Monday was a magnificent Meghan Markle mail day (try saying that three times fast!) when I received both my Kamik Sienna boots and Everlane bag at the same time. I’m super pleased with both purchases and if you’re on the fence about either of them, I really wouldn’t hesitate.
Kamik Sienna Boots
I saw someone post about these boots on Instagram a couple of months ago, and I’d actually never noticed Meghan wearing them until I looked on the company’s account. I’d been in the market for a new pair of winter boots for a while, and always loved the look of L.L. Bean’s boots, but thought these were much cuter with the plaid print. At $120, they’re really not that expensive for a high-quality, sturdy, waterproof boot, but they’re still not cheap. I hemmed and hawed about them for a while, and right after Christmas I saw DSW had some great promo codes which would knock the price of the boots down to $79.81. Sold!
The boots are even cuter in person, and I was pleasantly surprised at how warm they are! They’re lined with 3M Thinsulate, so that definitely does the trick. The best part for me, however, is the comfort factor. I am SO picky about shoes and the Kamiks are legit one of the most comfortable boots I’ve ever worn. They have a slight heel which gives you a bit of height, too … perfect if you’re petite like me.
The ultimate test was wearing them in the snow, and I can report that they kept my feet dry and warm, plus I didn’t fall on my face in the icy driveway, so win-win, I say.
The one potential downside of this shoe is that they only come in full sizes. That wasn’t an issue for me, as I’m a pretty steady size 7, but if you’re a half size you might find yourself with some extra room. I have enough room in these to wear them with super thick fuzzy socks. If you’re a 6.5, for example, I’d probably try sizing down to a 6 before choosing a 7, but it might require some trial and error/different socks to get the best fit.
Everlane Day Market Tote
I have been waiting for this bag for MONTHS, so it was really exciting to finally have it in my hands!
I tried to buy the bag shortly after Meghan first carried it at the Invictus Games in September, but of course it was sold out. I waited patiently until mid November, which was the expected restock date, when suddenly the available date was changed to December. So I signed up for the waitlist and on December 9 when it was supposed to be back in stock, the site said it wouldn’t be back until January 4. I emailed Everlane and they said they had to fulfill preorders, but to keep checking back. At this point I felt like it would be springtime before I got the bag, but two days before Christmas I got a text from my friend Sarah telling me it was in stock! I bought it immediately, and although it wasn’t supposed to ship until January 15, it arrived on the 8th, which was a nice surprise.
Tip: The “waitlist” feature on the Everlane site was basically pointless, as I never got an email or any kind of notification when the bag came back in stock. If you’re trying to get one, check the site daily (or make friends with someone who does!). Either that, or buy it in a different color, because this cognac color, which Meghan owns, is consistently out of stock.
On to the actual bag: It’s a very generous size, certainly big enough to fit a laptop and plenty of other stuff, too. In fact, it’s almost TOO big, so I don’t think I’ll use it for everyday wear unless I was planning a day out and needed a lot of stuff with me. I took it to my favorite tearoom for lunch today, then to Target, and felt like it was a little cumbersome – I had my wallet, phone, portable charger, a book, and a small pouch with some essentials in there, and I felt like my stuff was swimming inside this giant bag! To be fair, I typically use a small crossbody, so it might just take some getting used to carrying a big purse.
However, it’s perfect for a travel bag. Usually I carry a backpack and a purse on a plane, so between my Cath Kidston backpack and this, I should be able to fit a good amount of things and look nice while doing it, too. It would also make an excellent work bag, especially if you have to commute on a train/bus and carry a lot with you. I work from home, but will definitely use it on days when I need to be out and about with my computer.
There’s one pocket which is a decent size for your phone/wallet, but otherwise it’s just one huge, open compartment. You can tell there’s a lot of work put into the construction and stitching of the bag, and for $165 it’s really high quality, certainly a bag that would cost much, much more from another brand. If you haven’t looked into Everlane’s philosophy I recommend you read up on it here; I’ve been really impressed with how they partner with ethical factories and price things fairly. You can even learn all about the factory where the Day Market Tote is made by hand in Florence, Italy.
So that’s it – my first two Meghan purchases. I’m looking forward to seeing what she wears this year and the new brands and styles we have yet to discover!