Saturday, January 19, 2019

Rothy's Shoes: An Honest Opinion





Okay, so I took the plunge and jumped on the Rothy's Bandwagon! I'm here to give you an honest review about how I feel about these popular shoes. About a year or so ago, I started seeing two different types of shoes all over my social media accounts. I don't know if it's because I searched 'teacher styles' and then the analytics made them appear more often, or they were just becoming really popular. Either way, I began to notice them and became curious. Tieks was the first brand I noticed, followed by Rothy's. Now, the portability of Tieks intrigued me, and I loved the teal bottoms, but I still wasn't a fan of the style. I don't love the rounded toe and the elastic look of the top.I know, I know. Some people SWEAR by them, but that's just my personal preference. Rothy's were always appealing in their style. However, when I first looked at the price tag on either type of shoe I shot both down really quickly and went into my mental file for "one day." 

Flash forward to last summer...and finally feeling settled in my my job as a 6th grade teacher, I knew I needed to start investing in shoes that were comfortable for long days on my feet, while also making me feel stylish. For some people, feeling cute isn't that important, but I know I'm in a better mood if I feel put together. So it's a win-win for me, my family, AND my students if I enjoy what I'm wearing. No-brainer! I began to research both Tieks and Rothy's. From YouTube reviews to Buzzfeed and bloggers. I read all the good and bad and finally was convinced. I. Needed. Rothy's. Now, four pair deep, I'm ready to write an honest review. Okay, so first and foremost, Rothy's are

ECO-FRIENDLY

  • Rothy's knit uppers are made from 100% post-consumer plastic water bottles.
  • As of this post, they've saved over 23 million water bottles from landfills!
  • Made from recycled foam.
  • Use vegan and non-toxic adhesives.
  • Contain carbon-free rubber soles.
  • Even their packaging is made from recycled materials!

What You Need to Know:

  • There are 4 main styles (The Point, The Flat, The Loafer, The Sneaker) PLUS children's sizes
  • They are machine washable! Yes, it's true!! Cold water ONLY, please!
  • They are comfortable and have NO Break in period. (from my experience)
  • The price is from $125-165 (BUT they have a referral program which NOW lets you stack referrals! More explanation to come)
  • Excellent Customer Service

STYLES

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So far, I have 3 of the 4 styles. I do want to get the sneaker eventually, but it's not the highest on my list...yet. 

The Point

My very first pair was the Dark Camo Point. A trick I learned a long time ago with ANY pointed toe shoes is to size up a half size so your toes aren't squished. They will still fit, you just don't have all your toes crammed up in the point. So of course, I did. Most Rothy's Addicts will tell you the same thing. It's very rare for me to see someone say they ordered their normal size and the shoes were comfortable. I'm definitely glad that I did. Had I ordered my size, they would have probably have been way too tight. So, September is when I began my love affair with these beautiful shoes, a great month, to be sure, since I'm a teacher. I spend all day on my feet. The Dark Camo was my choice because I felt they were fairly neutral, while still having a little sass. Who doesn't need a little sass? Now, I've worn these shoes at least twice a week, if not more, since September. I never got any blisters and wore them out on day one. With this particular pair, I did feel a slight rubbing on one foot, so I put on socks and wore them around the house a bit and whatever it was, stopped bothering me. The only time I've seen people complain it seems is when the pair they get is too tight. Not everyone realizes you need to size up. Even though they are stretchy because of the knitted uppers, they shouldn't be too tight. Day in, day out, I come home and do not feel the need to kick my shoes off. This is not the case with any of my other shoes, no matter how cute I think they are. The only thing I will say about these particular shoes is that I think I should have gone a FULL size up in points as I feel the edge of the insole rubbing under my pinky toe of my right foot. It doesn't give me blisters and I still feel comfy all day, I just would rather not feel it. This does NOT prevent me from wearing them at all, mind you. My fourth pair was also a point. This time, I got the Marigold points, but decided to go up a full size. I'll get into that story once I talk about customer service. Once I received my perfect size, though, Ah-May-Zing! They are so gorgeous and surprisingly go with many colors! I've only worn them for a full day once, so far, but at a full size bigger, they are even MORE comfortable than my Dark camo points! 


