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Shoe Review: Rothy’s Round Toe Flats

Hi Everyone,

I have not done a review in a long time. I wanted to do one on a shoe that I heard about last year through different social media avenues. I’ve seen it on Instagram and  Youtube and after much deliberation, I decided to purchase a pair. I have heard so many good things about these shoes that I was curious about them.  I also liked that fact that it takes old plastic bottles and up-cycles them into cute flats what’s not to love about saving the environment with cute shoes.

While shopping for my first pair, I perused the website. They had two styles and really cute fabric patterns. I like the selection of prints most of which are classics like leopard, geometric shapes and camouflage. Unfortunately, not all patterns are not available for extended sizes. Being a size 4 1/2 to 5 depending on the shoe, I was curious about the fit. The safest choice was  the round toe flats as opposed to the pointed toe flats which are always weird for me if the shoes are not true to size. I felt  the round toe flats would fit better for my small feet. I decided to choose a patterned fabric rather than a solid color flat since I already have several pairs of solid flats.

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Details about the shoe:

Packaging: When it first arrived it came in a recycled cardboard box with a  blue ribbon pull for opening.  The flat was stuffed with tissue paper and a plastic shoe hanger. I felt that this was contradictory to the rest of the packaging as the company prides itself in saving the environment one plastic bottle as a time. The plastic shoes hanger did not seem to fit their company model. I was hoping for a biodegradable shoe hanger. The company encourages people to reuse the box for something else. I used it for my shoe polishing items. Still the plastic shoe hanger bothered me.  The box contained cards informing of shoe care and other information.

There is an easy return policy  which is 30 days for unworn shoes. I did not have that benefit as I tried the shoes on for a day at work.

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Fit: TTS. I’m a size 4.5 and the size 5 fit me well but because my feet are a half a size shorter the shoe rubbed against my ankle for the most the day when I wore it the first time. While, the shoe did not blister my ankles, my ankles were irritated and red at the end of the day. For the most part, the fabric of the shoe was comfortable but the stiffer fabric at the heel irritated me. If you are in between sizes, I would recommend to size down for a snug fit or size up and use a Shoe Sizer to fill the difference. I used the later option after taking a break from wearing the shoes for about two weeks.  I was convinced to try and make it work for me. (I will talk about shoe sizers later if you are interested let me know in the comments below or in a message.)   I used Shoe Sizers half a size filler in the front of the shoe. After this quick fix, I wore the shoe out more a few more times and  the sizer helped a lot with the heel rubbing. After that the shoe was a lot more comfortable.

Quality: The pair of shoes is of high quality woven knit plastic thread.  The woven upper is soft and stretchy and does not cut into your skin or create blistering. It stretches and moved with your feet which makes it comfortable.  The insole is soft and cushioned, washable and replaceable. After several uses, the insole will start to pill. Replacements for these are about $30. The outsole of the shoe is made of textured rubber. The shoe upper is sewn into the rubber sole for a stronger bond rather than glue so you do not need to worry about the sole and the upper splitting. The sole is flexible so the shoe fits like a glove and moved with you when you walk.

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Comfort:  After a six months of owning a pair of Rothy’s, it’s become part of my work shoe rotation. With the minor addition of a shoe sizer which made wearing the shoe a lot more comfortable. The cloth is very comfortable and the shoe is best if your feet are true to size. I believe a snug  fit makes the shoe more comfortable.

Price: $125.00-$145 is moderately expensive. The brand prides itself in being made with quality. You can use a coupon code for $20 off. I searched the internet for a coupon code. You can use this code if you plan on getting one.

Click Here to use My Rothy’s Code

I used someones to get $20 off the full price.  This is an investment shoe, it is comfortable for people who have feet that are whole sizes. If you’re a half size. I highly recommend using Shoe Sizers.

Is it a Shoe for Everyday?

For myself, currently, yes!  I do not foresee them making shoes smaller than a 5 or making half sized shoes.  Recently, they launched the loafer style and a few more colors and patterns in the extended sizes which was exciting.

I will purchase this shoe again in another color or style. Personally, I am looking at purchasing the pointed flat and the loafer. The pair I got is  staple in my work wardrobe that I reach for it on rainy days when I do not have to worry about getting water on my shoes.  I’m really like the fact that I can give it a quick wash in the washing machine if it gets dirty. Additionally, I foresee me packing for travel.  Rothy’s got something here with their shoes. I foresee the brand creating more options for women and even making a men’s line in the future.

I hope this helps you decide if this is the shoe for you. If you are deciding to purchase this for yourself or give it to someone it’s great gift to give yourself or someone who loves style and comfortable shoes.

Take care and happy shoe shopping.

XOXO,

Elle

 

 

** This is not a sponsored post. This post is my personal experience and opinion on Rothy’s shoes.

Simplifying

 

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It’s June of 2018 and I have not posted on my blog for about half a year. Before that it seemed that I gave up posting outfits entirely.  My Instagram is a little bit more active but still very sporadic.

How does one explain changes in life and perspective? I have always loved fashion and loved the ability to put together outfits. It’s been two years since I really started to look into capsule wardrobes. I’m not new to them. I used capsule wardrobes a lot when I traveled in the past but honestly, I have been feeling  drawn to the idea of a much simpler wardrobe. The question is: Where do I begin? I love the pieces I purchase and I loved color, textures and prints. How does one create a capsule that really fits their personality? These are the questions that I have been reflecting on and perhaps this is the essential starting point.

Besides reflecting on capsule wardrobes, my shopping habits have changed in the past couple of years.  I shopped less and I try to wear what’s in my closet. Budgeting became important with getting married, getting an apartment and going back to school, so it was one of the most essential components of my process. Additionally, I am truly bothered with the idea of consumption and the impacts of fast fashion around the world. I shop less now because of it and I really think about my purchases a lot more than I use to. I believe every little bit counts. For two years, I have taught students in my classroom about the impact of fashion on their environment, on people, and on their lives. I needed to live the example and be the role model when it comes to how I interact with fashion.

It seems like a lot to think about but in all honesty, I have been thinking about these a lot for a very long time. But thinking about something and actually doing something about it are two different things. If I am going to change anything, actions have a far greater impact than just speaking about it.  It’s time to make these actions real.

As a result, my blog is transforming with these goals in mind.

NEW GOALS FOR THIS BLOG:

  1.  Style Diary: This blog has been my style diary. I hope to posts more frequently showing a personal style that reflects me right now.
  2.  Shop less, Style more:  I have always loved styling and putting pieces together. I love the thought process behind my outfits. I hope to share that with you.
  3.  Fashion History and Influence  I have a passion of history and would like to incorporate that into writing this blog.
  4. Environmentally Conscious and Sustainable. I am continually striving to do this.

 

Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

2017 Shoe Additions

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Hey Everyone,

This year’s Shoe Collections Additions were well thought out and curated. As you all know, at the beginning of this year, I decided to stop shopping for clothes and to be mindful of what I purchase in the clothing department. With that said, in this year’s shoe shopping, I tried to stick with as many wishlist items for this year and past years as possible.   As a result, this year, I did not purchase any shoes that I did not feel was well made, I kept to my wish list for the most part, and I was good with sticking to my rule of never paying for price for shoes.  I will show you the shoes in order of purchase.

 

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Alexander Wang Studded Antonias in Clay and Black [EU 35]

I’ve been wanting this pair for years. It is one of Alexander Wang’s simplest styles and with the studded detail, they have a bit of edge and modern take on a simple sandal. This shoe was one my wish list a few years ago.

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Balenciaga Glove Sandal in White [EU 35]

I’ve been loving these shoes since 2013 and when Alexander Wang announced that he was leaving as Creative Director of the fashion house, I knew that this style would be harder and harder to find. I initially wanted a red or a black shoe but the color combinations were quick to sell out. In March, when I went into the boutique one of the Sales Associates told me that this style was going to be discontinued. Initially, I put the Aqua blue version on hold when it went on sale at the boutique and completely missed out on the pair because it quickly sold out. In May, while perusing MyTheresa.com, I found a white version in 35’s. It was not black or red but it is still a great color that I’ll be able to match with many  different pieces in my closet.

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Christian Louboutin Madame Menodo in Multi Color Print [EU 34.5]

I tried this pair on last year when it first came out in this color way. I tried it on a whim while talking to my Sales Associate at Neiman’s. It was just a fun day trying on shoes and I was not really thinking that I would like the pair. When I tried it on I instantly fell in love with the uniqueness of the pair and the details of the shoe. It is definitely a conversation starter and a stand out pair. I waited until the price of the shoe dropped to a reasonable price in Last Call before pulling the trigger.

