My everyday jewelry

Everyday jewelry: gold necklaces and earrings — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

When it comes to jewelry, I like to keep things simple. (You probably noticed that I don’t wear much jewelry.) I wear necklaces and earrings and don’t wear rings or bracelets (save for the random hair tie, of course, haha). Only occasionally will I wear a necklace and earrings in the same outfit. I tend to wear earrings more often than necklaces, usually because they don’t interfere with whatever style top I’m wearing on any given day.

I’ve been carefully curating my closet since I started my blog almost six (!) years ago, and I’ve discovered that I’m drawn to gold jewelry in particular. Out of my small jewelry collection, my everyday pieces consist of the three necklaces and three pairs of earrings I wear the most. (As always, you can click on each image below to see the original post.)


NECKLACES

 

INITIAL PENDANT

The Kate Spade ‘One in a Million’ initial pendant necklace was one of my very first Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases back in 2014. As of today, I’ve worn it 100 times, and the cost per wear is below 50 cents.

This necklace features my initial on one side (obviously) and ‘one in a million’ written on the other side, but I’ve only worn it with the initial side out. No part of it has tarnished in the five years I’ve owned it, which I’m thrilled about! It still looks brand new.

This necklace goes with anything and everything. I especially like pairing it with v-neck tops or crewneck sweaters.

 

TEXTURED BAR

Gorjana jewelry entered my radar a few years ago, and I was immediately drawn to the ‘Taner’ bar necklace. I love the slightly curved, textured bar; it’s simple yet still eye-catching. I purchased my necklace off of Poshmark to save a little bit of money.

I love pairing this necklace with high crewneck tops (like the shell to the right) and also under button-up shirts with the top button or two undone so you can see the gold peek out. The length is a little too short to wear with chunky knit sweaters. The only thing to note is that the necklace is very lightweight and tends to lay unevenly/off to one side, so I find myself adjusting it as the day goes.

 

INTERLOCKING RINGS

I find myself browsing Amour Vert often, and I came across the ‘Priscilla’ necklace by Shaya a couple of years ago. I ended up buying it with a coupon code (and spent more than I would have on the Gorjana necklace at full price, go figure…but this was made in the U.S.).

When I wear this necklace, I imagine the rings being Korri and me linked together, and it makes me happy. Sadly, my necklace has started tarnishing, which is a huge bummer. :( I thought it was gold filled. I may paint it with clear nail polish to prevent more tarnishing.

This necklace is slightly longer than the other two and goes the best with deep v-neck and high crewneck tops.


EARRINGS

 

PAVÉ STUDS

I purchased these small, simple pavé stud earrings from Madewell in spring 2016 and have worn them fairly constantly since then. I’ve worn them over 130 days so far, and their cost per wear is down to below 10 cents!

Not surprisingly, I wear these earrings with literally any outfit. They’re so tiny that they blend in easily and do not distract at all from whatever I’m wearing. (I’m scared I may lose them someday because they are so tiny!) I’ll usually throw them on when my outfit is feeling incomplete but when adding another layer or wearing a bolder pair of earrings isn’t the look I’m going for. I pack these earrings for almost all of my trips.

 

HAMMERED CIRCLES

A few months ago, I purchased a couple of pairs of earrings from ABLE, including this pair of hammered circle earrings. I’m absolutely thrilled with these earrings! They’re lightweight, simple, and an unexpected twist on the hoop trend. I love that the circles are just slightly imperfect with the hammered texture.

I find myself reaching for them constantly, and they’re already almost down to under $1 cost per wear, which is my goal for everything in my closet.

These earrings are subtle enough to wear with anything, but I especially love wearing them with my hair tied up so they can be seen.

 

DRUZY STUDS

These druzy stud earrings by Leslie Francesca were another Amour Vert purchase. I enjoy wearing them, but I was expecting them to look a little bit different. The whole earring features a gold overlay, so the “druzy” part doesn’t have sharp edges like a typical stone would, and it doesn’t look like a stone. The large backs also peek out below my earlobe.

Otherwise, I typically wear these earrings when I want something a little flashier than my pavé stud earrings (but not too flashy). They make a bolder statement without pulling the focus from the rest of the outfit.

