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Jul 8, 2014

Sale PSA

I know it’s a little early to be looking at sweaters, but right now you can stock up on some fall staples at the Gap.

Most of their Luxlight sweaters are on sale for $9.99, and there is currently a limited-time promotion code for 30% off (code: TREAT), so you could get these sweaters for $6.99 each.

Material is 70% cotton, 20% nylon, and 10% silk. Sweaters can be found here.

Jun 24, 2014 / 1 note

ON THE MATTER OF “CURATING”, THE SNOB EFFECT AND JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON

If you (style-minded, minimalist-loving reader) have a few minutes of time and a working brain, go read this wonderful post by Amanda of Assembled Haphazardly.

I too have fallen for the phenomenon of snobbishly “curating” my life (after all, that’s why this blog exists) and it’s good to have someone out there calling us out for the pretentious navel-gazers we often let ourselves become.

Bonus: the comments are also well-worth a read.

LUXIRARE is aesthetic perfection.
Jun 24, 2014 / 1 note
Jun 5, 2014

Out-of-the-box shoe review: Sam Edelman Trina (Natural)

Well, just like I threatened to, I got the Sam Edelman Trinas, which arrived today. Here is my initial impression, illustrated by copious photos. (Will probably post a follow-up review once I’ve worn these for hours.)

As you can tell, I got the Trinas in “Natural.” I had been unsure whether to get black or “whiskey” (a medium tan-brown) instead, but the boyfriend offered the opinion that black was too visually heavy and whiskey was a little too mature for me. Of course, the nice solution would have been to just get all three, but I live in a world where I’m on a budget, so natural it was.

The Trina is a good-looking shoe. I’m a little wary about how the gold heel is going to wear—something tells me it’s a film that might get scraped off easily. Honestly I would have preferred a classic stacked heel, for both visual and structural reasons, but that would probably have driven the price up.

The leather is relatively good quality: not too flimsy, and it smelled pretty good. I had a few issues, though, which are probably a result of less-than-stellar quality control.

Issue the first: the right shoe already had a stitch coming out. The left shoe was perfectly fine. I think the stitching is cosmetic so I’m not worried about the shoe falling apart, so I’ll probably poke the end of the thread back with a needle. Still, it irked me that a mid-range designer sandal had sloppy craftsmanship.

Issue the second: the toe strap on the right shoe was oddly discolored in places. I rubbed at the spots with my finger and they didn’t wear off, so I’m going to carefully take some leather cleaner/conditioner to the strap later. Again, irked at the apparent lack of quality control.

Onto a positive note:

If you look at the picture, there is a little leather panel behind the buckle, so the buckle is not rubbing against your bare ankle! I LOVE THIS. A+

And for your personal edification, photos of the sandals on, since I hate reading reviews where I don’t get to see what the shoe looks like on an actual foot or legs:

Pardon the ill-fitting shorts; my good shorts were in the laundry. The Trinas are flattering (I think so) and visually ride the line between utilitarianism and style, which is kind of my thing. 

The sandals are wonderfully stable and comfortable; the true test is how they feel after several hours, though, so I’ll hold off on making any blanket statements about the long-wearing comfort. 

Fit is spot on; I bought my usual size, 6.5, and these were neither too big nor small. Width was great, though if you have wide feet they might be a narrow fit. 

Finally, a shopping tip: the Sam Edelman Trina is a consistent $99 + tax everywhere you go, but it’s significantly cheaper on Amazon. Depending on the color, you can get it from $54 (!) to $82

Brand: Sam Edelman
Style: Trina
Color: Natural
Source: Amazon
Price: $54-$82 ($99 everywhere else)

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Jun 5, 2014 / 2 notes

Currently thinking about getting an Everlane Ryan tee. Or, you know, several. I’m frankly not happy with the Everlane V-neck tees (reasons why coming in a review) and I’ve heard good things about the Ryan, plus I like the slouchier silhouette. 

Source: Everlane (invite link here)
Price: $25

May 29, 2014 / 2 notes

I already busted last summer’s “these will last me forever” sandals and wore down the foam (yes, foam) heel on the Ralph Lauren sandals I bought as a hasty replacement. I sound like a sandal destroyer, but I think declining quality is at fault; I once had a pair that lasted so long I had to keep re-sewing the buckle back on. 

My point is that I’m now looking for the long-haul sandal that won’t fail me after three months. I want a pair of sandals that I can take care of, that will be worth the trip to my shoe repair guy, that will be more-or-less a classic that I can just mindlessly wear with all my summer outfits for at least three years. (!)

Well, the internet/blogosphere is crazy for the Sam Edelman Trina and I have to admit that it’s contagious.

I love the minimal styling of the Trina and the substantial heel; this was what I was looking for when I bought my alleged-forever sandals. And I’m trusting the blogosphere on its quality and comfort; Les Anti-Modernes swears by them, Wendy’s Lookbook makes them look so great, and these photos on Tuula Vintage just sealed the deal for me

If that doesn’t do it for you, the Google image search for “Sam Edelman Trina” is a veritable gallery of how great these shoes look

Anyway I don’t think it’s a matter of if I’m going to get these sandals…it’s a matter of when, and what color.

The color thing could be a whole ‘nother post by itself. Hoo boy.

P.S. No, never jumping on the Birkenstock bandwagon. You couldn’t pay me to wear those things.

(Amazon link: Sam Edelman “Trina”)

May 27, 2014

Let’s talk about totes.

I’m currently using a reusable shopping bag as my go-to tote, which I hope comes off as hipster-chic and not bag-lady crazy. But one of the first things I’m saving up for is a quality leather tote that I can mindlessly use for everything.

I have a few requirements:

  1. Said tote needs to have shoulder straps that I can actually use. The bag-on-the-elbow look is very blogger chic but let’s be real, it’s also unsustainably painful. I need to be able to just throw the damn thing on my shoulder and run.
  2. A small built-in pocket is a must, because I don’t want to spend the rest of my life digging through my bag to find my keys and hand sanitizer (which I’m currently doing with aforementioned shopping bag).
  3. It’s got to be real leather. Sorry, ethical vegans of the world, but I’ve busted way too many faux-leather bags to even think about going down that road again. 

These are some of the totes I’m waffling endlessly between interested in. 

Madewell Transport Tote ($168)
Blogger favorite, which does make me a little suspicious—I do plan on checking out this bag in-store to make sure it’s not just clever sponsorship.

Cuyana Leather Tote ($150)
Looks promising, though I’ve heard that their quality control is not too great. Also worth checking out in-store.

J. Crew Downing Tote ($168)
May end up ruling this out because it doesn’t have a pocket. Shame, as I do love the styling of it.

Everlane Petra Market Tote ($365)
Heard good things about this one, although it does cost more than twice as much as the other contenders, and I’m not sure if I like the more trapezoidal shape. 


Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote ($295)
Also on the pricier side, but this one offers a little more structure than the other totes here. I also appreciate that it’s lined and has more pockets.

Anyway, still on the hunt. Hope to find “the one” someday.

May 23, 2014

Hullo, blog.

I made you because I needed a place for my style-related musings as I make the attempt to turn my haphazardly-obtained wardrobe into a shining gem of curated perfection. Let’s have some fun, shall we?

Musings, commence!