This year, I really need to replenish my basics. And like every other millennial who can afford it, I'm into the idea of doing it the right way. Doesn't mean I'm fully counting out fast fashion brands, but I really want to make an effort to find things I really love, so queue: "Shopping For:____" with your girl Tayler.

What I'm looking for: something neutral that can fit my 13" laptop, a couple overnight necessities. Something I can both take to work and on a hike. Something that won't soak in the Portland rain. Something that's easily washable because I can't tell you how many times my lunch tupperware has leaked soy sauce into my current one. Not a cute smell. I'm up for a variety of styles. From something minimal, to more outdoor, PNW vibes.

Looking to spend: About $100

Brands I had in mind: 
Wood & Faulk , Everlane, Topo Designs, Herschel Supply Co.

Wood & Faulk Shuttle Pack. This one first came to mind because I mentioned it in a previous post, and just think it's a really cool design. Unfortunately, with the canvas, hardware and leather, I'm not convinced I'll keep it clean. There are also a few days here and there when my bag can get heavy, the strap design doesn't look very friendly to my achy back. So, although it's a beauty. Not a great fit for me. 

The Everlane Modern Zip. I'm a big fan of this no frills design. It's the right size, love the monochromatic color... Looks like an easy to clean twill. Think again. Spot clean only with leather details. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of leather details. But when I want to throw it in the wash, I want to throw it in the wash. Feel me? 

Topo Daypack. I've been familiar with Topo for sometime. Used to sell them at when I previously worked at Bridge & Burn here in Portland. I'm definitely a fan of the daypack, apart from their well known rugged snow withstanding outdoor packs. This one solves the problems I had above. It has the nice streamlined monochromatic design and colorway, yet this one is totally washable. My only issue is that it was slightly over what I was ready to pay at $145. I know it would be worth it, but I wanted to keep looking. 

Herschel Settlement Backpack. We're getting a lot closer here. My only setback? Do I really want to have the literal exact same backpack as every freakin other human on every single dang corner of Portland? Maybe yes. Please, I want to be cool too. I really like this light navy color, it's got the streamlined design, it even has leather zipper pulls that look like they can be removed... which means easy wash. It's definitely in my price range, the only thing is I wish it was at least water resistant. And really I don't actually want the same backpack as everyone else. PLEASE I just want to be a unique snowflake that also fits in, what else can I ask for? 

It came down to some google searching and what did I find?

Fjällräven Kånken Water Resistant Backpack. Found it. This backpack had everything I was looking for. Clean design, water resistant, a good blue neutral color. Not too many frills, but a good retro shape, and I really like the grossgrain handles at the top are a nice detail. Not to mention I can't get away from Swedish design these days. I bought this from Nordstrom priced at $75... because that convenient freeship and return offer is a no brainer. 

Later note: After I bought this I immediately realized how trendy they are. I see multiple people wearing these every day, so I feel less like a shopping wizard for landing on it. But, stay tuned, a review to come next week after using this for everything, everyday. 

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Because there are mental bookmarks, bookmark bars, pinterest, sticky notes, < no subject > emails full of copy and pasted links, tumblr, screenshots.... It feels better to narrow down what actually sticks. Hopefully these links don't die after this month.

Recently bought: this Bridge & Burn tee
Recently seen: these windows. I'm a sucker for windows.
Recently lusting after: all the dresses from olive. A new-to-me shop based in the UK I found via pinterest.
Recently drooling over: Faye Andrada earrings.
Recently reading: and always reading, Reading My Tea Leaves blog.



Everlane Brixton Boot Review - Style Interplay

Everlane Brixton Boot: Review

HalleluYEAH. So these boots. First impression, yay! They look good on my feet, offset my weird angle and calf shape, got that rubber sole and pretty much go with every single thing in my closet. So, I put them to the test and have been wearing these 5 days a week for a month. 

First wear. A little tight, but I didn't walk far, so we're good, and we looked good. I compliment them. 

Second wear. I walk to work, about a mile and a half. Three quarters of a mile in and my heels are in agony. Mind you, I went a half size up like I did the Everlane Modern Loafer, which also too eons to break in, so what did I expect? 

Tried the keep walking to fight the blisters technique till my heels were raw and I couldn't take it anymore. That was probably nine miles in, so it was time for a different technique. The ol' blow dryer trick. See method four on wikiHow

It worked like magic. Why I waited nine miles to do that? I have no idea. Now they are perfect, the leather has broken a bit at the ankle and they fit me like a glove. 

What I love most about this is the slender shape, flexible foot and perfect shaft height. I have a weird thing with the height of ankle boots, and them needing to cover my ankles at just the right spot. I give the side eye to ankle boots that are too low on the ankle, but these are perfect.

I've been wearing them everyday with the trusty skinny ankle jeans, I don't see myself taking these out of the daily rotation until the weather changes and it's just too warm. Can't wait to see how they break in over the years. See one of my fav looks below wearing them with tights. 

Everlane Brixton Boots Review - Style Interplay

Outfit details: Everlane Brixton Boots, Asos Coat (similar), H&M Scarf (similar), Everlane Cotton Poplin Shirt dress

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