Review: J. Crew Harper Cutout Flats

January 31, 2015 in J. Crew Reviews

I have a slight obsession with d’orsay style flats, so once I saw these J. Crew flats with their stunning cutouts and gorgeous colors, I knew I had to try them. Here are my thoughts:

J. Crew Harper Cutout Flats Review
Sizing: J. Crew sizing has been a little funny recently. Their shoes used to run a bit small and I would have to size up from a 6 to a 6.5. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I originally ordered these flats in a 6.5 and they were much too big and I had a nice gap in the heel. I returned them for a 6. The 6 fits comfortably, not at all too tight. If you’re between sizes, I’d recommend sizing down on these.

Comfort: I was a bit worried that these flats would have a lot of rubbing considering the d’orsay shape and all of the cutouts. Surprisingly, this isn’t the case. They didn’t require a break-in period and I can wear them quite comfortably for a long time (although they don’t have much support- I might consider adding some). However, note that I have a regular width foot. I’m not sure if these would be quite so comfortable for a wider-width foot.

Colors: I bought these in all of the colors they came out in. I adored the navy! Unfortunately, that color is now sold out (they are occasionally available as popbacks). They are still available in this misty orchid color (the color in the above pic), however those are going fast, too. They also come in a black and white crackle, but those seem to be going fast, too.

Price & Quality: As with most J. Crew shoes, you have to give the shoes a good once-over to make sure they have no defects after you get them. But if they pass your quality control test, I’d say these are pretty decent quality. The leather was beautiful and soft, the color was evenly saturated, and the stitching was perfect. I got them for 20% off, so ~$130, which is not cheap, but is pretty reasonable.

Overall: I really have to say, I adore these flats. They’ll be perfect for spring and summer! Apparently, I’m not the only one that loves these, as they’re selling out quickly at full price. I’m not sure if they’ll be restocked or not (J. Crew seems to have just added a ton of regular d’orsay flats- suede, sequin, fabric, metallic…). If your size is sold out, a good alternative would be Madewell’s d’orsay flats, which come in suede and snake spot. They seem to be getting rave reviews as well (I’m leaning towards grabbing the gray… not that I need them)!

Focusing on diet and exercise

January 28, 2015 in LOOKBOOK

Winters are always a little hard for me to get through, especially January and February. November and December have holidays (and holiday sales!) to make them more appealing. But come January, all of the holiday excitement is over, but three more long months of cold and darkness remain. But, instead of giving in to my desire to curl up on the couch and stuff my face with comfort food, I make it a priority to stay as healthy as possible.

The best way to keep your body healthy is to watch what you put into it, which is obviously easier said than done. I don’t follow any specific diet but focus on doing the following two things: I try to incorporate vegetables into every single meal. And I try to avoid refined sugars and grains. I kind of think of my diet as a modified Paleo diet, one that allows cheese and wine (because I refuse to give these up). As such, I find a ton of inspiration around the interwebs, because Paleo is apparently the cool thing to do (I just try to avoid the crazy cult talk). Those bloggers are great… they’ve convinced my to branch out in the kitchen! Two of my favorite new appliance additions are the Spiralizer (aka, zucchini noodle maker… love) and the Vitamix (macho blender for perfect daily green smoothies). And my favorite newly discovered ingredients are coconut flour (for grain-free muffins likes these), dates (because raw “brownie” bites are better than actual brownies) and vanilla paste (better than vanilla extract, I’m still amazed). With healthy, delicious recipes to try all the time, I don’t find eating healthy foods (and avoiding the unhealthy ones) as difficult as I used to.

plaid scarf and gray trench coat
Along with eating healthy comes exercising. It took me many years to get a workout routine down after quitting soccer after college, but I have a pretty good routine now. I get a workout in nearly every day. While perhaps not the ideal solution, regularly buying new workout clothes helps keep me motivated (I regularly sell to justify it!). I’ve tried so many brands of athletic apparel, but keep coming back to Lululemon. Other companies are improving, but Lululemon’s staples are still the most flattering and comfortable. I’m a fan of the basic WU crop for on the bottom (though I do have to do the bend test to check for sheerness), and a flow-Y bra and CRB on the top (plus this rulu long sleeve if I’m practicing at room temp). It doesn’t get better than that.

burberry gray trench coat
How are you doing with diet an exercise this winter? Anything you’ve found to be helpful and motivational?

On Sale Now: Vince Nina d’Orsay Flat

January 6, 2015 in on sale now, vince nina flat

vince nina

A while back I posted about my search for d’Orsay flats. I tried a few pairs (like the Manolo Soussaba, now on super sale), but nothing worked out for one reason or another. I planned on trying out Vince’s Nina flat next, but with no sales at the time and winter on its way, I decided to put it off. Until now! I was doing some random post-holiday sales browsing when I came across a pair of on-sale Vince Nina flats. I wasn’t a fan of the color, so I decided to search the other large retailers sites for more options. Lo and behold, many colors and leathers were on sale! I picked up a pair of black calf hair ones because they were just marked to 70% off (although I do like the black suede, too). Here are all of the sale colors:

I know many people have commented about how comfortable these are, so I have high hopes! I actually don’t own any plain black flats for work, so if these fit they will definitely be a welcome addition to my closet!