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Brands Reminiscent of Rugby Ralph Lauren

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know my love for the short lived brand Rugby Ralph Lauren. Most of my favorite items I own come from this line and ever since the brand was discontinued in 2013, I cherish them even more. My husband and I still frequently search eBay and Poshmark for old Rugby items. This brand was crazy preppy, much of it over the top even for me, but there are some key pieces that were so unique in the preppy style marketplace. I was able to visit the Chicago location a few times and one of the NYC locations once, and the stores are even better than you can imagine. If you’re curious, google “Rugby Ralph Lauren store” and look through the images. I wish I could live inside!

There are a few brands that remind me of Rugby Ralph Lauren and I love and appreciate that they are keeping the ivy-league style alive. Check them out below:

Weyhill & Wharf

Weyhill & Wharf makes incredible oxford cloth button downs that uses silk tie material as a trim along the shirt. Rugby used to make similar shirts that had tie material under the collar, which I’ve owned several of, so I was really excited to see Weyhill doing their own version of my favorite shirts. I have one of these from Weyhill & Wharf and I wear it all the time. I love the little detail that sets it apart from the rest of the shirts in my closet.

Arnold Steiner

Take one look at Arnold’s instagram page and you’ll see a lot of Ivy League influence. I recently received a bunch of great items from this brand and I think the style and quality is spot on. The hats in particular remind me of Rugby, especially the yellow hat with the navy skull. I can’t wait to sport it this upcoming fall. Check his page out, I think the prices are great and his product is worth checking out.

J. Press

J. Press is a brand that’s been around since 1902 that focuses on men’s suiting, but if you look at more of their casual items you’ll see some great seersucker and madras pieces. Keeping it preppy, J. Press reminds me of Rugby’s classic side. Check out their needlepoint hats.

Brooks Brothers – Red Fleece

The Red Fleece brand of Brooks Brothers always has a few standout items each season that remind me of Rugby Ralph Lauren. The varsity/collegiate look is strong with this brand, and it has the rich history of Brooks Brothers behind it.

Polo Ralph Lauren

Last but not least, Ralph Lauren teases us Rugby fans every once in awhile with Rugby-esque  lines in their fall collection. It always gives me hope they’ll go back in the direction of Rugby Ralph Lauren, but I don’t count on it. This year they are pushing “The Polo University” collection that is really just a small revival of what Rugby was. I hope they continue to put out collections like this and maybe make it more of a permanent standing in their brand.

 

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Guest Post: Rowing Blazers by Noah Pelletier

Rowing Blazers x Luke Edward Hall Launch Party

Robin and I have long shared a mutual love of classic clothing, stately interiors, antiques, and unapologetic glamour shots. We met in the college group at our church in 2008, and were fast friends. We’ve been friends for 10 years now, of which almost 7 of those I have been living in New York. But that hasn’t changed a thing.

I was excited when she asked me to do a guest post on her blog covering a recent event I went to for the launch of a menswear collaboration between two of my favorite artists.

I’d been counting down to the end of July ever since I heard that one of my favorite designers Luke Edward Hall would be collaborating with the classical menswear brand Rowing Blazers.

LEH x RB Rugby Jerseys

Rowing Blazers was created by Jack Carlson, and inspired by his vintage blazer collection, sportsman and their wardrobes, and his time at Oxford. His unique perspective on men’s style was the perfect foundation for Luke to add his own artist’s touch – infusing Grecian symbolism, and punchy colors with the more traditional stripes and collars of rugby shirts, oxfords, hats and sweatshirts. The collection is described as below on the Rowing Blazers website:

“This limited edition capsule is based on a series of five illustrations by London-based artist Luke Edward Hall inspired by the ancient world: a Greek vase; the mask of Tutankhamun; a discus-thrower; a set of ionic columns in ruin; and a statue bust.”

This collab brought together two creatives I so admire, their unique sensibilities combined to create something fresh, compelling, and not to mention wearable! –Like all good design, it pays homage to the past through subtle and not-so-subtle references.

Guests enjoying the launch party

After seeing the collection teased on both Luke and Jack’s accounts for weeks prior, I was excited to receive an invitation to the launch party on July 25th at the recently opened Rowing Blazers Clubhouse. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I got to the bottom of the invitation and read “Artist will be in attendance.”

I immediately RSVP’d for two and set a few goals for the evening: (All of which I accomplished – as the accompanying photos will attest.)

  1. Meet Luke, his boyfriend Duncan, and Jack Carlson
  2. Take photos with them
  3. Give a concise, but genuinely passionate confession of how much I love their work
  4. Buy some pieces from the new collection
  5. Enjoy myself

I took my trusty sidekick/best friend Royce with me and we headed to the Rowing Blazers Clubhouse.

The Rowing Blazers Clubhouse

Walking into the RB Clubhouse is like entering an exclusive men’s club where everyone can be a member and the staff is glad to see you. The walls are covered in vintage menswear illustrations, pennants, ads, text, and framed photos. They’ve recreated the atmosphere of a jovial rec room, and the ping-pong table and Foosball only add to the fun.

We had a delightful evening chatting with the other guests while looking over all the amazing pieces for sale. The Rosé didn’t hurt either! After much deliberation I bought the yellow striped Rugby shirt with the pink statue bust on it, as well as one of the corduroy hats. Once the temperature drops you know what I’ll be wearing first.

Accessories For All

In addition to the LEH x Rowing Blazers collection, the RB Clubhouse offers menswear classics, accessories, and some vintage objects. Not to mention a selection of the Rowing Blazers they’re known for. My favorite of which was the Croquet Stripe Blazer with multicolor vertical stripes!

Trying on the croquet striped blazer

I highly recommend a trip to the clubhouse, or you can of course shop online if you don’t live close.

Noah Pelletier, Luke Edward Hall, Duncan Campbell

Notable attendees:

Luke Edward Hall @lukeedwardhall

Duncan Campbell @jduncancampbell

Jack Carlson @jackcarlson

F.E. Castleberry @fecastleberry

Rowing Blazers @rowingblazers @rowingblazersmoodboard

 

ROWING BLAZERS CLUBHOUSE: 161 Grand Street, New York City

SHOP ONLINE: https://rowingblazers.com/collections/luke-edward-hall

Noah lives in Brooklyn, New York and works in Manhattan as a luxury décor director

@noahpelletier

Noah.pelletier@gmail.com

Playing Foosball with F.E. Castleberry

The Rowing Blazer’s moodboard

 

Noah Pelletier and Rowing Blazer founder, Jack Carlson

New To Me Brands

I’ve had the opportunity to work with a few brands recently that I had never heard of and came to love. I more often than not say no to working with brands I’m unfamiliar with because I’m afraid I’ll be unhappy with the style and quality. I want to be authentic as I can be with my audience so I try to do my due diligence in researching brands and asking questions before committing to working with them. The following three brands are recent companies I’ve worked with and was very pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed!

1. SHIVER AND DUKE

This jewelry company surpassed my expectations! I loved so many styles but settled on these earrings because they go with a lot that I wear. Since receiving them three weeks ago, I’ve worn them numerous times and have received many compliments.

I’m not just impressed with the earrings I got, but the whole style of Shiver and Duke. It reminds me of what a seasoned world traveler would wear – eye catching and intriguing, but also high end. Each piece has a unique look that I don’t see many other places. In the accessory industry you often find jewelry companies copying each other and putting out similar products, but Shiver and Duke is a refreshing take in copycat world. I hope to have many Shiver and Duke pieces in my collection over the years. Check out their website just to see how beautiful and unique their pieces really are!

 

scalloped topstriped shirt with ruffle sleeve / braided sandal

2. The Brimm Boutique

At first glance, this brand seemed a little too boho for my style, but after going through their website I found quite a few pieces that looked like they would fit well in my style. Both tops I got are blue, striped, and have a unique detail to them. The shoes are a beautiful shade and are not like anything else I own.

The tops are lightweight, and at $35 a piece I’m not expecting them to be the best quality but I’ve worn them quite often lately and they’re holding up great through multiple washes and wear. I find myself reaching for them over and over again, hoping no one notices I keep rotating them so much! 🙂

When I got pregnant I quickly realized that having an entire closet full of button down shirts wasn’t the best for a changing body. These shirts are beautiful, forgiving, and have feminine details that I love.

arcade cuff bracelet

3. Les Georgettes

This company’s concept caught my eye immediately because it’s something I have not seen in jewelry before. They sell all types of jewelry, and make it so you can flip the leather insert to reveal a different color. I love how this changes up the look completely and feels like I’m getting two bracelets in one. Both the cuff and the leather are great quality, and look and feel high end.

If you take a peek at their website you’ll see the hundreds of options available for bracelets, such as cuff thickness, design, metal, and leather colors. I love following them on Instagram just to see what other people have created.  Again it’s a great concept that I thought was very unique and done well!

Have you heard of any of these brands? Which one is your favorite?

The Best Gym Bag

monogrammed nylon gym bag c/o mark & graham / yoga mat c/o mark & graham / nike training shoe

It can be hard to take fitness gear advice from someone who’s a style blogger, especially when there are so many fantastic fitness bloggers out there. Something I don’t share on here too often is what I do in real life. Besides my day job, I’ve been a fitness instructor for the past 5 years at Life Time. If you haven’t heard of Life Time, it’s incredible and I love and enjoy every single part of my job and the facility itself. Calling it a gym or fitness center does it no justice!  Don’t tell my boss but I’d teach classes for free if that’s what it took. 😉

I’ve always been into working out ever since I realized I hated playing sports but still loved being active. I’ve been apart of some sort of gym / group fitness atmosphere for the past twelve years, and professional the last five, so I know a lot more about health and fitness than your average style blogger. Trust me when I tell you this is the best gym bag I have found to date.

Finding the right gym bag is a personal preference that really depends on how you use it. Some people are OK with a simple tote that they throw things in, while others depend on versatility because they work out often and/or shower at their gym. I fall into the later category and depend on the functionality of my bag to help keep me organized.


  • This bag has a total of EIGHT pockets and compartments – each designated for a different use. The very front of the bag has zippers on the side that once unzipped can hold a yoga mat, and right above the monogram is another compartment that I use for random hair ties and headbands (being without one can ruin a workout for me).
  • One side of the bag has a place for a waterbottle, and the other side has a compartment for shoes. I would never buy a gym bag that didn’t have a compartment for shoes and flip flops! I find it so useful and helps my inner germaphobe feel more at ease to keep it separate.
  • The back of the bag has a huge slim pocket that can hold anything you want easy access to.
  • The inside has three pockets – one larger one that I use to keep my iPad and workout class lessons in. It would also fit a laptop as well. Opposite of that pocket is two smaller compartments – I keep my instructor essentials in there such as a mic belt, windscreens for the mic, & wallet,  as well as extra headphones and socks.
  • The entire interior and exterior are completely wipe-able so it will look brand new for a very long time!

I’ve owned this retired Gaiam bag forever (7+ years), and while I bought other gym bags throughout the years, I always went back to it because of the compartments. I can now say that bag has been replaced and upgraded majorly with this new gym bag. I’ve never felt so organized in my life as this bag checks all of my boxes for my dream gym bag. I couldn’t have design one better myself!

While it may be more money than some are willing to spend on a gym bag, I find that owning the perfect version of something ends up costing you less over time. Settling on a lesser version of something so functional that will end up being replaced anyway costs time, money, and frustration over the years. Buying the right version the first time is worth its weight in gold. Plus, who can resist the navy and monogram?

What bag do you use for the gym? What are your must-haves for a gym bag?

 

L.L. Bean Sale

sweater fleece pullovermountain pile fleece vest

wicked good camp slippers   / original 8″ bean boot

fisherman sweater / chunky knit bird’s eye sweater

L.L. Bean doesn’t run many sales, which means most of the time people are paying full price for their items (and rightfully so, the quality is worth the price). Normally around Christmas they will run 15% off, but for the first time in years they are running a 25% off everything – including bean boots. Many items are already sold out on the website because of this great deal.

All the items above are ones that I own and highly recommend. If you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on something, now is the time to buy it! The one item I was hesitant to get were the slippers because I didn’t want to pay $79 for something I just wear around the house. I ended up asking for them for Christmas over 2 years ago and still year them everyday year-round. I couldn’t be happier! There are 500+ good reviews on them if that tells you something. 🙂

My mom is always asking for ideas for Christmas so right when I heard of the sale I asked for this hat (now sold out, but thankfully she snagged it in time), and these snowshoes for me and for Joe. We snowshoe 4-5 times a winter and our old snowshoes come undone so often while using them. I’m excited to try a pair with this different bindings that make it easier to use.

Did you get anything from the L.L. Bean sale?

As always, I don’t use affiliate links so no money goes towards me and all my opinions are 100% my own.

Autumn Fallin’

Poncho c/o Marley Lilly ($29 currently!)  /  Corduroy Leggings – Land’s End  / Boots – Bandilo 

I’m really enjoying the poncho trend as it’s comfortable and flattering on everyone. This Marley Lilly one is really cute because it has my monogram in the bottom corner for extra personalization. I love the hunter green color for fall and winter as it will add some rich tones among many of the neutral staples I have, but the poncho is available in several colors.

While I love the poncho trend, there is a trick to wearing them correctly. Because they are more flowy, you’ll want to make sure the rest of your outfit is fitted. Leggings work well in this instance because it keeps proportions in check. I also try to dress up a little more when wearing a poncho so it doesn’t look sloppy. Worn with boots and a turtleneck, the outfit is more polished and looks mature.

I’ve been wearing my leather boots more and recently cleaned and conditioned them. I’ll have a post later this week on how to do the same!

Best of the Best – Part Two

If you caught yesterday’s post, this is the second part where I’m covering the best products from my favorite brands. These are items that I own and stick out to me as staples to have in your closet for years to come. Check out the rest of my list below:

 

I have recently come to know and love Vineyard Vines over the past few years and especially since they put a store in my area. Two of my three “stand out items” are part of their fall/winter collection and aren’t out yet but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in their fall arrivals since they’ve brought them back the past two years.

Quilted Vest: I wore this all the time last fall-spring to the point I’m sure my family and friends were sick of seeing me in it. A lot of vests are bulky, this one is not. It’s thin, yet warm, and a little on the heavy side. It’s a substantial layer that seemed to go great over everything I wore. I love the leather detail on the back, and the gold buttons as well. It got a lot of compliments from strangers and I look forward to styling it again this year!

Chinos: I think a lot of people buy things from Vineyard Vines that look like they’re from the store (things with the logo, shep shirts, hats, etc.), but some of their best items fly under the radar. The pants in the photo above are hands down my favorite pair, which is why I got them in the tan when they went on sale. The fit of the pants is what’s key – they just seem to fit me nicely and the waist is perfect on them. They’re slimming and look great on their own, but can easily be tucked into boots without scrunching up. If they come back with them this year I am stocking up!

Shep Shirts: I have to add Shep Shirts to this list because I find myself wearing the ones that I own. They’re like a nicer version of your favorite sweatshirt and can even pull together a casual look. My favorite ones have the contrasting shoulder pattern or color because they’re so fun and very preppy.

 

Who doesn’t love J. Crew? It’s evolved over the years but still has stayed true to bringing in items that can act as staples in your closet. Here are the top three items I wear year after year from J. Crew.

Navy Blazer: All their blazers are incredible, but nothing is more classic that a navy blazer. Again, this is an item I keep out year round because it’s perfect in every season. A lot of brands make a navy blazer but there’s not one that will fit better and look better than J. Crew’s. I’ve had mine for around 7 years and it still looks new.

Puffer Vests: The best puffer vests come from J. Crew hands down. They are a thicker layer, but not too puffy, and just seem to layer nicely. I actually prefer the J. Crew Factory vests to the regular J. Crew ones because the pockets are angled instead of straight across, which makes them more natural to slip my hands into. I highly recommend getting a navy one for versatility, but they also have a burgundy one this year that’s a really pretty color.

