BAGGU Review (or the many reasons I love this particular reusable bag)

Today is Earth Day, so I thought I’d share about my favorite reusable bag. Because I live in California (and specifically, the San Francisco Bay Area), I was indoctrinated into carrying a reusable bag early on. Now, I always have two on me: one for groceries, and one for non-food items. The number of plastic bags I accumulated before I started carrying a reusable bag bothered me. Even though I re-used those flimsy plastic bags that came from grocery stores as liners in trashcans, I always had so many of them.

It’s nice to see that it’s becoming standard practice now in many places to carry your own bag. IKEA stopped supplying plastic bags in all their stores in 2000. You have to bring your own or buy one of their now-ubiquitous (and super handy) FRAKTA bags. Still, change is slow to come in many places. I remember going home to Texas one summer and buying something in a clothing store, which led to an argument with my mom. BYOB was not a thing in Texas yet then. I had brought my own bag but my mom insisted I get a plastic bag from the store because otherwise the store would think I was shoplifting. “But I’ll have a receipt that shows I bought this,” I said. Eventually I gave in out of a sense of embarrassment because we were holding up the line with our argument. I’m still trying to convert her and her bag-hoarding ways.

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Victoria Beckham for Target Review – Part 2

Welp… you know how in my first Victoria Beckham for Target review I said I was trying to be good and not buy anything from the collection unless I really, really loved it? At the time, I had decided to keep just one item. That didn’t last very long. The problem is that I started to see photos of people wearing their #VBxTarget goodies, including some petite ladies wearing girls’ items. Before you know it, I had gone to Target 11 times in nine days (that’s 11 visits to seven different stores) hunting for items I now wanted to try. Oops.

At the top of my list was this adorable girls dress with a big bumble bee print. I saw women wearing it on Instagram and asked what size they got.

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Victoria Beckham for Target Review

I love a good collaboration. I especially love Target ones since it’s a place I already enjoy shopping. Often, I get too caught up in the excitement though. I’ve noticed over the years that some items get little wear. That Jason Wu for Target poplin dress? At the time I had to have it. It was so cute! It even had pockets! But I only wore it a handful of times, and then it hung in my closet for years. During a recent closet purge, I realized it wasn’t really my style.

So I’m trying to be stricter and not fall for the collab FOMO frenzy. In the early morning of April 9th, when Victoria Beckham’s Target line went live on the website, I calmly ordered just one dress in two sizes. (Shout out to the Target website folks. It all went smoothly this time.) I didn’t get to a brick-and-mortar Target store until the afternoon. But by that time, I had already seen photos on social media of people with their #VBxTarget haul. It made me wish I had bought more to try on. Suddenly, I was asking myself if I needed a romper (even though I live in San Francisco, where it’s rarely warm enough to romp in a romper).

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Spring Shoes at Target

A recent stroll through the shoe department at Target has me coveting a few pairs. Like many others, I have a bit of a shoe problem. To me, a shoe can make an outfit. But buying shoes is hard for me. As I mentioned in my last post, my feet are on the wide-ish side by American standards, so shoe shopping can be challenging. As a shortie, I want the height of heels. But I also don’t want to kill my feet. (Limping is so not sexy.) I want something that’s both cute and comfy. Is that too much to ask for? Sometimes, it seems like it is. I have wasted so much money buying shoes only to find out they don’t fit right and hurt me. At least Target’s price point makes it easier to justify taking home a new pair.

Block heels are in right now. This is good news for me! I like them for the practicality of a more stable heel. The two below are from Target’s Merona house brand. I’m in love with the look of this first pair. The denim fabric and cork heel say, Hello Summer! At 2.25″ tall, the heel height is manageable. I tried them on in the store and they seemed comfortable. However, the shoe is made out of man-made materials, and I fear the strap across the toes would remain stiff and cause blisters.

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Merona Talia Quarter Strap Cork Heel Sandal, $29.99 (also comes in black)

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Everlane Street Shoe Review

I started shopping at Everlane about a year ago. In my quest to buy fewer objects, but objects of better quality that lasted longer, the Everlane ethos fit well with me. They work with a handful of factories, which are ethical, and show you the cost of each step of the process, from materials to shipping. The idea is that they produce high quality items for less-than-usual retail because they don’t have a large marketing mark-up.

I was drawn to the look of their Street Shoe. With its slightly pointed toe, it’s like a chic and sophisticated Vans. I love the ease of Vans slip-ons, but they last me only about a year before they start to fall apart. Vans are made with man-made faux leather. The Nubuck Street Shoe is made of soft nubuck leather with a leather lining (there is also a leather version). Apologies, I’ve lost the photos I took, so these photos from their website will have to do.

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Nubuck Street Shoe, $95 to $135

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The Drape Collection at Uniqlo

Sometimes marketing works. I was looking at Uniqlo’s website and saw the new Match and Mix Drape Collection.

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Suddenly, I really wanted the outfit in the middle. Never mind that I’ve been trying to incorporate more color into my wardrobe. There was a time I only wore dark colors, and before that, a time I only wore three colors — and one of those colors has always, always been black.

I love black for probably many of the same reasons other people do. It hides imperfections (both of the body and of the I-spilled-coffee kinds). It makes you look instantly pulled together somehow. It’s simple and sophisticated.

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Everlane Twill Zip Tote & Pocket Tote Review

I have a bit of an preoccupation with finding the right bag. Not only does it need to be good looking and practical, but as someone who spends a fair amount of time on public transit and on foot, it also needs to be lightweight. Have you heard of Every Day Carry? It’s all about thinking about what you carry on you trying to make it as efficient as possible. (It seems to be mostly men.) My problem is that I’m a bit like my mother — I carry a bunch of items on me just in case  (band-aids, small tape measure, nail clipper, tissues). But I also try to lighten my load as much as possible. The last one is usually a deal breaker when it comes to bags. A bag can be beautiful but if it’s heavy, it’s a no go. I’ve been looking for a nice lightweight leather bag and haven’t found the perfect one yet. But in terms of a fabric option, behold: the Everlane Twill Zip Tote.

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It has one inside open pocket, leather straps (which lend it an elegant look), and a zipper across the top. I got one in reverse denim. A few months into carrying the bag, the stitching around the zipper started to come undone! I wasn’t even carrying anything really heavy like a laptop in it. I let Everlane know and they sent me a new one. They took back the old one back to study it. I’ve had the replacement bag for about a year now, and here’s what it looks like now.

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