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Winter Looks from Woolly Clothing!

 

Woohoo! We made it through to the first real weekend of 2023. I for one am exhausted after having to actually, like, work all week. It always feels extra hard after coming back from Christmas break.

I’ve got another awesome Wool Haul today and I’m so excited to share a few new items from Woolly Clothing! Woolly sent me three items for my review and I can’t wait to add these to my wool wardrobe. Thanks so much Woolly, for working with me. I can’t wait to give these pieces a place in my wardrobe and mix and match them with all the rest of my favorite wool capsule items!

If you shop with Woolly, 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.

Ready to jump in?

First, my stats. I am 5’6″ and currently 175 pounds (lots of Covid and medication weight gain that I’ve kind of, sort of,  come to terms with). I’m about a size 10 in pants typically and a medium-ish in tops. I’m definitely a pear-shape.

(Side-note: Did you know that Woolly lists the models’ sizes in the description? You can see which model is wearing which size for each listing, which is really helpful when you are shopping new styles!)

Woolly Short Sleeve Tunic

Website Description:
A versatile piece of foundation wear, our Ultralight Short Sleeve Tunic is a one stop shirt to replace all the cotton in your closet.

Great For Just about anything. Comfy enough for home, technical enough for the trail, with a little extra style in case you’re sick of wearing a basic tee.

Fabric Stats:
Fabric Specs: 95% 17.5 micron merino wool, 5% elastane. 150 GSM Mid Weight

My thoughts:
I chose the Woolly Short Sleeve Tunic because I liked the extra length, the bright pop of purple, the button details and because I thought it was a crazy great price! For only $39.99, I think this shirt is a total steal, especially given that it is 95% Merino.  I sized up to a Large for this top because I wanted a looser fit and it turned out to fit just as I hoped.


For this outfit, I’m wearing Woolx Piper Leggings, my new Lems Chelsea boots, and the Woolly Short Sleeve Tunic. In the next photo, I added my Julahas Red Fusion cape! 


For this outfit, I’m wearing Woolly Short Sleeve Tunic, Wool& Frame Ponte Culotte and Allbirds Flats. I think it looks good tucked in also.


I just love the Plum color from Woolly!  (Also, I’m obsessed with Sky Organics Raisin Tinted Lip Balm, especially at this time of year.) It’s great to find a short sleeve tunic that will work well with my wardrobe for four seasons of the year! Did you know that’s one of Woolly’s slogans? Wool for four seasons!

Woolly Longhaul Wide Leg Pants


Website Description:
Great For: Fall days, winter layers, lounging or working hard.

Fabric Specs:
Fabric Specs: 66% 215 GSM Australian merino wool // 29% Cotton // 5% Elastane

My thoughts:

I ordered the Woolly Longhaul Wide Leg Pants because I thought they would be a great alternative to jeans when I go into work and that they would be nice for the summer/fall transition season. I decided to order my true size, Medium, and they fit perfectly. The fabric on these pants feels very high quality. They are a nice substantial fabric with enough stiffness so that they hold their own shape well. They are comfy, though not terribly soft. I like that they seem just a little more structured and the double stitched side seams are a nice design detail. The only thing I am not wild about is the white drawstring. The contrast is a little distracting for most of my outfits, so I tucked it in for some of my outfits. I might pull it out since I won’t need to cinch the pants to keep them on.

Thrifted faux wrap top with Fitflop flats and Woolly Longhaul Wide Leg Pants. Below, I added a thrifted Cinnamon Cardigan.

Woolly Pro-Knit Cowl Neck

Website Description:
A go to pullover for shoulder season or a layering piece in cold weather. Woolly Mid Weight Flex merino gives wicking insulation with athlete friendly extra-flex and a no-draft cowl neck design to keep out drafts.

Great For: Fall days, winter layers, lounging or working hard in low temps.

