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July 27, 2023

UGG Tazz Slippers Review

UGG's viral Tazz slippers are the perfect blend of loungewear meets streetwear. The style, which was first introduced in 2021, looks like the iconic UGG Tasman, although with a small platform and brighter braided trim. In this post, I'll be sharing a review of the UGG Tazz slippers with tips on fit, sizing, and comfort. 

The popular Tazz slipper comes in several colorways, with mustard seed being the newest and most sought after. Last fall, the chestnut colorway took over TikTok and was nearly impossible to find for many months. Black and burnt olive have also been best sellers for UGG.

August 2023 update - Shop this exclusive UGG Tazz colorway in shearling for $140 before it sells out. It comes in black, hardwood brown, and natural.

UGG Tazz shearling

Chestnut Tazz pictured below, $130

Buying tip: summer is the best time to buy these UGG platforms, because they are easier to find both online and in stores. In July, nearly everyone seems to be focused on summer staples such as sandals, so cozy shoes aren't top of mind. If you wait until November, they'll be hard to find. If you want to get ahead of the masses, start shopping for your fall and winter UGG must-haves early. 

ugg tazz slippers chestnut

Fit and Sizing

In my experience, the UGG Tazz runs true to size. They do not come in half sizes, so if you are between sizes, and you plan to wear them with socks, I recommend sizing up. Like with most UGG shoes, the lining will conform to your foot, and they will stretch a small amount as you wear them. I wear my true size in the Tazz both with and without socks. They should fit snugly against the back of your heel without slipping off when you walk. If they slip, then go down a size. There's a small pull tab in the back to help get them on and off. 

I love the burnt olive colorway, pictured above. It's less ubiquitous than chestnut, and a nice neutral for fall/winter.


Compared to the UGG Tasman, the Tazz is a bit stiffer and less pliable due to the 1.75" platform. The suede uppers may be rougher in texture than the Tasman, due to manufacturing inconsistencies. The new sugarcane outsole makes them lightweight and easy to walk in. The wool/lyocell blend lining feels just as nice as the old sheepskin that UGG used to use, and it's breathable.  Furthermore, the Tazz is durable and suitable for either lounging at home or for running errands around town. Pair them with colorful socks in the fall for a dopamine boost.

Weatherproofing note: I would not wear them outdoors in the heavy rain or snow unless they're treated with a waterproofing protectant.

This season, the price has increased by $10, making them a $130 investment. If well cared for and cleaned regularly, they should last a few seasons. 

UGG introduced a Tazz version for kids in late 2022 priced at $90. It's essentially the same, although with a smaller platform of 1" instead of 1.75". 

UGG also introduced an embellished version in 2022 called the Tazz Maxi Tasman, which is currently on sale for under $100 in black and olive.

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May 7, 2023

How To Shop Mugler x H&M on May 11

True to form, H&M is partnering with another big name in fashion for their spring designer collection. The house of Mugler, helmed by Casey Cadwallader, is the newest luxury brand to pair with the Swedish fast fashion powerhouse for a modern and dramatic collection of apparel, accessories, and swimwear including laser-cut dresses, corset details, and skin-baring bodysuits. Prices range from $29.99 to $749.

mugler h&m pink dress

The Mugler x H&M collection launches on May 11, 2023. In this post, I'll be sharing pro shopping tips for both online and in store. 

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

mugler h&m lookbook

Set your reminders now for May 11, and see which stores will carry the collection.

Keep reading for fifteen expert tips on how to shop Mugler x H&M. 

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The Online Strategy (The Preferred Way to Shop)

1. Bookmark this page now and learn the Mugler x H&M lookbook. Study it carefully to select your favorites, get outfit inspiration, research the sizing, choose colorways, and check the prices. 

2. Play favorites. Check the prices here. Set a budget. 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. Start checking the H&M app or website early in the morning.

In the U.S., these collections usually launch online at 10 AM EST. The website has crashed in the past, so be extra prepared by using more than one web browser, mobile device, etc. You may be placed in a virtual queue when you visit the website or the H&M app. Expect some glitches and be persistent. Remember that patience is key.

4. Save your info. Before 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. 

h&m store

The In-Store Strategy 

1. Know where to go if stores in your area are open.  See this page for a list of stores that will stock Mugler x H&M.

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 even 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 25 people. Each group of 25 shoppers is allowed ten 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. 

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 (7 days). 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.

mugler h&m corset blazer

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March 29, 2023

Teva Hurricane XLT2 Ampsole Sandals Review

If you're looking to update your spring/summer footwear, the Teva Hurricane XLT2 ampsole is a great option for both outdoor enthusiasts and fashion-forward buyers. It's a slightly updated and more chunky version of the best-selling Teva Hurricane XLT2 sandals. With a 2" platform, it offers the same traction and comfort of the original, with a modest boost of height. In this review, I'll be sharing my thoughts on the Teva Hurricane XLT2 ampsole's quality and sizing.

teva hurricane xlt2 ampsole

Summer 2023 update

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In terms of appearance, the ampsole sandals are just like the original Hurricane XLT2 sandals, but with a thicker platform. They're the ideal blend of fashion and function. When I first saw them I asked myself why they didn't release these earlier. Platforms are currently having a major moment in fashion and they are all I've been wearing lately. 

The ampsole sandals are not so chunky that you'll feel like you'll roll an ankle doing more active pursuits, and they transition perfectly from hiking to happy hour. They look great with everything from running shorts and leggings to casual dresses and summer jumpsuits. They come in several neutral colors (including olive and sesame), and a new rainbow style that was just released. 

