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March 20, 2021

UGG Fluff Sugar Platform Sandals Review

If you love UGG but want vegan and/or eco-friendly footwear, take note. This month UGG released a new collection of footwear made with plant-based, carbon-neutral materials called "Plant Power." The collection includes three fashion-forward styles: the Fluff Sugar Sandal, the Fluff Sugar Platform, and the Neumel Natural boots. As a fan of the popular UGG Fluffita and Fluff Yeah platforms, the Fluff Sugar Platforms instantly appealed to me. They're designed with low impact materials, and even the packaging is eco-friendly. The sole of these platforms is made of SugarSole™ foam which consists of renewable sugarcane (hence the name Fluff Sugar). They come in three cotton candy-esque colors for spring: white, yellow, and pink. I have a pair in pink and will be sharing details on the new UGG Fluff Sugar Platforms in this review. Keep reading for tips on fit, sizing, and quality.


Shop the pink UGG Fluff Sugar platforms here.


UGG Fluff Sugar platforms yellow



UGG Fluff Sugar Platforms pink

Currently sold out but available here in sizes 6 and 7.

UGG Fluff Sugar sandals

Shop the UGG Fluff Sugar sandals ($110) before they sell out. They are one inch lower than the platforms and come in blue, pink, white, and yellow. 

Pictured below, a pair in pink, the most popular color.

UGG Fluff Sugar sandals in pink



UGG Fluff Sugar box


Everything about the UGG Fluff Sugar shoes from production to packaging and shipping is intended to reduce its environmental impact. First off, the shoes ship in their own box to decrease packaging and waste. The box is different from other UGG boxes in the way it closes and is sealed (with two flaps on top). The paper inside is printed with educational messaging about the "from plant to plush" process. Even the size tag inside the shoe is made from different materials than other UGG products. The lining and upper of the shoes are made from TENCEL™ Lyocell sourced from responsibly-harvested trees. They feel just as soft and fluffy as the best selling UGG Scuffette slippers and the plush UGG Fluff Yeah slippers. This is a shoe you can feel good about.

UGG fluff sugar tissue paper

Fit and Sizing

The Fluff Sugar Platforms run true to size. I went with my true size 7 and the elastic strap fits just right when I wear them with and without socks. These only come in whole sizes, and I recommend taking your true size. As you wear them, the Tencel™ lyocell lining will flatten out a bit. I occasionally brush the footbed with a dedicated hair brush (for my shoes) to keep it fluffy.

UGG Fluff Sugar platforms pink

Worn with tie dye socks, $7.99

Quality and Comfort

These platforms are super lightweight, have nice cushioning, have slightly bouncy SugarSole™ soles (that feel like your lightest running sneakers), and feel great on the foot. The heel height is 3", and I find them easy and stable to walk in. The elastic strap holds your foot firmly in place. They have one strap across the vamp which has cutouts on each side, creating a thick capital "I" shape over the foot. (The Fluff Sugar Slide sandals are similar, but they have two straps and a lower heel 2" height.) They have a luxurious hand feel, and like the Fluff Yeah slippers, they are super easy to slide on. The Fluff Sugar Platforms are $120, while the Fluff Sugar sandals are $110. I went with the platforms for the extra height.

Style

I love the shaggy, exaggerated appearance for my WFH looks, and I'm currently eyeing these in white. They have a fun, edgy look that brings some fun and whimsy to my casual wardrobe. 

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March 16, 2021

UGG Clem Sandals Review

Spring is almost here and that means sandal season. This year, I'm stocking up on platform sandals and slides. They're easy to slip on and off for my WFH style, and the extra height without the discomfort is always appreciated. Favorite footwear brand UGG recently released a new sandal for spring 2021 called the Clem sandal. While you may know and adore UGG for their cozy sheepskin boots and slippers, they've quietly cornered the sandal market as well. Their new Clem sandal is a rugged platform slide (retail price $110) with adjustable straps and all the comfort you've come to expect from UGG. It comes in black leather, olive suede, and rose quartz suede, all of which are selling out very quickly. Keep reading for my UGG Clem review with tips on fit and sizing.

March 2021 update - The UGG Clem sandals are sold out, but you can sign up for restock notifications here and shop some styles here, including olive green size 7 and olive green size 5.5.


In my quest to replace my Birkenstocks as my go-to spring and summer sandals of choice, I opted for the rose quartz Clem sandals in my usual UGG size 7. The soft pink color and tan outsole are nice neutrals which pair well with muted pastels, ditsy florals, soft grey shades, and summer whites.

UGG Clem sandal rose quartz suede

Fit and Sizing

The Clem sandals come in half sizes. In my experience, they run true to size in terms of length and width. The straps have some adjustability, so you can customize the width a little bit. I plan on wearing mine barefoot, and the fit on my size 7 pair is great. If your feet are narrow, then I'd advise sizing down a half size. If you plan on wearing them with thick socks, I'd go up a half size. Otherwise, take your true shoe size.

