Small Business Saturday: Review of Julahas Wool Daria Cape!

Super excited to share with you a gorgeous brand that I have recently discovered: Julahas (which means “weaving”). There will be some affiliate links throughout my post. If you haven’t heard of Julahas, that’s probably because it’s a small family-owned company that specializes in HAND-WOVEN capes, wraps, coats, scarves, belts, and kimonos. Before we get into how incredibly beautiful these products are let’s talk about how they are created:

Julahas’ ethos is empowering crafting communities around the world while offering incredible handmade items to their customers. Keeping local tradition alive, Julahas is intentionally providing opportunities for women, specifically in the Indian Himalayas, to maintain their heritage and continue their time-honored craft on a larger stage than ever before. That means the product you are purchasing is authentically handmade, beautifully designed, and carefully inspected to maintain high standards. You have to admit that is a wonderful way to shop “small” for Small Business Saturday! Click here for more details on Julahas’ business structure. 

Wearing my Julahas Daria Cape with the Woolx Eva Tunic top!

Julahas and their partners are commited to “fair wages, no child labour, respect for women, and equal opportunities for all” so you can trust that this company is sustainable, ethical, and fair trade.

I contacted Julahas and asked if they would provide me a couple of sample products to review and they graciously agreed. These products were gifted to me in exchange for my always-honest review. I was super excited to see these products in person and check out how they would work with all of my other wool clothing items. As I hoped, the workmanship and quality is excellent and the design of these products is truly unique and very beautiful.

The first item I received was this Daria Cape in the colorway Ishikari.

In this photo, I am wearing the Julahas Daria cape the “Short way”.
In this photo, I am wearing the Julahas Daria Cape the “Long Way”.

 

In this photo, I’m wearing the Julahas Daria Cape “Wrapped Twice”.

I pulled the cape right out of the bag and first tried it over my Pine Rowena from Wool&. The colors worked so well together, so I added on some brown leather riding boots and a leather wrap belt for a different look. It feels soft and natural to drape and tuck it. The fabric is fairly lightweight, but warm, and is a lovely alternative to a jacket or coat. In fact, I’ve seen lots of people layering jackets or coats along with their capes and it looks super cute. I’ll try that look in a future blog post. These capes would also make an amazing travel accessory.

In this photo, I’m wearing the Julahas Daria Cape Long and belted.
In this photo, I’m wearing the Julahas Daria Cape long and belted with an Ada Collection Wrap Belt.

I have always loved pink but I admit I don’t have much pink in my wardrobe at all. The really unique thing about Julahas capes is that the color patterns are usually a gradient and they can be worn MANY ways. That means you can adjust the style to allow the colors you’d like closest to your face and vary the look. The many styles are especially fun to try. Here’s a page that shows different ways of wearing it!

For those of you who are already fans of Wool, you know the magic of this natural fabric. If you aren’t familiar here are just a few of the benefits of wool:
*antimicrobial, naturally resisting germs
*odor-resistant
*easy care
*temperature regulating
*durable, sustainable, natural
Wool capes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Julahas, but I wanted to share this Wool Daria Ishikari with you today since it is Small Business Saturday! I’ll definitely been styling this Cape in future posts and hope to share more Julahas with you soon.

 

Cheer & Chill: Comfy bedtime favorites + Cozy Woolx Harper PJ Set!

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a great week leading up to my favorite holiday of all, Thanksgiving! I am personally savoring these days as my favorite time of year, since the most hectic (and magical) season hasn’t quite driven us all nuts yet. Typically, I don’t decorate or really talk about the holidays before Thanksgiving, but I’m making an exception because I just received the beautiful Woolx FeatherTouch™ Harper Pajama Set in Candy Stripe from Woolx and we just put up our Christmas Tree so I’m feeling both gratitude AND the holiday spirit! Since I’m currently curled up in these new PJs, I wanted to share a little about my favorite sleep essentials, including a review of the Harper set at the bottom.

Thank you for shopping with me this holiday season. Your purchases through my affiliate links help me do what I love! 

Sleep is such a huge priority to me. I definitely have some long-term health issues and I realized when my kids were little that quality sleep is absolutely a non-essential for me. I’m also not someone who sleeps in or really naps, so I have found that going to bed consistently is very important. So my very first tip about rest and relaxation is to prioritize it, and I mean seriously. I go to bed early because I’ve realized that it makes a difference in how I feel long term. Here are some of my favorite sleep aids, most of which I have used for absolutely years.

Marpac Dohm Classic Sound Machine – I bought my first sound machine in high school because I have always been a really light sleeper. I’m not quite as light of a sleeper now as an adult, but I still need all the tools to help me sleep through all the noises of living with other people! We have a small house and five people and a dog living in it. So I knew we would need something to buffer the noises. We have been using these Marpac Dohm Classic Sound Machines for over 15 years in our home and we love them for every bedroom. We buy multiples as back up and travel with them too. These have lasted years and years for us. We find that they get a little dusty after awhile and will start to make a sort of sputtery sound, but you can open them up, clean the fan inside (it’s literally a tiny metal fan), apply some WD-40, and they will usually work again! I can’t say enough about these, we’ll continue using them forever I’m sure.

Weighted Blanket – The one I have is no longer available, but this one looks very similar and there are lots of other options here. I bought my first weighted blanket a few years ago and I loved it from the moment I tried it! There is something about a weighted blanket that just seems to calm you down and help you relax. As someone who can struggle to relax and even be still (thanks ADD & anxiety), this is something that really helps and I use it on my bed every night. In fact, I snagged a second weighted blanket (at a thrift store believe it or not) and I keep it in the living room so when I am sitting on the couch, I use it to cocoon my legs and it’s the coziest thing ever. It’s kind of an ugly blanket but it’s worth it! Warning: My husband is very gracious but he HATES the weighted blanket because it’s hard to adjust at night. I keep it on my side of the bed but it’s still kind of annoying if your partner doesn’t like it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you


Heating Pad — This will make me sound about 90 years old, but I use a heating pad every single night. This is probably tied to some of my health issues but I typically have pain in my back and neck (despite weekly chiropractic visits) and the heating pad instantly helps me relax. I know it sounds absurd because in the summer you will find me laying on my heating pad, covered up with weighted blanket, and blasting the fan as high as it will go, but hey I sleep pretty well.


Natural Calm Magnesium Glycinate
Magnesium has lots of benefits and many of us are deficient. I found out a long time ago that Magnesium is really helpful for me and helps me to sleep better and have generally less pain and inflammation. I have tried several kinds but my favorite is Natural Calm brand Magnesium Glycinate. It doesn’t upset my stomach and it works. It can also help with anxiety.

Relax Essential Oils — I’ve blogged about this product for years, I’ve shared it with dozens of friends as gifts and I use it myself all the time. Relax essential oils by Plant Therapy will always be in my purse or car for random stress moments! If I can’t settle down to fall asleep I rub this on my neck and under my nose to have a breath of calm and I promise it works! I have given it as gifts dozens of times and it’s really become one of my favorites. If you aren’t familiar with Plant Therapy they are very affordable yes they have excellent quality standards and exceptional customer service. I’m a huge fan!

Kindle PaperwhiteAnother thing that is a crucial part of my bedtime routine is reading. I’m a lifelong reader and cannot really fathom going to bed without a good book. Now that I read on my Kindle Paperwhite, it is even easier because of the screen and I get all my books directly from my library for free! I throw it in my bag for travel. I have even read books from the pool because it’s water resistant. The screen is super adjustable and it really feels like you are getting the book experience. I have had mine for years and love it.

Woolx FeatherTouch Harper Pajama SetI’ve talked about my health issues before but over the last couple years temperature regulation has become more annoying because I have thyroid issues, hormone imbalance, and low iron. One of the things that I’ve noticed is that when I’m hot I’m really really hot and when I’m cold I’m absolutely freezing. My body just doesn’t stay comfortable the way it did a few years ago. That’s why I couldn’t wait to try Woolx FeatherTouch Harper Pajama Set because I know that Wool has natural temperature-regulating properties; essentially, it keeps you cool in the heat and warm in the cold! It sounds kind of amazing, and IT IS. These pajamas are everything I hoped they would be. Soft, comfortable and super cute.
Check out the features:

  • Handy Pockets In Bottoms
  • Fabric Covered Elastic Waist Band
  • Drawstring In Waist
  • Button Front
  • Front Chest Pocket
  • Ultra-soft & Feather-light
  • Breathable & Moisture Wicking
  • Quick Drying!
  • Odor Destroying
  • Temperature Regulating
  • Enhanced Durability
  • Repels Wrinkles
  • Packs Small

When I first opened up the package, I couldn’t believe how lightweight and silky these pajamas feel.  The fabric is actually not very thick which is great because I was looking for BOTH breathable and warm. They are incredibly soft and comfortable, silky and smoth. I tried them on and love the fit. I got a medium which is my normal size for Woolx and the fit is great. I  One thing I love about them is that I can pull the top right over my head without bothering with the buttons. I think these would have been incredible when I was breastfeeding. The buttons do not gap and they are very small and smooth so won’t bother me as a stomach-sleeper. Another thing I love about them is that the fabric has a comfortable amount of stretch to it, so when I stretch my arms every which way there is no tightness at all. Sometimes button up style feel a little stiff to me? These are nothing like that. One thing I do not like is that the bottoms are somewhat see-through. When trying them on with black underwear I could see through them in the back. I will wear lighter colored undies and I’m sure it will be fine, but I did want to share that in the interest of an honest review! If you are worried about this, you could try the Black Harper Pajamas instead.

One last thing I wanted to add is that Woolx also makes short pajamas that look amazing as well as the Harper design in Tall.

I’d love to hear your tips on how you get good sleep and cut back on stress during the busy holiday season! What are your Cheer & Chill essentials? Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Last day to shop the BFCM Sale from Woolx!

Today is the last day to shop Woolx Deals!

Thanks again for shopping with me. If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I’m very excited to be working with Woolx and sharing lots of great looks with you this season! 

