Shopping My Closet
November 29, 2016

Review: Stuart Weitzman Lowland vs Merona Gisela over the knee boots

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Review: Stuart Weitzmand vs Merona over-the-knee boots | see the full review at www.shoppingmycloset.com

Since posting about the Stuart Weitzman Lowland over-the-knee boots and other great finds at various price points, I received some e-mails about how some of the alternatives compare to the Stuart Weitzman boots.

I own the budget friendly version from Merona (“Gisela“) as well as the Lowlands themselves. At first look, it’s hard to tell apart the two boots. The Gisela is shorter in leg length, has a slightly pointier toe box, and the only other distinguishing feature is the zipper at the foot for ease of getting in and out of the boot. The Lowlands are made from real leather compared to the Gisela which is from man-made materials. Despite this, the Gisela doesn’t feel flimsy or look cheap.

Review: Stuart Weitzmand vs Merona over-the-knee boots | see the full review at www.shoppingmycloset.com

Outer leg profile of the Merona OTK boot

Review: Stuart Weitzmand vs Merona over-the-knee boots | see the full review at www.shoppingmycloset.com

Inner leg profile of the Merona OTK boot

Review: Stuart Weitzmand vs Merona over-the-knee boots | see the full review at www.shoppingmycloset.com

Front profile of the Merona OTK boot

Review: Stuart Weitzmand vs Merona over-the-knee boots | see the full review at www.shoppingmycloset.com

Zipper detail of Merona OTK boot

Review: Stuart Weitzmand vs Merona over-the-knee boots | see the full review at www.shoppingmycloset.com

Sole of Merona OTK boot

 

The Gisela boot has a shaft height of 19.5″, calf circumference 14″, and a heel height of 1.25″. It comes in two colors: black and grey. For comparison, the Lowland has a shaft height of 24″, calf circumference 13″, a heel height of 0.75″, and is available in 7 color options (eight, if you count the all leather version).

Review: Stuart Weitzmand vs Merona over-the-knee boots | see the full review at www.shoppingmycloset.com

Front profile of the Stuart Weitzman Lowland boot

Review: Stuart Weitzmand vs Merona over-the-knee boots | see the full review at www.shoppingmycloset.com

Front profile of the Stuart Weitzman Lowland boot

Review: Stuart Weitzmand vs Merona over-the-knee boots | see the full review at www.shoppingmycloset.com

Thick sole of the Stuart Weitzman Lowland boot

 

The Gisela is definitely inspired by the Stuart Weitzman Lowland OTK boots and is a great lower price point alternative. Though it is only available in 2 colors, the colors allow you to wear it with just about anything! But, if you’re looking for a real suede boot, I truly love my Lowlands (consider it a holiday gift to yourself!).

Review: Stuart Weitzmand vs Merona over-the-knee boots | see the full review at www.shoppingmycloset.com

Side by side comparison: Merona OTK boot (L) // Stuart Weitzman OTK boot (R)

 

I put together a side-by-side comparison of the two boots to help you see the difference in sizing. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

Review: Stuart Weitzmand vs Merona over-the-knee boots | see the full review at www.shoppingmycloset.com


SHOP THE LOOK:

Merona Gisela over the knee boots (under $35 with code COLD)

 

Stuart Weitzman Lowland over the knee boots

Blue color – cheapest retailer found here {40% off!}

Loden green color – cheapest retailer found here

Buff color – cheapest retailer found here {40% off!}

Walnut color – cheapest retailer found here

Grey color – cheapest retailer found here

Black color – cheapest retailer found here

Black leather – cheapest retailer found here

Preloved boots available here & here

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November 14, 2016

Review: SheIn shirt under $15 + GIVEAWAY ($270 Nordstrom gift card)!

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Asymmetrical button neck blouse | classic trench coat | black skinny jeans | patent leather bow pumps | red quilted purse | see the entire look on www.shoppingmycloset.com   @bananarepublic #bananarepublic @jcrew #jcrew @expressrunway #express @ferragamo #ferragamo @official_shein #shein

Asymmetrical button neck blouse | classic trench coat | black skinny jeans | patent leather bow pumps | red quilted purse | see the entire look on www.shoppingmycloset.com   @bananarepublic #bananarepublic @jcrew #jcrew @expressrunway #express @ferragamo #ferragamo @official_shein #shein

Asymmetrical button neck blouse | classic trench coat | black skinny jeans | patent leather bow pumps | red quilted purse | see the entire look on www.shoppingmycloset.com   @bananarepublic #bananarepublic @jcrew #jcrew @expressrunway #express @ferragamo #ferragamo @official_shein #shein

Asymmetrical button neck blouse | classic trench coat | black skinny jeans | patent leather bow pumps | red quilted purse | see the entire look on www.shoppingmycloset.com   @bananarepublic #bananarepublic @jcrew #jcrew @expressrunway #express @ferragamo #ferragamo @official_shein #shein

Lately, I’ve been looking for classic tops with a modern twist. When I came across this top, I definitely loved how it looked. But, I was hesitant to purchase from the retailer since it was based internationally. In the past, I’ve come across some other fast fashion websites and wasn’t sure if (1) they were reputable (2) if I was going to get what was pictured on their website. After doing my research, I moved forward with placing my order.