 



The Loafer

I loved my Rothy's points so much that I convinced my sister in law to get a pair and she chose the Green Camo loafers. When I saw the loafers in person, I couldn't wait to get my own pair! This time, I decided that my second pair should be a little more fun, which is why I decided to get the Mocha Spotted Loafers. As per some Rothy's wearers, I ordered my regular size, however, they were just too tight, so I had to order a half size larger and the were PERFECT. I didn't think my Rothy's could be more comfortable, and yet, the Loafers are To. Die. For. I know...a bit dramatic. I don't even want to take them off sometimes! With only two pair of Rothy's, I'd wear them probably four days out of five during the week, not including weekends. My loafers are so cute and versatile! They fancy up so many outfits!

The Flat 

The third pair I decided on was the Charcoal Birdseye Flat. An adorable gray flat with a pop of pink  on the sole. As much as I loved the Loafer and the Point, I felt like I needed a basic shoe that I could wear with my yoga pants, or really, anything at all. It surprised me how much I loved these Flats. I'm particularly drawn to points, but they tend to be too dressy for certain outfits. For these, I decided to size up a half size again since the loafers and flats run about the same, size-wise. So glad that I did, because they were a perfect fit. My husband teases me now because my daily dilemma is, Which Rothy's do I wear? 

THEY ARE WASHABLE!

Another great feature: Yes! It's absolutely true! You can throw these in the washing machine! I have washed mine multiple times and they come out looking brand new. All you have to do is take out the insoles, toss everything in the water using a mild detergent, use ONLY cold water, and let sit overnight to dry. Voila! It's been as easy as that. Now, I have worn mine without mini socks many times, and as with most shoes when your feet sweat, they'll begin to stink. Honestly, I prefer to wear socks with my shoes in general, as long as they don't show. These are VERY comfortable without socks, but I found some PEDS that are a perfect fit for loafers AND another set of PEDS that is a true no-show for the points AND flats that doesn't fall down, so I wear those. Especially since it's winter, my feet are a little warmer. Plus, the socks keep my shoes from smelling. Win win!!

PRICE & REFERRAL PROGRAM

I will be 100% honest with you. These shoes are more than I ever thought I'd spend. My typical dollar amount for flats was about $40-$60. Sometimes more, sometimes less. That being said, My feet never thank me. Those shoes don't last as long as Rothy's. And when you compare Rothy's to flats like Jimmy Choos at $400-$700 a pair, these are a steal! PLUS, Rothy's has a referral program where you get $20 off whenever you refer someone to buy their first pair. You get your own special link that will give THEM $20 off AND YOU get $20 off. What's even BETTER is that they now let you stack the codes, For example, if you refer three people, you'll get $60 off your next order! 

EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE

Another great about this company, other than everything else I've said, is their customer service. Really. The online chat is extremely convenient. I had to exchange my loafers for a half size larger and I swear they shipped them out even before I put mine in the mail. Oh, and returns are FREE! The only issue I had was with my Marigold points. The first pair I got were a full size larger and I was nervous they were too loose, so I exchanged for a half size smaller. Unfortunately, the new pair were way too tight and I wanted to keep the first pair (since I hadn't returned them yet), but they only allow one exchange per order. So, I had to return them both and reorder. The next pair I ordered in a full size larger, again, however this time my feet were swimming in them! So, again I ordered a half size smaller and they were too tight. I wanted to cry. Luckily, I spoke to a wonderful customer service rep who told me I could get a second return if they still didn't fit. She had told me to email Rothys and put her name with Attn:. I'm so glad I did because the online chat rep wasn't going to give in, this time. When I finally got my FIFTH pair of Marigold in a full size bigger they fit me PERFECTLY! I'm so glad I stuck with it. So for Rothy's Customer Service? Wonderful!

FINAL ASSESSMENT

Rothy's are my favorite shoes and I can't wait to get my next pair. Of course, they will be the Leopard Points. (My mom just got them and they are so cute!) I wore my white Converse the other day, and as cute as I think they are, my feet were killing me at the end of the day. They always pinch my pinky toes. I may be cleaning out my shoes pretty soon and making room for some new Rothy's. They are stylish, eco-friendly, comfortable, and easy to care for. I will confirm that I have become what is known as a Rothy's Addict, complete with a Facebook 'support' group and everything! If you'd like a link for $20 click the link below. (Links are only good for 30 days, so if it's been past 30 days since you've click the link or since this review was posted, send me a comment with your email address and I'll give you your own link.)


