Review: J. Crew Elsie Suede d’Orsay Pumps

April 29, 2015 in J. Crew Reviews

In case this hasn’t been obvious, I love shoes. And J. Crew has some of my absolute favorite pumps. I’m obsessed with their suede Elsie pumps. I have them in a few neutral colors, but am having a hard time staying away from their other beautiful colors, especially the cabernet and the newly on super sale rose blossom. I convinced myself to put the regular Elsie pumps on hold for now, though, and try out their d-Orsay version instead. They just arrived! Here are my thoughts…

comfortable d'orsay pumps

Sizing: On J. Crew’s website they recommend “ordering a half size smaller than your usual size.” I am a TTS 6, but sometimes size up to a 6.5 so I can add some extra padding into the foot bed (I sized up to a 6.5 in my other Elsie pumps for this reason). But for these I decided to stick with the size 6. They fit perfectly, just a tad big, which will be enough for a smaller foot cushion, probably a foot petals one.

Fit/ Comfort: These are quite comfortable, but not perfect. First, the good. They are super easy to walk in. The heel height is perfect (3 7/8″) and the heel doesn’t slip what-so-ever. My toes aren’t squished and have lots of breathing room. The only problem I have with these is that they’re on the narrow side at the vamp. This isn’t a problem right away, but after a day of swelling feet, they get uncomfortably snug. I may end up doing the “sock and heat” trick to stretch them out more quickly (the suede stretches quite nicely).

Style: This is obviously just personal preference, but I love d’Orsay style pumps, especially combined with a pointed toe. I coveted Vince’s d’Orsay pumps for ages, but could never justify the price. But J. Crew’s version is even more flattering, so I’m glad I held off! Their version has a pointy-but-not-too-pointy-toe, and the heel is high enough to be perfectly leg-elongating (but still totally wearable, like I said). They’re flirty and fun and can easily be dressed up or down, or even to work with an otherwise conservative outfit.

Quality: J. Crew shoe quality can be hit or miss. I’ve noticed that their pumps are higher quality than their flats for some reason. These are still made in Italy and have beautiful, saturated colors and soft leather. As always, I’d inspect any shoe for defects. My pair doesn’t have any significant defects to note.

Overall: I have to say these are keepers for me! If you’re a shoe lover too, these are definitely worth checking out. They’re $255, so not cheap, but definitely reasonable for an Italian made pump (of similar quality to Prada, Jimmy Choo, Manolo, CL, etc). One word of caution though, if you have a wider foot, I’d either size up or skip this pair and go back to the regular Elsie pump to eliminate the potential of painful pinching at the vamp.

Trying Not to Let Yourself Go

April 20, 2015 in LOOKBOOK

Time continues to fly by. But that’s not that bad. It means that I’m closer to finishing residency. Sometimes I feel like I can balance everything and don’t mind the “challenges” of residency. But during the busy busy months, I lose all semblance of balance. Each day is the same: wake up… get dressed… go to work and work hard… go home… work out if possible… shower… sleep. Most special occasions go by without notice – birthdays, holidays, popular sporting events, weddings, baby showers… Some people say that wishing for time to pass is bad. I wouldn’t say I’m wishing this time in my life away, but I will say I won’t be the least bit sad on my last day of residency.

