That fall feeling

Olive green skinny jeans fall outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Early fall casual outfit with blue plaid top and olive green jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blue plaid flannel top + olive green jeans + brown flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blue plaid flannel top for fall — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Madewell olive green skinny jeans fall outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual fall outfit - blogger blooper — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Tomorrow (or today, which is likely when you’re reading this…) is the autumnal equinox—the official start of astronomical fall! I figured I’d celebrate the occasion by pulling out my olive green skinny jeans (FINALLY—I bought them in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale back in July) and putting together one of the most fall-appropriate outfits I could think of. I didn’t let myself wear these jeans until it felt more like fall, so I was beyond ecstatic when the temps cooled down enough. Not to mention, the trees are starting to change around here! That’s when it definitely starts feeling real.

Nothing reads more fall to me than plaid, so of course I had to wear a plaid top. This top is actually flannel, and I love that it’s not your typical button-up plaid flannel shirt. The contrasting sleeve detail is my favorite part! My top is a couple of years old and no longer available, but I did round up a few other blue plaid flannel tops in the widget below (most of which are button-up shirts…if only more retailers made a wider variety of plaid tops!).

Do you have any fun plans for the first weekend of fall? It’s my birthday weekend, so I will definitely be celebrating! I’m sure I’ll be posting quite a bit on Insta stories (are we friends yet?!). ;)


OUTFIT DETAILS

Madewell top / old; similar options below
Madewell jeans / similar by Paige or KUT from the Kloth
Earth flats c/o / similar by Naturalizer (last seen here)
Madewell earrings / old; similar from Aldo or Nordstrom
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Light // stripes

Early fall outfit with nautical stripes — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Red and navy striped tee fall outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane kick crop jeans in bone — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Nautical stripes fall outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane kick crop jeans in bone + Charlotte Olympia navy Kitty flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I know I talk about the weather all the time (can you blame me? I’m an atmospheric scientist!), but you guys…the weather the past week or so has been my absolute favorite: 70s and sunshine. This is what I want all fall but never get for longer than maybe a week, so I’m soaking it in as much as I can—mostly by spending more time outside. We’ve been taking advantage by riding our bikes! We rode bikes with some friends downtown to grab some brunch at one of our favorite spots over the weekend and then rode along the river with my dad last night just before sunset. Safe to say my legs are feelin’ it! Can this weather stick around through the end of October? Please?

We’re nearing the end of astronomical summer and experiencing fall temperatures, so it’s the perfect time to wear an outfit that has summer vibes but would be too warm to wear in the heat of summer. My red and navy striped tee by Uniqlo is old but remains one of my favorite purchases ever. When I saw it, I ordered it immediately and even paid for shipping. If you know me, you know I hate paying for shipping so that was a huge deal! I’ve loved it ever since. ;)

Since the base color in the tee isn’t perfectly white, and since it runs shorter than other tees, it paired perfectly with my bone kick crop jeans. My navy Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ flats were the obvious choice to finish the look. I’ve found myself “saving” these flats for special occasions (that never happen), so this month I’ve made it a point to wear these more and have pulled them out three times so far. They make me happy, so why not?! I need to get out of the habit of saving my best items!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Uniqlo tee / similar by J.Crew (short sleeves) or similar from Nordstrom (last seen here)
Everlane jeans / exact
Charlotte Olympia flats c/o Shopbop / exact from SSENSE or similar (last seen here)
Madewell earrings / old; similar from Aldo or Nordstrom
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Review of the MightyNest MightyFix monthly subscription: part 1 of 4

Review of the MightyNest MightyFix monthly subscription of green home products — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I’ve briefly mentioned in previous posts that I’m working on reducing our waste where I can and incorporating as many “green”/environmentally-friendly products as possible. It hasn’t been a perfect process, as you can expect, but it’s been rewarding to see small changes add up. I’m planning on writing a more detailed post on the changes we’ve made to become low(er) waste, where we aren’t doing as well, and what I hope to do in the future.

