Denim double take

Double denim outfit: denim vest + skinny jeans with peplum top — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Denim vest outfit with black peplum top and pendant necklace — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Pendant necklace, denim vest, peplum top — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black peplum blouse outfit with denim vest — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I got this denim vest last summer thinking that it would be easy to incorporate into outfits (denim goes with everything!), but it has been surprisingly more difficult to style than I had anticipated. I first wore it with a floral dress for my last first day of school and then again with stripes and a tan mini skirt. I also wore it in a couple of other outfits that weren't blogged. It hung in my closet through the fall and winter, and during the winter, I thought to pair it with my black peplum top once spring came around.

To be honest, I'm not crazy about the contrast between the light wash denim and black top. I also had a difficult time deciding on a pair of jeans or pants to go with it. Nothing seemed to look quite right until I tried on these medium wash jeans. (Double denim for the win again!) I also can't decide if the pendant necklace makes it too busy from the front. I'm glad I tried the outfit, but I'm not sure yet if it's one I'll be repeating...

In the meantime, I'm in search of any and all outfit inspiration featuring a denim vest, because I don't want to give up on mine! It's such a great light layer for the more mild transitional days. I didn't even need a jacket when I wore this outfit—the best!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Madewell vest / exact (last seen here)
Elegantees top / old; shop the full Truelane x Elegantees collection (last seen here)
LOFT jeans / similar
J.Crew flats / exact
Soko necklace / exact
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
 

Harry's razors for him and for her

Harry's razor starter set and review — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I'll be honest: When it comes to beauty and wellness products, if I find something that works, I tend to stick with it. I'm not one to try a bunch of different products on the off chance that I find something better unless I'm influenced by someone else (usually someone I know in real life or a fellow blogger that I trust). When Harry's reached out to me to try one of their razors, I figured I had nothing to lose. My usual razors worked fine and seemed to last a while (I probably use razors for far longer than intended, haha), but perhaps this one worked comparably—and because Harry's business model is similar to Everlane's—maybe it would end up being a worthy, cost-effective replacement.

Please note that I received complimentary products for the purpose of this review but no other monetary compensation. All opinions are my (or my boyfriend's) own.

Harry's Truman razor and Winston razor — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

You may have heard of Harry's before—and if so, you probably recall that they specifically target men in their marketing. Now, I'm not saying that everything made for men should also be made for women, but a razor? Harry's razors looked like other razors made for women, so it seemed like women could also use them. Sure, the handles lean on the masculine side, but...I don't need my razors to radiate femininity in order for them to have a place in my shower. It's just a razor, after all. ;)

With that, I picked the Truman Set in "Nautilus Blue" for myself (the grippier handle is ideal for use in the shower) and the sleek chrome Winston Set for my boyfriend to try since he doesn't shave in the shower. Both sets come with a complete razor, two replacement heads, a 4 oz. container of foaming shave gel, and a travel blade cover. The only difference between the two is the handle.

When it comes to the price, the sets are an excellent value. The Truman Set comes in at $15 ($9 razor) while the Winston Set comes in at $25 ($20 razor). The replacements heads are $2 each ($4 total in this set), the shave gel is $4, and the travel blade cover isn't available on its own. The best part is that if you love the razor, replacement blades are only $2 each—or you can buy 16 to get the cost down to $1.75 each. Replacement blades for most other razors (such as the popular Gillette Venus razor for women or Gillette Fusion ProGlide for men) will run you about $2.50-$5 each. Those dollars add up over time, especially if you're living on a limited income like me. Shipping is free if you spend at least $10 on Harry's website, or I've also seen Harry's products available at Target stores.

Review of Harry's Truman and Winston shave sets — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

We've had our sets for about three weeks now, and my boyfriend was the first to give his products a spin. He's very similar to me in that he isn't a shaving or product snob. He lathered up his face with the shave gel, which is something he doesn't usually use because he dislikes the strong scents, and noted that a little goes a long way. Harry's shave gel has that typical "manly" smell (how do you even describe it?), and it is quite strong so he hasn't used it since. He's one of the lucky ones that can shave with just water without irritating his face. The shave gel aside, the razor worked as intended, and he hasn't had to change the blade yet. (He usually shaves 2-3 times per week and goes 2-3 months between new blades.) He thinks the razor is comparable to the more expensive Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor.

I, on the other hand, am a clumsy and nervous wreck when I use a brand new blade (am I alone in that?). I tried mine first on my underarms after lathering up with the shave gel (I tried with just a little and it didn't lather as much as I was expecting, so I think my idea of "a little goes a long way" might be different from his). Guess what I did on my first try? Cut my underarm when I twisted the razor on accident. And if you've done that before, you know that does not feel good. Haha.

I tried it again on my legs on a different night and it worked like a dream! I'm not sure if it's the fact that I was using a new blade, but it made my legs feel so smooth, and it glided easily over my knees (I was extra careful not to cut myself). Since then, I hadn't cut myself again until a few days ago. That time, I cut my other underarm. I know, I'm a mess. At least you know the blades are sharp? I think I might just use it on my legs until the blade dulls enough that I won't worry about it slicing up my underarms. Like I mentioned, we've had them for three weeks and they're still going strong! I can usually get a few months out of my razor blades so we'll see how long these last. (For reference, I shave my underarms about every couple of days and my legs about once a week.)

Harry's Truman razor vs. Harry's Winston razor — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

It's super easy to change the blade when the time comes—just squeeze the notched sides connecting the blade to the handle and it pops right off! I popped one off on accident while shooting photos for this post, but as long as you don't normally grip the handle at that location, you won't have to worry about the blade popping off in the middle of your shave.

I think if I can get the handle of shaving my underarms (I feel like a teenager just learning how to use a razor, ha!), I can see myself using this razor for quite a while since the replacement blades are so reasonably priced! Have you (or your significant other) tried Harry's razors? What do you think? I'd love to hear your experience, especially if you've been using them for a while! :)

Finding the joy in getting dressed

Peter Pan collar top outfit with navy skirt and Charlotte Olympia 'Kitty' flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Grey Peter Pan collared top + navy skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spring outfit with grey top, navy mini skirt, Charlotte Olympia 'Kitty' flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Grey Peter Pan collar top outfit with navy skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Charlotte Olympia 'Kitty' flats outfit with navy skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

One of the major reasons why I started my blog in the first place was because I was tired of my clothes and the way I was dressing. I was a year into graduate school by that point and not having any sort of fun with my clothes. The things I wore felt blah and frumpy (and were mostly carried over from my college years). There's something about dressing more confidently that makes me feel more confident and do things with more confidence, and I'm sure it's the same for you, too.

I started buying things that made me happy when I wore them—and then my love for getting dressed was born. Now, I love everything I wear (and if I don't love something as much, I rehome it in the hopes that the next owner will love it). One of my favorite things to do now is dream up new outfit combinations—and I think the effort I put into creating outfits is directly related to my blog. Outfit posts are still among my favorites to put together no matter how much the blogosphere is evolving. :)

All that said, this outfit is made up entirely of pieces I love: a sweet Peter Pan-collared top (one of my only remaining "twee" items), a floaty mini skirt, my dream Charlotte Olympia 'Kitty' flats, a simple pair of stud earrings that go with everything, and my signature sunglasses (I've worn these for well over a year now!). It's so fun to have a closet full of items I love and that make getting dressed a joy every day!


OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew Factory top / old; similar by H&M
Everlane skirt / exact (last seen here)
Charlotte Olympia flats c/o Shopbop / exact from Saks or NET-A-PORTER (last seen here)
Madewell earrings / exact
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact