Review: Everlane Silk Square Shirt Dress

After buying the Everlane Double Lined Silk V-Neck Dress (review here) I fell in love with silk and felt I needed more in my life. So drapey and swishy! That’s sort of how I roll…  I find something that I like, become obsessed, and over do it. I bought the same dress in the white/gray color but sent it back. While I love the style, that color was not flattering on me. Again…  With the overdoing.

I had been hemming and hawing about trying the Silk Square Shirt Dress for a while. The reviews were very positive, but I just wasn’t sure about the style. It’s boxy and oversized, and generally that’s not a good silhouette for me. I decided to give it a try and am so glad that I did. While yes, the dress is boxy and oversized, it hangs and drapes so nice because of the silk. I typically wear a size 10 in dresses because I have broad shoulders and an ample bosom. Ahem. I ordered this in a size 8 after reading the reviews and researching the sizing. I’m glad I sized down. A 10 would have been too large.

In contrast to the Double Lined Silk V – Neck Dress, this dress is not lined. There is only layer of silk. I was worried that it may be an issue and the dress may be too see through, but that is not the case. The fabric is nice and opaque, plus the drape of the dress hides any lumps, or bumps, and panty lines. The dress sort of goes outward from the body, then comes back in and gets smaller at the hem.

Speaking of the hem…  It has the nice 6 inch hem that Everlane puts on a lot of their silk products. I love the look. One possible con is that the color is not true black. It’s sort of a washed black, which generally I don’t like, but this works. Would I have preferred a true black? Yes.

I’m excited to wear this work. I refused to wear it before I shot it. I didn’t want it to get wrinkled. Speaking of wrinkles, any item you order online is going to be wrinkled when you get it. Since, the majority of my purchases are online these days, I invested in a hand held steamer from Conair. I use that sucker all the damn time. Life saver. I refuse to iron, and don’t need to anymore with this thing.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

XOXO,

Ashley

Review: Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant

I finally got my hands on a pair of the Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pants. They were released this spring and immediately sold out. I wasn’t sure about them when they first came out, so as I was pondering them they sold out in about 5 hours. I’ve learned a valuable lesson. Just buy the item you are pondering when it is released and send it back if it doesn’t work. Otherwise, you may miss out on an item completely, or have to wait months for them to restock. The one good thing about me not buying these pants when they were first released is that the black ones were re-released in a TRUE black color, as opposed to washed black.

I ordered two sizes. Many of the reviews I read said that people found them to be tight in the hips, so they were taking a size up from their regular size. I ordered both an 8 and a 10 and kept the 8. I didn’t feel much of a difference between the two sizes. The 10 was slightly more roomy, but not significantly so. Perhaps they adjusted the cut. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have big hips. I dunno.

When I picked up the package I was shocked at the weight. Two pairs of these weigh a lot! The fabric is SUBSTANTIAL. Think really thick denim. You are not going to be comfortable wearing these outside on a 90° humid day. They are that thick. You will be OK if you are tooling around in 70° weather or air conditioning. You know how gross it is when you wear jeans on a super hot day…  The same feeling of grossness will occur if you wear these.

The rise is high on these, but that doesn’t bother me. Higher rise pants are great for wearing more cropped tops and it helps to hold in the wobbly bits. Sitting is not an issue. Sometimes higher rise pants can make you feel like you are being squeezed to death by a boa constrictor when you sit, but these don’t. These have a wee bit of stretch to them (99% cotton and 1% elastane), so sitting is fine.

I tried to keep the outfit below super simple so you could see the actual pants. I plan to style these in a bunch of fun ways, so stay tuned. I think these will look great with any fitted or cropped top. I know I’ll be wearing them with a fitted cashmere sweater and boots come fall.

So, what’s the verdict? I really like them. Two thumbs up!

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Wearing: Pants – Everlane, My most favorite t-shirt in the world – Grana, Sandals – Everlane, Bag – Celine, Sunnies – SEE, Lips – M.A.C. (Viva Glam 1).

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have an easy Monday. I’m heading back to work after being off for a week. Pray for me!

XOXO,

Ashley

 

 

PS – I’m sure that all of you have already signed up with Everlane, but if not use my referral link. Full disclosure: If you end up buying something I’ll get a $25 credit.

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Visiting the Heidelberg Project – Detroit

I’ve lived in the Detroit metro area for over 14 years. Visiting The Heidelberg Project has been on my list of things to do for a long time. A really long time. I’m embarrassed how long it took me to visit. I’m a homebody…  So, my spare time is precious and sometimes I just want to sit around in stretchy pants.

Since we are stay-cationing this week we’ve had nothing but time. The hubs and I decided to take a trip down to the site. The Heidelberg Project is an ever-changing and morphing art project that encompasses Heidelberg Street in Detroit. Actually, it spills over Heidelberg Street.

While I was taking pictures, hubs was talking to one of the overseers of the Project. Detroit has a lot of vandalism and The Project has been burned down several times… He learned the significance of the clocks. Apparently, when the artist was child he was often locked in a closet for long periods of time and he lost all track of time. And then my heart broke into a zillion pieces.

JESUS.

My feels have been really close to the surface lately and that hit a deep chord.

After we visited The Project we stopped by Sister Pie for some delicious pie (duh). That was another Detroit place that has been on our list of places to visit. That crust. My GOD. Delicious. So, here’s to trying new things! Two thumbs up for stepping out comfort zones.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,

Ashley