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Everlane Cashmere Square Turtleneck Review

everlane cashmere camel knit featuring outfit styled with white jeans, celine sangle bag and j'adior slingbacks

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I’ve made it no secret that I’ve relied on one too many Everlane cashmere sweaters to get me through a work-from-home day this year.  They’re soft, cosy and so luxurious.  And while cashmere knits were once among the category of aspirational clothing, Everlane has been one of the fashion players that have made cashmere much more accessible, without compromising on quality.  Apart from their recycled cashmere pieces, Everlane use Grade-A cashmere in their knits which is the finest width (approximately 14 microns per hair) and is the highest quality. 

While the main priority during the colder months is to stay warm and comfortable, a quality cashmere sweater will do just that as well as tick the sartorial box.  Without a doubt, my most worn knit this year has been my Everlane Cashmere Square Turtleneck in Camel.  I love it so much that I’ve recently just added this sage version to my wardrobe. 

Everlane Cashmere Square Turtleneck* in Sage and Camel styled with Everlane straight leg jeans* (full review here), Dior slingbacks, Celine bag and Ray Ban sunglasses

Sizing & fit

The Everlane Cashmere Square Turtleneck is cut to a boxy and oversized fit, featuring their signature cropped square silhouette with fitted cuffs.

The neckline sits perfectly “in-between” and doesn’t need to be folded down when worn. The length of the neckline can be best described as halfway between a mock-neck and a polo-neck, making it a relaxed turtleneck style to match the overall boxy cut of the knit.

In my experience, Everlane fits true-to-size and I typically wear a size XS in their knits. For the two knits that I have in the style, I have a size S in the camel and a size XS in the sage. I sized up in the camel knit as I wanted an overall looser and relaxed fit but I went for my usual size XS in sage.

The key differences I’ve noticed between the two sizes are the fit around the cuffs and where the cropped hem sits on the torso. I’ve found the size S to fit like a true sweater and a long sleeve top can be easily layered underneath. The size XS fits more like a top and the cuffs are noticeably more fitted, making it a snug fit to layer a long sleeve top underneath.

everlane cashmere sweater styled with white jeans, celine sangle bag and j'adior slingbacks

Care

The care instructions on the site page say to “dry clean” however the care labels on the actual item say to “dry clean” or “hand wash cold”. There’s a particular level of maintenance required to ensure your knits last, but if you’ve read my dedicated post about caring for your clothes, you’ll know that I avoid dry cleaning wherever possible and wash all my knits either by hand or using a delicate cold wash cycle in the machine. I then lay them flat to air dry and I don’t hang them but rather fold them to store. This has always worked well for me.

For dealing with those pesky little baubles that are almost always guaranteed to appear at some point in the life of your cashmere sweater, I use a cashmere comb and periodically attend to this just so the baubles don’t build up. I lay the knit flat and gently brush the comb in one direction.

Verdict

While it’s Spring here in Sydney, I’m wearing the cashmere knit as I write this on an unseasonably chilly evening, and it feels like I’m wearing a big hug. The wool is luxurious and soft and the camel knit kept me warm and toasty throughout a full Autumn/Winter of working from home.

If you’re looking for new knits for the new season, or looking to fill gaps in your existing winter wardrobe, I would put this at the top of your list.

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P.S. If you liked this review, I’ve reviewed other Everlane pieces comprehensive including the Clean Silk Relaxed Shirt, the Day Heel, 40 Hour ReKnit Flats, the original 40 Hour Flats and their Curvy Cheeky Straight Jean.

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Karen Millen Forever Dress: Review & Comparison of the Versions Available

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If there is one workwear piece that I have raved on about repeatedly, it’s the Karen Millen Forever Dress.  It is the quintessential power dress that checks every box when it comes to corporate dress.  

Sophisticated? Check. 

Conservative? Check. 

Beautifully tailored? Check. 

Confidence boosting? Check.  

I managed to get my hands on this dress in both black and grey check at the beginning of 2019.  I’m normally not one for getting an item of clothing in multiple colours, but this was an exception to the rule and one of Karen Millen’s signature workwear pieces.  It’s a beautifully tailored piece which features a notched stand collar and mid-length sleeves that perfectly complement the belted waist to create a flattering silhouette. 

Since purchasing the dresses at the beginning of 2019, Karen Millen sadly shut down their free-standing stores internationally and their online operations were subsequently acquired by BooHoo (somewhat of an odd pairing if you ask me). Despite the change of ownership, the signature Forever Dress continues to be produced in black.

