Cuyana – I’ve been holding out on you guys; I got this large clutch by Cuyana a month or so ago and didn’t tell you. I wanted first, to try out the brand, and also to see if I could use a large clutch at all, and it turns out, I can. I use it everyday to go to and from Pure Barre, and it’s large enough to hold my wallet, my large CdG pouch, phone, and mints/lip balm/etc. And I use it very infrequently when Leo and I just go out for a quick dinner – I used it last night. I love it, actually, and have found it very useful, but the gold zipper just kills me. I find it really annoying and bright. Yes, I know that’s weird, but I don’t want any hardware lately – which is why I’m gravitating towards open totes I suspect. I don’t mind matte hardware, or tonal, or even silver on the Cuyana products would be okay, but the gold is just too much. For me. Anyway, I highly recommend it as a very good large clutch for whatever you could imagine – if you don’t mind gold hardware 🙂
Elizabeth Suzann – I’m going to do a full post on Elizabeth Suzann’s cold weather collection next week, but FYI, they’re sending me a Harper wool tunic to review! It will be a few more weeks before I get it, but I’m so excited to be working with them again to review a piece for you. I chose the wool tunic because I read some concerns about the wool, whether it would be itchy or not, and wanted to see for myself. Of course, I have experience with wool from Imperial Ranch in Portland already, via Emerson Fry, and found it to be incredibly warm and not itchy at all. I requested the One Size in black. I choose one size instead of one size minus (which is the size of my linen harper tunic) because I wanted to be able to layer underneath it, and am always concerned about arm size. Also, I find the neck opening on my harper tunic to be slightly restrictive sometimes and wanted something a bit wider for the sweater. Did anyone else order this?
Shopbop – I placed my order this morning after much hemming and hawing and back and forth…but I decided to go with my gut and get a few things I’ve had my eye on for a long time, but that are very “basic” and highly practical: The Rag & Bone nylon pilot backpack, Tumi M Tote and Acne Studios apollo poncho/wrap in gray. Hopefully not everything will go back, I can’t imagine that at least the Tumi tote won’t be exactly what I’m looking for, but I’m concerned about the Acne wrap being too long – too “big” on me, and I’ll have to play around with the backpack to see if it will work for me in a way that the small Everlane one didn’t.
Reformation – Just a reminder not to forget Reformation for sweater shopping. The brand does tend to skew “younger” and “sexier” than most, but they are one of the most environmentally sustainable/conscious fashion forward companies out there in my opinion, and they use a lot of alpaca for their sweaters (more responsible than wool or cashmere generally).
Pure Barre Clothing – I rotate 5-6 pairs of leggings and random tanks/shirts for 5-6 days of Pure Barre a week, so each pair of leggings gets worn about 52 times a year. When I buy leggings/tops I wear them as long as I possibly can (my oldest pair is 3 years old and has a hole in the heel, but I still wear them!), cycling out the more worn pairs gradually. In the last couple of weeks, I reluctantly retired an old pair of Lululemon leggings and bought this pair of ALO leggings (I love alo) and this Nux tank top, so I’m good for a while! I love alo’s high-waist leggings and airbrushed texture, this is my 3rd pair of alo leggings…
Sometimes I pick up one or two $1.99 or $2.99 kindle books at amazon when they have good ones, and then don’t read them; I have to be in “the mood” for certain books. I got the Snow Child a long time ago and it’s just sat on my Kindle until last weekend when I started reading it. I’m not finished with it yet, but it’s a very nice, easy, well-written book – I’m enjoying it very much. It’s set in Alaska, which I’m fascinated by, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
The Boho Market – SLOWRE will be a vendor at the Boho Market here in DFW this weekend! I’m really excited, and looking forward to the weekend, although I know I’ll be wiped out Sunday night. Tonight it goes until 10 PM, which is an hour after my bedtime (honestly…), so we’ll see how I hold up! Please come see me this weekend if you’re in the area, I’d love to meet in person.
And speaking of SLOWRE, please check out the new arrivals if you haven’t lately; I just added some great Hackwith Design House pieces (one tank already sold). I’m aiming to upload new items once weekly on Wednesdays to get some sort of routine down, just FYI.
Happy Friday!! What are your plans this weekend? What did you end up buying at Shopbop? anything? Did you take advantage of any of the F&F sales/codes?