Click here for the main deal page, ya might want to bookmark this link! TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SHOP.

The last few have been really fun including the Bailey Sweatshirt that I have been wearing ALL DAY.
The Eva Tunic which is nice and long and super flattering!

Plus today’s deal is the beloved Stella Leggings! These are warm, high in wool, and super smooth.

So you can still score the amazing Mckenna Leggings from Day 1.

Day 2 Deal is also still available: the Men’s Paxton Merino Flex Four Button for $120. 

 

Day 3 Deal is Lola Joggers in Lava Smoke & Olive Tree, for only $65!

Day 4 is the Mia Tee in select colors!

Day 5 is the Aspen in select colors. This is a beautiful shirt! Click here for the Aspen.

Day 6 is the Men’s Summit Polo! Check it out here. 

Day 7 is the Bella Tunic Top and it’s super adorable for only $42.50!

Day 8: The Gabi Tunic is only $42.50!I love the cut of this top and in my experience it runs a little big! I bought a large and I ended up returning it because it was a little too over-sized for me. It’s great that it’s nice and long for leggings!

Day 9: The FeatherTouch Harper Pajama set is only $110 in four different colors. I love the CandyStripe!

Day 10: Today’s Deal is the Piper Leggings and some of ya’ll have been asking about these! I’ve only owned the Pipers for a couple weeks but they are amazing. The cut is just like the McKenna, and they fit exactly the same (I wear a Medium). However, the wool content is a lot higher and the outer fabric is more of a soft knit with less sheen than the McKennas. These are amazing, super versatile, feel wonderful on and DO NOT stretch and get all loose like so many leggings I’ve had before. Nice big pockets, and the glorious benefits of wool. I love these and I’m wearing them like pants with no regrets!

I know you’ll love them as much as I do. Looking for more great Wool Looks? I’ve got a whole lot of that! Click the “Wool” category at the top. 

 

Big news from Wool& First ever Gift with Purchase Promo!

This is pretty exciting because Wool& has never done sales and promos in the past (other than the mystery sales), so finding out that they are offering a free gift with purchase is a big surprise this year!

Not only are they offering a gift, but the gifts are NICE, there are tons of options, and the promo is lasting until 11/28 so plenty of time to decide. (They have said that supplies are limited on the freebies and they are expecting a lot of sales).

Quick rundown on the sale:

To participate in the sale, you must spend at minimum $150 and then add your choice of gift items to your cart. The freebie will automatically ring up at $0 in the cart.

There is ONE freebie per household. Click here to check out all the freebies they are offering! 

One of the options is the amazing Stella Tee and I’ve talked about it here before. I absolutely love it. It’s such a great fit for me and has held up really well. I definitely could use another color, and I’d really like to try the white.


They are also offering the Frankie bike shorts, perfect for wearing underneath the dresses for a little extra modesty. Lastly, you can choose from some gorgeous new scarves, which I’m totally drooling over. It’s really hard to choose between these options!


If you have been thinking about your first Wool& purchase, this is totally the time to go for it!

More BFCM Deals from Woolx! The PIPER LEGGINGS AHHHH!!!

There are still more deals rolling in from Woolx and lots more great items are still available from previous days, as well.

Many thanks for shopping my affiliate links! ! f you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I’m very excited to be working with Woolx and sharing lots of great looks with you this season! 

Click here for the main deal page, ya might want to bookmark this link! The deals will be coming in daily at NOON EST all the way until November 14th! Each day a new deal is added on and the previous deals are still available.

Day 1
So you can still score the amazing Mckenna Leggings from Day 1. As I’ve said, I love them so much and the Olive Tree & Lava Smoke colors are only $67.50. 


Day 2 Deal is also still available: the Men’s Paxton Merino Flex Four Button for $120. 

Day 3 Deal is Lola Joggers in Lava Smoke & Olive Tree, for only $65!

Day 4 is the Mia Tee in select colors!

Day 5 is the Aspen in select colors. This is a beautiful shirt! Click here for the Aspen.

Day 6 is the Men’s Summit Polo! Check it out here. 

Day 7 is the Bella Tunic Top and it’s super adorable for only $42.50!

Day 8: The Gabi Tunic is only $42.50!I love the cut of this top and in my experience it runs a little big! I bought a large and I ended up returning it because it was a little too over-sized for me. It’s great that it’s nice and long for leggings!

Day 9: The FeatherTouch Harper Pajama set is only $110 in four different colors. I love the CandyStripe!

Day 10: Today’s Deal is the Piper Leggings and some of ya’ll have been asking about these! I’ve only owned the Pipers for a couple weeks but they are amazing. The cut is just like the McKenna, and they fit exactly the same (I wear a Medium). However, the wool content is a lot higher and the outer fabric is more of a soft knit with less sheen than the McKennas. These are amazing, super versatile, feel wonderful on and DO NOT stretch and get all loose like so many leggings I’ve had before. Nice big pockets, and the glorious benefits of wool. I love these and I’m wearing them like pants with no regrets!

I know you’ll love them as much as I do. Looking for more great Wool Looks? I’ve got a whole lot of that! Click the “Wool” category at the top and be sure to subscribe for the next BFCM deal from Woolx!

Early Black Friday Sale: Lola Joggers only $65!

It’s Day 3 of Woolx’s Early Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale and the deals are poppin’!

Click here for the main deal page, ya might want to bookmark this link! The deals will be coming in daily at NOON EST all the way until November 14th! Each day a new deal is added on and the previous deals are still available. Which means you can totally still snag the amazing Mckenna Leggings from Day 1. As I’ve said, I love them so much and the Olive Tree & Lava Smoke colors are only $67.50. 

One more quick pic of me in my Mckenna Leggings with a $1 blouse I snagged at the thrift store. These are cute, comfortable, and go with ALL MY STUFF.

Thank you again for shopping my affiliate links! It helps keep this show on the road and gives me money to buy more wool! HA! f you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I’m very excited to be working with Woolx and sharing lots of great looks with you this season! 


Day 2 Deal is also still available: the Men’s Paxton Merino Flex Four Button for $120. This would be a great Christmas gift for the guy in your life.

Day 3 Deal is now live and it’s Lola Joggers in Lava Smoke & Olive Tree, for only $65!

I am extra excited about because I love the Lola Joggers so very much, like I’ve shared before. The Lola Joggers are my holy grail of pants. They are the #1 most versatile pair of pants in my wardrobe because they can serve as dress pants, workout garb, travel wear, sleep wear. I have done all of the above and since they are lined with Merino, they can go from one event to the next, without even stopping to wash! Wow! That makes them so versatile I can’t even believe it. I wear them multiple times a week, all year round. Here are just a handful of ways I style my black pair.
I bought them in black, Lava Smoke, and Olive Tree so I have tried all three colors. Like Wednesday Adams, I love my black the best, but all three are fabulous and for this price you just can’t go wrong! They aren’t on sale, but I have to mention that they are available this season in Winter Bloom (purple) and Oceanside (dark blue). I really want to try these new colors!

FEATURES:
*Elastic waist, comfy drawstring
*Side pockets for all the things
*Elastic knit ankle cuffs
*Moisture wicking, quick drying
*Breathable for all day comfort
*Antimicrobial – odor destroying
*Plush, soft feel
*Built tough for extra durability
*Completely opaque

As requested, here is a pic of the Lava Smoke Grey Joggers!

A note about sizing: I am wearing a size medium, just like I do in the leggings and it’s generally my true size across the board. I do think that if you want a super loose and slouchy look you might want to size up. I like mine a little trimmer because I wear them more like dress pants.

Here are some of the ways I styled my Olive Tree Lola Joggers (Please excuse my mirror selfies, I’ve learned how to take better phone pics since!) Hopefully you get the idea: you can make a ton of outfits with these. I have found olive green is actually a great neutral.
I hope you take advantage of this awesome deal and grab a pair of Lola Joggers for only $65! I know you’ll love them as much as I do. Looking for more great Wool Looks? I’ve got a whole lot of that! Click the “Wool” category at the top and be sure to subscribe for the next BFCM deal from Woolx!

Early BFCM Sale! Mckenna Leggings only $67.50!

Just one more thing that I love about Woolx is that sometimes they offer some really irresistible deals! Today is the first day of Woolx November Deals and they are offering an awesome discount on their Merino Flex™ McKenna Leggings in Olive & Lava Smoke. They are only $67.50! These are truly my favorite favorite leggings and here is why:

*They are high waisted and they do not sag*
*They are super comfy, with just enough stretch*
*They have two generous pockets (big enough for a big phone)*
*They have a substantial weight, so they can pass as pants*
*They keep me warm when it’s cold, but cool when it’s hot*
*They are lined with merino, so they have those magic Merino properties we have been talking about!*
*They have a nice sheen, so that they look a little dressier than workout clothes*
*They are flattering and slimming without being uncomfortably compressive*

FABRIC:

  • 38% Australian Merino Wool, 46% Recycled Polyester, 16% Lycra
  • MERINO FLEX FABRIC (Merino on the inside for performance – recycled poly on the outside for durability!) ONE OF A KIND
  • Non-Mulesed Wool
  • Woolmark® Certified

Thanks for joining me for Day 1 of Woolx Deal Days! I couldn’t be happier that you are here shopping with me.  If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I’m very excited to be working with Woolx and sharing lots of great looks with you this season! 

I have had my McKenna Leggings for over a year and they still look like new! One of the reasons why is that they are lined with Merino Wool which means they don’t have to be washed nearly as often as synthetic fabrics. For example, the athletic leggings I have owned before would need to be washed after every single workout, without fail. But Merino Wool is odor resistant and antimicrobial, so after a workout (or let’s be real, a really busy day of running errands in the heat), I can just spritz them with my wool spray (literally just alcohol and vodka) and let them hang up to air until tomorrow. By the next day, they will be fresh and ready to wear again. So although these leggings are the most expensive ones I have owned, they feel better, look better, last longer, and need less washing then any other pair I have ever had. You really can’t get any better than that!

