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Thursday
Jan192012

TORY BURCH REVA FLATS REVIEW: PART 2

Hello everyone, here is the second (and pretty thorough) part of my Tory Burch Reva Flats Review. Today I will be discussing:

1. How well do Reva flats hold up after 3 months of punishing use?
2. Plenty of comparative images of new vs. used
3. Pictures and a short review of my other favorite Reva styles aside from the classic

We have a lot to cover, so let's get started!

Here are my older Revas. I use them almost everyday and do at least 2 hours of walking in them. Notice how they have stretched out widthwise. 

Here is a new pair of flats that have not been worn out yet. The leather is not wrinkled from use and the shoe toe box is still narrow.

This is a closeup of the front of the shoe. There are some scratches on the metal logo and the leather has been sloughed off in the very front area (more detailed image to follow). Again the leather has become quite wrinkly, but during wearing, most wrinkles smooth out.

New shoe. I love the narrow, rounded front of new shoes. The leather is perfect and is ultra-soft.

Here is the very tip of the old shoe. During use it is inevitable for the tip to accidentally drag on sidewalks or hit curbs and since the leather is so soft, it scratches quite easily. The good thing is, when you are wearing the flats, the damage is not too visible.

This is what the tip used to look like:

Here is a back of the old shoe. There is some scuffing, but it is pretty minimal. One good thing is that the elastic remains tight so the shoe never slips off even with tons of use.

New. 'Nuff said

The soles of the new (left) and old (right) The rubber sole holds up pretty well. Usage mainly files down the front and back portions.


I am wearing the old flats in this image. See how the damaged tip isn't too obvious. The wrinkles are less pronounced, but definitely still present and the flat becomes a lot wider. My aunt calls them "pancake shoes" because they are so flat and can look a tad wide.

In the next picture, I am wearing the new flat on the left and the old one on the right. Notice how the new one is narrower and holds its shape better than the old one. After around a month or two of use, the flat unfortunately stretches out. But that does make the shoe comfier!

This is just an image of the new shoes being worn.

So overall, I feel that the Revas age quite well and after 4-6 months of heavy use, it probably requires replacement. The main things to avoid to lengthen the life if your Reva is to avoid scraping the tip on concrete like I do quite often, accidentally of course! I suppose leather conditioner keep the leather shiny, but I haven't tried that yet. I wear my Revas in the heat, cold, rain and on pretty much every terrain, so I am pleased with how they look after all that.

The next images are pictures of my other favorite Reva pairs. 

Metallic Lurex Reva Flat. This is the pyrite color which is amazing in real life. In pictures it looks bronz-ish, but it is definitely a more golden color and it sparkles in the sunlight!

Patent Reva in Snakeskin. These flats are more rigid that their leather counterparts, so I guess they are a tad less comfortable, but they do hold their shape much better. Remember to size up, especially for these!

Phew! And that concludes my review on my favorite flats, the Tory Burch Revas!

Thanks for taking the time to peruse this entry. Hope it was helpful!

Love, 

Kim


 

Thursday
Jan192012

Outfit of the Day: Class and Sass

What can be more classy than a navy wool blazer with gold buttons! And hot pink skinny jeans? Adds quite the sass. Since they are opposites of the fashion spectrum, I decided to pair them together. I linked the two pieces with a white silk button-down shirt, a staple that coordiates well with either the blazer or the denim. To match the gold of the buttons, I slipped on my metallic Reva flats and added a handbag to complete the look.

Blazer: J Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Navy (available here, review here)
Blouse: Ann Taylor Whisper Blouse (available here)
Jeans: Fire Skinny Stretch Denim (other colors available here)
Shoes: Tory Burch Reva Flats in Metallic Lurex (available here)
Bag: Louis Vuitton

Hope you liked the look! 

Thanks for reading. Love,

Kim

Wednesday
Jan182012

Tory Burch Reva Flats Review: Part 1

Questions that I'll be attempting to answer in this entry:

1. How comfortable are Revas? Do they require "breaking in"?
2. Description of the leather, logo and sole
3. Reva flats sizing?
4. Summary using Pros and Cons

Revas have become a sort of a fashion staple in many women's closet. Most ladies love and live by these flats, while others detest them complaining of the lack of comfort and support. Here's my opinion and review on these fashionable flats.

Here is my workhorse: (I usually wear flats to school)

Tory Burch Reva Flats

Logo:

Tory Burch Reva Flats

Personally, I think the Revas are great. I love the simple lines of the flat, the bright metal logo and especially the elastisized backing. One thing I cannot stand about many flats is the blisters I get on the back of my foot due to rubbing from shoes. I feel that Tory has solved this for me with the elastic backing that hugs the back of the foot preventing friction. 

Tory Burch Reva Flats

The leather on the regular Reva flats is ultrasoft and smooth, which is a good and a bad thing. One one hand, it feels great to touch and on the the feet, but on the other hand the leather can wear quickly, more on how the Revas hold up tomorrow.

The flats do require some breaking in. It took me about a week to stretch it out to the point where I could walk on it all day. The Revas start out narrow and strech widthwise with more use. It doesn't look pretty, but the comfort level more than makes up for it. The soles are rubber with the Tory Burch logo stamped on it.

As far as sizing goes, I would definitely recommend SIZE UP half a size! The elastic backing is a source of discomfort for many women and one reason is that the elastic is quite tight. If you size up, the elastic won't be as tight, but will still reliable hold on to the back of your foot. I tried a 7.5 and the fit was great, but the elastic seemed quite snug so I sized up. Sure the flat looked a tiny bit bigger, but the elastic no longer compressed my heel. 

Nothing is perfect and the Revas are no exception: Here are some cons I could think of:

1. Price. These flats are quite expensive at $195+tax.
2. Little arch support. These flats are FLAT. The have little support and the sole is quite thin so when you are walking on rocks, you can feel every edge and curve.
3. Wears down quite quickly. More on this tomorrow in Part 2.


I don't want to end on a negative note so lets go through some pros too!

1. Does not rub the back of my heel due to the elastic backing. (Remember to size up!)
2. Classic shape and design
3. Comfortable after breaking in
4. Soft, smooshy leather

Thanks for tuning into my review! More to come tomorrow in Part 2: How Well Do Revas Hold Up? I'll compare (with pictures) a new pair of Revas with one that has been used constantly for 3-4 months! Can the Revas survive my use? 

Love,

Kim

 

Tuesday
Jan172012

J Crew Denim Review: Toothpick Jean in Garment Dyed Twill (Should I?)

As you very well may know, I've been in a colored denim frenzy for a few weeks. I also purchased the J Crew Toothpick Jean in Festival Green, but was unimpressed with it when I tried it on at home. Unfortunately it was too tight on the thighs even when I sized up from my normal size. This made my thighs look larger than they were. 

When I went to the J Crew Store yesterday, I saw the same Toothpick Jean in Neon Persimmon. It is a peachy color with a little more neon orange undertones. Beautiful. I tried the jeans on in my regular J Crew size and here are the results:

Toothpick Jean in Garment Dyed Twill in Neon Persimmon:

Toothpick Jean in Garment Dyed Twill in Neon Persimmon

To my surprise, this color fit SO much better than the one in Festival Green. The fabric was a tad lighter and softer too! Again the shorter inseam is amazing! I don't know whether I got a bad pair of denim before or what the cause of the discrepancy was. Unfortunately I left the store without these pants. I already have 3 pairs of pink denim, which I don't wear that often. But I can't stop thinking about them. I'm afraid that the exact pair I tried on will be gone and the others will fit horribly like the Festival Green ones. 

What do you think? Should I get them? Have you had any experiences with inconsistent sizing at J Crew?

Love, 

Kim

Monday
Jan162012

More J Crew Sale!

Just on a whim (and to return the Toothpick Jean in Garment Dyed Twill in Festival Green) I went to another J Crew Store, the one in Century City, LA. Again the sale rack was pretty picked over with mostly long-sleeved tees and sweaters hanging about. I was, however, able to snag a sequined top (this one) for $39.99 - 40% - 15%.

Here's what I tried on:

Fanfare jacket in peacock tweed ($199 - 40% -15%)

Fanfare jacket in peacock tweed

Fanfare jacket in peacock tweed

Fanfare jacket in peacock tweed

Fanfare jacket in peacock tweed

I liked the fabric and texture a lot. Wasn't so much a fan of the plastic looking buttons. The sizing runs similar to a Schoolboy blazer and one size smaller than the Hacking. 

Liquid Silk Skirt ($69 - 40% -15%)

Liquid Silk Skirt

Super soft and flowy, but the length is not for me. I don't think midi or calf length skirts are quite flattering on me. I like short, knee-length and maxi ones. Passed on this one.

Did you manage to snag anything at your J Crew store?

Additionally, there is another 30% off all Sale Items on J Crew with the code MUSTHAVE.

Here's what is on my radar:

J Crew Hacking Jacket in Tipped Double-Serge Wool

Feathered Crystal Necklace:

Floral Chiffon Maxiskirt

 

J Crew Eddie Oxfords

Sparkler Skirt in Tinsel Lace


 Love,

Kim

 

Sunday
Jan152012

Outfit of the Day (or Night): High and Low

I had a little all-school party yesterday and the attire was listed as semi-formal. As much as I love cocktail dresses, I wanted to do something a little different. My thoughts gravitated to a maxi skirt with a simple blouse or silk top. I found a gorgeous maxi skirt with a slit on eBay, but USPS lost it. :( So in a last minute shopping trip, I was able to find a skirt at Zara. 

Top: J Crew Bonnie Blouse. Available here

Skirt: Zara Skirt. New Arrival available in stores

Shoes: Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandals. Available here

Bag: Chanel M/L Flap

I love the skirt! I was a little of a fashion renegade wearing sleeves and a longer hemline skirt, but I liked the "more conservative look" while also showing a little skin. The skirt had a elasticized waist that was a tad large so I took it in with safety pins and tied a black sash on top for a cinched waist look.

What do you think of the look? 

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Kim

 

Saturday
Jan142012

J Crew Sale & Some New Arrivals

I went to the J Crew store at 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica yesterday. I hurried my friends to walk 4 blocks to get to J Crew. Since the online Final Sale was quite satifying last week, I wanted to see what was in the brick and mortar store. The idea of racks of sale items + 40% off + 15% off (student discount) was alluring. But...

The sale was dismal. Only cable-knit sweaters and long sleeved tees remained. I was hoping to find some silk shirts, skirts and jackets. There was a Plaza Coat in Cobalt (not my size) sitting in the corner so I decided to try it on. 

J Crew Plaza Coat

J Crew Plaza Coat

It was too big for me. The lady in the opposite dressing room asked if she could have it and I agreed without hesitation. Hopefully it worked for her! I was marked down to $229 from $325. 

Yup. That's it for the sale section for me. 

So I moved on to the regular priced arena. Nothing too eyepopping for me. I did want to try on the toothpick denim in a bright color (owing to my current obsession with colored denim) and I tried on some other cute separates.

Toothpick Jean in Garment Dyed Twill in Festival Green ($108). Showed this in my previous post. The fit was okay. A little snug in the hips and thighs. 

J Crew Toothpick Jean

Schoolboy blazer in Prince of Wales Wool in Tobacco ($325) I'm really into blazers right now as well, so I decided to try this Schoolboy on. The fabric was slightly lighter than my other Schoolboy which I think is a good thing. Again J Crew did not have my size, so I am wearing one size larger.

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Prince of Wales Wool

J Crew Prince of Wales Schoolboy Blazer

J Crew Prince of Wales Schoolboy Blazer

J Crew Prince of Wales Schoolboy Blazer

J Crew Prince of Wales Schoolboy Blazer

 

J Crew Two Tone Circle Skirt ($250, on sale online for $179.99) My friend picked this out for me. I normally don't wear longer skirts so I was weary. I thought that a skirt that hit slightly below the tip of my kneecaps would be unflattering but it wasn't half bad. She chose it for me because she knows how much I liked cinched waists.