In the meantime, I wanted to introduce you to a healthy-living brand that I learned about only three months ago on the Litterless blog: MightyNest. More specifically, I wanted to share my first review on their monthly subscription that features many eco-friendly alternatives to common home products called MightyFix. I’m not one for monthly subscriptions and actually have never joined any until now. I purchased a full year of the service in June; the service costs $10 monthly ($120 for a year), so I decided to go all out and purchase a full year with a promo code on Litterless that brought the total down to $99. Each month’s “Fix” is worth at least $10 to make it worth the money, and shipping is always free! If you want additional items, every product on their website ships free with your Fix, too.

So far, I’m very pleased with the products I’ve received! I will note that I did not set any preferences on products, fill out the profile questionnaire, or add any additional products to my shipments so far. I’m willing to try pretty much anything, so I hope to receive a wide variety of products, and I don’t want to buy something just in case it shows up in a future Fix. More details on the the first three products I received are below…!

I can invite two people per month to receive a free month of the MightyFix monthly subscription, so let me know via email if you’d like an invite (cottoncashmerecathair (at) gmail (dot) com)! If you email me in September, let me know which of the three products below is your favorite and I’ll select that item for you to receive. Note that MightyNest did not pay me or ask me to write this post.

MightyFix Stasher silicone sandwich bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Stasher Silicone Sandwich Bag (June 2018)

The Stasher silicone bag is made of food-grade silicone that can be used in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. It serves as a green alternative to plastic baggies and can be reused thousands of times. That said, I’m not sure how to recycle or dispose of it when the time comes.

I’ll admit: I wasn’t totally thrilled when this was the first item I received. It didn’t help that I couldn’t figure out how to get it open! It took a few tries before I finally figured it out, lol. I couldn’t believe how difficult it was to open, but I suppose that’s because it’s an airtight seal. I have used this to carry part of my breakfast to work (two slices of cinnamon bread), and it is slightly difficult to open it up wide enough to get both slices in without smashing the bread. I can imagine it would be much more difficult to get in a fully-made sandwich. I think it’d be most useful for smaller snack items, like cut up fruits and veggies, chips, pretzels, etc.

Regular price: $11.99 / Member price: $10.29 / I paid: $8.25

MightyFix wool dryer balls — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Wool Dryer Balls (July 2018)

Made from New Zealand wool, these dryer balls are used in lieu of dryer sheets to fluff up garments, soften clothes, and decrease drying time. They also help reduce wrinkles and static (though I’m not entirely convinced about the claim to reduce static).

I love, love these and have been using them since they arrived. My boyfriend likes them, too—he’s very anti-dryer sheets. We also use a bag of dried lavender purchased at the farmer’s market alongside these to provide some subtle scent, though I’ve been considering buying essential oils to use on them when the lavender becomes scentless. The only downside is I’m not sure that they help reduce static all that much…but I’ve read that maybe I’m drying items for too long and that’s causing the static.

Regular price: $16.99 / Member price: $15.29 / I paid: $8.25

MightyFix tidy dish cloths — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Tidy Dish Cloths (August 2018)

These 12” x 12” dish cloths by Full Circle are sustainably made in China from organic cotton. They act as a paper towel replacement; the loops provide texture for scrubbing off messy counters or dishes. The cloths are absorbent, durable, and machine-washable.

I was thrilled to receive these cloths! I’ve been trying to use fewer paper towels already (I bought some “unpaper towels”) so these are great to add to the collection. The size is great for quick countertop wipe-downs and the texture helps to loosen sticky or dried food. They’d also work great to wash/scrub dishes. I have only used them to wipe down the counter and they worked great! Haha. I’m really hoping these don’t stain over time just because I’d like them to stay looking nice for as long as possible. I haven’t washed mine yet, so fingers crossed all the food gunk comes out.

Regular price (for a set of 3): $6.99 / Member price (for 3): $6.29 / I paid (for 5): $8.25