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Unbound Merino Wool for Travel: Review, Photos, & Styling!

 

 

I was so thrilled to try Unbound  Merino for the first time recently and, I have to say, there is a lot to love about this brand! Created as a Travel Brand with the motto of “Pack less. Experience More”, Unbound primarily offered Men’s Items until pretty recently. They broke into the women’s market with some very classic, travel-based pieces and I think they nailed it!

Why Unbound Merino? They make a great case:

Look stylish in any situation.

Silky soft, luxurious comfort.

Naturally antibacterial and moisture-wicking.

Less washing with clothing that stays dry, clean and fresh.

Sustainably sourced, mulesing-free Merino wool


Continue reading for a detailed review, link to a video review, tons of photos, and a generous discount code, just for my followers. I really love the look, fit, and feel of all of these pieces and am very impressed with the quality so far!

If you shop with Unbound Merino & my other affiliates, I so appreciate you using my 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 Unbound Merino for gifting me several items for my review! It means a lot that I am able to collaborate with such innovative, quality brands.

My first item to try is the Unbound Merino Travel Pants. Let’s check out the stats:

  • Soft and stretchy fabric makes travel days super comfortable.
  • Lightweight-meets-compact construction perfect for easy packing.
  • Slip-on waistband delivers complete ease of wear.
  • Two functional pockets designed to keep essentials stashed.
  • Dries fast, keeping you comfortable.
  • Classic fit – See Fit Guide
  • Fine stretch Merino weave: 98% Merino wool, 2% spandex
  • 144gsm

I was really excited to try these because I do not currently have a pair of classic black pants. I don’t travel a lot, so I was primarily looking for a business casual work pair of pants that could be worn easily and often, with all the benefits I love about wool.

Before we talk about fit, I am about 5’6″, usually a size 10 in pants, and 175 pounds. I chose size Large, with an inseam of 28″. The fit is absolutely perfect for me!


These high-waisted pants stay up, fit snug but not too tight, and are really comfy. They have a wide, stretchy elastic waist. There are no back pockets, but the front pockets are generous. They are extremely lightweight. I experimented with folding them very messily, stuffing them into their box, and trying them on again the next day. I am happy to report that the wrinkles fell out quite easily and the pants still looked great. So I think they would truly make an excellent travel pant.  Although I have yet to wash them, I believe the light fabric would be very easy to machine or handwash and they would hang dry super quickly. Like all merino, they are odor-resistant making them ideal for wearing and re-wearing!


I also received the Unbound Merino Wool Vneck Tshirt in Ivory. Here are the stats from their website:

  • Classic fit – See Fit Guide
  • 56% Merino, 44% Polyester
  • Ultra-fine 17.5 micron
  • 190g/m2

This is the perfect classic white v-neck! It’s off-white but still reads as white (not too warm) and the weight and thickness are perfect! I love the cut, color, feel, and length of this shirt and it fits true to size. (Wearing a large in this one as well.)  Notice that the fabric breakdown is 56% Merino and 44% Polyester. That is because it’s more difficult to create a white wool fabric, because bleaching can damage the fibers. I have read that anytime an item is over 50% merino it will retain the benefits of wool, so I will have to report back about how this shirt performs once I have tested in more!
I am wearing my shirts tucked a lot more at my current heavier weight, but I did try it untucked and snapped a pic so you all could see how the length is.


The Muscle Tank in Moonlight Blue is the prettiest color! I’m wearing it in a large. I probably should have gotten a medium in this tank because I have a smaller chest. A little arm-hole gap is typical for me when trying to get a good fit with a tank top on my pear-shape self, so I would still say this tank top fits as I expected.

Check out the stats from the website:

This tank is 100% Merino and feels silky soft! I absolutely love the cut of it, and feel like it’s the perfect combo with the Travel Pants. I know this would also be perfect for wearing with a cardigan, jean jacket, or even a blazer.

My last item is Women’s Merino Leggings in Charcoal. Here is manufacturer’s info for these leggings:

  • Slim fit – See Fit Guide
  • 68% Merino wool, 22% Nylon, 10% Spandex
  • 330gsm
  • 17.5 Micron

I am wearing these leggings in a size Large. They fit beautifully and feel absolutely amazing. They are a lower wool content than some of my other leggings at 68% and I feel they run a little smaller than some of the other brands I often share, such as Woolx or wool& (I wear a medium in both of those brands). (Perhaps that is due to the “Slim Fit” in the product guide?) These leggings did not sag or slide down after wearing them most of the day, so I do think that the size Large was my best size.

