28 June 2017

The Look for Less: Lace-up Sandals + A Review of the Two

Back at it again with a look for less review! You can see my last look for less review of the popular Marc Fisher Espadrille Wedges here! Today I am reviewing the mid-price Steve Madden 'RIZZAA' Ankle Strap Sandal and the budget friendly Merona from Target 'Matilda' Lace Up Heeled Quarter Strap Sandals. Both I have bought and tried out over the last few month to give an in-depth review of these two almost identical sandals and two different price points. This style has been around for the past couple of seasons and will most likely be sticking around.  For more inspiration on how to style them click here & here.

Steve madden
'rizzaA' ankle strap SANDAL
Price: $79.95  | Other places to buy: here & here

FIT: These ran a half size too big on me, so I ordered a 9 (I'm usually a size 9.5). The thing I really liked about these was they didn't cut my toes off since the bottom strap was a little wider than usual. I have a slightly wide foot so sometimes my toes get cut off and looked squished.

COMFORT: These are super comfortable with a low heel of 2 inches. I have already worn these many times and can tell you they are extremely comfortable and the straps aren't digging into your leg. I like the fact that you can change how you tie the laces, sometimes I will tie them in the front and make a knot, or wrap them in the back and make a bow. There are just a lot of options with them. They also have a lightly padded footbed

QUALITY: I would say the quality is very nice especially since they are made of suede and have the wood heel. I have a feeling even after wearing them non-stop, they will still look brand new in a couple of years. I think the price matches quality, for a little extra than the nonsuede kind, you are getting a pair of shoes looks great and will last. I bought this pair after I bought the Target version of them.

PRICE: So compared to some other kinds of shoes these are pretty affordable at $80, but can be a splurge if you don't think you will get much wear out of them. I got mine on a major sale (around $40) that's why I have two of the same style of shoe. If you have $80 to drop on a pair of shoes, I would say go for it! If not, wait till they go on sale or buy the cheaper option below.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: I would highly recommend these, they are comfortable for people with a slightly wider foot, great quality, and a reasonable price. These shoes literally go with everything and are very flattering on your foot. I love that you can change the way you tie them to change the way they look. The low heel makes them easy to walk in or be on your feet all day and the color is the perfect cognac. I also bought them in black because I love them so much! 

How I Styled Them: here

'matilda' lace up heeled quarter strap sandals
Color options: Cognac
Price: $27.99 | Similar options: here here

FIT: I picked these up in the store and bought them in a 9 after debating between the 9 and 10 (I don't think they had half sizes). I wanted to make sure these fit well and did not slip in the back, that way the ankle straps wouldn't be digging into my leg. If you have a slightly wider foot, the strap on the toe area may not fit your feet, or may hurt them so trying on in the store will help you find the best fit, you might have to go a half size up. 

COMFORT: The heel on these are kind of a rubber material so they are comfortable to stand in, but only after 10 minutes of walking my toes start to hurt. The issue mentioned above is that I have a slightly wide foot so the strap cuts off my pinky toe completely making these shoes only bearable for a few hours max. If you don't have a wide foot, I don't think you would have an issue with them. Also, depending on how I tie them, the right shoe for some reason cuts the back of my leg. 

QUALITY: The quality isn't the best, but for the price, they are pretty great. They haven't fallen apart after a couple of wears being outside so that is a plus. The material does feel fake, but when you wear them, they look great and you can't really tell that the suede is fake and the heel isn't wood. The cognac color is right on point and matches my other cognac accessories perfectly! For the price, I think the quality is pretty great, but probably only a shoe you will have for a season before them being ruined if you do end up wearing them often.

PRICE:  These are pretty average priced for Target shoes, cheaper than a pair at Nordstrom and very affordable. I would recommend till Target has a coupon or a sale and pick them up for an even lower price. The nice thing is that most Target stores still have these fully in stock so you can go and try them on to make sure you like them before buying. 

OVERALL THOUGHTS: This is a great option if you don't think you will be wearing often. For the price, I don't feel guilty about spending the money and I also don't feel like I need to wear them all the time to get my money worth, plus you can pick them up on your weekly Target run. They are pretty nice shoes especially for the price and I love the overall design. If you have a narrow or normal width foot, these are the pair for you! 

How I Styled Them: here

26 June 2017

Red Bandana

It has been a while since my last post and that's because my blog was getting a face lift! So excited about the new color scheme and logo design, it has been a long awaited process. My goal is to be blog at least 3 times a week, if not more. I want to expand my blog so that it isn't just fashion, but more lifestyle, fitness, reviews, videos and travel. If you have any suggestions on what you want to read, leave me a comment below.

My skirt and shirt are both from LOFT which is always having a different sale, so I got both pieces on major discount. I am so in love with the tank that I ordered it two more colors (red and black) and have worn them way more than I should. They are so comfortable, are longer (cover your butt in leggings) and are a just a great essential to your wardrobe. Lastly, how cute are these lace-up sandals?? I have a fun look for less on those babies coming soon! 

