Feet, Meet Karina – The Ballet Flat “Sneaker”

11 Sep

Sneakers – they’re no longer just for the gym! Gracing fashion runways everywhere this season, even Chanel is embracing this fun (and comfy) look. We’re super excited to finally introduce our sportier flat that we’ve had on the design wishlist for a while. Designed for ladies on the go, Karina offers all the sturdiness and support of a sneaker, while looking trendy and stylish with your skirts, leggings, and jeans. Finally – the “sneaker” you can add snaps to!

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We’ve heard all kinds of consistently great “feetback” from LP fans who have already fallen in love with this versatile, patent leather flat. As women, we should always be sharing fashion tips and anything that makes our lives easier.  So without further adieu, here’s the top 5 reasons you’ll love Karina

 

#1 – Sneaker in a Ballet Flat Disguise…

She looks like a ballet flat with a slight heel, but with her sturdier sole and bottom tread, Karina is designed to wear and act like a sneaker! If Liz feels like a slipper, Karina is her more adventurous cousin that can handle puddles, a little mud, or an afternoon at the park.

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#2 – Plush Cushioning

Karina is a surprisingly plush shoe, with a cushioned feel that’s very similar to Liz but with additional cushioning at the arch and heel for better comfort and support.

 

#3 – Accommodates Most Foot Types…

Karina offers a slightly wider cut to accommodate most feet, while her elasticized stitching at the top of the shoe gives a more custom fit. Whether you have wider feet, higher arches, or narrower heel, Karina forms to your feet for a super comfortable fit.

 

#4 – Slip-on and Go….

There’s a reason we miss our flip flops when the weather gets cooler – they’re easy! No laces, bunched up anklet socks, or tucking in our heels. That’s where Karina really shines – her slip on style makes her a great on-the-go alternative. Slip her on as you dash out the door to work, yoga, or your kiddo’s play date but still feel like you’re wearing a plush sneaker with a sturdier sole.

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#5 – Versatile & Feminine

There’s no doubt her sole gives her a little bit more of a sportier side, but Karina is still an incredibly feminine shoe without the clunkiness of other sturdier slip-on alternatives. Wear her to the office (and you’ll love doing so, especially if you’re on your feet a lot) or pair her with jeans for your Saturday afternoon at the coffee shop, zoo, or wherever your weekends take you. Add a bow (like the Blanche snap), some funky charm (like the Vivian snap), some flower power, or even a little rhinestone bling (like Braelynn) – like the cat woman of shoes, Karina takes on the world while still looking like one chic diva.

Karina comes in classic black or a fun, trendy grey, each with a matching diamond-shaped snap. Find her here!

Scroll Down to see some of our favorite fall snap pairings with Karina!

Karina Black with Vivian Snap.

Karina Black with Vivian Snap.

Karina Grey with Elyse snap.

Karina Grey with Elyse snap.

Karina Black with Blanche snap.

Karina Black with Blanche snap.

Karina Grey with Braelynn snap.

Karina Grey with Braelynn snap.

Special Delivery: Lindsay Welcomes Baby #2!

28 Aug

When it comes to embracing all that life has to offer, this entrepreneur, fashionista, wife, and mom is unstoppable. Just HOW does she do it? We sat down with Lindsay to hear all about her most recent adventure: Baby Boy Number 2. Scroll down t0 read all about Lindsay’s newest blessing and pics from Baby Michael’s first shoot!

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Where were you when you started going into labor with Baby Michael? Were you surprised?

One blessing was that I was at home when the contractions started;-) However, I was very surprised that they came so early – just like with Burcham!

 

What’s the story behind his name?

Honestly, Michael  wasn’t even on on our name list! With that being said, though, Brantley and I are big fans of naming the baby once he’s born. When this one came, he had dark hair and looked like a Muscato, so we just thought that Michael (which is Brantley’s father’s name)  fit . We love using family names – It is very sentimental and meaningful to us. In fact, Lawson, his middle name, is also a long standing family name on my husband’s side. So that’s pretty neat – a lot of history there;-)

 

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What’s it like balancing now with two? What’s your advice to new moms or new moms of 2?

It’s a juggle, but a fun juggle. You have to be very organized and know when to say no. It’s a lot of multitasking, but I have found that if you are mentally prepared you can handle it. As long as you know what your priorities are, it is like anything else in life….You take care of the priorities first.

I have also learned to let some things go. I am a perfectionist, but the truth is the toys are just going to be in the living room. I don’t let it bother me. Another piece of advice I would have is don’t say no to help! Having help & family around the first couple of months truly makes a difference – it’s something I embrace as a mother.

 

What have your go-to’s been these past six weeks as a busy mom with a toddler and a newborn?

Haha…my Medela hospital pump that I am renting, my morning coffee, and my massive water jug. Cannot stress enough the importance of morning caffeine followed by water throughout the day, which keeps me hydrated and refreshed.

