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.
For some time now, I’ve seen Rothys mentioned quite a few times as an equally comfortable alternative to Tieks leather flats. Similar to Tieks, Rothy’s come in a variety of colors and more interestingly are made from recycled plastic bottles. After seeing no less than five girls wearing them on my commute to work one day, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a pair to conduct my own Rothy’s vs Tieks comparison.
If you’ve stumbled onto this post, you’ve likely seen plenty of Facebook and Instagram ads for the very photogenic Outdoor Voices workout wear. I had too, by the time I decided to pull the trigger and purchase my first pair of leggings. I loved how the colors and patterns looked in the ads, but was curious about the quality and durability of the material. When I began drafting this review earlier this year, I had two pieces of Outdoor Voices clothing – the 7/8 tri-tone warmup leggings and a somewhat matching TechSweat crop top. After another six months, I’ve acquired two more pairs of leggings and one of their lightweight wool pieces. So, does Outdoor Voices live up to the hype?
Until recently, I looked like a crazy bag lady at work. I’d carry one or two reusable tote bags of gear in addition to my work bag, barely squeezing onto crowded buses and the office elevator. I never saw myself as a “gym bag” person, but have realized how simply practical they are. While I have an old REI gym bag that is excellent for car camping and weekend trips, it is far too large to commute with on a daily basis. My fiance (now husband!) offered to let me borrow his simple Adidas bag – but it was too large as well. So, I began my hunt for a small, functional gym bag at a reasonable price.