Tieks for San Francisco Streets (a Review)

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H&M sweater (last seen here), Levi’s Supreme Curve ID jeans, Chanel WOC, Tieks flats in “Camel” (not a sponsored post or item)

I guarantee that if you visit or move to San Francisco you will quickly realize that all of your “comfortable” shoes you thought you owned are in fact, terrors for your feet. I was the flats lady, I owned countless J.Crew pairs and tennis shoes galor and considered myself a girl that valued a good walking shoe. That is, until I attempted to walk the hills of San Francisco for a full day and almost collapsed in pain. Shoes that support, that don’t rub, but that look good are imperative for the city, and also incredibly hard to come by. Enter, Tieks, my new found love.

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With fully cushioned soles, arch support, and buttery soft leather that encases your feet, these flats truly are stellar. For my first pair I opted for a go-with-everything camel color in their softest leather. While they have a variety of colors and textures I’d imagine that the standard leather is the most comfortable as opposed to the snakeskin or patent options. The color is a yellow-tinted camel that blends with my skin tone pretty nicely and pairs well with most colors, and I find that the pop of blue in the sole actually adds a level of interest to otherwise neutral outfits.

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Regarding comfort, I wore these flats all day walking nearly 10 miles through the city and felt no rubbing, blisters, aching in my feet, etc. They do have an elasticized upper that actually helps in the comfort area. This feature of the shoe keeps your foot encased while not squeezing it to death like other flats with similar design. They fit my slightly wide foot very well and I didn’t find that my foot “slid off” the side of the flat at all, as with others I own. All in all, i’m super pleased and have since recommended them to my mom!

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If you’re in a city and need a walking shoe, I’m serious, try these.

Oh, and did you notice a little hair cut action happening above? My first SF haircut. New do: new city!

Review: 7FAM “Kimmie” Curvy Bootcut Denim

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7 For All Mankind jeans, Madewell top (in another color), Target belt, Nordstrom flats (similar), Scarf from Italy, Chanel WOC

I am perpetually on the hunt for the perfect jean. I have tried almost all low end varieties from Ann Taylor to LOFT to Levi’s, and have never been 100% happy. I decided to venture into the higher end territory as I have literally never owned a pair of jeans over $70. A new denim world! I started at 7FAM because I had heard of their “curvy” line and actually, am very pleased with the way they fit.

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The jeans are a standard 98% cotton, 2% spandex but don’t seem to lose their shape with multiple wears. I took these on a recent work trip for 2 weeks, never washed them and wore them often and saw no signs of stretching.

Regarding fit: I find that while the waistband sits flat along my stomach and back, I always wear a belt because it doesn’t seem to fit snuggly enough for my liking. I love the way they fit around my hips and thighs, tight but not sausage looking. I also am a fan of the slightly higher rise. These come about 1-1.5 inches below my belly button which I think is ideal for a non-highrise jean.

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The pocket placement of these jeans is also ideal for me. About 1.5-2 inches separation from the middle seam is where I like my pockets to lay for my butt to look its best. I also appreciate the subtle fading along the front seaming and rear. It is enough to show some interest but not enough to draw attention to problem areas.

Overall, i’m a fan. Would I pay the over $200 price tag for all of my jeans? Probably not. While I enjoy these and have gotten a ton of wear out of them, the price tag still gets me. I am just as happy with my Levi’s Supreme Curve jeans.

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What is your favorite designer jean brand? Any recommendations?

Featured on Bayside Bride!

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I am incredibly excited to share that I am featured on Bayside Bride today! I am sharing a few tips on dressing your figure for an engagement photo session. Bayside Bride is a wedding resource and inspiration site that provides soon-to-be brides with tips for planning their perfect wedding. Engagement sessions and dressing your figure is a large part of the wedding process and I am so honored to have been asked to write on this topic. Thank you Natalie, Becka, and Krista for having me!  xx

Pop on over to Bayside Bride for my full article and other gorgeous tips for planning your perfect wedding.

Light Colored Denim (Review: Banana Republic Skinny Ankle Jean)

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Banana Republic Skinny Ankle Jean (wearing a size 30), Anthropologie top, LV Speedy 30 bag, Havainas Sandals

Since we decided a few weeks ago that my boyfriend jeans needed to be retired, I have been craving a light colored pair of jeans for Spring/Summer. Encouraged by the cuffed jeans experience I had with another Banana Republic pair, I scooped these jeans up in a hurry during a recent 40% off sale. Without even trying them on, I figured that with the added stretch, high rise and tapered leg, it couldn’t be so bad. Wrong. I, of course, hastily ripped off the tag after putting these babies on without proper analysis and totally regret it.

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For starters: these jeans do weird things to my knees. Maybe it’s that they show through the fabric too much? Have weird fading in that area? I don’t know but I reaaaally don’t like it especially after seeing these photos.

Second thing I hate is that the leg isn’t tapered enough. It is sort of half wide half skinny and is difficult to cuff.

Finally, these jeans have way to much stretch to be flattering. Normally i’m a fan of a good amount of stretch especially on the bottom half for us pears, but these pants felt like leggings and I felt like I was jiggling down the street all day.

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Needless to say, these are a “to donate” item. Man, what a waste. Have any of you tried on any BR skinny jeans you like? Please do share!

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