Everlane Stretch Ponte Crop Pants and Nisolo Mariella Mules

In my quest for the perfect pair of black pants I decided to give the Everlane Stretch Ponte Crop pants a try. They were taunting me for months. I read multiple posts from Everlane review bloggers who did not love these pants. One of the complaints was the length, but most of those people are a lot shorter than I am. Another complaint was that they felt they would have to wear something over the pants. I rarely air the derrière, so I hit add to cart and had them sent my way. Of course, they didn’t fit. Honestly, I get the sizing wrong almost every time that I order something from Everlane. I read the reviews, I refer to the size chart, I measure stuff. It just doesn’t matter. I’m still going to have to send it back for another size. Is it just me? Why is this so hard?

After trying on the first pair, I opted to try again. I liked the pants. I saw promise. These could work. I did the return and repurchase swaperooni and finally got the correct size. Just as an FYI, I am wearing a size 8. I originally thought that I would need a size 10, but nope…  Those were too big. There was a lot of gaping at the waist. You guys…  I really like these. I’ve worn them to work and I’ve worn them casually with sneakers, a tee shirt and light (long) jacket. I’m contemplating buying them in grey and buying a second pair of black ones. I foresee wearing these a lot. Two thumbs up from me on the Everlane Stretch Ponte Pants!

Recently, I discovered another ethical shoe brand: Nisolo. Let me rephrase that…  I rediscovered this brand. I learned of Nisolo about a year or so ago, and I thought their options were a bit too hippie dippy for my personal style, so I promptly forgot about them. Then one day I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, as one does, and saw the cutest mules EVER on Andrea Hartman from Seasons + Salt. She’s an ethical fashion blogger, whom I really enjoy. I did some digging and found out that the mules were made by Nisolo.

I purchased the Nisolo Mariella Mule in sand and really, really like them. I love that mules are back, and had been on the look out for a pair that I could wear this Spring/Summer. The style and color of these were what drew me in, and the fact that these are ethically made helped to seal the deal. FYI: The leather is sort of a combination between smooth leather and Nubuck. They are comfortable and took no breaking in. It took me a bit to relearn how to walk in mules, but I think I have it down again. Two thumbs up on these as well.

Wearing: Blazer – J. Crew, Tee – Grana, Pants – Everlane, Necklace – J. Crew (old), Bag – Celine, Shoes – Nisolo.

If you are interested in trying out Nisolo, I have a referral link for you. Click here to save $25.00 on your first purchase. Full disclosure: If you buy something, I get a $25 credit.

 
I hope your week is treating you kindly. Thanks so much for stopping by.

XOXO,

Ashley

Review: Grana Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater

I have one final Grana cashmere sweater to show you and I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite. As I shared last week, the folks at Grana sent me some of their product to review. They had no requirement for number of posts. They had no requirement for positive reviews. They had no requirement for anything. I’m sharing this look because I really like the sweater. I’m wearing the Grana Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater in burgundy. I love the color, and I love the simple classic shape. I wore this sweater three times over the past week. Shhhhhh… Don’t tell any work peeps or any of my friends. I don’t want them thinking I’m gross.

This crew is simply great. I love that basic crews are like a blank slate. You can dress them up or down. Granted, this is a really basic look that I wore to work. (Look at me wearing real pants! I still hate pants.) However, I am looking forward to wearing this with an obnoxiously sparkly necklace soon. It also looks great with a pair of jeans and booties or retro sneakers for a casual look. I want it in black or navy and plan to buy it after I make it out of January. I’m trying to succeed at “no spend” January.

grana-cashmere-crew-sweater-review-3 grana-cashmere-crew-sweater-review-4 grana-cashmere-crew-sweater-review-2 grana-cashmere-crew-sweater-review-1Wearing: Cashmere Crew Sweater – c/o Grana, Pants – Banana Republic, Shoes – Everlane, Bag – Coach (old), Coat – J. Crew (old).

 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week.

XOXO,

Ashley

 

PS – Here is a referral link to Grana. This link will provide new customers 10% off and if you buy something I get a $20.00 store credit. Full disclosure.

How to Wear a Lace Shirt to the Office

I like lace, but it can tricky. You have to be careful about the style and fabric of your lace pieces or you can wind up with a nip slip or unintentionally look like Madonna circa 1984. Boy toy, anyone? Don’t get me wrong…  In 1984 I was totally down with that look and I have been a huge Madonna fan for years. I just don’t want to do it again.

If you are going to wear lace to the office you need to ensure that there is enough coverage. Nobody wants to see your boobies at work. Cover the twins up. Wear a camisole. Also, you need to ensure that the rest of your outfit is less extra. Translation? Keep it conservative elsewhere. If you can go straight to the club from work, you need to take it down a notch.

I paired this peplum styled lace shirt with a conservative black wool pencil skirt, opaque tights and ankle booties. I personally think that sheer hosiery would be too much skin with the lace top for work. I’m not a fan of sheer hosiery anyway, but that opaque tights really help to keep things on the up and up. Let’s keep it classy, ladies.

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Wearing: Top – H&M (sold out), Skirt – J. Crew Factory, Necklace – J. Crew (old), Booties – Loeffler Randall, Bag – Coach (old), Sunnies – Kate Spade (old), Coat – Old Navy (ancient).

Thanks so much for stopping by! How is everyone handling this whole back to work business?

XOXO,

Ashley