horrible feet! I have something called claw toes and they can be extremely painful. I actually had surgery on them when I was little because they were so painful, I refused to walk. We’re getting to the point again where they are painful, but I am trying to not have any surgeries until I’m done with grad school. I’ve also injured my feet pretty badly in the past. I’ve sprained my foot multiple times. I’ve been on crutches, in a walking boot, and received 3 months of physical therapy. Needless to say, I try my best to take care of my feet and wear the best shoes I can. I do have orthotics that I got them at Good Feet in Richmond. I have their most stiff kind and they help keep my feet in alignment.

Now, if you’re thinking you made a really long post about not promoting products. You’re right. I did. However, the difference is that these are shoes that I wear all the time. Literally, I’ve owned them for years and years. I’m not being paid to promote these shoes. I genuinely love them!

Favorite Spring_Summer Shoes

I love these Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Madison sneaker. I bought them a few years ago during the prime sale and adore them! I can fit my orthotics inside. The only downside to these is that I can’t really wear socks with them.

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One of my favorite places to shop for shoes is Nordstrom. They just announced the closest Nordstrom to me (the one at Short Pump in Richmond) will most likely not reopen. While I do admit they did not always have the greatest selection, that’s is a buying issue that could very easily be fixed.Screen Shot 2020-05-11 at 3.53.03 PM

However, once I find a pair of shoes I like, I continue to buy them. I have 3 pairs of these Sam Edelman Felicia Flats currently in my closet, and I’ve had at least a total of 5 pairs. I wear my normal shoe size (7.5) in these and can fit my orthotics in them. I will say that the material in the footbed does disintegrate with the use of the orthotics. They do have enough cushion I should be able to wear them without the orthotics, but I can definitely tell that alignment isn’t right in my legs and ankles when I don’t use them.

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Rainbows are another favorite of mine. I’ve been buying these since high school and I will continue to buy them. These are a shoe that I can definitely get away with not wearing my orthotics (but if I wanted to, I would just put Velcro on them).

I’ve also tried Rothy’s, love a good pair of Jacks (I just can’t wear them back to back days). I recently bought a pair of Lilly Pulitzer sandals that I can’t wait to break in. During the huge ShopBop sale I also got a pair of Sam Edelman sandals, but I haven’t had any chances to wear them yet!

What are your favorite pair of Spring/Summer shoes?



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Shop Local Spotlight: Camilla Creations

Hi y’all,

I’m so excited to continue the Shop Local series, Camilla Creations!

Today I’m showcasing Kassandra’s small business, Camilla Creations. She is a fellow graduate of Christopher Newport University and her business offers a wide variety of artisan products. In case you aren’t aware, CNU is a small liberal arts college in Newport News, Virginia. It’s often hard not to have a connection to somebody! I actually worked with her brother, Ricky, during my last year of college. She’s originally from Northern Virginia but has since moved to Richmond, where her business is primarily located.

Slide1.pngShe is multitalented and offers everything from woodworking to embroidery to paintings.

I personally bought an embroidered hat that says Christopher Newport University and has my monogram on the back. Plus another one for my mom. However, I am dying to get my hands on a foil or painting of Christopher Newport Hall and UVA’s Rotunda. You can also bet that I’ll be ordering one of her “home is where the doodle is” when I get my future puppy.

The creations are often incredibly personal, she loves doing grad cap designs for the special graduate. I remember seeing a bunch that she did back when I graduated from CNU in 2015. Everything is marked at a great price, but she will do sales on Instagram periodically.

She has also expanded to word working and wood burning. You can get a custom wood cutting board (a must-have for a new family!). Add in wood coasters for the complete look.

One thing I love about her and her business is how family-oriented it is. Her fiance, Patrick (another CNU grad), is often seen at CNU’s farmer’s markets and sales helping out (he’s also the CFO). Last fall, her adorable nephew was diagnosed with cancer, her response? Hold fundraisers and be with him as much as possible. You can check out the gofundme here.

You can see a ton of her products on instgram here.

Take a bit and check out everything she has to offer!

If there is a small business you would like to see, let me know in the comments.



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Shop Local Spotlight: Rhoback

Hi y’all,

Today it is so important to shop locally if you’re choosing to shop. I realize not everyone has the financial stability right now, but if you do, keep your dollars as local as possible! Many of these companies are not getting federal bailout money. Your support will help them continue to stay in business. If you want to know why it is so important to shop local, you can learn more here.

I wanted to bring your attention to one of my favorite brands, while it is local to C’ville, Rhoback has been talked about on national news and has been showcasing their brand nation-wide.

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Rhoback started as the project for the Darden School. Darden is UVA’s graduate business school. It spun from there and is now a full-time business. The name Rhoback comes from the dog breed, Rhodesian Ridgeback. If you’ve ever seen them out and about, you might have met two of the owners’ dog, a Rhodesian Ridgeback! Every product as their signature “Rhoback Ridge” on the back.

Rhoback is a phenomenal company that also loves giving back to their community. They have begun making “The Victory Mask”. While it is not a commercial-grade mask, it’ll do in a pinch. The term comes as a throwback to Victory Gardens during World War I and II. The gardens were a morale booster and helped families keep fresh food on their table in a time where many of the workers had been sent overseas to serve during the wars.


They started as an all-men’s company. However, they have recently started branching out to women. They have designed the Q-Zip for both men and women. I purchased the Grey Lady last fall at Martha’s Market, an annual charity shopping event in C’ville. The Q-Zip is more forming fitting and has thumb holes. I’m wearing my normal second layer medium so it’s a little roomy. I also have broad shoulders, so it felt a little better. A deal maker for me was this has SPF in it. As someone who has extraordinarily pale skin, this will seal the deal for me every single time. I love being outside, but don’t want to worry about sunscreen constantly. With a top like this, I don’t have to! They’re also tagless, super soft, and machine washable (another win!). This is one of my favorite pullovers. It is not too tight or too loose across the stomach. It’s comfortable to lounge in, talk a walk, or do a full cardio work out in. It allows you to move, and you don’t feel like you’re stretching the material. I’ve washed it a few times since buying it, and it has not lost its stretch or stretched out too much. This is definitely a pullover I’ll have for a long time!

Rhoback also has adorable dog bandanas that will match your man’s shirt. I bought my dad a performance tee, and he loves it for fishing! They continue to brand out and all of their products are the best quality possible.

You can follow Rhoback on Instagram.



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FTC Disclaimer: I purchased the Q Zip myself, with my own money, and this is my honest review. I have not received compensation for this product or review.