J Crew Two Tone Circle Skirt

Overall not a successful trip for me. I got the toothpick denim and plan to buy the skirt online since it is on sale. I might return the jeans though (if I find the dang receipt) because I found a new favorite brand of colored denim (see previous post)!

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Love, 

Kim

 

Saturday
Jan142012

Colored Denim Reviews! Dressing Room Pics And My (long) Road to Success!

After the Charlotte Russe purchases, I have been absolutely obsessed with colored denim. I want one for every day of the week. My desire for these chromatic jeans brought me to the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica, a great place to shop! I was met with much disappointment, but after the long journey...well, I don't want to give the ending away do I? I hope my dressing room reviews help you in determining the perfect fit for you! My requirement for denim is the slimming of the hips and thighs. This is a loooong post. Please bear with me.

First Stop: H&M

Bubblegum Pink Pants ($24.90): Eeewww. No. The pants were SO tight (this was a size 8. I am normally a 4) and made my hips and thighs look bigger than normal. Much like pink sausages. Worst jeans of the day! The fabric is too stretchy and does not hold anything in.

Fit: Size up 2 sizes. Rating: 1/5. Did not purchase.

H&M Jeans

H&M Jeans

Pink Skinnies ($29.99): A little better. I liked the bright color, but it still made my hips look bigger. I have larger hips relative to my torso, so I like jeans that slim the hips and thighs. This pair did not do it for me.

Fit: Size up one size. Rating: 2.5/5. Did not purchase.

H&M Jeans

H&M Jeans

 

Guess:

Brittney Skinny Jeans ($98): I liked this pair a lot. I sort of slimmed down my hips and thigs and elongated my legs. The fit wasn't too tight which was good. Passable for me. I was going to return to this store if I did not find anything better.

Fit: true to size. Rating: 3.5/5. Did not purchase. Available here.

Guess Brittney Jeans

Guess Brittney Jeans

 

Zara:

Pale Pink Skinnies ($29): I really wanted a light pink pair so I jumped at the chance. It was also marked down to $29 from $69, so I prayed that it fit. Again these were really small to size, as I fit into a size 8. I am normally a 2/4 in Zara. These jeans were pretty horrible too. They were quite tight and unflattering on the hips and thighs. I also was not a fan of the bottom side zipper. The sale in Zara was formidable and I was able to purchase a few other things instead.

Fit: Size up 2 sizes. Rating: 2/5. Did not purchase

Zara Skinny Jeans

Zara Skinny Jeans

Zara Skinny Jeans

 

BREAK TIME: At this point I had rejected so many jeans. I was feeling quite bummed. :( But I didn't give up! Let's continue!

Express:

Zelda Jean Legging in Dusty Rose ($79.90): I saw this on one of the sales assistants and fell in love! The color was a light muted pink, similar to the Zara ones but a little more saturated. It was okay on me. Passable.

Fit: True to size. Rating: 3.5/5. Did not purchase. Available here.

Express Zelda Jean

Express Zelda Jeans

J Crew:

Toothpick jean in garment-dyed twill in Festival Green ($108): I liked these jeans a lot. Althought they are not as slimming as I hoped, I liked the ankle-length and it looks a little better than the pictures suggest. I was a size 26 in their toothpick blue denim, but sized up to 27 for this pair.

Fit: Size up 1 size. Rating: 4/5. Purchased. Available here.

J Crew Toothpick Jean

J Crew Toothpick Jean

 

My last store: Nordstrom B.P.

Love Fire Jeans ($42): FINALLY. GREAT FITTING JEANS and at a price that can't be beat. I loved how the jeans really slimmed my hips and were not too tight. For the lighter pink denim, I was wearing a size 3 in the picture, but purchased a size 5 for a better fit. Be forewarned though, for ladies with straight or super slim hips, these jeans do not fit too well. It sort of slims the hips too much for them (my two skinnier friends tried them on and the denim didn't work on them) So my guess is that these jeans flatter women with curvier hips? So obsessed, buying the rest of the colors online.

Fit: True to size. Rating: 5/5!!! Purchased in a jiffy. Available here.

Nordstrom BP Fire Jeans

Nordstrom BP Fire Jeans