#ElevateSummer with Everlane

everlane elevate summer slide sandal review

If there’s one thing that I can’t help but buy in spades, it’s a great pair of shoes. Some girls love their bags, others love to see a closet bursting full of clothing, but me, I’m alllll about that fancy footwork. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when Everlane sent me a few pairs of shoes from their #ElevateSummer range to test out and review, and of course I wasn’t going to let the fact that it’s actually winter here in Australia stop me from literally taking these shoes to the streets.

If you’re keen to actually see the aforementioned shoes in motion, I have filmed a review and lookbook video which you can watch on my YouTube channel here. Alternatively, read on down below for my thoughts and sizing guidelines!

THE SUMMER SLIDE*
These summer slides were love at first sight. From the warm butterscotch hue of the leather, right down to the minimal design and quality leather, they were everything I had anticipated, and then some. Perfect for summer, they’re easy to slip on with a sweet sun dress or some denim, and as subtle as this little detail may be, I find that the low heel helps to elevate even the simplest of outfits.

Sizing wise, these fit true to size. I’m an EU40 and opted for the US9. When it comes to wearing them in however, take. your. time. I made the mistake of wearing these during my 1.5 hour trek to and from work, and came home with blisters that were on the verge of bleeding. In a way, the leather reminds me of Everlane’s modern loafer, which took a good six wears or so to properly break in, keeping in mind that I have a relatively wide foot. If you have more patience than I clearly do, I’d recommend popping on a couple pairs of thick socks and wearing them around the house to help stretch out the leather. Your feet will thank me for it!

THE STREET SANDAL*
In contrast to the slide sandal, the street sandals were comfortable right off the bat; it’s the kind of shoe you could buy last minute for an upcoming summer holiday, and come away without a blister in sight.

Unlike most sandals of this type that I’ve seen lately, the street sandal has a pointed toe, and a contrasting white sole which feels a little like walking on a cloud (or leaping across giant marshmallows…!). An elasticated band wraps around the back of the ankle, keeping your feet firmly in place. Personally, I love the juxtaposition of wearing these with a feminine dress, although they also look cute with other summer staples like a good pair of denim shorts. Perhaps my only complaints about these sandals is that the leather strap which crosses the foot (closest to your leg) doesn’t lie flat against the skin and the leather can be a little delicate, so you just need to watch for scratches.

If you’re looking to pick up a pair, these run true to size; the US9 is best for those whose insoles typically measures 26cm long.

THE STREET SHOE*
I’d be surprised if you weren’t familiar with Everlane’s street shoe by now; it’s a deliciously luxurious take on your typical slide sneaker, with a modern edge. As with the street sandal, it features a contrasting lightweight sole which is a dream to walk on, and a slightly pointed toe. I’d best describe the leather as shiny matte in appearance – unlike anything I’ve ever come across before.

These are incredibly easy to slip on, and are the type of shoe that effortlessly go with anything in your wardrobe. Perhaps the narrowest pair of the lot, I’d say size up half a size, and wear some thick socks to stretch the leather out a little. I received mine in size US9, and they’re a little on the tight side, though I’m hoping with a bit of perseverance that I’ll be able to make them work.

THE MODERN BABO*
To give it to you straigh, this was the one pair that I was the least certain about. Being so unlike anything that I would normally reach for, I didn’t even know where to begin when it came to styling these, and wasn’t sure that they would work with my closet. But I’m all for experimenting, and the concept of being able to wear the shoe one of two ways really appealed to me (plus they’re in a similar vein to Acne Studio’s amina slipper, which was reason enough).

Of all four pairs of shoes, the Babo has the softest leather – it’s buttery and smooth, and has a lot of give. You can either wear it with the heel tucked under the foot, or pulled up like a boot, essentially giving you two different looks for the price of one. I haven’t experimented with these as much as I’d like to, but I like the idea of wearing them as a boot with tights for the office during the cooler months.

The Babo are a wider fit that any of the other shoes from Everlane that I’ve tried, though they do fit true to size (again, I went with the EU40). The sole is quite slippery, so if you’re planning on wearing these on a rainy day (like I will be), I’d highly recommend considering getting them resoled (or TOPY soled) to give the shoe a little bit of extra grip. Oh, and be prepared to have a couple plasters handy as I found that I got some very mild blisters at the base of the toe, where the leather creases as you walk.

