Flouncy Light Blue Shirt Dress

Holy crap, I’m not wearing black!

I picked up this dress when I was in Paris in April. (Sing it with me now…  “April in Paris…”) I’ve always been intrigued by the store, COS. I’ve been in a few on my travels, but never really had an opportunity to do much of anything other than a quick browse. There was a COS store just around the corner from our hotel in the St. Germaine neighborhood. One afternoon after surviving some serious sight seeing activities everyone was chilling at the hotel and glued to their phones, so I decided to go down to the store.

I tried on a BUNCH of things, and ended up deciding on this dress. A lot of their styles are really oversized and that look doesn’t do much for my figure. I think you have to be long and lean to wear the oversized look well. I am neither long, nor lean. There were some non-oversized styles and those are what I gravitated to. I do like that many of their dresses are longer and therefore, work appropriate. Or life appropriate, if you are like me and not wanting to show as much leg as I used to. Basically, short skirts and dresses are just too much work. You have to sit “just so”, you have to be careful when bending, you can’t reach over your head. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I want to be able to move freely without constantly worrying that my butt is going to hang out.

I’m not sure about the ethics or sustainability of the COS brand. I did a bit of a search and came up with a grade C. So, they clearly could do better. I know they are owned by H&M. In my defense, I did buy this before I made my declaration to myself and all of you to be a better, smarter consumer.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

XOXO,

Ashley

Bringing Out the White Jeans BEFORE Memorial Day

I know, right?

If it got warmer before May, I’d break this rule harder, but this is Michigan and I don’t want to get lost in the snow. Do you know how this rule came about? Mean girls. High society girls/women in the 1880s came up with all sorts of fashion rules that the in crowd had to follow. That way they could tell who was part of the in crowd and who wasn’t. If you showed up somewhere and didn’t follow one of their rules they could easily spot you and wouldn’t even give you the time of day. DAMN. That shit is rough. So, mean girls did this. This is just another reason why you should distance yourself from negative people.

I’ve told you all that I’m a total Pollyanna before, but did you know that I am also a fierce rebel and a person who will stand up to jerks treating others badly? I will go to my grave listening to indie music, supporting equality for everyone, and refusing to dress to a corporate standard. DOWN WITH THE MAN! And do not get me started on our current political administration…  I’m pretty quiet and reserved when you first meet me, but after I trust you watch out… I will let it all out. There is nothing that I despise more than a bully or someone trying to take advantage of another person. No, no, no. Not on my watch.

Wow… See what mean girls do? Tirade time.

I just found out that J. Crew discontinued the Matchstick jeans, which is the style that I wear. Another reason why J. Crew is dead to me. Why do retailers think that women only want to wear skinny or cropped jeans? Jeans are so hard to find and once you find a style/cut you like it is disheartening to learn that they quit making them. Luckily, I’m not in dire need of jeans at this point and time, and I made a deal with myself that I would seek out ethical/conscious ones the next time I needed a pair. Everlane is supposed to have jeans this fall, so I’ll try those.

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Wearing: Utility Jacket – Gap, Tee Shirt – Grana, Jeans – J. Crew (old), Bag – Coach (old), Leopard belt – J. Crew Factory (old), Mules – Nisolo.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please let me know if you have any questions about anything.

XOXO,

Ashley

PS – I have a couple of updates for you.

Nisolo

An update on the Nisolo Mariella Mules. I get a lot of questions about these. I’m still loving them. I wear them constantly. They were comfortable from day one. They do stretch a wee bit, but nothing major. The only thing that I don’t like is that they scuff easily. I get marks on the inner side of the shoes from where the sole of the other shoe hits. I know that I am a klutzy walker, so this just may be my issue. I thought I’d bring it up though. I need to research how to remove these. Would I still recommend them? Absolutely.

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.

Grana

I’m also extolling the virtues of the Grana Pima tees to anyone that will listen. I have been wearing them on high rotation since January and they wash and wear wonderfully. I have both the the Pima V-Neck and Pima Crew Neck (I am wearing the crew neck above). I will never buy another tee. I have been asked to do a post wearing just the tee, but I’m very uncomfortable showing my arms off. True story. I took some pictures and was horrified by what I saw. So, you are just going to have to trust me on this one. I take a large in the tees. Their sizing is smaller than North American sizing. In comparison, I’m a medium in tees at J. Crew or Gap.

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.

 

 

I’m Wearing All of My Favorite Things

I decided to wear all of my favorite things at once.

Overalls? Check!

Striped Shirt? Check!

Oversized cardigan? Check!

Ankle booties? Check!

Admittedly, I look a wee bit (a lot) like a farmer, but at least I am a really happy farmer. I actually wore this outfit for two days straight during winter break. I did change my shirt. And underwear. Overalls help to conceal the holiday and/or period bloat. When you can’t stand the thought of anything constricting around your waist that’s when overalls are there for you. Like a BFF. So, basically I just told the Internet that I ate too much and had my period over the holidays. You are welcome.

The sweater that I’m wearing is the Everlane Ribbed Wool- Cashmere Oversized Cardigan that I’ve already reviewed and overshared in grey. Sorry. I told you guys that I loved it.

On the topic of Everlane…  I wanted to share a few other bloggers who provide excellent reviews of the products. I love the Everlane products, but hate that they don’t have a customer review option for the products. I read those a lot at other retailers, mainly for help with sizing. Those bloggers are:

Seasons + Salt

Temporary Housewifey

Lindsey Kubly

Grechen’s Closet

By Georgia Grace

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Wearing: Overalls – Old Navy, Striped Shirt – J. Crew (old, but this one is similar), Cardigan – Everlane, Booties – Madewell, Bag – Coach (old), Necklace – J. Crew.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XOXO,

Ashley