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.

 

 

Review: 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

Utility Jacket | Striped Shirt | Bandana

I’m not sure why it took me so long to jump on the utility jacket bandwagon, because I’m in serious love. I like layering light weight jackets for a bit of warmth and to zhush up a basic outfits, but I have become a bit bored with my denim jacket. Plus, I don’t like denim on denim unless it matches well. I’m sort of anal about that sort of stuff. I also hate it when blacks don’t match. Some are brown based and some are green based. Yes, I know I have issues…

I was in Gap with my daughter the other day and saw this jacket and decided to give it a try. I’m really trying to focus my spending on more ethical brands, but there are holes in their offerings. I’m not going to be able to be 100% ethical as much as I’d like to. I guess I could be, but I’m also a bit vain and still want my butt to look OK in stuff. Do I still get points for trying?

So, anyhoo…  I’m sure that this jacket is going to get some serious use this spring. Be warned. You are likely to see it a lot. Oh, and how fun is this bandana?

Wearing: Jacket – Gap, Shirt – J. Crew (old, but this one is similar), Jeans – J. Crew Factory (old), Booties – Loeffler Randall, Bag – coach (old), Sunnies – SEE, Bandana – Madewell.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a fabulous week.

XOXO,

Ashley