Asymmetrical button neck blouse | classic trench coat | black skinny jeans | patent leather bow pumps | red quilted purse | see the entire look on www.shoppingmycloset.com   @bananarepublic #bananarepublic @jcrew #jcrew @expressrunway #express @ferragamo #ferragamo @official_shein #shein

Asymmetrical button neck blouse | classic trench coat | black skinny jeans | patent leather bow pumps | red quilted purse | see the entire look on www.shoppingmycloset.com   @bananarepublic #bananarepublic @jcrew #jcrew @expressrunway #express @ferragamo #ferragamo @official_shein #shein

Asymmetrical button neck blouse | classic trench coat | black skinny jeans | patent leather bow pumps | red quilted purse | see the entire look on www.shoppingmycloset.com   @bananarepublic #bananarepublic @jcrew #jcrew @expressrunway #express @ferragamo #ferragamo @official_shein #shein

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Asymmetrical button neck blouse | classic trench coat | black skinny jeans | patent leather bow pumps | red quilted purse | see the entire look on www.shoppingmycloset.com   @bananarepublic #bananarepublic @jcrew #jcrew @expressrunway #express @ferragamo #ferragamo @official_shein #shein

MY EXPERIENCE WITH SHEIN
While looking at their selection of tops, I noticed that various tops had different measurements and the difference was quite drastic between two tops that looked similar. Unsure of what size to order since it was unclear to me where the measurements were taken from (i.e biceps?), I hopped onto chat with their customer service. She was quite helpful and even sent me a visual of where to measure.

Since it was shipping from China, I expected it to take a bit of time getting to me (~2 weeks). Surprisingly, it came much sooner (note: the return address on the package was from New Jersey).

I’ve tried to purchase clothes from Asian retailers while abroad and it always seemed off. Most likely it’s because it’s cut for a different body type. I was pleasantly surprised when this top fit well. The material is nice especially considering the price of the top. And, when I pull it out of the wash, no ironing is needed!

I’ve had a good experience with this first order, and am hoping to order from them again. Hope these tips help you – let me know your experiences in the comments below!


SHOP THE LOOK:

Trench coat – Banana Republic {this season’s} [code FRIENDS for additional 40% off] (similar style here, here & here)

Stripe asymmetrical button neck blouse (similar style here {5 colors!} & here {60% off})

Black skinny jeans – J.Crew (similar style here {on sale – under $40} & here)

Red quilted purse – Express (similar style here {love the on-trend velvet} & here)

Black patent leather bow pumps – Salvatorre Ferragamo (similar style here {code FRIENDS40 for 40% off} & here {60% off})



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November 7, 2016

Review: Tory Burch Jolie riding boots

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Tory Burch Jolie riding boot review | see more at www.shoppingmycloset.com @toryburch #toryburch

I’ve been on a the hunt for a pair of brown riding boots since I did a boots purge at the end of last season. These Tory Burch “Jolie” riding boots looked promising in the pictures online and with an extra 30% off during the last ShopBop sale, I bit the bullet and ordered them.

Tory Burch Jolie riding boot review | see more at www.shoppingmycloset.com @toryburch #toryburch

First, let me tell you these boots are a heavy pebbled leather. The quality is very nice for the price – the leather is thick and it looks expensive. And, because the leather is thicker, there were no creases along the calf area (a major plus, especially if you’re going to invest in these!).

Tory Burch Jolie riding boot review | see more at www.shoppingmycloset.com @toryburch #toryburch

The gold Tory Burch logo is small and hits me a little higher than mid-calf.

Tory Burch Jolie riding boot review | see more at www.shoppingmycloset.com @toryburch #toryburch

The sole is well padded and you have the option of taking out the insole and adding your own. The stacked heel is low (~1″) which is great for comfort and will allow you to walk for long distances without any problems.

Tory Burch Jolie riding boot review | see more at www.shoppingmycloset.com @toryburch #toryburch

The full length hidden zipper and inner lining makes putting on and taking off the boot a breeze.

Overall, if you’re looking for an investment pair of leather riding boots, this boot is for you. It’s available in 2 colors (brown and black) and has a wide availability of sizes (5.5 – 11) with wide calf options. The design is classic and the quality is superb which means these boots will last for many seasons!

Measurements: shaft (height) 16″, calf circumference 15.5″, heel 1″.

SHOP:

Nordstrom {33% off}

Zappos {33% off}

ShopBop {30% off}

Neiman Marcus

Bloomingdale’s {25% off}

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