Athleisure at work

Casual summer outfit with sweatshirt and sneakers — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane slim classic French terry crewneck sweatshirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Earth 'Vital' sneakers in grey — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual white sweatshirt summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual Friday work outfit with denim and sneakers — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but to me, these past few weeks have been absolutely flying by for some reason. When Friday comes around, I immediately look forward to the next Friday, and it feels like every Friday has come around quicker than usual since August started. Normally, the weeks feel like they're dragging. Maybe I'm just busier? Who knows, haha. We're already over halfway through the month which is kind of hard to believe!

In honor of yet another Friday, here's an outfit I actually wore earlier this week but could totally work for a (super) casual Friday/weekend situation. These sneakers are my newest footwear addition thanks to Earth (but without any outfit post strings attached). As I expected, they are incredibly comfortable to wear for long periods of time. I wore this look to help my brother move into his dorm room and also at work and had no issues minus some minor rubbing near my ankle and heel. I wore flats the other day that also rubbed so I think I need to build up my callouses again after wearing sandals all summer!

I've been wearing my latest sweatshirt obsession from Everlane pretty much since my road trip last month. It's has become a workhorse in my work uniform (pun intended?), especially on days when I just can't GAF and don't want to be shivering all day so I wear an outfit like this one! The downside to being obsessed with a light-colored sweatshirt is the fact that I seem to stain it very easily. Somehow I managed to stain it after these photos even though I just washed it last weekend. I guess I'll just have to wear it around the house until I get around to doing laundry again... :)


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane sweatshirt / exact (review here)
ModCloth tee / old; similar by Urban Outfitters or Gap
Madewell jeans / old; similar
Earth sneakers / exact
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

5 smaller brands to shop

5 smaller brands to shop (instead of Nordstrom) — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

When it comes to adding a new item to my wardrobe, typically I turn to my go-to "big" retailers like Madewell and Nordstrom first. As much as I love the items I purchase from those retailers, it's always fun to browse and buy from smaller retailers—especially if I'm looking for something different or more unique! I rounded up five of my favorite smaller retailers (I wouldn't consider all of them to be small small) that I highly recommend checking out next time you're in the market for something new. Bonus: I included some brands that are women-owned and support worthy causes AND some brands that feature ethically- and sustainably-made products!


 

& Other Stories

I fell in love with & Other Stories over three years ago! The brand is part of the H&M family, but it has more of a flirty, feminine, contemporary vibe. I wish I could wear (read: pull off) their garments every day of my life. I only have two things by the brand—my white perforated bucket bag made in collaboration with Clare Vivier and my bright red-orange sweater—but I'm always on the lookout for more pieces to add to my wardrobe. I especially love browsing their knitwear and shoe collections! 


 via ABLE

via ABLE

 

ABLE

I've yet to buy anything from ABLE, but I love everything the brand stands for. Their goal is to end the cycle of generational poverty in women in countries around the world by providing job opportunities. Not to mention, their products are absolutely beautiful! I've found myself browsing their denim, bags, and shoes on multiple occasions, and I'm especially loving their new shoes for fall 2018! New to the brand? Use my referral link for $20 off your first purchase!


 

Amour Vert

If you've been following me for a while, you already know that I love Amour Vert! It's my favorite woman-owned small business that is also focused 100% on ethically- and responsibly-made garments, most of which are produced in the U.S. The best part is how affordable the garments are considering their production! I own a small collection of pieces and am always browsing the new arrivals for more to add. Their garments made with sustainable modal are my favorite; the fabric is incredibly dreamy and feels like butter!


 

COS

Like & Other Stories, COS is also part of the H&M family. It's different from & Other Stories and H&M in that their items have more of a high-fashion-meets-streetwear vibe. They play around with trends in unique ways. I wish I had the right lifestyle for their garments! It feels very off-duty-model to me. Even though I don't shop there much (I only own a basic red striped tee), I love browsing and dreaming about their unique pieces. I recommend COS if you're looking for well-made, thoughtful trendy items or affordable show-stopping garments.


 

Moorea Seal

Badass babe Moorea Seal is basically a small business queen. Her namesake online shop and retail store in Seattle are filled with products made by other small brands and women-owned businesses. She curates a killer selection of goodies ranging from jewelry and shoes to home decor and—most recently—clothing! I bought my very favorite pair of sunglasses from Moorea Seal on a total whim a few years ago, and it remains one of the best purchases of my life (not to be dramatic lol).

Botanical

Tropical print shirt casual summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Amour Vert 'Riley' silk shirt in tropical — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Gold sandals summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Tropical print silk shirt summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Summer outfit with green shorts and gold sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

One of the most fun parts of being a style blogger is thinking of backgrounds that go with the outfit I'm wearing. Most of the time, I don't really care that much, but sometimes I have a vision in my head of the overall "look" I'm going for. For example, if it's something I wore to work, I typically want a more urban/industrial background. Since I wore my tropical-print shirt here, I figured it'd be fun to shoot with summer foliage—nothing tropical, though, since I'm in Idaho after all. ;) I was honestly surprised at how good these flowers looked after a couple weeks of temps at or above 100°F!

This outfit feels a little bit like a juxtaposition with the collared silk shirt and casual cotton-linen shorts. The shirt "dresses up" the shorts, while the shorts "dress down" the shirt. Add gold sandals for a little bit of fun and you got yourself an outfit! I've worn these sandals so much this summer. I love that they appear like a neutral against my skin tone (I haven't tanned at all!) and work well with any look. 


OUTFIT DETAILS

Amour Vert shirt / old; similar or similar
J.Crew Factory shorts / old; similar by Old Navy or Forever 21
Sandelles sandals / exact or similar from Nordstrom Rack
Madewell earrings / old; similar from Etsy
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact