The Apartment by the Line LA

apartment by the line LA los angeles
apartment by the line LA los angeles
apartment by the line LA los angeles
apartment by the line LA los angeles
apartment by the line LA los angeles

The Apartment by the Line LA, 2nd Floor, 8463 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

After visiting the Apartment by the Line in LA, I just couldn’t resist dropping by their LA outpost during a quiet moment in the city of angels. Every bit as irresistibly covet-worthy as it’s New York sister, I’m fairly certain the only thing stopping me from walking out with literally everything but the kitchen sink was an already-too-full suitcase. I guess there’s always next time…

Beauty bits I’m currently loving

It probably goes without saying that I recently went HAM at Sephora and basically any beauty section I laid my eyes on during my recent trip. While a haul is coming (via my YouTube), I thought I’d take a minute to touch on some of the new beauty bits that have been right up my street.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation – I’ve been on the hunt for a great foundation come wedding day (it’s only 8 weeks away now… eek!) and this was on my list of foundations that I’d been dying to try. I loved the fact that there was an incredible selection of shades, and that this foundation really lived up to my expectations. It’s a very thin consistency, and feels virtually weightless on the skin. It’s much lighter coverage than some of the other foundations on my vanity, however I find that it does an excellent job of evening skin tone and masking any redness that I have on my face.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer – I picked this up on a whim from the miniatures section of Sephora in New York and really didn’t expect to like it even quite as much as I did. Just like the foundation, this is lightweight, super creamy, covers up redness like no other, and blends out beautifully. I love the fact that this is compact enough to slip into a small purse for touch ups on the go. Definitely going to be repurchasing this one in the full size!

KIKO Ultimate Pen Longwear Eye Liner – Unfortunately while in transit my Maybelline eyeliner dried out, so one of my first stops while in Italy was to pick up a new eyeliner. This eyeliner from KIKO is an absolute winner; it stays on practically all day, and the nib gives you the perfect cat eye flick, every time.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette – This has been on my radar for months, and I’m a little glad I held out as I managed to snag it for less than half price during a quick stop in Macy’s. The shadows are extremely pigmented (though do kick up a bit), and there’s a great selection of everyday neutrals, including some more colourful options for those wanting to have a little bit of fun with their makeup. This one’s limited edition, I believe, so if you manage to spot one at your local department store or Mecca (if you’re in Australia), then I highly recommend giving this one a second look.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger – I’m a huge fan of a bold red lip, and when I spotted this while picking out the shades for my new MAC eyeshadow palette (more on this later), I just had to have it. I absolutely adore MAC’s matte lipstick formula; it’s incredibly creamy, long wearing, and far less drying than other mattes I’ve tried.

Rimmel Good to Glow Highlighter – For me, it’s all about that cream highlight, and this one has been a bit of a winner. I have this in the shade ‘003 Soho Glow’, which has a gold undertone that literally glows. When swatched, this does have some glitter particles but I find that this adds a subtle illumination and blends in rather than sitting on the cheeks.

Heaven by Deborah Mitchell WillowBee Mask & Cleanse* – My skin has been in desperate need of hydration since getting back home from our holiday, and this WillowBee Mask & Cleanse has been a lifesaver. I was lucky enough to be sent a few different things from the Heaven range from Tazzanna Store ahead of their launch today, and this has become a fast favourite While you can use this as a cream cleanser, I prefer to slather this on as a mask (which I leave for 20 minutes), as it feels so rich and nourishing on the skin – exactly what my skin has been craving! After I rinse it off I follow it up with a light layer of the Orange Flower Hydrogel; this has a gel like consistency that sinks into the skin immediately and while it’s not my favourite, I feel like it helps to lock in moisture.

An updated Everlane review

everlane review
everlane review
everlane review
everlane review
everlane review

Over the last two and a half years, I’ve been slowly filling the rails (and shelves) of my wardrobe with Everlane. By nature, I’m a creature of habit; when I find something I like, I tend to stick with it.

And when you scratch the surface, it’s kinda hard not to like Everlane. They’re basics driven, utterly and completely transparent (their Snapchat is definitely worth tuning into), and the quality is almost always on point. It’s this simple combination that has had me going back again and again, to scoop up a new launch, or a repeat of an old favourite.

So today I wanted to share an updated Everlane review; it’s been a good two and a half years since my first order, and I’ve got a fair few more thoughts to share on the sizing, and in particular the wear and tear, of what has literally become the backbone of my wardrobe. So get ready, ‘cos this is going to be a long one.

I’d been on the hunt for a fitted scoop neck tank that I could wear with billowy skirts, and this looked like it would fit the bill. I went for the XS (Everlane does typically run a little large, for the most part) but unfortunately this is still a lot larger than what I was after! The fabric is slightly sheer so if I picked this up again, I’d probably go for black to be on the safe side. The XS measures 39cm underarm to underarm and is 65cm long.

My first foray into Everlane’s t-shirt range included one of their Ryan Muscle Tees (along with a couple of Ryan Tanks) in the white. Unfortunately, the quality of this didn’t quite stand up; after the first wash I got a small hole in the front of the top, and I’ve since found one at the back of the collar. This is quite sheer, an oversized boxy fit, and perhaps a style that’s better for those with broader shoulders as this covers the front of mine, just slightly. I grabbed this in a S, and it measures 52cm across the underarm and is 66cm long.

Unlike the ‘Ryan Muscle Tee’, Everlane’s Muscle Tank completely lived up to my expectations. For comparison, this is a slightly thicker fabric (making it easier to find appropriate undergarments!), and in a much more traditional cut, in that the fabric doesn’t graze the front of the shoulder. This washes really well (no holes – yay!), and is a great, breathable option for summer.

I’m planning on picking this up in a couple of other colours – the dusty pink is definitely calling out to me – as it’s a great staple piece to have for those warmer months. This is a loose fit yet not as oversized as other styles so this is one that you could pick up in either your normal size, or size down for a closer cut. I picked this up in the XS and it measures 47cm underarm to underarm and is 65cm long.

I picked up two these, in the charcoal and the heather grey, a couple of years ago, and they made for the perfect laid back oversized scoop neck tank. We used to live in Bondi so I’d typically throw on one of these during the weekend with a pair of shorts as we made our way down to the beach (a weekend ritual) as they are just that easy. Again, these run quite large; I got the size small in both and found that they were a little bit low cut for every day wear so do size down if you plan on getting one of these. If I recall correctly, the fabric was a rayon, so do expect to see a little bit of pilling around the bust area after a couple months of use.

This is probably the launch that I was most anticipating as come summertime, my most worn t-shirt is hands down the linen heather grey wee thing that I picked up from Acne Studios on sale a couple years back. I actually nabbed both the linen tank and one of the long sleeved linen tees (which no longer seems to be on the website at last glance) and couldn’t believe how comparable the quality was. These wash really well and are definitely one of the many gems that I’ve stumbled across in Everlane’s new arrivals section. I grabbed this in the heather grey not too long ago – a great all year round staple – with a high neckline and loose fit through the body, I think you can quite easily dress this one up or down. It’s a slimmer fit to most of their t-shirt/tank styles, but if you’re after a closer cut fit, then size down. I grabbed the XS and it measures 48cm underarm to underarm and is 59cm long.

As much as I adore my Acne linen tee, I’m not the type of girl who’ll spend her weekends wearing a loose fitting t-shirt and a pair of jeans. That being said, when I do, I almost always reach for one of Everlane’s U Neck tees. These are a medium weight cotton – the black sits on the thicker end of the scale whereas the grey feels almost tissue weight – and boxy throughout the body with a dolman sleeve and a scooped ‘u’ neckline. If you’re the type of girl who is on the busty side, you’ll probably get a little bit of cleavage with this. These remain soft after multiple washes and I haven’t noticed any pilling – yet – and I’ve had mine going on over a year now. Given I work in a more relaxed office environment, I’ll quite often throw on one of these with a fitted pencil skirt in the summertime as I loved the mixed proportions. This does run large – I have the small, which measures 57cm underarm to underarm and the extra small measures 53cm underarm to underarm. So with this style, sizing down can mean a world of difference!

I picked up two of these sweatshirts along with one of my first orders, as I was after the perfect loose-but-not-too-loose boyfriend sweater. This definitely fit the bill, and I love the fact that these are terry toweling lined as opposed to fleece as I feel that terry toweling tends to fare better over time. These are definitely susceptible to pilling and unfortunately I found it too be quite visible on the grey though barely noticeable on the black. I don’t typically tend to wear this style of top anymore, so mine’s been relegated to pajama status, but I do think that it’s cut really well otherwise. I grabbed these in the XS and they measure 49cm underarm to underarm and 50cm long.

I’m a huge fan of the stripe and this long sleeved mariniere is no exception. It’s a nice thick cotton, and feels reminiscent of Petit Bateau’s mariniere, at a slightly lower price point. The fit is quite boxy through the body, with small slits at the hem and fitted sleeves. Size down with this one – I grabbed the XS and it measures 48cm underarm to underarm and is 61cm long.

An absolute staple for me, Everlane’s sleeveless silk tanks are one of the few pieces which I always made a point of including in my capsule wardrobes. These have a scoop neck, loose flowy fit and the hemline is asymmetrical – it’s shorter in the front and longer in the back, a style I find to be universally flattering. Their silk is incredible quality, and can withstand a round in the washing machine (and apparently the dryer too – but I’d avoid making this mistake, if you can!); I have a few of these and they still look incredible after a couple years of wear. I nabbed them in the size S and while they are a loose fit, these don’t look big on if you pick them up in your usual size. The small measures 44.5cm underarm to underarm, is 58cm long in the front and 74cm long in the back.

It tends to heat up quite a bit in Sydney during the summertime (35 deg C every day on average) so I alternate a lot between wearing Everlane’s sleeveless silk tanks, and their silk cami’s. I love that these have thin adjustable straps, and are double lined across the bust, with split/slit detail at the hem. I’ll wear these loose with a pair of jeans or trousers, or tucked into a skirt, and I love the look either way (so much so that I actually have this in three !! colours). This runs a little large so do size down – I made the mistake of going for the S when I should’ve grabbed the XS, so mine gape a little under the arms. Measures for the S are as follows; 49cm underarm to underarm and 62cm long.

Arguably one of the more ‘fashion-forward’ styles that Everlane offers, this blouse is nothing short of beautiful. The silk is supple yet sturdy, and the shape of the blouse incredibly endearing – a boxy fit through the body with dropped shoulders and a block silk panel across the bottom of the shirt. I picked this up in the pink, and unfortunately I found that it was quite sheer through the body which makes finding something to layer underneath quite difficult, unless you have a pretty lace bra that you don’t mind having on show. This also comes in a cotton poplin which I suspect would be a little stiffer but just as nice, alternatively you could just play it safe and grab the black or the navy. Pick this up in your usual size – it’s a narrower fit through the outer shoulder. Measurements are 63cm underarm to underarm and 60cm long.

Of all the purchases I’ve made from Everlane, this is one item I’ll be steering clear of in future. The style is nice enough; collarless, with pockets at the bust, buttons down the centre, and a rounded ‘boat style’ hemline, but unfortunately it just didn’t translate well for me. I found that it ran quite small (I grabbed the size S and this was gaping at the bust on me) and the white silk was incredibly sheer and didn’t seem to be quite the same quality that I’d come to expect from the brand. I parted with this shortly after purchasing it so can’t really share sizing with you I’m afraid, but definitely not one for girls who are a little busty!

The blouse that really started it all; Everlane’s rounded collar silk blouse. Touted as an affordable alternative to Equipments silk pocket blouses, it really seemed like a bit of a no brainer. My silk blouse has become a real workhorse in my wardrobe; something I reach for often in the winter and a piece that has worn so well over the years. It’s machine washable and still looks great. This is slightly loose fit, but definitely fits true to size. I grabbed this in the size small and it’s the perfect fit; it measures 49cm underarm to underarm and is 64cm long.

You really can’t go wrong with Everlane’s cashmere. Their cropped cashmere sweater has fitted sleeves and a boxy fit through the body with a rounded hemline (slightly longer in the back) which is best worn loose over anything high waisted. I actually haven’t had an opportunity to wear it yet (I thought it’d look good tucked in to things but tucking doesn’t really work with this style) so jury’s still out on this one. I sized down and am glad I did as this does run on the larger end of the scale. The XS measures 51cm underarm to underarm and is 55cm long.

Hands down the best purchase I’ve made from Everlane so far. The quality is unparalleled for the price. The cashmere feels incredibly soft to the touch (invest in this over UNIQLO’s cheaper option – you’ll thank me later!), and the wear and tear is negligible – do expect some minor pilling after the first few wears but this can easily be removed by a fabric shaver.

Sizing wise, I’d recommend sizing down – if you’re typically a small, grab the extra-small and so on. The style is a loose fit through the body with slim fitting sleeves; for reference, the size small measures 46cm underarm to underarm and is 63cm long.

Now this has unfortunately been one of the few pieces which hasn’t quite lived up to my expectations. The cut of the coatigan is spot-on perfect; slim fitting through the sleeves, not too oversized, a good length for someone my height (I’m 5’8” for reference), and the material is incredibly thick – on paper, this is the perfect coatigan to keep you toasty all winter long. One thing I have found though is that it fluffed up considerably after a couple days of wear, which softened the rib detail effect of the knit. I’ve popped mine through the wash since and I think it’s definitely helped to revive it a little (plus using a fabric shaver can help!) though typically I’ll wear this one more around the house. It’s still a great buy if you’re looking for something cosy though.

I opted to pick this up in the XS and I’m glad I did size down as it’s the perfect fit. It measures 53cm underarm to underarm and is 103cm long. The knit has a bit of stretch to it too!

I’m definitely in the camp that every girl should have a crisp trench coat tucked away in their closet –aside from being extremely practical for those in-between seasons, they finish off an outfit and look incredibly sharp. Everlane’s trench really appealed to me; Burberry-esque in look, it has huge round buttons, a clip to tighten the collar around the neck and did I mention that it’s waterproof? Tried and tested! I love wearing this with the lapels folded over, tied with a bow at the waist. Perhaps the biggest downfall with this is that it isn’t lined throughout the body (just in the sleeves), and for the price, that’s definitely something that I would be looking for, though in all other respects it’s a gorgeous trench. This fits extremely large so size down one size. I grabbed the S (my mistake!) and it measures 55cm underarm to underarm and is 90cm long.

If you’ve read this far, then you’re probably already aware that I’m a fan of Everlane’s linen range, and the linen t-shirt dress seemed like an easy throw on casual piece. This is definitely much more of a beach cover up than something you’d wear to run errands as the fabric is a little on the sheer side. The quality is excellent, thick and sturdy without being scratchy, with a nice loose fit through the body. This one’s a little bit on the shorter side for me so I’m giving this to a very petite girlfriend of mine. I picked this up in the XS though I think given it is a dress, you’re best to stick with your usual size. The XS measures 57cm underarm to underarm and is 86cm long.

While I no longer work in a corporate office, I do make a point of wearing something that looks smart, and a pair of straight leg or skinny trousers are one of my go-to’s for every day. Everlane launched the GoWeave fabrication a little earlier this year, designed to be wrinkle resistant (don’t go throwing this crumpled into a suitcase as you’re gonna end up with wrinkle problems!) making them a great every day option as well as the perfect pair of work trousers to travel with. I’m not sure if it was just the pair I bought, but these run EXTREMELY large! I went for the size 4 (I’m usually a 25 in jeans) and these were a good two sizes too big. I took some snaps wearing them and actually had to pin them in the back! That being said, these are a beautiful trouser, and definitely one worth taking a second look at.

My Cuyana leather tote has long since been my staple every day bag, but after eying this up for some time, I finally decided to pull the trigger and go for it. I love the fact that while it is a tote, it has a zip up closure meaning that all your belongings are secure. I went for the reverse denim with black leather (the black on black also looks lovely) which is a pretty neutral option and goes with most outfits. The fabric has softened up beautifully since I picked it up. The bag has a very minimal interior; one large open pocket and a smaller slip pocket on the side (which isn’t my favourite – I wish it had a zipper!). The style is quite slim and tucks in nice and close to the body.

I picked this up for Luke ahead of our recent holiday, as a bit of an everyday adventure backpack and carry-on bag. He also went for the reverse denim option, and just like the twill zipper tote, the fabric softens up after about a week of wear. The quality is great, particularly having those little black leather touches on the snaps and zipper tab pulls, and the laptop section allows a bit of separation of your belongings too. Do keep in mind that this particular style is spot clean only – due to the leather – so not the best idea to throw into the washing machine if you get a few grass marks on it…

Perhaps one of the most aesthetically pleasing pairs of shoes Everlane has in stock, I knew the moment I saw these that they would be right up my street. 100% Italian leather, with a low heel and thick wide strap across the foot. Two months on, I’m still trying to break these in, though they’re getting there! As a girl with wide feet, I’ve found in my experience that these are on the narrow side, so I’ve definitely had my fair share of blisters when trying to wear these for extended periods of time. The quality of the leather is excellent, something that I’ve found to be true of all of Everlane’s shoes, though in this instance, very stiff at first. I’m still hopeful that they’re going to soften over time so crossing fingers that I can report back sometime in the future with a positive result. These fit true to size, I went for the US9 and I’m typically always an EU40.

In complete contrast are the street sandals, which are comfortable straight off the bat – I wouldn’t doubt that you could buy these and spend a day walking around the city with no blisters. The design is a little more unusual, at least of any sandal I’ve seen, with a pointed toe, two straps across the foot and an elasticated strap around the heel. They have a contrasting white foamy sole which feels little bit like stepping on marshmallows. The leather on these does seem to be a little more delicate and scratch a little more easily than the other styles I own. These fit true to size – I opted for the US9.