While the design features appear to be the same as the original signature dress, in a confusing move by Karen Millen’s online store, there are several types of Forever Dresses available. Two of them are described as “Black Forever Dress” (confusing much?!) and one of them is described as “Forever Cinch Waist Pencil Dress”. So, I thought I’d get to the bottom of it once and for all and compare the different dresses on offer.

The original black ‘Forever Dress’

The fabric composition in the original black dress I own is: 71% triacetate, 29% polyester.  The lining is 100% polyester and the belt that comes with the dress is labelled as being made of genuine leather. Notably, the dress has little-to-no stretch and despite it being form-fitting, it’s incredibly forgiving when worn and manages to create a feminine silhouette (without needing to have washboard abs). The fabric is also notably wrinkle resistant and packs & travels well – one of the pros of triacetate.

For reference, I have the UK 8 in the dress and I’ve found the sizing to come up slightly smaller.

The three versions of the ‘Forever Dress’ currently available

Currently, there are three “Forever Dresses” on offer on the Karen Millen website and while the images of each dress appears to be very similar, if not identical, on a closer look, there are differences in the fabric composition.

A proper comparison calls for a table and I love me a table so that’s exactly what you’re gonna get!

Comparison between the different Karen Millen Forever Dresses

Item details and key differences
Product code: AKK96226
Product description: “Black Forever Dress”
Fabrication: 82% triacetate, 18% polyester
Notes: The fabric composition is a slight variation from the original KM version with a higher proportion of triacetate, but this version closest to the original.
Product code: AKK95603
Product description: “Black Forever Dress” (confusing much?!)
Fabrication: 63% polyester, 32% viscose, 5% elastane
Notes: Design details appear identical to the dress above however the fabric composition is significantly different from the original version with the addition of elastane.
Product code: AKK96103
Product description: “Forever Cinch Waist Pencil Dress”
Fabrication: 64% polyester, 31% viscose, 5% elastane
Notes: Design details differ slightly with a shorter sleeve and a fabric belt in lieu of the leather original.

In summary:

  • The first dress in the table is the version that appears closest to the original signature dress given the high proportion of triacetate in the fabric. If it’s anything like the original, it’ll have little to no stretch but the fabric will be soft, smooth and wrinkle resistant.
  • While the added elastane in the updated version of the dress that appears second in the table seems like a nice addition, I’m a tad skeptical as to the quality of the fabric and whether it would have the same wrinkle-resistant and smooth quality of the original triacetate dress. Without examining the dress physically, it’s hard to make this call. But I do see the benefit of having elastane in the dress as it is so form fitting. I’d imagine this dress would be more comfortable to wear in comparison to its predecessor. If stretch is your thing, this might be your pick!
  • The third dress bears the same name but the shortened sleeves and lack of leather belt do change the overall look and it is a much more relaxed version with the tweaks.

I thought it was worthwhile noting the differences in the event you’ve had your eye on this dress, particularly prior to the acquisition by BooHoo. While it’s a tad confusing with the numerous versions on offer, it’s always nice to have options depending on how you’d like the dress to feel and fit.

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope this helps!

P.S. A great dupe for my Celine Sangle Bag and my everyday makeup routine.

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Celine Sangle Bag Dupe

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I’m on a bit of a roll with dupes, having recently shared this fantastic dupe for The Row’s Bare Sandals.  Dupes are a great way to get the look for less, particularly when you don’t want to pay the hefty designer price tags.  And while I treat myself every so often to a luxury purchase, only a small percentage of designer pieces on my wish lists ultimately get added to my shopping cart because it’s just not feasible for me to consume luxury pieces all the time.  So, I mix high end and high street to build up my collection.  

I recently treated myself to a pre-owned Celine Sangle Bag that had been on my wish list for some time.  Having never owned a bucket bag, which is by no means a new shape, I’m totally hooked!  It’s amazingly functional, comfortable to wear but it’s also a timeless shape given its simple silhouette.  

Same same but different!

Since adding the Sangle to my collection, I’ve had tunnel vision for bucket bags and the bucket bag silhouette, and I’ve come across this fantastic dupe for the Sangle that is both a chic and functional option.  

While the Celine Sangle Bag retails for $3,500 AUD ($2,400 USD), the Everlane Studio Bag retails for $198 USD ($277 AUD).  It’s made of genuine Italian leather, has a microsuede lining, fits a 13” laptop and has a thick and adjustable shoulder strap (something that doesn’t come with the Celine Sangle).  

The Everlane Studio Bag looks to be a great every day bag, particularly if you tend to carry a lot of things with you. Whether it be for work, a baby bag or a weekend carry-all, it’s one of those timeless silhouettes that will never go out of style.

Wearing Everlane knit, Everlane jeans, Celine bag, Dior slingbacks, Ray Ban sunglasses

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P.S. My thoughts on Everlane’s Curvy Cheeky Straight Jean and three fashion risks anyone can pull off.

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My Everyday Makeup Routine

everyday makeup routine products for neutral and dewy look

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In today’s post, I thought I’d walk you through the products that I use as part of my everyday makeup routine.  I’m a creature of habit when it comes to beauty products.  If I find something I like, I tend to stick with it.  The makeup products I’m featuring in this post are ones that I’ve enjoyed using for years.  And since kids have come into the picture, it’s really important to me that the products I use are reliable and effortless to apply, as I only really have around 10 minutes in the morning (at most!) to get dressed and put on my face for the day!  

I’ve never really spoken about beauty products before on the blog so here are some quick facts about my skin: I’ve got combination skin with an oily T-zone as well as acne scars on my face as souvenirs from my teenage years (P.S.  I still get acne and blemishes today, usually associated with hormonal fluctuations… plus, I like to collect spots  💁).  

I like to keep my makeup neutral, and just try to look like a more enhanced version of myself.  I gravitate towards cream-based products where I can use my fingers as I like a dewy finish (and don’t really have the time or motivation to be faffing about with washing brushes and whatnot). 

Face

Foundation

Because of my acne scars, I wear foundation on a daily basis.  I love the formulation of Nars Sheer Glow for every day.  It’s a great buildable formula and it works well in the areas of my face that are prone to getting oily.  At the moment I’m using the shade ‘Vallauris’ but during the warmer months when my face is more tanned, I’ll mix some ‘Stromboli’ through. 

On days when I want heavier coverage or for special occasions, I’ll rely on Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.  It offers great coverage and just stays put.  My shade is ‘Rattan’ which has a warmer base tone.

Concealer

Nars Creamy Concealer in Ginger has been my go-to for yeeeears.  I always keep this in my handbag and touch up throughout the day around my nose and chin. A tiny bit of product goes a long way too. I find a tube of this stuff will last me for over a year.

Blush

I’ve been using Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink for the best part of 10 years.  During the summer, I’ll brighten my cheeks up with ‘Calypso Coral’ as I find this looks great when I’m more tanned, but for every day, ‘Powder Pink’ is a lovely nude-pink tone.  I love the ease of use and the tiniest amount goes a long way. 

Bronzer

My favourite bronzer is, without a doubt, Chanel Tan De Soleil.  This really suits my skin tone and gets rave reviews from beauty lovers for being universally flattering.  It offers a great matte finish and gives me a nice sun-kissed look.  I’ll also pop a bit of this on my eyelids, as I don’t really wear eyeshadow as part of my everyday makeup routine.

I’ve previously used Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette and while I find both shades incredibly flattering, I dropped it by accident and the highlighter section shattered into pieces!  It still sits on my dresser and is a tad messy when I do feel like using it, but the little mishap only reaffirmed my love for the ease of cream products!

Highlighter

My highlighter of choice is RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer which is a hydrating and silky formulation.  I use it at the top of my cheeks to give them a subtle sheen and glow.  

Lately, I’ve also been enjoying Hourglass’ Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush Quad which gives a lovely glowy sheen when applied. This quad and its variations tend to get released in the period leading up towards Christmas.

Lips

Unlike my attitude to other makeup products where I’m a creature of habit, I have a suite of nude pink/mauve toned lipsticks that I rotate between depending on my mood and the finish that I’m after.  

For a soft glossy sheen, I’ll wear Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Futurist; for a semi-matte finish, I’ll turn to Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Sandwash Pink and for a matte finish, I’ll pop on Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk.  

I’ve only got one lip liner in my collection and it’s Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk.  It’s such a great shade and is a lovely nude pink colour.  

Eyes & Brows

I’ll fill in my brows using MAC Eye Brow Styler in Spiked.  I find this blends really nicely and provides a natural look to my brows.  

If I’m pressed for time, I’ll usually just skip this step altogether, but on the days that I can manage it, I’ll pop on eyeliner on both my waterline and my lid.  I’ve been using MAC Technakhol Eyeliner in Graphblack as part of my everyday makeup routine for over 10 years.  It’s a mechanical pencil-style liner that’s soft, creamy and stays put. 

