Things I’m Digging, Summer 2012

by Wendy Copley on July 26, 2012

I haven’t done a big round-up of my favorite things for a while so today I’m going to share a few of the things that have been making me happy this summer. Check it out:

Saltwater Sandals


Apparently Saltwater Sandals are a classic summer shoe for little girls, but I was completely oblivious to that fact when I bought this red pair at the beginning of the summer. I love these sandals! LOVE THEM! they are cute and inexpensive and I’ve worn them almost every day since I got them. I want 20 more pairs in 20 more colors.

eShakti Dresses

Fancy Dress

Dude! Have you heard about eShakti?? They sell tons of classically-styled dresses in lots of colors and every flippin’ one of them can be custom made to your measurements. You can even raise and lower the hems, change the neck-line, add sleeves and perform other customizations to the clothes to get exactly what you want.

I am eternally frustrated when I try to buy clothes because the styles of clothes available in the plus-size sections of stores is so limited. If I find something I like, it never fits quite right and if it does fit, I’m usually not thrilled about the fabric, color or style. I stumbled on a few eShakti dresses at the end of June and when I visited the site I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I had Zach help me take my measurements right then and ordered two dresses (for under $100!). They arrived 2 weeks later and both of them fit perfectly. I couldn’t be happier with them!

Blue Iced Tea Jar

Blue iced tea jar

I found this blue, half-gallon sized mason jar at a garage sale for $3 a few weeks ago and I love using it for my iced tea. Every morning I make a full pot of tea and when I’ve finished drinking it hot (with lots of milk and sugar) I pour whatever’s left in the teapot into this jar and stick it in the fridge. Then I drink iced tea for the rest of the day. I can’t ever fall asleep at night because of all the caffeine, but at least I’m refreshed throughout the day.

Garage Sales

Garage Sale

Speaking of garage sales, Zach has got me newly hooked on them. Most Saturday mornings this summer we’ve loaded our reluctant kids into the car and set out looking for bargains. Zach is generally looking for stuff to re-sell on eBay but I like to get craft supplies, things we need for the house and treats for the kids. I’ve always thought I was bad at thrifting and second hand shopping, but I suddenly feel like a total bad ass at it now. The photo above is all the stuff I got at the sales for a mere $16. I’m particularly proud of the huge cutting mat which doesn’t appear to have been used and cost me only $1! I credit Maker Mama and the excellent thrifting lessons she’s been giving on her blog lately!

EVO 12

I had this cucumber jalapeno margarita at the California avocado dinner at the EVO 12 conference a couple of weeks ago and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. I’m not a big drinker, but when I do drink I prefer a good cocktail. This one was terrific contrast of cool cucumber, a little bit of sweet and a slightly spicy finish. Super yummy!

Zip-lining Down the Side of a Mountain

EVO 12

Another thing I did when I was at the EVO conference was zip-line down the side of a mountain with my friend, Whitney. I’m afraid of heights so doing this was very challenging for me, but when someone offers you a free ride on a zip-line you take it! I screamed my head off most of the way down but it was still an incredible thrill.

What have you been loving — big or little — this summer?

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  • Did you request that your dress be shorter? I’ve been eyeing those since you posted the link on Facebook, but they appear longer to me – I was hoping it would hit just below my knee…and I’m pretty long in the torso and with long legs too…

  • Marisa

    I have those same red Saltwater Sandals and I love them passionately (I also have a pair in lime green which are pretty nifty). Also, that giant blue glass jar is fab!

  • Ooh! Lime green sounds terrific!

  • The skirt does hit just below the knees — I think it looks shorter in the picture because I was finishing a twirl.

  • Sara

    I think it is awesome that you are going “Rummaging” as we call it in East TN! 🙂 Love Yard Sales! I refuse to pay full price for stuff that I know I can get at a Yard Sale/Thrift Store/Goodwill for cheap! We went “thrifting” today. (We have about 10 good thrift stores in our area) I got bi-fold closet doors look brand new, painted white. I payed $15 for both! Went to Lowes later in the day and those same doors were $48 each! I also got Sissy a bunch of school clothes. I usually only pay full price for shoes. Going to share the dress site with a friend. Thanks for the post 🙂

  • Plume

    Saltwaters are a mom staple around here where I live. I finally caved into them this summer after thinking about it for two years (couldn’t get the little kid–you see them on boys a lot too–look out of my mind). But I’m so glad I did. I LOVE them. I too have been wearing them almost every outing. I have them in navy so they could go with mostly everything I have in my closet, but next summer when my little girl can walk I’ll buy matching ones for the two of us in red. Tacky, cheesy, you name it, but I don’t care, haha. BTW, love how they look with that cute dress.

  • debbie

    You look adorable in that dress and sandals. Don’t you just love dresses, especially in the summer? Your boys (including your dear husband) need to see you “being a girl”, too, so that they don’t forget there IS another gender in your household…I love the eShakti site and look forward to placing an order very soon.

  • I

    Yeay for eShakti! I have a couple of their dresses on my wish list, I’ll get them with an easier mind now that you have given such a positive review 🙂

  • You look gorgeous in that dress, Wendy! I’ll have to check out eShakti–they sound great!

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