What I Bought: Black Friday 2023

When looking back at my purchases, the discount amounts this year were not as exciting as prior years in terms of % off. However, most of the items I bought were either tried & true and/or a replacement. As such, I feel that this was one of the…

2023 Gift Guide: Personal Favorites

Happy official holiday season! Hope you are having a nice weekend with loved ones and some leisurely shopping. It’s been a few years since my last gift guide, so here is a refreshed one that mostly consists of personal tried and true items, with a sprinkling of newer…

2023 Holiday Sales Favorites

Once again, Black Friday sales are starting earlier and earlier with each year, with several brands already fully live! However, I personally don’t mind some of these longer sales – as they reduce my urge to “panic spend”, allowing me to take my time on which purchases I…

Battle of the Puffers: Quince vs Aritzia vs Lululemon

After finally retiring my trusty old J. Crew long puffer coat, I was in need of a shorter replacement for our mild California winters. Of course, I had to give Quince’s affordable down puffer a try, and decided to see how it stacks up to its so-called competitors!…

Rothy’s Lug Loafer and Boot Review

Above: Rothy’s Lug Loafers, Asymmetrical Mirror Another Rothy’s update and review! I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of lug-soled loafers for over a year, with no luck. As much as I love the look of chunky shoes, on my feet it’s a very fine line between…

Baggu Inspired Sewing Patterns

Left to right in header: Stowe Bag Pattern, Baggu Nylon Mini Shoulder Bag, Baggu Standard Bag, Crosstown Crescent Bag Pattern I, like many others, love a fun and funky Baggu bag. My first Baggu is nearly ten years old now, and has been used countless times for local…

Rothy’s The Point II vs Original Point

It’s been a while since I’ve last reviewed Rothy’s! Over three years, to be exact. Since then, I’ve culled my collection down to the following: two pairs of points, one loafer, and the lace-up sneakers. They’ve all been going strong, though I had to finally retire my sneakers…


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