Review: Sam Edelman Rodney Pointy Toe d’orsay Flats

One more shoe review post before I get back into the EOTD posts. This one is another Sam Edelman shoe that I fell in love with. I usually cannot wear flats or pumps unless there is some sort of strap holding my feet in due to my  super narrow heels, but these are great, and I love the leopard pattern. Check out the Sam Edelman Rodney D’orsay Pointy Toe Flats:

 

Look: I really love these flats. I’ve been on the hunt for a great leopard flat for many years, but have been unable to find a pair that not only fits, but I’m happy with the leopard pattern as well. Usually I find the print to be too dark, or the spots are too large and it just seems unnatural-looking to me. The leopard version comes in calf hair, but the other colors vary and either come in leather, suede or canvas/fabric if you are looking at the floral or the gingham. I also love the d’orsay and pointy toe of the flats which make them kinda sexy. They come in at least eight different colors and patterns including black leather(!), olive suede and an oatmeal suede.

Quality: Similar quality to other Sam Edelman shoes. They have synthetic inner lining an sole. The quality of the calf hair in this case appears to be good and not too stiff. I don’t see any issues with materials coming apart of shedding on this particular pair. I also can’t be mad at the extra padding inside of the shoes.

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Comfort: A little extra cushioning in the sole of the shoe really helps with the comfort of the shoe. All too often, I feel like I’m almost walking on concrete with some flats. I didn’t feel any pinching except for the inner part of the left foot, which should probably fix itself with a little wear.

Sizing and fit: TTS, similar sizing to other SE flats. I do not find the toe box to be overly narrow resulting in an uncomfortable toe squeeze. And quite surprisingly, these flats actually stayed on my feet! Well at least my “normal”-sized foot. The other foot which is about half a size smaller than the other, I seem to still walk out of, which is not a good sign. I thought about adding a heel grip to see if that would help the matter, but I’m not too confident that in the long run this would be sufficient.

Price: Depending on the color, from $99.95 to 119.95 at Nordies.

Verdict: Return. As much as I love these, I’m too concerned about the fit on my smaller foot. Better be safe than sorry. Otherwise, I would definitely keep!

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Review: Sam Edelman Rowan Scalloped Pointy Toe Flats

Well, hello! Nice to see you again! It’s been a while! I know, my fault (obviously). I have been unable to organize and take control of what seems to be life in general, as of late. Well, maybe not just as of late, but for a long while now. And I’ve finally decided to do something about it. It’s been a struggle, for sure, as I’m trying to change habits I’ve had my whole life. But I’m committed to it. There is going to be some shuffling around, but I’ve decided that this blog is more than likely going to stick around, so bear with me! =)

Truth be told, I haven’t done a whole lot of purchasing this past season as the offerings have been somewhat a stretch from my typical edgy and minimalist style. But if you have a pretty well-established personal style and aren’t really, swayed by the hot trends of the moment, there are bound to be seasons where we can’t just find anything to buy. I did, however, manage to find a few things, including these Sam Edelman Rowan Pointy Toe Flats:

I have actually become a big Sam Edelman shoe fan over the years. They can be on the pricey for those on a budget, but the quality and comfort, compared to other brands in a similar price range is worth a little extra of my $, IMO. I was actually a bit on the fence about this one due to the scallops, I mean, I can appreciate scallops on a blouse or skirt, but who needs scallops on their shoes?? But I ended up being really happy I gave these ones a chance. Here’s the run down:

Look: With the scallops, these flats definitely have a feminine look to them, but the pointy toe also gives it a bit edge. Some petites do have a tendency to shy away from the ankle-straps, but if you get the proportions right in the rest of the outfit, this should not be much of a concern for us littles. Most versions of this shoe come in suede including the but “naked suede“, however, there is a metallic gold version that comes in leather. You also must see this leopard version. The sole is synthetic which is typical for non-high end designer footwear.  Here are some IRL photos (please ignore the horrific tan lines on my veiny feet):

Sam Edelman Flats

Sizing: TTS. The Nordstrom website says that these run short, but I do not find this at all. I do have a slightly narrower foot, but I do not find these long at all. I think the width is pretty true to Sam Edelman sizing, which can be a bit on the narrower side.  If you have a normal to wide foot, going up half a size may be advice worth heeding. I’m wearing the strap on the smallest hole, which is pretty comfortable. No DIY-ing required.

