outfit: semi-fancy millennial

Uniqlo fleece jacket | secondhand Madewell henley body suit | JUST jeans from Amsterdam | secondhand Vince Blaire sneakers | Lo and Sons Pearl bag

I wore this outfit to the “Dog Beach” this afternoon, except that I changed these sneakers for sandals once I got there. 

I took Freddy to the beach for the first time on the West Coast.  He loved it.  He was hyper focused on digging a 2 feet deep hole and hid inside of it.  This happens to be his M.O. whenever he’s in a sandy area, lol.  There were plenty of other dogs and I didn’t see a single dog digging a hole the way Freddy did.  All the other dogs were busy chasing each other and jumping into the water (like normal dogs!).

My dog halfway through with digging a hole.

Did anyone else read the the Goods by Vox article about being a “fancy millennial”?  The one where the writer talks about her experiment with using all the “best” stuff for one week?  I thought it was interesting / funny.  It had me asking myself, am I the fancy millennial she’s spoofing?  I don’t think I’m far off (cringe), ie. I do own a lot of Everlane stuff, I own both Lively and ThirdLove bras, sleep on a boxed mattress from a start up company, and floss my teeth with wildly overpriced Cocofloss, but in contrast to the writer’s life for one week, I use significantly fewer products and generally pay less for things with a few exceptions.

At the end of the article, she lists all the “best” products she used during the week.  I thought it might be fun to compare what I use with that list down below.  Here’s her list with my stuff in parenthesis:

  • Casper Wave full-size mattress: $1,950 (Tuft and Needle King, $750)
  • Brooklinen sheet set: $178 (LL Bean sheets $100)
  • The Sill green philodendron: $35 (Various plants from local farmers market $3-$20)
  • The Sill snake plant: $40
  • Away carry-on: $225 (Amazon Basics carry-on $49)
  • Quip electric toothbrush set: $40 (Oral B manual $4)
  • Lebon Le White toothpaste: $24 (Arm and Hammer w/ baking soda/peroxide $4)
  • Cocofloss four-piece set: $40 (same, except I got one for $6 on Amazon)
  • Lola tampons: $10 (none)
  • Lola sexual wellness kit: $34 (none)
  • Cora tampons: $33 (none)
  • Glossier Cloud Paint: $18 (none)
  • Glossier Boy Brow: $16 (same)
  • Glossier Lidstar: $30 (none)
  • Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner: $83 (Living Proof, $56)
  • Ritual vitamins: $30 (New Chapters bone stength calcium/vit D/Mg/Vit K tabs, $30)
  • Care/of vitamins: $67 (none)
  • Parachute bathrobe: $99 (Cheap terry cloth bathrobe, $20)
  • Outdoor Voices set: $95 (Hanes cotton sports bra, $9)
  • Lululemon leggings: $196 (Uniqlo leggings, $9)
  • Allbirds wool runners: $95 (similar)
  • MeUndies underwear: $54 (cheap organic cotton undies $24)
  • ThirdLove Classic T-shirt bra: $68 (same)
  • Lively Busty Bralette: $35 (similar)
  • Lively All-Day T-shirt bra: $35 (similar)
  • True & Co. bralettes: $88 (Everlane bras $12 x 2)
  • Harper Wilde Everyday Lightly Lined bra: $35 (none)
  • Everlane mac coat: $125 (5 yr old Zara coat $60)
  • Everlane cashmere crew: $100 (same)
  • Everlane Boss bootie: $215 (HOPP boots, $285)
  • Everlane Form bag: $235 (Lo and Son Pearl bag, $150)
  • Everlane clean silk square shirt: $98 (similar)
  • Caviar gift card: $50 (none)
  • Hello Fresh meal kits: $33 (none)
  • Sun Basket meal kits: $71 (none)
  • Saucy wine delivery: $30 (none)
  • Drizly wine delivery: $50 (none)
  • Minibar wine delivery: $50 (none)
  • Leuchtterm 1917 notebook: $30 (none)
  • Material Kitchen Fundamentals set: $175 (kitchen stuff I find at TJ Maxx, $3-$20)

Where I differ the most — I haven’t tried food/wine delivery services, and probably won’t ever do that, and I don’t believe in all those designer custom made vitamin kits people are buying into (seems like a scam). 

What I conclude from all this: I am incredibly fortunate and privileged to have the ability to be “fancy” sometimes especially about things I care about (hair, clothes, and shoes), and I’m also incredibly fortunate to have enough financial and health literacy to be able to recognize health & wellness scams and other generally bad deals, so that I can opt out or go for the basic option.

6 thoughts on “outfit: semi-fancy millennial

  1. I didn’t even know about half of that list of products. They all seem far too expensive for something very basic.
    The photo of your dog in the sand is adorable!

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  2. What an adorable photo of Freddy. He seems so happy to be digging away.

    I hadn’t seen that article yet, thank you for sharing! I guess I’m also the exact target customer for a lot of these products marketed by disruption-oriented startup-y companies, and I fall for that sort of marketing somewhat often. And I’m also patched into that kind of marketing enough that I have heard of almost all of the products in Vox’s list, haha. Although I’ve totally been a sucker for that kind of marketing before, as it becomes more common, I think I’ve also become more critical of it, I just don’t think most of these startup-y brands actually offer anything substantially new and exciting (to justify the premium prices) over the more traditional premium brands they’re supposed to be competing with.

    As someone who has given both Hello Fresh and Blue Apron fairly lengthy tries, you’re definitely not missing anything on the food delivery front! The value for money absolutely isn’t there anywhere that has a more reasonable grocery situation than NYC. (And even in NYC, it’s only remotely close to worth it if you’re in a situation where it’s absolutely going to come down to that or something unhealthy from Grubhub. I totally kind of hate that meal kit delivery works for me for that reason, ugh.)

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    1. agree that a lot don’t offer much better, but I do think the boxed mattresses are pretty good and convenient, and are generally less expensive too. If I had stayed in NYC longer, I think I would’ve caved and done the food delivery thing too. The long commuting, lack of time, lack of car, and grocery stores that are a nightmare to shop in make the delivery services marginally more attractive and worth it.

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  3. Your dog! So cute! I read the article because of your link and found it interesting. First, it made me think of the marketing scam that is “this is THE BEST that we curated for you.” Which I fall for sometimes. But mostly, I felt for her and her anxiety over not being able to afford those things. Are 26-year-olds really the target audience for those goods? I certainly couldn’t afford those things at that age. I am well over a decade older than the writer and it really brought me back to my 20s.

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