I don’t really know what my blogging identity is these days. I’ve been doing this for over a year and a half – I just thought at some point I’d hit my stride and be more consistent in terms of content and style. I’ve tried blogging about a lot of different things – sustainability, minimalism, style, money – but none of it really sticks as “my” thing. Every time I get a new idea for a new direction for the blog, I scrap it just as quickly. So thanks for being here, even though my pictures are bad and my posting is sporadic and my attempt at web design is basically non-existent.
What I like talking about lately is just outfits. Late summer has been a surprisingly fun time to get dressed once I embraced the real weather and stopped trying to completely transition my wardrobe into an autumnal Pinterest board the moment the calendar turned to September. This is the time of year when I try to remember how much I hate the cold, unrelenting chill of winter, and how much I appreciate being able to walk outside with bare skin exposed and not be assaulted by the weather.
Here are a few outfits that I wore recently that I thought were particularly good (and that I was wearing when there was enough daylight in my home to snap a photo…).
This was such a fun little end-of-summer outfit. I felt like I was saying goodbye to this top and shorts since I knew I’d be putting them away for the season soon. I’ve been a little on the fence about keeping this top, though – I wore it a lot last year, but hardly wore it at all this year. A friend of mine who has the same one recently put hers up for sale, saying that she “felt like a waitress” every time she wore it. I thought that was hilarious and perfect.
I feel a lot of guilt about getting rid of clothes I once claimed to love (and did, actually love!) but now no longer reach for. Earlier in my personal wardrobe journey (lol) I was mostly saying goodbye to old fast fashion items that I’d bought without a lot of intention behind the purchase, but now I’m facing getting rid of nice things. Things that cost a lot of money and that I considered investment pieces.
I’m not sure what the solution is here. Keep wearing a thing I don’t love? Stop spending so much time on the giant technicolor guilt trip that is Instagram? I don’t want to be one of those bloggers who turns her wardrobe over so quickly it gives my readers whiplash, but I also don’t want to be reserving precious closet space to clothes that I just don’t wear. Thoughts? Feelings?
I liked this outfit SO MUCH. I’m not really a mini-skirt person, but I was drawn to this skirt like a moth to the flame. I had a cute little cream colored linen mini-skirt from Loft that I wore for several summers in a row, but this year I outgrew it, and so I was looking for something similar, but updated and more appropriate for all seasons. I think this one fits the bill as a year-round staple. I’m wearing it in a size 2, which is my normal size, and it fits me well.
Quick note about these mules – Nisolo recently did a very cool thing by creating an Essentials Collection, offering many of their most popular styles at a permanently lower price. They were able to do this because they own their factory, and as they grow and scale up production, they can pass on the savings to the customer without compromising on their standards for fair wages for their workforce. Nisolo explains this process more fully on its website.
P.s. I am a Nisolo affiliate, but I bought these shoes myself and Nisolo does not gift products to me (I don’t know why – I’ve asked!).
I asked my husband to pick out my outfit today and even though he took the easy way out and picked a dress, I think it turned out to be a great office outfit for this weird weather time of year. I can’t get enough of this dress and I’m already sad about the day when it will no longer be seasonally appropriate.
Also, yes, I realize this is a lot of Everlane. I think that these days my wardrobe is mostly Tradlands, Everlane, and Eileen Fisher in the same way that it used to be mostly Loft and H&M. When I find something that really works for me, I stick with it. I don’t really feel the need to shop in a lot of different places if I know that these particular places are consistently going to have things that fit my budget, body, and style. What I’m trying to say is that I always feel a weird compulsion to apologize for wearing so much Everlane, but I really freaking like Everlane and I’m not going to apologize for it anymore.
I am calling it. The Editor Heel is the best damn heel I’ve ever owned, and yes, that includes my Day Heels, which I have been wearing constantly for most of the last year.
The Editor Heel is just so beautiful and elegant. I saw it on Angelina Jolie and I was MAJORLY INFLUENCED (do I have a secret Angie Pinterest board? Maybe.). These had been on my list for a long time, specifically to replace a pair of black suede pumps from H&M that I’ve had for a few years but are just a little too tight in the toe box. The Editor Heels were, surprisingly, the most comfortable shoes right out of the box that I’ve ever had from Everlane. I got them in my normal size (6), and did not experience any rubbing, chafing, or discomfort of any kind during the three full days I wore them to work.
Compared to the Day Heel, I find them to be much more comfortable, but definitely more delicate and precarious. You can chase after a bus in the Day Heel (ask me how I know), but the pointy toe and the slim kitten heel on the Editor Heel would get ruined pretty easily if you attempted any physical activity more treacherous than walking down a sidewalk. I went for these in the new “chocolate” colorway because I’m attempting to warm up my cold-weather wardrobe with colors other than black.
One last thing I wanted to mention in today’s post, my friend Jenny of Loyale Studio is officially phasing out her amazing tees and tunics to focus on her line of ethical and sustainable kitchen essentials. I missed my opportunity to tell you about the killer clearance sale on the tees, but I hope you’ll check out Loyale in its new iteration, and maybe subscribe to Jenny’s email list, which is basically a beautiful thoughtful essay dropped into your inbox every month.
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