The Versatile Mari Convertible Sweater by Allison Izu

Allison Izu is a designer from Hawaii, who has started a women's line of comfortable, stylish clothing.  Each of these pieces is 100% made in Hawaii, and are ideal for travel.  While a small collection, the tops and bottoms are easily interchangeable and come in versatile styles. Always in search of the perfect travel wrap, I was happy to get to try out a  Mari Convertible Sweater. Allison Izu Travel Clothing You'll notice on their website that the Allison Izu line is ideally designed for women that are 5'6" in height or less.   At 5'10", I wasn't sure whether the Mari would work for me?  It definitely does, and I experienced no sleeve or body shortness. The first thing I liked about this line, is that the pieces have interesting style elements.  Yet they are not so Uber-Urban that they're just a little too outlandish to fit in with my wardrobe.   Lots of flattering draping. I'm all about comfort, and love the casual yet classy look. The colors and any patterns are fairly … [Read more...]

SPORT Clothing Line by Performance Bicycle

Because my recent foray into my runDisney half marathon bucket list left me with achy knees and zero desire to run... my new passion is riding my bike.  So getting to try some pieces from the Performance Bicycle clothing line was an exciting prospect.  And if you are someone who enjoys a variety of athletic activities, you'll like the multi purpose SPORT clothing line that Performance now offers. With styles for both men and women, this well priced line combines excellent cycling performance with contemporary, stylish designs that accommodate active lifestyles. Performance Bicycle Sport Clothing Active wear is my favorite type of clothing, as it's so comfortable and can be worn in most casual settings.  And if you find yourself on the move - be it at the gym, or just on a bike ride or hike - the high performing technical fabrics are ideal, wicking sweat and drying quickly. Here were my favorite picks from the Performance Bicycle SPORT clothing collection, which I've had a … [Read more...]

Aventura Clothing Spring Line ~ Great Looks from Beach to Mountains [Discount Code]

The temperatures are finally getting warmer, and it's time to take a look at your wardrobe for any upcoming Summer adventures!  As an Ambassador of Aventura Clothing, I've been able to try out some fantastic pieces from their Spring/Summer line.   I absolutely love the looks they've offered this season, and wanted to share what I feel is the "best of the best" here with you. Aventura Clothing is a boutique, high quality line that offers a great fashion option for real women who don't want to dress like a teenager, but still like to look stylish and on-trend.  Much of their clothing is made from eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, bio-based modal, and rayon from bamboo. Part of what I love about Aventura Clothing is how comfortable it is.  It runs true to size, but is typically has a generous cut (bless their hearts!)  I love that the fabrics are so soft, and styles so flattering.  Whether it's work, play, or travel... I find myself wearing it almost every … [Read more...]

Womens Spring Fashion Finds From Cavender’s [Giveaway]

Cavender’s is a family owned and operated retail brand that carries a large selection of well-known western brands based in Tyler, Texas.  In more than 70 stores nationwide, they offer traditional and modern-style hats, boots, clothing and home décor. When recently approached by a representative from Cavender's to try something from their fashion collection, my initial reaction was "I'm not sure if this is my style?"  But it didn't take long browsing through their online selection of gorgeous boots, trendy and fun jewelry, foxy cowgirl jeans, and fun Western style fashions to pick out an outfit that I loved. I came to realize that Western style is a close relative to what I call my "Mountain Mom" style, and I think you'll agree Cavender's has some fantastic Spring Fashion Finds.  Here are a few of my favorites... Spring Fashion Finds ~ Cavender's Womens Tops   Cavender's has a colorful and unique selection of womens tops.  Fringe, lace, embroidery, and peasant tops … [Read more...]

Outdoor Adventure in the Orvis Womens Spring Line [Giveaway]

I received complimentary product from Orvis for this review. Who is ready for warm Spring weather, and a chance to get out and have some outdoor adventures?  The Orvis Womens Spring line offers fantastic fabrics, colors, and designs to add to your ready-for-anything wardrobe this season.  Taking their inspiration from nature, many of the Orvis designs are just as comfortable and practical on the trail as they can be stylish and attractive for traveling, shopping, or work at the office. Let me show you some of the great women's clothing pieces (and hat!) I selected from the Orvis Spring line, and why I think they are so cute and versatile.  That's right... they don't just make fly fishing gear, ladies!  Orvis features a range of outdoor pants, shorts, shirts, pullovers, vests, and field jackets. #SpringIntoOrvis ~ drirelease® Tops Let's start with the Orvis technical fabric I was impressed with, drirelease®. For warm weather hiking, camping, or biking, I prefer to wear a … [Read more...]