I'm hoping Teva releases some colorblock and printed colorways that echo the original Hurricane XLT2 sandals

The white and sesame styles (pictured) both sold out last summer. 

teva hurricane xlt2 ampsole sandals

Quality and Sizing

The adjustable ankle, toe, and heel straps allow for a highly customizable fit, so whether your feet are narrow or wide, you'll be able to get your sandals to fit just right. 

They run true to size, but if you're between sizes, then go up. Unfortunately, they don't come in half sizes. 

The ampsole sandals have the same cushioning and durable rubber outsole as the original, so they're ideal for hikes and other outdoor activities. The nylon shank and quick-dry webbing make them sturdy and practical for water activities when you still want protection for your feet. They do not require any breaking in, and I've never had issues with blisters when wearing new Teva sandals. Teva is my go-to brand for summer platforms and sport sandals. 

With regards to arch support, I find them both adequate and comfortable for long hours on your feet. If you need more arch support, I recommend trying them on in store to walk around in them and judge for yourself. 

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January 19, 2023

UGG Classic Ultra Mini Braid Platform Boots Review

If you missed out on the immensely best selling UGG Classic Ultra Mini boots, then the latest style from UGG may offer some consolation. They just released a new embroidered style called the UGG Classic Ultra Mini braid platform. The braided style comes in three colorways: burnt olive, chestnut, and black. They retail for $170, which is $20 more than the Classic Ultra mini platform boots. The black style has gorgeous blue/red stitching, while the olive ones pair pale pink with vibrant yellow, and the chestnut incorporates red with yellow for a look that calls to mind Native American artisanal design.   

As a platform devotee, I grabbed a chestnut pair for myself without hesitation, and I'll be sharing my thoughts on fit and quality in this review. 

The boots are part of UGG's Heritage Collection, which celebrates the brand's 45 years of iconic design. They are currently an UGG Rewards member exclusive, which means you need to have an UGG Rewards account and be logged in in order to buy them. 

Instead of a pull tab in the back, this style incorporates UGG's decorative braid design on the sides, which also function as pull tabs. While I think they are more decorative than functional, I still love the pop of color and the bright UGG braid details. Plus, the two rows of stitching on the heel counter gives them an elevated, retro feel. They'll look equally cute with relaxed slouchy denim as with more dressy, embellished looks as spring approaches. In terms of ease, I'd like them much more if they added a pull tab in the back, since this style is tricky to put on. (More on that below.)

ugg classic ultra mini braid platform boots chestnut

Fit and Sizing

I recommend getting your true size in the UGG Classic Ultra mini boots. If you are a half size, then go up. This style is especially hard to pull on because the foot opening is small and the pull tabs are not tall enough to loop over your fingers. I personally do not follow my own advice, simply because my true size gives me the appearance of big feet. With wear, these boots will mold and stretch a small amount as the lining flattens. I wear mine comfortably with socks and without, but getting them on requires a great deal of effort because I sized down. My true size is much easier to put on, but I like the look of the smaller size on my petite frame.

So...get your true size if in doubt.

ugg classic ultra mini boots chestnut

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Quality and Appearance

These outsole of these boots are made with UGG's renewable sugarcane SugarSole, making them extremely light and pleasant to walk in. The lining is a blend of eco-conscious upcycled materials, not the traditional UGG twinface sheepskin from years past. It's effective in keeping feet warm, but not as thick or as plush as the lining of older Classic UGG boots

They also come in the UGG Classic Mini silhouette, which has a lace-up detail and a five inch shaft height.

For more UGG style and info, see my UGG Classic Mini platform boots review here.

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January 11, 2023

New Balance 327 Sneakers Review

With the arrival of the new year comes a new color obsession. While I've harbored a lifelong adoration of bright colors and pretty floral prints, this winter's grey days have inspired a newfound appreciation for all things neutral. I'm thoroughly inspired by all of the camel, chestnut, beige, heather grey, and ivory tones that fill my social media feed. I can't get enough of the #beigeaesthetic.

After seeing an abundance of New Balance 327 sneakers on both cool girls around town and Instagram street style stars, I got a pair in the Timberwolf/Aluminum colorway. This is actually my second pair, and my obsession with this retro sporty sneaker continues to grow. They retail for $100, and I must confess that I'm considering buying a third pair.

new balance 327 timberwolf aluminum

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The popular New Balance 327 sneaker is such a simple silhouette, albeit elevated with retro textural details, a bold logo, and a lightweight upper. It makes a strong style statement while looking effortless and chic. For winter, I'll be pairing them with activewear looks, marled socks, and sherpa everything. When spring arrives, I'll wear them with cropped denim, handmade day dresses, leggings, and slouchy cargo pants.

The mix of neutrals in the Timberwolf/Aluminum colorway is exactly what I wanted for all of my neutral looks. The only thing I don't love is that the N logo is a flat overlay instead of a stitched pattern piece, giving a somewhat more low-end look. 

new balance 327 timberwolf aluminum

In my experience, the New Balance 327 runs true to size. Mine fit well both barefoot and with thick socks. The insole is removable, which is a nice feature. They're comfortable right out of the box with no breaking-in period. The arch support and cushioning are light, making them perfect for low impact activities. I love that they did not give me blisters when I wore them without socks. 

While I wouldn't wear them for my HIIT and bodybuilding workouts (I'm loyal to Hoka sneakers for that), the New Balance 327 is ideal for walking and hiking. They also serve as the perfect on-the-go sneakers for casual daytime looks. I confess that I love mine too much to get them dusty or muddy on hikes, so I'll confine mine to paved surfaces. 

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