Kyocera knives, salt waters and a dress

May 18, 2013 |  Category:   happy purchases

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Have you ever used a ceramic knife? I think my friend Nichole was the first to tell me about the ceramic knife when I spotted it at her house. Mark and I later saw a Kyocera knife for sale at one of the stores at Chelsea Market and we decided to give it a try. They’re lightweight and super sharp, but the claim that it actually prevents cut fruit from getting brown (which supposedly happens when metal interacts with acidic juices) was the thing that sold me. I pack the girls apple slices nearly every day for lunch, and in the past those containers of cut fruit would sometimes come back untouched at the end of the day because the apples looked “too brown”. Now, I will say that it doesn’t prevent all browning as it claims, but it does a good enough job that I definitely do see a difference and the apples get eaten every day. Besides, that white blade! It really is a fun knife to use.

 

I think you all know by now that the girls wear Salt Water sandals almost exclusively as their summer sandals, but have I told you why? (Miss C got these gold pair this year). Aside from the reasonable price (yes, there was a time when I got sucked into all the adorable, yet pricey kid sandals when the girls were toddlers), they are durable and have even lasted us 2 summers depending on how much their feet would grow during the winter. Those more expensive, adorable brands? They would be trashed by the end of summer sandal wearing season, absolutely trashed. One of the reasons why the Salt Waters survive is because you can get them wet and they won’t get ruined in water. If you live in NYC, you know what a big deal this is. With sprinklers open at every playground in the city, and with a playground every 7-10 blocks (at least in our neighborhood), it’s hard to avoid the sprinkler in the summer, especially when all your kid wants to do is get wet. Before I started buying Salt Waters, I’d have this conversation with the girls almost daily:

 
Girls: “SPRINKLER!!!”
Me: “Wait! You’re wearing your sandals and we don’t have your crocs or flip flops. You can’t go in the water with those sandals”.
Girls (as they run towards the water): “But…SPRINKLER!!”
Me: “Did ya even hear what I said?? You can’t get those shoes wet. They’ll get ruined.”
Girls: “Can we go barefoot then?”
Me: “Do you see where we live? This is the city! With rats and glass and god knows what else.”
Girls (as they run into the water anyway): “But…SPRINKLER!!!”
Me: “Nooooooooo!”

 
But now when we enter a playground with the water on, it’s like…sure, get wet, whatever. By the way, there are 2 types of Salt Water sandals – the ones that have stitching on the foot bed and the ones that don’t. The smooth, slightly higher foot beds without stitching seem more durable and hold up best in water.
 
And finally, this dress. Yeah, it totally looks bleh and boring on the website and I would have never even looked at it twice past these photos because I don’t particularly like the way it hangs on the model, but the dress is actually pretty nice in person. I bought it as a late birthday present to myself (and I’m all about dresses with pockets these days).

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  • Karen May 18, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Love a dress with pockets….whistles (whistles.co.uk) have a gorgeous striped one…
    And great sandal advice! If we ever get sandal weather…..

  • marissa (stylebook) May 18, 2013 at 7:46 am

    living in south florida, i swear by saltwaters (as an adult!) for the same reason. we’re guaranteed a 3pm downpour every afternoon!

    thanks for the knife rec!

  • sylvï May 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    the ceramic knives creep me out for some reason, even though i like the idea and i’ve used them at friends’ houses and they cut beautifully. everyone seems to have broken the tip off them, though, so go easy…

    i want a pair of saltwaters now so badly… although sandal weather seems like a distant dream still, especially here in ireland, where i’m staying for a while. finland is nice and toasty, i hear…

    • Jenna May 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Interesting – we haven’t had that problem with a broken tip, but I will be careful about it. thanks.

  • Joya May 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    That knife looks awesome, fan of Saltwater too -my littlest wears his everyday & love, love that dress. Probably wouldn’t work for my body with having a bigger chest 😉 but I love the ease & hem.

  • Jen May 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Cute dress.

    And now I feel compelled to search for a ceramic knife.

    Also, I love the story about the sprinklers. That is exactly how I would have reacted. Glad I’m not alone.

  • Faith | Ordinary Mommy Design May 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I have wondered about those knives- thanks for sharing! Also- I bought my first pair of Saltwaters last Summer and I love them! Thinking about getting them for my girls as well.

  • Nancy May 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    We got one of those ceramic knives as a wedding gift. It’s shoved into a drawer somewhere because I use a magnetic strip to hang my other knives and I always use those because they’re there… but I have the same issue with the apples coming home uneaten. I didn’t know that little trick… I will have to try it this week!

    And my girls have saltwaters, too, and in gold! We love them!

  • Kris May 19, 2013 at 2:37 am

    If you dip your apple slices in anything a little acidic, they won’t get so brown. I dipped my daughter’s apple slices in orange juice before putting them in her lunch box. They still will get a little brown, but not as bad.

    I adore the sandals. Will buy them as soon as I can justify another purchase lol. (although the price is awesome)

    • Jenna May 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

      yes, this is true. Lemon juice works great too, but I have to admit, when we are rushing around in the morning getting ready for school, the lemon juice bath on the apples isn’t likely to happen, ha!

  • Simone May 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Hi! I’m a fan of those sandals too and FYI, yesterday I found and ordered my daughter some tan colored Saltwater sandals yesterday on Amazon – only $24!!

    • Jenna May 19, 2013 at 10:38 am

      thanks for the tip. Don’t see tan ones too much.

  • Simone May 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Opps didn’t proof read – please ignore my doubled up ‘yesterdays’ in the comment above.

  • Lena May 19, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Jenna, thank you so much for such “recommendational posts, I just love them. Please forgive me this incredibly superficial question, but where did you get those nice girls’ raincoats, yellow and navy one, that I stumbled upon on some older pictures?
    your posts are so thought provoking and pictures feel so real (unlike on many lifestyle blogs). i started to read it before I even came to us, so your blog was my first impression of Brooklyn. yet it is hard to comment sometimes. not like ask where did you get that from 🙂

    • Jenna May 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

      HI Lena! We’ve had those raincoats forever so they aren’t available anymore. It’s like the girls never outgrow them for some reason. The yellow one is from Lands End and I swear this is the 6th or 7th year we’ve had that jacket (although I do think it’s finally getting way too small for C). The blue one is from the Gap.

  • Darcy May 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Love those sandals!! I’ve been looking so hard for something reasonably priced that lasts, thank you so much!!

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