is Madeline! You've been emailed your $50 gift card. And thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway (and also thank again to everyone who filled out my survey!).
Hello and welcome to the first Everlane review of 2018! I rarely combine multiple items in a review but I think I'll save you and I a little time but starting to do combos when necessary (especially for Everlane items because TBH I'm ready to start reviewing other ethical brands).
So first off, this foldover crossbody, also from Everlane, is new to me but I have purchased and reviewed this purse in the past (review here). But I returned it since the natural leather color, though gorgeous, was a bit to fragile for my liking. So when I saw Everlane release it in this new beautiful burgundy/oxblood color, I knew this was the purse I was waiting for!
Ok now onto the new stuff. So first up is Everlane's wool-cashmere waffle square crew, which I got in XS (this is a size smaller than my usual Everlane size). I decided to go with the smaller size since the sweater looked quite bulky on the model on the website. And even with the XS sizing, the sweater felt big and puffy on me (and frankly felt unflattering). Also something about the collar made me think of a clown collar. But on Instagram a lot of you actually liked the look of the sweater:
This was one of the few times I think my opinion deviated from you insta peeps. And I was torn about keeping it or sending it back, but in the end I didn't love it so back it went (I try my best to follow my rule of don't love it, don't keep it). Also the sweater wasn't as comfortable as my favorite Everlane wool-cashmere sweater from last year (the one that made it on my Lowest Cost Per Wear Everlane post). The neck was a bit itchy on this new one and I wonder if it's because they added nylon to the fibers to the trimmings (I'm assuming neckline, hem and sleeves) this year. Either way I'll be sticking with last year's wool cashmere sweater since it's still got plenty of life left!
I also decided to try out Everlane's mid-rise skinny ankle jeans even though I've sworn off buying any more skinny jeans for the time being. But I guess I drank too much of the Everlane kool-aid and felt like I needed to at least give them a shot. Well I gave them a shot and promptly returned them (yep, just reaffirming my need to stop buying skinny jeans). I got them in my regular size (28) and found they fit TTS. The ankle length was perfect for my 5'4" frame. If you're in the market for a pair of skinny jeans, these Everlane ones are not a bad place to start.
Oh and I also found that at least initially these black jeans are a lot stiffer than their modern boyfriend jeans in mid-blue (which I reviewed here). It's probably the copious amounts of dye needed to get this jet black color that stiffens the denim. Anyway I think I'll stick with my decidedly un-skinny Frame denim and Mott & Bow pair that I'm constantly rotating (seriously I'm only rotating between 3 pairs of pants currently and am debating on selling all my other pairs since I'm not wearing them).
P.S. Speaking of the Everlane kool-aid, there's one blogger who's definitely not drinking it anymore. Grechen certainly gave me some food for thought on her post here!
For those of you in the U.S. with the day off, Happy MLK, Jr. Day. To be honest I never really took the time to celebrate this day before, and in the past just treated it as a lucky day off. But at a time when many people in the U.S. are made to feel like second-class citizens (like the whole population of Puerto Rico) and African Americans are still discriminated and shot at by our own police, I feel it especially important to remember of all that MLK, Jr. stood for and how he got his social progress.
So in celebration of the day and the man, may I suggest watching David Letterman's Netflix Special, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, featuring a great interview with Barack Obama. Also learn a little bit more about MLK, Jr. himself here.
*This is not a sponsored review and I paid for this myself
I've had this Cuyana Le Sud Leather Travel bag for some time now but I really wanted to put it through its paces before giving a review here. But having traveled with it to Tahoe, LA and Hawaii I feel like I can give a fair review now.
First off this design comes in two sizes. This larger travel bag size and a smaller Le Sud Leather Satchel size. This larger one goes for $375 while the smaller one retails for $295. Just make sure if you order this, you order the right one since in stand alone pictures they look identical.
So what I love about this travel bag:
- There are a ton of pockets inside the bag (which is lined with black cotton canvas). There's a slot for your laptop and then there's two big zippered pockets. On the outside there's a pocket that closes with a magnet which I slide my phone into for easy access.
- This bag measures 13 in. x 18 in. x 7.5-9in (9 at top, 7.5 at base) so it's a large bag and it can fit a lot! When coming back from Hawaii I had to let out the top (by unbuckling the side straps) and even though it didn't look as chic, it did the job of holding all my extra stuff
- The leather isn't too heavy
- The short straps were long enough to put over my shoulder (though the long strap was pretty useless when the bag was heavy)
What I didn't like about the bag:
- For the price point and what Cuyana stands for, this bag did not feel luxe. The pebble leather is probably very durable for traveling but the texture was rubbery and it wrinkled like in the picture above. TBH it looked like cheaply made-in-China leather.
- The way it slouched over my suitcase was not cute. I wish it came with horizontal straps on the other side so I could slide it over the handles of my suitcase. Then I didn't have to use the straps to hold it into place. Also if the bag was even slightly off centered, the bag would fall off the top and then start dragging on the floor while still hooked onto the handles. For $375 I would hope for more on my travel bag.
- The zippers were rough and jaggedy so I had to be careful when taking things in and out of the bag and pockets.
So the big question, would I buy this again? Nope. For the price I would want a better travel bag. Something chic, durable, but also more functional and luxe feeling. Ah well, I'll be using it until I find something better but for now it will do.
To be honest, I'm actually over Cuyana. I know they have a good message and are supposed to feel luxurious but their products haven't really stood up to scrutiny these days (like their linen top I reviewed this past summer). Everlane's leather goods feel more luxe and they're at a lower price point.
Anyone have any suggestions for travel bags that they swear by?
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who took my little survey. I got way more responses than I expected (so it's going to take me awhile to organize all the data). But hopefully I can start implementing some changes and write more posts that you guys are interested in. Anyway as a thank you, I wanted to do a short giveaway for a $50 Everlane (digital) gift card. About 90% of you guys said that you enjoy reading my Everlane reviews here so I figured it would be a useful prize to win. To enter just fill out the form below.
Giveaway will end on 1/16 and winner announced 1/17. And no you don't have to have done the survey to enter, but it's not too late to add your own thoughts about the blog here.