I tried Rothy’s! Here’s the scoop and $20 off

I’m sure you’ve seen ads on your social media feed for Rothy’s shoes. I was intrigued by their use of recycled materials, and of course, the designs are adorable, but I was waiting to hear from a “real person” who had tried them.

Enter my office mate, sporting a cute pair of these eco-conscious shoes. She said, she loves them, and while she usually wears sneakers, she found Rothy’s really comfortable for a ballet flat.

Now here I am, and pretty much all I ever wear is ballet flats, so I figured they would be perfect for me! They’re not a bargain, but for a well-made and earth-friendly shoe, I felt it was worthwhile. I also used a $20 off referral code (Rothy’s updates the codes periodically, so if this isn’t working for you, let me know, and I will send you the updated code!)

I tried two styles – The Flat and The Point, and I ended up keeping The Flat. Keep reading for a full review!
The Flat in Charcoal Birdseye:Style:  I love that the grey goes with almost everything, and the little peek of pink makes them feel unique!

  • Fit: These are true to size for me, perhaps a tiny bit snug, but I think a larger size would be too big.
  • Comfort: For me, these were as comfortable as advertised! No rubbing or blisters at all. Because the material is a knit, there is a little spring to the shoe that feels both supportive and soft.

The Point in Bright Blue Birdseye:

Size: The Point style ran small for me. My usual size was too tight.

  • Style: I also didn’t like that my toes showed (toe cleavageūüėČ)
  • Comfort: a bit hard for me to rate, because they were tight, but they have that same supportive stretchy feel, so I would expect them to be comfortable, if the style and fit are right for you.

Bottom line: as the owner (guardian?) of way too many ballet flats, I am really excited by these shoes which are very comfortable and have just enough details to feel special but are still neutral enough to go with almost anything!

If you want to check them out, you can use this referral code and we both get $20 off! (Rothy’s updates the codes periodically, so if this isn’t working for you, let me know, and I will send you the updated code!)

Update: A few months later, these are still my favorite shoes. So cute and soooo comfortable. I’ve washed them twice, and they look like new. The tip I wanted to add was that I did start wearing them with odor-fighting insoles, because the original insoles just didn’t stay fresh for me, and I would have had to wash them every other week – you could do that, too, and I noticed they sell extra insoles, presumably for this reason… anyway, that’s the full story. I still love these shoes, own five pairs, and am planning to spoil myself with more…


Stitch Fix #3 Review

So, I feel like I have come to peace with¬†Stitch Fix and am a happy customer. I started out thinking that I would have to love all five pieces to make it a success. After a few fixes, I realized it’s actually all I need¬†(and less expensive) to get a couple of new items that I love and more importantly, that I would not have found on my own. On top of that,¬†I get a major thrill knowing a box is on its way and opening it for that moment of surprise. There is something about the unexpected that really feels like getting a gift (though, yes, I know I am paying for it!)

Box number three arrived this week, and here’s what was inside:

  1. 41 Hawthorn Sugar Dot Print Dress. When I opened the box, I thought this would be the piece I liked the most. The fabric has a cute dot print and a nice drape. I like the feminine styling. However, when I put it on, the bottom is quite full, and it made my hips look extra-wide, which is not what I am going for! Unfortunately, this was a return.

2. Donna Morgan Guilia Jersey Faux Wrap Dress. These two dresses definitely prove that you have to try clothes on to really tell what will work. I did not love this dress at first sight. The print was too much of a statement for me, and I thought I wanted something more refined-looking. However, when I put it on, it fit so perfectly, and the style and print are super-slimming. My stylist Erin suggested wearing this with a short trench coat, so I tried it with both a beige blazer and a grey cardigan. Both did a nice job of toning down the print a bit. I had to sleep on this decision, but in the end, I am excited to keep this dress. One of the main reasons I signed up for Stitch Fix was to get introduced to new styles that I would not pick out myself, and I think this dress definitely achieves this.

3. Cole Haan Zero Grand Snake Flats. These are actually nice shoes. Cole Haan has good quality shoes, and these are very comfortable, with a bit of a sporty sole. I like these, but I didn’t keep them, because I have a gazillion ballet flats already, and these were a bit expensive for something that is very similar to other shoes I own.

