Sunday, July 27, 2014

Reviews: Birkenstock Gizeh & Taos Carousel

It's been a LONG time since I've done a review post, but I've been on the search for comfortable sandals and thought there'd be a chance some of you are as well.  Especially since summer day trips and vacations inevitably involve quite a bit of walking (and sometimes carrying a child here and there)! Online reviews led me to 1.) Birkenstock Gizeh and 2.) Taos Carousel:

Shoe Details: 
Birkenstock Gizeh in Insignia Blue Birko-Flor, Sz 39, $67 from Amazon (we finally signed up for Prime and I've been using it for EVERYTHING)

Materials: Synthetic upper, cork footbed

Aesthetics: The Birko Flor has a leather-like look and the Insignia Blue has a bit of a metallic sheen.  I can't say these are flattering shoes on me, but I do like the blue color.  

Comfort: When I first slipped this on, the comfort while standing was very good.  Mid-foot to heel was well supported by the cork footbed and the upper felt very soft against my foot.  When walking, the toe area with the built-in ridges felt very hard and made walking a little painful.  Knowing that Birkenstocks have quite the break-in period, I'm willing to give it a shot.  If you prefer straight-out-of-the-box-comfort, I wouldn't recommend these shoes.  But from what I've heard, the cork will mold to your feet and become your most comfortable pair of shoes.  Fingers crossed!

Next up, the Taos Carousel:

Shoe Details: 
Taos Carousel in Tawny Red, Sz 39, $90 from Amazon 

Materials: Leather upper, cork footbed

Aesthetics: The Tawny Red has a little bit of a mauve / purple hue to it and the wedge lends a little bit of height / slight leg-lengthening.

Comfort: Both the toe and ankle straps have velcro closures allowing for a high degree of adjustment.  Pretty comfortable right out of the box!  The only con is that my foot seems too wide for this shoe and my arch area falls over the edge of the cork.  I'd definitely keep this if that weren't an issue, but would recommend to comfort-seeking ladies with narrow to medium width feet.  I can see these being worn for long periods of time without getting sore feet.

If you have any comfortable footwear recommendations, I'd love to hear them!  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pin-spired: Striped Skirt w/ Lace Overlay DIY

Lately, I've been re-perusing my Pinterest inspiration board to get sewing ideas and came across 2 pins (Jean's lace dress and a sheer skirt overlay) that made me want to experiment with lace and stripes.

The result?

Difficulty: Easy

Time: ~1.5 hrs

Pattern: See patterning instructions here, but used normal pleats instead of box pleats

  • 1 yard of lace + 1 yard of striped fabric
  • 9" invisible zipper
  • Optional interfacing (more info in this tutorial)
Excited to tackle more Pinterest projects in the future!
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