I do feel that these leggings look a little bit more athletic than some of my others but that might be more because of the color than the cut. I do really like the darker grey color. My one negative to share from all of these pieces from Unbound Merino is that I dislike the vertical seam going up the front of the leggings. I would not feel comfortable wearing these leggings with a short top because of that design feature.  However, with longer tops or layered looks I think they are fantastic. You can see what I’m talking about with the product photos and maybe it wouldn’t bother you at all, but I did want to mention it!

Bundle Savings!

One more amazing thing I wanted to mention about Unbound Merino is that they offer Bundle Savings which would be a great way to build a little wool capsule. Unbound Merino did start out as a Men’s brand, so their Women’s Products are limited but I’m really hoping for more because I am super impressed with the items they are offering!

COUPON CODE!
I’m excited to offer a rare coupon code so that you can save on your first Unbound Merino purchase. Use code WOOLOBSESSED to save 15% off your first purchase!

Also featured in this post:

Julahas Belt Bag/Crossbody Verse

Julahas Fusion Graphic Cape

Xero Phoenix Knit Flats

Also, you can use coupon code LEAH to save 10% at Julahas! 

If you would like to see a video review of these items, join my Facebook group, Wool Obsessed where the brand is pinned at the top of the page.

Thanks for checking out this review of Unbound Merino, I hope it was helpful!

WOOL& SPRING HAUL! FABULOUS NEW ITEMS, REVIEW & PHOTOS! PART 2!

Welcome to Part 2 of my wool& Spring Haul, a review of the wool& Penny Dress and the wool& Laurel Tunic! In Part 1, I share a review of wool& Greta skirt, wool& Milena, and wool& Livia tank. To check out Part 1, click here!

If you shop with wool& and my other affiliates, 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! It means a lot that I am able to collaborate with such wonderful brands.

For more photos, reviews, coupon codes, styles and chatting, join my Facebook Group: Wool Obsessed: Style, Chat, Deals, & More

wool& Laurel Tunic
I was very excited to try this Tunic because it’s a linen and wool blend. I have been so intrigued by linen recently and have been wanting to try a few linen pieces! The Laurel comes in two colors and I went with Flax Chambray. This shirt is delightfully structured but still soft. It isn’t itchy or stiff and I know it will continue to break in as it is worn. The color is not my personal best but I have found it crazy versatile and a nice warm neutral that really gives an earthy feel to the outfits.

Take a look at the fabric break down:
76% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 24% Linen
140gsm, 18.5 Micron Wool

There really aren’t many photos of this piece available yet, so I’m just going to share a ton! Here are the items I paired up with the Laurel this for these outfits:

wool& Summit Leggings
Allbirds Tree Breezers in Olive (similar color)
Vintage Leaf necklace (similar in link)
wool& Greta Skirt
Allbirds Tree Breezers in Black
wool& Sierra
Julahas Daria Bosphorus
Wit & Wisdom Flare Crop Jeans (similar)
Olive Cardigan (similar)
Birkenstock Papillio Namica Wedge Shoe
Cropped Denim Jacket (similar)
Olive Cropped Pants


wool& Penny Denim Dress

For the Penny, I created a Facebook post to share some of the questions I had before I tried this dress, and I’m going to share them here. So it’s a little different format, but hopefully it will help cover the features of this dress! (Spoiler alert: I’m obsessed with the Penny)

Here are the items I paired up with the Penny this for these outfits:

Allbirds Tree Breezers in Black
Bauble Bar Rope Necklace (similar)
Sash Bag
wool& Cypress Cardigan
Birkenstock Papillio Namica Wedge Shoe
BaubleBar Triple Layered Necklace (Poshmark link, use code MAMAMELAINE for $10 credit if you are new). 
wool& Milena Dress
Julahas Cotton Cape Tropical Twist
Kenda Scott Rayne Necklace

