I had allocated within my Everlane budget the purchase of the Form Bag (reviewed here), but since I got it as a gift I ended up saving my precious credit. So in gratefulness to Everlane and the support from readers like you who allow me to be worthy of free gifts in Everlane's eyes, I've decided to pass on some of that "Yes, I've won the lottery" feeling by doing this short giveaway! Sorry it won't be for the full price of the bag, but hopefully this $50 Everlane gift card could go towards the purchase of the bag if you're interested in it or anything else you've been eyeing at Everlane. To enter just fill out the form below (email will be used to notify you if you win and it's also where I will send the digital gift card if you win). Only one entry per person please and giveaway ends in 24 hours (so Tuesday at 6am PST)!
*I received this item as a gift so this is a type of sponsored post
Hi guys, so since I've been getting a lot of questions about Everlane's Form Bag I've decided to fast track this review if you are debating on whether or not to get this bag. So as I disclaimed up top I got this as a gift from Everlane, but only after I kindly asked my contact at Everlane (this was the first time I've ever asked them for anything). I originally wasn't on the list of influencers to get this bag for free (cuz I'm still small beans you know), but I thought why not just try asking? And wonderful Emily at Everlane said yes and she sent it to me with next day delivery (shout out to Emily--thank you so much!). Man I feel like I won the lottery!
And you guys, I did win the lottery because this bag is uhhhhmazing. No really, I know bags and this is a good one! True to its name this mid-size bag is uber functional but the build and leather quality on this is really fantastic.
So here are all the ways I love this bag:
- So this 13” height x 5” depth x 10.5” width bag fits my 13" Macbook Pro. This is the first bag I've ever had that can isn't a tote that can fit my computer, which is awesome. However, a Macbook with a laptop sleeve will not fit horizontally because it just barely fits with the laptop alone. I think a larger laptop might fit vertically but then you wouldn't be able to close the top of the bag. But I'm not really afraid of leaving my laptop in there without a case since the inside of the bag is soft (it's lined by a kind of cottony felt material glued to the leather).
- I really love the adjustable fabric strap. Yes, it might make the bag look cheaper, but when it comes to function and comfort a fabric strap can't be beat! The fabric strap allows you to adjust the strap to the exact length that you want (as opposed to pre-determined belt holes of a leather strap). And I prefer fabric straps when it comes to comfort since leather straps tend to be stiff and heavier than fabric ones. But where the straps connect to the bag is leather so that helps to keep wear and tear to a minimum.
- The magnetic closing up top is super easy to open and close. I also like to grab the bag by the pinched ends at the top, making it easy to grab. I usually like bags with top handles as well as a shoulder strap since I can easily grab the bag by the top handles. In this case the flattened top acts like a top handle.
- I can pile a ton of stuff inside of it. The other day I ended up buying a bit too many snacks at World Market (I rarely go in there so when I do, I end up overdoing it lol) and since I didn't want to use a throwaway bag I just threw everything into my bag. When it gets stuffed, the Form bag ends up acting more like a bucket bag (the top won't close but that just means you have even more space to throw stuff in).
-Inside the bag is one large flat pocket great for stashing my phone and keys.
- The corners of this bag are reinforced with stitches so it should keep wear and tear to a minimum.
On top of all the great functionality, the leather quality on this bag is really amazing. When someone asked how it compares with my Celine smooth leather bags (like my Sangle), I would say the Everlane leather is a tad more lightweight (thinner) but also less prone to scratching. For what you are paying ($235 for this bag), you are getting a great value (compare that to $2200 for a Celine). And for those wondering, the bag empty weighs 1 pound 6oz, which is fairly lightweight for a midsize leather bag (the Celine Sangle weighs 2 pounds 4 oz.).
The only thing I would caution about the design of this bag is that with time and wear, if you don't take care and moisturize the leather at the top where it bends to close via the magnets, I can see the leather wrinkling and cracking in the distant future (this is like longterm care tips). Keeping the leather supple there will keep it from creasing too much and then cracking (I like Chamberlains Leather Milk which I reviewed here).
Hi guys and I have another new ethical brand review for you today! Wimsy & Row is an LA brand that makes small batches of clothing in LA from deadstock fabric (which they called "recycled materials" but I think is more accurately described as deadstock). They are all about sustainability in fashion. In that way they remind me of Reformation (my one review of them here), but I like Whimsy & Row more because I prefer their styling. Reformation definitely skews young to me with their tight fitting dresses and short skirts, but W&R does a good job mixing it up. They make a great pair of wide leg cropped pants and I love their Lilah Crop top that I'm reviewing today. I first heard of them during my visit to West Coast Craft, which you can read about here.
I had never heard of W&R before West Coast Craft (WCC) so when I stumbled on their booth, I was intrigued to try on some of their stuff. I walked away with this Lilah crop in raw silk that I absolutely love. First of all, their raw silk quality is excellent and just as good as Only Child or Jamie + the Jones. But because it is deadstock raw silk, their price point is much lower than either of the other two brands. In fact this raw silk top only cost $68! I think that's such a steal. They do make this top in other deadstock materials as well like rayon, and for those I don't think the value is there since they are also priced at $68.
