Review: Hunter Rain Boots

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve been meaning to do a shoe review for a while now. I think the last shoe review I did was on the Mohop Bespoke Sandals that I know. I am hoping to do at least one review per month if my pocketbook will let me.

For a couple of years now, I have been looking at a pair Hunter Rain boots. It was definitely on my boot wish list. I read through a lot of reviews on the item before I decided to finally take the plunge and purchase myself a pair. Because of my petite frame. some things that I considered before purchasing was  fit and the height of the boot shalf.

I decided to buy my pair of Hunter Rain boots last December before heading out to Northern Michigan. There were two reasons for this purchase. One, the rain boots would come in handy in Hawaii for the rainy seasons. For the most part people here like to wear their flip flops (in Hawaii we call them slippers) or whatever shoes that they have. I personally do not like it when my feet gets wet in the rain unless I am dressed like I am going to the beach. The second reason is that I wanted to see if it really worked in the snowy weather. It was definitely worth a try.

Before taking the plunge and purchasing a pair. I read reviews about Hunter boots for a while and perused different opinions on petite friendly sizing. So while certain colors were on sale at Nordstrom and decided to go and  check them out. I was torn between the women’s size five in the regular and the women’s size five short. I know that a lot of petite women recommend trying the children’s Big Kid size 3. After trying out the adult sizes, I decided to try out the Big Kid boots for myself. I found myself in the kids section of Nordstrom. I left Nordstrom not purchasing one that day. I wanted to do more research before completely committing to a pair.  After some thought, i decided on purchasing the children’s version. Some things that helped me consider:

1. a children’s size 3 is the same as a women’s size 5.

2. The shaft for the children’s size 3 was a lot more fitting to my height and frame than the women’s size 5.

3. The boots are made with the same material and have the same use and the price difference was about $100. So I went with the more cost effective version.

4. They look a little different, child size shoes has reflectors while the women’s do not have reflectors. I personally do not mind the reflectors. The socks cover the reflectors at the top and the bottom reflectors are hardly noticeable.

5. Calve sizing on the children’s Big Kid size was a bit looser than the Women’s version. I have bigger calves so this was a welcomed feature.

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I initially bought socks to go with these hunter boots but have since returned them. I was given heated socks to use with mine for the cold Michigan winter. They actually worked better than the Hunter brand socks.

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After two months of owning a pair of Hunter  Rain Boots they have really come in handy. I wore the boots mainly in Michigan  in the snow. They manage to keep my feet dry and warm for the times I used them on the trip. They worked better than my Dr. Marten’s in keeping my toes and my feet insulated in the light snow that we got up there. It’s great for walking around in lightly dusted areas but it definitely is not for heavier snow mainly because I do not know if the bottom of the boots have the grip needed. Besides snow, I have used it in torrential Hawaii rain when the streets are a bit flooded. At this point in time, I am satisfied with the purchase. If you have any questions feel free to comment or send me an email.

XOXO,

Elle

Of Polka dots and Cardigans

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having an amazing weekend spent with your family and friends. Recently, the weather in Hawaii is a bit cooler than usual.  It is times like this that I bring out the light sweaters and cardigans. They are my absolute favorite laying piece. I have several colors of lights sweaters and cardigans that are good to pair with pieces in my closet that are more neutral.

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For this outfit, I started with a black and white base and added a pop of orange-red. I love to add brighter colors to black and white outfits.

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Thanks again for reading. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,
Elle

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT j crew outlet
CARDIGAN papaya clothing
SKIRT forever 21
SHOES christian louboutin

Sunday DIY: Propagating Succulents

Hello All,

As promised, I am back with my adventures of being a succulent gardener. I have managed to be somewhat successful in propagating them. It helps that a friend’s mom gave me major pointers about growing them and the good old world wide web has manage to help me keep them alive and healthy. Whew! For a minute there, I thought I was going to completely give up on this gardening idea if my succulents did not survive.

Two months ago, I decided to venture into propagating them. Everything I have read so far says this is suppose to be easy. So there are three ways to propagate succulents:

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1. leaves — This is by far the easiest and the least obtrusive to the plant. Simply twist a leave off, preferably the older ones at the bottom of the plant that are still healthy and not shriveling up. Let them callus over a couple of days then lay them on soil and viola, in a week or two you’ll see roots or new leaves depending on the kind of succulent you are trying to propagate. So far this has been the most successful for me.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERALeaf propagation method: above shows different leaves growing into new succulent plants.

2. cuttings — Sometimes the parent plant will grow little plants right on the main stem. Simply cut them off with gardening sheers. Let the cutting callus over and replant into new soil. The baby plant should start to establish roots in about one or two weeks.

