Not Perfect Linen Review

Not Perfect Linen skirt and scarf.

California is hot, hot hot. I grew up in the northeast, and sure it does get hot and humid there, but nothin’ like California. I know people say that humidity is bad, but I swear the dry heat out here is even worse. The sun…. it burnsss… *Gollum impression*

So my wardrobe has slowly been adapting to the heat in the form of lots and lots of hats (you’re welcome, mom) and linen. I’ve been using linen sheets on my bed, and it’s heavenly, and also bought a few linen tops from Everlane and J Crew. I first heard about Knock Knock Linen on JENKR, and from there found a whole bunch of Lithuanian linen sellers on Etsy, all of them with a similar rustic sort of aesthetic. I eventually ended up ordering a skirt and scarf from Not Perfect Linen, and here’s my review!

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Review: Everlane tank bra

Everlane tank bra in white.

Warning: backstory ahead. Skip ahead to the review if you like!

I’m a big fan of bralettes. Because of my body type, I don’t wear an underwire bra (in fact, my bra size is actually kinda hard to find in store). In my teen years, I used to think that I *had* to wear push-up bras to compensate. Every bra I ever tried on at Victoria’s Secret was ill-fitting, but I convinced myself in the bright lights of the dressing room that it worked and brought it home. Over the years, though, these bras got discarded because of discomfort, but I kept purchasing in my quest to find “right” fit.

Then a few years ago, with the bralette trend in full swing, I picked up a few lace bralettes from American Eagle and started wearing them under my clothes. It dawned on me that bralettes pretty much provide all the support my body needs. Goodbye fallen bra straps, hello deep and unrestricted breaths! Since then, I’ve majorly switched over to bralettes, and haven’t looked back. Actually, if it’s the middle of winter and I’m wearing a thick sweater with multiple layers, I sometimes skip the bralette entirely, even at work… don’t tell. It’s been pretty freeing.

So I consider myself a steady wearer of bralettes, wannabe hippie, and fair expert. When Everlane announced their new bralettes and bikini, I was down for trying. I’m a fan of some of their other items (namely, tees and shoes), so I was hopeful these would work out too. So now, after that long-winded backstory, here is my review!

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Favorite Female Autobiographies

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Book recommendations.

Happy belated Women’s Day! In honor, I thought I’d share my favorite autobiographies written by women. When I was younger, I was purely into fiction (especially fantasy and science fiction), but in recent years, I’ve gotten more into non-fiction. My favorite class of non-fiction is autobiographies, especially by successful women. I love learning about the “origin story” of these women and how they got to where they are today. I believe that some traits necessary for success can be seen or are formed from childhood, so it’s interesting to know more about their early lives. I usually end up feeling pretty inspired after reading these books, and I hope you will too!Read More »

Review: Everlane Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans

Front and back views.

Jeans are the staple of my wardrobe. I wear them casually on the weekends and for work on the weekdays. Although I find jeans somewhat constricting and non-jean pants way more comfortable, jeans are more versatile style-wise for day-to-night wear. Currently, most of my jeans are dark blue or black (J BrandMadewell), so I had been thinking about adding a non-dark pair to my collection for more casual situations. When I saw Everlane had these skinny jeans in a medium wash, not too faded or whiskered, I ordered them. Since it’s so helpful when researching a product to see photos of real people, I figured I’d do my part and pitch in with my review too!Read More »

Review: Filson Original Briefcase

Filson original briefcase in navy.

I’ve recently been on the hunt for a new laptop bag to use on a daily basis and also at professional events. This bag has to tick several checkmarks: long strap, non-black, compact, and stylish. It should hold my laptop, a couple of papers, and the usual wallet/keys/phone/chapstick, and have a long strap for hands-free usage. After seeing a sale for $200, I pulled the trigger on the Filson Original Briefcase, which is well-reviewed. Before clicking the “Buy” button, though, one of the things I searched for but couldn’t find were pictures of women wearing the bag, to see the proportions. Sure, I checked the measurements, but seeing the bag against a female body gives such a better sense of perspective. Hence, this review.Read More »