CLICK LINK FOR $20 OFF YOUR FIRST PAIR


 

My dad thinks I'm a nut






Monday, December 10, 2018

(Review) A Christmas Carol



Happy Sunday, Everyone! It's the happiest time of the year, and of course, with that comes the never ending availability of holiday productions. I look forward to this time of year because I set my DVR to record ALL the Hallmark Christmas movies and my poor husband gets the privilege of watching them with me! Isn't he lucky? I love a happy ending! Well, you can imagine how excited I was when I got tickets to see A Christmas Carol downtown at the Walnut Street Theater! First, I know the story, because who hasn't seen probably 10 renditions of the beloved classic? Even though I've read several of Dickens' classics, from A Tale of Two Cities to David Copperfield, Dickens is one of my favorite authors of classic novels; and even though I have seen A Christmas Carol in movie or TV form, I have never seen it performed live on stage! 

So, when I told my daughters that we were going downtown again, they were pretty pumped! (As long as Mommy did drive down lol) This time, we decided to take the subway from Fern Rock Station down to the Walnut-Locust stop. It was about a five block walk to the theater, and even though it was chilly, the sun was out and it was a lovely afternoon! We arrived at the theater and found our seats right away, with a little time to spare this time. We were in the Mezzanine section on the right and we had no obstructions. Our view was perfect! Of course, as you know from the last review, I love the Walnut Street Theater and its history! I can image the stars from the past walking across that stage and could just spend forever looking at all the old photos in the lobby. 
View from our seats
The show was wonderful! Benjamin Lovell, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge was just the character you love to hate. With the help of the ghosts of past, present, and future, he turns over a new leaf and loses his grinchiness, if that's even a word. You leave the theater happy that Ebenezer's fate is going to turn out alright. And with all the negativity in the world today, believing there is good in others, no matter how 'ugly' they can be, gives us hope. My fifteen year old thoroughly enjoyed the play as did I. My only concern, though, was that the dialogue was still in the Dickens format. Since it was geared towards children, I was worried that my two younger ones might not understand what was happening, and so I asked them afterwards. Yep, they were a bit confused at the language. They enjoyed themselves, but I had to explain some of the story to them. The part where Marley's ghost shows up in the door knocker also caused a little crying in the theater, but it was very short and that was the scariest part. 
Benjamin Lovell (Scrooge)
Overall, I wouldn't mind making this a Christmas tradition. Maybe next time, we'll stop in to see the Dickens Village over at Macy's. Philly at this time of year is a fun place to go for the holidays. When we walked to City Hall, there were shop tents set up and I completely forgot about the ice skating rink set up there! I would've let the girls go skating, but one of the girls wasn't feeling so great, so we got some hot chocolate (and a cookie from the 4th Street Cookie Co dipped in chocolate) and headed to the subway. They had a great time and it was a fantastic way to kick of this holiday season! 

Walnut Street Theater Tickets








Disclaimer:
Though I received tickets to the production at no cost, all opinions are my own. 



Of course, I wore my favorite, most comfortable, yet sustainable, shoes...Rothy's in Mocha Spot. Kept my feet comfy all day!




Monday, November 26, 2018

{Review} Matilda The Musical


Okay, so, I know it's been quite some time since there has been a new post on here. Life has been CUH-RAY-ZEE! Good crazy...mostly...sad crazy quite a bit for about eighteen months (and still sometimes), but that's another story altogether. I've had the privilege of teaching sixth graders in my school district and it really consumes a lot of my time on top of being a mother and wife. Soooo, that being said...I keep thinking about which direction I want to go with A Ginger Mess...stick with recipes? DIY? Lean towards education? It's still undecided. After all, I'm a ginger mess no matter where I am, ask my students. 
Let's focus!  See...I'm a mess. A couple weeks ago I was offered four tickets to see the new play at the Walnut Street Theater in Center City Philadelphia. I mean, how could I say no? It's a musical! And Roald Dahl? No brainer! I mean, c'mon...I'm a teacher! Who doesn't love Roald Dahl? 