21 April 2017

Poppy Red

Old Navy Heavy-Knit Shift Dress for Women Rebecca Minkoff Unlined Feed Bag J.Crew  Sandals (similar here & here) Ray-Ban 'Original Aviator' 58mm Sunglasses Michael Kors 'Large Lexington' Chronograph Bracelet Watch, 45mm

Finally made it to Friday! It's been a long week especially when I have been making myself work out every day. Like mentions in Wednesday's post, I started BBG again and man does it burn. My abs are still sore from Tuesday's workout. I also haven't eaten out this week either which is a miracle since that is seriously my weakness since it is quick and easy. School also is coming to a close for the semester so I am prepping for finals next week! 

Today is a pretty busy one, I have a lot of errands to run so I am probably going to head out and get those done early in the day. The mall is calling my name and of course Target! I also think I am going to stop at Trader Joe's and pick up some healthy (or not so healthy) snacks. 

19 April 2017

Stripes in Paradise

This maybe one of my favorite looks I have worn so far this year. Now, I know it is nowhere near shorts weather but these were taken back in Palm Beach where it is totally shorts weather all the time. I am also pretty sure that the top, shorts, and shoes are all under or around $30 a piece which is a steal! I am trying to find more pieces I really love for an affordable price which can be difficult sometimes. I just got a ton of packages in yesterday with shoes, jeans and some tops but nothing seems to fit or look good. Such a disappointment sometimes. 

In other news, I started doing my BBG workout again well using my gym membership that I have been paying for and not going to. I am super sore tonight which is the worst and makes me never want to workout again, but I know I need too especially for my health and all the terrible food I have been eating lately. I am obsessed with those chocolate chip Frappes at McDonald's which probably have enough calories and fats in it to last me a week. But they are just so good. So this week I am trying to find healthier options for my unhealthy past choices. 

17 April 2017

Bookworm: April Book Recommendations

LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE: This was a very popular read last summer and I finally got around to reading it when I went on my Dominican Republic trip back in November. I read most of it, but when I returned home, I never had a chance to finish it till recently. I picked this book because I love anything written by Gillian Flynn and people said that if you like Gone Girl, you'd most likely like this one. Starting the book I had a feeling that something big was going to happen, just like in Gillian Flynn's books and it was a quick page turner. The main character Ani FaNelli is interesting, plus the plot was unexpected. It turned out completely different than I had expected from the beginning but also different than other books I have read in the past. I didn't really like the ending of the book, felt like it was rushed and not very creative. But, overall I would recommend this book.
SHARP OBJECTS: This by far is my favorite book. This is a quick read because you won't be able to put the book down. Gillian Flynn, in my opinion, is a very good writer and story teller and this was the first book I read by her. I love psychological thrillers and this one was a perfect read. The book has a lot of twist and turns, when you think you know who did it, you are soon to discover you were wrong. This is a short, tense book you won't forget, highly recommend this book if you're into the psychological thriller category.
DARK PLACES: Another one by Gillian Flynn. I read this right after I read Sharp Objects since I couldn't get enough of it. I liked the way each chapter went from the past to the present trying to discover what really happened on the night that Libby Day's family was slaughtered. 25 years after what happened, Libby Day starts to question everything she has known and starts looking for answers. The story has a lot of layers, but if you like Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, you'll like this one. 
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: This was a really quick and easy read. The story was interesting, but it wasn't my favorite. The story is about how a woman meets her prince charming, but as soon as they get married things changed and she is basically held captive. It was interesting for sure and kept me engaged the whole time, I just think there are better books out there to read. 
THE PASSENGER: I am so terrible at these reviews because I seriously just say that every book was my favorite, but this one was so different than the others I read, it's about a women that have been on the run for almost a decade, changing identities and traveling around doing everything she can to stay under the radar and hope her past doesn't catch up to her. I loved this book so much, it was a very quick read and was a great story, different than anything else I have read in the past. I loved how the ending all came together and it was like a puzzle had been solved. I highly recommend this book! 

29 March 2017

Two Piece Set

So I remember last year when two piece sets were in style (last years post). When I saw this cute pom pom one for this Spring I had to grab it! Not only is it amazing together, they look great by themselves. I wore the top with a pair of skinny jeans and heels well the shorts would look cute with a t-shirt or tank tucked into them. There are just a lot of options with two piece sets and the pair I am wearing feels like pajamas! 

The other thing I wanted to talk about is this amazing pair of shoes! They are from Target for $30!! They also come in black, but the denim color is a huge trend for Spring and Summer, plus the cork is exactly what I was looking for. I was so excited to score these and have worn them a lot since I have. They are pretty comfy and I sized a half size down for the best fit. The heel is low enough that they are incredibly easy to walk in! 

I am headed on another trip on Friday so today I need to start planning what I am packing, the only issue is  I am waiting on some packages to arrive with clothes I want to bring with me and  I don't think they are getting here until tomorrow. In the meantime I have two test tonight that I will be studying for all day! Happy Wednesday! 


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