I  have been curious about the Penny since I first saw it. I’m a person who in the past relentlessly tried different versions of denim dresses, skirts, and jackets because I was always looking for the perfect ones. The perfect denim pieces are hard to find! After trying the Penny (and the Greta), I am in love with the fit, fabric, and finishing details of both. They are beautifully made and the wrap style is excellent, even on my less than hourglass self.
My stats: 5’6″, 175 pounds (my weight fluctuates like nobody’s business due to medication and thyroid condition), and typically a size Medium in Wool& bottoms. My dress size differs quite a bit by style, because I am definitely a pear shape.
I went with a size Large for Penny and I’m glad that I did. I am able to get a great fit with this dress. Here were some of my concerns:
Would the fabric be stiff? No it’s truly not. It’s fairly soft, nothing like the stiff cotton denim in most super dark fabrics like this. I know it will soften up quite a bit but it’s comfy and easy to wear right out of the package.
Would it gap because of the wrap style? No it doesn’t. The length and the amount of skirt coverage means that it doesn’t gap or fall open revealing too much leg. I was in the car yesterday and noticing that I could comfortably sit without worrying about the dress opening. There is more surplus fabric than many wrap dresses I have owned in the past. (In the photo above I layered it over the Milena, which was actually quite comfortable!)

Would the top peek open or loosen? No. Because there is lots of overlap with this dress, you can get it to fit as you’d like. I wrapped the under layer farther over to get great top coverage, and even when bending over I don’t have gapping and the neck doesn’t show too much. If you are more well endowed than me, you might want to layer with a tank top. (In the photo above, I decided to wear it a little differently, by tying the sash in the back instead of in the front, it’s a softer, looser structure this way).

Would the dress look like a triangle? I’m not sure why I wondered this, I guess because I feared the denim would be stiff, and because I am sort of a triangle myself LOL but I worried it would flare out too much and not be quite as trim as I liked. It’s definitely not a triangle shape at all. I love the way it fits and feel like it’s super flattering and gives me that hourglass shape! I was also concerned it would look too big for me at the shoulders because in a size large but it really doesn’t at all. The wrap style lets you basically customize your fit. (In the photo above, I adjusted the dress to fit like a duster. All you have to do is loosely tie the Sash behind you, on the inside of the dress). 
Is it breast-feeding friendly? I haven’t BF in 9 years but I still notice this because it helps a lot for those who are. I think this would work. It would require more adjustments than, say, Brooklyn but I still think it would be pretty doable without too much difficulty.
How will the fabric perform compared to other wool fabrics? I’ll be sure to update this when I have had more of a chance to wear it multiple times. I’m unsure and also very curious about this.
Can you push the sleeves up? Not really, I can’t push the arms up much past my elbow. I wish I could. I think if you are skinnier, it might work. This isn’t at all a deal breaker for me. This dress would look amazing with short sleeves but I love the cut of them as is. I love the fact that they aren’t full length because sleeves are often a bit long for me. I think a 3/4 sleeve can fit more people correctly because there is more room for it to fit differently.
Will the sleeves look bulky under a sweater? A little but not bad! I tried it under my Cypress and it was a little rumpled underneath but it wasn’t uncomfortable that way and it didn’t look bad. I’ll share my pics. I would definitely wear a cardigan over without a worry. Side note: I love Cypress.
Can it be worn open as a duster? It works! I tried it by tying the sash in the back on the inside of the dress. It’s not perfect worn this way but I would absolutely do it in the case that I wanted another option, especially while traveling.
Will it be hot in the summer? In my summers in the Deep South, yes. I think it will be too hot. Keep in mind for most of the summer I refuse to leave my AC unless I am going to the pool. But for many of you, who experience summer like my spring, I think it will work great. It’s definitely not as thick or heavy as I anticipated.
Do I love it? Ummm. Yes I really love this dress!

wool& Spring Haul! Fabulous new items, review & photos! PART 1!

Hi everyone! It’s been a minute since I shared a wool& haul, so I am delighted to bring you one today. I am not exaggerating to say: I LOVE the items I am sharing with you today. To check out Part 2, click here. 

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! It means a lot that I am able to collaborate with such wonderful brands.

For more photos, reviews, coupon codes, styles and chatting, join my Facebook Group: Wool Obsessed: Style, Chat, Deals, & More

wool& Livia Tank
First up, we have the beautiful 100% wool Livia Tank. I chose this tank top in Vintage Blue, which is one of my favorite Wool& colors. It’s a sophisticated slate blue, almost a grey and I think it’s another one of those colors like Marine Blue that almost looks good on everyone. This tank top fits pretty much true to size. I’m 175 pounds and size 10 typically in pants (pear shape). My stomach is my trouble spot. I got a size Medium and although it’s a little snug in my stomach, I think it’s the best fit for me.

The material feels very soft. Although many of the wool& pieces are blends, this tank is 100% wool. It is NOT itchy and feels great right out of the package. It’s not see through but it is pretty lightweight. I feel it is generous in length although not as long as the Stella Tee. This tank top is perfect for layering and has a flattering neckline.
I wanted to try something a little different with the Livia, so I decided to pair it with the Amalya worn long as a duster.  After wearing skinny jeans for a decade or so, I am glad to see wide leg pants coming back in style. I found these bootcut black jeans at the thrift store and have enjoyed wearing them this week. And yep, I’m barefoot because I wanted to get a little grounding in!

If you haven’t experienced wool&’s denim, it’s truly lovely. It’s sturdy but soft and not stiff or rough. It’s got structure, but it’s also got a little drape. This wrap skirt is a gorgeous piece. The fit is perfect and I love the structure of it. Like I said before, I’m about 5’6″ and usually a medium in bottoms (like Summit leggings). I am a pear shape and have some extra weight around the middle, so I often size up to Large.  I went with a Large in Greta and that’s a great fit for me. There are two adjustments to the skirt depending on the button you choose. I am on the larger size and it’s a good fit. I wouldn’t want it any tighter.

I really like the length. It feels feminine without being frumpy and it still gives plenty of coverage. When I sit down it doesn’t gap open, which I very much appreciate.
The pockets are perfectly placed and DO NOT poke out. In fact, I didn’t realize it had pockets until I happily discovered them.
Here it is with my  Woolx Arie bodysuit It gives a nice smooth line and looks very sleek.
I also LOVE it with this Woolx Ava Tank Top in Terracotta. I love the color of this tank top and the fit of it. The ribbing gives it a nice textural contrast with the skirt.
Greta is a very grown-up, sophisticated silhouette. I feel like it’s very much a step up for me. I think it would work in any context that you would normally wear a dress but it does have a dressier look. I am totally going to wear this to church and to the office. We have a very casual vibe but I think this would work for many business casual environments. It’s comfortable enough to wear for shopping, dinner, movies, etc. I will definitely be sharing more Greta outfits in the future. I absolutely love Greta!!!

wool& Milena
I have a double c-section belly and also carried twins. (Ya’ll some things ya just can’t hide). So I admit I was nervous about the straight cut of the Milena and I was also nervous NOT to get black. (I have so many dresses in black but I wanted a change and I am so glad I went with grey!) I am also a bit of a size chameleon since I can size way down for the swing styles. But I’m generally a Medium-ish pushing towards a large. I went with a large Milena and I really love this dress. My favorite part is that it is wider across the straps so it really gives you good coverage without looking frumpy. I love the vneck also because I think it makes me look less flat chested but when I bend over it doesn’t gap at all! I also have minimal gapping at the armholes and no bra peaking out, so yay for this cut.

I expected the dress to relax a little and it definitely has. It’s extremely comfortable and I love the straight cut. This reminds me a bit of the summer midi but dare I say I like it a smidge better? Just feeling like the coverage and cut make it an easy every day dress, more casual than summer. Very very easy to layer and accessorize
I love it with my favorite Jean Jacket which I’ve talked about before!

I also just received this Sari Skirt (made from vintage Saris) from Julahas and it works so great over the dress! I love them together.

Finally, I tried Milena with Greta on a whim and I was shocked at how easily and simply it layered on top and felt crazy comfy too. I’ve really never worn a skirt over a dress but this combo makes me a believer!

wool& Milena with a Julahas belt? Absolutely love it!

I intended to review all five pieces in one post, but this is just getting too long!  Click here for Part 2!

Happy Easter! Outfits, Deals, and new Facebook Group

Happy Easter everyone!

This post will contain affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for shopping through my links! Additionally, some of the items in this review were gifted to me. I always provide honest feedback and my own thoughts for every review!

It’s a cold stormy Easter weekend here. It’s a little sad because we usually celebrate Easter with my family but my mom has been quite sick for several weeks. I think she is finally on the mend but I have been really worried about her. Because of this, we won’t be traveling to my “home” church and spending time with them. Also, my 16 year olds both just got jobs and because we aren’t used to thinking ahead, one of them has to work tomorrow on Easter Sunday. She was bummed because that’s a family holiday for us. This year is just going to look a little different. In fact, we haven’t even shopped for new Easter clothes which is usually part of the lead up to Easter for us.