This post was written in collaboration with Nakturnal.

Light as air

Denim skirt summer outfit with airy blouse and grey sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane air ruched blouse in white multi stripe — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane air ruched blouse casual summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane air ruched blouse summer outfit with denim skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Summer outfit with Everlane air ruched blouse and denim skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Denim mini skirt summer outfit with grey sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I check Everlane’s “Coming Soon” page regularly, and when I saw the latest additions to their “air” collection of tops launching this month, I immediately added myself to the wait list. I ended up selecting the air ruched blouse in white multi stripe as part of my partnership with Everlane (still pinching myself!). I was drawn to the oversized yet feminine shape, and the light stripes were the perfect complement, especially for summer.

This billowy blouse was made to tuck into all of the high-rise garments. I paired it first with this old denim skirt, and I also have plans to wear it with the straight leg crops from the previous post. Plus jeans, shorts…the list goes on! I’m not sure if I’ll end up wearing it untucked ever…it feels slightly overpowering when not fully tucked in, probably because I’m short. It’s a little bit of work to get the tuck just right, but it’s worth the effort.

I originally ordered this blouse in my usual size 0, but it felt larger than I had anticipated and the neckline was nearly falling off of my broad shoulders, so I exchanged it for a 00. The fit is (obviously) still billowy and oversized but not in an overwhelming way. It really does feel light as air. It’s so easy to wear and excellent for the warmer months! I didn’t find it to be see-through with a nude-to-me bra (here I wasn’t wearing any other layers underneath). The blouse also comes in a couple of other colors, and I also liked the look of the air collarless blouse, which is also available in white multi stripe and other colorways (see widget below). More colors in the air ruched blouse are coming later this month!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane blouse c/o / exact
Grana skirt / old; similar by J.Crew Factory
Earth sandals c/o / similar from Nordstrom (last seen here)
Shaya necklace / exact or similar by Forever 21
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Straight and narrow

Surplus straight leg crop pant summer outfit with linen tee — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane indigo striped linen tee outfit with straight leg crops — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane straight leg crop pant summer outfit with striped tee and bucket bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Striped linen tee summer outfit with white bucket bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual summer outfit with striped linen tee and straight leg crops — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane straight leg crop pants in surplus — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

This is my third summer dressing myself for a real work environment, and I’ve figured out the top two outfit elements that keep me cool while still looking presentable: linen and loose-fitting pants (bonus if they’re loose-fitting linen pants). This nearly-all-Everlane outfit combines those elements with the linen tee and straight leg crop pants, the latter of which I recently received in partnership with Everlane. (To say this is a dream collaboration come true would be a huge understatement. I’m sure you know by now that I’ve been a fan of Everlane since their early years. Thank you so much for your readership and interest in what I wear!)

The straight leg crop pants are the equally-as-hip younger sister of the wide leg crop pants. I own the short version of the wide leg crop pants in ochre (reviewed here), and they’re one of the most comfortable pairs of pants I own. Since I’ve worn skinny pants for so long, the width definitely took some getting used to, and the straight leg crops are the perfect in-between if you’re not quite sure of the wide leg crops. I used to own a pair of pants in surplus and have missed having that color in my wardrobe, so I picked the straight leg pants in surplus—you know how much I’ve been loving all the shades of green! Surplus is a great neutral for my wardrobe. I loved adding a bit more color with my (sadly, old and no longer available) striped linen tee in indigo.

I took these pants in my usual size 0; several reviews suggested sizing down, but I didn’t and wouldn’t recommend sizing down if you’re prone to bloating like I am. ;) This is the short length but I’m curious to know where the regular length would have fallen on me. The cotton fabric is on the thicker side, but I definitely don’t mind wearing them on warm days if I won’t be outside for long. They allow for airflow because they don’t hug the legs. The pants are available in seven colorways, and most of them are available in short. I just noticed that a lightweight version is coming out in late July, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t have my eyes on those next!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane tee / old; similar by Gap or Frame Denim
Everlane pants c/o / exact
Earthies sandals c/o / old; similar (last seen here)
ABLE earrings / exact
Clare Vivier for & Other Stories bag / old; similar by Forever 21 or Calvin Klein
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact