July 27, 2015
I wore this to have lunch in Oakland with my parents and sister. My dad had an appointment that brought him into town, so we decided to make an afternoon of it. Chris works in Oakland which made it easy for us to all meet up at Porch and then enjoy the beautiful afternoon. Emilia was snuggly especially because she had a sleepover at their house the night prior. She wouldn't let me put her down which is often the case when we're reunited. After the overnight separation, I didn't want to put her down anyway!
Old Navy blouse
July 23, 2015
I've spent the last few weekends out of town, walking all over Cleveland and Ohiopyle, respectively. And during the week (on days when I'm not heading to campus) I take Emilia to a nearby playground early, before it gets too hot to deal. This summer in particular, I feel like I have been walking a lot. And my feet are kinda worse for the wear.
A few years ago, I could wear any flat shoes and have no consequences. I'd have no foot trouble, regardless of the amount of walking or style I'd wear. During my predoc with the Smithsonian, I was living in Georgetown where there's no Metro station. So I walked miles and miles every day. Back then my shoes of choice were Tory Burch Revas. Now when I wear Revas for more than a few hours, my feet hurt. Perhaps it is due to age? Regardless, I have noticed that if I don't make practical footwear choices for these walks, I suffer. Thankfully, the problem has lessened since I started being strategic not only about my shoes but also about my socks.
Recently, Kushyfoot sent me a sampler package. It contains many cleverly designed, affordably priced, comfort-focused socks as well as a pair of their "Flats to Go." I have tried everything in the kit and I have to say I love it all. My favorites are the Athletic foot covers due to the no-show cut outs and "cushy" footbeds. I might buy a half dozen more pairs because the two I have are getting so much use. I admit that I don't tend to wear socks in the summer but doing so lately has made a huge difference in my comfort. Thank you so much to Kushyfoot for sending me the products for review!
*Disclosure: Kushyfoot provided me with the products for this post but all opinions are my own.
July 21, 2015
I wore this outfit to attend some committee meetings on campus. There's a part of me that wishes committee work could pause during summer but sometimes the most focused productivity happens when classes aren't in session.
I am wearing jewelry pieces that came from Rocksbox. If you aren't familiar, Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription service that sends you three pieces to borrow and try, based on your preferences and selected favorites. You can wear it and send back when you are finished. If you want to keep anything, you can use "shine spend" credits to purchase pieces.
Rocksbox reached out to me and provided me with a trial subscription so I was able to test it out. All opinions are still my own. It's pretty fun, especially if you like to rotate your jewelry options a lot. I do think their prices to purchase are on the high side of things but if you have a lot of account credit, that helps lower the prices. Thank you, Rocksbox!
Rocksbox is also offering readers of Consume or Consumed their own free trial with invite code: jesspghxoxo
Simply Vera Wang dress from Kohls
Clare Cardigan from J. Crew Factory
MBMJ Punk Mouse Flats
Marc Jacobs Mercer bag
House of Harlow bracelet, Gorjana necklace, Elise M necklace all borrowed c/o Rocksbox