Discovering the Back to School New Shoes Tradition

Discovering the Back to School New Shoes Tradition

Today is the first day of Fall and it also marks the first Fall that I have participated in the Back to School shopping frenzy since I myself was in school! They tell you that childhood passes by quickly… but, I don’t think I was quite prepared this year when suddenly my son was in pre-school! When Sports Authority wrote to ask for me to explore their back to school deals  I almost balked at the idea because my kid is just 4! However, after a moment I realized that he was heading into pre-school this year and, somehow, over the Summer had grown out of or put holes in nearly everything he owned! I quickly explored the Sports Authority website and was delighted to discover that they not only had a great selection of sports items for adults (what we’ve previously shopped at the store for) but also had quite the selection of shoes, jackets, bags and clothing for my little guy‘s first year in pre-school!

Discovering the New Shoes tradition for Back to School Shopping — A Well Crafted Party

Exploring the New Shoe Tradition for Back to School

Growing up back to school shopping was often a time where money was tight and the extra expenses stressed out my parents. However, I do remember many years where my grandparents would take us out to buy a new pair (or more) of shoes for back to school. I always loved the tradition, but didn’t really understand it until this year.

Over the Summer my kiddo wore out his shoes with all the outdoor play and growing feet. I didn’t even bother buying him new shoes over the Summer because I knew that they’d just get ruined! So, when the first few days of school were looming along with picture days, field trips and cooler weather, I pulled out all of his shoes to discover that he didn’t have ONE pair that fit him well and didn’t look worn to the sole. Seriously, my four year old is now in size 12.5 shoes while all the ones he had over the Summer were size 10.

He was not quite as excited about shoe shopping as I thought he should be… well, that is until we found the running shoes. The idea of getting a pair of shoes specifically designed for going fast was just the ticket into getting him excited about this tradition. The Adidas Boys’ LK Sport Running Shoes made both he and I happy. I didn’t have to have him wearing neon every day, and he got his running shoes. Plus, they didn’t cost an arm and a leg! He asks to wear his new shoes nearly every day now. The running hasn’t stopped since. :)

Discovering the New Shoes tradition for Back to School Shopping — A Well Crafted Party

What back to school shopping traditions do you have? Comment below!


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Beauty: Nudes of Late Summer

Beauty: Nudes of Late Summer

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Late Summer Nudes // A Well Crafted Party Late Summer Nudes // A Well Crafted Party

While I am not quite ready for Summer to be over yet… I’m also yearning for the cooler temperatures and warmer color palettes that Fall brings with it. Each year, as late summer comes rolling in, I start gravitating to more and more whites, light pinks, and nudes. It must be something about Labor Day heading my way (although, I’ve never been one to follow the no white after labor day rule!) or just the HOT August heat begging for lighter colors.

Outfit planning lately has incorporated as many whites, pinks, nudes, and golds as possible. I spent most my life hating yellow gold to only want it on everything I own now days. Am I just getting old or really falling for that trend machine that dictates everyone’s tastes? (Anyone else remember Josie & the Pussycats?)

Late Summer Nudes // A Well Crafted Party

Anyways, lately I’ve been digging on the nude collection of nail polishes from Crabtree & Evelyn paired with the high-shine liquid lipstick pens from Mally Beauty.

More about the Crabtree & Evelyn Nud-est Collection: I liked these polishes because they are easier on the wallet than some other brands (approximately $6) and go on easy with great color. I can NEVER keep nail polish on long… but, these lasted me longer than some other brands. I also liked how the different colors from the collection went well together. I’m forever stuck in the paint one fingernail different trend. The Nud-est Collection has Alabaster (creamy ivory with a bit of shimmer), Peaches & Cream (peachy pink), Almond (opaque nude), and Mocha (warm creamy light brown with shimmer).

More about Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pens: Typically I don’t go for high shine lipsticks due to the hair stickage problem that sometimes happen. Lately though I’ve been wearing my hair pulled back for work and pairing it with a pretty bare face. (Sleep time is greater than makeup/hair time currently.) The pretty shine of these pretty pink shades is perfect for a natural look with a touch of polish. I’ve been wearing my Blossom lipstick daily!

Outfit details: 

  • Shoes // American Eagle via Payless – These cut out oxfords are seriously my favorite new shoes (though, sadly, I don’t see them online anymore! similar here) My husband says they look like vests for my feet though.
  • Cropped cream slacks via Ann Taylor (last season)
  • White sheer tank via Anthropologie (three seasons ago)
  • Cardigan via Target (a million years ago)
  • Gold bracelet via Old Navy (in store only but it is the only thing I got so far this season! similar here)

Do you like wearing more nudes as the Summer is ending or perhaps something else? Comment below!

Curvy Girl Style: Sun Safe Fashion Pt. 3

Curvy Girl Style: Sun Safe Fashion Pt. 3

7 Days of Sun Safe Style with Summer Skin // A Well Crafted Party


Right after my skin cancer diagnosis I had the opportunity to meet the owner and creator of the sun safe fashion line SummerSkinSummer Kramer (yep, that is her name!) is seriously such an inspirational powerhouse of a woman that has really made a beautiful brand of clothing that can also help protect you. I was fortunate enough to be able to sample one of her creations— the Endless Summer Scarf. The Endless Summer Scarf is just too much fun because it can be worn so many different ways. I got the scarf the week before my surgery and had fun creating 7 Different Days of SummerSkin Style for my Instagram feed. Over the next couple of Curvy Girl Style posts I’ll be sharing some of my favorite outfits from that week! Check out all the styles I did by looking up#mysummerskin on Instagram! Check out my summer casual outfit post and my work wear posts to see other ways I styled my scarf!

Today I’m actually sharing TWO different looks I styled with the Endless Summer Scarf... each one styles the scarf in a totally different way. One outfit features the scarf as a shirt. I layered on the sunscreen and donned one of my favorite sun hats to help protect my shoulders and arms. The other outfit features the scarf as a skirt!

Styling Sun Protective Clothing // A Well Crafted Party Styling Sun Protective Clothing // A Well Crafted Party Styling Sun Protective Clothing // A Well Crafted Party Styling Sun Protective Clothing // A Well Crafted Party

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