Review: Elsie Fabric pumps

What: Elsie Fabric d’Orsay pumps by J.Crew

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Season: Summer 2015

Material: Cotton upper, leather lining and sole. The print is similar to the geo brushstroke shirt and shorts.

Quality: Very good! I picked the blue print (as opposed to the yellow one) and it’s a nice bright color.  There is no toe cleavage at all, actually the shoes are pretty covered up front which requires a little getting used to for me.  The foot is open between the toe and the heel, which I understand to be the shape of d’orsay shoes.  Heels are manageable.

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Fit: True to size to slightly large.

Pros: The heel height, the fun print and the sale price

Cons: Covered toes (a little too covered but manageable) and matching the print to regular outfits (will require some imagination).


Sissi’s verdict: Keeper on 75% off super sale.

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Designer spotlight: Fenix Couture

The BrandFenix Couture

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The IT Factor: Bright colors and structured lines with the expected Dutch wax prints

The Inspiration: Per the website, the label is inspired by nature, “which is reinterpreted to render its designs in dramatically romantic prints and imagery. The goal of the Label is to bridge the gap between print wax materials and other materials in the consciousness of the fashion world”

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The Designer Behind the Brand: Josephine Akioyamen, Nigerian-born with formal education at Nicky Africana Fashion School in Lagos and at the George Brown College in Toronto Canada

Country of origin: Nigeria – Canada

Notable Awards: None that I could find

Website: Fenix Couture

Where to buy: Fenix Couture Online Shop


Sissi’s Notes: I love the structured looks because they say classy, polish and feminine without being overtly sexy. My favorites above and below. All images courtesy of FenixCouture.com

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Review: Everly satin pump

What: Everly satin pumps by J.Crew

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Season: Summer 2015

Material: Viscose and silk outer, leather lining and man-made sole. The color is a creamy ivory white.

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Quality: Excellent! The silk and viscose combination gives an edgy and shiny look to the pumps without being over the top or cheap-looking. The heels are manageable and the toe cleavage is minimal in my opinion.

Fit: True to size

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Pros: The heel height, the creamy ivory color, the simple design and the sale price

Cons: Maintenance…it’s hard enough to keep white shoes clean but satin shoes seem harder to maintain when the heels are satin covered as is the case here (again personal experience).

Sissi’s verdict: Keeper on super sale. The stores were offering 75% on shoes (though I decided not to as I am after white leather versus satin).

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Weekend: Spruce Street Harbor Park

Relaxing date night at Spruce Street Harbor Park, on the Delaware River waterfront. We enjoyed the swan boat trip, the live music and the delicious waffle ice cream sandwiches.  If you’re in the area and looking for an affordable and relaxing time out, please give it a try.

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As far as outfit, I wore this old red cotton voile dress from J.Crew. Was glad to fit it again, few more pounds to lose though!

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