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3. dividing — By far, this propagation method is extremely bold and quiet dangerous for the parent plant. Cut the parent plant in half. Let both parts callus over. In this method, the top half can be replanted and will take root in about one to two weeks. The bottom half of the plant will regrow the top of the plant. I have not really had much luck with having both parts survive this process.

imageAbove is a succulent plant divided into three parts. So far, only the top portion has rotted. The bottom, has not yet grown leaves and the middle portion, is still in the process of rooting. Also pictured, are leaves from the plant rooting and growing small leaves.

Some tips to keep in mind when propagating succulents:

  • Rooting hormone is not necessary but it helps a little.
  • To prevent leaves from rotting it is important you allow the plant to callus over before placing them in soil.
  • Cactus soil is the most ideal type of soil for succulents. I like the one from Miracle Grow. It may be more expensive than other brands but the plants flourish in it.
  • Don’t over water your plant. Water once a week  and make sure it gets lots of sun. Succulents love the sun. Do not skimp on the Vitamin D.
  • Do not hover. Allow the plant to grow on its own.
  • Do not be discouraged when the baby plants do not survive. Propagating plants takes practice.

I am by no means a expert. I’m just sharing methods that has helped me survive as a gardener. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

imageA couple of plants were successfully propagated from leaves. The first pot shows a plant that rooted from a leave and grew small leaves then the parent leaf dried and broke off. The second pot, shows this process.

imageDifferent succulent leaves in the process of rooting.

Saturday Nostalgia

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They say that the person you are today is a reflection of who you were in the past, just better.  I have to admit the things that I pick out for my closet now definite reflect certain memorable items from my childhood.

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I’ve always loved beaded jewelry. I think the first beaded piece of jewelry I owned was given to me by my mother. It was a bracelet made of red seads with black dots at the very tip of each bead. They were strung up on a wax linen string. I adored it as a child. Today, I pick out beaded jewelry that I love to wear over and over again with different outfits. I love their earthy character.

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Besides beaded jewelry, I’ve always loved the feel of a great pair of jeans. I must have been in the 5th grade when I learned that a great pair was essential. I adore this biker style black pair of jeans. I love the textured knees.

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What are items in your closet take you back to your childhood? Let me know. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT allison izu
PANTS forever 21
SHOES coach
RINGS m33ms jewelry, silver spoon jewelry, tiffany and co., cinnamon girl

Northward: Packing for Winter Weather

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Hello Everyone,

These pictures were taken a couple of days before we got back home from Michigan. The snow lightly covered the area where we stayed.

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 I got a chance to test out my Hunter Rain Boots in the snow.

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I had hoped to do this post closer to my trip to Michigan but since it’s snowing heavy back east, I figured it would be cool to do a packing post. It’s rare, I visit the continental U.S during the winter and this time around I decided to just take carry-on luggage given that flights usually get moved, delayed, and cancelled. Also, I really did not want to lose luggage going to and from my destination.

The trip was about a week and a half to Northern Michigan where the temperatures get really low. We checked weather reports up until the day we left, it was to make sure that we were packed accordingly.

This is what I packed in my carry-on.

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L to R:  top row: plaid shirt, j. crew. red pullover, forever 21. chambray button down, j. crew. middle and bottom rows: thermal long sleeve t-shirts, old navy. sweat shirt, old navy. cable knit sweater, old navy.

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L to R:  top row: skirt, j. crew. cordoroy jeans, j brand jeans. lace shoulders dress, h and m. middle row: wool skirt, j. crew. quilted leather clutch, found at t.j. maxx. flower crystal necklace, leslie danzis. bottom rows: skinny belts in red and leopard, ann taylor. jeans, old navy. leather belt, american eagle.  necklace, elizabeth stone jewelry, pearl and pyramid bangles, j. crew.

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L to R:  cowl neck sweater, old navy. chevron scarf, eden in love. coat, ross.

I kept most of my pieces neutral with lots of browns, grays, and beige. I also added some color to my wardrobe with pops of red. I brought three pairs of shoes; a regular pair of lace up boots (they are my go to Dr. Marten’s knee high boots),  a pair of strappy pumps (my favorite Christian Louboutin shoes as seen in my New Year’s post)  and a the Hunter boots that I decided to test out in the snow. They definitely kept my toes warm with heated socks. I found the heated socks work better than the regular hunter socks (thanks to my boyfriend’s dad, who got them for me.) I did not picture that pairs of shoes here because I use them often on this blog.