 

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With running a business, managing a household, and carrying for a newborn and a toddler…How do you take time for yourself during the week?

My husband and I make it a priority to do date night once a week. It’s important to get out. I’m also running again, which is my mental release.

 

How are Burcham and Cosmo doing with their new brother?

Surprisingly, they are both doing really well with the baby! Burch has not skipped a beat and wants to help and Cosmo adores this baby and sits next to him all day.

 

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Any surprises with this baby?

Nope – I’m just happy that he is healthy. ;-) He is a super sweet baby and is gaining weight like crazy.

 

Where was Michael’s photoshoot? Any challenges or surprises?

At our house. We were lucky enough to convince Amy to come shoot Michael even though she is semi-retired. She is just so sweet and talented. I could not think of using anyone else. The shoot went great, minus the fact that the house has to be really hot during newborn sessions. We were in the Florida hot zone and all sweating during the shoot lol.

 

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Overall, what’s it like being a mom of 2?

I LOVE it and could not picture my life any other way. I especially love having 2 boys. Boys are just so sweet, fun, and active which totally goes with my personality!

 

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Welcome to the world, Baby Michael! Born 6/29/14…

Do you have any advice for Lindsay or new moms? Share in the comments below!

 

Behind the Scenes: LP Fall ’14 Fashion Shoot

24 Jul

I’m  so excited to bring you a few sneak peeks at our upcoming fall line which is just around the corner!! This year, we shot at a public park in Belleair Florida known as the bluffs -  it’s basically a cliff that sits on the ocean and is lined with oak trees that are hundreds of years old. I love the history behind it; way back in the day Native Americans used to live here because of the cliff on the water… it was considered protected land. It is truly an amazing and special place and really spectacular backdrop for our fall shoes & accessories!

photo(73) {Our model shows off the Tracy Cap Toe, our newest ballet flat style that features a classic mixture of suede and patent!! Coming soon…}

The theme this year is Shades of Fall, which I just love. It is all about CHANGE….Summer is coming to an end and fall is upon us. It’s time to transition into autumn and embrace change. After all….A pumpkin latte does sound pretty good…

 

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Speaking of autumn time and crisper weather,  it was actually a cold March day during our shoot, which is not normal for Florida!! The model was freezing the entire time,  so it was a full time job keeping her warm. Oh – and this was the first time that we’ve ever done part of a photo shoot in a canoe….It was quite something! The model had to be lifted into the canoe to make sure she did not get any mud on her feet (or her pretty switchflops).

 

photo(75)_edited-1 {Our model gets ready to pose with another new style – the Linda Stacked Wedge -  which is modeled after the Liz, but with a 2″ wedge.}

We have a great team that we work with, so our photo shoots are always pretty fun overall. Everyone always laughs at me, but we are notorious for having good food for lunch. When you are working from 5-9 on site, good food keeps everyone happy. ;-)

 

photo(78) {Halloween and Thanksgiving Snaps & Straps…coming soon to an LP Retailer near you!}

This year, we’re expanding the LP snaps & strap collection to include Halloween and Thanksgiving! We’re  super excited about this….Our theme straps/snaps are a huge fit with fans because they’re so fun and such a unique way to sport your holiday spirit…

 

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It is not our biggest fall season, but it’s pretty close! We’re bringing fans a really nice variety – there’s truly something (and then some) for everyone.  I’m especially excited about launching our new cuff – we’re going to be introducing two different chunky metal bracelet cuffs (gold & silver) with a really glam signature snap that can be removed and replaced with any other snap!! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen me wearing it! I think it’s going to be huge because it’s so eye-catching and fun! And of course, then we have our boots! So there’s a lot to look forward to. Stay tuned…LP Fall ’14 launches next month!!

Adventures with Lindsay & Liz: Creating Your Bucket List

10 Jul

A new addition to the family, launching the biggest fall season ever, a dream trip overseas – this summer has been a whirlwind for Lindsay Phillips and mom Liz. For these gals, the bucket list just keeps growing and traveling is always part of their “Dream Big” equation. We sat down with both ladies to learn more about bucket lists, dream vacations, and how to make the impossible possible!

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Liz, you recently went to Mt. Everest for three weeks. Why did you choose Asia and what was it like?

Actually, I went with my friend Susan to help her realize her life long dream! I had actually been to China before with Lindsay to source the original Lulu shoe. This trip we traveled to Bangkok and then flew to Kathmandu.  Totally different but both were very interesting. Mt Everest was both amazing and challenging. The Sherpas (guides) we’re incredibly supportive.

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Camping out!

We joined up with an outfitter, RMI expeditions, in Kathmandu. We spent a few days acclimating and then 20 days in the Himalaya. We slept in tea houses and tents but luckily had good weather for most the trip.  We trekked every day, even on our “days off”.  The drink of choice was ginger tea and I ate mostly momos (dumplings), potatoes and eggs!

This was obviously a more goal-oriented trip. What would you say was the most challenging aspect & how did you overcome it?  