UGG Clem sandals review


Quality and Comfort

Dual density EVA foam lends the Clem sandal comfort and long-term wearability. They look heavy, but they are actually lightweight and easy to walk in. The EVA outsole has nice traction for wearing indoors or outdoors. The platform is about 2.5", so they give you height and comfort at the same time. I wore them barefoot for a few hours at home and did not get any blisters. They are comfortable right out of the box; I'm happy to report that they don't need any breaking in. 

UGG Clem sandals outsole


The straps are suede, while the lining is textile. The footbed is smooth and comfortable, but I haven't worn these on a hot day, so I don't know how they'll perform with potentially sweaty feet. If UGG releases more colors, I may get another pair since these are so versatile.

The pale pink color is exactly what I wanted for pairing with cargo pants, midi dresses, bike shorts, cropped straight leg denim, and joggers. The UGG logo is printed on one strap, but it's only visible up close. I look forward to seeing if UGG releases more colors and prints for summer.

Shop the Clem sandals in olive green here.

If you love UGG, then see my UGG Fluffita review and my UGG Fluff Sugar sandals review with tips on fit and sizing.

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March 5, 2021

UGG Fluffita Review

When UGG came out with their platform Fluffita slippers last fall, I bought a pair in white without hesitation. Having worn their popular UGG Fluff Yeah slippers, I was drawn to the UGG Fluffita for its similar platform and fluffy construction. The lack of elastic strap on the Fluffita is a bonus for me, as I prefer something I can quickly slip my foot in and out of throughout the day. When I bought my Fluffita slides, there weren't many online reviews, so I went with my true size 7. After wearing them for a few months and buying more pairs, I'm sharing my thoughts on sizing and quality for the UGG Fluffita in this review.




UGG Fluffita slides in white

Fit and Sizing

The UGG Fluffita runs true to size in terms of width.These do not come in half sizes. I bought my regular size 7, and they fit well when I wear them with socks. The ribbon across the toe box allows for minimal adjustability, and is mostly decorative. When tightened all the way, the strap hangs off the side, so I tuck mine into the buckle avoid dragging on the floor and getting dirty. If your feet are narrow and you're going to wear them without socks, then I'd go down one size. If your feet are medium or wide, then your regular size is recommended. Since there is no heel strap to anchor the back of your foot in place, you want a secure fit. Texture notes: I noticed that the white colorways tend to have a thicker, more plush texture on the insole and lining than other colorways such as June Gloom or black. I'm not sure why, but the black ones seem to have a smoother (flatter) lining and insole than other colorways. 

Quality and Comfort

The uppers, lining, and insole of the UGG Fuffita are made of plush curly sheepskin. These are sturdy, comfortable shoes with a soft feel on the foot. They are not heavy or clunky like they may appear. As a result, they are easy to walk in, and the 1.75" platform gives a little boost of height that I can appreciate. The outsole is embellished with the UGG logo on repeat, and the ribbon vamp strap is also decorated with the UGG logo. The signature Treadlite sole gives them versatility and traction for wearing both indoors and outdoors. They can transition easily from being winter slippers to spring sandals. When worn with socks, my Fluffita slides keep my feet nice and warm on winter nights. I've been wearing mine on repeat since November. I occasionally clean them (since the white ones show dirt) and brush the insoles to keep them fluffy.

ugg fluffita slippers with tie dye socks

Above, I'm wearing Wild Fable joggers and tie dye socks with my white Fluffitas.

At $100, the UGG Fluffita is a good value, since it's well made, durable, and comfortable. I look forward to putting mine on when I get up each morning. I hope UGG comes out with some leopard print colorways, as well as more pastel shades for spring/summer. 

If you love UGG, then see my UGG Fluff Yeah review and my UGG Fluff Sugar sandals review with tips on fit and sizing.

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January 16, 2021

How To Shop Simone Rocha x H&M on March 11

It's official! Spring is coming soon, and in addition to warmer weather, there's a fun new fashion collaboration to look forward to. If you've been living in jogger pants or loungewear thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, there's inspiration for more stylish (or dressy) days ahead.

Fast fashion retailer H&M has announced their next designer collaboration, and it's with Simone Rocha. Mark your calendars and set your reminders for the big launch day! Simone Rocha x H&M debuts on March 11. #SimoneRochaxHM

Bookmark this page now to shop online on March 11.

April 1, 2021 update -




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Read these tips from H&M on how to shop. 

Returns of items purchased online are not accepted in stores, only via mail within 30 days. Purchases are limited to one of each item per person.

Simone Rocha x H&M lookbook preview

Known for her voluminous silhouettes, Simone Rocha was named British Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2016 British Fashion Awards. Using her Irish heritage as inspiration, her creations include beautiful ruffles, voluminous tulle, floral blooms, pearl details, fancy necklines, and edgy tailoring. 

