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No links this week, but here’s a Weekly Kitty for ya:

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Yep, that’s Husband Mike’s underwear/sock drawer. He left it open for approximately 8 seconds, during which time it acquired a squatter.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Laser-cut Shoes

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Genevieve requested a few picks for laser-cut shoes – flats, sandals, or pumps – so here we go:

 

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Sofft Breeze – was $99.95, now $69.90

Even reviewers with plantar fasciitis and bone spurs have lauded this sandal as comfy, so you KNOW it’s gotta be good. With a slight wedge and sassy zip up the back, this style will be equally cute with dresses and shorts. Available in this black as well as pewter, red, blue, or tan in U.S. sizes 6 – 11, including wide widths. Size availability varies by color. Wary of that high ankle strap? These heeled sandals from Clarks offer a lower vamp.munro laser cut ballet flat

Munro American Aubrey – was $175, now $69.99

A more subtle, all-over laser cut on this flat, but those are little triangles and circles so this design goes beyond simple perforation. Munro is a renowned comfort brand, and this round-toe cutie is bound to be a pleasure to wear. Available in this yellow as well as red, orchid purple, or navy in U.S. sizes 4 – 11.5, including AAAA, AA, D, and EE widths. Size availability varies by color. Also love this Easy Spirit laser-cut flat in leather and patent options.

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Bella-Vita Kona – was $129.95, now $52.99

I know ankle boots weren’t part of the original request, but I had to throw these in because they’re so danged cool. Available in this gray as well as black or camel in U.S. sizes 5 – 12, including AA, D, and EE widths. Size availability varies by color. If your size/width isn’t available at 6pm, check Amazon for the same style.

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Loeffler Randall Tali – was $350, now $84.99 – $151.99

Loeffler Randall always makes me swoon with their shoe designs, and this gorgeous pump is no exception. That’s a 2.75″ heel there, so high but not ridiculously so. And I love that the toe is capped since I imagine laser-cut leather on your actual toes could get quite painful. Available in this black as well as beige in U.S. sizes 6 – 10. Size availability varies by color. If you need a lower heel or a wide/narrow width, try this similar style from Easy Street.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for laser-cut shoes:

  1. Earth – Mainly laser-cut sandals, but a few flats in the mix, too.
  2. Vince Camuto – Everything from espadrilles to peep-toes.
  3. ASOS – Summer-ready laser-cut flats and sandals in lovely pastels.

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Self-love Fluctuations

Like most of the best things in life, learning to love yourself takes time. Committing to self-acceptance and cultivating tenderness toward your own body are both fantastic initial steps. Acknowledging that the definition of beauty does encompass you can kick-start the process. But don’t expect to rewire your brain overnight. Most negative body thoughts take time to eradicate, and patience is key.

And even after you’ve made tremendous strides, even after you feel that you’ve done the brunt of the work, even after you know that you’ve drastically improved your self-image, you will still struggle. Do not expect to love yourself completely and wholly every day of your life. It may sound like a worthy goal, but it’s actually a trap. Because if you hold yourself to that standard – the standard of consistent, unwavering, holistic self-love – you are quite likely to fail. And when you catch yourself wishing your upper lip was less hairy or your thighs a bit slimmer, you may feel guilt or shame. Since the goal of striving for self-love is to abandon guilt and shame, this is counterproductive. You will have tough days, moments of frustration with your body and inner self. You will doubt.

And that is just fine. You are a human being and life is inconsistent and challenging. Just as you should strive and strive hard to love yourself, you should acknowledge and accept that you sometimes won’t. Some days are harder than others, and some days will defeat your best efforts. If you feel yourself devolving into consistent negativity or notice that certain people or circumstances are triggering these lapses, take action to correct your path and change your situation as best you can. But if you just experience the occasional flash of frustration or disgust, anger or resignation, don’t dwell on it and don’t beat yourself up over it.

Some days you look at your best friend and want to punch her in the mouth. Some days your boss is a rock star, and some days you want her to leave you the eff alone. Some days your brother calls you and the very sound of his voice irritates you from top to tail. Our feelings about other people fluctuate frequently and naturally. It only makes sense that our feelings about ourselves would experience similar fluctuations.

Part of learning to love yourself is learning to be patient and forgiving with yourself. And that includes being patient with your journey, and forgiving slip-ups. You’re human. Which is kind of the point.

Image courtesy Cierra Carolyn. This is a refreshed and revived post from the archive.

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