In my cart: Madewell's new arrivals for spring

In my cart: Madewell spring summer 2019 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

After not shopping much in January and February, I’m feeling a little bit of a shopping itch…and I’m in the mood to try some things for spring/summer! When it comes to my closet, I’m not as crazy about the clothes I wear in spring and summer and improving that section of my wardrobe is something I plan to focus on again this year.

I have some Madewell gift cards burning a hole in my proverbial pocket so I rounded up my favorite pieces from their most recent spring releases. It just so happens that they’re currently running the Insiders Event promo where you get 15% off your entire purchase if you’re a Madewell Insider! This even includes denim and their leather bag collection, which I honestly rarely see. (Madewell Stars receive 20% off, and I assume that Madewell Icons receive 25% off. I’m a Star, which means I spent $500+ at Madewell last year. Gulp!)

After consulting my wardrobe plan, I placed an order for the drapey paperbag pants, which would be perfect pants to wear to work in the spring and summer if they fit correctly. I also ordered the cutoff denim shorts because I’m not thrilled with my shorts situation right now; why is it so hard to find shorts that fit comfortably in the waist AND in the legs? They’re either too loose in the waist and fine in the legs or too tight in the legs and fine in the waist. AGH! I also added the tie-front bikini top and high-waisted bikini bottom to my order because it’s part of their “second wave” line which uses recycled plastic in the fabrics. I also really want to try a high-waist bikini bottom!

Other items that caught my eye: a ruffle-wrap dress (I’m not typically one for ruffles, but I love the colors and it looks super fun to wear), a chambray button-front midi skirt (never ordered the chambray version released last year but might go for it this year), a simple belt bag (I can’t decide if this would be useful to have for concerts/bike rides/other hands-free occasions or annoying to deal with like when going through security and needing to remove it…), an eyelet tier-sleeve tee (such a fun twist on a basic tee), high-rise skinny jeans made with tencel (because my beloved legging jeans are sadly on their last legs—pun intended), and a candle (smelled these in store and was quite impressed; can you ever have too many candles?).

Did anything at Madewell catch your eye recently? Let me know if I missed anything good!


Earth tones winter work outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Loden cashmere sweater + ochre wide leg pants winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane wide leg crop pants in ochre winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane ribbed cashmere sweater winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Green cashmere sweater, tan wide leg crop pants, brown tall boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Wide leg crop pants winter outfit with brown tall boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

March means spring is right around the corner…or at least, one can hope that spring is right around the corner! ;) Unfortunately it still feels a little bit too much like winter for my liking, but we are getting some hints of spring with more rain storms than snow storms and slightly warmer temperatures. Plus, Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday! I’m excited about it being lighter out later in the evening (I can finally shoot outfits again after work!) but not thrilled about it being dark again when I wake up. Ah well, I definitely prefer having extra light in the evening.

I’ve been wanting all winter to pair my wide leg pants with my tall boots but didn’t get a chance to until recently. I thought it would work because the pant legs are wide enough to mask the tall boots, and the tall boots are skinny enough at the ankles to give my legs a little bit of definition. Even though it felt ever-so-slightly awkward to walk around in this look, it didn’t look awkward at all to me. Can you tell I’m wearing tall boots under these pants?

I was inspired by the earth-toned color combination of the ochre pants and chocolate brown boots to finish the look with my heathered green ribbed cashmere sweater. It’s a literal nod to the end of winter (and the brown foliage everywhere) with the hope of spring (and greenery) coming back sooner rather than later!


Everlane sweater / exact (review here)
Everlane pants / exact (review here; last seen here)
Cole Haan boots / old; similar
Madewell earrings / old; similar from Nordstrom Rack
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Winter budget

Winter 2019 wardrobe additions — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Madewell flannel Sunday shirt in stripe (seen here): $66 (originally $88)
Madewell Esme bow boot in velvet (seen here and here): $98 (originally $198)
Madewell flannel Sunday shirt (seen here and here): $61.50 (originally $88)
Uniqlo ultra light down vest (seen here): $40 (originally $50)
J.Crew ribbed beanie with pom-pom (seen here, here, here, here, and here): $19 (originally $40)
J.Crew solid cashmere scarf (seen here): $48 (originally $98)
Lamini Carmine multi-stitch scarf via Amour Vert (seen here): $46 (originally $350)
Amour Vert Raelynn crew neck tee: $54.50 (originally $68)

+ $221 on a new size in the Charlotte Olympia Kitty velvet flats (originally purchased October 2016)

Winter 2019 Total = $500 ($654 - $25 Madewell gift card - $129 earned from Poshmark sales)

$500 (quarterly budget) / $599.50 (December), $0 (January), $54.50 (February) / $0 left over

Woo, first budget post of 2019! Once again, the December sales got me… I think I might try planning for that better this year. At least I do a quarterly budget, and since it restarts in December, I end up always using the bulk of it in December. Thank goodness those Poshmark sales kept me in line. I balanced out the spending in December by not adding anything to my wardrobe in January (though I did try…) and then only adding one item in February! I was much less keen on shopping. I was tired of looking at winter clothes while simultaneously not in the mood to buy for spring.