draped asymmetric long sleeve shirt
Like I said, I try to find balance, and a huge part of “balance” is self-care. But everything must get prioritized, and as I’ve mentioned before, health and fitness are my number one priority. So when I absolutely have to, things like shaving, cutting/coloring my hair, doing my nails and essentially making myself even the least bit presentable get put on hold. But, I have been saving like crazy (no time to spend!), so I have some extra money sitting around for some pampering and some shopping! So after these next two weeks of craziness pass, I’ll be all ready to start fixing myself up! I’ve already made appointments for, uh, everything (you probably don’t want details, haha). And new items are slowly making their way into my closet. I’d been waiting for the Elsie Pumps to come in a d’Orsay version for months and it finally happened! I picked up the nude suede pair (because I’m not cool enough to try the cracked foil ones, I’ll just continue to stare at them thanks). I’m ridiculously excited for them! And because I had some extra money on that gift card, I have a metallic tee coming my way as well (I’m thinking it’ll dress up perfectly for work). I’m still on the fence about which flats to get this spring. I was certain I was going to get the bohemian espadrilles I mentioned in my last post… until I saw their cheaper cousins on Yoox. And from there I came across these spider moccasins (all the same brand), which most people would hate but I love. Weird, yes. Maybe I’ll just buy them all and do the return-what-doesn’t-work thing (hopefully something doesn’t work…). I do have the extra money at the moment. Hmmm, ok fine, I’ve convinced myself (that wasn’t hard, lol)!

Self Care Challenge, Starting Now

April 11, 2015 in LOOKBOOK

Well, I’m back in the Intensive Care Unit! It’s been quite a while (1.5 years!). The ICU can be an interesting and rewarding place to work, but its guaranteed to be intense and time consuming. It quickly gets exhausting (I’m already exhausted after only a week!). When I’m on consuming rotations like this I really try to focus on self care – eating well, exercising, and sleeping as much as possible. Following through on self care takes planning, especially during busy times. I’m the type of person that performs better if I have a plan, so I decided to create a few simple daily goals for trying to stay healthier (and fit for my upcoming vacation). So, until the end of May (vacation time), I’m attempting the following goals:

burberry brit trench coat
Burberry Brit Trench, Mother Jeans (similar with a bit more distressing), Manolo Blahnik Pumps, Fendi Bag
Healthy eating is obviously important, but we all struggle with it at times. Sweets are my vice. Its so difficult to avoid the free breakfast muffins, plentiful lunch cookies or delicious looking desserts in the cafe. And during a crazy work day I have even less self control than normal and often give in to that extra sweet snack (it was a daily occurrence for a few weeks there). I know avoiding sweets altogether isn’t going to work for me. Instead, I’m going to bring a healthier version of a sweet snack to work (like these coconut flour muffins or this skinny banana muffins, both delicious!), and avoid giving in to any additional sweets while at work. This will be difficult for me, but I think its achievable. I feel so proud of myself when I eat well, hopefully that will keep me going.

Next up, exercise. I really love exercising. But after doing the same workouts for over a year, my body is craving something different. I’ll continue to work out at my same yoga studio most days due to convenience (its 1 block away). But once a week I’ll try to do a different type of workout. Whether that be running, weights, outside sports or an indoor class at a new studio (cycling, HIIT, crossfit, etc). I think I’ll need to expand my workout gear!

It seems silly to mention sleeping more as a goal, but I’m doing it! I try to get a least 8 hours of sleep per night. It usually doesn’t happen. But I feel significantly better after allowing myself to get that extra rest. Many residents don’t do this, but my goal is to allow myself to sleep as much as my body needs on my day off, and not feel guilty for putting off other tasks. That dry cleaning or car wash can wait.

Manolo Pumps
You know what has been going quite well, though? Saving money. Being this busy is really putting a break on that spending! My spring style is going to be pretty basic this year with a strong emphasis on comfort. I loved my go-to spring/summer shoe last year (so so comfy!), but I think I’ll switch it up this year to an espadrille, something with a touch of uniqueness like this toucan embroidered pair or these bohemian ones. I’ll pair them with an ankle pant (a distressed version like the ones in these pics for casual wear, or just some basic black ones for work) and a comfy tee. I’m really trying to add to my t-shirt collection and would love any recommendations! I really like the look of basic muscle tees (perhaps I subconsciously want to show off my huge triceps?… no, I don’t think that’s it) and plain long sleeve tees (wear anywhere, anytime). But I’m open to anything!

burberry brit trench coat in beige

Nothing else too interesting to share, at least that I can think of (my brain is slow today without coffee). Back to work tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, especially if you’re getting awesome weather like we finally are over here!