Here are just a few ways I have styled my Mckenna Leggings. These are one of the most versatile wardrobe staples in my closet!

Look #1: =Festival Wear
Woolx Merino Flex™ McKenna black Leggings
(Click here for the sale version! Only $67.50)
+ Woolx Jenny Top
+ Woolx Sawyer Shacket
+Ugg Lakesider Ankle Boot
+Fedora Hat (Similar here)


Look #2: Casual Friday
Woolx Merino Flex™ McKenna black Leggings
(Click here for the sale version! Only $67.50)
+ Woolx Charlotte Puff Sleeve Top
+ Jean Jacket
+Riding Boots (Similar here)

Look #3: Workout?Hiking Outfit
+Woolx Merino Flex™ McKenna black Leggings
(Click here for the sale version! Only $67.50)
+Woolx Ryann Hoodie
+Woolx Addie Tee (I sized up for a looser fit)
+Naturalizer Morrison Sneaker

Look #4:  Out to Dinner
Woolx Merino Flex™ McKenna black Leggings
(Click here for the sale version! Only $67.50)
+West Key Floral Faux Wrap Top (from Stitch Fix years ago, Similar Here)
+Wool& Cypress Wrap Cardigan 
+Allbirds Tree Breezers (I got mine on Posh: use code MAMAMELAINE to save $10)

I hope you take advantage of this awesome deal and grab a pair of Mckenna Leggings. I know you’ll love them as much as I do. Looking for more great Wool Looks? I’ve got a whole lot of that! Click the “Wool” category at the top and be sure to subscribe for more amazing Woolx Deals coming soon!

 

The biggest Wool drop of the season: the Woolx Sawyer Shacket!

Woolx always brings some great new products to the table every season and I know I’m not the only one constantly checking for new clothing items! This Fall, everyone has been talking about the Woolx Sawyer Shacket.

I decided to go with the Camel color to contrast with all the black in my wardrobe.

This piece is so magical because it’s got the retro-vibes we all love plus the shacket is majorly trending on all the fashion channels from Pinterest to the blogosphere. Sometimes a perfect design can be timeless and trendy at the same time and this jacket is BOTH! As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to try it.

As always, I couldn’t be happier that you are here checking out my little blog and I so appreciate you using my affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I would like to personally thank Nicole and Jenny at Woolx for working with me and sending over this incredible product for me to try. You guys are the bomb and I’m in love with your company!

Click here to shop Woolx.

Wearing the Sawyer with my Wool& Sierra, black flats, and a vintage necklace. I loved this combo!

In South Carolina, a good jacket can serve me for the whole cold season, especially if that jacket is made of wool. (For those of you who think we don’t get cold in the deep South, I would like to tell you about what humidity and low temps give you in January and February. It actually gets bitterly cold and damp!) What’s so great about wool, anyway? Here are just a few of the benefits:

The Sawyer comes in four colors; it was really hard to choose.

Wool is naturally anti-microbial.  Essentially, God made sheep and their wool has magical properties. Because wool resists bacteria, you don’t have to wash your wool as often. I promise, it’s a fact. I have personally tested this principle and I’m here to tell you: it’s true and it’s awesome.  This is one of my favorite things about my wool wardrobe. In fact, our washing machine broke over a month ago. We ordered a new one but it has infuriatingly been delayed FIVE times. (Don’t get me started…this is the first time Costco has let me down). Guess who keeps wearing her clothes without needing the laundromat? Me!

Wool is sturdy. Wool is a very resilient and tough fiber that response well to wear and use. In fact, it tends to get stronger when you wash it and some people have told me it “self-heals”, I’ve tried to understand this, and my best grasp of it is that washing agitates the fabric and helps very small holes/worn spots to even out. My wool has held up GREAT which is so fabulous since I want clothing that I can wear and wear and wear some more.

Wool is temperature regulating.  I thought wool kept you warm, but I had no idea it could also keep you cool! I’m always either hot or cold (thanks thyroid and hormone irregularities) and wool simply helps me feel less crazy. I don’t know how it works (other than God made sheep) but there is a HUGE difference in my comfort level in Wool compared to wearing synthetic fabrics. So much so that I’ve been googling Wool Sheets lately. I’ll probably just settle for the Woolx PJs instead, but believe me the temperature regulation really, truly works.

Wool is comfortable. Honestly, this list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wool, but for me comfort is a MAJOR factor. I have always favored comfortable clothing but the older I get the more it becomes a non-negotiable for me. If it’s not comfortable, and I mean, really, truly wear-it-all-day-all-night comfortable, I just won’t buy it. So please believe me when I promise that good Wool clothing is comfortable, breathable, and very soft. This is not the scratchy wool sweater from your childhood. My skin can be really sensitive and dry but I love the feel of merino wool from Woolx. It makes me feel happy to be comfortable and know that the clothes I’m putting on are also low-maintenance, sustainable, and ethically sourced. (We’ll talk more about the ethics later on the blog).

