outfit: RIP my dearly beloved linen top

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Wah! While getting dressed this morning, I discovered a big hole in my favorite linen top.  The fabric disintegrated where my right arm rubs against the side of my body.  I’m not surprised given how frequently I wear this top.  I bought it pre-owned about one year ago.  It’s been an every day staple in my closet since. I wore it on it’s own in the summer and under sweaters in the winter.  Sad to see it go, but it lived a good life.  I hate the idea of wasting precious linen fabric though… trying to think of ways to repurpose the material.  Any ideas?

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I kept my color palette light today.  I was initially hesitant about pairing a cool toned white with a warm toned white, but after snapping this OOTD photo, I think it actually looks OK.

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So I emailed Everlane to complain about the button on my winter puffer falling apart and they very graciously offered to replace it with the newer version. They are letting me keep my old puffer until the new one comes in after I told them that I only had one winter jacket and couldn’t go a single day without one.  Once the new one comes in, I’ll send back the old one.  I guess they want to inspect it.  Overall I liked the old puffer.  The design is good, but aside from the button falling off, I didn’t like how the loose fabric around the zipper would get jammed into the zipper.  This happened a few times and resulted in me crawling out of my zipped up puffer to take it off.  Then I had to yank at the fabric to free up the zipper.  This never tore the fabric but it caused me to be very slow and cautious whenever zipping up which became a daily annoyance. It looks like the new version has the fabric stitched down flat around the zipper to prevent this from happening.  My old puffer was the first generation winter puffer made by Everlane, and it seems like the newer versions have a lot of upgrades, like a larger hood, fleeced lined pockets, better insulation, etc… so I’m looking forward to being able to compare them.

When I logged onto the Everlane website to make the complaint, I found out I had $125 in store credit that I had forgotten about! I hadn’t logged in for many weeks. I combed the entire website looking for something to buy with that credit, but honestly I didn’t want anything.  I did want a more functional wallet though, and spent a lot of time debating over the zip up square wallet.  It isn’t exactly what I want, especially since the black one was sold out, but it’s good enough, so I went ahead and bought the silver colored one with store credit.  Silver is a little crazy for me.  But we’ll see…  I’ll let ya’ll know what I think when it comes in.  Stay tuned!

[outfit:  old zara knit sweater (5+ years old), pre-owned black crane corduroy carpenter pants, arizona birkenstocks]

outfit: pastels (+ my google arts&culture doppelganger)

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Here’s a quick OOTD photo of me in pastel linens; something I can only wear indoors right now because of the extreme cold.  I’m dressed for my future fantasy life in sunny California.  I looked up the definition of pastels, and wikipedia described it as a group of colors that are “milky”, “desaturated”, “washed out”, and “near neutral”.  Something about pastels have always felt nostalgic to me.  Not all pastels are created equal though.  I prefer the extremely washed out, near white kind.  This is as far as I’ll go to adding non-neutral colors into my wardrobe.

Have you all looked up your fine art doppelganger on the google arts and culture app yet?  I’m not on instagram or any other social media so I generally have no clue, but NPR says it’s gone viral.  Anyway, most of you have never seen my face but google seems to think I look like this child, lol.  The eyebrows are on point.


[outfit:  *eileen fisher linen top, elizabeth suzann tilda midweight linen pants, very old american apparel corduroy jacket, SAS relaxed sandals, baggu crossbody]

outfit: twist and tuck

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Quick lo-fi outfit post here.  The sun had already come down when I took this photo today.  Later I’d change into my HOPP shoes to go out with the BF to the bar across the street.  I received this pre-owned Eileen Fisher linen top in the mail today.  I am constantly stalking EF linens in the secondhand market.  This is my 4th top of that type and I have not been disappointed yet.  Even at a size small, it’s huge.  I’m embracing the top to bottom baggy look lately.  Was able to get all the extra fabric to tuck in all sorts of ways and spontaneously discovered the twist and tuck method that you see here.  It creates such a beautiful drape.  I’m so comfortable in this.  It makes me feel at home.

[outfit:  eileen fisher linen top*, black crane carpenter pants, SAS relaxed sandals]

outfit: this is what I wear everyday but now with clogs (+ a mini apartment tour!)

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The title of this post says it all.  I’ve worn this linen shell top from Eileen Fisher and these Levi’s jeans together countless times.  Probably once weekly for at least a year.  Both were under $30, so the cost per wear is probably something less than 50 cents! Pretty good if you ask me.  Continue reading “outfit: this is what I wear everyday but now with clogs (+ a mini apartment tour!)”

outfit: oatmeal again

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Here I am in oatmeal again.  I have two pairs of shorts now and have been wearing this 2nd pair almost daily.  They’re from Everlane; for reference they are a size 4 (they run big and fit more like a size 6).  I like the high smooth waistline and oversized leg opening.  They feel like an updated pair of “mom” shorts (I’m not a mom but sometimes I like to look like one).  The pockets are deep and can hold my iPhone 6+.  With certain tops, I like to fold the hem up; they stay put and the pockets do not show when rolled up. Continue reading “outfit: oatmeal again”

outfit: matchy matchy


Today I’m wearing a replacement for my old Zara utility shorts that went into retirement after it burst open at the butt.  This is a very similar pair of shorts with a few upgrades:  back pockets and front pockets that look like back pockets, a beautiful metallic button, a modest length, and structured denim that keeps its shape.  I loved my old shorts but one downside was how it got baggy and lost its shape by the end of the day.  Faded olive greens fit right in with my wardrobe; they pair well with oatmeal and other neutrals.   Continue reading “outfit: matchy matchy”

good reads: on the peculiarities of two giant ethical clothing brands


This weekend I read two old New Yorker articles on the peculiarities of two behemoth ethical fashion brands, Eileen Fisher and Patagonia.  These two brands are like the godparents of the whole ethical fashion movement.  I was so intrigued by the stories of the people behind them.  (I actually do not own a single thing from either brand, but I do follow a lot of bloggers who wear them regularly).

It turns out Eileen Fisher employees are even weirder than I imagined! (I say that fondly).

Continue reading “good reads: on the peculiarities of two giant ethical clothing brands”