The hike and altitude is very challenging. At times it was just about making yourself put one foot in front of the other.

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What was your most memorable part of the trip?

Reaching Basecamp!

 
Lindsay, You’ve traveled pretty far and wide – much more so than the average person – do you still have anything on your bucket list?

Sure! Bali and Thailand…. Along with spending more time in Europe. I love to travel and I love experiencing other cultures.

 

What has your most memorable trip been?

About 3 years ago my husband and I traveled to Paris with my parents. We spent some time in Paris and the wine country (Beaune). My dad is a huge wine lover and speaks fluent French. Just being able to experience all of the food, wine, and the amazing culture was such a blessing. I love everything about France. The lifestyle is amazing and people have such great taste. The food is out of this world.

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Kelli soars to new heights ~ she even treks the Himalaya!

Yes! It keeps you focused on where you want to go and helps you follow through with getting there. It also it encourages you set money aside to be able to travel. My goal is to go somewhere once a year.

Dreaming is one thing – following through is another. What are your tips for making these dreams happen?

I have several, actually! First, set aside a travel account and put in it what you can. Then pick a place that you really want to go to and start researching. Use Pinterest and follow travel bloggers to learn more. Oh, and of course, get excited and start an itinerary!!
 

What would you say to someone who says, “I’m too old for that” or “Too busy” or “I can’t with kids”?

You always make time for the things that are important to you – it’ all about attitude. Right now I am in a tough spot for traveling with a one and a half year old and a newborn….But once they are a little older, trust me –  we will me making travel plans again!!

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As always, this mother daughter duo continue to inspire. But we want to know: what’s on your bucket list? For inspiration, follow our Travel Board on Pinterest. Cheers to dreaming, planning, and trekking the globe (in switchflops, of course ;) Enjoy more photos from Liz’s amazing trip below!

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Liz visits with the locals on her trip of a lifetime.

 

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Advancing toward the top…

 

Hot ginger tea at camp ~ a must!

Hot ginger tea at camp ~ a must!

 

This Florida gal dreams of her switchflops as she braves the snow ;)

This Florida gal dreams of her switchflops as she braves this foreign climate in the Himalaya ;)

Spring Styleshoot Series: Cool, Calm & Casual

19 Jun

The ladies are at it again, but this time, there’s no particular place to go! (sigh…don’t you LOVE those days??) Maybe they’ll stop in for a bite at their fav lunch stop or do some leisure afternoon boutique browsing. For the moments that call for casual but chic, there’s nothing that a simple t-shirt dress or print cotton shorts can’t handle!
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Lindsay goes for a simple (but never understated) look with a blue Susana Monaco T-shirt Dress, some funky coordinating bangles, and her new go-to Meredith Pewter gladiator sandals. The t-shirt dress is a no-fuss spring/summer staple that you can easily transition into fall with a great cardigan and some boots. Add a fun scarf or belt for a little extra pizazz, or simply wear it with your favorite Switchflops and conquer the world in style ~ even if it’s just the Saturday morning vegetable market ;)
 

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Ashley Brooke is constantly amazed at all the unique ways she can wear her fav Liz Ballet Flats! Here she pairs the Liz Blue Seersucker with a pair of sky blue printed shorts and a simple white blouse. A great white or cream-colored blousy  top nearly always makes fashion must-have lists for a reason….it goes with nearly everything in your closet! For the spring and summertime, the blouse and short combo is always a fashion DO. Pair this dynamic duo with chic flats and you can go anywhere (including the office).
 

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Casual, yes, but oh so cool. The new Meredith T-strap sandal is deliciously versatile – take it from casual to swank with LP’s myriad of fun, funky, and dressy snaps. With its cork-like footbed, Meredith is seriously comfortable too – you’ll feel like you’re walking around in the Liz, except your toes can wriggle free. Or go classic with the Liz Blue Seersucker – a fun striped print that pairs perfectly with whatever summery color you choose!
 

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And now for the bling, without which, no day is ever complete for LP Fans! To keep her monochromatic look, Lindsay chooses the Semma Snap, part of our latest summer collection! Semma is a great navy-hued snap that will pair well with jeans, your red, white & blue creations, and just about everything we can think of, making it a total staple in your snap collection. Or go with the coolest of colors – White! Fans everywhere have been loving our new white & bright snaps like Klaudia. Just like Semma, snap Klaudia onto any switchflop and for an instant fresh breath of summer.

 

Get Lindsay’s Look: Blue Tshirt Dress: Susana Monaco.  Shoes: Meredith Pewter with the Semma Snap.

Get Ashley’s Look: Shorts & Blouse: Annie Griffin.  Tassle Belt: Lisi Lerch. Shoes: Liz Blue Seersucker with the Klaudia Snap.
Photographer: Gregory Daniel of Gregory Daniel Portraits.

Stylist: Josh Owen of Willard Randall.

Hair/Makeup: Luisa V of Elle Vie Salon.