Music Makers: Joan Shelley

After solely writing about sneakers for a few months, I’ve decided to expand 22Dreambox to include more lifestyle posts that go beyond sneaker style. I’m starting by adding a Music section. Writing about music seems logical to me because it’s a big part of my lifestyle. I love listening to music in my car, on Spotify at my shop, or pulling out some vinyl in my living room.  I love playing music in my all-female bluegrass band. And anyone who knows me well knows that going to see live music is one of my favorite things to do.

On Saturday night I checked out an early show at The Southern, a small venue located off the downtown pedestrian mall here in Charlottesville. Guitarist James Elkington was opening for Joan Shelley, a Kentucky singer-songwriter who released her fifth album earlier this year.

Joan Shelley

Joan Shelley performing at The Southern on October 7th

Prior to Saturday, I’d listened to some of Shelley’s music and watched her NPR Tiny Desk concert (check it out here), but had never seen her perform live. I now want to spread the word to anyone who doesn’t know her music to check it out, and go see her if possible.

Her music is minimal yet complex and her voice is authentic. Her sound has strength and emotion which she delivers effortlessly. I found myself wondering how a sound so pure and clear was coming from a person standing a few feet in front of me, without any altering or editing. It was so beautiful, it almost didn’t seem real.

Her songs, performed above simple guitar melodies, are sometimes sweet, sometimes eerie, sometimes consoling. Her music has a calming, peaceful effect. It’s what I want to listen to while working on a creative project or cooking dinner after work. It’s what I want to recommend to everyone I know who loves genuine, personal, inspiring folk music.

Check out her website here and go see her if you can!





Toms: Beyond the Slip-Ons

Now back in Virginia, I’ve had a few days to unpack my suitcase, adjust back to Eastern Time and catch up on work emails.

During my two-week stay in LA, I soaked in some culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art, strolled the breezy streets of Santa Monica and tried Korean BBQ for the first time with friends at a great place in Korea Town (the two hour wait proved how good the food was).

I did squeeze in a buying trip to the apparel market in downtown LA, though, and bought suitcases full of clothing and jewelry to bring back to my boutique, Duo.

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Tory Burch Murray Sneaker

Back to Basics

The dread of going back to school as a kid was always slightly assuaged by the shopping trip to buy new outfits for fall. Back to school shopping was something I looked forward to because it usually involved a trip to the Gap or The Limited plus a stop at a local shoe store.

Looking back, it seems like I more often than not chose a new pair of canvas Keds. Something about these simple lace-up sneakers was synonymous with going back to school in September. That little blue rubber Keds rectangular logo on the back of the shoes was part of my childhood.

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Walk on the Wild Side: 6 Leopard Print Sneakers To Try

Love it or hate it, animal prints usually sneak their way onto fall runways, and in turn into the stores where we love to shop. I like animal prints in small doses. I can appreciate it when someone has the courage to mix an animal print with a check, stripe or floral print to create an inspired, creative look all her own. I’m just not likely to do it myself.

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6 Sneaker Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

This weekend I’ve spent a lot (maybe too much?) time browsing checking out their Anniversary Sale that started on Friday. I’m a sale-driven shopper like anyone else, so it’s no surprise I filled up my virtual shopping bag pretty quickly.

Here are six must-have pairs.

1.) Rebecca Minkoff Noelle Embellished Platform Sneakers. Originally $149.95, on sale for $99.90. Embroidery is still on trend for fall and the colors of these floral kicks are gorgeous.

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Golden Goose Mid Star Sneakers

We Go High: 4 High-Style High Tops (Part II)

If you haven’t checked out Part I, click here to read it. Continuing on…

My third go-to high top is from one of my favorite brands, Superga. The Cotdu high top has zippers on both the left and right sides making it super easy to take on and off (no dealing with laces). These can be worn with dresses, but I most often pair them with cropped pants or denim shorts.


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Vans Sk8-Hi Tops

We Go High: 4 High-Style High Tops (Part I)

Raw edge cropped jeans. Jogger sweats pulled up slightly at the ankle. Cuffed menswear-style pants.

No matter how you’re wearing the pants right now (and let’s be honest, you always wear the pants), chances are your ankle is exposed. Shorter hemlines on trendy pants have created the perfect opportunity for eye-catching high top sneakers.

Golden Goose Francy High Tops

Golden Goose Francy High Tops

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