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

Review: Grana Cashmere Boyfriend V-Neck & Silk Classic Shirt

A few weeks ago the folks at Grana reached out to me to see if I would be interested in reviewing some of their products. It was quite serendipitous, as I had just learned about the company a few weeks before they contacted me. I’m contacted every now and again by companies wanting me to feature/review a product, and I’m very selective about this sort of thing. I most often decline, usually because the product doesn’t mesh well with my high standards for quality or style. You all know how dang picky I am.

There are several reasons that I said yes to Grana. First, I liked the styles of their products. They offer classic wardrobe workhorse pieces. Secondly, I did some research after discovering them and learned about their philosophy regarding quality. They travel the globe trying to find the best quality fabrics for their products. The actual fabric an item is made of is hugely important to me. I hate ordering stuff online specifically because I want to see and touch the fabric. There is nothing more disappointing than receiving an item that you thought looked amazing online only to discover that it is junk upon arrival.

They have a smart business model in place, so they can offer their high quality products at reasonable prices. Read about that here. Another reason why I was interested in giving them a try is their ethics/code of conduct policy. I’m trying to make a real effort to support companies that create quality pieces while also treating their workers fairly and ethically (and use suppliers who do the same). The more I educate myself about “fast fashion” companies and the havoc that the industry wreaks on the environment and people the more I’m disappointed in myself for supporting it. Am I 100% there yet? No. Am I making an effort to change? Yes.

I told the folks at Grana flat out that I would be 100% honest in my review about their products. So, if I thought their product sucked I was going to tell my readers that. You (and they) will be happy to know that their products do NOT in fact suck. I’m thrilled with the quality. Granted, I don’t have the time invested yet to know how the items wash and wear, but I will report back.

I’m wearing two of the items they sent for review below: The Cashmere Boyfriend V-Neck and the Silk Classic Shirt. First, the cashmere is top notch. It’s so soft AND warm. I love the slouchiness of this style. It’s more relaxed and casual than your regular run of the mill v-neck sweater. I love the dropped shoulder seams. I wore it to work earlier this week with a tank underneath it and that looked great too. Oh, and Grana sent a cashmere comb with the sweater. Cashmere is going to pill. It just does. This will help to keep my cashmere looking it’s best.

The silk shirt is simply a very well made beautiful classic. It’s going to go with so many things in my closet. There are tons of silk options on their website. If you are a silk lover you really need to check out their offerings. Result? I’m thrilled with both. Would I recommend these products to you? Yes. Wholeheartedly. Would I spend my own money these? Absolutely. They have won me over.

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Wearing: Cashmere Sweater -c/o Grana, Silk Shirt – c/o Grana, Denim – J. Crew, Booties – Loeffler Randall, Bag – J. Crew.

A note on sizing… Take a look at the size charts. Their products run smaller than your typical North American sizing. I’m wearing a medium in the sweater because it’s quite relaxed. However, the shirt is a large. I’m typically a medium in most US based clothing stores because we believe in vanity sizing and are a bunch of fatties.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by friends!

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