I hope that I am able to do a styling post for the pieces that I brought in a future post. I have to admit, the outfits worked out better than I expected and they managed to keep me warm. Not bad for a newbie in winter weather.

I hope you are having a great start of your week. Take care and let me know you think.

XOXO,

Elle

Cobalt Blue

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Hey everyone!

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I hope you are having a great Saturday. I’m loving the clear blue skies we have been having lately.

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I’m currently loving blues. I am really loving the richness of the color and the peacefulness it exudes. One of the pieces from my closet that I’ve been pairing for different outfits is this cobalt blue pencil skirt. For this outfit, I paired it with a striped button down, a nude pair of shoes, and a little bit of bling.

Let me know what you think. Take care and thanks for reading.

XOXO,
Elle

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT h and m
SKIRT j. crew
SHOES michael kors
NECKLACE elizabeth stone jewelry

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Anniversaries, Bows, Pearls, and Audrey

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Hello Everyone,

This past weekend marked the 3rd year anniversary of A Pair of Shoes For Everyday. This blog has taught me so much in the past couple of years about myself, my personal style as well as blogging. I am truly grateful for all the support that all of you have given me. I want to say THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to share with you my dreams. This blog would not be possible without all of you.

bows and pearlsTo the all the individuals who have helped me along the way (my friends, my family, my readers, my followers, the people who have sponsored this blog, my photographer and guest photographers, and the blogging community) thank you for your constant support and love. I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to work with all of you and be inspired by you. I do not know where this blog will take me in the coming year, all I know is that I cannot wait for this blogging year to be AMAZING.

bows and pearlsI wanted to celebrate the blog’s anniversary with an inspired look by one of my favorite style icons, Audrey Hepburn.  A classic a-line dress, a simple but elegant strand of pearls and a simple pair of red pumps that speaks to the timelessness of great style.

I hope your week will be amazing.

With thankfulness and love,

Elle

 

.:Outfit:.

DRESS kate spade
SHOES bcbg generation
NECKLACES tj maxx find

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Subtle and Elegant: Lace Dress

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having an great start to your week. I’m loving the sun shiny skies in Hawaii coupled with the chill of the winter wind. It’s great weather, definitely the best of both worlds.

I wore this dress a couple of months ago for a special photo shoot with Vivid Foto in downtown Honolulu. Several pictures were taken in front of the red brick walls near the Irish pubs. This part of downtown reminds me so much of the North East especially Boston.

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I absolutely adore this lace floral dress. I love the organic look of the lace overlay and the way the edges border the dress. I keep the shoes and accessories simple because I really wanted to emphasize the subtle details of the dress.

 

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Hope you have a great day. Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,
Elle

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.:Outfit:.

DRESS forever21
SHOES zara
JEWELRY elizabeth stone jewelry

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Warm and Cozy Plaid and Hunter Boots

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Hello Everyone,

Before the temperatures dipped and the snow started to fall full force, we got a chance to take some pictures outside. I’m loving the fact that I can layer more here than back in Hawaii. I’m loving the winter weather. I know it’s very cold but I can’t help but enjoy getting cozy, drinking some hot chocolate, keeping warm, and spending time with family and friends. There is something so beautiful about snow covered landscapes. I love the way the snow blankets the land like it’s preparing a big surprise for spring. I find it amazingly gorgeous.

 

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I don’t know what it is about winter weather but plaid flannels  come to mind. It’s warm and cozy and so comfortable. I decided to pair this shirt with corduroy pants, heated socks and my Hunter boots. They definitely kept me warm outside while I slushed around in the grass.

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Thank you so much for reading.

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XOXO,
Elle

.:Outfit:.

TOP forever21
SHIRT j. crew
PANTS j brand
SHOES hunter
BELT american eagle

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Layered Sparkle and Stripes

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having an great Wednesday.

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This past week, we traveled up North to Michigan to spend time with family and friends. When we arrived, there was little snow on the ground and the air was chilly. I decided to play with layering for colder weather since I do not really have an opportunity to do that here in Hawaii. The focal piece of this outfit is definitely this striped skirt I purchased last year. It proved to be a great piece that’s simple and dressy. I continued the striped theme onto the turtle neck and layered a pull over on top to bring it all together. I added thick knit stockings to keep my legs warm from the chill and warmed up with my coat. I definitely do not know if I could get use to the cold but I love to layer.

Hope you have an great day. Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,
Elle
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.:Outfit:.

SHIRT forever21
SWEATER forever21
SKIRT j. crew
STOCKINGS worthington
SHOES dr. martens
BELT ann taylor
JEWELRY leslie danzis

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine