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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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February 3, 2022

UGG Disquette Slippers review

As a fan of platforms, I welcomed the debut of the height-boosting UGG Disquette slippers in Fall 2021 with excitement. If you're familiar with the UGG product line, the Disquette slippers are somewhat like the UGG Funkette slippers, although without the ankle strap. Alternatively, the Disquette is like the Scuffette slipper with a pumped-up streetwear sole. 

The Disquette delivers all the comfort that you expect from UGG. Keep reading for an UGG Disquette review with tips on fit, quality, and sizing. 

The chestnut colorway pictured below is the most popular.

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Ugg Disquette slippers chestnut

Appearance and Performance

The Disquette features the classic sheepskin collar, lining, and insole for maximum comfort and a plush feel. The platform gives you an extra inch of height, which I like. The slippers have the Treadlite sole, which makes them suitable to wear indoors and outdoors. Unlike the Scuffette and Coquette slippers, these have outdoor-ready traction and more durability. If you're not used to walking in platforms, these may take an adjustment period. 

Fit and Sizing

The UGG Disquette runs small. Go one size up! Like most UGG styles, the sheepskin will flatten with wear and the shoes will stretch up a little bit. If you're going to wear these with socks, I advise going up one size. If you are in between sizes, definitely go up a size. 

Ugg Disquette slippers

UGG came out with a new Disquette style featuring a chopped UGG logo. It's aptly named the Disquette Chopd.

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October 27, 2021

UGG Classic Clear Mini Boots Review

While UGG is a go-to brand for cozy winter footwear, they may not be top of mind when it comes to rain boots. With the debut of the UGG Classic Clear mini boot, that has changed. It's the ideal blend of warmth and waterproof materials, all wrapped in a logo-centric upper. If you're a fan of the UGG Classic Mini boots or the Ultra mini boots, you'll probably adore this style for rain or snow. They keep your feet very warm. Keep reading for an UGG Classic Clear mini boot review with tips on sizing and quality.

I have a pair in the natural colorway, and the neutral cream/black/white colors pair with just about everything.

UGG Classic clear mini bots natural

Appearance and Performance

The shape of the uppers and the Treadlite outsole echo the UGG Classic Mini boots, so you can expect warmth and comfort. They come in a variety of colors, form basic black to vibrant pinks and neon yellows. I'm eyeing this really cute panther print ($160) and this on-trend marble print right now. 


I wore my pair out without socks on a rainy day, and the boots kept my feet very warm and dry. Unlike the Classic Mini boots which are water resistant, these are waterproof. The insoles are removable, so you can add your own insoles, wear thick socks, and customize your fit. They are cold weather rated to -20˚C, making them suitable for snow in addition to rain.

UGG Classic clear mini boots

Materials

The uppers are molded TPU, which has a shiny finish and will keep your feet dry. The only downside is that if scratched, they show flaws when you look up close. Considering the stiff material, they are easy to walk in and equally as comfortable as my Classic mini boots. Don't be afraid to stomp in puddles with these boots. The Treadlite outsole is durable, has great traction, and is lightweight enough for long days on your feet. While the lining is wool (not sheepskin like the Classic Mini boots), it's just as soft and plush on bare feet. 

Fit and Sizing

Instead of sizing down like many people, I took my true shoe size because unlike the UGG Classic boots which have suede uppers, these boots do not stretch. Mine fit well both barefoot and with athletic socks. The uppers are rigid, so I recommend buying your true size. In terms of width, they run similar to UGG Classic boots

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