review: tieks by Gavrieli

Because I finally caved.

I have been looking for a good, investment shoe for a while. I wanted flats to replace my pink Tom’s Camila flats (no longer available, a tragedy), but I wanted something that would be comfortable, sturdy, and long-lasting. I’ve purchase cheap shoes and I’ve purchased mid-range shoes, but I’ve never purchased something as expensive as these.

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They came!!!! #tieks

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I did my research. Soooo much research. I watched countless videos, read dozens of blogs, and I vacillated between getting them now or getting them later. In the end, now won out.

I’ll post a review after a few weeks of wear, but my first impression is this:

  • These are sturdy shoes. The construction is solid. The leather sole under the rubber heel and toe is surprisingly tough, and the rubber is really strong too.
  • I watched a few videos on half-sizing (I’m ideally a 10.5, but rarely find shoes in that size). I followed the suggested sizing and went down to the whole size, and they fit just right. Toes are spacey, heel is not strained (we’ll see how they wear).
  • The color is really fair. I went for the ballerina pink and they look just like pointe shoes. Love it.
  • I was a bit concerned that the teal sole and stripe would be too showy, but they aren’t as obvious while worn.
  • The hand-written note is actually a nice touch (I didn’t think such things would sway me). My mom was really impressed, so that’s a thing.
  • And the flower is black and really pretty. But that’s just the icing on the cake.

I wore them at home for an evening (they have a really generous return policy according to reviewers), but they felt right so I decided to take them out this morning.

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We are taking them out. #tieks #ballerinapink #iloveflats

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Enjoying them so far :). Just wanted to add my own review. I paid for these, so this is an unbiased opinion, but someone who has issues with shoes in general.

[REVIEW] sparking joy – a journal

I am a huge KonMari fan. I’m generally good at keeping things in order, but I have a terrible fear of becoming a hoarder (re: my mother, to a certain extent), so anything that keeps me in check is a good thing. Plus: the folding. The folding is epic.

So when I saw a copy of the new KonMari journal up for review on Blogging for Books, I knew I wanted one. I imagined it to be a logbook/workbook to complement The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up; however, what I discovered was a three year journal to record moments that spark joy. Not what I expected, but definitely something I will enjoy. I journal on a semi-regular basis, but my journal is more a record of triumphs and tragedies than everyday joys. I’m going to challenge myself to stick to it and jot down a little note everyday, even if it’s not a particularly significant event.


The journal itself is hardbound with a cover that resembles the original KonMari text. It is a perpetual diary style, so the writer can enter the year as time progresses. The pages are nice and thick, and while I haven’t written in it yet, I don’t foresee any bleed-through. Quotes from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up are scattered throughout to provide inspiration. Overall, a great little gift idea for anyone who is new to journaling or looking to become more mindful.

Prince Caspian

Went to see Prince Caspian with some friends but the film left me feeling a bit disappointed. Obviously, most book to movie adaptations leave plot details out that only really die-hard book fans make a fuss about (case in point, the Harry Potter movies). However, while my personal peeve with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was that the animals seemed to have had a tad too much of the Disney magic, Caspian just failed to capture my attention. It was a battle movie. From beginning to end. I found myself having to refer back to what I remembered from the book just to fill in the plot. While I realize that the fight between the Narnians and the Telmarines is a crucial part of the book, it felt like that was the only focus of the film. Maybe I’ll need a second viewing to warm up to it, but I still don’t feel satisfied with these adaptations.