Birkenstock Review: The Mayari Birko-Flor Sandals

With my pandemic-induced teleworking schedule, my style has certainly gone towards comfort. Not that I embraced uncomfortable clothing or shoes previously… but for the last few months I’ve been living in my Birkenstock sandals.

After rambling around the house barefoot in the spring, I decided that I needed something comfy with a little bit of foot support. Birkenstocks were calling to me. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on them though, because Birks are a ‘love them or hate them’ kind of shoe… and I haven’t worn a pair since college. Oh, and that wasn’t even a real pair, as mine were knock-offs from Payless.

I wanted a sandal I could slip on, but I wasn’t quite sure about the thong style. I HATE flipflops, due to the SLAP SLAP SLAP sound they make when you walk and also the fact that I have tripped out of them way too many times to count.

I fell down the Poshmark rabbit hole and found a pair of Birkenstock Gizeh sandals for a steal at just $25. I scooped them up in April and I had been wearing them daily.

I wear them around the house all day. I wear them when I leave to do kid camp pick-up. I wear them when I run out to the grocery store. The pair I got are a pretty shiny silver and I’ve been wearing them with everything. I typically wear an 8.5 – 9 in shoes depending on the brand and fit, so I tried a EU 39 in Birkenstocks and they fit perfectly. The strap goes a bit higher on your foot, so there are no SLAP sounds and I haven’t fallen out of them once.

After loving my Gizeh sandals for a few months, I decided to peruse the Birkenstock website to find a pair in a darker brown leather.

And that is when I saw the Mayari style. They are still a slip-on sandal, but they have a crisscross over the big toe and an extra strap around the middle of the foot. After going back and forth, I ended up with the Birko-Flor version in Graceful Toffee for $99.95. These are the exact ones I ordered on the Birkenstock website. They also have the same style in a different color on the Nordstrom website here and here is a pretty rose gold pair on Amazon.

Shoe details:

  • The upper is made from Birko-Flor, a synthetic leather.
  • It has an anatomically shaped cork-latex food bed with suede lining.
  • Both straps are individually adjustable, so you can get your perfect fit.

I recommend adjusting the straps a smidge too tight when you first start wearing them, rather than too loose. This allows the straps to shape perfectly to your foot over the first few hours of wearing.

Right out of the box, I found these super comfortable and they didn’t need any break-in time at all. In fact, I’ve been wearing my Mayari sandals nonstop for the last week and they are incredibly comfortable. The Graceful Toffee color has a little bit of a sparkle/sheen to it, so Travis says they look like my fancy Wonder Woman shoes. Which is totally my aesthetic.

If you have been thinking about trying Birkenstocks, I do recommend ordering your first pair from somewhere with free shipping and free returns (like the Nordstrom website or some Amazon sellers). However, once you know your proper size, check out Poshmark because there are dozens and dozens of listings!

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Apple iWatch Band Dupe

I’ve had an Apple iWatch for almost three years now and I’m still loving it and strapping it on every single day. Typically for work, I upgrade to more of a fancy watchband look (I have this one in leopard). However, now that I’ve been home full-time for quite a while and most of my looks lean more towards athleisure (aka pajamas or workout clothes), I went back to the black silicone band that came with my watch.

But that is just so boring…

So, I did some Amazon stalking of watchbands and I found the PERFECT Apple iWatch band dupe! Go back and look at that photo above… one of those is my original watch band and the others are the silicone version from Amazon. The iWatch bands cost $49 on the Apple website and the lookalike bands are $11.99 for a 4-pack. The official Apple band is the one on the far left and the only difference I can find is the color of the pokey bit and the amount of holes.

I wanted a fun mix of colors, so I chose the Wine Red/Olive/Black/Coral Red pack. I’ve been wearing the coral red band for the past month and I love it. It’s just the right amount of orangy-red pop that I wanted.

It’s also super comfortable and when I get it wet or sweaty, it wipes right off. The best part… the entire 4-pack of colors is only $11.99 with free prime shipping! There are eleven different color combo options to choose from and in my opinion they are almost identical to the much more expensive Apple version.

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Antiquing Fun: Finding Deals in Deale, Maryland

My friend and I first found out about all the antiquing goodness in Deale, Maryland earlier this year (you can read about it here), so when we found ourselves out and about in that area again, we decided to hit up some of our favorites. Of course, this time was a little different… with social distancing, face masks and hand sanitizer.

We didn’t visit the entire Vintage Loop this time and just stuck to a few stores that we previously loved. I also tried to be a bit pickier this time… but still ended up bringing a few treasures home.

Floral Coasters, $4.50

First up is this pretty set of two coasters. There are no markings on them and they have cork on the bottoms, so I have no idea where they came from. They were only $4.50 for both of them though and they VERY MUCH fit my floral life aesthetic, so I had to buy them. They were immediately put to good use, with one being sent to my living room and one going to live in my den.

Little Round Vase – Handmade in Poland, $12

This cute little round vase has “hand made in Poland” marked on the bottom, and it seems to be a very typical/classic version of Polish art. It is incredibly cute and the design is so pretty – both around the vase and even on the top of the lip. This could be used for anything from flowers, to pencils, to make-up brushes. I’m not sure exactly where this is going to end up in my house, but I do like it a lot.

Pyrex casserole dish, $9

I’ve admired vintage Pyrex for a while and have recently decided to start building a little collection. Rather than taking “the easy way out” and hitting the order button when a style I like pops up on eBay, I’m trying to find pieces through thrifting and vintage stores. However, if I don’t come across a pink gooseberry casserole dish soon, I may cave and have to order one!

I did some googling and I’m pretty sure this is a vintage square flowers verde Cinderella 2 ½ quart dish that was sold between 1968 – 1972. I also recently thrifted another Pyrex, a Spring Blossom Green (known as “Crazy Daisy”), which was made between 1972 – 1978 and is one of the most recognizable Pyrex patterns in the signature avocado green. While I could certainly display them in my china cabinet, these two went into immediate use. After 50 years they still look great and are perfect for me to use when shredding chicken, serving watermelon, or mixing up some pancake batter!

Folk Art pig, $14

I mean, who doesn’t need a handmade folk art pig in their life?! This little guy with his rough wood exterior and painted spots really called to me. It was signed on the bottom by “Lesh” and currently lives on my office desk. I haven’t named him yet, but I’m leaning towards either Vincent. Or maybe HAMilton.

Hammered Copper Necklace, $8

I was poking through the jewelry section and really liked the hammered metal charm on this necklace… but the chain was absolute cheap crap. I’m pretty sure they found them separately and just put them together to sell. When I got home the chain immediately went into the trash and I attached the charm to a rose gold chain from a different necklace. With that being said, I always forget that I rarely wear necklaces… but it is really pretty.

All in all, I spent less than $50 and brought some pretty little treasures back home with me! Do you have a favorite?

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