4. Margaret M. Emer Straight Leg Pant. This was the big miss in Fix #3. I has asked for a pair of interesting dress pants for work, and these really did not meet my expectations. They are very stretchy, basically like leggings, and I don’t consider them to be dressy or flattering at all. I don’t think you can call yourself work pants if you are so stretchy that you don’t need a fly to put them on. Bummer.

5. Collective Concepts Ryleigh Pintuck Detailed Silk Blouse.This blouse was the sleeper hit of the fix. Kind of like the jeans from fix #2, which I thought were kind of boring when I first saw them and have become my absolute favorite jeans. This top looked pretty plain, but when I put it on, it fit perfectly and the little details around the collar and shoulders are so pretty. The cap sleeves look great, and I can see myself wearing this a lot!


So, I kept two out of five items this time, which is the same as last time. I did like the shoes as well and would have kept them if I didn’t own so many ballet flats already. So, it is really the dotted dress and the pants that didn’t work. I think my overall impression was ¬†initially negatively colored by the fact that I was so disappointed by the pants, since that was the only item I actually requested. However, having fallen in love with the top and the wrap dress – which is something I would never have guessed I would like, I do think that I am getting what I want out of this service, which is discovering¬†new styles that I wouldn’t find¬†myself, not to mention the excitement of opening a surprise picked just for me!

I’m planning on ordering from Stitch Fix¬†again, though¬†I haven’t put it on the calendar yet. I’ll be sure to update you when it comes! In the meantime, if you want to try them out, I’d appreciate if you use my referral link.

Thanks and enjoy!




Stitch Fix #2 Review

So, I believe in writing up Stitch Fix reviews, because the mystery element in this styling service is both appealing and nerve-wracking. Unfortunately, Fix #1 was a bust, but I diligently gave tons of feedback, tweaked my style profile and I was pretty excited when Fix#2 arrived!

I’ll show you all the goodies, but here’s a picture of the two items I kept: a pretty lace blouse from Pixley and these super-comfy Liverpool jeans.

  1. Market & Spruce Juli Lasercut Detail Blouse. I really like the elements of this blouseL the navy and pink, the polka dots, pleats, and details on the hem. However, when put all together, this top was just a bit too cutesy for me. The fabric is a bit shiny-cheap, too.
  2. Nine West Onlee Pointed Toe Flats – I was actually excited to see the striped ballet flats, since flats are the staple of my shoe wardrobe, and I have been eyeing cute striped shoes. However, the finish on these is super-shiny and plasticky feeling, and I just didn’t like them enough to keep.
  3. Donna Morgan Sunni Dress. Not really sure what happened here. I do like the color navy and the geometric print, but I noted in my style profile that I do not like high necklines or dresses with fitted bottoms, so this was really a miss for me overall. Too bad!
  4. Pixley Yuli Lace Cap Sleeve Blouse. I fell in love with this blouse as soon as I saw it! The color is actually a light light peachy-pink, but it is neutral enough to go with everything. The lace is pretty and feminine, and there are beautiful details in the collar trim and the seaming. The top hangs very nicely for a flattering but not clingy fit. Yay! Being introduced to something new and beautiful like this is exactly why I joined Stitch Fix!
  5. Liverpool Collen Straight Leg Jean. When I first saw these jeans, I thought they were a bit blah. I had actually asked for special items and no basics, so I was disappointed. However, I did try them on, because I wanted to be able to give feedback on the fit. And these jeans are SO comfortable. I kept thinking I should return them, because I don’t really need jeans, and these have a pretty basic look – but I seriously could not bring myself to take them off! The material is 81% cotton, 17% polyester, and 2% elastic, and they feel like wearing stretchy comfy yoga pants. Happy I kept them!

If you are counting, you’ll see I kept two items and returned three. Not a home run, but I am pretty excited and definitely ready to try Stitch Fix again! I’ve scheduled my next fix for a couple of months right now and look forward to reporting back!

If you are thinking of trying Stitch Fix, you can use my referral code. Thanks!