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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Bow Blouse

The one thought that consistently pops into my head every time I do a little online shopping to update my wardrobe for this coming spring is, “Holy ruffles”. I have yet to decide if I want to partake in this trend (probably not), but at least for now, I will continue to wear the classic bow blouse. This Banana Republic version was purchased during the fall season last year and I’m quite a bit late posting about it, but is actually quite nice. It has a good amount of stretch, but it definitely runs on the small side. I went a size larger than my usual 0P, and I feel as if going up another size would still be quite comfortable without looking sloppy.

Bow Blouse + Camel Coat + Over the knee suede boots Bow Blouse + Camel Coat + Over the knee suede boots Bow Blouse + Camel Coat + Over the knee suede bootsBabaton Wool Coat / Banana Republic Bow Blouse / Paige Transcend Verdugo Denim / Stuart Weitzman High Street Over the knee boots / Chloe Faye Bag / Forever21 Rings 

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Wine

I know I’ve been rather quiet lately. Far too quiet, even for my own preference. But truthfully, the last month I’ve been struggling with a pretty awful eye infection that I still can’t seem to shake. As you can imagine, picture-taking isn’t high on the things I’d like to do. Today, my eye has been looking somewhat decently better so I decided that I would try to take a few photos with this wine-colored coat and see if I could make it work. A little bit of extra face angling, et voilà! A few photos that almost don’t look like I got punched in the eye. 🙂

Wine Wool Coat + 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel + Paige Black Denim + Chelsea BootsWine Wool Coat + 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel + Paige Black Denim + Chelsea Boots Wine Wool Coat + 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel + Paige Black Denim + Chelsea BootsZara Masculine Wool Coat (similar in grey) / Ann Taylor Booties (old but similar here) / Paige Verdugo Denim / LOFT Split Neck Tunic (here in blush) / BaubleBar Axelia Choker / Forever21 Rings / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

I fell in love with this wine-colored coat when I saw it online. It’s totally not within my regular color scheme, but I love a good wine/burgundy colored statement piece. It’s a great contrast to my winter wardrobe that’s heavy on the neutrals.

I’ve lived in these black Paiges ever since I got them before the Christmas holidays. I’m a huge fan of Paige denim, and these do not disappoint. For a long time, I had been opposed to super stretchy denim because I’ve always been of the mindset that  denim should feel like denim, not leggings. But given how denim has evolved over the last few years, finding a good pair of jeans without a significant amount of stretch in them *and* that have a great fit, isn’t the easiest to find. In the end, I gave in and I haven’t looked back.

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