High Sierra Introduces Great Outdoor Apparel

High Sierra has been making outdoor gear and backpacks for some time now, and has built a reputation of quality at a value.  This Spring they've branched out, and they are now offering some great outdoor clothing.  This is an exciting development, as these thoughtfully designed pieces are being sold at reasonable price points.  And from what I've seen, they aren't skimping on quality in the process. The Spring line from High Sierra introduced some awesome new pieces, a couple of which my daughter and I have been trying out these past few weeks.  The items we sampled were made from fantastic fabric, with solid construction and a well designed fit. High Sierra Women's Lizze Pullover The  High Sierra Women's Lizze Pullover is to die for.  The fit is spot on, and true to size.  The Lizze envelopes you in a sleek, smooth exterior.  Inside it cuddles you with a fuzzy, cozy interior.  Made from space-dyed stretch fleece, this thick soft fabric is very warm yet it breathes and dries … [Read more...]

prAna Sustainable Gift Guide

PrAna is a men and women's clothing line, that aims to equip you for fitness, travel, and adventure.  That about covers all the good stuff!  In addition to quality craftsmanship and attractive designs, they pride themselves on their sustainability. What does that mean exactly? Well, this concept appeals to me so I gave it some serious thought.  I've concluded that to me, "sustainability" (as it applies to clothing) means when we, as consumers: Blend old garments with new. Purchase quality pieces that will last. Select timeless, versatile styles that can serve many purposes and won't soon be outdated. Consider the materials used in making of clothing - choosing recycled, eco-friendly fabrics. What does sustainability mean to prAna? prAna's Sustainable Clothing prAna's clothing aligns nicely with all the sustainability concepts I outlined above.  I love that they use fabrics like organic cotton, recycled wool, and recycled polyester. "By using materials and … [Read more...]

The Merrell Jacket She’ll Love

For years, Merrell has been my go-to maker of awesome hiking boots.  They know outdoorsmen and their adventure needs well, and definitely build a quality, comfortable boot.  Now they've also branched out to offer a clothing line.  I was recently able to try out the gorgeous Silversun Featherless Puffer Jacket, and have been enjoying its use in higher altitudes where we've found early snow. If you're looking for a great gift for that outdoor lover in your life (maybe even for yourself?)... this is a Merrell Jacket she'll love. Merrell Silversun Featherless Puffer Jacket The Silversun Featherless Puffer jacket is made from 3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless Insulation - 600g fill power.  This technology mimics or surpasses the performance of natural down in fill power, loft and performance when wet, and certainly seems to deliver as a down alternative.  It kept me cozy warm when I recently tried it out on a sledding adventure.  The temperature that day was in the 30's.  The jacket was … [Read more...]

Aventura Now Accepting Ambassador Applications

12/12/16 UPDATE: The search is on for 2017 Ambassadors!  Read on to apply... Aventura Clothing has decided to extend their Ambassador program yet another year!  This exciting opportunity offers a chance to sample and represent a family owned, eco-friendly, outdoorsy chic women's clothing brand. I've had the privilege of serving as an Aventura Ambassador for two three years now, and can tell you nothing but good things about this attractive, high quality line.  They offer wonderful fabrics and pieces made with lovely details, that work well for both everyday and travel. The variety of flattering, comfortable styles will have you looking fantastic and ready for anything from a busy day chasing your kids, looking classy at the office, or dressed to impress for a night out.  And just wait until you see their impressive collection of trendy hats, great fitting leggings, and luscious scarfs. Aventura Ambassador Application Are you a social media influencer?  Do you live an … [Read more...]

Aventura Clothing Fall Favorites & Discount Code

Because I'm an Aventura Ambassador, you may have heard me talk about this eco-friendly brand, or seen some photos I've posted of myself in their outdoorsy chic styles.  Aventura is a small, family owned clothing brand that use green initiatives in their business practices.  I love the fabrics they use, such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and modal (my favorite - so soft!).  I have become a loyal fan of their quality and fabulously cute clothes. Being an Ambassador allows me to select three outfits from the Fall 2015 season.  Then I proceed to order a bunch more on my own.  Because I'm addicted.  But that's another story.  Suffice it to say, I get a nice overview of the entire line and am happy to share my Aventura Clothing Fall Favorites with you. Aventura Clothing Fall Favorites ~ Ambassador Picks Let's start with a great jacket.  There are many foxy options to choose from this season on Aventura's site, but I think the one with the most character and distinct design … [Read more...]