Fabric Specs:
100% 18.5 micron merino wool. 250 GSM Mid Weight

My thoughts:
I sized up to a Large for a more relaxed fit on the Woolly Pro-Knit Cowl Neck and I love the way it fits. It’s nice and long, the fit isn’t too snug on my arms (sometimes a concern…my arms aren’t skinny), and it doesn’t cling on my tummy either. I have to tell you, the fabric on this shirt is AMAZING. It is ultra soft and very cozy and I love the way the turtle neck fits. It’s not constricting or overly long, it just lays nicely which is all I want from a cowl neck. I also adore the Kale color, it’s a nice dark green. (I still can’t figure out my “season” but I think I can pull this color off.) I really love this shirt and I have already worn it a LOT. In fact, it was one of the items I took on our Christmas trip to the lake house with all of my extended family. On that trip, I sat by a bonfire MULTIPLE times and guess what? I still haven’t had to wash this shirt. The smoke smell aired out of it with no problem. Wool is SO incredible! Did I mention it has thumb holes? So cozy!


For this outfit, I’m wearing Woolx Piper Leggings, my new Lems Chelsea boots, and the Woolly Pro-Knit Cowl Neck. Love this look!

It turns out I like how it looks with my Burnt Orange Coat, also!

Thanks for checking out my review of Woolly Clothing! If you haven’t seen all my other reviews, there are plenty! Just click the “Wool” tab at the top right!

Wool& Winter Wool Haul, review, and try-ons!


Happy New Year to all! I have been waiting to share a review of some fresh new items I just received from Wool&. We have been having so much rainy weather that it has been tricky to grab photos but I’m managed to squeeze in a few in between the rain and tornado warnings! What a crazy January it has been so far.

There’s nothing quite as exciting as Woolie mail! I love opening a package from Wool& and this one has some super yummy goodies in it!

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 Wool& Summit Midweight Pocket Legging, Wool& Holly Interlock Top, Wool& Frame Ponte Culotte, and the Wool& Hilltop Wool Fleece Jacket.

I couldn’t wait to start styling these items right off the bat!

Outfit details: I’m also wearing my brand new Lems Chelsea Boots and Lems Chukka Boots in this post! Click here for my full review of these. 
I’m also wearing my new Kendra Scott Reid custom necklace (currently on sale!). Click here to save $20 with my referral code. 

Wool& Holly Interlock Top

First up, I got the Wool& Holly Interlock Top, size Medium in the incredible Marine Blue colorway. I absolutely ADORE this blue color and the top is gorgeous! I was a little nervous about the slightly cropped length, but it works really well with the culottes and is AMAZING for layering both over and under the Wool& dresses. I love the looser, almost batwing fit of the arms and it is overall so comfortable and pretty.  Let’s check out the specs on this shirt.

From the website:
A polished midweight layer in our interlock fabric. Your perfect top to layer over dresses with its drop shoulder and slightly cropped hem. Long sleeves, crew neckline, and side slits at the hem.

Sizing Tip: The Holly Interlock Top has a roomy fit throughout the body with fitted sleeves. Fits true to size.

Fabric Breakdown:
78% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon
300gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

Here a couple more photos! How do you like it layered over my Wool& Sierra? 

More photos later in the post!

Wool& Frame Ponte Culotte

I had been wanting to try the Wool& Frame Ponte Culottes for ages and they did not disappoint. The first thing I noticed about these pants is that the Ponte Fabric is amazing. It’s a nice, substantial ribbed texture with some thickness and stretch. Yes, they feel as comfortable as all my other Wool& favorites, but it also has a little bit more of a business casual texture. (Off topic but I would LOVE this fabric to be made into a jogger style pant or a bootcut flare pant). I have always loved culotte style pants and I know these will be perfect for my weather year round. A note about fit. The size medium fits me well, and I know it is my correct size. (I am 5’6″, 175 pounds, and about a size 10 in pants). I’m very much a pear shape and I felt they fit a little snug around my hips and thighs on first try. However, having worn Wool& clothing quite a bit I know that these will relax slightly after a bit of wear, which should allow for the perfect fit. Here’s Wool&’s description of these:

From the website:
Finally, sophisticated pants that you can also lounge in. Features the classic wide leg culotte silhouette, plus front inseam pockets. Our midweight ponte fabric provides structure and a touch of comfortable stretch.

