The best $20 sweater + the last 5 books I’ve read

I found the greatest basic classic sweater and it’s under $20!  This is an unsponsored review of Amazon Essentials. Occasionally they send me products to review. This one I purchased on my own. 

I’m here with some deep, important, meaningful reflections for you… on the best sub-twenty dollar sweater.

Have you shopped on Amazon for clothes before? No? Why not?

It’s easy. And awesome.

Most things have prime shipping. They carry a lot of the brands you already love. Plus, there are lots of prime-exclusive brands that are great quality.

Anyway, I’ve been trying out Amazon in-house fashion brands slowly over the last year and a half and have been mostly thrilled with what I’ve found. These are brands that Amazon has created, exclusively for prime members (check out the full list of Amazon fashion brands here).

This sweater is from Amazon Essentials, a line for better basics for men, women, and kids. They carry clothes, underwear, and jackets in classic cuts and colors.

With an $18 price point, I was unsure what to expect and pleasantly surprised. It feels like something I’d buy at J.Crew factory for $40. It’s thin, but not sheer, great for layering under fitted jackets and blazers. It’s also really great for times when it isn’t actually that cold (overheated venues, transitioning to winter, or those Arizonians who think 65 degrees is winter). The sweater is soft instead of scratchy and I’m a bit fan of the way it fits (true to size, I ordered an XS).

These come in a HUGE assortment of colors (a lot more than most other Amazon Essentials items) and they also have it in a v-neck as well. There’s also this striped version and a cashmere version a higher price point that I’ve been considering!

outfit details: 

sweater: Amazon Essentials (so many color options and under $20) . (higher end cozy sweaters here)

denim: Agolde – these are my most worn jeans the last few months (more Agolde denim)

belt: Target

watch: Daniel Wellington (more cute watches here)

shoes: J.Crew Factory (leather version on sale here)

bag: Kate Spade (same style, super similar color here)

Also, a super quick last five books I read because I got so much positive feedback from the last one: 

Last 5 Books I’ve Read

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass: Think “Hunger Games” meets “The Bachelor” in this young adult series. It’s engaging and fun and I read all of these in about a week. The first three are better than the next ones but if you haven’t had your fill, the fourth one starts of slow and gets better.  (I love the classification of these as “tv reading” – not a ton of substance but entertaining.)

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: I didn’t love this one. I liked “Little Fires Everywhere” much better (go read that one).

The Husband’s Secret (and Big Little Lies) by Liane Moriarty: I read both of these after we finished “What Alice Forgot” for book club and I liked The Husband’s Secret the best of the three. There’s more swearing that I’m used to (which is about none) and all three books kind of run together at this point but the takeaways about marriage and relationships at the end were profound for me. Each of them are a pretty fast read because you want to find out what happens. (warning “Big Little Lies” has some physical abuse that is HARD to read).

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: This was a book club read that I didn’t love for a lot of it, I really liked how it wrapped up at the end. It was a great insight into the life of someone suffering from lots of neglect + trauma. It made me uncomfortable with how infrequently I reach out and befriend people that are so different from me. I appreciated this book for how it challenged my behavior and though processes and hope I’m kinder and less judgmental as a result of reading it.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance: This is an interesting and meaningful insight into a demographic I was previously unfamiliar with in America. I reinforced, for me, the importance of creating safe and stable homes for our kids and has me wondering how you use policy to strengthen the home. Warning: LOTS of language in this one

Up next: 

“Happier at Home” by Gretchen Rubin

“How Sex Works”  by Dr. Sharon Moalem

“Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo

“Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert

“Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well” by Joshua Straub Phd.


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