outfit: kumbaya, spinster art teacher

elizabeth suzann harper linen gauze 2018-01-12 at 7.27.33 PM

M from WFHW said the linen gauze Harper tunic by Elizabeth Suzann made her look like a “spinster art teacher”, while highly recommending it, lol, so of course, I had to follow suit and buy one too!  I’d actually been stalking the Harper for about a year already.  It’s been so long, that wearing it finally, felt kind of surreal.  Anyway, I feel very fortunate to finally have it and think I will cherish it for many years to come.

I wore it to work today with the Ranger pants.  The big pocket came in handy for holding my pen and index cards.  I usually jot notes down on an index card for each patient that I see.  Then at the end of the day after I’ve documented my notes electronically, the cards get shredded.  The weight of my phone didn’t feel comfortable in the pocket; it pulled and made the shirt awkwardly lop sided. So I held my phone in my hand all day which is fine because I’m almost always reading something on it as I walk around.

By the end of the day, I felt so relieved that it was finally the weekend!  Thank god for Martin Luther King, seriously, for all that he’s done for civil rights, and for this much needed 3-day weekend.  I think it’s really great that my institution gives us the day off for MLK.  We don’t get many holidays off, so it really means that our hospital honors MLK and what he stood for, I’m proud to say.  But anyway, on my way out, I stopped by the hospital gift shop to pick up a hallmark card that I’m going to send to my cousin (that’s what you see in my pocket).

elizabeth suzann harper linen gauze 2018-01-12 at 7.30.55 PM

When I got home, I changed out of the Ranger pants, my HOPP shoes, and into my old Tilda linen pants by Elizabeth Suzann and these trusty old Birks.  I don’t wear the Tildas much in the fall/winter, but wanted to see if they’d pair well with the Harper.  The lightness and texture make them a match made in heaven.  The Tildas don’t have pockets so its nice that the Harper can make up for that.  The most surprising thing about the Harper was how slimming it felt on.  It’s a very boxy top, but for some reason I feel like it lengthens my silhouette.

This outfit feels very “kumbaya”.  It reminds me of my experience taking a 5 day immersion course in “AEDP” therapy.  A couple years ago, I was part of a radical group of mostly women therapists learning a new experiential, emotion focused type of therapy at Columbia.  It focused on helping patients heal by tapping into their “core self” and forming new secure attachments through genuine connection.  There was a lot of wisdom, powerful transformative experiences, tears, and kumbaya moments in that room for 5 days.  I also remember seeing a lot of linens pants, long flowy white dresses, un dyed gray hair, and gem stones.  It was wonderful.  I think that experience has a lot to do with the way I dress today.

elizabeth suzann harper linen gauze 2018-01-12 at 7.31.26 PM

[outfit:  elizabeth suzann harper linen gauze tunic, size OS-minus; jesse kamm ranger pants size 6; elizabeth suzann midweight linen Tilda pants, HOPP essential oxfords, Arizona Birkenstocks, vintage framed eyeglasses from Fabulous Fanny’s]

7 thoughts on “outfit: kumbaya, spinster art teacher

  1. The Harper looks great! I agree that it strengthens your silhouette – somehow, it makes you look really tall (I wish it had that effect on me). Don’t you just want to throw some paintbrushes and chalk in that pocket?


    1. Thank you. Yes I actually had the thought of filling it with paint brushes, but it’s just a fantasy because I would die if I ever stained this top… although ES is encouraging people to dye their garments indigo if they do get stained.


  2. Hey Michelle! This is totally not sponsored at all, just think that you might like the brand Kowtow (https://us.kowtowclothing.com/collections/eos-sale). They’re really great quality –
    like they french hem everything – and ethical. They don’t really use a lot of linen but they are really into flowy silhouettes so it always reminds me a bit of your style. They also do lighter colours! Anyway, not sure how much shipping over your way is, and it is still pricey but I think still within a reasonable range. There’s a sweet sale on atm!


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