I’ve been pondering the ugly dad sneaker the last few months. The idea of the infamous Balenciaga Triple S sneakers intrigued me at first, but the attraction fizzled almost as soon as it started. As so often happens in the fast-moving age of Instagram, these sneakers reached peak saturation too soon and every time I saw them on my Instagram feed they became less appealing to me. Still, I have a soft spot for ugly-cute shoes, particularly those with outsized proportions.  I wanted a fun sneaker.

Besides the cloying ubiquity of the Triple S sneakers, the idea of shelling out 900 bucks for a pair of sneakers felt a bit demoralizing. If I wanted a pair of ridiculous sneakers (which I very much did), I’d feel far less ridiculous buying them if they came from an actual sneaker brand. So when these Adidas Originals popped up on MyTheresa, I knew I’d found my happy compromise. I like these aesthetically far better than high end Balenciaga Triple S and Balenciaga Triple S derivatives. I ordered them in two colors without much hesitation, and I haven’t worn any other shoes since they arrived last week.

I got the white and red Adidas Originals Yung-1s from MyTheresa and the orange and navy version from ASOS. I am usually a size 9 US, but I took an 8.5 US in these and they fit perfectly. Hope this helps if you love them too!

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This post has been a long time coming. I travel pretty frequently and learning to pack the right way has made a big difference in the quality of my life when I’m on the road. I’ve been an over-packer and I’ve been an under-packer, and I’ve learned to find a happy in between by focusing on what sparks joy in my wardrobe. A lot of what I speak about here relates to Marie Kondo’s books The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. When I read these books, I changed my approach to my wardrobe completely and it has made me a much happier person. It also revolutionized the way I pack and I’ve been able to travel much less stressfully than I used to. Here are my biggest secrets to packing effectively.

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It may seem insane in the thick of a suffocating Texas summer, but I started playing tennis with my husband recently. We both spend a lot of time at our desks every day and wanted to start a new healthy habit together. I was skeptical when he first suggested tennis as an afterwork activity to take up. I am a deeply uncoordinated person, and I am also pretty apathetic when it comes to participating in sports (I am not a competitive personality, Jeff is the complete opposite). I thought maybe this could be my opportunity to hone the cat-like reflexes I  never had. During our first game I realized that this would probably take decades to develop or more likely never happen at all, as I struggled to hit the ball even just a few times. Still, I was surprised at how much fun we had and we worked up a great sweat. I’m slowly but surely getting better now and I’m enjoying it all the while.

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