Tortoise Hair Clip: You will find these at any J. Crew or J. Crew Factory and they’re incredible. I’ve had mine for 7-8 years and use it daily – it even goes on vacation with me. I use it in my bathroom to pull my hair back when I wash my face or to clip back sections when I’m curling my hair. I can’t believe a simple hair clip has lasted this long with daily use! If it does break someday, I’ll definitely be replacing it immediately.

Long before my Instagram/blog was around, I was a big Sperry fan. I remember one summer in college they had a photo contest on their Facebook where if your photo won you got a free pair of Sperry’s. I ended up winning three of those weeks until people kept complaining that the same person was winning. It wasn’t the last Sperry contest I won, and about 5-6 of the pairs I owned were won from the company. I first fell in love with the boat shoes, but really every type of shoe I’ve gotten from there I’ve been more than happy with. Here are my top three Sperry shoes:

Duck Boots: Their duck boots couldn’t be cuter and I like all the variety they have in styles. I have the pair above with the green and they’re great for fall. They are on the shorter end so they’re easy to style without having to tuck them into boots. I also like that they have a zipper on the inside of them so that they’re easy to take on and off and you don’t have to untie them. I’ve had mine for a few years and actually keep them on a shelf in my closet “on display” when they’re no in use because I think the style is so cute.

Wedges: I had a pair of wedges that were similar from Target that I got for $10, and I loved the style but they quickly started to fall apart and look cheap. When Sperry came out with their wedges, I was eager to try them and I’m so glad I did. Sometimes cheaper items are a nice trial to make sure you really love a style before investing in the real deal. These wedges are comfortable, stylish, and they go with everything. Again, I wear them fall through spring and after having them for years they still look fantastic.

Gold Cup Sperrys: I have more Sperry boat shoes than I’m comfortable with sharing… but if I ever get another pair of boat shoes they will be the Gold Cup edition. Sperry just sent me a pair two weeks ago of the Gold Cups and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try them! The best way to describe them is it’s like slipping my feet into a cloud. They’re that comfortable, and I’ve been wearing them everyday even with outfits they don’t “go” with. I could go on forever about how great these are but it’s really something you have to try yourself!

 

I got my first KJP bracelet 8 years ago from some close friends. I had loved Kiel and Sarah and read their original blog, but at that point I had yet to share with anyone that I loved them so I was shocked that my friends knew me well enough to buy me one. I love that their products are made in America and the quality of every piece is evident to the smallest detail. I own quite a bit of KJP now, and here are my favorite items.

Pearl Necklace: I keep my jewelry on the simpler side and always tend to wear gold and pearls so this necklace was a winner. It was a slightly longer chain than most of my other necklaces so it layers nicely when I’m wearing something with a higher neck that would often hide a necklace (like a collared shirt and sweater over it). The monogram is an elegant and personal touch as well as the clasp on top of the pearl itself.

Oar Bracelet: This bracelet is so unique to me how they took the oar shape and made it into a cuff. The material in the oar design is a cork-like, which gives it texture as opposed to being a flat sticker like another company may try to pass off. My husband and I both own one and we get tons of compliments on them even from strangers. It’s simple yet eye-catching, and that’s a nice place to be at style wise.

Pearl Cuff: This isn’t an item I picked out myself since my parents gave it to me as a birthday gift in 2015. It’s funny how sometimes a piece someone else picks out ends up being better than one you would have picked out yourself. This bracelet has become my #1 favorite KJP item. I wear it all the time because I love the gold rope detail and the understated pearl. It’s a cuff so it’s very simple to take on and off, which is probably why I reach for it so often.

 

Best of the Best – Part One

I’m in and out of stores pretty frequently and am very familiar with the products that my favorite stores bring in year after year. I wanted to do a post highlighting what I believe is truly the best theses brands have to offer while keeping it to only a few items per brand. These are pieces that I think stand out in quality and style, and most importantly – staying power in both of those categories. I personally own a version of every item listed and can attest to the integrity of the product.

None of these are affiliate links. I never use affiliate links and genuinely want to share my favorite items and only link it back to the website for easy access if you want to view it yourself!

L.L. Bean is my go-to brand for quality items I’ll own forever – they guarantee it. Most brands I’m only listing 3-4 items, but I really couldn’t narrow it down for L.L. Bean because so many of their products are of the highest standard.

Quilted Jacket: I’ve had mine for going on three years (in the color shown above) and it’s one of my favorite items for fall. It’s the perfect weight, the lining is plaid, and the collar is corduroy underneath. I reach for it constantly and rely on it as the perfect layer.

Sweater Fleece: There are a ton of these on the market, but I think the L. L. Bean one is my favorite. The heather texture is done well, the pocket isn’t too bulky, and it’s a nice layer for chilly days. I keep mine out year round for cooler summer nights to the dead of winter.

Lightweight Down Jacket: This coat is thin but the temperature it can be worn in is unbelievable (20 degrees to -30). Living in Michigan with what I consider harsh winters, finding a thin, yet still incredibly warm coat is next to impossible. I wore this coat more times than I could count last winter. The best part is that it’s packable into a little pouch that’s sewn into the lining so when I went to Florida in January I just packed it all up and threw it in my carry on.

Fisherman’s Sweater: These sweaters are the real deal. I dare you to find a thicker, more quality sweater than this! I have the original cream color and the blue one shown above, but I’m partial to the blue because it has a ton of pretty blue tones throughout it ranging from light to dark. It’s so unusual and I get a lot of compliments on it. I would go up one size for comfort and layering.

Wicked Good Slippers: I would have never thought I’d ever pay $79 for slippers but after reading the 600+ five star reviews I decided to give them a try. I’m a big slipper wearer (year round) and am extremely picky about them. I didn’t use to like hard/rubber sole but these fit so nicely they don’t make me trip. The lining is so warm and soft but they don’t make my feet sweat. I wear them often in the summer even! I can buy a new pair of slippers every year or just buy these once and own them for years to come.  I end up wearing slippers more than any other shoes throughout the year so the price is worth every penny.

Bean Boots: Anyone who owns a pair knows how incredible they are. They are my go-to for any type of weather and I wear them from September through May. I would suggest getting the thinsulate version which is one step above their base model. Since I wear them in the winter, the thinsulate provides a little extra warmth to the already warm and waterproof boot.

 

I’ve always been a big fan of Land’s End – another company with a great reputation and incredible customer service. Land’s End changes up their inventory from season to season to keep it fresh but they do have a few staples you can find each year. My husband is a huge fan of Land’s End, so I can also attest to the guy’s department being just as great.

Outwear: I have many coats from Land’s End ranging from raincoats to heavy parkas and I couldn’t be happier with their quality and selection. After a harsh winter 6 years ago I broke down and got my first puffer coat and I still wear it every year, and have added another Land’s End puffer coat to my collection as well. I own the coat in the photo above (it’s on sale) and I love it. It’s easy to style and has the cutest toggle hooks.

Pointe Dresses: They come out with pointe dresses in various sleeve lengths and styles every year but the fabric and fit of these dresses are what make me a fan. They’re incredible soft and slimming, and the longer sleeves on them make them a go-to from fall through spring.

Drifter Sweaters: If I could own ever color I would. These are a classic cable knit sweater that aren’t too bulky or thin. The fit is right, the colors are great, and the look never goes out of style. You will frequently see me in the navy drifter sweater – and my favorite part is I got the sleeve monogramed on it. Land’s End allows you to monogram most things and having a small one on the sleeve is subtle and personal. I love it!

 

Ralph Lauren is my favorite brand and probably the style I’m most “known for” both on the blog and in real life. It’s the brand that shaped my sense of style and love for classic / preppy fashion. Here are the items I think really stand out for me consistently with Ralph Lauren:

Quilted Jackets: Ralph Lauren also does an excellent job creating luxurious looking equestrian wear and their quilted jackets are no exception. Most of their pieces have leather piping, brass buttons, and other gorgeous details. I’ve had a navy RL quilted coat for years and it gets better with age.

