Winter Style

Are Hunter Rain Boots Worth the Money?

A fun pink knit sweater and pink hunter boots are the perfect equation for a snow bunny look.

I have owned my Hunter Rain Boots for over a year now and feel like it’s about time to give a FULL HONEST review of them. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

A fun pink knit sweater and pink hunter boots are the perfect equation for a snow bunny look.

A fun pink knit sweater and pink hunter boots are the perfect equation for a snow bunny look. A fun pink knit sweater and pink hunter boots are the perfect equation for a snow bunny look. A fun pink knit sweater and pink hunter boots are the perfect equation for a snow bunny look.
A fun pink knit sweater and pink hunter boots are the perfect equation for a snow bunny look.

A fun pink knit sweater and pink hunter boots are the perfect equation for a snow bunny look. A fun pink knit sweater and pink hunter boots are the perfect equation for a snow bunny look. A fun pink knit sweater and pink hunter boots are the perfect equation for a snow bunny look. A fun pink knit sweater and pink hunter boots are the perfect equation for a snow bunny look. A fun pink knit sweater and pink hunter boots are the perfect equation for a snow bunny look.

SWEATER c/o | SHIRT (similar) | JEANS | BOOTS | HAT | GLOVES ($9) | LIPS (Snob) |

NECKLACE (use code ‘topknotsandpearls’ for 20% off)

I bought my first pair of Hunter Rain Boots last December. I waited until they were on a price match promo and took the plunge. I wasn’t sure if they were going to be worth the investment but after going through 4 pairs of those super cute super cheap rain boots, I assumed I would wear these enough to make it worth my money. 12 months later I am here to break it all down for you. 

COMFORT: Holy cow, I cannot express how comfortable the Hunter Rain Boots are. My cheap rain boots had broken down in the sole so much that the plastic form of the sole was super painful to walk on top of. Picture a crosshatching pattern pressed into the sole of your foot…ya, not fun. The sides of the boots are insulated vs. the cheap ones just having the rubber. You can buy liners for more comfort but I didn’t find I needed them.

WARMTH: The sides of the boots are insulated vs. the cheap ones just having the rubber. You can buy liners for more comfort but I didn’t find I needed them. I did buy the sherpa sole inserts to keep my feet a little warmer in the snow and it was so helpful! They even made these already comfortable boots more comfortable. If you are in between sizes these help to close the gap. 

FIT: I have pretty muscular calves so I was worried that they would be too tight on me. I love the fit. The cheaper ones tend to gape on your legs which invites the cold wind and rain into your boots which is NOT fun. Hunter did make a new style that has an adjustable closer in the back for more room! Also, when you put them on or off, it takes a little push. Don’t worry, this is how they fit for everyone.

COLOR: I am sure you can guess already, they have EVERY color you could ever want or imagine. I bought the glossy red last Christmas and wore them so much I purchased the matte blush this Winter when they went on price match. I have worn these colors so much, I treat them as a neutral. 

THE FINISH: I have heard so many people talk about them having an awful finish on their boots when they bought them. This is a “bloom” from the rubber. Hunter goes into a lot of detail on their website HERE. I have both the rubber spray and sponge to keep the finish on my boots. The matte finish has less of the dusting effect than the glossy. 

HEIGHT: I have loved having the boot be taller! All of my rainboots in the past have hit me mid calf. The taller boot is much more flattering not to mention it keeps you warmer!

TRACTION: The PNW brings all sorts of weather conditions. I have loved the traction these boots have brought me. In high school, I would wear my other rain boots and as soon as I stepped onto the tile floors in the building I would go sliding because the boots had NO traction. A high price to pay for style! These boots ACTUALLY have traction. I have now tested them in rain, snow, and ice.

Now….

PRICE: Are they worth the investment? Yes. A hundred times, yes. After wearing cheap rain boots for years, I can say without a doubt in my mind they are worth it. If you can save and get them on the Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom, price matched (Bloomingdales and Nordstrom both price match throughout the year), Nordstrom Rack, or used. After paying $35 per pair of my old boots, I spent almost the same amount of one pair of Hunter Rain Boots that will last a lifetime. 

I love these boots and wear them so much that I could justify buying a second pair. When I first bought them I didn’t believe I would wear them as much as I do. Trust me, if you make the investment, you won’t be sorry about it! 

After owning my Hunter boots for over a year I am spilling the good, the bad, and the ugly on the blog.

Holiday Style Winter Style

Subtle Valentine’s Day look.

The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses.

The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses.

Your outfit of the day for Valentine’s can be over the top or subtle. This year I think I am going to opt for subtle because this top is just too cute! The bows have me swooning and the price tag is unbeatable! 

The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses.The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses. The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses.The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses.The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses. The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses.

 

TOP c/o | JEANS | HEELS | HANDBAG | NECKLACE (code ‘topknotsandpearls’) | LIPS (ruby woo)

I personally love Valentine’s Day! I don’t allow it to be the only day that I communicate my love for Jason, but it is a fun day to specifically remember and communicate that love! For the last couple years, I have done a themed dinner at our house for each other. Going out on Valentine’s day is expensive and anything but romantic because everyone is out! This year, I am not sure what we are doing since we aren’t in our own home yet. 

One thing I do know is that 2/14 will be a fun and cheesy day.  Probably filled with lots of conversation hearts, chocolate for Jason because he is an addict, and something bubbly to drink. I love having a day that I can out together cheesy cards and little gestures for him!

There are so many ways for you to wear this top. I have it with jeans and heels but you can also wear it with jeans and boots, leggings and boots, or tucked into a cute skirt! 

Have fun being cheesy! Valentine’s Day is more than just for couples, celebrate your girls in your life by sending them love for Galentine’s Day too! 

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Life

A Look Back | Life after a miscarriage.

Written in January 2015:

A year ago I experienced an early pregnancy loss. I was only about 7 weeks along when I found out I was pregnant and then the next day I began miscarrying. I didn’t have enough time to completely comprehend the change that was happening before I started to lose the one thing I have looked forward to the most since Jason and I were married. I shared with Jason the loss a few days after it happened.  It took me a few days to be able to put everything into words so I wrote it in a card.  It was an emotional day for Jason and I. It bonded us together as husband and wife which I wouldn’t change for the world. Jason and I decided to keep it between us, knowing that it happened so fast and that we both weren’t prepared to have this, being a fresh loss, so out in the open. As we approached the 1 year anniversary of this loss I have been processing a lot of unexpected emotions. I’ve been reflecting on the last year and everything I have gone through emotionally, grasping for any way to find comfort.

At first, I struggled with knowing it wasn’t the right time for our family to grow but wanting that baby I had lost. I know we would love that baby with all our hearts.  I then started dealing with anger and feeling like I wasn’t justified to be angry. Why did we have to lose this baby?  I can’t remember a time that I DIDN’T want a baby, struggling with knowing I couldn’t have my baby crushed me. Something that helped me get through this time is looking at the baby section of stores. I avoided them with all I had for months. It hurt every time to pass by them and know I didn’t have my baby to shop for. I knew I needed to get through that trigger, I jumped head on. What ended up happening, was I had an overwhelming sense of hope. Hope for the day I will be the one buying little outfits and blankets. Hope for the day I will be the one shopping for maternity clothes. Hope for the day I will be the one bouncing my little one in my arms. Now I am in a place of peace.  I wouldn’t have gotten here without letting myself grieve.  It is a process that is painful but necessary for complete healing. Now that I have allowed myself to grieve I am able to treasure that little babe that is with the Lord and am content in knowing that someday when it’s God’s timing our family will grow. I still struggle with the pain of this loss and always will. That pain will never go away but what has changed is that I am comforted in knowing The Lord has a plan. A beautiful and perfect plan. I wear a gold bar necklace with an “a” on it, symbolizing my sweet Angel Baby. Someday I hope to find a 14k gold one that will last me forever.

This past year I have struggled with keeping this hidden. It has been one of the deepest struggles I have dealt with. Loss of any kind makes an impression on your heart. You are forever changed by that loss, you can make that change a positive or a negative change. Through the Lord’s guidance, this loss has been a positive change for me. I have prayed long and hard about expressing this part of my heart. I pray my story can bring hope to someone who is feeling hopeless.  I pray my story can bring direction to someone who is lost. I pray my story can encourage someone who is discouraged.

One day, all of you will be able to celebrate with us when we grow our family.  It will be one of the happiest times of my life.  A time I feel I will treasure more now than I would have before. For now, I am content being a mama of a little angel baby.

3 Years Later:

Since writing this post, I have found what makes my heart at peace celebrating our Angel Baby. Each anniversary of this day, I buy a single white rose and place it in a vase. This reminds me of the sweet little soul that is in heaven and waiting for me each day. On that day I go and buy a gift for our future babies. This gives me hope for what is to come and peace for what wasn’t meant to be. Sometimes when I find something that gives me joy for our future, I will buy it and place it in our hope box.

These two things help me to get through a day that could be unbearable. I have found such peace in this day and hope. If you have a loss that you struggle having peace through, I encourage you to find what helps you find hope through that anniversary. It will be different then everyone else who has gone through a loss but what is important, is that helps you. 

Since losing out precious babe, I have been able to walk through some hard roads some of my closest friends have had to walk. I wouldn’t have had the compassion and understanding to give them if I hadn’t walked through that journey before. I am hopeful to see the rest of our story come together and to see how God uses this story throughout my life. 

PS These photos are not up to par with what I create now but my mom encouraged me to keep

these ones on this post out of memory during this time.

 

A story of our miscarriage and how we have found peace and hope during this loss.

A story of our miscarriage and how we have found peace and hope during this loss.