So as I sit here on Saturday, thinking about a different holiday celebration, I am reminded that, when stripped away, the heart of Easter isn’t about a beautiful tablescape, about fancy outfits, about egg hunts or chocolate bunnies.

For Christians, Easter is the heart of absolutely everything we cling to. That the son of God would come to earth and live, serve, love, cry, laugh, and ultimately lay down his life to break Satan’s hold on this earth. It’s the most breathtaking, heartbreaking, horrifying and beautiful event in history. And it changed everything.

So I am reminded that the day can be different, but the joy is real. Sunday is coming and nothing will stop it!

If you have been eyeing some of the new Spring line at Woolx, this weekend EVERYTHING is reduced by 20%. Plus, it’s priced as marked so for those who have been saving points or coupon codes, this is the time to rack up on the savings!

Thank you for shopping with my affiliate links throughout this post.

I have some new outfits to share from the last few weeks!

Wool& Charlie  Jumpsuit….The more I wear it the more I love it. I am wearing size large, wanted to make sure I had plenty of length and not too tight on my unsmall tummy.
Julahas Warm Jade Kimono is also YUMMY and I didn’t even show here that it has pockets. Save 10% with code LEAH.


Here’s another absolutely gorgeous Julahas cape, the colorful Ganges! Since warm weather is coming to the Deep South fast, I’ve been trying lots of warm weather looks with my beautiful Julahas collection. I’ve been excited because there are lots of great options for all four seasons. I’ll be sharing another post soon dedicated to Warm Weather looks with Julahas!

You can also purchase Julahas capes on Amazon. 


I absolutely love the new Arie Bodysuit by Woolx! It has taken me completely by surprise. I have never worn a bodysuit but this one has gotten multiple wears already. It gives a smooth, trim silhouette that I simply cannot achieve with a tank top. I also can’t wait to try it with some of my skirts come summer. 20% off RIGHT NOW!

This is my first time trying the Mia by Woolx and now I understand why everyone loves it so much. The raglan sleeves are really comfortable and make a flattering fit. I’m wearing a medium and next time I might try a large. This new Candy Apple Red is PERFECTION! Also, don’t miss that everything is 20% off right now at Woolx!
Shop Woolx now!

Confession: The beloved Wool& Sierra isn’t actually my favorite summer dress. HOWEVER, I am love, love, loving it as a jumper! The great thing is this dress is so good at camouflaging and covering. The shirt I am wearing underneath has a flared waist with ruffles but the material totally hides it and it feels very comfy this way. ❤️ I love Sierra as a jumper! I am wearing a small because it’s very swingy. I think I might just need more colors in this one now that I’ve unlocked it’s potential as a jumper.

Did you know that I have a WOOL THEMED Facebook Group? I’d love to have you join! Click here to check it out. 

Happy Easter to all! I hope this holiday is sweet and sacred for those who are celebrating.

 

Floral and Wool: Finding my Style somewhere in between

Unless you’re new here, you’ve probably picked up on my love for Wool clothing (I have an entire tab devoted to the topic and most of my blog posts have been written about wool lately!). Wool has transformed my wardrobe and I’ve become more and more in love with all the qualities that make wool so phenomenal. But there is one thing I have really missed….

And that is floral prints! Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved florals. I realize they aren’t always in style, and some floral patterns just scream “old lady” but I still feel there is a classic elegance in a lovely floral pattern.

This post will contain affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for shopping through my links! Additionally, some of the items in this review were gifted to me. I always provide honest feedback and my own thoughts for every review!

One of my first memories about dresses like this is an excerpt from my very favorite childhood book: Little House in the Big Woods. In that book, Laura describes Ma’s beautiful delaine dress with the dark green background and the strawberry print. All the other ladies at Grandma’s house also had beautiful print dresses and the description of them dancing back and forth with flashes of colors and patterns in the firelight was one of my favorite scenes in the book. I probably read that book at least 20 times as a child, maybe more. While we’re on the topic, if you have children, be sure to check out the Little House Picture Books. They are some of my favorites! Delightfully true to the original, with rich colorful illustrations and short stories perfect for the littlest ones to hear.

It turns out I never outgrew my love of floral prints. In fact, working at a nursery as a teenager gave me even more affection for botanical patterns of all kinds. Even though trending  styles were typically solids and button-ups in my neck of the woods, I still sought out floral dresses whenever I had a chance.

Floral prints are something I have really missed with my wool wardrobe. I suppose wool really can’t be woven into flower prints. If anyone reading this has found wool clothing in prints, please let me know. Wool& and Woolx have both created some nice stripes but it just isn’t the same!

So I started playing around with some thrifted floral tops along with my Wool& Sierra and a few Julahas Capes. I discovered some of my very favorite looks yet, so I wanted to share them.

Here is my Wool& Sierra dress layered over leggings. I put on this thrifted Old Navy floral shirt and my beautiful and bold Julahas Daria Mississippi. Oh my goodness, the Mississippi is drop-dead gorgeous. The rich reds and purples remind me of royalty and look stunning on the cape! I was a smidge worried that this shirt might look a little too Christmas-y, but I think it works for winter, especially with the silver and purple pops of color on the cape. Here are some of the ways I styled it!

Next up, I decided to wear the floral top OVER the Wool& Sierra and it was surprisingly comfortable and cute! In this photo, I paired it up with the beautiful Julahas Daria Amazon!


Here’s another thrifted shirt I found at one of my favorite charity stores. The navy and orange colors work so well with several of my capes. I wish I had had time to try on more options with it. This Julahas Daria Danube worked so well!

Here’s another cape that matches beautifully. Although this Daria Cristales cape is on the “warm” side of the color wheel, the floral shirt brings it back to my season which is definitely cool, fall/winter.


This isn’t a floral but it’s technically an animal print that I absolutely love. I found it on Poshmark. I paired it up with the Julahas Cape Celestial Neptune and I like this a lot! The Celestial Neptune is probably the softest of all my capes and I have been wearing it a lot as the weather gets warmer.  It’s a great option if you live in a mild climate like I do!

I just adore Julahas Capes and feel like I am rediscovering some of the joy of getting dressed with the many ways you can wear these capes. If you’d like to find out more about Julahas’ small business model, check out this blog post!

Here are a few more posts on this topic:

Wool& + Woolx + Julahas = TONS of wardrobe versatility

INSTANT OUTFIT UPGRADE FROM JULAHAS (VERMILLION CAPE COAT COCOON & COTTON CAPE EQUAL GRAPHIC)

Holiday Looks with Julahas + Wool&

 

Wool& PLUS Woolx PLUS Julahas = TONS of capsule wardrobe versatility!

Happy Weekend, friends! I hope you are snug and safe this weekend. I know that I am excited that February is finally here because in my neck of the woods we are legitimately getting closer to Spring, which I love. On the other hand, I am very much enjoying the cold weather as more chances to snuggle in with my lovely wool pieces, including some brand new goodies from the beautiful Julahas, which I will be sharing a LOT in this post.

I know that it seems I have been reviewing a LOT of clothing lately. (And it’s true). However, I will say that even as my closet fills up, my wardrobe is still much closer to “capsule status” than it has ever been and here is why:

Now that I am wearing wool on the daily, I realize I’m finally able to have the flexibility and functionality that makes capsule wardrobes such a helpful concept. Before wool, I always tried to look for pieces that served multiple uses and would fit into a lot of outfits. The problem was, when I tried to use synthetic, box-store staples to create a capsule wardrobe, I was faced with two major barriers:

1) Synthetic clothing has to be washed pretty much every time you wear it. I would wear an outfit for one evening and then it would hit the laundry basket. At that point, my outfit options were significantly reduced while those items were out of use. With a small capsule, losing a couple items cuts back your options significantly. Then you have to plan even more carefully to get dressed after a couple days into your wash cycle, which is frustrating.

2) With frequent wash and wear, my staple items were wearing out RIDICULOUSLY quickly due to pilling, shrinking, fading, etc. I got so tired of finding the “perfect” item and then watching it wear out after just a few weeks of frequent wear. I was having to constantly re-assess my wardrobe and replace pieces so quickly, it became incredibly frustrating and totally defeated the purpose of a “capsule” in the first place.

Wool& Rowena in Marine Blue, Woolx Piper, Allbirds Tree Breezers, Ada Collection wrap belt, Julahas Danube and Julahas Celestial in Neptune!

