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May 12, 2021

Teva Hurricane Verge Sandals Review

Sandal season has arrived, and with that, new shoes to get excited about. This season footwear favorite Teva came out with a new sandal called the Hurricane Verge. It's similar to the popular Teva Hurricane XLT2, but with different strap configurations and new colorways. As a Teva sandal enthusiast, I had to try it out to compare it to the classic Hurricane XLT2. Keep reading for my Teva Hurricane Verge review with tips on fit and sizing. 

Pictured below is the Hurricane Verge in a very stylish dorinda leopard print. As a fashion devotee, I can appreciate the merging of fashion with function. These sandals would look just as great with a black poplin mini dress for a day on the town as they would with cargo shorts and a muscle tee for a trek through the botanical gardens or a hike in the hills. 

Teva Hurricane verge dorinda leopard

Appearance and Performance

The Hurricane Verge uses the same outsole as the Hurricane XLT2, so you can count on it being cushioned, durable, and ideal for hikes, water activities, and other active pursuits. Like the XLT2, it has quick-dry webbing, a nylon shank, an EVA footbed, and adjustable straps. It's also vegan and recyclable through the new TevaForever recycling program. The new cross-strap design on the Verge give it a chunkier, more utilitarian look. The rubber outsole is suitable for rugged outdoor activities, and the breathable mesh will keep your feet comfortable on the hottest of days. The Hurricane Verge comes in black, silver cloud, a cool new dorinda leopard print, and the popular new aragon colorway (a warm muted pink with tan undertones as seen below). 

Teva Hurricane Verge aragon

Materials and Fit

The plastic buckle on the cross strap makes it easy to take the shoes off, but also can look clunky if adjusted to hit on the center top part of the foot. There are three adjustable straps: across the top of the foot, velcro across the toes, and velcro at the heel. Unlike the XLT2, there's no adjustability across the top of the ankle, so the back of the foot may slide more so than in the XLT2. There are three areas of cushioning on the lining of the straps so that the toe and heel areas won't chafe or cause blisters. Are these comfortable? Yes, but not as much as the XLT2 in my experience.


I've tried on several pairs of the Verge, and they seem to run ever-so-slightly smaller than the XLT2. That said, I can still take my regular size, whereas I prefer to size down in the XLT2. In comparing the Verge and the XLT2 side by side, they look very close in size. I recommend taking your true shoe size unless your toes are long or your feet are wide width (then I'd even go up one size in the Verge). 

Teva Hurricane XLT2 vs Teva Hurricane Verge

If Teva can perfect the fit of the heel strap to prevent sliding, this sandal will be a top pick. It does run $10 more than the Hurricane XLT2, so that's something to consider when buying. I'm looking forward to seeing new colors, and hopefully, more fashion-focused dorinda leopard prints in these Hurricane Verge and XLT2 styles.

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April 22, 2021

Deckers x Lab KO-Z GLDTR 3 Sandals Review

Like many people, I've been spending more time in my slippers during the pandemic. Comfort is a top priority, and as much as I miss my studded ankle boots, wedge sandals, and more dressy shoes, they've been stowed away while I rotate comfortable footwear into my WFH and home workout looks. Now that temperatures are rising and spring is in full swing, I'm ready for all the sandals. I'm currently wearing the Deckers x Lab KO-Z GLDTR 3 sandals. They're unlike anything else in my closet, which is saying a lot, given the countless pairs of shoes that I own. The KO-Z GLDTR 3 sandals combine several layers of memory foam with a cozy wool lining into one very well cushioned sporty sandal. I've never seen a casual sandal this fancy.

Deckers Lab KO-Z GLDTR 3 sandals for women in pink and red

Appearance and Performance

This style comes in five colorways, including solid black for the minimalist. The pastel pink and red one which Deckers x Lab sent me features a bold contrasting panel with a graphic print and zig zag stitching. The back of the sandal has a unique "squaretail" shape which extends beyond the footbed and provides stability. These are anything but boring. Deckers x Lab is known for their functional design details and quality craftsmanship. Every time I wear Deckers x Lab footwear, I catch people staring.

The rocker midfoot construction that both Deckers x Lab and Hoka One One (a Deckers brand) are known for helps to propel your foot into the next step, and it makes these sandals hard to take off. Although these are sandals, they feel like a pair of high end sneakers merged with the plush lining of my favorite UGG slippers (like the UGG Fluffita). To my delight, like the UGG Fluffita slides, these make me slightly taller, since the sole of the KO-Z GLDTR 3 is 1.5" thick and the footbed is .5" thick. 

Deckers Lab KO_Z GLDTR 3 sandals

Materials and Fit

The KO-Z GLDTR 3 sandals run true to size for me. They have excellent arch support and hug the foot just right. The don't come in half sizes so if between sizes, I recommend going down a size. 