Fabric breakdown:
75% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon, 3% Spandex
340gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

Wool& Summit Midweight Pocket Legging

I have worn my leggings more this season than I probably have ever before, so scoring another pair was super exciting. These leggings feel wonderful. The fabric is soft and stretchy and the waist is higher rise than the Axis leggings I already own (for comparison, the waist is also higher on the Summit Leggings compared to the Woolx Piper and Woolx McKenna Leggings that I wear all the time). So if you are looking for a high waisted legging, this is the pair for you! At first I felt like they were a little snug around my not-so-small stomach, but once I wore them around for awhile they felt fantastic. They are also really slimming, which is a bonus. The pockets are HUGE.

From the website:
A midweight, fully opaque legging that keeps you warm without bulkiness and stays odor free for days. Comes with a side panel with external patch pockets that effortlessly fits your phone. Snug fit that holds you in, high waist, and gusset. Our custom developed stretch jersey fabric moves easily with your body and resists pilling.

Sizing Tip: Just like the Axis Legging, but with pockets! Fits true to size.

Fabric breakdown:
68% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon, 10% Spandex
300gsm, 17.5 micron wool

Wool& Hilltop Wool Fleece Jacket

This jacket is surprisingly warm despite the lightweight construction. I really love some of the design features particularly the design of the collar and how it has some structure of it’s own….it really gives it a more flattering fit. I am wearing the Wool& Hilltop Wool Fleece Jacket in Forest Night, size Medium. Although I think the jacket fits as it should and it is comfortable as is, I might consider sizing up in the future. I think I would prefer a looser fit for layering. I love the Forest Night color. The pockets are generous and comfy. The fact that this jacket is made from recycled wool is icing on the cake!

From the website:
We sourced this jacket’s soft, beautiful recycled wool shearling from a textile mill in Prato, Italy— a town known for producing fine wool products for centuries. Its stable, lofty structure will keep you warm while also remaining breathable. Welted hand warmer pockets, mock neck, and elastic trim. No adventure is complete without the Hilltop.

Sizing Tip: The Hilltop Wool Fleece Jacket fits true to size. If you prefer an oversized fit, size up.

Fabric breakdown:
63% recycled wool, 22% nylon, 10% polyester, 5% other fibers
340gsm, 18.5 Micron Wool

New Shoes from Lems! Review and Try-On!

This is such a fun review to create because I have been wanting to transition to healthier shoes FOREVER! My sister explained to me about wide toe box, zero-drop, minimalist footwear years ago and told me how much better they are for your whole entire body. The idea that most of us had been forcing our feet into shoes that were very un-foot shaped (and causing our bodies a lot of subsequent damage) really resonated with me. However, I just didn’t have the capacity to switch my shoes at that point in time.

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My feet were already in bad shape. I had already dealt with tendonitis and Plantar’s Fasciitis for years but my feet were so painful and I was addicted to the comfort of orthotic shoes. (Some people have explained that wearing an orthotic shoe is akin to wearing a cast on your foot….it can help an injury heal HOWEVER it should never be permanent since it can cause the muscles to lose strength and mobility, causing further damage). I couldn’t imagine moving away from my over-supportive,  orthopedic shoes because of the pain. So I continued wearing whatever shoes I could tolerate (Oofos, Fitflop, Dansko, and Vionics mostly) and consequently my feet continued to get worse.

About six months ago when I started working from home, I realized that being off my feet was allowing them to rest and improve slightly. Now that I wasn’t a teacher walking a million steps a day, I thought I might start to make the jump to healthier footwear. That’s when I contacted Lems.

Lems was founded on the idea that “shoes should be built around the natural shape of the human foot, and not the other way around. This meant that a shoe should be widest at the forefoot and toes, while allowing for full flexibility and unrestricted movement.”

