The 6 Pairs of Shoes You Need for Spring (all under $75) + a Major Sale

Espadrilles

It’s espadrille season you guys! I love me a good espadrille. I especially love the wedge version that you can tie up your leg and the Soludos ones with the fun little emojis on them!

Shop my picks here:

The little white sneaker

This is probably the most versatile shoe on the list. I have found myself wearing mine with everything from dresses to jeans. I definitely plan to take a pair with me when Nate and I journey to Italy in June.

My favorites:

The spring bootie

With a suede and a light tan color, these picks bridge the gap from winter to spring perfectly– matching with leggings, denim, skirts, dresses, and jumpsuits.

Obsessed with:

The mule

Boy, has this trend stayed the course! I have seen these things everywhere for the past two years and I ain’t mad about it! Last winter was my first experience delving into the trend myself, and I haven’t looked back! I have all textures and tend to stick to neutral and gem tones to get the most wear out of them both in and out of work.

Try these:

Leather sandals

Definitely on my list of must-haves every summer. I love not having to think about what shoes to wear in the summer and just throwing my best pair of leather sandals on. I know they’ll go with anything!

Instant classics:

Thick-soled sneaker

I am definitely guilty of buying a couple pairs of these this spring. Shhhh…I have both the pink/peach Puma sneakers shown below and the tan with a leopard backing pair.

See all my top picks here:

Bottom line is that any time is a good time to buy shoes, but right now literally all the pairs I’ve linked are on sale and under $100. People who ask me where I shop most of the time usually get the same answer: “ShopBop” then I proceed to nerd out and rant on about the wonders of the app and its connection to Amazon (hello, Prime!).

The punchline is that their “Event of the Season” Sale is going on now and you have one more day to get some goods at pretty decent discounts.

They’re running a sale that gives you up to 20% off orders of $500 or less and 25% orders $500+. Just enter promo code EVENT19 at checkout.

How To Stop a Panic Attack in 5 Steps

This week I was diagnosed with multiple ear infections (not to mention sinus infection with migraines) and was put on an antibiotic. Not a big deal, right? Well, apparently it doesn’t sit well with me because I’ve had horrible reactions both mentally and physically ever since–one of which being the dreaded panic attack. Unfortunately, I’m no stranger to this issue; I’ve been dealing with them on and off my entire life.

It almost seems silly that I’m writing this because I feel far from an expert on how to deal with panic attacks, but I’m hoping that reading this may bring a bit of relief to someone else–and at the very least, a new and different perspective that has come to help me. So here are my ways how to stop a panic attack in 5 steps:

Step 1

Let the feeling ride. Feel it without any resistance.

Step 2

Trace it back to a feeling. I’m talking separate the numbing paranoia and fear from the bottom line. Push the shock of the fear and physical manifestations of the panic and ask yourself what one feeling does this panic come from.

Step 3

Once you’ve identified the feeling, figure out the trigger. This could be a place, thought, person, memory, or anything else–the point is to attempt to trace the panic attack back to the very thought that triggered the spiral.

Step 4

Figure out, realistically, if this thought has any merit. Is this something that scares you? Worries you? Makes you feel guilty? Whatever it is, try to put the emotional pang of the panic attack aside and be your own realist here. Ask yourself if it’s something true or likely to happen and if it isn’t, think of all the reasons why it isn’t. Then, trust yourself and your judgement and do your best to put the panic to rest knowing that you’ve seen this through. This process of thought flipping helps your mind to calmly switch out of emotional mode and into logical mode. This has helped me to talk myself out of bigger panic attacks.

Step 5

Divert your attention. Once you’ve completed your thought flipping, find something else to do. Read something, watch an engaging movie or television show, play a word game, have a conversation with a friend, paint–whatever you have to do to stay cognitively engaged in something other than your panic attack. One of the phrases I always remind myself of is “this too shall pass”. This is a temporary state and in no way indicative of who you are as a person.

Honorable Mention: Guided Meditation

I think it’s worth noting how guided meditation does help me when I’m feeling particularly anxious. However, I’ve never used it in the midst of a panic attack so I can’t speak to how well it might work at that highly elevated of an emotional state. I tend to use guided meditation when I need to reconnect after a panic attack or if I’m feeling anxious and think it could possibly turn into one.

My favorite: Calm

how to stop a panic attack

I’ve tried many different methods of deescalating a panic attack but this process is the only one I’ve found that seems to work the majority of the time. Is there a tried-and-true way that you’ve used? I’d be interested in hearing the helpful ways others deal with this issue!

What I’m Buying for My Trip to Italy + a Huge Sale!

 

Hi ya’ll! I am so excited for summer–I mean, besides the obvious reasons, Nate and I are journeying to Italy in June! This will be my first time back to Europe since 2002 and Nate’s first time to Europe ever. Now you might think we’re crazy, but we’ve decided to bring only a backpack. I have literally never gone on a trip to anywhere without lots of luggage so this will definitely be a challenge for me.

The tickets I was able to score would make for a second time going through customs and re-checking baggage, so we opted to go with a carry-on only. But what do you pack for 10 days in Italy when you only have a backpack? I took to my friends, blogs, Facebook groups, and family members for advice.

One of the most common pieces of advice I was given was to pack only a few dresses in fabrics that wouldn’t wrinkle too badly that would be versatile enough to rewear. Obviously this meant that I had to go shopping.

Another thing to think about was how we were going to do with traveling around the cities all day–I didn’t want to bring a heavy purse and I want my hands to be free while I explore everything Italy has to offer. I opted to go with this Marc Jacobs mini backpack that is big enough to store a water bottle, cardigan, phone, keys, wallet, etc. Bonus–it was on sale and comes in different colors!

One of my friends who frequently travels to Europe, reminded me that I need to wear sleeves and skirts/dresses to the knee or below when visiting holy places like churches. This changed my outlook, because now I think I’m going to go with maxi and midi dresses that I can change up with some jewelry and drape a light jacket over if need be. Here’s one I just bought for 50% off that just screams “Venice”!

Any advice on what you’ve packed for a similar trip or how to pack in a carry-on only would be greatly appreciated!

So far on my list:

A sun hat

Maxi and midi dresses

A versatile bralette

Mini backpack

Statement earrings

Light pajamas

A pair of denim shorts

Neutral sneakers for pairing with dresses and shorts

Comfortable walking sandals

Colorful hair ties

A light jumpsuit or romper

Collapsible water bottle

A light top that goes with everything

Comfortable leggings

Denim jacket

 

Luckily, Shopbop is having an amazing sale where you buy more, get more and if you know me in person, I’ve probably talked your ear off about it at some point. In fact, the majority of the pieces I get compliments on are from here. I love stocking up here when the sales are this good! Best part is if you have Amazon, you can log in with your account and get free two day shipping…YAS QUEEN. The sale is on until March 2nd at 8:59pm EST. DON’T MISS OUT! Let me know if you need suggestions, I’ve been buying from them for years!

 

Shop my picks here: