5 Spring Wardrobe Basics with Everlane

Everlane sent us these clothes for review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Today we are sharing with you 5 spring basics for your wardrobe. These pieces are perfect for transitioning from winter to spring. All items were provided to us by Everlane. If you've never heard of Everlane you can read more about their story here. We have been an admirer of the brand for quite some time, so we were thrilled to be able to work with them. 

Savannah and I have been in a place in our life where we have been rethinking our wardrobe and what we want our personal style to be. This may sound crazy, but it just occurred to me one day that you have to decide what your personal style is. It doesn't happen by chance. This may seem obvious but up until recently, I just assumed if I bought clothes I liked, then that was indicative of my personal style. That is true to a certain degree. What I found for myself is that I liked all types of clothing which is fine of course. But I often found it hard to get dressed and I didn't have pieces that went together very well. Getting dressed was a chore. We were both ready for a change.

We both decided we wanted our personal style to be classy, polished, and timeless. We realized that when we admired the way someone looked, they looked polished + put together. So now as we examine our wardrobes we are looking for holes. We aren't just out looking for random articles of clothing. We don't shop as a hobby. Shopping is intentional now. This has reduced spending and buying clothing that doesn't make sense in our wardrobe. Also thinking of buying clothes this way helps getting dressed much easier.

If you've ever watched What Not to Wear, then you'll know what I mean when I say that I look at a piece of clothing and say, "What would Stacy London say?" Over the weekend I was looking at a t-shirt that was cute but a little too youthful for me. And I turned to Savannah and said, "Stacy London would not approve of this." The t-shirt was cute and fun but it did not fill a void in my wardrobe and it did not fit into my classy + timeless personal style I was going for. So I walked away. 

As we move into spring and looking at buying new pieces, I find myself asking these questions a lot. Is this classy? Does the fit my person style? Do I really need this? What I love about Everlane is that their clothing is classy and fits my personal style. Because they sell elevated basics, their clothing suits most peoples' styles. 

On top of selling beautiful clothing that fit most personal styles, their clothing is made ethically + affordably. I also love their transparent business model. You know exactly where your clothes are made and how much it cost to make your clothes. They lay it all out there. You can read more about their ethical standards + transparency here

Their jeans are my favorite jeans to date, and they are only 68 dollars. Can you believe that? Quality denim that is ethically made that cost way under $100?! That's unheard of. Their denim is made in the world's cleanest denim factory using 98% recycled water, 85% air dried jeans, and sustainable bricks are made from their denim byproducts. Savannah and I both got the Authentic Stretch skinny jeans, but I got the mid rise and she got the high rise. We both really love how they fit. 

Here are our favorite items from Everlane that will help you transition from winter to spring and would a great choice for anyone's wardrobe. These are the items we are wearing in the pictures in this post:

1. Jeans- Casey's jeans- The Authentic Stretch Mid Rise Skinny Jeans in dark wash blue/ Savannah's jeans- The Authentic Stretch High Rise Skinny Jeans in dark wash blue.

2. Striped short sleeve tee - I've already worn this t-shirt several times since receiving it. Savannah also got one as well. There are so many different ways to style it. Right now I've been wearing it under a lightweight overcoat. This spring and summer I'll wear it with shorts and skirts. Adding different types of shoes and accessories will totally change this basic tee.

3. Long sleeve striped tee- Savannah got this shirt and has also worn this several times. This shirt will be just a versatile as the short sleeve version.

4. Oversized Silk button up- This is such a beautiful top that an easily be dressed up or down. I've been wearing it with my Everlane jeans and booties, and I could easily pair it with black skinny jeans and black boots to make this more dressy. So many options and this will be a piece that will stand the test of time.

5. The Perfect Bootie- Savannah and I have both been wearing the heck out of these. They are such a great classic bootie that goes with everything. The heel is the perfect height that is still comfortable to walk around in all day. I'd love to have these in black as well!

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my smilelove journey: impression molds + before photos

This product was provided for me by smilelove, but all words and opinions are my own.

I recently turned 31, so it's been about 15 years since I had braces. I was not that kid that religiously wore my retainer either... I hated the thing. I had had braces for about 3 years and when I finally got them removed they told me I had to wear this retainer that had a wire straight across the front of my teeth. I was devastated as a 16 year old! I wanted to be free of wires and metal covering my teeth. And needless to say, I didn't wear the retainer as much as I should've. This is my Smilelove story.

Over the next years my teeth moved and shifted to where I could not fit into my retainer. I even had a new one made to straighten out my bottom teeth and I swore I'd wear it every night. But I was really bad at wearing that one too. So more years passed and my smile suffered.

Please don't get me wrong, all smiles are beautiful and we should all get to enjoy smiles and laughter regardless of what our teeth look like. But for me, I have seen myself photos where my little snaggle tooth is caught just right and all I can see are my messed up teeth and I feel a little embarrassed. Casey has told me multiple times that it's really not that noticeable and while I do believe her, I still feel self-conscious about my teeth. This is why I'm very excited to be partnering with Smilelove to invisibly straighten my teeth!

My two favorite things about smilelove are 1- that the straightening takes place with invisible aligners and 2- all of the treatment takes place in your home. They send you an impression kit to start the process. Then you take your own impressions and photos by following the provided guide. They provide a practice putty (to literally practice your impressions) and I used it about 8 times before I was ready to take my permanent impressions. It was a little intimidating to make sure I got everything how they wanted, but in the end I got it right and my impressions were accepted.

These are the impression that I sent back to smilelove. It took a couple weeks for my impressions and photos to be accepted and then a couple weeks after that for me to receive my treatment plan.
As you can see it will take 7 months for me to get through my whole treatment plan. The treatment preview is great because you can see what you teeth look like now and what they should look like in the end. I'm going to show you a couple of the "before" and "after" previews for my treatment below.

These are all shots of my upper teeth as that is where most of the work needs to be done. But how amazing! Let me tell you, I'm looking forward to having straight teeth again. It's been a loooong time.

If you have been interested in straightening your teeth and are looking for an affordable solution, head over to smilelove's website to read more about their service and pricing. And if you use our code "WANDER100" you can get $100 off your bundle!

If I had to straighten my teeth again with braces, I don't think I would want to do it. Luckily we now have the option to do it invisibly with smilelove! And I can't wait to share the rest of my journey with you. Make sure to follow us on Instagram for more real time updates. I think my aligners are being delivered this week so I'll be posting over there all about it. And I'll be back on the blog with an update at then end of my treatment!

xo, Savannah

Home Security with Panasonic HomeHawk

Thanks to Panasonic for sponsoring today's post. All opinions are my own.

Savannah and I have been talking about getting cameras for our doors since we moved into this house over 3 years ago. We do a lot of online shopping so we receive a lot of packages. And our house is on a busy road and when packages get delivered to our front door, they are visible to a lot of people. With porch piracy on the rise, we've always wanted a way to monitor our packages.

Because of this we were very excited to work with Panasonic HomeHawk! Today we are going to be talking about the 7 things we love about the HomeHawk system.

1. Easy set-up. We honestly couldn't believe how easy this system was to setup. Our biggest struggle was drilling holes in our brick for the mount. Once that was done, it was a matter of minutes before the system was up and running.

2. No monthly fee. This is huge for us and this is what separates HomeHawk from other security cameras. Once you pay for the devices and an SD card, you're done. We all have enough monthly bills, so we really appreciate that we can monitor our home without an additional monthly fee.

3. 2 way talk. The front door camera tells someone when they approach the door that they are being monitored. You could also choose to say something to this person if you wanted.

4. The app. The app is easy to use and it allows you to watch live feed from your cameras. You will get a notification when it starts recording and it will start recording when the motion sensor detects movement.

5. The wide angle. The front door camera has a 172-degree view of our front yard. I was really surprised at how much it can see. Our entire front yard plus the road in front of our house can be seen from the camera.

6. Video quality. We have also been really impressed with the quality of video these cameras produce. Even at night, the quality is good and it's full color.

7. No wires. The cameras run on battery, so there are no wires that you need to mess with. The batteries can last several months without needing to be recharged. You can also see how much charge the batteries have on the app.

So far we have really been impressed with the HomeHawk security camera system. I'm the kind of person who obsessively tracks every package that's coming and I monitor it's every move. So having this as the final piece to package security has been great!

If you've been looking for a great home security system, check out HomeHawk! You can purchase it on Amazon by clicking this link.