In the Barefoot Shoe world, Lems is considered a great starter shoe because it has a more substantial footbed, generous flexibility, and is a gentle way to transition into the barefoot shoe lifestyle.

I’m so grateful that Lems sent me two pairs of shoes to share with you all. Thank you Lems for giving me a chance to try these Lems Chelsea boots and the Lems Chukka Boot!  I am very impressed with the quality of these shoes and they fit perfectly into my minimalist wardrobe, which is exactly what I was hoping.

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Lems Women’s Chelsea Boot:
From the website:
At long last, we are delighted to welcome our first Chelsea Boot to the Lems lineup! Fans of the Primal Zen, get ready to throw a party because our Chelsea features the same outsole you know and love, meaning this boot ticks all the right boxes: super lightweight, zero-drop, and ultra wide. The Cedar is a super soft suede with a very minimal feel.

My first impressions: 
I love the look of the Chelsea Boot. It’s chunky but not TOO chunky and incredibly lightweight. The color is a nice warm caramel. It really isn’t quite as bright colored as it looks on the computer screen (it does not look orange in real life). Very much a neutral. (It totally matches my Woolx Sawyer.) You can see how well the boots flex! Imagine wearing a boot that allows your foot to move naturally. Pretty revolutionary for me, coming from traditional footwear.

On the side of the boot, there are some stretchy panels along with pull tabs to put them on. They are very easy to wear, and easy to get on your foot. Wearing them is different, because I can wiggle all of my toes! It’s amazing not to have my toes pinned tightly together…..having room to move my toes within the shoe is a totally new sensation.


I love the way these boots feel and I can feel the ground beneath me, too, which is another benefit that the Barefoot community values.  I think they are very cute boots and I am certain they will fit into my wardrobe perfectly.

So comfortable…. this outfit is brand new and I’m loving every piece of it! Review to come of the clothing items but here are my links in case you’d like to check them out. Wool& Summit Leggings and Wool& Holly Top. I feel like this outfit looks cute and, more importantly, feels amazing.

One more quick look with the Lems Chelsea Boot! This time I paired them with my favorite Woolx Piper Leggings and my new Woolly Short Sleeve Tunic. (I’ll be sharing a review of some fun new goodies from Woolly Clothing very soon). This was a really warm evening, but I grabbed my Julahas Fusion Cape just in case.

I will absolutely be wearing my Lem’s Chelsea Boot with lots of outfits going forward and I’ll be sure to share those photos with you. Until then, check out my other new pair of Lems!

Lem’s Women’s Chukka Canvas
From the website:
While this colorway might be called ‘Blackout’, shoes don’t get much greener than this. Made of organic canvas, a fully recycled lining, and fully recycled laces, the Chukka you know and love has gone completely Captain Planet. These canvas champs also feature a wide toe box, zero-drop platform, and IBR outsole – just like you’ve come to expect

My first impressions:
I absolutely love the way these shoes look and feel. They are crazy lightweight and flexible. They remind me of simple converse or a very basic black sneaker that will match absolutely anything and everything, at any time of year. Despite the generous, wide-toe box, they still look to be very trim and slim; minimal in appearance and very lightweight. I feel like wearing these Chukkas gives me a fun, hip vibe!

Just like the Chelsea boots, these Chukkas are crazy lightweight and incredibly flexible. You can see how easily your foot will be able to move in this shoe! You can easily double over the shoe for maximum flex.

I truly think these shoes will pair with any outfit from my closet, but I started out by wearing them with my Wool& Sierra and Wool& Holly Top. I think they looked great and I was definitely super comfy.

Here’s another look that I really love! For this outfit I paired Lem’s Women’s Chukka Canvas with Woolx Piper Leggings and my new Woolly Pro-Knit Cowl Neck top (which I LOVE….review to come very soon) and a thrifted Leaf Pendant. So much cozy and comfort all in one pic!

 

Have you check out Lems Shoes? I’d love to hear what you think!

 

 

 

Holiday Looks with Julahas + Wool&

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all my readers. I know everyone always says they can’t believe how quickly the season is passing by, but I truly, truly mean it! It’s crazy how quickly this holiday season is slipping past and I am doing my very best to soak it all in. The joy of the season is something I always try to savor.

Wool& Willow with Julahas Kimono Air / Wool& Willow with Julahas Petite Red Fusion

This is my first holiday season working full time in marketing as a copywriter and I have to say I have been crazy busy but enjoying the creativity and variety a lot. My working full time has been quite a swing for our family and everyone has had to make a lot of adjustments. It’s definitely reminded me yet again of the true value of minimalism when it comes to keeping a home running and helping to manage expectations and priorities. It’s not a magic fix, but minimizing the stuff around us really has helped a lot. If you are interested in reading about my minimalism journey, I have quite a lot of posts on the topic. 

One thing that I really haven’t minimalized this year is my Wool Wardrobe. I have cut back on fast fashion and instead have been building a wardrobe that will last from high quality wool items that I can wear and  wear again, which has been a truly delightful upgrade to my wardrobe. Yes, it’s an investment, but as far as comfort, quality, sustainability, and care, it’s such a wonderful step up. If you’d like to read more about it, I now have an entire Wool category on my blog. 

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My entrance into the world of Wool was Wool&, followed quickly by Woolx. I have been so pleased with both brands. Wool& has some gorgeous dresses, which have always been a weakness of mine, but Woolx is incredibly sturdy, functional, and comfortable and their joggers are my favorite pants ever. I have slowly been selling off my synthetic clothing on Poshmark and building up a core wardrobe of mostly wool instead.

I recently came across another brand called Julahas and they have been kind enough to send me some items for my review. I am always so grateful when a company is willing to work with me as a teeny-tiny micro-influencer! It is always so delightful to share brands that I am truly excited about, and such is the case with the gorgeous capes, kimonos, ruanas, and accessories from Julahas. 



You can also shop a selection of these beautiful products from Amazon using my affiliate link. 

For these looks, I am wearing my size Medium Wool& Willow dress in black, on top of size Medium Woolx Piper Leggings, and Cobb Hill Caroline Booties. I love this foundation and can wear almost anything on top for lots of different easy outfit formulas. The best part is, since these items are wool, I can wear them again and again without needing to wash them because of the antimicrobial magic of Wool. It makes dressing for work, travel, events, and weekends all so much easier.

Julahas means “weaving” and these beautiful wool and cotton products are handmade in the Himalayas, sustainably and ethically; giving local artisans a chance to share their heritage and craft while making a living wage.

The more I try, the more I adore these gorgeous items. This week I received two new items from Julahas: the Jiva Wool Silk Kimono Air
and the Petite Light Wool Cape Fusion Red. Both of these are absolutely gorgeous and I loved trying them on for some Holiday Looks!

The Jiva Wool Silk Kimono Air

The Jiva Kimono Air is lightweight and soft yet has a little bit of structure and flow that makes it look so very gorgeous. Here are the stats from the website:

  • Reversible. One size (fits XS-XXXL). Open front, oversized fit.
  • Material: 65% Himalayan wool and 45% Forest Silk.
    Craftmark Certified.
  • Handy pockets for storage.
    Gently hand wash (only if needed) using a mild detergent or shampoo in cold water. Lay flat to dry and store folded in the environmentally safe dust bag that is provided. Dry clean friendly too.
  • Worldwide shipping.
    Go here for Shipping and Deliveries.
    Go here for Returns and Exchanges.

I love the fabric and feel of this Kimono! The pockets are perfectly placed and shaped, so that they are easy to use and access. The collar is flattering but soft and the entire thing just makes me feel graceful and elegant in a comfortable, wearable way, which I absolutely love. The color of this Kimono is absolutely gorgeous! I think I will wear the Jiva Wool Silk Kimono Air to my work Christmas party this week. The dress code is “Christmas Casual” and I think this look could work for lots of different holiday events, from dressy to comfy cozy!

