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.

How to Celebrate National Italian Food Day at Home

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Michael Angelo's. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hey guys! Happy National Italian Food Day!! Is there a better food day?! We love any reason to have a themed party or get together, so today we are sharing 5 ideas for celebrating National Italian Food Day at home. And we couldn't just celebrate National Italian Food Day with food, we wanted to incorporate ideas to celebrate different parts of Italian culture.
1. Serve delicious Italian food. Well you obviously have to have delicious Italian food, but we have good news for you. You don't have to work hard in the kitchen all day to have that homemade Italian food taste. Michael Angelo's is here for you as they have affordable meal options and you don't have to sacrifice on that homemade taste or ingredients you trust. We love that they don't use fillers, preservatives, and any other additives. We had their Three Cheese Baked Ziti, Lasagna with Meat Sauce, and Chicken Parmigiana, and they were all so tasty. So head to your grocers freezer section and pick up one of their meals for your Italian Food Day. To find the closest store that sells Michael Angelo's, look at their store list here.

2. Decorate for the occasion. We had fun decorating our kitchen nook with the Italian flag colors. Having beautiful decor can elevate a dining experience even when you are eating a frozen meal. We pulled out this red and white checked table cloth that we had purchased at a vintage store and designed our table around it. We also used some red and white cloth napkins we already had, along with a green and red kitchen towel for serving. (It's actually a Christmas towel, but no one needs to know!)

3. Pair it all with a bottle of wine. You can't have Italian food without having wine. Grab yourself a bottle of Chianti, so you can stay true to your Italian theme. It'll pair perfectly with whatever Michael Angelo's meal you decided to serve.

4. Invite your friends. Italian food is not meant to be eaten alone. We have friends who lived in Italy for 10 years and one of things they always tell us is how they always had people over to share a meal with. We love using food as a way to people's hearts. This is actually something we've decided to focus on this year- using our home as way to develop relationships with people in our church + community. Food is a great way to get people over!

5. Watch a movie. To fully round out your Italian experience, watch a movie celebrating Italy and the culture. We love to watch movies that transport us to different places and into the experience of different cultures, so this would be a great time to do just that! If you need movie ideas, I love this list of suggestions from The Culture Trip.

What's great about celebrating National Italian Food Day is that even if you haven't planned anything for today, you can just run to the store and grab a yummy meal from Michael Angelo's and make it as simple as that.

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How To Install A Preset Into Lightroom On Your Phone

Well hello there. Today we are going to tell you how to download presets into your Lightroom app on your phone. We also have a free preset to give you! We understand that not everyone has DSLR camera and you just don't have time to deal with taking photos that way. You just want to use your phone, but still have a professional look to your photos. Today we are talking about one thing you can do to make that happen, all on your phone!

Use the Lightroom app and presets to edit your photos. The Lightroom app lets you edit so many different things on your photos that a lot of other apps don't allow you to do. And bonus, you can use presets like our free one- 'HW Rainbow 1'. For a while you weren't able to use presets very easily on the app, but you can now. So if you don't already have the app on your phone, search 'Adobe Lightroom CC' in your app store and download it. Oh and bonus bonus, the app is free to download and use!

Download our free Rainbow 1 preset. Lately, this preset is the one we have been using on almost every photo. It works well on naturally lit photos (i.e. pictures that are lit by the sun not artificial light coming from light bulbs or fluorescent lights). Soon we will have a collection of Rainbow presets that will work on a variety of different types of photos. With this free one, it will work best if you steer away from artificial light and direct sunlight. But if we are being honest, you should steer away from both of these things anyway to get the best photograph.


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    Now, once you have joined our newsletter group above, you will be taken to a google drive link where you can download the file. Follow the instructions below to make sure you correctly install it into your Lightroom app on the phone.

    How To Install A Preset Into Lightroom On Your Phone
    1. Download the preset file.
    2. Unzip the file. If you have an iPhone, you won't be able to do this on your phone. Just unzip the file on your computer and either Airdrop it to your phone or e-mail to yourself. If you e-mail it to yourself, just save the image.
    3. In the Lightroom app, click the button to add a photo. Select the .DNG file(s) and import into Lightroom.
    4. Open the .DNG file.
    5. Slide to the right on the bottom and click 'Presets'.
    6. Click the three dots in the top right corner.
    7. Click 'Create Preset'.
    8. Name the Preset according to what preset it is that you are importing. If you are installing our free preset, you will write 'HW Rainbow 1'.
    9. Select what Preset Group you would like this new preset to live in. You can create a new Preset Group if you'd like to keep all your HW presets in one folder, or you can just keep everything in 'User Presets'.
    10. Click the check mark to complete the process.