I purchased eight new items, seven of which were bought in December. Probably the most interesting purchase, though, was my ninth purchase: a second pair of Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ flats! The first pair I have are just slightly too big. I definitely wasn’t intending on ordering them in a new size right now, but they were on sale for such a good price (ha, they were my single most expensive clothing purchase of the past quarter!). I haven’t worn them out yet because I plan to get the leather soles reinforced like I did with my first pair. I’ll likely end up selling the first pair to try and recoup the cost of the new pair.

What I kept:

  • Madewell flannel Sunday shirt in stripe: These are my favorite flannel shirts by Madewell! I ordered this one way back in November during their week-long Black Friday sale. I took it in size XS because it fits slightly oversized compared to Madewell's other flannel shirts (in other shirts, I usually size up to small for my shoulders). I love the side pockets and the fact that the white isn't see through.

  • Madewell Esme bow boot in velvet: I took advantage of another Madewell sale in December, which was better than their Black Friday sale (of course), and picked up these boots along with a couple of other items. I was initially on the fence about these boots, but after pairing them with different items in my closet, I decided to hold onto them. They're not my typical "staple" boot color or style which is what threw me off. They go with a lot more than I thought they would, and the color is gorgeous! I enjoy having a more “exciting” pair of shoes.

  • Madewell flannel Sunday shirt: I wanted to order the burgundy flannel Sunday shirt along with the striped shirt, but my size was sold out! Of course, it came back in stock a few days later so I ordered it along with the ankle boots. I also took it in size XS but was disappointed that the sleeves shrunk a little bit after being washed.

  • Uniqlo ultra light down vest: I already had this vest in navy but often wished I had a black version. I ordered it in size small per reviews, and it fits like my navy vest does. It's a great layer.

  • J.Crew ribbed beanie with pom-pom: I placed an order at the end of J.Crew’s 50% off Black Friday sale that crashed the site when it first went live! I'm obsessed with this hat and wear it all of the time! It fits my head perfectly. The only downside is how linty/cat hairy it gets since it's black.

  • J.Crew solid cashmere scarf: I found this scarf in the men's section, naturally. It's a lightweight cashmere so not something I reach for on the coldest days, but I love how soft it is. I bought the beanie and scarf together and figured they would look good worn together.

  • Lamini Carmine multi-stitch scarf: Amour Vert hosted their first online sample sale at the end of December, and I ended up ordering this beautiful alpaca scarf by Lamini. It's softer than I thought it would be—thank goodness—and I'm a big fan of the mixed stitches to keep it interesting. Bonus: I often catch my cat, Sybil, sniffing it intensely with her mouth open. Ha!

  • Amour Vert Raelynn crew neck tee: I'm starting to think a little bit ahead and purchased this top in anticipation of spring/summer. It's a basic black top in a soft modal blend and has pleated sleeve details at the shoulder. I might end up tailoring the sleeves to be just a tad shorter. I ordered it in a size small but received a size XS, which still fits slightly loose in the body and isn't too snug in the bust like I worried about.

What I ordered and never received (order cancelled):

  • Madewell flannel tie-front shirt: I didn’t buy anything in January until the end of the month when I placed an order for this shirt. Well, my no-buy continued because Madewell oversold the shirt. (The annoying part was that the size I ordered was still showing it was in stock. Sigh.) I had ordered it in size small even though I really wanted to try the medium because the reviews said it ran small, so I guess it’s okay that it was cancelled. But the medium is likely gone forever!

  • Uniqlo ultra light down jacket: I ordered this in off white after the Everlane puffer I ordered didn’t work out (see below). This one looks more like the color I want, and I like that the zippers match. Sadly my order was cancelled, but I’ll probably end up ordering it again unless I find something I like better. Maybe soon if the cold weather continues! I ordered a size XS after studying the measurements. (Why don’t all retailers included garment measurements?!)

What I tried and returned:

  • Madewell Brady lowcut bootie: These booties look adorable on other people, but I did not like them on myself unfortunately. I also didn’t keep them because they’re definitely more of a fall and spring shoe, and the English saddle color didn’t match my other English saddle items. I sized down to a 6.5 per reviews (I’m normally a 7) and that was the right size.

  • Everlane ReNew lightweight puffer: This was my first ReNew purchase. I ordered this puffer in stone, size small. I wanted a lighter, whiter color to add some variety because I wear my black puffer all the time. The size was right, but the color was darker than I thought it would be (looks more champagne-colored to me in person). I also wasn’t a fan of the darker zippers, and the horizontal stitching next to the front zipper was not aligned…

  • Amour Vert Veta balloon sleeve sweater: I ordered this along with the crew neck tee, really thinking I would love this sweater the most out of the two. I ordered size XS after asking for measurements (of which I was only given body length and sleeve length…), but I didn’t love the fit on me. It wasn’t tight but felt like I’d constantly be adjusting it. I appreciated the long sleeves, but they were too long for being balloon sleeves and they bunched up around my wrists, kind of killing (deflating?) the balloon sleeve look.

What’s on deck for spring:

  • Nothing…yet! I’m waiting for an item I ordered at the end of December to arrive. It’s being handmade, and the maker closed that part of her business so she got a bunch of orders during her final sale. It’s hard to be patient! ;) I also have some items on my wish list: washed black denim by Everlane (either the button fly skinny or maybe the cigarette style?), a pair of boots from Nisolo’s Commuter collection (they have rubber soles!), and a proper rain coat (any suggestions for a warm/lined rain coat? I may go with a utilitarian brand like The North Face…).