While many states continuing to open up in phases, we’ve kept our venturing out to a minimum. I returned to my day job today, and I can definitely say that everything is much different that when I left it. On our way in each day we get our temperatures checked, and masks and sanitizing is part of the new normal in our work environment. Thankfully wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer has become a constant habit during our two and half months at home and since our gatherings are still limited all meetings continue to be via Zoom (which while some of you might be tired of, I completely prefer them. Keeping up with social distancing in a meeting room is impossible and I quite prefer the safety of my cubicle with it’s sliding door and wall of windows.
With the added stress of being out of the house more as we navigate this ‘new normal’ we’ve continued to do what we’ve always loved to do on the evenings and weekends, take joy in the little things. Our little routine includes going to our favorite specialty market that has been our go-to throughout the past few months (spending time in the kitchen can be extremely cathartic), picking up lunch from some of our favorite spots (many of which are offering outside seating but we prefer to keep things grab and go for the near future) and exploring the neighborhoods near our home.
We have loved getting to know the Baxter Village and surrounding neighborhoods with their Charleston-esque homes, venturing down empty sidewalks under the welcoming shade of lush green trees. We’ve discovered hidden parks, fountains, park benches perfect for enjoying a picnic lunch and so much more.
While this time of finding or ‘new normal’ hasn’t necessarily been an easy one, we have found new ways to get out an explore, places that were previously undiscovered have become new favorites, and the possibilities of even more new discoveries in the upcoming weeks.
The Chico’s hat and gold tote were my little something borrowed for the afternoon.
Another thing that we’ve always made sure to do during our time out of the house, is to dress for the occasion. It might just be the two of us (my mom and I) but it’s nice to get out loungewear/PJ’s for a little while and feel more like ourselves again.
During a recent outing I styled one of my favorite Anthropologie dresses from a previous season with the Grear Sandal by Sarah Flint. These sandals are the perfect thing for weekend exploring, whether you’re just talking a walk to get fresh air, running a few errands or heading out to the pool at your respective homes. (While we don’t currently have a pool, my sister and brother-in-law do!)
While there are several different color options for the Grear Sandal, I went with the Gold Calf which features both gold and silver making it a very versatile choice for your spring and summer styles. Also worth noting, the Lace-up Grecian style is perfect for pairing with dresses especially midi and maxi dresses, and I have to say I’ve finally have the perfect sandal to wear with one of my favorite dresses after years of looking. Don’t you just love it when an outfit finally comes together?
For those of you who love to know where your shoes are made (I know I do) the Grear Sandal is handcrafted by artisans in the Amalfi Coast, and you’ll find a little note card with the name of the artisan who created your shoe along with instructions on the best way to tie the sandal included in your Sarah Flint box.
While we might to be heading off to Italy anytime soon, I’m looking forward to bring my Grear Sandals along for our late July trip to Charleston. It’s going to be a toasty one, but at least my feet will be happy!
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