Jeans: My favorite pair of jeans ever is Ralph Lauren and they are so old I have no clue where they are from (outlet? macys? main store?). I just know there are very few pairs of jeans that fit me perfectly and the Ralph Lauren pair is my favorite. Every time I wear them on Instagram I get questions on where they are from.

OCBD: If there was one quintessential “Robin” item, it would be the oxford cloth button down. I have been wearing them for the better part of my life and have multiples of every color – which I’m not even embarrassed about because they all get worn. Blue is my favorite color and such a classic. I will always own a Ralph Lauren OCBD because it’s a style that’s been around forever and not going anywhere. It can be a nice layer or look great on its own – it’s the perfect shirt in my opinion!

 

Is there anything from these brands that I missed that you love? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Top 5 c/o Items I Use

When you see an item on a blog say “c/o” after it, it means that the item was given to the person by the brand or a store that carries that brand. I have been lucky to receive many items “care of” from a brand, and I only say yes to a company if it’s something I would wear and use. I know a lot of bloggers get items, wear them for a post, and never use them again, but I can truthfully say I wear and use everything I’ve been given. There are, however, 5 items that really stand out that I use daily. Although I wear all my clothes, I don’t wear the same clothes everyday, so this list is mostly accessories.

I think the amount I use the items is really a testament to how great they are. I am surprised by how often I use some of them! Check out my list below:

1. Demoiselle Pearl stud earrings. When this brand reached out to me, I picked out two beautifully necklaces to wear, and she ended up sending me these studs as well. I have always worn pearl studs (the ones in giant packs from Claire’s), but these are so much better. They are extremely high quality yet still affordable enough where if I lose one I’m not out too much. I wear these 6 out of 7 days a week and can’t stress how much I love them.

 

2. IziPizi Sunglasses. This French company reached out and asked to send me sunglasses. I would normally say no to this type of offer (being unfamiliar with the company), but the style shown above peaked my interest because I’ve always liked the style but was never sure if I’d like them on my face shape. I’m so glad I said yes because I love this pair –  I keep them in my car and use them daily. I mostly photograph in one of my pairs of Ray-Bans, but these are probably what I wear the most. They are a softer rubber material and pretty indestructible so I feel at ease throwing them on for whatever activity and not thinking twice about it.

3. Barrington Gifts Tote. I have more totes than I can count, but I always reach to this one for some reason. It’s just a nice size that works for my life and the outside is nylon so I don’t have to worry about getting it wet and being ruined vs. a cotton tote. I don’t know if there’s anything extremely special about the tote except that the size, the interior pockets, and the material it’s made out of work well in my daily life. I like that it’s more on the narrow side so I can throw things in there and they stay upright. With as many totes as I own, I was surprised at how much I’ve used this tote over the past year. It’s really a great accessory that I’ve grown to love a lot!

 

4. Tucker Blair Card Holder. This is an item I’m very surprised I use as much as I do! I loved the look of it so I eagerly said yes when they asked me to do a post on it, but I wasn’t sure if it would get as much use in my daily life since I have a larger wallet. I now keep my I.D. and credit cards in this and slip it into whatever bag I’m using (gym bag, purse, tote), instead of throwing my entire wallet around. I’ve been so happy with the versatility and the ability to put it in my pocket when grocery shopping instead of bringing my larger handbag. It’s another item I use daily and can’t imagine living without it.

5. Mark & Graham car organizer. I did a post on this past September and cannot tell you how amazing this car organizer is. I don’t always keep the cooler in my car, but the organizer stays in my car 24/7. I’m a year into owning a hatchback for the first time in my life, and this car organizer does not move at all. It makes it easy for putting things in the back without having to worry about them moving all around. The best use is putting groceries in it since it keeps it upright and organized on the ride home. I’m so sold on this piece that if something happened to it I wouldn’t hesitate to order a new one. If you have a hatch back and have a problem with items moving around the back, this will solve your problem.

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