Dryel 101

This post is written in partnership with Dryel, I was selected to be a brand ambassador for them, but as always, all my views and opinions are my own.

When it comes to staying warm and cozy during the winter months, there is nothing I love more than a cashmere sweater, or perhaps merino wool, or basically any fiber where I know I'm going to find "Dry Clean" on the label.

Trips to the dry cleaners are costly and trying to find places using environmentally friendly cleaning methods is a challenge. My previous approach had always been hand-washing with gentle detergent and air drying, which while inexpensive, was tremendously time consuming. One of my super thick cardigans took three days to dry completely!

Dryel was a product I'd always been aware of, but never thought to try - would it really get my clothes clean? Would it really be okay to put something in the dryer I would never dare put in the dryer?

The Dryel starter kit includes environmentally responsible cleaning cloths which have no phosphate, perchloroethylene, or trichloroethylene, along with a spot cleaning spray, and a special bag to protect fabric by creating a temperature controlled environment. The starter kit can clean up to 20 garments when doing five at a time, but since I was cleaning bulky sweaters, I only did three as the clothes need some room to move around.

I started by checking my sweaters for any bad stains, food stains were given a good spritz with the booster spray and blotted with paper towels. Those came out pretty readily. Makeup was a bit tougher, while sweat stains on my white sweater were not going to budge.

Once I was finished spot cleaning, I put the sweaters into the bag with one of the cleaning cloths and popped them in my dryer for 30 minutes. Dryel instructs medium heat, but my dryer only has two settings, low and high, so I put them on low.

Call me a little crazy, but I decided to take measurements of a couple of my sweaters just so that I could be certain there was no shrinkage, and they all came out perfectly!

Using Dryel was so fast and easy - my sweaters smell clean and fresh, are wrinkle free, and ready to wear.

The starter kit which sells for $9.99 cleans up to 20 pieces, which means it only costs 50¢ per garment - a tiny fraction of dry cleaning costs - plus you can get a coupon for $1 off a starter kit.


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Houndstooth

I am full of infinite, creative energy.

While I've been on my shopping ban this winter I kept myself from doing something I've been guilty of every winter for the past eight years - buying a new coat.

Coats always felt like an indulgence I deserved. I have to suffer through winters that linger on far too long, so having a bountiful coat wardrobe seemed necessary. Plus there was the blog to think of - I'm too much of a whimp to constantly go without a coat, but I wouldn't want a month of posts cycling through the same couple of coats.

Sometimes they were thrifted, sometimes gifted, but they have always persisted.

I feel like I'm digging into the archives when I pull out my houndstooth coat, which I purchased from Kohl's eight years ago. Though the style is classic, and it feels just as appropriate today as it did when I bought it. I've linked a few similar styles below, though this Kate Spade coat is definitely my favorite!

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White Sweater Loft c/o Swap.com similar
Houndstooth Coat Kohl's similar
Yoga Jeans Second Denim via Coco & Vera's Giveaway
Grey Over the Knee Boots Ivanka Trump similar
Micro Perry Satchel Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop
Crystal Chevron Earrings Express similar
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Signature Spade Ring Kate Spade
Sunglasses c/o Sicky
Nail Color "Zip Me Up" Essie






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Grey Scale

I know that I am truly worthy of my dreams.

I've been reaching for this cardigan on repeat all winter - it's by far the warmest one in my collection and perfect for work, where the heat has two settings - on and too hot and off and too cold. Yet this is the first time it's made it onto the blog all season. Though I don't suppose you weren't missing much, I almost always pull out one shade of grey or another to pair with it.

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Grey Tee Gap similar
Plaid Cardigan Ann Taylor Factory c/o Tanger similar
Grey Skinny Jeans Gap similar
Booties "Calixta" Cole Haan
Bag "Lewis Drive Michela" Kate Spade similar
Leather Pom Matine
Grey Wool Hat Forever 21 similar 
Grey Cashmere Scarf Banana Republic similar
Watch "Classic Sheffield" c/o Daniel Wellington
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Pearl and Pave Ring Forever 21
Sunglasses "Emma" Ray-Ban similar
Nail Color "Zip Me Up" Essie





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Props to you

The more I love life, the more life I have to love.

