Sliding Into a Summer Footwear Trend and Summer Shadows!

We’re “sliding” into that time of year!!  Barefoot driving.  No pantyhose (for me it’s an all-year round thing on that one).  Sneakers without socks or with those little sport socks.  Sandals. Flipflops.

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Barefootin’ time!!!!  

And…a new and cute trend.  Little wisps of footwear with bows.  Those adorable slides.  Have you seen them?

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Gucci is getting in on the trend.  $520 for these?  I got a bridge to sell ya honey!

If you haven’t, think back to the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.  Remember the Adidas slides? Those somewhat clumsy looking ones that were practically a staple at the beach, pool and soccer games?

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I loved these slides. They were clumsy but comfy!!

Better yet, remember those clunky black slides with the stretchy fabric top from the 1990’s?  OMG. I freaking loved those slightly hideous things.

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Guilty as charged. I had these too. And I loved them. I’m sorry they were eventually thrown away!

Well, the slide has been streamlined.  The sole has gone on a diet and has thinned out and has a more girly appearance.  And they are decorated with bows!

RAYE Sandy Sandal in Red. - size 5.5 (also in 6,6.5,7,7.5,8,8.5,9,9.5,10)

Streamlined at $155!  Not much shoe for that price. These are by Raye.

Now, I saw some of these and the prices are all over the place. Let’s have a look—shall we?

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J. Crew Bow Slides. Sorry but at $130, these are still overpriced!

Wait. I take that back.  My summer sandal of choice is the Rondini sandal—but they still come in at a lower price point than your higher-end department store sandal.


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My Rondini Sandals.  They get better year after year!

But I’m talking about trendy stuff for now. And these slides seem to be pretty trendy.  I don’t believe in spending a ton of money on trends. 

Anyway, I happened to be in Walmart yesterday. I had to buy bags and ribbon for the cookies I made for “Bring-Your-Child-To-Work” day.

I purchased bags and company-colored ribbon.  I needed to do this so I wouldn’t dig in and eat the cookies. They were quite the hit with the kids!

And as I was perusing the aisles for bargains, I passed by the shoe department.  And I spotted cute, adorable slides with cute, adorable bows.For the price of $6.97!  Just my luck, the red and white gingham checked ones were out of stock in Size 8.  But fear not, I snagged a pair in black and was thrilled that I made the purchase.

A great Walmart find. I drove to work in them yesterday and they were so comfy!

The slides are vegan if you will.  There’s no leather in these babies!  At all. But I’ll tell you this—they are comfortable AF!  There is the slightest hint of a heel which adds to the comfort.

Compare these with the pricey ones.  These slides are pure vegan! i.e. man-made materials. 

And the cut is narrow.  So friendly for my narrow feet!  Now—I’m normally an 8 ½ in a shoe but there were no half sizes. I did try the 9 on and my foot slid right out of it.  The 8 is actually a perfect fit in every way.

A narrow cut so if your feet are like mine, these are great!

Rubber soles to make it safe if you are on an old slippery cobblestone street.  Excuse the dog hair.  It’s a part of life and we vacuumed two days ago!

I don’t know if these would be a great choice for someone who lacks in a high or medium instep. And I say this because my daughter, Oona, cannot wear super flat shoes.  She’s pretty-much flat-footed and is more comfortable in a heeled or wedged sandal (of which I can’t wear)

These inexpensive little goodies are a great, great summer find!  I give them an A+!!

But honestly, for the price point of less than seven dollars, these little slides are a great way to introduce yourself to a summer trend.  They are a bit dressier than your average flip flop and would look great on a casual dinner date or lunch date.  They are perfect for a barbeque. Heck, I’ll wear these to work!

I got makeup mail today.  I couldn’t help myself from buying the makings of another quad-palette from MAC.  This is going to be the last one for a while. They raised the price of the individual shadow refills from six bucks to seven. Not a fan of that sneaky jump in price!

Eyeshadow mail from MAC!  

But—my reasoning for this purchase is that I’ll stick it in my tote bag.  Summer weather has a strange way of sometimes melting the makeup right off the face. With a fake tan or a real tan, it isn’t that bad, but it is annoying when the eye makeup melts from the sweat and humidity.

It’s one of the reasons that I love a powder eye shadow.  And figured it would make sense to create a palette that I could have at the ready in case I need to freshen up for work purposes or if I’m meeting Bonaparte after work for dinner.  Right?

Naturally, I stuck with neutrals. But I have to tell you about a special shadow color.

Quarry. Quite possibly one of the greatest eyeshadows ever!

The color is “Quarry” and I know that I’ve mentioned it before but this taupe color takes on a hint of brown and perhaps a hint of lavender.  It looks absolutely great on the eyes.  It’s a matte but not chalky.  It’s an incredibly versatile color and this is the third Quarry that I have in a palette!

Image result for quarry eyeshadow macQuarry. It’s just a versatile color! Thank you Call it Beauty for this great photo!

The other colors in the palette are Charcoal Brown, a medium-toned brown, Wedge, a lighter warm brown and Tete-a-Tint, a pale tangerine/brown that will look great under the brow! All are matte, which I think is more user friendly in the extreme heat.  I love my shimmer shadows but when I sweat, matte is where it’s at!

My new MAC palette (that I made myself), Top left is Quarry, Top right is Charcol Brown. Bottom left is Wedge and Bottom right is Tete-A-Tint. All great shades for the summer!

There isn’t much that I need in the line of summer clothing.  Soon it’ll be time to take the packed-away summer dresses out and make the transition—but the weather has been so temperamental that I’m sticking to multiple-season clothing for now.

I’m wearing a wash of Quarry on my eyes today. I also wore a wool skirt. Go figure–May is next week!

