M. Gemi Palestra Sneaker Review – The $228 Sneaker.

A detailed shot of the M. Gemi Palestra Sneaker

The M. Gemi Palestra Sneaker

Sneakers are crazy expensive right now (insert all the designer dad shoes). Sure, there are still a ton of great options on the lower end, but more and more, it’s become “normal” to spot a pair of six, seven, even eight hundred dollar kicks when scrolling Instagram…hell I’m guilty of it here.

But when it comes to shopping for sneakers (especially a classic everyday white sneaker) my goal was to find a pair of sneakers that look expensive but don’t require a small business loan to pay for -> Enter the M. Gemi Palestra Sneaker. Now I ‘ve been wearing heels from M. Gemi for years. The Cammeo classic pointy-toe pump is on constantly on repeat in my wardrobe thanks to its classic design, comfort, and approachable price point, so I was already a fan of the brand when my sneakers arrived.

My Palestra sneakers arrived last week and in less than seven days I have really put them through the wringer. From a third date walking ALL around San Francisco to a food photo shoot that involved me balancing on a chair the Palestra sneakers survived and kept me looking cool and comfortable. I even spilled some food on them mid-photo shoot and was able to quickly wipe them clean with a napkin. With its clean lines and minimalist style—this sneaker is truly elevated. I would honestly compare them to my $400 Original Achilles leather sneakers from Common Projects, but slightly more comfortable. You can also easily get away with pairing these sneakers with dressed-up pieces or leather leggings.

Seven days into owning these sneakers I give them two thumbs up and recommend them to anyone in the market for a quality white leather sneaker.

And I’m giving away one pair of these sneakers to one lucky reader!


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KatWalkSF putting on her M. Gemi Palestra Sneakers

How can M.Gemi afford to make shoes this good at such a reasonable price? Well, like lots of new fashion brands that were born in the tech era, M.Gemi sells its shoes directly to consumers instead of third-party retailers. In other words, if they did things the old school way, you could expect these sneakers to retail for at least $600. Now, look—we know nothing can beat the real thing, and sometimes a $900 splurge on sneakers is just what the soul needs. Point is, these M.Gemi sneakers will still get you all the compliments of a shoe that’s a lot more expensive.

The M. Gemi Palestra Sneaker

Details: Tumbled leather upper, soft gold eyelets, white cotton laces, leather lining with a rubber bottom. Made by hand in Marche, Italy.

Fit Tip: A super-comfy, easy fit. Readily accommodates a wider foot. Those with narrower feet may wish to go down a half size.

I am a true Italian size 38/US size 8 and on the average to narrow side and ordered true to size. I have a little bit of extra room but feel that a size 37.5/7.5 would be too small. My recommendation would be to order true to size unless your foot is really really narrow.

Shop the Palestra Sneaker with the code: Kat40 for $40 off (the code works on any M. Gemi shoe)

What I Ate: Restoration Hardware Yountville

Blonde woman standing at the Restoration Hardware Yountville

Last week I hit the road with my girls from San Francisco to Yountville for the ultimate ladies who lunch adventure at the new Restoration Hardware Yountville.

On a Thursday morning it took us about an hour and a half to get there (after a quick stop at Rustic Bakery in the Marin Country Mart <- worth the stop). Yountville is about twenty minutes north of downtown Napa and my new favorite stop when exploring wine country. If you love wine and luxury then you will love Yountville.

RH Yountville features a standalone full-service restaurant and wine tasting room with parking in the middle of the two structures. You can snag food, wine, coffee, and shop the latest Restoration Hardware designs in one spot. Restoration Hardware Yountville is also right in the heart of town and just steps away from some of my favorite tasting rooms in Yountville.

I made a reservation for five for lunch about a week before we dined there without a problem. There was a bit of a wait when we got there giving us plenty of time to snap some photos. The lighting is AMAZING so charge your phone and be prepared to take a photo of pretty much everything. The entire space is an Instagram Restoration Hardware dream!

After about a twenty minute wait we were seated and shortly greeted by our lovely server. Everything from the place settings to the champagne flutes had a Restoration Hardware special touch. The food was solid and priced accordingly for the neighborhood. I shared the burger and shrimp cocktail with a friend and it was perfect for an afternoon in wine country. The entire experience was opulent + excellent and I will 100% be back.

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Restoration Hardware Yountville

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Restoration Hardware Yountville

What I Ate: 

RH Burger – Sharp American Cheddar Cheese, Pickles, Onions, Dijonnaise, Lettuce, and Tomato $22

Shrimp Cocktail – Lemon, Dijonnaise, and Cocktail Sauce $20

Restoration Hardware Yountville is open daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The restaurant serves brunch until about 3:30 p.m. and then transitions into dinner service.

Full Menu Here Reservations Here

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What I Wore:

Jacket: BB Dakota, Hugs Don’t Lie Faux Fur Jacket

Dress: WAYF, Manor Ruffle Bib Mini Dress.