The Petite Light Wool Cape Fusion Red

The Petite Light Wool Cape in Fusion Red is so much fun to wear. It’s very lightweight, yet cozy. The pattern means the look can be adjusted so many ways. I wore it last night  over jeans and a tshirt and it was perfect while I was out running Christmas errands and shopping. I felt cute, put together, and even a little festive, yet I could adjust my temperature and comfort as we stepped in and out of stores with wildly differing temperatures! In the last photo, I was in a dressing room and I wanted to snap a quick pic of the Cape with the only purse I ever wear, the Sash Bag. It’s a perfect companion product with the cape because it’s easy to wear right along with it and it just feels like the same comfortable sort of quirky cute and artsy vibe. I love this outfit!

Back to the Cape! Here are the stats straight from the website:

What do you think about these holiday looks from Julahas and Wool&? I’d love to hear from you!

Best cardigan ever is back at Costco! Barefoot Dreams Knock Off Cardigan

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The Barefoot Dreams Knock-off Cardigan has been one of my most popular posts to date, which is why I’m super excited to update it YET AGAIN!  In my opinion, these are an excellent dupe for the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan and I would definitely consider them a wardrobe must-have. Click here to check out this awesome copycat Cardigan by Max & Mia on Amazon. (Please note these are still the 2020 stock, keep reading for current styles)

This week I spotted the Max & Mia Barefoot Dreams Knock-off Cardigans in new colors! Black, a light beige, and a cooler red (compared to the rusty red from the last run).

Quite a few years ago, I read about the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan from a blog. They are pretty pricey (click here for the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan) but I was able to hunt down a gently used one on Ebay and I absolutely loved it. Until I ruined it in an unfortunate laundry disaster (not my first one, either). So sad.

Ever since then, I had been watching for a deal on the real thing, but it was just really out of my budget (although having owned one, I do kind of think they are worth it). I had recently even been googling “Barefoot Dreams knock-off cardigan” hoping to find something similar at a lower price point. I never got lucky enough to find it, a few years ago I stumbled across exactly what I was looking for completely by accident.

This week 12/8/22 at my Costco!

This Travel Cardigan by Max & Mia is a perfect dupe for the Barefoot Dreams  Circle Cardi and Costco’s version is only $25!  I can’t believe how similar they are and after owning them forever, I can tell you that they hold up really well!


Click to shop the Costco version online!

Pro Tip:  I do feel that the sizing is a little inconsistent across the colors. I have not tried this year’s version because as much as I love cardigans, I have plenty and the only ones I have been wearing are my Wool ones. I have pretty much switched my wardrobe completely over to wool as a matter of fact. I still think these are absolutely fabulous cardigans, a great winter layer, and a perfect Christmas present also!

The only difference I want to point out is that the Costco cardigan is recommended to be hand wash rather than machine wash. That’s kind of a bummer, if you ask me, but not a deal breaker. I have machine washed mine cold and gentle, letting them hang dry which seems to have worked just fine.

Have you seen these at your Costco yet! Check out my previous post for fit details! Looking for more styling posts and clothing reviews? Click over to my Wool tab!

Last day for Wool& Free Gift with Purchase!

It’s the very last day of the Wool& Free gift with Purchase Promo (Today December 5th)

Shop the Wool& Free Gift with Purchase Sale by clicking here. 

This gift with promo is an amazing appreciation offer. You choose your gift between two different shirts, a pair of shorts, or a scarf and there are a ton of colors available!

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Details on the sale

You must spend a minimum of $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! 

If you aren’t quite sure what to purchase, check out my detailed Wool& Dress Guide for fit information, sizing tips, and styling ideas!

You also might be a little overwhelmed at the beautiful colors available! I have a blog post for that too! Click here to check out my Wool& Color Guide!(Which Wool& Color is for me?)
That’s about it for today because I’ve got a crazy busy week lined up, but I had to share one last reminder because this sale is so amazing!

Thanks for shopping with me, as always!

