As mentioned in my Polene Numero Un review – I’ve been on the hunt for a stylish non-tote work bag that doesn’t look like a laptop bag and isn’t the ubiquitous Longchamp Le Pliage. Not to knock on the Le Pliage, I have two of them and they are fantastic at hauling around a ridiculous amount of stuff.
The Polene bag didn’t work out as it was slightly too small to fit a 13” Macbook Pro. I was almost about to pull the trigger on the much much more expensive Celine Seau Sangle until I had the idea to check out Everlane.
Funny enough, I didn’t pay attention to the Everlane Form Bag when it first launched despite being a long-time Everlane fan. It wasn’t until I was manually browsing Everlane’s website that I stumbled upon it. I decided to buy and give it a try, as I’ve had good success with their leather goods over the years. I have an older first generation Petra tote that has lasted 7 years and is still going strong!
When Rothy’s recently re-released their loafer style, I immediately purchased a pair to try them out. I wanted to compare them to another popular brand – the Birdies slipper, most famously worn by (soon to be princess) Meghan Markle. Overall, both pairs have the classic loafer silhouette with no frills – though Birdies does offer a cute tassled version. They’re comfortable in very different ways, which I’ll go through in the rest of the post.
Note: These items were provided courtesy of Mott & Bow with no strings attached.
When the Mott & Bow team initially reached out to me, I was unfamiliar with the brand. I did a quick browse of their website and liked what I saw with their basics aesthetic in neutral colors. I decided to try out their Bond High Rise Skinny Jeans, Cashmere Raglan Crew and Boxy Semi-Crop Tee, which matches my standard outfit of black jeans with white or grey tops.
In this post, I’ll focus on the jeans and sweater styled above – more on the t-shirt in another post!
I first “heard” about Amour Vert by walking past their Hayes Valley, San Francisco storefront many a afternoon, drawn by their clean neutral palette with splashes of stripes and florals.
To be completely honest, their price points were a bit of a stretch for me when I became familiar with the brand a few years ago. But I’ve now reached a point where I’m comfortably (financially, and personally) spending more on classic, quality items that will last. In this post, I review a few Amour Vert pieces that I’ve added to my wardrobe over the last year or so.
As much as I love the clean, elegant designs of Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses, I couldn’t stomach asking my bridesmaids to spend $250+ on a single-use dress for our wedding last September. Wedding costs can quickly add up for a bridal party, and the last thing I wanted to do was ask them to spend a silly amount on something they’d only wear once.
One of my bridesmaids suggested we try Birdy Grey, a new startup brand at the time. I was initially a little skeptical, as their $99 price tag sounded too good to be true – but was pleasantly surprised when I ordered a few of their dresses and compared them side by side with a Jenny Yoo dress!