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.

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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.

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Review: Grana Pima V-Neck Tee

The post really should be titled “The Search is Over. I Found the Perfect Tee.” I don’t really like to call anything perfect because I am so picky, but the Grana pima cotton tees are damn near if not totally perfect. Full disclosure… Grana sent me this tee in addition to the lovely cashmere sweaters and silk shirt to review.

The instant I put it on I could feel the difference in the fabric. Holy crap is this pima cotton soft! The fabric is nice and thick, so you don’t have to worry about bra show through. I’m talking a regular nude bra. Not hot pink or black. I love that their tees are a bit longer than some others, so you don’t have to worry about your lily white fish belly showing if you raise your arms. At $15.00 a pop, these are a great deal. Way, way, waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than the Everlane tees. WAY. And I like those tees, but these are a zillion times better.

I think the proof is in the purchase. I bought four more. I bought two more of the v-neck and two of the crew neck. Pro tip: Size up. I typically take a medium in tees and tops, but I am wearing a large here.

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Wearing: Sweater – J. Crew Factory (old), Jeans – J. Crew Factory (old), Tee – Grana, Bag – J. Crew, Shoes – Rag & Bone (old).

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XOXO,

Ashley

 

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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

 

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