Shown here with my McKenna Leggings, a hat from a local boutique and Uggs. So comfy and cozy!

Woolx makes clothes that fit my life! Besides all the benefits listed above, Woolx has done an amazing job of designing clothing that fit into my lifestyle and are cute! (Yes, I need cute.) Some companies market their wool strictly to backpackers and campers and yes, wool is an amazing solution to any kind of outdoor lifestyle. It’s perfect! However….that is just not my vibe. I’ve never spent a night outside and I am simply not athletic. But these pieces are so well designed, they are the ideal solution for my mom-on-the-go wardrobe needs. I need practical, cute clothes that can be worn and re-worn without washing. I need clothes that will go easily from carline pickup to dinner out…..to a weekend away…. to a work event, and so on! And I have never been happier with my wardrobe until I started adding in some great wool pieces.

Getting off my wool soapbox and back to the item in question, the fabulous Sawyer Shacket. Let’s take a closer look.

Here are the design details:

  • Extreme warmth
  • Not just cute, functional & durable
  • Maintains insulation when wet
  • Breathable & moisture wicking
  • Full movement stretch
  • 2 hand warmer pockets
  • Ultra soft feel — you won’t believe this is wool!
  • Loose oversized fit, plenty of room to layer
  • Chest button pockets
  • Classic shirt jac style
  • Tested & perfected for an entire year, the BEST fitting shacket on the market

Check out the Fabric Breakdown:

  • 80% Australian Merino Wool, 20% Polyamide
  • Non-Mulesed Wool
  • Woolmark® Certified

Those are just the details straight from Woolx…..But how does it really feel? And does it keep you warm?

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve worn the Sawyer while working from home, running errands, out to grab coffee with my husband, and to a local festival with my whole family.  It’s both warm AND light-weight which is absolutely my favorite part about it. When we were out all day at the festival, it started out really chilly so the Sawyer was perfect for keeping me comfortable and warm. (I wore it over the McKenna Leggings and the Jenny top). Once it warmed up later in the afternoon, I took it off and carried it. It’s so much lighter than a coat so it was much easier to tote around. I could have tied it around my waist also.

Woolx said they spent a year developing this design and I totally believe it! Somehow they nailed an over-sized yet feminine cut of this “masculine” style and made it cute, comfy, and functional. The pockets, also, are pocket perfection, almost invisible from the front yet generous and warm.

Well, that’s it folks. It’s a shirt, it’s a jacket, it’s wool, and it’s amazing. Any questions?

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The Wool& Cypress Wrap Cardigan Review and pics!

I was delighted to receive the Cypress Wrap from Wool&. I am definitely obsessed with cardigans and love layering throughout the year. I generally tend to be hot-natured and live in the weird, variable deep south where we get some surprisingly cool temps, with icy humidity, as well as some drastic temperature swings all in the same day. So I knew a nice wool cardigan would be a great addition to my wool capsule!

If you shop with Wool&, I so appreciate you using my affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I would also like to say “Thank you” to Wool& for gifting me several items for my review, including the amazing Charlie Tank Jumpsuit and the luxe Cypress Wrap Cardigan shown in this post! Wool&, you better believe, I’m a fan for life!

Like I said, in the Deep South, layering is a must and cardigans or jackets get a lot more wear in my wardrobe than true coats. All that to say, I owned no wool blend cardigans at all so Wool&’s Cypress is truly a wonderful addition to my  wardrobe. I’m wearing it here with Wool& Charlie Jumpsuit which is also amazing.

First, I had to choose a color and I have to admit I really waffled over this one. Black is always my default, top choice, so it was my initial inclination. After reminding myself of all the other black I already own, I decided the Charcoal Heather was the way to go. I decided to order size Medium which is my true size most of the time.


When I first pulled the Cypress out of the package, the weight surprised me. It’s 78% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon
300gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool. That means it’s pretty thick, almost plush feeling. It’s hard to describe the loveliness of this fabric if you haven’t tried it. I just keep thinking it feels very luxurious, silky, and high-end.

I decided to try it with a basic jeans and patterned blouse outfit, along with some Dansko clogs. It was a great way to add a little warmth and elegance to a casual outfit!

Here I am in my Wool& Sierra with leggings and the Cypress. This is an outfit I feel like I could wear anywhere, but it’s definitely appropriate for church, work, or a nice evening out. I really feel put-together in this outfit!

Besides the luxe fabric, I really love the cut of this piece. The Cypress has a structured design that gives it a dressier look. I particularly like the structured shoulders and the wide, almost swingy hem. It’s such an elegant addition to an outfit.Note: I didn’t include photos, but the Cypress also comes with a belt making it easy to use as a bathrobe or for different styles and looks. I think it’s a great idea and I know a lot of people say this cardigan is perfect for travel. It’s just another multi-use item that could fill a bunch of different holes in your wardrobe!
I think this cardigan would be perfect for office-wear, and I will 100% be wearing it into work when I have the opportunity. (I work remote and go into the office occasionally for meetings or events). It will work almost like a blazer for me.


Got any other ideas for styling the Cypress? I’d love to hear them and add photos to this post with your suggestions!

Thanks for checking out this review! If you’d like to read some of my other Wool& posts, don’t miss these:

The Ultimate Wool& Dress Guide
How to Save Money on Wool&
Which Color Wool& Dress is for me?
The Wool& Charlie Jumpsuit Review
Wool& Camellia Review
Wool& Mara Review

Review: Wool& Charlie Tank Jumpsuit

There is something so absolutely free and lovely about a perfectly fitting jumpsuit! I remember so well having a jumpsuit when I was maybe 9 years old. It was a black jumper-style with a pink floral print and it felt so soft and wonderful. I vividly remember cartwheeling all over the grass wearing this outfit and thinking, “THIS is freedom”.

30 plus years later, I still love black, I still love floral, and man do I wish I could still cartwheel through the grass like that. Even though I don’t have the gymnastics skills of my childhood, I still crave clothing that is comfortable, free, and livable. Those feelings and sensations of freedom are absolutely what wearing wool has given me as an adult!

If you shop with Wool&, I so appreciate you using my affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I would also like to say “Thank you” to Wool& for gifting me several items for my review, including the amazing Charlie Tank Jumpsuit and the luxe Cypress Wrap Cardigan shown in this post! Wool&, you are the absolute best! 

I could not wait to try the Charlie Tank Jumpsuit from Wool&. I knew the moment I heard that there was a Jumpsuit coming that it would be a winner. One piece simplicity, the incredible benefits of wool, plus Wool& signature soft easy-care blend? I was totally all-in.

Although I was overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the jumpsuit, that’s not to say there weren’t concerns. Mostly, logistical concerns about buttons and bathroom breaks, especially for me. I have Interstitial Cystitis and have more bathroom breaks than most, to put it politely. Also, I know that jumpsuits can sometimes be tricky to size. As a pear shaped person, I’m essentially a different size on top and bottom. So I ordered a large and prepared for the potential of alterations.

Large is definitely the correct size for me. It’s big enough so there is no pulling and it glides over the less-than-perfect areas of my mom  body. (Hey, I’m 40 and I’ve birthed three children including a set of twins).

The top is loose but not too-loose. It doesn’t reveal anything and it isn’t too low in the front. I love the v-neck cut!

The waistband is super comfy! It cinches in to give some shape but it isn’t uncomfortable at all. The extra room in the torso means you can adjust the waist a bit and give a little extra drape. (I can’t wait to try it with a wrap belt….I have one en route to me right now). In this photo, I’m wearing Charlie with the incredibly luxe Cypress Wrap Cardigan. I’ll be sharing a review of this amazing layering piece coming up soon!

As usual, Wool& gives a nod to trendy cuts while still sticking with classic shapes. The slightly cropped leg is very much-on trend, while not being extreme enough to go out of style quickly. The legs are generous and comfortable but not truly wide-leg. I really came to love the length since it doesn’t drag the floor or look sloppy. It will also go great with heels if I ever get brave! (In most of these photos, I’m wearing my Allbirds Tree Breezers which I love).

I tried on so many different options with the Charlie jumpsuit and I was genuinely amazed how great everything worked with it. My biggest surprise was layering it like a jumper over this thrifted blouse. I absolutely love this look which is different from anything I’ve ever worn before!

This is a combo I probably realistically wouldn’t wear because it would involve too much drama in the bathroom with unbuttoning the shirt PLUS unbuttoning the jumpsuit. But it really looks cute! Speaking of bathroom issues, the back of Charlie fastens with one loop button. Once I undid it a few times, it became pretty easy and it won’t be a problem for me to wear, even with my frequent bathroom breaks.

While I was wearing it, I figured I would try the shirt unbuttoned as well. I think layers really look great with this jumpsuit giving it truly unlimited looks.

As usual, Wool& really surpassed my expectations and I’m more in love with the Charlie jumpsuit than I ever expected! This is truly something I will wear again and again year-round.

 

Woolx 20% off sitewide! My favorite items!

Woohoo! Another Woolx Sale! For some of the items, this is a better discount than the Prime Day Sale. If you are new to wool, let me breakdown just a few of the reasons that I love this fabric and the Woolx brand.

Wool is naturally odor-resistant. That means, you can wear these items again and again, and usually, they still remain odor-free and ready for the next wear. Even if an item picks up a bit of odor (from workout or from sitting by a campfire), if you leave it hanging out over night it will almost always smell fresh as a daisy the next morning. I’ve tested it and it’s true. I can’t believe how rarely I have to wash my wool.

Wool is naturally anti-microbial. This is so cool. God made sheep and their wool has magical properties, guys! Because wool resists bacteria, you don’t have to wash your wool as often. It’s amazing and I LOVE THIS about my wool wardrobe. In fact, our washing machine broke over a month ago. We ordered a new one but it has infuriatingly been delayed FOUR times. (Don’t get me started…this is the first time Costco has let me down). Guess who keeps wearing the clothes without needing a laundromat? Me!