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Sophia Webster Calico in Nude [EU 35]

I am a new fan of Sophia Webster shoes. Her designs are very avande garde and have a lot of personality. While other styles may not be for me, the Calico shoe is very reminiscent of my love for nature inspired shoes with its leather sculpted flowers. I love the dainty look of this shoe and its perfect for Spring, Summer, and weddings. I opted for a more neutral color for versatility and seasonal staying power.

 

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Valentino Rockstud Ballet Flats in Pink and Nude Trim [EU 35]

I have been a big fan of the Valentino Rockstud family for years. I know they come in different colors depending on the season. I found these new ballet flats in the ending of September and the beginning of October. The mauve color was closer to a neutral and the patent leather was said to be more durable than the matte leather versions. The shoe is still a little stiff and I realized that Valentinos run big to size. These 35’s fit more like a 35.5. I suggest sizing down for this particular style just because they run bigger and the toe box area is wider than normal. I have a quick fix for that and I’ll share it with you in an upcoming post.

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Chloe Kingsley Leather platform Sandal in Bordeaux [EU 35]

I have admired Chloe shoes for years but have never owned a pair of tried on a pair until I saw these Kingsley Leather Platforms. They are extremely comfortable and light. I also absolutely adore the bordeaux color of the pair.

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Saint Laurent Patent Leather Tribute Sandals in Cream [EU 34]

I must have tried on these shoes multiple times in the past five years and it has been on my wish list for the past six years. Because of my size and its popularity, it has been difficult for me to get this shoe. I wanted it in black, nude, or a textured color. When I saw these in pristine condition on TheRealReal.com for a very reasonable price within my price point, I decided to get it. I was thoroughly surprised by the preloved quality of this pair of shoes. The patent leather was still taut and not stretched out, the shoe was already resoled. After inspecting the shoe, there were no scuffs of marks. The emblem of the shoe was not rubbed off in the insole.

 

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post. What were some of your 2017 shoe additions. Let me know if in the comments below.

 

XOXO,

Michelle

 

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Allerton Garden: Stepping Into The Past

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We started the day with checking out Spouting Horn before heading into the Allerton Garden.  It was interesting to learn that the Plantation modified the landscape because of necessity.  The orginal Spouting Horn was destroyed by the plantation because of the ocean spray that it created for the plantation fields.

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We started with the tour bus down to the Allerton Garden. Once a part of Queen Emma’s properties, it was later sold to the Allertons from Chicago. The garden was made for entertaining and to capture the natural landscape. The Allerton’s collected different plants from all over the world. Eventually, they moved into the research and preservation of plants that they found in their travels.  The Gardens is a celebration of art and flora from throughout world. In many ways, it also portrays the architectural genius of the Allertons. Each garden is considered a room. One can only imagine how it was when it was first created. Many of the gardens are preserved in their original state as much as possible.

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I love the organic state of the gardens and the dichotomy of natural and structural creations. The statues collect most and mildew that give them character. The Venus statues from the Chicago gardens looked remarkable. img_4562

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The garden is filled with many different sculptures. Some of them with movement, sound, and rhythm. The one above, plays with water levels and the illusion of movement. The bamboo forest below created a space of relaxation and the sound of the rustling of bamboo made natural melodies with the rustling of the wind.

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This scalloped water fountain plays with movement and rhythm. The scallops of the fountain worked with the movement of the water. The sculptures of mermaids on both ends mimic the look of the palms surrounding the fountain.

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img_4687-1img_4652If these trees look familiar, they were featured in the Jurassic Park movies. There towering branches and their beautiful above ground roots make them larger than life.img_4666I chose to wear a fun denim skirt for this adventure from RocknRemix by Char Glover. I am completely in love with this skirt. It’s perfect to dress down with a tank and sandals and to dress up with a dressy blouse and a nice pair of statement pumps.

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After our tour we headed down to Savage Shrimp to get a taste of the locally grown shrimp. img_4709img_4705

And then we went to Fresh Shave to get a little bit of dessert. We got  pineapple and a pumpkin flavored shaved ice and got a chance to look at some Kauai made items from artisans in a near by showroom.

