BFFs | Madewell Transport Rucksack and Blondo Booties
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My best friend Jen came to visit me from Portland, OR last week. I took some vacation time to spend a staycation with her and we had the best time! Jen used to live around here in the DC area so lucky for me, I didn't have to play tour guide, but I really enjoyed hanging out around town. We went to the National Book Festival, the H St. Corridor, the African American museum, and (our favorite), the National Portrait Gallery. The weather was not the most cooperative, though. It was super hot and muggy - I had to take into account that it could rain at any moment.
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I got these awesome Blondo Nova waterproof booties during the Nordstrom anniversary sale. They are seriously the best BUT they do need to be broken in. They are a bit tight, to be honest, which is something that rarely happens to me as I have small feet (size 6 or a European size 36 and a UK size 4). I've rarely had to size up in my life but I honestly could have gone up half a size for a bit more room. That said, they are quite comfortable once worn in. They feel like a soft leathery suede material but are completely waterproof, which was what made them so appealing to me. DC gets crazy weather year-round and that makes me hesitant to get suede shoes ever. These booties also give me a bit of height which at my 5'3" frame can only help. They have zippers on both sides but only the outside one zips all the down. The inside zipper is just for decoration. Even though these booties were a bit too warm for the hot and humid weather we had been having that day, it was great for when it started to rain. I can't wait to wear these in the Fall with skinny jeans and sweaters!
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I have had my eye on this chic leather backpack for a few years but I only recently decided buy it. I loved the idea of backpacks but they remind me of my school days and the last thing I want to do is look and feel juvenile. I'm so glad backpacks are trendy now because I gotta say that a chic backpack not only looks amazing but is a huge shoulder reliever! I was worried this Madewell Transport Rucksack would be too heavy as it's made of leather. I'm happy to report that this backpack is certainly not heavy (definitely doesn't feel heavier than my Dagne Dover classic bag) but I can't say if that's because I'm wearing it on both shoulders instead of just one. The leather is buttery soft and I loved the smell of that leather. It can fit a ton of stuff in it too, including my Macbook! The inside is still a bit stiff but normal wear and tear will fix that right up. The only thing I wish I could change about the backpack is that it has a hole and button closure. I almost wish it were a magnetic closure in the front because it'd make opening and closing it much faster. Still, it looks a lot more grown up than the Jansport backpacks I used to have in middle school. It comes with a very grown-up price tag as well, which also contributed to the reason it took so long for me to buy it. It's originally $198 which is rather hefty. I have quite the retail story with this bag, actually - I originally ordered it on August 1 but they told me that I'd have to wait until August 15th for them as it was backordered. I decided to wait it out...and then on August 15 it got backordered again and I was told they wouldn't ship it until August 22. At this point I called Madewell and asked if I could just cancel the order as I needed this backpack before the 24th, just before my friend comes to visit. They convinced me that it cold potentially come off the waitlist so it may just be fine waiting it out. The 22nd comes and goes, as does the 24th and I saw that Madewell was having a 15% off sale. I frustratedly called Madewell again and said, if I was not going to receive my order by the time I needed it anyway, I could have waited until now to get 15% off of it instead of paying full price and waiting almost a month. They decided to give me a 15% off and then another 20% because even though the item was no longer backordered, they took too long to get it out for shipment. I ended up receiving this rucksack for around $134 and it arrived in the middle of Jen's visit on August 30th. All of this for a backpack I ordered on August 1! While being on the waitlist was annoying, I will give credit to Madewell's customer service - they're pretty awesome!