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Let’s Talk About Rothy’s: Are They Worth the Money?

15 Mar

Disclaimer: This Rothy’s review is not a sponsored post. If you choose to use my referral link you will receive $20 off your first pair of Rothy’s and I will also receive $20 off a future Rothy’s order.

Do you all see the Rothy’s advertisements on Instagram and Facebook? I’m pretty sure they’ve been stalking me for over a year now. Every so often I think that I should check them out, so I google the company and then get scared off by the price. I don’t mind splurging a bit here and there, but I’m a deal hunter… and full-priced Rothy’s are out of my comfort zone.

But OHMYGOSH am I sick of uncomfortable shoes.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased a mid-priced pair of shoes, wore them once or twice and then ripped them off my feet and threw them across the room. I’d spend $40 here and $60 there. Then, another $30 somewhere else. I’ve bought designer brand, brands that were highly recommended, flats, low heels, mid-heels… and basically only two pairs of dress shoes were okay enough to keep wearing. Notice I didn’t say comfortable, because somehow I’d have a pair of leather flats that were perfectly fine for one day and then the next day they’d rub a toe like crazy.

I got to the point where I was just DONE. My closet was full of shoes and basically only the booties were comfortable. Unfortunately, on days that I have to dress up a bit more for meetings booties just aren’t going to cut it.

At that point, when I was sick of wasting money on yet another pair of uncomfortable dress shoes… I saw another Rothy’s advertisement.

And I gave up.

So I went to the Rothy’s website and seriously checked them out.

Source: Rothy’s Instagram

 

Rothy’s are made from recycled plastic water bottles that have been sterilized and then fused into fiber that is knit into yarn. The soles are environmentally-friendly recycled carbon-free rubber and the insoles are made of recycled plastic from water bottles and recyclable foam. They are totally seamless with no stiff edges or hard seams. They are also machine washable.

While all of this is pretty cool, I’m really more concerned about whether they are actually going to be comfortable on my feet all day. I checked their return policy and saw that all unworn shoes can be returned within 30 days. They even encourage you to wear them around your house for a bit to make sure that they are really comfortable. I also joined a Rothy’s BST group on Facebook where people sell their shoes and it looked like Rothy’s really hold their value.

With that in mind, I decided to go for it.

There are two choices, The Flat ($125) or The Point ($145). Each version comes in a variety of colors and many come in extended sizes. I prefer the look of The Point, so I decided to order a pair in Indigo Heather. I figured that the blue/white/gray weave would go with a lot of my wardrobe, while still being more exciting than basic black. I tend to wear an 8 or 8.5 in most shoes, so I decided to order an 8.5 in The Point.

Source: Rothy’s website

 

I’ve never spent this much on a pair of shoes and immediately decided that if they weren’t absolutely perfect they’d go back.

The day after they arrived, I wore them around my house for about 8 hours. To be honest, they felt pretty similar (but less fuzzy) to wearing my slippers. Right out of the box, there was no rubbing or chafing at all. I’ve been fooled before though, so I decided to try them out for a second day before committing. I bought them with me to work and changed into them once I got inside. Then, I walked ALL around the building all day long. And they were still comfortable.

Wow.

Like really… WOW. They don’t slip off the back of my foot. They don’t hurt my pinky toe. They’re actually really comfortable and look professional. I wore them to work a few days later. And then a few days after that.

And they are still comfortable.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that to me they are worth every single penny. I’m at the point where I’m getting rid of almost every other pair of flats in my closet, because they don’t measure up to my Rothy’s. These shoes are AMAZING!

And I’m obviously not the only one who feels this way. That Rothy’s BST Facebook group I joined has over 2,700 members and these ladies are fanatics about their Rothy’s. There are some ladies on there that have a dozen different pairs of Rothy’s and they wait with baited breath for the next season’s colors to be offered. Now that I’ve tried them myself, I can totally see why!

I’m sold.

Like, really sold.

I love that I finally have comfortable shoes that look professional. Yes, they are expensive. However, the fact that other ladies on the Facebook pages have been wearing theirs nonstop for over a year and throwing them in the washing machine means that these shoes will actually last. I won’t be looking for yet another replacement in 6 months!

Since I’ve started wearing my Rothy’s, I’ve gotten a few questions so I figured I’d do a little Q&A in case you have the same concerns:

They are made out of plastic… doesn’t that make your feet sweaty?
I know you’re imagining those old school jelly shoes that would literally fog up with foot sweat. EW. But these are a woven fabric kind of plastic weave so they actually move and breathe. I haven’t noticed any extra foot sweat. However, I have read on the Facebook page that some ladies who tend to have sweatier feet like to throw them in the wash every other week to keep them clean. Others use this particular terry cloth insole available on Amazon.

Is there arch support?
No more than any typical flat shoe. However, you can take the Rothy’s insole out and put in any orthopedic insole you’d need. A bunch of ladies on the Rothy’s BST Facebook page swear by this to not only give them more support, but to give them a perfect fit if their Rothy’s are a smidge too big.