The straps are lined with wool, giving them a soft and slipper-like feel. The top sole is made of perforated leather, which makes them comfortable and breathable on hot days. The uppers are nubuck leather, which feels luxurious and is ideal for spring, summer, or fall. There's a small panel in the arch of the footbed made of looped wool and recycled polyester, which feels soft on the foot. The toe post is thick and cushioned, which makes them wearable for someone like me who is used to wearing slides. Unlike flip flops, these sandals wear more like sneakers because they stay securely on the heel, making them feel fun and effortless to walk in. 

Deckers x Lab KO-Z GLDTR 3 sandals

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April 19, 2021

How to Shop Christopher John Rogers, ALEXIS and RIXO for Target

Target's latest announcement comes with bright colors and inspiration to dress up again. This spring marks the second time they're launching their Spring 2021 Designer Dress Collection. This season, they are collaborating with Christopher John Rogers, ALEXIS, and RIXO on more than 70 original designs. The new collection features fanciful frocks in vibrant prints, bold color combinations, and accessible price points. Say goodbye to your loungewear and hello to head-turning dresses. As of April 19, they have not yet announced a launch date, but watch this space for more information. Keep reading for a peek at the spring 2021 Designer Dress Collection lookbook, and get tips on how to shop Christopher John Rogers, ALEXIS, and RIXO for Target. 

target designer dress collection spring 2021

Priced between $40 to $60, all the dresses in the collection reflect Target’s commitment to inclusivity and range in size from XXS-4X. ​

April 29, 2021 update - The Designer Dress Collection launches on Sunday May 16, 2021 at 12AM PST.

Mini Review

Notes on fit and sizing for the Target 2021 Designer Dress collection:

Christopher John Rogers is a master at tailoring, and his prints are vibrant. His signature "strawberry shaped" waist is present on the plaid dresses and the yellow ruffle dress, which contain tulle for extra shaping and volume. I sized up on the pink two-tone shirtdress, and took my regular size XS/2 on the rest of my CJR pieces. Many of the dresses have pockets, are structured, and feature voluminous shoulders or twirl-worthy skirt shapes. The shirtdresses are well made, run small in the waist, and can be worn many different ways.

christopher john rogers for target floral dress
christopher john rogers for target two tone dress
christopher john rogers for target floral dress

ALEXIS makes flowy dresses perfect for a summer wedding or a turn on the dance floor. They'll make you feel glamorous. I took my regular size in the ALEXIS dresses, which are cut generously for freedom of movement. The white eyelet dress is more tailored and body conscious than the rest of the ALEXIS pieces. 

alexis for target angel sleeve and eyelet dresses

RIXO is known for their vintage-inspired florals, bias cut maxi dresses, and mixed prints. Their dresses for Target are stretchy, and the wrap styles (the blue floral and orange polka dot) are super short. I made some alterations to shorten the neckline of my daisy RIXO dress, since it runs big on me. I took my regular size on all of the RIXO dresses, and could have gone down a size on some of them due to the stretchy bias cut of the maxi styles.

rixo for target floral dress

rixo for target floral dress

rixo for target floral dresses

See the entire Christopher John Rogers, ALEXIS, and RIXO for Target lookbook here. Click the heart icon to save your favorites and shop faster on May 16.

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Review Target's FAQ page for more shopping info.

Target Designer Dress Collection spring 2021

Shopping notes: All sizes and styles will be available on Target.com for a limited time. Selections will vary by store. Items must be returned within 30 days of purchase for a refund. RedCard™ holders receive an 30 extra days for returns. Unfortunately, international shipping is not available.

Due to the pandemic, I encourage you to shop the collection online. Crowded stores are not appealing, however, if you plan to shop in stores, please practice physical distancing, good hygiene, polite behavior, and wear a mask (or two) for the safety of everyone.

Quick to do list:

1. Bookmark this page now to review the 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  

Preview the lookbook below.

Christopher Jon Rogers, Alexis, Rixo for Target

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 it's best to 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 late June and early July. 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.

7. Consider main line instead. With high resale prices after the launch, you can likely buy main line Christopher John Rogers, ALEXIS, or RIXO for less than the marked up resale prices. Consider shopping the real deal if you aren't able to get your wish list items. 

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 your browser often and have patience. I use Chrome for optimal performance. Expect some glitches and be persistent. Remember that patience is key. 

4. Save your 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. 

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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.

Restock alert! As of June 17, 2021 UGG has restocked the Fluff Sugar sandals with three new colorways: black, dragon fruit (deep pink), and burnt olive.

Shop them below for $110.

UGG Fluff Sugar sandal in black, dragon fruit, and burnt olive

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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 platform sandals pink

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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.


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.

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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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