This is basically a luxurious take on the slip on sneaker, but with the modern update of a pointed toe. Like the street sandal, these have that same contrasting sole which I think works really well with this style. These are super comfortable again, though they run on the narrow side so do size up half a size. I grabbed the US9 though should have opted for the US9.5.

Six years ago, I used to be the girl who wore heels everywhere; flats just weren’t part of my footwear arsenal and at the time, that didn’t seem to bother me. That was, until, I bought a pair of loafers. For me, the loafer is such a wardrobe staple and one which I think can so easily be dressed up or down. I took the plunge and picked these up last year when Everlane offered international shipping, as I wanted to have the option of returning them in case the sizing was completely off. I grabbed the US9, though these are a narrow fit and I highly recommend sizing up half a size as trust me when I say you’ll be doing your feet a huge favour. That being said, it took about six wears for the leather to soften up to the point that they’ve molded to the shape of my feet. The leather is thick, durable, and of high quality, though one thing you will notice is that you’ll get some creasing across the toe with wear. I’ve been eyeing these up in the blush and chestnut variations for a bit more of a feminine vibe.

When it comes to functionality, I think the modern babo takes the cake; the back panel of the shoe can be worn up, like an ankle boot, or tucked under the heel, like a slip on shoe. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to like these anywhere near as much as I do though these have stepped into play as one of my everyday shoes on regular rotation for the cooler months. The leather is extremely supple, perhaps the softest of all six pairs, making these a comfortable wear straight from the box. Again, like the loafer, you can expect to get a bit of creasing across the toe though I think with most shoes of this style, that’s pretty normal. These are a very near dupe for Acne’s amina flats, though at a much more affordable price point.

Aside from how obviously aesthetically pleasing these are to look at, these are such a practical and comfortable boot. There’s the curved detail of the heel, a rounded toe, zip up closure on the inner side of the leg and the supple grain leather. Of the entire E1 capsule collection, the boots stuck out to me the most, and I haven’t once regretted adding these to my shoe-drobe. These run true to size – I went with the US9.5 but in hindsight definitely should have picked up the US9!

So, there you have it. Going on almost three years worth of purchases – sight unseen I might add – and the majority of what I’ve picked up has turned out to be a winner, which again, is a huge part of the reason why I keep going back to Everlane.

If you’re interested in seeing how these pieces translate in real life, I’ve done a full review video on my YouTube which you can check out here, though I’ll warn you now, it’s a long one.

I’m currently eying up their new poplin dresses, which look right up my street for Spring, and I’d also love to get my hands on more than a few things currently in their ‘coming soon’ section. If there’s anything else that you think is worth a second look, please do let me know in the comments below! x

A small bedroom update

west elm mid century 6 drawer dresser

image source; pinterest

I’ve probably said this a few times, but we’ve been pretty slow to make any new additions to our place (though saving for a trip to Europe/USA and a wedding will do that to you!). That being said, our IKEA dresser is getting a little bit of an upgrade as we have this gorgeous 6 drawer dresser from West Elm currently making its way to us. One thing I am a little bit stuck on, is whether we go for the full set and grab the matching side tables after the wedding, or if we stick to my original idea of grabbing a minimal gem faceted side table from Tuckbox… Any thoughts?

La la land

outfit ruby off shoulder vasilisa dress
outfit ruby off shoulder vasilisa dress
outfit ruby off shoulder vasilisa dress
outfit ruby off shoulder vasilisa dress

Wearing RUBY vasilisa dress (similar available here & also love this one!), ASOS sunglasses, Falabella chain bag, Sophia Webster loren sandals

I couldn’t help but take the opportunity to bust out this little off-the-shoulder number and bare a bit of skin on our second to last day in the US. Truth be told, the previous two weeks had been pretty much all about the basics; simple white tees with a black denim skirt, oversized cotton shirts worn with denim shorts… you get where I’m going with this.

This was definitely one of those ‘wild cards’ in my suitcase; it’s been a wardrobe favourite since I picked it up a few months back (it’s off the shoulder and it’s pink !!) and I’ll jump at just about any excuse to throw this on – even if that means lugging it halfway around the world for opportunity to strike.

Injecting your personal style into your travel wardrobe is by no means an easy task, particularly when you’re planning to spend 80% of your day on your feet, and given that the thought of wearing nothing but a t-shirt and shorts day in and day out for three weeks isn’t quite up my alley, I found it was all about those wild card favourites… and anything pink, of course.