So of course, I let my daughters know about the show...and told my husband, "Sorry, you can't go. Not enough tickets." Poor guy. He was HeaRt BrOkEn. Well, Friday night came along, and we decided to make the trek downtown by driving. Usually, we like to either take the subway from Fern Rock station, or take Septa Regional Rail from nearby. However, knowing we'd get out of the show at 11:30ish my husband and I decided that driving and parking nearby was the better, safer bet. I don't mind taking the train or subway. It's actually a non-stressful way to travel, but nope, I drove...not doing that again. I'll just bring pepper spray next time so that my husband feels better. It was a rainy, miserable evening. It had been pouring all afternoon and wasn't letting up. Now usually when I drive in the city, I take Lincoln Drive because I can't stand Broad Street and it's such a beautiful drive, with trees and beautiful houses, not at all like the typical part of the city. Well, the road was closed for some reason once I hit Germantown Avenue and my GPS re-routed me. I'm not as familiar with all parts of the city as my husband is, so I just followed along, worried that Lincoln Drive might be a mess from all the non-stop rain. Well, I ended up on Broad Street, of course. Luckily, we left a couple hours early because we needed to eat dinner, so we stopped at the Taco Bell, then McDonald's drive-thru at Broad and Rt. 1. Bad. Idea. Really bad idea. It took us more than a half an hour to get our food. Slow. As. Molasses. 

Then, we finally made it downtown and the traffic was ridiculous. I think (well, actually I know) I was suffering from a case of road rage. By the time we made it to the garage and walked to the theater and actually sat in our seats, we had two minutes to spare, and I needed those two minutes to calm my nerves. It took TWO HOURS to get down there that night! It should have only taken me forty-five minutes. Next time, I'm taking a train (or the subway). It's so much faster and way more convenient. 

Okay, so now you know all about my drive and the miserable time it took to get to the theater, but you know nothing about the actual musical. I mean, my title says "Review" right? First, let's talk about the theater. The Walnut Street Theater is wonderful because no matter where you sit, you don't have a pole or anything in front of you. No obstructed view. My husband and I saw Wicked years ago in a different theater downtown and we had a pole in front of us the entire time. Additionally, the Walnut Street Theater has so much history! I could just spend hours looking at all the pictures of people who performed in this theater, from Marlon Brando to the Marx Brothers to Katherine Hepburn to Jane Fonda. Did you know it's the oldest theater in America and actually started out as an equestrian circus? Check out their site at www.walnutstreetheater.org for a lot more interesting history. 

Here we are, finally in our seats. We were in the Mezzanine Right, a few rows back, but all the way to the right, near the outside aisle. There was only one song that we couldn't see the actress's entire face because she was singing all the way to the right of the stage. Overall, I was thrilled with our location and so were the girls. 

From the moment the cast came out singing "Miracle" the show was mesmerizing. You know how sometimes kids shows are a little funny? For adults? I mean, they're funny, but not really laugh out loud kind of funny? This wasn't one of those. I was so pleasantly surprised to find out how much I'd actually laugh throughout the show. And after that horrible drive down, I needed some laughs. The singing and dancing numbers were fun to watch and my girls and I loved every moment! Christopher Sutton and Lyn Philistine were the perfect disgusting parents who only cared about themselves and didn't value Matilda or her unique qualities.  I'll admit. I have never read the book, Matilda, *gasp* I know, but I had seen the movie version with Danny DeVito, so I was curious how they'd actually pull off a musical version. Not only did it make me laugh, often, the story and the actors brought tears to my eyes, too. I know that when I go to something like this, having an emotional connection to the story is so important. The relationship with Miss Honey and Matilda, played by Jemma Bleu and Laura Giknis was heartwarming and seeing these two find each other after all of their heartbreak and truly value each other moved the audience, well, I'm guessing it did because it certainly moved me. 
 

Overall, this was a family-friendly production that I would highly recommend to anyone, big or small. My daughters and I enjoyed every moment and look forward to seeing more productions at the Walnut Street Theater. Even after the miserable driving adventure, it turned out to be a great experience! Make sure you get your tickets, soon! You won't regret it! 

The show is running from now until January 6th. 
Click the link below to go to the Walnut Street Theater. 










Disclaimer:
Though I received tickets to the production at no cost, all opinions are my own. 
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