I have Asian lashes which quite frankly, I’ve given up on.  Hence, I do away with mascara for every day but will use it on special occasions.  When I do use mascara, I’ll use Benefit Bad Gal Bang! Mascara which makes a subtle difference once I’ve given my lashes a once over with my eyelash curler.

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I’d love to know whether any of the products I use are part of your everyday makeup routine. Thanks again for stopping by!

P.S. The five items that always look great on petite women and the designer purchases that didn’t work for me.

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Three Fashion Risks Anyone Can Pull Off

Given my lifestyle, I take a pretty conservative approach when it comes to my style.  But taking a fashion risk doesn’t necessarily mean wearing something colourful or quirky, style is incredibly personal, and it’s all about trying things that fall outside of your comfort zone.  Perhaps you can start with something small, like trying a colour you wouldn’t normally wear, or maybe you want to make a bigger change, like trying a totally new silhouette.  Either way, the most important factor is that you always wear things that feel like you.  

Here are three simple ways I’ll been switching things up:

#1- Go oversized

outfit with relaxed jeans and blue oversized shirt

Imagery via Pinterest

I’m going to have a play with balancing oversized items with more form-fitting silhouettes, like these oversized shirts styled above (likely borrowed from the boys)! I also love the relaxed look that many have been sporting in pairing oversized separates together, though I fear I’m too petite to pull that one off.  So I’ll be sticking to the one oversized item for now! When wearing an oversized top, making small tweaks – such as rolling up your sleeves, or a simple french tuck into your trousers – can pull the outfit together and keep you looking polished. 

The Best Relaxed Shirts

#2 – Jackets as tops

For anyone who’s not a traditional suit-wearer, or inspired by the traditional silhouette – this one’s for you. You can break the rules by wearing your jacket as a top.  For me, double-breasted jackets are the most versatile when it comes to rule breaking.  Also, if you know me, you know I love belting a jacket.  The high street offer some great options. In my opinion, it creates a great silhouette.  

Trailblazing Blazers

#3 – Different tones

While the majority of my wardrobe comprises of pieces in neutral and muted tones, in recent times I’ve been adding more chocolate brown pieces to my wardrobe. And yes – it’s technically a neutral tone – but it was a colour that in the past, I would have avoided as I typically relied on black and navy as my dark base colours.

What are some fashion risks you’ve taken lately?

My Brown Picks

P.S. The jackets you need to navigate transseasonal dressing and my guide to buying pre-loved designer bags.

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Style Diaries: August 2020

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The third round up of a new series where I look back over the past month’s style posts and fashion tidbits and provide a snapshot of the best August had to offer! There was a focus on cosy knitwear as we farewell the colder season for another year here in Sydney. Spring has definitely sprung here as we’ve been served some lovely sunny days recently.

On the work front, I’ve been feeling a little burnt out and haven’t taken any time off since Christmas so I’ve booked some much-needed time off to take in September. It’s a bit strange considering I’m not intending to go anywhere (apart from grocery runs and dropping the kids off at school, we’re still doing everything from home), but I am looking forward to not sitting at my desk for the week! I’m hoping a bit of self-care and relaxation will do me some good.

This month, I share a glimpse into a typical day in our family with my “A Day in the Life of Me” post as well as some family rituals that we’ve been enjoying.

Style favourites

Style posts

Dior J’Adior Slingback Kitten Heel Pumps: Having been on my radar for the best part of two years, it was a sweet moment to finally check the J’Adior slingback kitten heel pumps off my wishlist!

The Case for Work-Appropriate Shorts: “Work appropriate” and “shorts” aren’t words you often hear in the same sentence.

My Celine bag collection as at the end of August this year (though within days of posting this, I’ve added another to my collection so I’ll need to do an updated post sooner than I thought!)

There’s a new styling series on the blog: I’m going back to where it all began and sharing my take on styling wardrobe staples – One Item, 4 Ways. I kicked things off with a light neutral coloured blazer and my favourite pair of white jeans.

A wrap up of my most worn knitwear during Autumn/Winter this year ranging from cosy cashmere to statement pieces

A review of Reiss’ Lara Knit Dress – one of my favourite pieces in my workwear wardrobe

Lifestyle posts

A Day In the Life Of Me! Here’s a glimpse into how a typical day runs for us as we balance work and family amidst the challenges of a global pandemic

Sharing some of our family rituals that we’ve enjoyed in recent months – children are so resilient!

In between monthly diaries you can check out my featured looks here on Instagram and you can shop my wardrobe here.

As always, thanks for your support.

P.S. Check out the style diaries for June and July.

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