What's the Simone Rocha x H&M collection like? According to H&M, we'll be able to shop "delicate tulle dresses, tartan tailoring, beaded shirting, cable knits, outerwear such as trench coats, and signature accessories like sparkling jewelry and pearl-embellished shoes. The entire range comes in Simone Rocha's identifiable and poetic color palette that mixes cream, pink, red and black."

The icing on the cake? It's for the entire family! The collection includes Simone Rocha's signature womenswear, alongside menswear and childrenswear, marking the first time she has designed pieces for the whole family.

I'm sharing some shopping tips for how to shop Simone Rocha x H&M. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I strongly encourage you to shop online and not in stores, but I'll be sharing tips for both. The priority is to stop the spread by staying home whenever possible.

simone rocha x H&M lookbook images

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. Bookmark this page now to shop on March 11. In the U.S., they usually launch online at 7 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 such as using #SimoneRochaxHM for up-to-the-moment shopping updates, product info, 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.  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. I have seen people camp out overnight in tents to be first in line for these collabs. 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 and use #SimoneRochaxHM on social media to buy/trade with others.

10. Consider main line Simone Rocha instead. With high resale prices right after the launch, you can likely buy main line Simone Rocha on sale for less. 

simone rocha x H&M lookbook


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October 16, 2020

UGG Classic Ultra Mini Boots Review - Leopard Print

Attention, shoe lovers! Boot season has arrived and it's time to get your cozy footwear wardrobe ready for fall. I've always favored ankle boots for their versatility, so when UGG introduced a new style of its beloved Classic boots this season called the Classic Ultra Mini, they instantly caught my eye. They retail for $140 and are perfect for your work from home looks, your loungewear days, or pretty much any fall or winter day. The extra low shaft height makes them chic enough to pair with slouchy socks, denim, bike shorts, knitwear, bodycon dresses, sweatsuits, cropped trousers, leggings, and joggers.


February 20201 update - I scored a pair of UGG Classic Ultra Mini boots in the hard-to-find mustard seed colorway as seen below. They run slightly big, so I added an UGG sheepskin insole to make them perfect for wearing barefoot. The low shaft makes them ideal for transitioning into the spring months, while the neutral shade pairs well with denim, grey joggers, and all of the printed leggings that I wear. They're practically like slippers, except that they keep your ankles warmer. As you break them in, they become easier to slip your feet into. 

UGG Classic Ultra Mini Boot mustard seed

UGG comes out with new colorways each season, and inventory changes rapidly, so if you see the perfect shade of pink or lavender, don't hesitate! Sometimes they discontinue a colorway, so shop them while you can. 

January 28, 2021 update - Shop the newest colors:

 

Joan Smalls and Emily Ratajkowsi have been spotted in the chestnut version. #legsfordays

UGG classic ultra mini emily ratajkowski joan smalls

January 8, 2021 update - These are selling out quickly:

December 28, 2020 update - Shop new colors before they sell out:


The new
UGG Classic Ultra Mini has the same comfort and plush sheepskin of the UGG Classic Mini, but with a more leg-lengthening fit. My favorite version of the Classic Ultra Mini is this leopard print ($150), which is sure to be a best seller in no time. I bought a pair in my usual UGG size, and will be sharing my thoughts on fit, sizing, and quality in this review.

UGG Classic Ultra Mini boots leopard

Appearance 

The leopard print style has a cowhair texture, making them more dressy and elevating them from the twinface sheepskin (suede) that you find on Classic UGG boots. The topline is slightly higher in the front than the back, while the rest of the construction is similar to the Classic Mini boots. I prefer the lower shaft height because I'm petite, and I find them more flattering to wear with skinny jeans. I can appreciate how they show just a flash of ankle when worn with cropped denim and no socks.

UGG Classic ultra mini boots leopard



UGG classic ultra mini boot leopard print

Quality

The uppers have nice, rich color and a consistent print. One disadvantage is that this style is harder to clean because of the cowhair texture, so that's something to be mindful of before purchasing. I always use a suede protector on my UGGs, but will refrain from doing so because these uppers are made of different materials. (They do come pre-treated with a water repellency treatment like many other UGG styles.) I plan to spot clean these as needed with mild soap and water. I also plan to wear these indoors and will not wear them in the rain. (My go-to UGGs for rain are the Palomar sneaker and the Birch boots.) 

Given the lower shaft height, these are more optimal for warmer climates than colder ones, and they're also ideal for transitional seasons. If I lived in a cold climate, these would likely get a lot less wear. In my area, it's warm enough that I'm able to wear sandals year round.

Sizing and Comfort

For my feet, the Classic Ultra Mini boots run true to UGG's Classic sizing. I prefer to wear them without socks because the wool blend lining is so cozy. These do take some effort to pull on because of a small top entry, so the rear pull tab is especially helpful. The uppers are also more rigid due to the cowhair construction, but I expect them to break in nicely over time. An advantage of the lower shaft height is that it makes them easier to take off. 

Fit tip: If you have a high arch or are between sizes, I'd size up. It's better to have them too big than too small, and you can always wear them with socks if they are on the big side.

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