Chloe hasn't been in outfit photos in ages, since the fall I think, though neither of us were having it with this photo session. The wind was chilling, and regrettably there was no warm beverage in my cup at that time. Here is a little secret - you really can't draw on your Starbucks cup until it's empty. Two reasons for this, first achieving an optimal drawing angle will result in spilling coffee, and second, by the time you've decided what you should draw, you'll have finished your coffee.

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Creme de la Creme Sweatshirt Tobi similar
Leather Jacket Express similar
Yoga Jeans Second Denim via Coco & Vera's Giveaway
White Sneakers "Dainty" Converse
Bag "Lewis Drive Michela" Kate Spade similar
Grey Fur Pom Amazon
Bling Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses "Emma" Ray-Ban similar
Nail Color "Zip Me Up" Essie
Dog Chloe
Chevron Leash Dabney Lee via TJMaxx




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Spring Fever

I know it's wishful thinking that spring will officially arrive next week and all the snow will somehow magically vanish and the flowers will spring up, and bare legs and sandals will prevail.

But while I'm daydreaming, here are a few pieces I'm loving right now!


Wrapped Hoop Earrings, $18 at Nordstrom 
Eyelet Off The Shoulder Dress, $90 at Banana Republic
Clutch, $45 at The Bagtique
Butter London Polish in Fancy, $18 at Nordstrom
Straw Hat, $29 at Sole Society
Floral Scarf, $48 at Banana Republic
Scalloped Cami, $38 at J.Crew Factory
Carlos Santana Pom Sandals, $69 at Shoebuy
Stella Tote, $95 at Boutique Mexico
Trina Turk Bracelet, $30 at TJMaxx

Furry Mittens

Every day I am become more and more self-assured.

Winter is really letting us know that is it not over. Aside from being freezing, today we are having a blizzard. The highways are closed, so there is little to do but stay inside and enjoy the day off.

Over the weekend I went to the St. Patrick's Day parade in New Haven, for as long as I could stand the cold. Sean gifted me these furry mittens I'd been obsessing over for Valentine's Day. I suppose they are little ridiculous, but they are warm and I have been known to be a bit crazy in my fashion choices, from time to time. 

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Grey Sweater Abercrombie & Fitch similar
White Jeans Old Navy
Navy Coat Marc New York via South Moon Under similar
Grey Trainers Puma c/o Get the Label
Micro Perry Satchel Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop
Wool Baseball Cap San Diego Hat Co. similar
Furry Mittens Banana Republic similar
Sunglasses c/o Sicky




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Tick Tick Tick

I am committed to making positive changes in my life.

Eighteen more days left of my three month shopping ban and I am chomping at the bit. Which is not a good thing, and not how I was hoping to feel this far into the ban. I had this expectation that I'd reach a happy zen feeling and not still be battling off every cute top that catches my eye.

It's the internet's fault, really. If all I had to do was avoid brick and mortar stores, I'd be in such good shape! But online shopping's call is inescapable. It's there, 24/7 and is at its worst when I'm at work with nothing to do. Apparently idle hands like to place Banana Republic orders. (A birthday gift for my sister-in-law and nothing else, I swear.)

Come April first I can't allow myself to do three months of shopping in one day. That would defeat everything. I need to remember to be thoughtful about any new purchases, mindful of my budget, and consider what is already in my closet.

And who knows, maybe in 18 days I'll find that zen and not immediately buy these shoes?

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Plaid Shirt J.Crew Factory similar
Cable Knit Sweater Ralph Lauren thrifted similar
Yoga Jeans Second Denim via Coco & Vera's Giveaway
Camel Coat J.Crew thrifted similar
Brown Booties "Upton" c/o Vionic
Red Willis Bag Vintage Coach via eBay similar
Leather Pom Matine
Plaid Scarf c/o Front Row Shop similar
Gloves Antonio Murolo via TJMaxx similar
Pearl Earrings Gift similar
Sunglasses c/o Sicky




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