A warm and fuzzy Christmas Story + the fabulous Woolx Saranac Throw Review


I have a sweet Christmas story for you that I reminisce about every single year. I thought this year I would share this story along with a review of my new Saranac Blanket from Woolx since cozy blankets and reading at two of my favorite things. Woolx sent this blanket along as a gift  for me to share with you guys, and I have got to tell you that it’s absolutely lovely.

Thank you for shopping with me this holiday season. Your purchases through my affiliate links help me do what I love and it means so much that you would take them time to read my blog posts….truly!

The Saranac Throw is absolutely a dream of a blanket and it’s the perfect size. It’s soft and cozy, but still thick and substantial. It’s lightweight, but also has a slightly-nubby snuggle-worthy texture that just makes you want to curl-up and take a nap! It definitely reminds me of a handmade blanket knitted by your grandma, yet it’s neat as a pin and you can just feel the quality every time you touch it. Because it is 100% Australian Wool, it’s almost like it has a warmth of its own, while still being perfectly breathable. I’m telling you, this blanket is the epitome of all things wool and magical!


My ten year old son keeps trying to take MY throw and the fact that it is pink has not stopped him (the Light Rose is a beautiful blush pink, almost a peach color. It also comes in Cream, and Light Grey. I love the vintage colors).

He and I love to cuddle up on the couch with a good book and a blanket, so we will just have to share this gorgeous Saranac Throw. It’s generously sized at 54″ x 60″ so that shouldn’t be a problem. Check out the rest of the features!

  • Luxuriously soft
  • Breathable for all day comfort
  • Use year round
  • Warmth without the bulk
  • Perfect Size for comfort (54″ x 60″)
  • Beautiful knit
  • Gorgeous color selection
  • Extremely warm and cozy

Did you know that Woolx makes another blanket as well? They also have the Tahoe Merino Throw, which I haven’t seen in person yet. It is lighter than the Saranac and looks amazingly soft and luxurious! If you have either of these blankets, please let me know in the comments!

Now, on to my sentimental Christmas story.

Reading is a very important legacy in our family. Both my husband and I grew up as very enthusiastic readers and not just by accident. Both of my parents made reading a very high priority for me and my siblings and it has been a lifelong passion. I’m so grateful that I learned to love reading as a child and passing that love on to my own children was one of my most fervent hopes.

The story I’m going to tell today happened when my twin girls were only 2 years old. I’m not going to lie, at that phase of parenting I was exhausted beyond belief. Truly, I cannot even tell you how tiring it was to parent twin toddlers, as sweet and precious as the work was. I cherished every minute of it, but I was also just praying my way through, if you know what I mean!


With that background, I will say that my girls loved to read from babyhood and another thing the three of us really loved to do together, was to shop. For some reason, they were usually really patient at the stores and enjoyed looking around at all the sights. One day, we were shopping at Sam’s Club. I remember that I especially  loved going there, because they were one of the only stores that had grocery carts with double baby seats in the front! I’m telling you, it was such a help to be able to put both of them in the front of the cart, so I would often go just to browse without even making a purchase. So, on this day, we were just shopping around and my girls were each looking at a musical Silent Night board book from the book section. They were happily pushing the buttons and listening to the soft music and definitely on their sweetest twin behavior.

We got a lot of attention at stores (for better or for worse) because the girls were simply adorable. (Sorry if I sound braggy, but it’s just true.) People were constantly coming up to us to talk to them or ask me endless questions about being a twin mom. On this particular day, a woman I would guess was in her 50’s came up to us and talked to us for a few minutes. We had a pretty long conversation, in fact.  She was really lovely and sweet and asked if we were buying two identical books. I told her, “No, the girls are just looking at these while we are shopping, but we will be putting them back before we go through the checkout.” I am sure I laughed and said they were used to window shopping! What I didn’t tell her was that our budget was extremely tight back then, and we were very frugal. I would never purchase brand new books spontaneously at that point in our family’s financial journey. Most of our books came from the library or my favorite thrift store where I could fill a bag for $1.50.

