Going Classic & A Healthy, Easy Idea for Lunch

I’ve always been drawn to classic design in clothing. I do find it fun to mix in the occasional “trend” piece, but over the years it’s always been those classic tried-and-true pieces that I return to again and again.

As mentioned in a previous post, I’m currently reading the book, Classic Style by Kate Schelter. (Book is available here: Classic Style.) It has recharged my love for the never-let-you-down, iconic styles. But even better, it has introduced me to some classics that I never even knew existed.

See that white tennis shoe with the green the accent on the front of the book?

Classic Style by Kate Schelter


That’s the Adidas “Stan Smith” sneaker. Ever heard of it? I had not. I really liked the picture of it inside the book so I Googled to read more about it. In THIS article at Business Insider, the shoe is described as “legendary” and “one of the most important sneakers in the world.” I am a total sucker for anything with a good story behind it, which is one of the reasons I love classic styles. There’s almost always a really great history or story behind iconic fashion pieces.

It turns out the Adidas “Stan Smith” sneaker was named after Stanley Roger Smith, a famous tennis player. He was ranked No. 1 in the world at one time. He and his tennis partner, Bob Lutz, won many major titles all around the world. You can read more about his accomplishments at Wikipedia.

The Adidas Stan Smith shoe was extremely popular back in the day and it’s seen a huge resurgence in the last few years, including with a lot of celebrities.

Adidas Stan Smith


I purchased a different pair of Adidas several months ago and found them incredibly comfortable while trekking all over Morocco this past March. Those are still available here: Adidas Sneaker.

Adidas Sneaker


So, I decided to see if the Stan Smith sneakers were still available since I had enjoyed the other style so much. They are, and they are currently on sale–even better! They are 20% off, HERE.

When I was trying them on before purchasing them, the sales associate who was helping me told me that he has been wearing this exact same shoe for years and loves it. I feel like I’m the last person on the earth to discover them! I’ve been wearing them all day and they are super comfortable! Adidas Stan Smith

The reviews online said to size down a full size and that’s what I did. Normally I wear a size 7, so I purchased them in a size 6 and they fit perfectly, not too snug which is just how I like them. So if you do buy a pair, I recommend sizing down at least 1/2 size and you may want to go down a whole size like I did.

They are also available in all white, but I decided to go with the traditional style with the green accents as shown in the book, Classic Style. Here’s how they look in all white. Both styles are available here: Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker. This shoe is understated and a classic! You’ll also find them in a lot other fun styles here: Sneakers. I have a feeling this won’t be my last pair. Love these!

Adidas Sneakers

Great Shirt Sale

Talbots is having a sale right now, 30% off all their blouses and shirts. I had purchased this linen top a few weeks ago in this a pretty tan/oatmeal color. Today I took advantage of the sale to get it in white, too. It comes in a bunch of colors.

You’ll find this shirt and the sale here: Linen Shirt. I love this style shirt because being linen, it’s really cool. When you need extra sun protection, you just unbutton the little tab and roll the sleeves down. I have several shirts with this style sleeve. It’s my favorite for travel since it’s so versatile.

Talbots Linen Shirt


I also purchased a pair of these adorable striped Superga sneakers. I passed them by last summer and was glad to see they are back. These are available in several colors including the cute stripes, here: Superga Sneakers.

Superga Striped Sneakers


I was surprised to learn that Superga is the sneaker Kate Middleton wears! You can buy them in white like Kate’s here: Sneakers.

Kate Middleton Wearing Superga Sneakers


Love These Salad Kits!

I need to do a “favorites” post and share some of my recent finds that I’m loving. Before I close out this post, I snapped a quick pic of some ready-made salads that I’m loving. I’m a lazy cook when it comes to cooking for myself, so I’m always looking for something that’s healthy, easy and fast.

I buy these salad kits in the Wal-Mart Market near my home and they are awesome! They are basically gourmet salads, but without all the work of having to buy 10 ingredients to get the gourmet taste. Besides the salad greens, inside each bag is a packet containing ingredients like tiny bread crumbs, cranberries, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, salad dressing, etc… depending on the type salad you buy.


What I normally do is I dump about 1/3 to 1/2 the bag out into a big bowl, add a few of the other ingredients, then add either chicken or tuna for protein.

I never pour the dressing on the salad because I don’t want all those extra calories. I pour the dressing into a small bowl, then I dip my fork barely into the dressing to get just a tiny bit on the fork, then scoop up a bite of salad. So I get a hint of the dressing which is really all I need. The dressing is the part where you get a lot of hidden calories, so when watching your weight it’s good to eat as little of that as possible.