This post will contain affiliate links. I appreciate you taking the time to read my post and, if you choose to shop, I might receive a small commission on your purchase at no additional cost to you. I would also like to thank Wool&, Woolx, and Julahas for sending me clothing as gifts for my review and photos. I will always give my true and honest option on these items. Fortunately, the quality and customer service for each is exceptional and I am legitimately a fan of all three companies.

All that to say, a fast fashion capsule wardrobe was very much NOT working for me. It was costing more money, more laundry, and more thought than it ever should have, which made me feel like a failure and like I still didn’t have “anything to wear”. That’s not even getting in to the ethical concerns of fast-fashion which is a veritable minefield of moral quandaries.

Enter WOOL. Once I started building a Wool closet, I eliminated the need for frequent washing and constant replacements that cheaper items were costing me. I finally had all of my clothes available to me all the time and found the comfort, ease, and quality completely unmatched compared to other clothing I had worn at all price points.


In this case, I have to thank a Facebook Ad from Wool& for sucking me in, because I really didn’t know anything about wool and was so misinformed about the fabric. I had no idea that wool was temperature regulating, soft, comfortable, and long-lasting. (I was convinced it was itchy, hot, and old-fashioned in form and function). Learning about the benefits has been so eye-opening, and once I experienced it myself I was a total convert.

I have three new Julahas items to share today, and I am LOVING these beautiful pieces. Soft, flowy, endlessly versatile….they are truly a unicorn of function and color chameleons as well….I find they can be matched in so many ways and different combinations can reveal different colors and looks so easily. These pieces are really wonderful additions to your wool wardrobe and I totally recommend them as a capsule foundation.

LINK DROP! Here are links for everything I’m wearing in these photos, all in one spot:

Julahas Daria Cristales
Julahas Daria Danube
Julahas Cape Celestial Neptune

Wool& Rowena Marine Blue
Wool& Rowena Pine
Wool& Rowena Burgandy
Wool& Cora Mauve
Woolx Piper Leggings
Woolx Eva in Slate Melange
Kut from the Kloth Distressed skinny jeans
Lems Chukka Canvas
Lems Women’s Chelsea Boot
Wool& Cypress in Charcoal Heather
Wool& Summit Leggings

(Also shown, Allbirds Tree Breezers, Kendra Scott Reid necklace, thrifted top, boutique hat)

First off, let’s take a look at the amazing Julahas Daria Danube. This is a heavier cape, and this one is not quite as soft as Celestial or the Fusion Cape. It’s beautiful, warm and perfect for layering. Although it’s thicker, you can still layer it easily and, of course, it can be worn so many ways.



Now, the bright & cheery Julahas Daria Cristales! This is a real stunner and took a little more thought with styling I decided to pair it up with this patterned top from a thrift store haul, plus my wonderful Wool& Cypress. The bright colors of this cape are not as easy for me to wear, but I loved the look when I anchored it with the darker piece as a foundation.


Finally, the Celestial Neptune Cape. Oh my goodness, this one is softer than soft! It’s has a fine, silky-soft texture and is very light and flowy. Of course, this one will not be as warm as the Daria, so it’s perfect for my Southern climate. This is definitely a great warm-weather option and would also be perfect as a travel accessory pretty much any time of year. It’s a more subtle pattern if you aren’t quite ready to jump into some of the more colorful options from Julahas. It also comes in some other gorgeous colorways. 

Thanks for checking out this photo-heavy post. I hope you’ll check out Julahas. I’d love for you to leave a comment on which cape is your favorite!

Instant Outfit Upgrade from Julahas (Vermillion Cape Coat Cocoon & Cotton Cape Equal Graphic)

Looking for an instant outfit upgrade that will add polish, shape, and color to any foundational outfit from casual leggings and a tshirt to a special occasion dress? What you are looking for might just be Julahas!

Thanks to Julahas for giving me some lovely pieces for my review. Trying these has truly been a treat and I appreciate you trusting me with your products. This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase through my links, I might receive a small commission. 


I received my first Julahas item close to Thanksgiving so it’s been almost two months since I first discovered the brand. Today’s review will therefore include a little more information beyond just my initial first impressions. I have had a chance to wear Julahas pieces to work (virtually, for meetings), to church, while traveling, while shopping at an outdoor market, on car rides, on a couple of dates with my hubby, and at a campfire on the beach.  I have worn them with dresses, jeans, and sleeves of all lengths. I have worn them in temps varying from 70 degrees to freezing (pretty typical weather variations here in the Deep South for the cold season).

