Retailers have remembered our demand for comfy and cute during the pandemic by flooding the stores with tons of loungy, matching short sets this summer that are perfect for post-pool, post-beach relaxation. The T-town choices are everywhere, from Target to TJ Maxx. Online options, on Steinmart.com (yep, it’s still alive online) and boutiques such as Red Dress Boutique are even more stylish. Definitely a trend to stock up on!
In these pandemic times, is there nothing better than the slide? It’s the perfect slip-on shoe to take you from your Zoom meeting in the living room to your business lunch in your kitchen with no one the wiser. With origins from ancient Rome and adapted in 1970s Germany to a more sporty style for athletes, the slide can now thank 2020 for adding fur for comfort.
One Tucson retailer is currently offering every color and style imaginable.
Nordstrom Rack on Wilmot has every variation from ballet pink faux fur to black faux fur to leopard. Also, hidden in the show racks are bright pink Fila brand slides and more. Thick heel, thin heel and some with better arch support than others, ranging in price from below $20 and up, the slides are in great supply right now, but may dwindle with demand. Definitely check them out!
Our household recently got a nice surprise – a shipment of delicious, desert-themed popcorn from Popped Artisan Popcorn, which is made right here in T-town! First off, I’m a packaging girl and the simple brown paper bags emblazoned with majestic saguaros won me over. The popcorn is also light and very flavorful! The small-batch, handcrafted popcorn comes in flavors like Mesquite Smoked Cheddar, Sweet Chili Lime, Mexican Hot Chocolate and many more. Let’s just say, the Prickly Pear Caramel and Mesquite Smoked Mezcal Caramel didn’t even make it one night before they were completely devoured. What a cool Christmas or holiday present to send someone?
The past few weeks have been perhaps the worst of 2020. Watching close friends get COVID-19, losing loved ones and at the same time, isolating ourselves to stay protected. The combination–add in the 24-7 news cycle of doom–is plummeting our collective mental health to rock bottom. My friends and I talk about how so much quarantine time with close family is igniting our fight-or-flight response and we are hitting Zoom fatigue at an alarming rate. Our health care workers are in a war zone, trying to save as many patients as they can, and feeling stress and burnout we will never comprehend. The other day I was Googling “How to fix depression” and cried on my way home from the grocery store. Today, I can’t remember why!?
Are you all feeling this? Please comment and reach out if you are. Because we can’t have huge fun in large crowds or parties, we have to embrace the small, golden moments we have every day. That’s literally all we have. Whether that is a long walk or a new lipstick, a social-distanced lunch, having a glass of wine (and maybe not the entire bottle—just saying…my “Who cares, it’s a pandemic?” attitude is not helping me). These baby steps are what we have to cling to until this horrible virus becomes a memory. This is our war, our revolution, our sacrifice.
I hope you all are staying well and hanging in there, connecting with people you love, and doing things that you love. Hope you all get some needed self care today. God bless!
After Vogue magazine put its top models in denim this month, I’m obsessed with the patchwork denim trend for post-coronavirus times. And….since I have all the time in the world to online search now, that’s basically the quarantine skill I’ve been working on! Here are a few of my favorite sites that offer unique denim apparel:
Aypeworks – (www.aypeworks.com) By far, the most creative tops are on this site and I want them all! There are also denim necklaces, skirts and jackets. The accessories are a tad….different, but the denim sections are so fun.
RE/DONE – (www.shopredone.com) The collaborations are where you want to visit on this site for the unique pieces, otherwise featured are many versions of reworked jeans.
Venus – (www.venus.com) Check out the site’s “Denim Days” trend to see a nice volume of edgy dresses, tops, jumpsuits and even a trench coat.
Holidays scream for metallics. You never see more gold, silver and jewel tone dresses in the stores than during the winter holidays. Here are some of my favorite ways to go full metal:
Happy Friday! Some fun facts y’all should know about our beloved T-town…
Jimmy Kimmel began his entertainment career at KRQ in Tucson
President John F. Kennedy once left his swimsuit at the Arizona Inn
Fitness mogul Denise Austin attended UArizona on a gymnastics scholarship
Rande Gerber, Mr. Cindy Crawford and friend of Clooney, graduated from UArizona with a marketing degree
Designer Stella McCartney grew up spending time on her dad’s ranch near the Rincon Mountains
We just finished an epic White Out for the Arizona-Texas Tech game this weekend–which actually worked out well for us Wildcat fans as we notched up a W! But, it got me fantasizing about other stylish white outfits you could wear for such a theme!