Denim Alternatives: Spring Edition

Spring has fiiiiinally arrived! It’s my absolute favorite time of year; flowers are in full bloom, grass turns back green and- my favorite- the temperatures rise. During winter, I feel like my wardrobe is a bit limited. If I’m being causal, which is 95%+ of the time, it pretty much consists of jeans and a sweater or jeans and a tee or blouse and a nice coat. And of course my boots. I know I can venture out and rock a skirt or a dress or shorts with tights, but tights wouldn’t last a day in my line  of work and, as you probably know, I haaate being cold.

But enough with the complaints.

Spring is here and a big reason why I enjoy it is because I can have more fun with my clothes. Casual or not, spring weather is perfect for mixing and matching and taking a little from summer and a few pieces from winter and getting the most out of my closet. And I rarely feel the need to wear jeans!

1. shorts

shorts

Shorts are an obvious denim alternative and the most popular alternative to long jeans. I love taking shorts and pairing them with a sweatshirt or an oversized tee with a boyfriend cardigan or duster.

2. leisure trousers

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I’ve become a big fan of these in the last few years. Leisure trousers, or, simply, leisure pants, oftentimes have a drawstring or  elastic waist, loose and flowy through the leg and taper to the ankle. Drop crotch/harem pants also fall into this category. Like jeans, they provide full coverage but with a much much more relaxed feel. Leisure trousers will definitely put you in the mood for a spring break.

3. leggings

leggings

I do rock leggings every season [like, duh], but sometimes it’s a little too chilly in the winter because mine are pretty thin. In spring’s perfectly mild temperatures, though, they’re perfect. Pair them with some flats and a tunic to welcome the season.

4. onesies bka rompers aka playsuits aka jumpsuits

onesies

Many names but one undeniable feminine fashion piece, onesies are another one my favorites. They come in so many styles and take the guesswork of what bottom to match with what top. They’re just so fun and sweet and really define the season. Rompers can easily be dressed up or down for day or night. Top with a bomber jacket for a late night social gathering or complete your look with a cardigan and tights for work.

5. cropped pants

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Finally you can show a little ankle without the windchill biting at your skin! Cropped pants are a classic look that anyone can sport. They’re sold everywhere and/or you can turn your everyday pants into crops for spring. I use the rule of thumb, using my thumb as a guide for how thick the cuff should be. It’s an easy technique and I think my pants[and jeans] always look best when using this cropping method.

There you have it, ladies and gents. My goal is to help guide those who are underinspired or at a loss for what they can wear instead of jeans[which can get boring really fast] or just need a push to add some variety to their wardrobes.

Happy shopping and happy spring!! xo

 

 

Shopping Small: Adé Vegan Hair

Trying to keep up with my resolution to buy small, buy American and buy black more often- and be just as conscious of what I put on my body as I am of what I put in it- I gave Adé Vegan Hair a shot.

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I’d heard about Adé a few months back from Alex Elle, a hair blogger and inspirational speaker and author with a beautifully awesome afro. But trying to cut back on my hair product addiction, I waited until I got low on my other cream moisturizer and oil before I bought theirs.

First off, I love the Adé website; it’s nice and neat and they do a few things well instead of trying to confuse you with a hundred different products with a million uses. Secondly, I love their packaging. The seemingly recycled paper labels tie right in with their natural approach. Plus they have small, 2oz bottles and jars so you are not forced to buy a ton of product for the first time that you might not like. A+ marketing!

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I purchased Husky Hair Butter for my strands and Follicle Food for my scalp. I like the light mousse-y, whipped texture of the butter. It makes my hair super soft and manageable and hydrated. I recommend it for a tightly coiled head of hair like mine. The Adé custom scent smells like shea butter with vanilla ice cream mixed in. Yum! And the food is great blend of oils with purpose. The ingredients are broken down so you not only know what’s in the product, but why. Every item is vegan. And, with certain items, you can customize the scent. I love that!

All in all, I give Adé a solid A grade. Try it if you’re on the lookout for something new to smooth and hydrate your tresses. Or if you are just a product junkie looking for your next fix 😉

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