(just a random Dagny picture, relevant to nothing…except that she’s adorable)
Everlane cashmere review – I mentioned I was going to receive a couple of cashmere pieces from Everlane to review* – the cropped mock neck sweater in gray, size medium, and also the cashmere sweatpants in black, size medium. I haven’t worn either one, and barely even tried them on, because it’s been way too hot and muggy lately, but here are some initial thoughts.
Mock neck sweater: I like the sleeves, and that the cuff is extended, and ribbed, but they’re very long on me. The length of the sweater is my favorite thing: not too short, not too long. The cashmere seems a little lighter weight than last year’s cashmere, but I could also not be remembering correctly, and/or the cashmere plumps up a bit with washing. The mock neck is a little odd and I find the slight puckering at the neck a little annoying. Overall, it’s good, but I think I’d prefer it either with a wide neck, or a crew neck; I like a mock neck in theory, but it’s hard to do them right.
Cashmere sweatpants: They’re quite large up top, but have a drawstring, so you can cinch them in, and they’re long on me, so I have to roll them up a couple of times – I wish they had a elastic or tapered cuff. I am pretty sure these will stretch a ton, so I don’t think they’re appropriate for wearing in public; I remember reader Christina saying that her James Perse cashmere pants were wonderful, but stretched out too much to really wear them out. Cashmere sweatpants are SUCH an indulgence, and I look forward to wearing them at home, etc., but I can’t imagine myself wearing them out.
Shopbop order follow-up: As a reminder, I ordered the Tumi Tote, Rag & Bone nylon backpack and Acne Apollo fringe wrap. I sent the Acne wrap back and kept the bags. I love love love the wrap, and if my arms were longer and I was a little taller, I would have kept it, but the key to wearing a poncho/wrap I think is that you show enough skin (the wrists are a good part of the body to show) to avoid looking like you’re entirely swallowed up, if you’re short like I am. I don’t know what could be better than wearing a soft, comfy blanket all the time, but sadly, this is not the right one for me. And also, ponchos like this are nice in pictures, but unwieldy in real-life…
Kjaer Weis: since I’ve been so pleased with the Kjaer Weis mascara (it goes on dark and thick and comes off with no effort at all) I wanted to try more from the line, and I have specifically been looking for a cleaner eyeliner. I went to my local source for Kjaer Weis (Forty Five Ten) and ended up with the Eyeshadow in earthly calm (to use as a liner), and lip tint in captivate. I think I’m crazy for paying that much for lip stuff, but it’s almost my birthday, so…
While I was at Forty Five Ten I wandered around sniffing fragrances. I don’t talk much about fragrance, because I don’t use it. I haven’t used a perfume or any sort of fragrance (not even a scented body lotion or oil) in many years. In college I used Versace’s Blonde which smelled like magnolia flowers, but that was it. And when I say “used” I mean sparingly – hardly ever at all. Afterwards, I gave up trying to find something I liked, and that lasted on my skin, AND that I wanted to spend $$ on.
I’ve set a goal for this coming year to try and explore fragrance a bit more. For my home/office, and for myself. I derive a great deal of pleasure from a candle burning, and just catching a scent off a piece of clothing, or from waving my hand, but I haven’t valued that enough to invest in it. Partially, it comes down to the fact that I work at home, so I don’t think about applying fragrance just for myself. But for who else? And why not just for myself???
I already know I love the Santal 33 by Le Labo, but I also got some samples of a few by Serge Lutens yesterday to try and see which works best for me, but so far I like the Five O’Clock au gingembre best. I guess I like more masculine scents? woodsy, musky? What is your favorite scent? Do you have any suggestions for me??
Oh, and in case you don’t follow Grechen’s Codes, Bandier is offering 25% off (automatically applied) this weekend. I have a local store and it’s where I get a lot of my leggings for Pure Barre. Alo and The Upside are favorite brands.
Jen at Honestly Modern published an interview with me today, mostly about SLOWRE, but also about my journey towards more responsible shopping. Please take a look! And thank you so much Jen 🙂
I have been listening to the American Fashion Podcast for a while now; I always find the conversation interesting. Recently Ethical Writers Co. founder/blogger Alden Wicker interviewed a few sustainable style luminaries (Melissa Joy Manning and Maxine Bedat from Zady for a couple) for the podcast and it’s absolutely worth a listen.
Speaking of podcasts…any good recommendations? We’re flying to Florida for the weekend and I love to listen to podcasts when I fly.
*Everlane sometimes sends me pieces from new launches to review. I am under no obligation to review or even post about items, and there is never an expectation of a positive review.