Found on sale for $55 here and $77 here.

Bag: Gucci, GG Marmont 2.0 Matelassé Leather Shoulder Bag

Boots: Marc Fisher, Waren Round Toe Lace Up Leather Boots. Also seen here.

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8 Ways to Wear Dresses With Boots

Blonde fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a turtleneck dress at the Hotel Yountville.

Dresses with Boots a classic combination in the winter.

For this post, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite ways to pull off this combination. Below I’m highlighting 8 different ways to wear your favorite dresses with boots. Some work for chilly temps while others are better reserved for slightly warmer wintery weather. Still, no matter what the day may look like outside, you’re guaranteed you’ll find some easy outfit inspiration below.

8 Ways to Wear Dresses With Boots 

KatWalkSF at the Ferry Building in the AE Soft & Sexy Plush Shift Dress

Number One 

A neutral palette and white bootie

This simple sweater dress is down to $12 and has been a nonstop staple in my wardrobe. The soft and sexy plush fabric looks just as good as it feels—proof that style and comfort aren’t mutually exclusive. Pair this sweater dress with a white bootie and some tights so that you don’t look as FREEZING cold as me.

Willow & Clay Floral Print Smocked V-Neck Fit & Flare Dress, Dresses with Boots

Number Two

A 90s floral mini dress with a lace-up combat boot

Willow & Clay Floral Print Ruffle Trim Poet Sleeve Mini Wrap Dress, Dresses with Boots

Number Three

Another 90s style floral mini dress, but this time with a faux fur coat and neutral suede bootie

Blonde fashion blogger KatWalkSF at RH Yountville in the WAYF Manor Ruffle Bib Mini Dress.

Number Four

A black floral bib dress with THICK tights and chunky boots

Ruffle bib mini dress on sale for $55 here and $77 in all sizes here.

Blonde fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a turtleneck dress at the Hotel Yountville.

Number Five

LBD + Knee High Boots

Banana Republic Leopard Print Ruffle-Cuff Shift Dress, Dresses with boots

Number Six

A leopard shift dress with white booties and sheer tights

ASOS DESIGN shoulder pad mini dress with seams, Dresses with Boots

Number Seven

A LBD with STATEMENT boots

For the Love of Cables Dress, Free People, OTK Boots, Sole Society

Number Eight

A chunky sweater dress with OTK boots and a floppy hat (also styled here)

On sale in cream and brick here for $59.97 from $168.


Five Reasons Why Everyone Needs $50 Blue Light Glasses

KatWalkSF wearing the Quay Australia $50 Blue Light Glasses, a coral sweater and gray jeans.

$50 Blue Light Glasses

  1. You need to protect your eyes. You protect your eyes from the sun. So why don’t you protect them from the harmful light emitted by the screens we look at all day long? Blue light filtering glasses feature unique lenses to help to block out the HEV light emitted by digital screens.
  2. Say goodbye to headaches, blurry vision, and eye strain. Keep your eyes in the clear with blue light lenses, featuring technology to assist with blocking potentially harmful (blue) HEV light from screens to help prevent these symptoms.
  3. Helps eye health. Blue light specifically is able to penetrate the retina. Some studies have shown that too much exposure to blue light can damage cells in the retina. This can lead to macular degeneration, which can lead to permanent vision loss. By cutting down the amount of blue light your eyes are exposed to with blue light blocking glasses, you can help to protect your overall eye health.
  4.  Improves Sleeping Habits. Blue light can be especially aggressive in triggering sleeplessness. It can suppress melatonin production and alter your circadian rhythm. To put it plainly: Blue light’s interference with your sleep can lead to shortened total sleep time and diminished sleep quality. But by using blue light blocking glasses, you can help manage your blue light exposure and start to get a better night’s sleep.
  5. These $50 Blue Light Glasses are stylish and affordable. Quay Australia redesigned some of their best-selling sunnies in a clear blue light blocking lens format. Wear them when working on a laptop, watching TV, or scrolling the ‘gram to look good + feel good.

KatWalkSF wearing the Quay Australia $50 Blue Light Glasses, a coral sweater and gray jeans.

What I Wore:

Glasses: Quay Australia (c/o), Hardwire – $50 Blue Light Glasses

Sweater: Loft, Flare Sleeve Sweater

Jeans: Gap, Mid Rise True Skinny Jeans in Sculpt

Boots: Public Desire (c/o), Zara Lace Up Ankle Booties

Holiday: Outerwear At Every Price

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Target – Women’s Plaid Printed Puffer Jackets  – $18

Blonde fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a grey faux fur bomber in San Francisco.

Public Desire – Grey Faux Fur Bomber – $49.99

ASOS DESIGN reversible faux fur and check bonded jacket

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BB Dakota – Hugs Don’t Lie Faux Fur Jacket – $120 – Last seen here for $96 and here for $80.

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Topshop – Piper Check Jacket – $130