She complimented all of us again and we said good bye and Merry Christmas to one another. About twenty minutes later I was in the checkout line and the lady came up to me again and gave me $25 in cash and asked that I purchase the two books for my babies! I was absolutely stunned. I tried to decline, because I just couldn’t believe a stranger would do something like that. But she firmly insisted and I was so incredibly touched. Every single year ever since, we pull those books out and I remember this story. My girls are 16 now but that surprise encounter with a stranger still sticks with me.

Find our Silent Night Board Book here. 

I am not overstating it to say that that unexpected blessing was something I will never forget! I think about it every time I hear the song Silent Night, every time I shop at Sam’s and, of course, every time we pull out our holiday book collection at Christmas time. I often think about the incredible impact that even a stranger could make through giving an unexpected blessing. And I think about making a similar impact on another family someday. Maybe one day I will troll Sam’s looking for young moms who are tired and pinching pennies and need to be cheered up at Christmas time! You never know how a small act of kindness might just become a part of a family’s holiday tradition, just as this story has become part of ours.

WOOL& FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE EXTENDED!!!!

Lots of companies are extending their Cyber Monday Sales this year. I am assuming it might have something to do with the fact that the economy is taking a turn so maybe retailers aren’t meeting their sales goals and are moving their dates accordingly. Whatever the reason, it’s definitely making the shopping season extra exciting!

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Although Wool& doesn’t strike me as  a company that would extend a sale on the fly, they are actually extending their Free Gift with Purchase Promo through December 5th!

According to their customer experience manager, they are doing this because there was a delay on their mailed catalogs which meant that their customer base didn’t receive news of the promo in time, so they are extending it to accommodate those customers who might want to take advantage, which is really very nice of them!

Like I said before, the gift with promo is an amazing appreciation offer. You choose your gift between two different shirts, a pair of shorts, or a scarf and there are a ton of colors available!

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Details on the sale

You must spend a minimum of $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.

There is another tee, the Morgan V-neck tee, a super cute option.

Lastly, you can choose from some gorgeous Luna Jersey Scarves, which I’m totally drooling over.

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

Cyber Monday Sales continue BONUS DEALS from WOOLX & WOOL&!

This post is going to be short and sweet because I’ve got one zillion things to do, but I had to hop on and share that both Woolx and Wool&’s biggest sale of the season seems to be continuing!

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Everything is still 25% off at Woolx which is just crazy!

The awesome thing is that if you have referral credit, you should be able to stack it! My personal favorite items from Woolx are (well, a lot of stuff obviously…but)

Lola Joggers!


 Sawyer Shacket!


Piper Leggings!

Ryann Hoodie:

 Bailey + Parker Outfit:  (this one comes to only $161.25 in the cart, a big savings from the regular price….this set is SO cozy, so warm, so soft and washes beautifully!)


Moving on to my other favorite brand: Wool&’s free gift with purchase promo seems to still be live also! I haven’t taken advantage but I have to admit this is crazy tempting. Spend $150 and get a free scarf, shorts, or tshirt. I absolutely love the Stella Tee and am dying for another color! All you have to do to get this freebie is add $150 worth of stuff to your cart PLUS the free item of your choice and it should show up as $0. It’s still working for me! Not sure what to get for your $150?


The Margo

I have to suggest the Margo because that’s what I’m eyeing myself! It is super cozy and everyone I have seen who has tried it, loves it!

 Another great idea for the holidays is the Charlie Jumpsuit! It’s beautiful and super comfy: I have it and I love it!

Holiday Dress idea: the ELLIE! It’s beautiful and Marionberry color is so stunning!

The Renata (shown above)  won’t get you to the $150 thresh hold but it’s another holiday STUNNER. I love this dress and really want it in more colors!

The Cypress Cardigan is so luxe, stunning, warm and elegant it just elevates your outfit in the perfect way! I can’t say enough good things about this lovely piece.

Please share what did you buy over the BFCM shopping holiday or WHAT is in your cart today?

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.

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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.