They have been most often paired with favorite wool items from Woolx or Wool& but they’ve also worked well with synthetic pieces that are still hanging out in my closet after a few rounds of decluttering. The versatility, quality, and colors make this brand truly unique and I’m happy to share them with you here.


I received these items as gift for my review but I want you to know that these are pieces I would absolutely purchase with my own money (and probably will in the future). They have been a true sweet spot in my winter wardrobe and I have loved having some extra color to brighten up this chilly season. Julahas has truly added instant joy to my closet, just as they promised.

I would sum up my experience with Julahas in a few words: versatility, comfort, quality, and beauty. If you’d like to check out my other Julahas review, click here and here. 

Today I have two beautiful new pieces to share with you! First up, the Wool Cape Coat Cocoon in beautiful Vermillion.

Click here for the Wool Cape Coat Cocoon in Vermillion. 

Details:

  • Material: 100% wool; natural and responsibly sourced
  • One size (fits up to EU 48/US 18).  Shoulders placed 46cm/18″ apart.
  • Equal parts of luxury and comfort, the JULAHAS Cape Coat Cocoon keeps you stylish and snug all season long. The multi-wear design allows you to wear it long, short, wrapped or belted to create many different looks. It’s so versatile and roomy that it can be layered over anything and everything; slide it on a dress, t-shirt and jeans, elevate your workwear or uplift a chunky knit.

First of all, this coat feels INCREDIBLE. It’s soft, drapey, and feels like it’s giving your outfit an instant boost! It also comes with a belt that can be worn several different ways. The cape can be worn many different ways as well, including flipping it to make it shorter or longer!

In the photo above, I’m wearing it long and in the photo below, I’m wearing it short. Pretty cool to have a clothing item with this many looks all rolled into one. It’s also a huge relief to know this piece will fit me beautifully even if I gain or lose some weight, because like the rest of the line, it’s One Size Fits Most (up to about a US size 18). As someone who has outgrown coats in the recent past, that’s quite a comfort!

The Cape Cocoon Coat is comfy, warm, stylish and it also comes in three other colors! 

Outfit details:

Wool& Summit Midweight Pocket Legging,
Wool& Holly Interlock Top
Lems Women’s Chelsea Boot
Wool& Willow Dress
Sash Bag
Ada Collection Wrap Belt

Ready for the next look from Julahas? Check out the Cotton Cape Equal Graphic. 

This cape is one of the more affordable options at only $109. It’s made from cotton and the fabric feels substantial and sturdy, but still soft and flowy.

Cotton Cape Equal Graphic. 

Details:

Cape Equal, as the name suggests is designed for all people and bodies. It’s equal parts human and sustainable.

Designed keeping functionality and flexibility in mind, this mid-weight Cotton Cape (with armholes placed at a distance of 48cm/19”) features buttons, loops and drawcords as design details and practical elements that help you wrap up and get going.

Wear it long like a cape, button it in front to create a vest, flip it over and wear it short with a hoodie or even fold it over your arms as sleeves for when it gets cold. Layer it over any outfit from your wardrobe to express your individual style. Cape Equal promises versatility.

 

As you can see, there are SO many ways to wear this cape. It is truly a style chameleon and the colors make it a perfect match for my black-heavy wardrobe. Between the buttons, the drawstrings, and the color blocking, the different looks are unlimited!

 

In the two photos below, I’m wearing the cape the “Short Way”. Click here for some ideas on how to wear a Julahas Cape! 

You can create sleeves, also.

The photo above is “the long way”.

In these photos, the Cape is wrapped on one side. For the next one, I’m wearing it wrapped on one side, plus a belt!

I think the colors of this Cape are so perfect for winter! It would look so great with a white foundation as well.

I absolutely love every single item I have tried so far from Julahas! The beautiful colors, unique designs, and fine fabric makes them the perfect accessory for my favorite outfits. Even outfits that aren’t my favorite are instantly upgraded or elevated by the addition of a Julahas cape. I hope you enjoyed my review and that you will check out Julahas yourself!

 

 

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.

Click here to shop Lems Shoes with my affiliate link!

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!

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