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In the evening, we got a chance to go to Hamura’s Saimin to tastes one of Kauai’s oldest and most popular saimin shops. I love coming to visit this place whenever we are in town. It has that small town flair and the people are always super friendly.

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Thanks again for reading. I hope you enjoyed these last few posts about our trip to Kauai. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle

:Outfit:.

SHIRT j crew
SKIRT rocknremix
SANDALS blue mountain

Unboxing Favorite Finds and YouTube

A few weeks ago… I decided to attempt a YouTube video unboxing and sharing a few of my favorite finds this month. Enjoy this and let me know what you think.

Take a view and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle

Ocean Adventure & the Forbidden Island

Most of my life I’ve seen the cascading mountains and cliffs of the Na Pali Coastline on TV but nothing compares to seeing it’s beauty in person.

We woke up early to get ready for a boat trip to see the coastline and to snorkel off the coast of Niihau, the Forbidden Island. It was two things I had listed on my bucket list.

The views were amazing. We even got a chance to see Dolphins and Whales on the trip out to Niihau.

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It was also my first time snorkeling in deep water. I was thrown by the depth of he ocean. We got a chance to see Niihau up close. Niihau is owned by the Robinson Family and in order to go there, one must be invited. From the boat, the beaches were pristine and beautiful. We got close enough to snorkel the reef and to check out the animal and plant life on the reef and enjoy nature’s beauty.

Thanks again for Reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

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Chasing Waterfalls

Kauai is known for its breathtaking mountains and beautiful waterfalls. On our trip we had several opportunities to check out waterfalls throughout the island. We started our day with light kayaking and a short hike to see a waterfall.

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img_4404Our tour guide talked to us about the different plants on the way up to the waterfalls. img_4412Wauke Leaf (Paper Mulberry Leaf)img_4428

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Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,
Michelle

Where the Sunflowers Grow

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For years, We have planned to go and check out the sunflower fields. This past weekend, we made it a point to check them out in bloom in the Waialua. They stood tall against the backdrop of a very clear and blue sky. They were amazingly beautiful. img_5151

It was nice to take in some fresh air and enjoy the beautiful yellow blooms. We could spot them on the road while driving to the Sunflower fields.

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sunflower3.jpgThe sunflowers were from the size of our palms to the size of our heads.
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sunflower4.jpgThe weather here has cooled down to the low seventies but Summer dresses are still appropriate for the days. I decided to wear a dress out on your day in the country.

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Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoy the Sunflowers as much as me.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
DRESS old navy
CARDIGAN old navy
SANDALS sanuks
BAG cult gaia
BELT muse
EARRINGS bevel hawaii

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo

Saturday under the Summer Sun

bestof2Hello Everyone,

Today was a nice day to take in Honolulu. The Best of Honolulu Festival at Honolulu Hale featured food, crafts and fun for the whole family.

Bao Boys Sweet and Tangy Garlic Chicken

Sweet Revenge Lilimansi Pie

Shaka Iced Tea

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I decided to keep it cool today with this romper that doubles as a babydoll dress. I love its hidden features and its roomy pockets. It came in handy as we walked around and visited the booths to see the food and wares from different vendors.

I’m currently obsessing over this Cult Gaia bag that was a blogger favorite last year. I love its design aesthetic and construction. It is a such a perfect classic Summer bag.

Thanks again for reading. Take care and blessings.

XOXO,

Elle

:Outfit:.
HAT forever 21
SUN GLASSES ralph lauren
ROMPER zara
SANDALS grey by saks 5th avenue
BAG cult gaia
JEWELRY handmade

Unapologetic

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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I know it seems I’ve dropped of the face of the Earth a few months ago and I should have left you a letter. The past couple of months have been life changing for me. I’ve been a true believer in the idea that everything has it’s time in our life. Our goals and our dreams have their moments in the sun. I’ve have two passions in life, Fashion and Academia. Sometimes one takes precedence over the other. These two things cannot exist together although I have tried to make it work. I have taken a step back from Fashion and really rethink my place in that space. As a kid, I dreamt of obtaining my Ph.D and recently I got accepted into the program that I applied to. It’s a dream come true and it’s going to take a lot of my time.

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So where does this blog go from here. I do not plan on leaving it entirely. I do believe it is still my creative space and I still do love fashion. I will try to post as often as I can and share more of me, my style and my lifestyle.

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XOXO,

Michelle

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