White & Denim

Hi friends! I’m off work this week. Since we took our big family vacation to Paris in April, we decided to lay low and staycation this week. I’m a homebody, so I’m pleased as punch to just putter around. My husband can’t sit still, so we’ve already taken two day trips.

We decided to drive to Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is about 2 hours away from our house in the Detroit metro area, to visit the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Ummmm… Worth it. It was really cool. The gardens were beautiful and the sculptures were really amazing. If you live in the area, you should make the trip. We all really enjoyed it. The only downfall is that it was super hot. We were melting and there was hardly any shade. Blergh. Because of my moles/melanoma issue, I’m not supposed to get much (OK any) sun so I was wearing my denim jacket for sun protection. I was a sweaty Betty. I was so sweaty that when I got home I took a cold shower and threw every item of clothing I was wearing into the laundry basket. Yuck.

I picked up a pair of the Birkenstock Gizeh sandals in silver this summer. I have a very sensitive toe crack (totally not kidding), so I’ve generally been a fan of the Arizona style, but these wormed their way into my heart. It appears as if I’m becoming more and more of a hippie as the days tick on. I wear Birkenstock sandals, practice yoga, drive a Subaru Outback, and I’m even wearing a crystal necklace in the photos below. Please excuse me as I go align my chakras.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

XOXO,

Ashley

Review: Grana Short Sleeve Silk Shirt

When I picked up the black silk tank from Grana that I featured last week, I also ordered a short sleeve button up silk shirt. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I’m weary of cropped garments on my frame because they can hit right at the thickest part of my body. This shirt works though. Maybe it’s because it’s made of silk so it drapes off the body wonderfully. I love that about silk.

I really like the straight hem. I’m sure you could tuck it in, but it looks great wearing it out. I’ve worn it with khaki chinos to work, a white denim skirt, and with cropped white jeans (below). I had been eyeing a similar silk shirt at Everlane, but it was MUCH more expensive and was very oversized. Those tend to make me look like I’m pregnant. I’m glad I gave this a try. It’s a winner and at $49.00 USD quite a deal.

So, would I recommend this shirt? Absolutely! I can’t stop wearing it.

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Wearing: Shirt – Grana, Jeans – J. Crew Factory (old), Sandals – Everlane, Bag – Celine.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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.

Review: Grana Silk Tank

Hi friends! Are you still out there? Thank you for always hanging in there with me when I disappear. My disappearing acts are never intentional. Life just gets in the way. I think you all know that I work full-time, am married, and have two kids (12 and 15). Life is just full. My son is my photographer and we take photos on the weekends. If my son has something going on, photos get put on hold. I’m not going to put blog photos in front of his activities, social or otherwise. That’s crappy.

I want you all to know that I have quit giving a fuck. Sorry for the potty mouth. But yeah…  I’m sick and tired of not wearing clothes because I don’t have a perfect body. I’ve avoided tank tops, and so many other items of clothes because I don’t like my arms, or I’m super white, or you can see my age spots, or I look flubbery and mushy. Well, that stops now. I’m not perfect. I’m perfectly imperfect and I’m done giving a fuck.

So there.

Since I’m done giving a fuck, I’ve embraced tank tops. GASP.

I introduced you all to Grana a while back. They sent me some clothes to review back in January and they earned a loyal customer. I was super pleased with the quality of their items, and they are an ethical company. One of the items that they sent me was a silk shirt. I really liked that shirt, and since I’ve become a grown up and started to wear silk I bought some more of their silk items. (FYI… This is not a sponsored post.)

So, what do I like about this tank? First and foremost, the price. It’s incredibly affordable at just $29 USD. Secondly, I love the style. It has a rounded hem, that is longer in the back. It’s a nice touch that makes it just a bit more interesting. Plus it covers your tushy. You can wear a plain ol’ regular bra with it and nothing shows. Do you see any bra poking out anywhere? Nope. You don’t. That right there is worth a zillion dollars to me. I have to wear a bra and I hate it when it shows out of every nook and cranny.

The tank is unlined, but the silk is nice and opaque so you can’t see anything through it. I don’t know how the lighter colors would hold up to the opaqueness test though. How does it compare to the Everlane silk? I’d say the Everlane silk is thicker and a bit nicer, but it’s a lot more expensive. I think the Grana silk is a nice affordable option, and they offer some more classic styling options.

So, would I recommend this tank? Yes.

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Wearing: Silk Tank – Grana (I’m wearing a large), Skirt – J. Crew (old), Sandals – Everlane, Bag – Celine.

 

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

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.