Sunday, July 13, 2014

Everlane Card Case: Review & Giveaway

Maybe it’s just me or maybe my pants are too slim, but I’ve always been annoyed by having to carry a bulky wallet in my back pocket. A few years back, I decided I needed to do something about it, so I switched to the slimmest leather bi-fold I could find. It was black leather one with a beige inside from Lodis that I picked up at Nordstrom Rack. It was a great wallet, but it started to wear out and I figured it was time to move to the next level of minimalism: a card case. I had been looking for a little while, but couldn’t find the right one for me. Then late one night, while doing some online shopping, I came across Everlane’s card case in Lake blue (in the time since I bought it they sold out of Lake), and I knew I had to have it. I debated if it was really worth it for about a week, but then finally made the purchase. I’ve been using it for about a month now, and let me tell you, it definitely was worth it.

Quality and Material

I had never ordered anything from Everlane before, so I was excited to see if the quality lived up to the expectations I had for them. After a month of using it, I can tell you it does. The leather is genuine, plyable, and doesn’t add too much thickness. After using it for a month, it doesn’t seem to be showing much wear. The color of the leather was about 80% of the reason I bought it, because not many guys have wallets that awesome of a color. I was a little disappointed when it arrived and the color wasn’t quite as bright as it showed online, but it is still a pretty unique color and is probably a more classic color.


One of the reasons it took me so long to buy a card case was the fear that I wouldn’t be able to get rid of enough cards. The Everlane website says that the card case can hold up to four cards, so after some tough decisions and help from my iPhone Passbook, I got it down to three cards. There are two pockets on the front side and a larger pocket in the middle. I’ve been keeping three cards in the front and some folded cash in the middle. I occasionally put a fourth card in but it seems like that makes it too thick, and the same goes for adding more than a bill or two in the middle.

Customer Service

As much as I love my new wallet, here is where things start to get interesting. I placed my order and then began my impatient wait for my new card case to arrive. A day or two after placing the order, my shipment confirmation email arrived, and it said my two wallets would be arriving in a few days. My first thought was, “Shoot, I accidentally ordered two!” but I checked my original order and it only said one. Then I wondered if I was charged for two, but nope, still one. I figured it was just a mistake and that I would wait to see if two actually show up. Three or four days later, I arrived home to two small brown packages, each with a card case neatly wrapped up in an “Everlane” box. I quickly sat down at my computer and wrote an email to customer service asking what I should do and how to get the second card case back to them. The next day, I received the friendliest email saying, “Don't worry about sending back the other card case, think of it as a gift from us! :)” If that doesn’t say good customer service, I don’t know what does.

And Now for a Giveaway...

This Giveaway is Now Closed

So now that I have an extra card case, I figured why not show you all a little love and give it away to a lucky reader. Here are the three ways to enter the giveaway:
  • Follow @asharpstyleblog on Twitter, and tweet something about this contest. (Be sure to mention me "@asharpstyleblog" and include this url "bit.ly/1m7ZU0V")
  • Follow sharpstyleblog on Instagram and like the post about this card case.
  • Comment below why you want this card case.
Be sure to check out @Everlane and their store. They aren't officially sponsoring this giveaway, but they really do have some awesome products. Lastly, this contest is open to US residents only, you can enter once per method, a winner will be chosen at random, and the contest is open until 11:59 PM EST on Thursday July 24th, 2014.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Perfect Ray-Ban Sunglasses for Summer

Ray-Ban Caravan

Lately it seems that the only Ray-Ban sunglasses getting any attention are one of three styles: the Wayfarer, the Clubmaster, and the classic Aviator. Don't get me wrong, they are great options, but by no means are they your best or only choices. The Wayfarers are perfect for hanging out in the sun, but they just won't go with anything dressier than khakis and a button down. And though there is nothing inherently wrong with the Clubmasters, I can't seem to get on board with them. Lastly the aviators: by far my favorite of the three and a classic look that's a safe bet for anyone. I mean really, what's more classic than a look made popular by military pilots? I thought they would be the clear choice for me, but here was my problem: I could never find a pair that looked right on me.

I was to the point where I had given up. I was wearing those cheesy, knockoff Wayfarers with the logo of whatever company happened to be giving them out last. (Admittedly though it was only when the sun was bright enough that their utility outweighed their tackiness.)  But then one day while looking at some sunglasses with a friend, something caught my eye: a pair of square aviators down in the back corner of the bottom shelf. They were the Ray-Ban Caravan. They're definitely not a top seller, but I knew they were perfect from the second I tried them on.

Here's what makes them perfect for me. The rounded shape and bottom of the classic aviators just don't fit my face shape. The look a little odd and disproportioned. But not only do I like square frames better, they suit my face shape. The Caravans are rounded enough to not look too trendy, but are still noticeably more square than the classic style. Now you may be thinking, "I see square aviators all the time." Yes, that's true, but most have a wrap-around look to them that, though maybe more practical, seems too trendy and casual for me. These Caravans have the flat shape that you typically see on original Aviators as well as a thin, gold frame (in addition to a few other color choices) that let's you wear them on the beach with a swimsuit just as easily as with a suit and tie.

Maybe they are too old school for some people, but they probably said that about the Clubmaster a few years ago. I couldn't be happier with them, and I plan to keep them around for a long time. So if you find yourself looking for a pair of Ray-Bans, let everyone else clamor for the Clubmasters and Wayfarers while you come out on top with a pair of timeless sunglasses that stand out from the rest.

Ray-Ban Caravan 2

Ray-Ban Caravan 3