Earth shoes review: 1 to 2 years later (fall/winter edition)

For those of you that started reading here more recently, I’ve had a longstanding collaboration with Earth Brands since spring 2015 that involves styling a couple of pairs of shoes in the spring and again in the fall into outfit posts. I have enjoyed our partnership so much; it is such an honor to be working with them still in 2018! I wanted to write a more in-depth post about how the pairs I’ve received have been holding up over time. We didn’t start collaborating in the fall until 2016, which is why this post features shoes that are only 1 to 2 years old (here’s the spring/summer edition). Below, you’ll find my honest thoughts on how each pair has held up as well as outfits they were featured in (click on the photo to go directly to the original post). This post was not written in collaboration with Earth.

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Earthies Tolo • 2016 (2 years later)

I was immediately drawn to the Tolo flats in the textured navy suede when I saw them in the catalog and definitely thought I would wear these the most out of the two pairs I chose. It turns out that I wear the flats below way more than these!

According to my Stylebook app, I’ve worn these flats 8 times since I got them two years ago—5 times in dedicated outfit posts. That’s not as much as I thought I would wear them. If I had spent the full retail price of $140, the cost per wear would be down to only $17.50.

I think I don’t wear these as much for three reasons: 1) they’re suede, so I avoid wearing them if there is a threat of rain or if the ground is snowy, 2) I have another pair of navy flats, and 3) these are not my most comfortable pair of flats. The elastic back can dig into my heels if I have these on for too long, but they’re a half size larger than my usual size and easily slip off, too. The area around my toes and the sides of my feet also tends to dig in.

Like with most of my flats, I wear these the most with skinny jeans or pants, but I also loved how they looked with a mini skirt. There’s a small wedge in the flat that gives just a bit of height!

Earth Bellwether • 2016 (2 years later)

I selected these flats because I figured I couldn’t go wrong with a pair of neutral brown flats—and I was right! These shoes have gotten way more wear than I had anticipated.

Since I got them two years ago, I’ve worn these 25 times according to Stylebook (blogged 9 times). Their cost per wear would be down to only $3.80 if I had paid the retail price of $95. These would have definitely been worth it!

These flats run about a half size large, and I received my true size, so I have a tendency to step out of them if I walk a little too vigorously. That’s really the only negative thing about them, though! These flats are so comfortable. I have no issues with them digging in anywhere (probably because they’re too big, haha).

Since they’re brown, these flats go with pretty much anything. I’m honestly not sure what they wouldn’t go with! I’ve worn them with various styles of jeans and pants—skinny, crop flare, boyfriend—and with many different colors. I think they would work great with shorter hemlines, too. They’re perfect to wear when I want a neutral shoe that doesn’t steal the focus from the rest of the outfit.

Earthies Apollo • 2017 (1 year later)

I originally picked out the burgundy velvet version of these boots, but they had sold out! Instead I went with the sneakers below…and then when I opened the package, I also found these boots! That was a pleasant surprise. :)

I’ve worn these boots 7 times in the past year; 6 of those times were in outfits I blogged. If I had purchased them myself for their retail price of $180, the cost per wear would be down to $25.71. I’ve only worn them in the fall and winter since I tend to not wear as much black in the spring.

The velvet is gorgeous, and I haven’t had any issues with scuffing even though I tend to hit my feet when I walk. I love the classic cut and the manageable heel if I end up on my feet for a while. Since they are velvet, they attract cat hair and other lint easily.

I definitely did not need another pair of black boots (I had so many already), but these are fun to wear in the fall and winter. I especially love them when I need to dress a little fancier, like if I’m going to the ballet. There’s just something special about velvet!

Earth Zag • 2017 (1 year later)

When I couldn’t get the Earthies Apollo boots in burgundy velvet, I chose these sneakers instead. I love the rich, dark velvet, and the lighter sole gives them a sporty-casual vibe. (I also love the gold shoe eyelets!)

I’ve worn these sneakers 6 times (including in 4 blog outfits) since I got them a year ago. Had I paid the full price of $120, the cost per wear would be down to $20 now. Not the best.

I’m not surprised that I haven’t worn these as much as some of my other pairs of Earth shoes; I don’t typically wear sneakers in my day-to-day, even “fashion” sneakers. The dark velvet on them also leans toward more of a fall/winter look than spring/summer (hence why they were released for fall/winter, I’m sure!), and that limits their versatility—though I have worn these shoes in every season except winter! I will say that they were a little warm in the summer.

These sneakers are incredibly comfortable to wear all day, as you would expect! I usually wear them without socks with no problems. They look great with shorts or jeans (and I bet would look cute with a dress or skirt, too). Note that the white soles are easy to scuff up or stain.

Everlane denim reviews: Authentic stretch vs. the original

Everlane released their new line of “authentic stretch” denim in early September. I was intrigued and immediately placed an order for two pairs in black: one midrise skinny jean and one high-rise skinny jean. (You may recall that I ordered a pair of their original denim in black last fall.) Even though I loved having a pair of black skinny jeans, I didn’t wear them as often as I thought I would because their original denim is not as stretchy as other brands I’m used to (i.e. Madewell) and not as comfortable for me personally. I ended up with three pairs of authentic stretch jeans (two different styles and two different sizes), so I figured I’d go ahead and review them all if you may be considering a pair of their authentic stretch denim yourself—or just want to know how they compare to the original denim released last year! (If you're new to the brand and sign up for an account with my referral link, I'll earn a credit when you place your first purchase and be forever grateful for your support!)

For sizing reference, I am typically a size XS/0 at J.Crew, Madewell, LOFT, Anthropologie, Gap, and Banana Republic. I wear a size 4-6 in H&M and its sister stores (depending on the item). For stores that use juniors sizing, such as Forever 21 and ModCloth, I am usually a size small. My Uniqlo size is either XS or small (again, depending on the item). Everlane includes garment measurements for each item, which I find incredibly helpful when it comes to determining the right size to buy. I previously reviewed my Everlane tees, silk and sweatshirt, my older sweaters and cardigan, my linen tees, cotton poplin skirt, and box-cut tee dress, more cashmere sweaters and skinny jeans, and a sweatshirt and even more pairs of jeans. You can browse all of my clothing reviews here (mostly Everlane and Grana).

Everlane The Mid-Rise Skinny Ankle Jean in black — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The Mid-Rise Skinny Ankle Jean (black, size 25)

I bought the mid-rise skinny ankle jean as part of Everlane’s original denim line released in fall 2017 (and first reviewed here). I thought these would be my holy grail pair of black denim—and it might seem that way considering how many times I’ve featured them on the blog. As much as I like the idea of them, the lack of stretch (and the mid-rise, it turns out) made them uncomfortable to wear for longer periods of time. I didn’t wear them as much as I thought I would. I wanted to be one of those people that wore “real” minimal-to-no stretch denim, but I guess I’m not one of those people haha. I was thrilled (and slightly annoyed) that Everlane released a new line of denim this fall with more stretch and figured I’d compare this pair to the new line.

How I wore it: with a burgundy coat, with grey layers, with a red sweater, with a sleeveless sweater, with a dress as a dusterwith burgundy and cognacwith a leather jacket

Everlane Authentic Stretch Mid-Rise Skinny Ankle Jean in black — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Authentic Stretch Mid-Rise Skinny Ankle Jean (black, size 25)

In my first order of authentic stretch denim, I picked this pair of jeans to directly compare to my pair from last year in the same style, size, and color. I was told by Everlane that I would wear my “normal” size, which is 25, but these felt super tight. (Though I may have just been really bloated when I tried them on…) I did appreciate the stretch compared to the original pair above; these move with you more easily, but the denim still has a slight structure and stiffness so they still feel like “proper” denim. The ankle length falls right at my ankle, which is exactly what I wanted! Plus, the ankle opening on these is much slimmer than on the original pair above. I’m not crazy about the mid-rise anymore, so I opted to not reorder these in a size 26 to try and decided to just return them.

Everlane Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Ankle Jean in black (size 25) — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Ankle Jean (black, size 25)

In my first authentic stretch denim order, I picked the high-rise skinny ankle jean in addition to the mid-rise. I ordered my usual size 25 in this pair, too, which still felt tight, but the higher rise felt better than the mid-rise. (I surprised myself, honestly, haha. Never thought I’d ever prefer a high rise!) I didn’t find the high-rise to be constricting, except for the fact that it felt a little tight and therefore difficult to sit in. I loved the feel of the jeans otherwise (especially the stretch—wish they had released these jeans last year!). I returned these after ordering size 26 (below) to compare.

Everlane Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Ankle Jean in black (size 26) — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Ankle Jean (black, size 26)

I ended up ordering a size up in the high-rise skinny jeans to compare to the size 25 I bought. Even though they don’t look looser, they definitely feel slightly looser, but overall, the size 26 is more comfortable than the size 25. These fit my hips better, and I can sit in these without pain. For being a size up, they don’t really gap in the waist which is always something I worry about. These also didn’t stretch or bag out after wearing them for a day, thank goodness! I love how the ankle opening on these fit slimmer than the ankle opening on my mid-rise pair from last year. I ended up keeping these jeans and highly recommend them if you’re deciding between pairs. :) (As with all black denim, they do attract lots of cat hair, unfortunately.)

Looking for more reviews of different Everlane denim styles? I also own and reviewed my kick crop jeans in bone and modern boyfriend jeans in light blue wash.

If you found these reviews helpful and are new to Everlane, please consider making an account with my referral link. I would appreciate it so much! :)

More Everlane reviews:

Slim classic French terry crew, kick crop jeans, modern boyfriend jeans
Cashmere crew, waffle knit cashmere square crew, midrise skinny jeans (ankle)
Linen tees, cotton poplin skirt, cotton box-cut tee dress
Box-cut tee, cotton v-neck tee, silk pocket, crew sweatshirt
Seed stitch u-neck, cashmere cropped crew, cashmere crew, chunky knit cardigan

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