I'm wearing a size small here and I think it fits well, especially in the waist. It's hard to find a cropped top that kind of nips in and defines the waist, so when I saw this at WCC I knew I found a keeper. The shoulder are a bit wide but if I wear it with the crew neck in front, I find that I have no problems. Ah, also this top is reversible so you can wear it with the wide v-neck in front, but then I find it just a tad too open at the chest for me. You can see me wearing it reversed above.
I also love how the sleeves hang down a bit to give some coverage to the triceps. Since this top is quite cropped (I would say as cropped as my ES Petra Crop but not as cropped as my Only Child Alta top), I wear them with my highest waist pants or skirts.
Anyway let me know if you have any questions about the top or about Whimsy and Row in general. And definitely check them out if you're looking for responsibly made clothes sewn in LA from deadstock material!
*I received this item as a gift to review and thus this is a type of sponsored post
It's finally here! The Everlane Polka Dot Shirt Dress review! This was the item I was debating on whether or not to request from Everlane back in early July. Well due to their warehouse move I've only just received this dress (and I know a lot of you guys are feeling the pain of the shipping delays! I too ordered some other things from Everlane that have still yet to be delivered, but I've heard that the warehouse move is just about done and things are about to get back to their normal albeit still rather slow shipping time--but at least it won't be excruciating slow lol).
I was so interested in trying this dress because it's made of a new-to-me material called Cupro, and after doing some research on it I knew I really wanted to try it out. Cupro is a sustainable fabric made out of cotton linter (basically cotton waste by-product) and via a closed-loop chemical system. Cupro is similar to tencel/lyocell in that it's a man-made fabric but tencel is made from wood cellulose fibers. Since cupro is made from cotton by-products, the material is biodegradable like cotton and also breathes like cotton. But it feels a lot like a heavy silk and thus is often used as a vegan form of silk. Best of all you can just machine wash it at home, unlike some silk garments. Cupro also has hypoallergenic and anti-static properties. (References: 1, 2) To me this material feels wonderfully silky smooth and heavy-weight (the material feels way more substantial than silk). Plus it has a really nice drape.
I love this polka dot pattern (a rare patterned dress from Everlane). I also love that it comes with a belt so you can define your waist. The other dress I really love from Everlane (the collarless belted shirt dress) also comes with a belt. Though I kind of like the look without the belt too (pic below).
I'm wearing a size 4 here and find it fits TTS. The back hem is slight longer than the front so it covers my backside well. I'm 5'4" and I love the length on me, but I think if you're quite a bit taller than me, you'll find this dress a tad short. Also since it's a belted style of dress, the sizing is quite forgiving and this would make a great buffet-eating dress lol. My only teeny tiny complaint is that this dress doesn't have any pockets, but oh well sometimes you can't have everything.
Anyway I really love this dress! I think for the gal 5'5" and shorter, it's a perfect casual dress for the weekend or even a business casual dress for the office. $110 is quite steep for a dress, but I think you're paying the price of the sustainable material on this one. As for me, I'm super excited to add this not-flowy but not form-fitting dress to my collection since I only have a couple of these. I'll let you know how this material wears with time and washing but I have high hopes for this one!
Since we moved into a new house and got a new bed, I decided to try out a new company for sheets. As much as I love my Brooklinen sheets (which I reviewed here), for the sake of research for this blog, I decided to try Casper Sheets. I purchased mine through their website but you can also buy them at Target.
Much like Brooklinen, Casper promises premium sheets at direct-to-consumer prices. Also like Brooklinen, Casper makes their sheets from long fiber cotton (though Casper's is from Supima cotton grown in California). But Casper uses 2-ply thread at a 400 thread count while Brooklinen uses a single ply thread at a 300 thread count. Brooklinen claims that single ply thread makes for a smoother, lighter and softer fabric. Also the Casper sheets are a Percale weave while the Lux core sheet set I bought from Brooklinen are a Sateen weave and thus has more of a sheen.
In terms of pricing, the Brooklinen ones are a tad more expensive ($149 for a Queen set compared to Casper's $140 for a Queen set).
So which one do I think is better? For me Brooklinen is the winner hands down. The Casper sheets are definitely less soft and more rough than the Brooklinen ones. My husband however likes the Casper ones because he runs cold and sometimes finds the cool crispness of the Brooklinen sheets too cold when first getting into bed. As for me, I love that feeling of cool sheets. Since I regret not getting a set of Brooklinens for the new bed, I think I'll be returning these (Casper has a 100 day return policy). Also I'm thinking of trying linen bed linens (lol linen linens) since a couple of you guys highly recommended it after I wrote up my slow fashion linen review.
What kind of sheets do you guys sleep on and recommend?