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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Reviewing Causebox: The Summer 2020 Box Reveal

I have been so excited for my Summer Causebox and it’s FINALLY HERE! The spoilers for this box looked really enticing, but now that it’s here I’m even happier with everything they sent. This is probably the BEST Causebox box I’ve gotten in… maybe ever?

About Causebox:
Every season, members receive a limited-edition curation of products from the leading socially conscious brands. Some of them are designed exclusively for Causebox. Each box is designed and filled with love. From the original artwork on the outside of the box, to the lovingly handmade products that fill it up, there is love in every detail. The cost is $49.95 per quarter if you subscribe annually, or $54.95 per quarter if you subscribe by the quarter.

If you would like to try a Causebox subscription, you can use my special referral link to get $10 off a new subscription purchase: https://www.talkable.com/x/sY0Uip

Let’s take a look at my Summer Causebox:

PMD Clean from PMD Beauty, $99 retail value

Annual subscribers were able to choose between teal, blush or navy for their PMD Clean color, and I went with navy. According to Causebox, the PMD Clean firms, tones, and lifts by breaking down dirt and oil from within your pores at 7,000 vibrations per minute It is made from ultra-hygienic silicone and is both waterproof and antibacterial.

I have no idea if using a vibrating brush on your face actually does anything, but they recommend using it to apply face serum… so I’ll give it a try. I know that in real life I’d never pay $100 for a vibrating face brush thingie, so I’m happy to test this out courtesy of my Causebox subscription.

Grace & Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $25 retail value

This serum was included in everybody’s Causebox and it said to lock in moisture to leave your skin plumper, dewier and more hydrated which should reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes. When I run out of what I’m currently using, I’ll give this one a try. And I guess I’ll try it with the PMD Clean too!

Pepper + Vetiver two-tone watercolor design bowl set, $36 retail value

Oh my gosh, I was most excited about this three-bowl set and now that I have them, I can say I LOVE THESE BOWLS. They come in three sizes and they are all absolutely gorgeous. I love pretty bowls and use them regularly for mixing, marinating, and holding fresh cut fruit for dinner. The day I received them, I washed them an immediately used them for dinner.

Set of 6 Altcooking Hub Silicone Stretch Lids, $8 retail value

I was actually really excited about this item because many times I have dinner sides in a pretty bowl and then have to transfer it into a Tupperware to put it in the fridge. So, instead of getting two items dirty, I can just stretch a clingy silicone lid over my bowl and I’m good to go. The best part is that they fit the three-bowl set from this box too! I just used them over the weekend and was thrilled that they are both microwave and dishwasher safe. And they’re so inexpensive too — I wish I would have bought these forever ago!

Reed Diffuser from Feya Candle Co, $35 retail value

Annual subscribers were able to choose between two scents – white tea & ginger, or bergamot & grapefruit – which is kind of difficult. I went with a blind choice of the bergamot & grapefruit. I got really lucky because I love the scent. I think it will be perfect for my kitchen since it’s so light and citrusy.

Malu SPF 30 Day Cream, $42 retail value

For this choice, I was able to pick between a pair of fringe earrings, an essential oil roll-on duo or the day cream. This was super easy, because I can always use some extra SPF for my face and I had never tried this brand before. It seems awfully expensive for a SPF cream, so maybe it will do something wonderful to my face…

Citrus Bath Salts, $20 retail value

My last choice product in this box was between healing balm or bath salts. I very rarely take baths, but decided to go with the bath salts anyways. I can always gift them to a friend or let Jack take super fancy baths.

Overall Thoughts

I loooooved this quarter’s Causebox so much! I was most excited about the watercolor bowls, silicone covers, and the PMD Clean. However, nothing from this box is disappointing. It is a perfect summer box and I’m happy to start using everything ASAP.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. If you choose to use my referral code, you will get $10 off a new subscription purchase and I will receive Causebox credit towards a future box.

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