A Dissenting Opinion

Like many ladies with an urban commute, I always have a pair of lightweight slip on shoes/sneakers so I can commute in comfort and preserve my pretty work shoes. I’ve tried a couple brands and a few styles over the years but I’ve settled on Toms Avalon shoes for a last couple years. I get a pair, wear them into the ground in about six months, then replace them.

Recently I’ve seen the hype around Allbirds and they have a slip on style comparable to my Tom’s so I decided to give them a try. While they’re lightweight and very soft, I have mixed opinions. Here’s my pro/con list:

Pro

  • lightweight
  • breathable (I got the “tree material” version)
  • machine washable
  • no break in required

Con

  • run small (they only have whole sizes so I don’t want to size up)
  • no instep support
  • upper has a lot more coverage than my Toms (my friends said they look like water shoes)
  • limited color options
  • price point- $100 (every alternative is about $50)

I think the main issue for my is the size issue. I have been a size 10 forever, and I think if I sized up to an 11 they would be huge on me and my feet would look really large. Also the lack of support is not great. I want to use them for walking, but my Toms have much better support. Lastly, if I can get Toms or Skechers that are cuter, more supportive, and $50 cheaper, I think the choice is obvious.

So the plan is that I’ll wear this pair into the ground. We’ll see how they last. Then I’ll go back to Toms or I did see a cute new version of Skechers Go Walks in the store the other day.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer…

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Thoughts on the Royal Wedding

So I didn’t set a special alarm for the wedding this morning, but I will say, as soon as I got out of bed at 7:15 (that is sleeping in for me) I definitely turned it on. The thing I love about royal weddings is that there is so much pomp and circumstance with no visible drama. Everything seems to come with drama these days, and there was no shortage in the days leading up to the wedding, but the fact that the wedding was so picture perfect today made me happy. A woman became a princess today which is amazing and I’m jealous.

I also love that British weddings are so different than American weddings. There are very few occasions for really fancy daytime wear in America. The fancy pastel tea length dresses and the long mourning coats- so good.

The photos are from people.com.

Favorite Outfits

Obvi. First, the fact that he chose the all black (or dark navy, I’m not sure) uniform with ruffles. EVERYTHING. And I don’t have too much to say about her dress except it’s perfect. And frankly, that’s exactly what I expected from her. My only complaint is that both this dress and the second dress looked like she missed the second fitting after she lost the last five pounds before the wedding. She needed them taken in a little bit.

Serena was my favorite guest. I want this dress, but it’s Versace, so I don’t think I’m going to get it. I thought it was a great nod to the occasion while still being chic and flattering on her. I loved the whole look.

A lot of people thought Victoria Beckham was plain and should have smiled more. To those people I say- I’m sorry, have you ever seen Victoria Beckham before, that’s her resting face. And also, though she was wearing a dark navy, I think it was respectful for the occasion and didn’t distract from the main event- which is rule number one when attending a wedding.

I thought Kitty Spencer did a great job wearing a strong color but having the beautiful floral print to make it perfect for the occasion. In a sea of pastels, it was nice to see an alternative that was still so appropriate.

Favorite Hat

This hat was fantastic. I love the flowers that are layered under the brim. A great combination of simple but feminine.

Less Impressed

I like Oprah, I don’t think this is Oprah’s best look. It felt like Easter Sunday in America. I need more structure in the dress and a smaller hat.

I don’t like any of the outfits in the above photo. None of them are the right level formality or femininity for the event. I think they each missed the mark in a different way.

I don’t get this look. It’s Jackie O, but Jackie O would wear that to a luncheon not to a royal wedding. And the shoes are wrong. You can do better Princess Eugenie.

The Best

The second look. I mean, come on.

Oh, and pardon me while I just wear neon green to my grandson’s wedding because it’s really his day. Typical grandmother move.

Who was your best and worst dressed?

Hits and Misses

The moral of this story is that you need to try everything on before you buy it. I am between sizes right now, so depending on the store, the time of day, and the style of the clothing I could go up or down or just be realistic and skip it. Here are some the successes and failures I’ve had in the past month or so. If you can’t tell by the below, I am so ready for the warmer weather so I can wear shorts!!

Hits

I’ve been plotting to get a classic navy blazer for a long time. The Regent blazer from JCrew was finally on a decent sale (sometimes this style is excluded from sales) so I jumped. I’m planning to wear it all the time.

The only thing a navy blazer doesn’t go with is navy pants. Enter the fine gauge long cardigan. I love to wear a long cardigan with trousers or ankle pants and a white blouse. This one from Loft will go really well with all my black/navy/grey pants.

I love jean shorts. I remembered that my jean shorts from last summer were ready for permanent retirement so I started looking for new options. I got these from the Gap which is wear I get a lot of my shorts. I find, however, that jeans run a little small at the Gap at first, but then loosen up significantly when you wear them. That makes it hard to gauge when trying them on, but I decided to size down, and I think I made the right decision.

Misses

I’ve been looking for a cute pair of linen or chambray drawstring shorts as an alternative to my standard jean and khaki style shorts. I saw these at the Loft and I almost bought them online, but I decided to go to store and try them on. The larger size was falling off of me and the smaller size looked like tight booty shorts… Pass.

I tried these Ann Taylor pants on just to give this cropped wide leg trend a shot. I wasn’t optimistic but you never know until you try. It was a no go for me. I’m not sure if it was the pleating or the length but it wasn’t for me.

I wanted to love this shirtdress from Anthropologie. I thought it would be nice change from my plain jane work dresses. For this one I erred on the side of caution and sized up because it’s Anthro. I think the dress is supposed to be a little looser but it just looked too big on me. The shoulder seams were too far past my shoulders and the length was a little longer than I expected. A sad return.

Have you had any good shopping luck lately?