Comfort: As always, Sam Edelman has some pretty solid padding in the sole. Upon slipping them on and wearing them around the house, I didn’t feel any rubbing or pinching. I appreciate that SE uses a suede-like material in the inside of some of their shoes and I find it decreases rubbing. The vamp also comes around the baby toe nicely. In the past I’ve owned some shoes in the d’orsay style which didn’t hold in the baby toe, and it is the most annoying thing ever.

Quality: Quality looks and feels great. I’ve never had a problem with the quality of Sam Edelman shoes, and off the top of my head, I can count at least four pairs of SE shoes that I own.

Price: Regular price is $129.95, but are conveniently on 30% during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for $90.96. Or, for an even better price purchase at Zappos for $77.99 (or if you really want to purchase from Nordies, ask to price match).

Verdict: Keep! And I might grab myself a leopard pair as well!

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when life happens (and a waist trainer review)

I wish I could say I was on vacation or something the last few weeks and that’s why you haven’t heard much from me. Unfortunately, my absence has more to do with work being just ridiculously busy and I’ve hardly had time to breathe, let alone blog. But hey, life happens and I’ve finally made a re-appearance.

J.Crew Martie Pant + 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli SatchelJ.Crew Martie Pant + 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli SatchelClub Monaco Top (old) / J.Crew Martie Pant / Sam Edelman Dayna Lace-up Pumps / Daniel Wellington Sheffield Watch / Banana Republic Triple Wrap Leather Bracelet / Forever21 Rings / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Bauble Bar Layered Necklace (similar)

This top I actually purchased from Club Monaco years ago, and it is actually two sizes larger than my regular size. I was quite hesitant when the sales associate handed it to me, knowing full well it was going to be oversized but I actually liked it and actually works.

Now you’d never know it, but underneath these garments I’m wearing a waist-trainer. I’ve been seeing these around the internet, and while I would probably never purchased one on my own, I did find it rather intriguing since  I’m more of a straight-cut/ruler body-type. I have never had that hour-glass shape, and while I’ve accepted my body is what it is, there are some days, where I long for a more defined waistline.

When KJ Couture offered to let me try their “FAJA” (i.e., waist-trainer/girdle), I thought, hey why not? I ordered according to the size chart, which turned out to be a size S (32) in Hypoallergenic KJC Beige. My natural waist hovers around the 25-26″ depending on the day (and time of day). I opted for the beige because assuming that I was going to wear this under my outfits, I wanted to be as seamless and invisible as possible.

When I received it in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised at how pretty it was. The material as very smooth and in the inside of the waist is a very pretty aqua color. There are three rows of hooks to adjust according to your waist size. In all probability you would start on the outer most row and work your way in when your waist grows accustomed to the trainer.
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KJ Couture Faja Waist Trainer

The first thing you have to do, of course, is to try and get this thing on. During my first attempt, I was absolutely sure there was NO WAY this was getting on my body. It seemed way too small and I was also concerned because I am so short-waisted, I wasn’t sure it was going to fit length-wise. After about five minutes, I got one hook on and that was as far as it was going. I took it off and tried it again a few days later. Still no go. I made one more attempt the next day and it still wasn’t happening. Hrmph.KJ Couture Faja Waist TrainerKJ Couture Faja Waist TrainerFrustrated, I went to the website to see if I could find any tips on getting it on. In fact they have this great video assuring you that as long as you followed the size chart, your FAJA really does fit. The trick is either to get someone to help you, or if you are putting it on yourself, to put it on first thing in the morning before you eat. AHA!

The next morning, I proceeded to put this on before breakfast, and voila! After much tugging and pulling, sweating (it’s quite an arm workout!), I managed to get it on. And wow was it tight! So tight, my posture was impeccable. The first day, I managed to keep it on for about an hour and it was actually much easier to wear if I was standing for most of the time. I tried the Faja on again the following day and found it much easier to get on myself. Maybe it just needed that first little stretch. However, I still can’t wear it for much longer than an hour at a time.

I have to say, this thing is STURDY. Of course, given how it’s used, you would hope that it would be but all the pulling and tugging that goes on with this thing as you try to put it on, not once did I think that one of the hooks would pop open.

There a lot of articles out there either claim that these work or that they are terrible for body. Whether you try this for yourself, it’s really up to you. I’m still on the fence, though I do kind of like how it’s been helping my posture since I haven’t been doing too much yoga lately. I haven’t worn it often enough to see if this actually works to make my waist smaller, I might just keep trying this and see if it works.
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