20.2.17

RECENTLY

Because there are mental bookmarks, bookmark bars, pinterest, sticky notes, < no subject > emails full of copy and pasted links, tumblr, screenshots.... It feels better to narrow down what actually sticks. Hopefully these links don't die after this month.


Recently bought: this Bridge & Burn tee
Recently seen: these windows. I'm a sucker for windows.
Recently lusting after: all the dresses from olive. A new-to-me shop based in the UK I found via pinterest.
Recently drooling over: Faye Andrada earrings.
Recently reading: and always reading, Reading My Tea Leaves blog.



13.2.17

EVERLANE BRIXTON BOOT REVIEW

Everlane Brixton Boot Review - Style Interplay

Everlane Brixton Boot: Review

HalleluYEAH. So these boots. First impression, yay! They look good on my feet, offset my weird angle and calf shape, got that rubber sole and pretty much go with every single thing in my closet. So, I put them to the test and have been wearing these 5 days a week for a month. 

First wear. A little tight, but I didn't walk far, so we're good, and we looked good. I compliment them. 

Second wear. I walk to work, about a mile and a half. Three quarters of a mile in and my heels are in agony. Mind you, I went a half size up like I did the Everlane Modern Loafer, which also too eons to break in, so what did I expect? 

Tried the keep walking to fight the blisters technique till my heels were raw and I couldn't take it anymore. That was probably nine miles in, so it was time for a different technique. The ol' blow dryer trick. See method four on wikiHow

It worked like magic. Why I waited nine miles to do that? I have no idea. Now they are perfect, the leather has broken a bit at the ankle and they fit me like a glove. 

What I love most about this is the slender shape, flexible foot and perfect shaft height. I have a weird thing with the height of ankle boots, and them needing to cover my ankles at just the right spot. I give the side eye to ankle boots that are too low on the ankle, but these are perfect.

I've been wearing them everyday with the trusty skinny ankle jeans, I don't see myself taking these out of the daily rotation until the weather changes and it's just too warm. Can't wait to see how they break in over the years. See one of my fav looks below wearing them with tights. 



Everlane Brixton Boots Review - Style Interplay

Outfit details: Everlane Brixton Boots, Asos Coat (similar), H&M Scarf (similar), Everlane Cotton Poplin Shirt dress


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6.2.17

SHOPPING FOR: CHELSEA BOOTS

You'd think this is something I already have. I have black leather ankle boots with a 1 1/2" heel, that I've worn plenty of time on this blog; furthest back I can find is a post in 2013. But, lets go shopping, we've got new chelsea boot requirements over here.

What I'm looking for: I'm looking for something black, high enough shaft to cover my angle, not too low of a bootie. Definitely something with a rubber sole. I've destroyed all my leather sole shoes, and haven't put the investment in getting them resoled, or cobbled to get rubber on them before I ruin them even more. That's definitely a goal of mine this year... repair my old leather soles. But! Rubber soles so I can wear them through the winter, and don't have to worry too much about them wearing down or me slipping everywhere.

What I'm willing to spend: $150 - $250

Brands I had in mind: Asos, Everlane, Dr. Martins, Danner, Sorel.

During the search: This one was hard. I looked high and low at classic boot brands and looked at what's trendy right now and none hit the mark for me. Many like Sorel and Danner leaned too far in the utilitarian, more clunky style, while others were too delicate with leather soles. So, here's how I narrowed the search down, and which Chelsea boots I ended up buying!

Stuart Weitzman Basilico Boot. Top of the dreamy list. Perfect hight, has the rubber sole. Elegant but still durable silhouette. Only reason I didn't stop my search here? The $420 price tag. Originally $525. No-can-do. But wish-I-could-do. 

Dr Martins Kensington Flora Chelsea Boots. These I really love, and am still considering. I was perusing the Dr. Martins site and all the ones currently available are great, but I was looking for more of a slim shape. I ended up finding this Kensington style on asos and I'm a big fan. Also in my price range at $131. 

Asos American Leather Chelsea Boot. The shape of these and the gentle curve of the elastic around the heal is a unique touch. I do wish that these came in black, but the only black ones in this shape were suede - which is a no-go for what I'm looking for. Certainly in my price range under $60. I'm slightly wary of the quality given the asos brand and price tag, but these are definitely a great option. The don't have the rubber sole, but are listed as "other materials" for the sole, so I'd look into possibly adding that. But still I don't know if I'd invest in doing that to these ones not knowing the quality or how long they'd really last. 

Asos Attribute Leather Boots Chelsea Ankle Boots. I found these on the asos search as well. I have the same concerns as mentioned above about the quality, in addition to the mysterious "other materials" in the soles. But these are as basic and classic of a shape you can get. 

Everlane Brixton Boots. These guys are what I landed on. I had my eye on these for a while and was a bit weary of the crepe rubber, as in my experience that can wear down and get dirty fairly quickly. But, I'm avidly looking at Everlane's new releases, and as a brand founded on transparency, I feel like I can always trust the quality and always feel good buying from them. A few seasons ago, I bought the Everlane Modern Loafer, and they've become an everyday staple. The Brixton Boots were at the top end of my price tag at $225, but it was definitely worth it.

Stay tuned next week for a full review after month of wearing them, 5 days a week. 

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