What about you. Have you started the transition from winter clothing to warmer weather ensembles yet?

I’m not doing a song today because I want you to watch this YouTube video.  This is the woman who got me hooked on Quarry Eyeshadow.  Her channel is Aly Art and she’s a freaking great makeup artist. This video is great because she goes through her favorite makeup for the last 15 years and she uses the same stuff over and over. I think you’ll like her a lot!  Her channel is incredible!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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30 Responses to Sliding Into a Summer Footwear Trend and Summer Shadows!

  1. Yes, time for pedi! Love those slip on black shoes… cute with bow.
    Your makeup looks great. …I think you do look softer without eyeliner.
    Again, thanks for showing us real you hair and all……it’s great.
    Chris d

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Chris! Freaking less than seven bucks. Can you believe it? It’s so funny because I’m not missing the eyeliner at all! Thank you so much!! XOXOXOXO

  2. cgcopy says:

    Great tip about the Quarry shadow, Catherine. I just ordered the single on MAC’s website without the palette because I only wanted the one color and couldn’t see paying an additional $10 for the container. The shadow was actually $7 but with a 15% discount, came out to only $5.95 — plus two free mini mascaras. Can’t beat that!

  3. Fiona says:

    How I miss Wal-Mart! When I was air crew I was in there so much (and Target, TKMaxx, CVS) Those sandals were a bloody bargain and look much more expensive, in fact I prefer them to the Gucci.
    Thanks for the Quarry tip, I’ll drop by the MAC counter for a testing sesh. Xx

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Fifi! Yeah. Quarry is amazing!!! But Walmart! It gets such a bad rap but the truth is, the prices are great and you can find just about anything there!!! XXOXOXOXO!!!!

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  5. Enid Hogrobrooks says:

    Great blog Cath. I found so great deals on the BEBE website for cute rhinestone embellished tops.

  6. Gotta love Wal-mart! Those sandals are super cute. I pinned this post so I can remember to check out that Mac eyeshadow next time I need to purchase. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Catherine says:

      Kellyann! Aren’t those sandals adorable??? And for the price you cannot go wrong. Yo gotta check out that Mac eyeshadow. It’s epic!!! Have a great weekend yourself!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  7. Penny says:

    Good old Walmart (or Asda as it’s called in the UK) those slider sandals are terrific value for money. But as for going bare-legged it’s far too cold over here. A couple of weeks ago we had 3 really hot days and it was so warm I actually wore a pair of sandals without socks or tights. But it’s back to winter gear now – brrr. Hope we get a summer! Have a lovely weekend x

    • Catherine says:

      Penny. As I write this, I’m in flannel PJ’s! It’s raining and cold and just miserable. It’s like the never-ending winter. But I’m still going barelegged! OXOXOXOXO!!!!

  8. I am such a fan of the slides! So so cute- the black Steve Maddens remind me of Friends!!

    • Catherine says:

      LOL!! Kenz. Yes. those Steve Maddens ARE very “Friends”. We all wore them back in the day and they went well with everything!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  9. vavashagwell says:

    Very cute sandals! Yeah, the other ones are way over-priced, that’s for sure!!! I wore some sparkly sandals most of yesterday, first day of the season! It’s cold again now though, so I’m back to shoes.

  10. doodletllc says:

    I;m more of a thong sandal girl but the bow slides are very cute on you…and love the price. 🙂

  11. Juliet says:

    Those slides are really cute, I have short fat feet that gravelguy pokes fun at. I like my jandals for summer but the slides are very cute asI am not really one for wandering about town in my jandals. Spring is slow coming to Scotland – we were discussing this at work and decided that we’d need a week of decent weather before we’d shave our legs – so maybe by autumn…..

  12. Leah says:

    That necklace is GORGEOUS!

  13. Amelia says:

    Hi Catherine, I remember those slides from the early 2000s. My son was a fan of those Nikes and Adidas slides. I thought they were ugly. By then as a mother, I’d learned to pick my battles wisely.
    Some of the slides I’ve seen in the stores and online are very pretty and fetching. I’m a 9 narrow high arches and walk like a duck according to my siblings growing up. Used to be an 81/2. I asked my doctor if she had any idea what happened to my feet. She checked them, squeezed them and then said…”it happened sometimes”. She pronounced me and my feet healthy and sent me on my way. Oh well…so much for medical expertise. Love your Rondini sandals!!! Amelia

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Amelia! Those sides. Ugly AF but so very “in” and believe it or not, quite comfy!! LOL. Wow. That is a wonderful explaination from your doctor of the mystery of the growing feet!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXO!!!!

  14. I must admit I need arches even in my sandals. So I’m not comfortable in simple slides. I also hate walking around barefoot unless it’s in the sand. So I pay more for my sandals so that they’re really comfortable. I remember one pair for very expensive sandals, but I wore them for YEARS!!!!! I’ve got a large palette of old Mac eyeshadows. How long do you think they are still good? I’ve got quarry. Now I need to use it again.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Sandy! Oh..that’s like my Rondini sandals. I wear them for Years too!!!!!! I’ll keep a powdered eyeshadow for YEARS!!! It’s fine–and Quarry–you have got to start using it again for sure!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Sandy! Oh..that’s like my Rondini sandals. I wear them for Years too!!!!!! I’ll keep a powdered eyeshadow for YEARS!!! It’s fine–and Quarry–you have got to start using it again for sure!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  15. bluetulips says:

    The weather here in Adelaide Australia has been amazing for April, still feeling like summer, though the nights have certainly cooled down. !st of May today and a nice 24C. I have started pulling out the light sweaters and cardigans in preparation for colder days ahead. 🙂

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