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November 14, 2022

UGG Classic Mini Platform Boots Review

This fall, platform footwear is getting all the attention. The design team at UGG is taking advantage of this Y2K fashion resurgence with their new and best selling UGG Classic Mini platform boots. By the way, the black colorway was just restocked. They retail for $160, a $10 price increase over the UGG Classic Mini boots. I scored a pair, and they are even more comfortable than the non-platform UGG Classic Mini boots. They are worth the $160 investment because they are comfortable, versatile, and on-trend. The sole is well cushioned, while giving me an appreciated two extra inches of height. I wore these all day while on my feet, and they provided nice support while keeping my feet warm in cold and windy weather. In this UGG Classic Mini Platform Boots review, I'll be sharing my thoughts on quality, fit, and sizing.

UGG Classic Mini platform boots black


Appearance and Sizing

The UGG Classic Mini Platform boots come in three colorways: black, chestnut, and radish (a bright, dark pink). I've also seen them in Forest Night, a deep olive green, which is currently sold out. The chunky soles of the UGG Classic Mini Platform boots are two inches, and they can make your feet appear bigger because of the thick platform and large toe box. I tried on my regular size, but I felt that they looked too bulky, and since there was room in front of my toes, I went a size down. They fit very nicely when I wear them barefoot or with socks. In terms of sizing, these run similar to the non-platform UGG Classic mini boots. Most people size down on this style. As you wear UGG boots, the wool footbed will flatten, leaving more room for your feet. My verdict on sizing is to size down unless you'll wear them with thick socks. 

The shaft height not including the platform is five inches, which is the same as the non-platform version. Compared to the UGG Classic Ultra Mini platforms, these look more balanced and proportionate in terms of shaft height to sole thickness. 

UGG Classic Mini platform boots black


Quality and Construction

If well cared for and treated with a suede protector, these should last several seasons. I would not wear these in the snow or heavy rain in order to protect the suede. (The UGG Adirondack is a good snow boot.) I use a lint roller frequently on mine since black shows dust and lint more than lighter colors. I also place the cardboard shoe shapers inside to keep them looking nice and new. Despite being chunky platforms, these boots are surprisingly light and easy to walk in. You won't get foot fatigue from these. They are sturdy, durable, and a top pick for comfortable, warm winter boots. 

If you're not used to platforms, I recommend walking around in them on carpet to get used to the height. They are much easier to get on and off compared to the Classic Ultra Mini boots, which require some effort to guide your foot in. I am looking forward to getting more when new colors are released for the spring season.

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September 9, 2022

UGG Classic Boots - Sand Vs. Mustard Seed Colorways

For the Fall 2022 season, UGG has revived their highly popular sand colorway in the Classic Ultra mini boots. They also brought back the best selling mustard seed colorway in the Classic Ultra mini. So what is the difference between sand and mustard seed? As someone who has seen (and owns) both colorways, I'll show you the difference.

Below, the UGG Classic Mini in sand from the 2020 season. As you can see, it's a soft beige neutral with slightly warm undertones. 

UGG Classic Mini boots in sand

Below is the Classic Ultra Mini in mustard seed.

Mustard seed is very similar to sand, but slightly more golden and darker/deeper in color.

UGG Classic Ultra Mini in mustard seed


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While individual pairs may have subtle variations due to the dye process, the sand pair below (from the 2020 season) is more of a peachy beige than the mustard seed pair (from the 2021 season). 

UGG sand vs mustard seed

The Classic Ultra Mini boots in sand are by far the most popular colorway, followed closely by chestnut and mustard seed. If you want a pair before the holiday season, my advice would be to buy them well in advance.

The Classic Mini no longer comes in sand, but it does come in goat, which is a beautiful taupe-grey neutral.

Shopping note - UGG just released the Classic Ultra Mini ($110) in Kid's sizes, and those will likely sell out quickly in chestnut.

 

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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

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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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