    Once your preset is installed, it will be there forever! Just open the photo you want to use in the Lightroom App and apply the HW Rainbow 1 preset to it and voila! There are some adjustments you may have to make in order for the preset to look the best on your picture, and we will talk more about this in another post. For now, make sure you check out the exposure to see if you need to change it according to each photo's needs.

    There will be more content coming involving editing photos and even taking photo for Instagram, so be sure to just our e-mail list by clicking this link.

    And if you do download our preset, be sure to tag us in your photos by using the hashtag- #heywandererpresets

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    How To Organize Your Closet With No Budget

    I've wanted to have an organized closet for the entire last year, but it has seemed like such a daunting and expensive task. But I realized that you can do it even if you don't have an unlimited budget or tons of space! This is basically the story of life- figuring out how to make the best of what you have.

    We've also created a free printable checklist so you can join us in The Tidy Room 1 Week Challenge. This challenge is designed to help you organize your room and closet and feel peace in the room again. Let's cut out the chaos this year!

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      Before you move into the organization of your closet and all that it holds, gather some tubs, laundry baskets, and boxes to help the sorting process. I spent about $6 on some small tubs with lids so I could organize and house the smaller things that live in my closet like tights, belts, gloves, sunglasses, etc.
      Step 1. Take out all your seasonal clothing and store in enclosed tubs. This was the number one thing that gave me space back in my tiny closet. If you have the space, you could either store these tubs in your closet, or just group the clothes together in a section of your closet. This way you don't have to look through a bunch of clothing that isn't what you need at the moment.

      Step 2. Remove everything from your closet that isn't clothing. This was shocking as this stuff covered my whole room and I wasn't even dealing with clothing yet!

      But your closet should already start to feel better. If you have the space, pull your hanging clothes out too. My room is small so I had no space to pull my clothes out and be able to organize everything still. If you need the visual of an empty closet, go ahead and pull them out.

      Step 3. Go through everything and toss all things you don't need or want anymore.

      Step 4. Sort all non-clothing items into containers and piles according to how you'd liked them grouped in your closet. The goal is to find a place for each and every one of these things. When multiple things don't have places, they create a mess- because they literally don't have a place to live. So group like items together to estimate how much space you will need for each.

      This is where my little bins with lids come in. The lids are very important because they make the bins stackable, and in a small closet you really need to use vertical space as much as possible. I have 6 of these and they house: sunglasses, gloves, tights, outdoor accessories, random electronic accessories, and belts. I have bigger bins for my beanies and tote bags.

      I sorted my shoes into sections- sandals & summer shoes, booties, active shoes, and everything else. I have the summer shoes and active shoes in their own bins. The summer ones currently live at the top of my closet since those aren't what I need right now. When summer comes, I will switch these out with my more "winter" shoes.

      Step 4. Sort your hanging clothes by length and then color. One of my sections is for all things that are long, so I have dresses, kimonos, long cardigans, and long tunics together. My other 4 sections are coats, short sleeves, long sleeves, and pants & skirts. It's very important to make sure each section contains things that are all the same length. When you do this you group all the empty space together that is under shorter hanging clothes. This allows you to use that empty space for other things. When all the lengths are mixed together you end up having long pieces across your whole closet, keeping the space underneath useless.

      The other thing that is important for a sane closet is to sort each section by color. This way when you are looking for a white long sleeve shirt, you know exactly where to go.

      This would be a good time to go through the hanging clothes to get rid of what you no longer need. This project took me a while so I didn't do this in my closet. This week we are starting a week challenge where we go through everything in our rooms and get rid of what we don't need or want anymore, so I will take care of that this week. If you'd like to join us on the challenge

      Step 5. Design your closet according to your needs. Now this doesn't mean go to The Container Store and have someone design your closet. You just have to remember what wasn't working in your closet before and figure our how to fix it. For example, I have to store some bulky folded clothes in my closet, like sweaters and sweatshirts, so I created some shelves/containers out of these cardboard boxes.
      I just cut off the flaps...

      (Luckily we had three of the exact same box.)

      And then stapled them together side by side.

      This design is great because it keeps the pieces perfectly stacked. Before this I had clothes stacked freely and they would fall over onto each other and in a short amount of time I just had a pile of clothes up there. These are going to keep that section organized.

      Some other things I did to create maximize my space: I added a hanging bar that we had ripped out of our studio a while back, I found some plastic drawers that were sitting in the basement to use and I added some wood shelves with some scrap wood to house some of my favorite booties. These booties used to live on top of my dresser, but I really wanted to be able to fit them into the closet. Because of the shoe rack I have, there was some dead space above it, so I just added a couple shelves. I also added a clip light in the closet because it's very dark in there.

      You basically have to figure out how you want to use your space and it can take a little finagling to get it right and exactly as you need it. Every closet is different. Definitely consider if using a second bar would be helpful to you, if you have a few extra dollars to purchase some tubs with lids, and things you already have laying around the house. I know it's isn't the nicest thing, but a cardboard box can really go a long way when you are on a strict budget.
      Step 6. Re-fill your closet. Put all your newly organized bins and boxes in your closet and organize any leftover items. Because I had the space, I added a hook to hang my over-the-shoulder bags on.

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        And you are done! I feel much more peaceful about my closet now. Everything has a place, it's less full, and it's 100% more functional. And I didn't spend much money at all. I hope this post will help you organize your tiny closet on little to no budget! If you liked this post or want to save it for later, pin the image below! And don't forget to sign up for the Tidy Room Week Challenge above so we can bring peace to our rooms as well!

        How To Get the Closest Shave

        This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gillette Venus. The opinions and text are all mine.

        I know we are all in winter hibernation and we're barely shaving our legs right now, but spring and summer will be here before you know it. And maybe if you're lucky you have a nice warm vacation planned in the midst of these winter months. Regardless, we could all probably use a little help getting the closest shave possible.

        If you have coarse hair like I do, then you already know a close shave is a real challenge. I have to be very precise when shaving otherwise I will not have nice smooth legs when I'm done. But it is possible and now I'm going to pass on my tips to you with Gillette Venus Razors!

        1. Exfoliate. The first time I realized how helpful this is was after spending a day at the beach. I shaved my legs that night (I have no idea why) and got the best shave of my life. My skin felt so soft! Obviously we can't all get a natural exfoliation via the beach every day, but you can make your own exfoliator at home using this tutorial.

        2. Shave at the end of the shower. Your skin will be more hydrated and plump which is a better surface for shaving. Ever shaved at the beginning of the shower and then felt a little stubble by the end of your shower? Just wait until the end!

        3. Use a good razor. This might trump all of the other rules. If you are using low quality razors or mens razors, then you are not going to get your best shave. I have been using Venus Razors since they hit the market. I have tried nearly every other razor and I always go back because nothing has ever compared. The lubrication strip on the razor is a game changer!

        4. Change your razor often. You should change your razor every 5-10 shaves. And lucky for you, you can now get exactly what you need delivered straight to your door with the Venus Direct subscription. You just choose what kind of handle and razor refills you want and how often you want to receive them, and they will be delivered as often as you need them! You'll never have to shave with a dull razor again.

        5. Use a thin layer of shaving cream. Using shaving cream definitely helps, but I have recently discovered that it's best to not put gobs of it on your legs. You just need a little lubrication, but if you have too much then it puts too much space between your razor and your legs. And it will clog up the razor blades. Less is more in this instance.

        6. Rinse your razor frequently. This is probably the most annoying step because it's the most tedious, but it's helpful. You should rinse after every 2-3 passes. A clogged razor will prevent you from getting your closest shave.

        7. Shave a second time. I know. I know. This time won't be as time consuming as the first time. The second time you can get all those stragglers you left behind. I also find that sometimes after shaving one time, it's like your hair starts growing back immediately in the shower. I know that sounds crazy. Surely, I'm not the only one this happens to. So, a second shave will ensure you get the smoothest legs possible and catch the spots you missed.

        I hope that this post has given you some helpful tips on how to get the best shave possible! And don't forget to check out Venus Direct so you never run out of razors again!