Do you need to break them in?
Nope. This is one of the things that I was most excited about. If they do not fit you perfect out of the box, you got the wrong size. There is no breaking in period and they don’t stretch out while you are wearing them.

Please let me know if you have any other questions for me!

If you are interesting in trying Rothy’s for the first time, I have a special referral code that you can use (https://www.talkable.com/x/fOuTQE). You will get $20 off your first order and I will also receive $20 off a future order.

Are you a Rothy’s fan? Tell me all about your experience!

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. If you choose to use my referral link you will receive $20 off your first pair of Rothy’s and I will also receive $20 off a future Rothy’s order. This post contains an Amazon Affiliate Program link. This means that clicking on a link may help me earn a small commission at no cost to you.

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Reviewing FabFitFun: The Spring 2018 Box Reveal

12 Mar

It’s FabFitFun unboxing time! The FabFitFun quarterly box is the only subscription I still keep and for good reason… it’s always pretty fabulous!

Before we get into the goodies, here is a quick overview of FabFitFun:

The Spring box is really great, so I couldn’t wait to share it with you:

Here’s what’s inside:

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion, retail $40
This ultra-light, oil-free moisturizer is supposed to minimize the appearance of pores, refine texture and sooth redness and irritation. My current face moisturizer has a SPF in it, so I may use this one for evening since it has no sun protection. I always see Murad products at Nordstrom Rack, so I’m happy to try the brand out in this quarter’s FabFitFun box.

Maya Brenner Designs LOVE Bracelet, retail $65

For the jewelry choice item, annual subscribers were able to choose between tassel earrings and this bracelet (you can see the earrings over in my friend Jenna’s post at Outrageously Wonderful). I picked this bracelet in rose gold and really like the simple design. Unfortunately, my bracelet was broken when I unwrapped it. However, I did a quick chat with their online customer service and a new one will be on its way to my house ASAP.

KORRES Guava Body Butter, retail $24
This was another choice item – for beauty choice, we were able to pick between this body butter or a lip mask. I’m a lotion lover, so I went for the body butter. It is enriched with shea butter and quince extract to soften, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin while sunflower, almond and avocado oils work to nourish and improve elasticity and smoothness. It has a very light scent and soaks in pretty quickly. I used it yesterday afternoon after my shower and my skin is still super soft, so this one is a winner.

Dermelect Cosmeccuticals Makeover Concealing Ridge Filler, retail $18

I love how FabFitFun sends me items I didn’t even know I needed. This ridge filler keeps your nails healthy, smooth and glossy. It conceals nail imperfections with a natural pink hue while treating them with protein, vitamins and moisture. I basically never bother to paint my fingernails and I admit that my hands look pretty terrible on a daily basis. I applied two coats of this and it dried really quick. I painted this on my nails on Friday and after 4 days it still looks perfect. It actually makes my nails look like pretty girl nails! LOVE this!

ISH Lip Statement Palette, retail $42

I am not really a lipstick person, instead I’m addicted to my chapstick year round. This palette has 11 intensely pigmented shades and one balm. It is enriched with rose extract, shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, and aloe vera and you can mix and match for endless color combinations. While I’m tempted to throw this into my ‘trade’ pile, I actually think this will be kind of fun to experiment with. So, I’m going to keep this and try the different colors mixed with a little chapstick to mute them down for me.

Rachel Pally Reversible Clutch in Zahara, retail $60

I LOVE this clutch. I literally do not own ANY clutches in my life and so this one is pretty awesome to add to my nonexistent clutch collection. There were three color choices, but I picked this pretty orange version because it’s SO ME. It’s also reversible, so if I want more flowers I can just pop it the other way.

I will totally use this all summer long and it will be great for the beach to keep my wallet and phone in, so they don’t disappear into the bottom of my beach bag. I love this so much, I may trade for a second one in a different color!

Physique 57 Massage Roller, retail $20

YES. Thank YOU FabFitFun, this is exactly what I need but didn’t think to buy one for myself. I’m about to start my running season again when the weather warms up and this will be perfect for massaging out those knots that form in my legs and back.

Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eyed Travel Eye Mask, retail $40

This vegan leather eye mask features a removable, non-toxic cooling insert to keep you feeling and looking refreshed. Out of all the items, this is the only one that is not a real winner for me. I like the idea that it’s cooling, but it’s so incredibly bulky that I can’t imagine sleeping comfortably with this on my face! This one might hit the trade pile.

ANDERSON LILLEY Sunset Collection Candle in Manhattan Beach, retail $45
This candle is made with a hand poured coconut wax blend, and a cotton, lead-free wick. It is housed in a pretty copper colored vessel that you can reuse when you’re done with the candle. Unfortunately, when I unwrapped my candle the copper metal holder was all scratched and banged up. Luckily, I did this before I contacted customer service about the bracelet… because I just took a couple photos and added it to my chat. They will be sending me a new one soon!

Freebie Fun: $50 Hello Fresh Gift Card and Dove Exfoliating Body Polish
Whenever FabFitFun throws in sponsored items, they aren’t counted towards the value of the box. I really love Hello Fresh (we’ve been using them for years and I’ve blogged about them here and here),so I really wish this gift card was for existing customers.

As for the Dove Exfoliating Body Polish, I tried it in my shower over the weekend and I was blown away by how much I like it! I received the Crushed Macadamia nut and Rice Milk version and it smells so good. My upper arms and legs have been dry lately, so I was really excited that one use of this and I’m as smooth as a baby’s bottom. It’s not too scratchy and not too oily… it’s just right. The sample is pretty generous, so I’ll get a few uses out of it. I immediately added the product to my Target list so I can pick up a full sized tub of it! The Target price is $5.89, so it’s kind of a steal! (Find it here)

Overall Thoughts
This box was really fantastic, even if I did have a few issues that need to be fixed by FabFitFun’s customer service department. I’m most excited about the clutch, nail ridge filler, massage roller and LOVE bracelet. I am also loving the Dove freebie that they included! The only thing that I don’t really like is that bulky eye mask, even if it is pretty darn cute. The total value of everything in my Spring FabFitFun box is $354!

What is your favorite item from the Spring FabFitFun box?

 

Do you want to try out the FabFitFun box? I have a special code that will give you $10 off your first box, just use this link.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post and FabFitFun did not pay for me to review their products on my blog. If you decide that you would like to sign up for your own subscription and use my link, I will receive referral credits on my account and you will receive $10 off your first box. This post contains ShopStyle affiliate links and an Amazon Affiliate Program link. This means that clicking on a link may help me earn a small commission at no cost to you.

 

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Sprializing Zucchini

6 Mar

Let’s talk about zucchini noodles. Or zoodles if you’re fancy.

I’ve known about zoodles for a while, but they always seemed kind of time consuming. Then, I tried some at our local Noodles & Company and decided to look into exactly how time consuming they really are. If by ‘look into’ you mean, see a spiralizer at Target and just buy it with no forethought or research.

This is the exact one I bought at Target (OXO spiralizer at Target) they also have it at Amazon (OXO spiralizer on Amazon) both are listed at $40.00… which is what I paid. I also saw this one on Amazon while writing this post and it looks pretty similar for just $27.99.

As I said, I did NO research… otherwise I would have gotten the cheaper one off Amazon. Anyways, I bought it on a whim and brought it home. We had some zucchini in our fridge, so I unwrapped it and used it that same night.

It was SO EASY that Jack could do it!

You just chop the ends off the zucchini and stick one end into the spiky part of the machine and put the other end against the blade. Then crank. And crank. And crank.

So. EASY.

I had heard that a drawback of zoodles is that they can be kind of wet and watery. So,when I do my set up I throw a paper towel under the blade. All the zoodles collect on the paper towel and then I just roll them up and let them hang out while I’m cooking the rest of dinner.

To cook them up, I just add some olive oil to the pan, throw in the zoodles and shake on some salt and pepper.

That’s it. And they are SO GOOD! We’ve had them probably 4 times since I bought the spiralizer and we love them! Just keep in mind that they really cook down. That entire pan above made this much cooked zoodles:

So if you’ve been thinking of trying zoodles… go for it!

Now I need to branch out and start spiralizing other stuff. Do you have any favorite items to spiralize?

 

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Product Review: A $26 Bluetooth Speaker That is Worth Every Cent

20 Feb

We are an iPhone family. For years both my husband and I have had iPhones for both our personal phones, as well as our work phones. We have also had a few iPods floating around the house for music listening. For the past 6+ years, I have had an iHome in my kitchen with an old iPod sitting in it. It hasn’t been updated in forever, so it was in great need of new music. Also, when the iPhones changed their plugs, it made it so that I could no longer plug my phone in there… but it worked with my iPod so I kept it.

Sometime over the last few years, I’ve really started to use my iPhone as my main source of music. I have some music loaded on there with playlists for ‘car jams’ and a ‘running mix’, as well as Pandora that links through my phone into my car. I also tend to listen to Pandora all day while working on my laptop.

So, when it came time to figure out what I wanted for Christmas this year, I thought a Bluetooth speaker might be just the ticket.

Of course, then Travis didn’t actually get me one. So, I let my fingers do some walking over to Amazon and did a little research. I ended up picking the Anker Soundcore Portable Bluetooth Speaker. It was only $25.99, qualified for Prime shipping, and had 10,885 customer reviews that averaged at 4.5 stars out of 5.

I got it super quickly and had the thing set up in less than 2 minutes. Basically, all I had to do was turn it on and then couple it with my phone. Boom, done. {Also, how adorable is that photo from our engagement shoot 10 years ago?!}

I couldn’t believe how easy it was to set up and the sound is great! This little speaker gets super loud too. I stuck it in the bathroom while talking my shower and was totally able to sing along to the music at the top of my lungs and still hear the music over the water in the shower. I’ve also brought it into my workout area so I can dance-elliptical along with music, and put it in my kitchen so I can groove while cooking.

Now that I finally have a Bluetooth speaker, I feel silly for not buying one for such a long time! So, if you are in the market… I highly recommend spending $26 and getting this one.

 

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