Wool is sturdy. Wool is a very resilient and tough fiber that response well to wear and use. In fact, it tends to get stronger when you wash it and some people have told me it “self-heals”, I’ve tried to understand this, and my best grasp of it is that washing agitates the fabric and helps very small holes/worn spots to even out. My wool has held up GREAT.

Wool is temperature regulating, I’m always either hot or cold and wool helps keep me feeling less crazy. I don’t know how it works (other than God made sheep) but there is a HUGE difference compared to wearing synthetic fabrics. So much so that I’ve been googling Wool Sheets lately. I’ll probably just settle for the Woolx PJs instead, but believe me the temperature regulation really, truly works.

Wool is comfortable. These really aren’t the only benefits over other fabrics, but I will add that Wool is comfortable, breathable, and very soft. This is not the scratchy wool sweater from your childhood. My skin can be really sensitive but I love the feel of wool.

If you shop the sale, I so appreciate you using my affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Click here to shop Woolx.
Use coupon code FALL20 for 20% off everything!


Woolx Lola Joggers. I’ve blogged about these before because they are literally my favorite pants of all time. I could wear these every day of the week and be totally happy. For me, they have the perfect fit and just enough sheen to treat as a dress pant, but I also wear them for hiking, shopping, pretty much all the things.


Woolx Ryann Hoodie. This is my favorite hoodie ever. It’s lightweight, but warm. Nice and long, and it goes with everything. I always take it work because the office is so chilly, but I also pack it every single time I travel because it goes with everything from my favorite Wool& dresses to the Lola joggers above! Like all of these items, since it’s merino wool it has to be washed rarely and keeps you temp-regulated!


Woolx Charlotte Top. This top is another favorite because it’s so different from everything else the brand offers. I prefer feminine styles and this top is perfection for my wardrobe. It’s soft, warm (not too warm) and the buttons give it a touch of elegance. The sleeves can be pushed up comfortably for a different look. I have this shirt in olive and I REALLY want the black!

Woolx McKenna Leggings. These are my go-to everyday leggings. Comfy, soft, and with the high-waistband that I just gotta have. The pockets are generous  and these leggings stay up without budging. They are fitted but not too tight (I despise compression leggings) and they have a slight sheen which makes them a little dressier than the pipers.

Woolx Piper Leggings. These are cut just like the McKennas, so they have the perfect high waistband, no-budge fit, and nice phone-size pockets, but the fabric is different. These are a softer look, no sheen, and more traditional wool feel on the outside. These are so dang cozy!

Those are my top five recommendations of items I already own that are now. The next five are items on my wish list.  (I might just have the Sawyer Shacket heading my way, in fact).

Sawyer Shacket. The woolies have been talking and there is a lot of buzz about this plaid “shacket”. It’s super cute and looks like the perfect fall staple! I might just have a camel one on its way too me, which I’m super excited to share about!

Kinsley Cardigan. I have seen this one modeled and it is perfection in a cardigan! This one is definitely on the pricey side but I’m sure it would be another wardrobe staple. Gorgeous!

Charlie 4 Button. This looks so cute and cozy, and I love the colors they are offering. I want Winter Bloom in this gorgeous top!

Harper Pajama Set. I don’t usually wear legit pjs (usually just an old tshirt) but I’m obsessed with the idea of wool for sleeping! I definitely struggle with temperature management at night and I know this would solve the issue!

Parker Sweatpants. Because I love the Lolas so much, I’m definitely wanting to try the Parker Sweatpants. These are more of a traditional sweatpant and they look so super cozy! They are going on my wishlist, for sure.

Thanks for checking out my post! What are your favorite Woolx items?

Max & Mia Cardigan (Barefoot Dreams Dupe!) on Amazon

The Max & Mia Travel Cardigan from Costco is one of my favorite cardigans ever and it’s my most popular blog post also. I wanted to post a quick update with the current Amazon listings of the Max & Mia Travel Cardigan, which is an excellent knock-off of the Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardi!

This post was created using Amazon Affiliate links. I appreciate every click as it helps to make my work-from-home dream a reality (at no extra cost to you). So, I really mean it when I say, “THANK YOU”.

First of all, here is the Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lit Circle Cardi, in case you are wanting the “real thing”. It’s available here in a few more colors. 

Now, let’s check out the cheaper version. Remember, this one was available from Costco the last few years, so fingers crossed it will come back this Fall. There are still a few available on Amazon though!

This version comes in black, beige, and olive (ignore the blue option, that’s a different style).

If you wear size small, there is a red version for only $16.99 (almost sold out!).

The Olive in XL is $39.99 here. 

This cardigan is absolutely perfect over leggings and a tshirt, layered with a chambray shirt or plaid button up, or even over a tunic dress. It’s one of my go-to fall wardrobe pieces!

One last thought, if you are searching for these cardigans, you could always try looking at Poshmark. If you are a new shopper, sign up with the code “MAMAMELAINE” for a free $10 credit. There are lots of the cardigans for a great price. 

If anyone sees these Cardigans at Costco this year, please let me know in the comments.

 

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