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June 2, 2022

Teva Zymic Travel Sandals Review

For spring 2022, Teva has introduced a new sandal called the Zymic Sport Sandal. In true Teva form, it's a comfortable style made with recycled materials and easy-to-use hook and loop closures. It comes in several neutral colors, including the popular sesame, aloe (olive green), and black. The pastel light multi colorway is my favorite; it blends a colorblocked fashion element with a relaxed sporty look that makes it my new go-to sandal for pairing with cropped trousers, floral dresses, and distressed denim. In this footwear review, I'll be sharing my thoughts on the Teva Zymic's sizing, quality, and comfort.

 

Teva Zymic sandals light multi

Teva Zymic sport sandals sesame


Appearance and Performance

The Teva Zymic sandals have a chunky granny sandal look, with easy-to-adjust Velcro straps at the ankles and toes. The footbed has a speckled appearance, and it feels incredibly cushioned in the heel area. They are extremely comfortable (like sneakers), and well suited for long walks, camping, or long days on your feet. Compared to the popular Teva Hurricane XLT2 sandals, these do feel less rugged and but more bouncy. In terms of summer sports activities or hiking, I'd probably choose the Hurricane XLT2 over the Zymic because the Zymic's outsole does not have the same grip or traction that I rely upon. The shape of design on the outsole reminds me of river rocks. 

The Zymic is a great option for travel, as they are lightweight, versatile, and breathable. The main thing I don't like about the aesthetics of the Zymic is that the diagonal strap feels too flimsy, like grosgrain ribbon. It holds the foot in place, but compared to the Teva Hurricane Verge or the Hurricane XLT2, it feels slightly less durable. To me, the Zymic is more of a casual run-around-town sandal than a difficult-all-day hike sandal.

See my Teva Hurricane Verge review here.

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Teva Zymic sandals light multi

Quality and Sizing

Like other Teva footwear, these sandals are durable and thoughtfully constructed with features such as a breathable heel strap, recycled EVA midsole, a cushioned webbing upper, and MAX-COMF sole technology. They have nice arch support, the straps do not cause blisters, and they feel like well cushioned sneakers that are breathable. In terms of sizing, the Teva Zymic runs true to size for me. The footbed is generous enough to accommodate wide feet, while the straps allow for a custom fit. 

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May 19, 2022

How To Shop Tabitha Brown for Target on June 11

When Target announces a new designer collaboration, I'm always excited and intrigued to see what they've got coming. This June, Target is teaming up with social media star, author, and actress Tabitha Brown for a joyful summer collection. Set your reminders for June 11, when Tabitha Brown for Target launches in stores and online. Get ready for topical prints, vibrant colors, cute swimwear, and adorable accessories. 

It's going to be a stylish season. I'm excited for summer just looking at this collection. There are perfect pieces for a beach/pool/lake day, gorgeous party-perfect dresses, and casual laid-back loungewear. This tie-back dress with puff sleeves has my name all over it, as does this tropical print tiered skirt which looks way more expensive than $32.


According to Target's pressroom, there will be "four limited-time-only collections that will launch over the next year, spanning apparel, swim and accessories, home and office, food and kitchenware, entertaining and more." #TargetTabCollab

tabitha brown for target lookbook

With the first launch, we can expect to see more than 75 apparel, swim, and accessories items, ranging from XXS to 4X, with price points between $10 and $44.

The collection has a 14-day return policy and REDcard holders get an extra 30 days. Unfortunately, there is no international shipping.

The collection will be available in SELECT stores (not all stores), so call your stores to see if they'll carry it.

In this post, I'm sharing thirteen expert shopping tips for how to shop Tabitha Brown for Target.

Quick to do list:

1. Bookmark this page now to review the Tabitha Brown x Target lookbook and prepare to shop.

2. Log in to Target.com.

3. Save your payment and shipping info.

4. "Heart" your favorites to make shopping easier. Start planning your #TargetTabCollab summer looks!

5. Use #TargetTabCollab to see previews on social media.


Preview the lookbook and choose your must-haves.

tabitha brown for target lookbook


The In-Store Strategy

1. Know where to go.  Plan your shopping well in advance. Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and be ready to stand in a physically distanced line. 

2. Phone it in. Be extra prepared by calling your local store the week before the launch to confirm exactly where in the store it'll be located. It's helpful to know if it will all be merchandised together, or throughout the store. 

3. Be an early bird. You know what they say about the early bird, so be prepared. Stores open at 8am on launch days. I've found in the past that if I arrive by 7:30 am or earlier, then I'm able to get what I want due to decreased demand in my geographic region. For shoppers who live in large cities, I recommend going at least 1-2 hours before the store opens if you're really motivated to be the first to shop. For shoppers in more suburban or rural areas, the competition and crowds are reduced, but the selection of goods may be as well. In my experience, stock varies widely from store to store. 

4. Bring a buddy. A family member, friend, or significant other might be able to help you get the pieces you want and help you make purchasing decisions. Or even better, have a dedicated friend tackle one store while you visit another. "Divide and conquer" should be your strategy! Arrange to meet in line (while practicing physical distancing) or go to the store together so you're not cutting in line. 

5. Check for go-backs and barter. If your favorite pieces disappear from the racks in a flash, be courteous, be patient, and don't be afraid to chat with employees and other shoppers (from a distance) to politely trade to get what you want! Please respect the rules that they have in store. 

6. Persistence pays off. Target does not restock these collections, but you can still score your favorites. If you don't find what you want after the launch, check back for returns in the coming days, as many shoppers make returns. Don't forget to check the customer service desk and clearance racks for returns in October. After four or so weeks, the collection might be discounted to 30% (and eventually to 50% or 70%) off, so frequent visits to Target after the launch could really pay off. Call your local stores to ask what they have in stock or use social media to buy/trade/sell with others. #TargetTabCollab

target store


The Online Strategy

1. Learn the lookbook. Study the lookbook carefully to select your favorites, get outfit inspiration, research the sizing, choose colorways, see online exclusives, set a budget, and check the prices. 

2. Play favorites. Make a list or collage of your favorites to help you stick to your budget and prioritize your potential purchases.

3. Know when and how to shop. Be extra prepared by using more than one web browser, mobile device, etc. Refresh, refresh, and refresh your browser often and have patience. I use Chrome for optimal performance. Expect some glitches and be persistent. Remember that patience is key. 

The collection goes live at midnight Pacific Time. Set an alarm if necessary, as some items will sell out within minutes.

4. Save your checkout info. As the time to shop online approaches, log onto target.com and have your checkout and payment details saved ahead of time. I've found that Chrome works best on my desktop computer. Clear your cart of any items in order to streamline the checkout process. This reduces the chances of having your cart emptied of any out-of-stock items before you can click the "complete order" button.

5. Click quickly. Shop your top pick(s) first and submit your order right after placing in your cart. Do not shop and fill up your cart. Why? Once an item is in your cart, it's not reserved for you. In order to avoid an item being removed from your cart because it's sold out, you need to click quickly and complete your order! That's why I create a prioritized wish list and try to buy my top picks first.

6. Multi-task. While shopping online, be extra prepared by using more than one web browser, mobile device, etc. Sometimes items become available first on the mobile site, and sometimes they don't. Sometimes some shoppers can see certain items while others cannot. Refresh your browser often and have patience. Items tend to pop up and then disappear during the initial launch. Expect some glitches but don't give up. Remember, persistence and patience are key, and you may have to sacrifice some sleep if you're really motivated to snag your favorites. 

7. Save your info and get a RedCard. If you don't have one already, then consider getting a RedCard. Why? Target RedCard users enjoy free shipping, an extra 30 days to return certain merchandise, and a 5% discount on purchases. 

tabitha brown for target lookbook

tabitha brown for target lookbook


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May 4, 2022

UGG Maxi Slide Sandals Review

As the weather warmed up this season, I found myself in search of a platform slide for wearing at home that was comfortable without being too warm for the summer months. Enter UGG's newest sport sandal, the UGG Maxi slide. It's got a 2.5" platform, a soft puffer textile upper, and a very plush footbed. It comes in many colors, animal prints, and bold graphic logo versions. At $120 to $130, they are not a purchase to be taken lightly, but they are worth it in my opinion (especially if you plan to wear them often). I have a new pair and I'll be sharing my experiences with the UGG Maxi slide fit, quality, and sizing in this review. 

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I got the UGG Maxi slide logo sandals in white since white is the color that I'd wear the most. Since I wear mine at home, I don't have to worry about getting them dirty. 



Appearance and Performance

The UGG Maxi slide has a sporty look, thanks to the quilted and padded textile uppers that echo the look of a winter puffer jacket. The lightweight EVA outsole has nice traction and makes them ideal for wearing both at home and outdoors. They are not heavy, making them a breeze to walk in. The footbed is plush without being too warm or sweaty on spring days. They are like a slipper and sandal rolled into one. I really love these and I'm considering a second pair. Perhaps in this pink scallop or cobble grey?




Quality and Sizing

Unlike the UGG Fluffita slides, in which the curly sheepskin footbed flattens with wear, the UGG Maxi slides are less prone to the flattened appearance. Both styles fit securely over the foot, making them easy and stable to walk in. The footbed is made of 10mm of sheepskin, and the lining is a comfortable textile. As far as sizing, for me, the UGG Maxi slide runs true to size. If you are between sizes or have wide feet, then I would size up. I wear mine both with and without socks. They are perfect with socks for the cool spring nights and work well barefoot on warmer days. 

ugg maxi slide sandals



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March 13, 2022

How to Shop Iris Apfel x H&M on April 14

A spring style refresh is on the horizon thanks to H&M. Their latest designer collaboration announcement has given us a reason to clear some space in our closets! If you adore vibrant colors, layering, and fun accessories, this one's for you. New York style icon Iris Apfel, who recently turned 100, is collaborating with H&M on a new collection consisting of 36 pieces. Maximalism is the name of the game, as are eclectic dresses, floral loafers, opulent fabrics, statement-making jewelry, and bold colors. The limited edition collection launches on April 14, so set your reminders now because this one will sell quickly!

Preview the Iris Apfel x H&M lookbook below and bookmark this page now to preview the line.

iris apfel h&m blazer and trousers

In a nod to the environmental impact of fashion, all materials used in the collection are either recycled or more sustainably sourced.

Bookmark this page now to read more and shop online on April 14.

Keep reading for fifteen expert tips on how to shop Iris Apfel x H&M

Iris Apfel H&M collection


The Online Strategy (The Preferred Way to Shop)

1. Bookmark this page now and learn the lookbook. Once the entire lookbook is released, study it carefully to select your favorites, get outfit inspiration, research the sizing, choose colorways, and check the prices. 

2. Play favorites. Make a Pinterest board, list, or collage of your favorites to help you stick to your budget and prioritize your potential purchases.

3. Know when and how to shop. In the U.S., these collections launch online in the morning at a designated time. In the U.S., they usually launch online at 8 AM EST. The website has crashed in the past, so be extra prepared by using more than one web browser, mobile device, etc. Refresh your browser often and have patience. Expect some glitches and be persistent. Remember that patience is key.

4. Save your info. As the time to shop online approaches, log onto hm.com and have your checkout and payment details saved ahead of time. Clear your cart of any old items in order to streamline the checkout process. This reduces the chances of having your cart emptied of any out-of-stock items before you can complete your order.

5. Click quickly. Shop your top pick(s) first and submit your order right after placing in your cart. Do not shop and fill up your cart. Why? Once an item is in your cart, it's not reserved for you. In order to avoid an item being removed from your cart because it's already sold out, you need to click quickly and complete your order! That's why I create a prioritized wish list and try to buy my top picks first. Online purchases are typically limited to one item per style per person. 

6. Stay social. Check social media channels for up-to-the-moment shopping updates, product info/reviews, and to connect with other shoppers. 

Iris Apfel H&M collection


The In-Store Strategy 

1. Know where to go if stores in your area are open.  Plan your shopping well in advance. Be ready to wear a mask and stand in a physically distanced line. Stay home if you are sick! Use the store locator to find the stores near you that'll stock the collection.

2. Phone it in. Be extra prepared by calling your local store the week before the launch to confirm if they'll carry the collection and ask them exactly where/how you should line up to shop.

3. Be an early bird. You know what they say about the early bird. Stores open at 8 AM (instead of 10am) on launch days. I've found in the past that if I arrive by 4 AM or earlier, then I'm able to get into the first or second shopper group. 

4. Play the waiting game and respect the line. Store employees will pass out color-coded wristbands to the first 420 people in line. They do this several hours before the store opens, with each shopper group consisting of 30 people. Each group of 30 shoppers is allowed ten or fifteen minutes in which to shop the collection in a secure and sectioned-off area of the store. They are strict, and with good reason. The time slot goes by really fast, with employees calling out the time at five minute intervals. In between the shopper groups, employees rapidly replenish the merchandise in five-minute intervals. Fitting rooms may be closed due to COVID so be prepared NOT to try anything on.

5. Preparation is key (but first, coffee). I bring a blanket/pillow, cozy jacket, phone charger, water, and healthy snacks to stay energized and comfortable while in line. Bring coffee if needed. Stock varies widely from store to store, with flagships in metropolitan areas carrying the best selection.

6. Bring a buddy. A healthy family member, friend, or significant other (ideally from your household) might be able to help you get the pieces you want and help you make purchasing decisions. "Divide and conquer" should be your strategy! Arrange to meet in line at the same time or go to the store together (with masks and hand sanitizer) so you're not cutting in line and you can be in the same shopper group for maximum teamwork.

7. Check for go-backs. If your favorite pieces disappear from the racks in a flash, be courteous, be patient, and don't be afraid to ask employees and other shoppers to politely trade to get what you want! Just respect the rules and limits that they have in store. Stay at least six feet away from shoppers as much as possible. Limit your time socializing and shopping in the store to reduce your exposure to the virus.

8. Know your limits. There are quantity limits per person on these collections (it's 1 item per style in stores and 1 item per style online) to prevent buying in bulk, and the return policy time frame is shorter (14 days for purchases online). Be aware of these restrictions in order to prevent any buyer's remorse. Read more about quantity limits and returns here.

9. Persistence pays off. These collections are not restocked, but you can still score your favorites. If you don't find what you want after the launch, check back for returns in the coming days, as many shoppers take items back to the store. Accessories can't be returned for hygiene reasons, so select them carefully. Don't forget to check the customer service desk and clearance racks for returns. Call your local stores to ask what they have in stock.

Iris Apfel x H&M blouse and trousers

Iris Apfel x H&M top and skirt


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February 12, 2022

UGG Fuzz Sugar Slide Sandal Review

A few months ago I bought a pair of slippers from UGG called the Fuzz Sugar slide sandals. They look like fuzzy clogs (minus any wood or leather), and they feel like the ideal lightweight, cozy platform slippers for winter. The UGG Sugar collection is made of plant-based (carbon neutral) low-impact materials, so if making smarter purchases and reducing your environmental footprint (pun not intended) are important to you, then this style is one to consider. 

ugg fuzz sugar slides natural

The UGG Fuzz Sugar slides proved so popular that they sold out quickly and disappeared completely from the UGG website. Until now, that is. As of February 12, the natural and black colorways have just been restocked. They will sell out quickly. Unfortunately, the shell pink and hickory colorways (pictured below) are unavailable at the time of this writing. 

ugg fuzz sugar slides hickory

I wear my UGG Fuzz Sugar slides several days per week, and I'll be sharing my thoughts on quality and sizing in this review. 

ugg fuzz sugar slide sandals in shell pink


Packaging and Materials

The UGG Fuzz Sugar slides come in a plain box that opens with two flaps. Unlike other UGG shoes, there is no hologram authenticity tag inside the left shoe. This is because UGG used 100% TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers to make the size tags. If you feel it, it has a grainy, thick texture. Perhaps they weren't able to print a hologram on this material. 

ugg fuzz sugar slides size tag

   

Appearance and Performance

The UGG Sugar slides are platform slippers, so if you're looking for a comfortable 2" boost in height, these are worth the $110 price tag. The outsole is  made of SugarSole™ foam (made with renewable sugarcane), which is so light and easy to walk in that your feet will thank you when you slide these on. The uppers are made of cozy 10mm curly plush (50% upcycled wool, 50% TENCEL™ Lyocell). It does flatten quickly with wear, so I recommend brushing it regularly to keep it more fluffy. The uppers keep your feet secure when walking, and they're so comfortable and cute that you may want to wear them to work/school etc. The soles have enough traction to make them outdoor-ready, but I would not wear them in rain or snow. 

Quality and Sizing

Some buyers have reported that these run small, but in my experience (I've tried on many pairs), the UGG Fuzz Sugar slides run true to size. After wearing them a few times, they will break in, and the lining will flatten. I prefer to wear mine with socks, and the wool blend lining does a good job of keeping my feet warm on cold nights. The soles manage to be both lightweight and durable, so if you're on your feet a lot, these will perform well over time. They do not come in half sizes, so if you're unsure or you wear a half size, then size up, especially if you plan to wear them with socks. 

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