Also, I don’t always add all the nuts, cranberries, etc… because the salad itself has so many great ingredients. But you may wish to use them all–just personal preference on that.

Anyway, these are soooo good! I love them for lunch and/or dinner. I just bought the “Thai Style” salad a couple of nights ago, so I haven’t tried it yet. But the other two I’ve been eating non-stop now for a few months and love them!


Just wanted to share these with you in case you find them helpful!

Happy Weekend to you!

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  1. Juanita in OH says

    I LOVE the sneakers! I think the Stan Smith’s with the green are fabulous. Thanks for letting us know how comfortable they are that always helps potential buyers. The salads sound like a really good thing and not boring. I will have to give them a try. TFS

  2. Nancy Harris says

    I remember the green Adidas well. A classic for sure.

    My daughter enjoys these same salads and takes a portion for her lunch @ work.
    I keep forgetting to pick some up to try myself.

    Thank you!!

  3. Love Stan Smith’s! They go with everything.

  4. Oh my goodness. Now I really feel old. For those of us who played a lot of tennis the 60s, Stan Smith was an icon. I still have my wooden Doris Hart racket!! Just wish her name on the racket had improved my game

  5. Regarding the salads, I’ve been wanting to try the Asian one. I’ll be interested to hear your take on it.

    • Judy, I tried the Thai one today and it was okay. It was a little spicy. I didn’t like it as much as the other two, so I think I’ll probably stick with those. You may like it, though.

  6. Jenny Grandfield says

    We love these salads! I just introduced my mom to the ones at Publix. They have them at Kroger too. Love them and they make a super easy meal with the addition of some protein.

  7. Cynthia Raines says

    I’ve tried the southwest version salad that Aldi’s carries and it is WONDERFUL! So easy and so good!! The Asian version was good too! (But I’m bad and use all the dressing! hehe). Like the stripped and plain white Superga sneakers – very classic. 🙂

  8. My dad was a huge tennis buff and I remember seeing Stan smith play in some area tournaments when I was a teen . Another iconic tennis sneaker was made by Tretorn, in canvas and leather. They were originally white with a bit of blue and then of course other colors were added to the lineup. Always enjoy your blog. Sherri

  9. I love those salads too! Make sure you check your teeth after eating the Kale salad 🙂

  10. We get a similar kale, etc. salad from COSTCO and luv it…yes, KALE!! franki

  11. Hi, Susan. Thanks for all the info! I’ve been wanting new sneakers, and you’ve given me a direction to take! I also love your linen shirt. I have a question, though. How wrinkled does it get? And what is the ironing situation like after machine washing? Linen is great in the hot weather, but I worry about looking unkempt when I get to my destination. I am searching out those salads on my shopping run this week. They look great for an addition to our Weight Watchers diet we started the other week!

    • Since it’s 100% linen, it does wrinkle and needs ironing, but I don’t mind. I love linen and try to wear almost nothing but all cotton/linen during the summer months since it’s so comfortable and cool. I try to avoid buying synthetic fabrics most of the time because they don’t breathe and I just don’t like how they feel on my skin.
      Many, many years ago when I was purchasing two linen suits in Talbots, I asked about wrinkling. The older sales woman behind the counter (I was much younger at the time) educated me about linen. 🙂 She said that the finest linens wrinkle the most, so the better the linen, the more it would wrinkle. The two suits I purchased were labeled as being made from “Irish Linen.” I think she was trying to tell me it was good linen.
      Anyway, when I’m wearing anything linen, if it wrinkles badly, I look at that as a sign that it’s the good stuff! lol I have no idea if what she said was right, but I took her at her word since she seemed to know what she was talking about.
      I leave my ironing board up in my dressing room/bedroom all summer since I usually need to touch up the shirts I wear during the summer months.
      Oh, and the way I wash all my tops is in my little hand-wash basket that came with my machine, usually on the gentle cycle. Then I hang them up to dry, never put them in the dryer for fear they will fade or shrink. Sometimes I will wash them by hand in the sink. I baby my favorite clothes and they last for many years.
      I think you’ll love the salads! I really enjoy them…have one almost every day.

  12. Oh boy, I haven’t thought about my Stan Smith’s in AGES!!! I DID love them so. I was on the H.S. tennis team, and they were a favorite. I may have to hop on this trend and get another pair. ‘Everything’s old is new again!’ Thanks for the smile!

  13. My husband just purchased the Adidas Gazelle shoe – the exact same shoe he wore 40+ years ago when he ran track – he was so excited to relive that part of his youth! I, too, love linen…my clothes are usually a bit rumply anyway, so I figure if it’s linen, it’s ok…lol.

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