What’s in my Closet: Casual Sneakers (Converse & Vans)

Causal kicks are a must-have in everyone’s closet! They go with almost any outfit and are a great way to dress down a skirt or dress, or a quick and comfortable go-to for weekend-wear with your favorite skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans. They are also shoes you can wear in any season, unlike sandals.

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If you own, or have ever owned Toms, then any of the outfits you wore with those works just as well with low-top Converses or slip-on Vans! These shoes are also insanely comfortable! They only take about a day to break in (if that!) and you can wear them all day without feeling like your compromising your comfort for fashion.

Both of these brands also have a ton of options to choose from, so you could go for the basic everyday pair that works with everything, or you could opt for the more unique, colorful, or patterned pair that make the outfit stand out! It’s up to you!

I own two pairs from each brand:

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Sneaker in White w/ pastel tongues (I don’t think they make these specific ones anymore, so I’m sorry there’s no link for them, but try these instead)

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Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Sneaker in Navy Blue/White (you can find these here)

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Canvas Authentic Lo Pro Vans in Black/White (found here)

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Vans Classic Slip-ons in Perforated Leather in True Black (found here or here)

I will also say that both of these brands hold up for years (speaking from experience), and are also priced great for their quality! They are also brands that have been around for years and years, and don’t just feel like a “trend,” because they don’t really “go out of style.” These are definitely not shoes you purchase now and get rid of next year!!! When I was in middle school, I had a pair of canvas checkered slip-on Vans and I wore those things until I had holes in the front from my feet growing…and guess what?! They are still popular in 2014!  Long story short, you can’t go wrong investing in a pair of these guys!

Important fact if you’re interested in purchasing any of these awesome shoes online:  Make sure you’re ordering the right size!!  A lot of the online retailers for both Converse and Vans offer men’s sizes when ordering (even if they are for women, because both genders love these brands!)…so double check when you’re ordering that you’ve picked the size you need.  For example, I wear a Women’s 7.5 in Vans, which means I would order a Men’s size 6 (sizing down 1.5 sizes).  And just for the sake of confusing everyone, Converse sizes actually differ by 2 sizes.  I wear a Women’s 7 in Converse, which means I would actually order a Men’s size 5.  Just be sure to double check that they haven’t already done the math for you, and that you’re getting the size you need!

Hope you enjoyed! Do you own any Converse or Vans? If so, how do you wear yours!? I’d love to know!

Bows and Arrows,


April Favorites

I’m not sure how many of you out there are enjoying this monthly tradition I began in December, but I’m still sticking with it anyway!  Give me some feedback as to what you think about my monthly favorites posts!  This month, I’ll keep it short and sweet.  (So sorry I’m posting it so late!)

 Talenti Gelato in Sea Salted Caramel

Talenti Sea Salt Caramel gelato

Talenti Sea Salt Caramel gelato

Umm.  Nom.  Seriously.  That’s all I feel that I need to say about this delicious dessert.  I already raved about it in one of my previous WIAW’s as well!  Just go buy some and try it, and you’ll understand.

Ulta brand Professional Cuticle Pusher

In March, I got my nails painted with the awesome Shellac that is the current trend in nails.  It’s amazing because it doesn’t chip, but then your nails grow and you have this section of unpainted nail right there by your cuticle.  If you choose to not go back to the salon to get them redone, you have to struggle to take off the polish yourself.  I’ve found that this cuticle pusher helps with that, so you aren’t stuck peeling a layer of your nail off with the polish.  It’s also great because when you do your nails yourself, you can actually push your cuticle down without it hurting!  Pushing your cuticle down before polishing also makes for a better at-home manicure.  (P.S.-It works sooooo much better than those little wooden sticks)  Get one here.

Sally Hansen Strength polish and Ulta brand cuticle pusher

Sally Hansen Strength polish and Ulta brand cuticle pusher

Sally Hansen Nail Nutrition- Strength with Green tea and Bamboo

Speaking of nails, this nail nutrition polish is great to use after having shellac on your nails for a while.  It also helps with nail splitting, which happens to me often.  I will say that I have always had pretty thick nails that don’t break easily, so I don’t know how it would work in making nails stronger in that manner, but for nails that split, this is recommended!

Vans Atwood Low Sneaker, in Black/White


Vans Atwood Low Sneaker, in Black/White

I found these gems at DSW.  They are oh so comfy, no breaking in required.  And I’ve received a lot of compliments from them when I’ve worn them (which has been a lot this month)!  You can get a pair here!  I did get my true size.

Hello Kitty Pencils

There's a pink one as well, I was just too lazy to find it in my purse to photograph. :p

There’s a pink one as well, I was just too lazy to find it in my purse to photograph. :p

Ok.  I know this is just a silly thing to put on my list, but I really do like using pencils, I don’t know why.  I found these in the dollar section at Target, and they are kinda nostalgic.  Back to the time when I actually used the pencils like these, before mechanical pencils were all the rage (remember that?).  And I like Hello Kitty, so win-win!

Hyperbole and a Half, the book

Hyperbole and a Half, the book

Hyperbole and a Half, the book

I have always loved her site, but when I saw that the book had been released, and was an extra 20% off at Target, I had to pick it up.  Allie Brosh is hilarious, and if you’ve never heard of her, or her site, check it out here.  The book contains both new content, and content from the website, but I can never get enough.  ALL THE THINGS!!!

Joffrey Dying (Game of Thrones, duh!)


If you watch this show, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  I don’t even need to explain why this was one of my favorite things in April.  If you don’t watch the show, shame on you.

Transport Tote

My transport tote hanging out at the NC Farmer's Market

My transport tote hanging out at the NC Farmer’s Market

This was my present for getting a full time job, and I love it so!  I have always wanted it, and now I finally have it!!!  If you would like one too, you can get one here.  I promise you won’t regret it.


Bam.  Lynda’s faves for the month of April.  What are you guys thinking?!  I’d love to know!  Do you have any of these items?  What’s your take on my monthly favorites post?  Let me know in the comments below!

Bows and Arrows,