While it probably goes without saying, each pair has the hallmarks of great quality, something that I really look for in a new pair of shoes; they need to be able to go the distance, and still look good at the end of it. One thing that is clearly evident is how much care and detail has gone into the development of each style, and while the price isn’t quite as easy to swallow as a $18 loose fitting tee, Everlane’s shoes are definitely worth the investment.

Which pair are your favourite?

How to spend a day in San Francisco

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Brandy Melville striped tee (similar), Atmos & Here denim jacket, Acne Studios canada scarf, Dr Denim skinny jeans

San Francisco is the type of city that you really need to discover, to truly fall in love. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of home; and I mean home home. The windy little city of Wellington, whose residents are its most loyal and staunch supporters, cheerleaders, and fans.

For me, it wasn’t until my second trip that I discovered the magic of the Bay, and while our time in the city was short, it was definitely sweet. So, with that in mind, I wanted to share how I’d spend a day in San Francisco…

Breakfast at Plow
I typically like to start my day with a simple bowl of steel cut oats – the breakfast of champions! – but breakfast or an early brunch at Plow (1299 18th St, San Francisco CA 94107) is definitely excuse enough to mix things up a little. Their menu is simple, organic and locally sourced, and despite the queues (the wait for a table can often be up to an hour), it’s definitely well worth the wait.

Spend the morning browsing the racks of the Everlane Fit Studio
San Francisco is home to one of my favourite labels, Everlane and I was lucky enough to drop by their light-filled offices while I was in the Bay area, ahead of the launch of their new Fit Studio. If you’re the type that likes to try before you buy, it’s worth dropping in and having a browse through the racks before pulling the trigger on those pieces you’ve been eying up; shopping online can be a tricky affair as it is, without having to question which size to get! If you can only nip away with one piece, I’d highly recommend investing in one of their cashmere sweaters, without a doubt a firm favourite of mine, and unlike cheaper (and sometimes pricier) alternatives, it’s really gone the distance.

Grab lunch at a Tacqueria in the Mission District
The heart of the Mission District is conveniently located about two blocks away – give or take – from Everlane HQ, making it the perfect spot to rest your feet after spending a couple hours browsing through Everlane’s complete catalogue.

La Tacqueria (2889 Mission St, San Francisco CA 94110) comes highly recommended for some authentic Mexican fare. It’s definitely a no frills restaurant (but let’s be real, all the truly authentic spots typically are!) and if you drop in, be sure to order one of their famed traditional style, rice-free burritos.

If you’re feeling like something a little lighter, or completely meat – and dairy – free, Gracias Madre (2211 Mission St, San Francisco CA 94110) is an excellent option (they also have an LA outpost which is excellent). Grab one of their eggplant tacos and a bowl of their homemade tortilla chips with guac, and be sure to add some of their home made salsas. If memory serves me correctly, their red pepper salsa has a nice amount of kick to it!

Walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge
This is an absolute must if you’re in San Fran, and it’s such a rewarding experience, especially on a particularly foggy morning. Personally, I’d recommend walking (it’s much easier if the bikes only path has been closed off) as it allows you to really take in the scope of the bridge, and the sweeping views of San Francisco, submerged in thick fog. For a truly spectacular view, take the tunnel which tucks under the base of the bridge, and trek up the mountain ahead – the hike is a lot shorter than it looks, and the payoff is incredible. Keep in mind that if you do decide to walk, it’ll take you a good three hours to get across the bridge and back, and be sure to have a thick scarf and a warm jacket as the winds can kick up around the Bay.

Stop by the Painted Ladies…
And have yourself a Full House moment… It’s quite possibly one of the most touristy things that you can do in San Fran, but one of the only ones that will fill you with a huge sense of nostalgia. Because everywhere you go…

Having a refreshing drink (and an oyster or two) in the Ferry Building
An afternoon of sightseeing is enough to get my apetite going, and Hog Island (located in the Ferry Building) is the perfect spot to kick off your evening with a glass of bubbly and half a dozen oysters or so. Aside from acting as a terminal for ferries that travel across the bay, it’s also home to an indoor marketplace, which is well worth browsing. If you’re pressed for time, I’d highly recommend taking five minutes to have a gander round Heath Ceramics which is overflowing with incredibly beautiful servingware and vases.

End your day with a meal at Twenty Five Lusk
With brick walls and exposed beams, Twenty Five Lusk (25 Lusk St, San Francisco CA 94107), located in an old brick warehouse is like a little slice of New York in San Francisco. The space has a great ambience, and with an extensive cocktail list you’re bound to find a drink (or few) to unwind after a day spent exploring the city.

A few parting thoughts
San Francisco can get extremely chilly, even during the summertime, so be sure to bring something warm to wear with you. As the fog does burn off over the course of the day, you’ll find it’ll heat up in the mid-afternoon, so having layers that you can take off definitely helps.

Cab drivers might not necessarily know where it is that you want to go, so do yourself a favour and book an Uber instead (they have GPS!). If you do find yourself in a cab, be prepped in advance with which cross streets you need to be dropped off at.

Even if it isn’t your thing, the Hop On Hop Off buses are a great way to get to all the key areas of the city. Most buses depart around Fisherman’s Wharf, and you can pick up a ticket on the day if needed.

If visiting Alcatraz is an absolute must for you, then do be sure to book in advance. While you can try your luck on the day, there are limited places on the tours and these often do sell out so if this is do or die for you, it’s best to get in early.

Lastly, one of the things I found is that eating out in San Fran tends to be a lot more expensive than say… New York or L.A. I’d suggest adding $50USD or so to your daily budget just to cover any additional expenses so that you don’t find yourself blowing your budget!

My Nordstrom ’16 Anniversary Sale picks

I’ve been back in Sydney a little over 24 hours, and while I didn’t come home with anywhere near as many goodies as you might have anticipated, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping my eye out…. So while I continue to trawl through and edit all the snaps and video footage that I took while away on holiday, I thought I’d share with you all some of my favourite picks from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

Is there anything that you have your eye on?

SHOP CLOTHES

SHOP HANDBAGS

SHOP SHOES

Lady in Red

ruby nz no drama harmony bow dress sophia webster loren sandals
ruby nz no drama harmony bow dress sophia webster loren sandals
ruby nz no drama harmony bow dress sophia webster loren sandals
ruby nz no drama harmony bow dress sophia webster loren sandals
ruby nz no drama harmony bow dress sophia webster loren sandals
ruby nz no drama harmony bow dress sophia webster loren sandals
ruby nz no drama harmony bow dress sophia webster loren sandals

RUBY Harmony Bow Dress, Sophia Webster loren sandals

It may be completely out of my comfort zone, but there’s just something about this dress. It’s not often that you’ll see me wearing a ‘pop’ of colour, or any colour at all, truth be told, but I couldn’t help but make an exception for this little red number. It’s a classic with a twist; a simple shift style cut with a knot detail adorning the hem of the sleeves.

From RUBY’s new spring collection, ‘No Drama’, it seemed to be the perfect piece to throw into my suitcase for a special night out, and a dress that I wouldn’t mind reaching for more than once. Keeping things simple, I opted for a pair of low heeled sandals (which in themselves make a statement…) and a small black bag, as the dress really does seem to speak for itself, and stand on its own in the busy streets of New York.

We took these snaps right before heading up to A60 (60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012), a rooftop bar in Soho. As it turned out when we arrived – because I’m never one to check this in advance – access to the bar is for hotel guests only, though the concierge was kind enough to swipe us up to the roof. The rooftop bar overlooks the city, and is a spectacular vantage point to watch the sun set over New York, if you can manage to sneak yourself in…

Not being ones to end the night there, we left as the sun had almost set, for a dinner reservation at Nobu (105 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013). For those of you planning a trip to New York in the near future, I highly, highly recommend booking in at Nobu; it’s a meal that you definitely will not forget! x

Golden Gates

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Walking across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the bitter cold, with wind whipping our hair and lapping at our jackets, was completely worth it just for this view alone. There’s a certain kind of magic in the air, as the thick fog sweeps across the bay, engulfing the bridge and the city around it; you can’t help but fall in love with San Francisco.