One thing I know my wardrobe needs more of are flirty dresses and super comfy shoes. If you follow me on Instagram (and if you aren’t following me you should be! @mybrownsparklez), you probably know that my favorite shopping tool is Instagram. There are so many eco-friendly brands out there waiting to be discovered and shopped. This was the case when I discovered LA based shoe brand Blankens. Designed by creative director and fashion journalist Cecilia Blankens, this shoe and accessories line is best described as, “the meeting point between the colors and vibrant beauty of California and the minimalistic Scandinavian sense of style.”

Cecilia’s mission to create really high quality shoes that are stylish, comfy, and sustainable came to life in 2014. And I am happy to have discovered this undeniably chic brand. I am such a picky shopper. I don’t like trends because I don’t want to look like everyone else. This shoe brand has that minimalist look with unique shapes that allows me to embrace one trend without falling into the copy cat trap.


I was attracted to the Rhode sandals because they remind me of the geta sandals that Geisha’s wear. And I am inspired by uber feminine looks and designs. The exaggerated tie on the top of the shoes make me feel like I’m wrapping my feet up like a pretty present. I hope that’s how they come across LOL. The Rhodes come in a rich forest green color and black. And they are so touch-ably soft leather. I love this shoe!  If bows on your feet aren’t your thang, you can go basic (but I’m not calling you basic ;)) with the Vacay sandal in a natural or black. This style is perfect for, well, vacation! A stroll on the board walk or a walk through a farmer’s market has never been more chic. Do you sometimes plan things just so you can show off how chic you look? I know I do, I’m not even going to lie lol. Guilty!


Some of my other Spring style favorites from Blankens include the Jolene and the Palma. Blankens makes other fine leather goods (all produced in Europe) like the suede Bordeaux backpack and the edgy Topanga Yellow Crystal shades. I have a thing with shades ok? But the shoes are where it’s at. They also sell all of the products you need to take care of your fine leather and suede duds. Clothing care is definitely something I need to pay more attention to.

I’m keeping my eye on this brand and will definitely be giving Cecilia more shout outs as I find more ways to rock my Rhodes. You can check out all of Blankens’ fabulous duds here.