State of the Goblin Shark: Back to the Blob

renee sitting on a bed

After not having posted anything here since March, I think a lot of you assumed that I was done with this blog. For a while, I thought I might be done with it too. When I last wrote, we were just at the beginning of so many huge changes that have permanently altered the world. The pandemic was in its earliest stages and we all thought we’d be going back to “normal” by summer. George Floyd hadn’t yet been murdered by the police and we thought that Breonna Taylor’s murderers might still be brought to justice. There were acres and acres of California left untouched by wildfire. RBG was alive and keeping the Supreme Court in balance. The presidential election was far away.

I’ve had a lot going on personally, too. My job is much busier and more stressful than it was pre-pandemic, and since I’m working from home, I never really get a clean break between work and relaxation at the end of the day. My graduate school plans are officially on hiatus while I wrestle with Big Feelings about my future and the possibility of taking on more student loan debt. I’m so depleted and exhausted, I haven’t felt like I could show up here and have anything to say. Mostly, I’ve been taking refuge in my kitchen (in my new apartment!), cooking and baking and eating things with joyful, reckless abandon. That’s about the only place I’ve been able to find some happiness in what feels like a very dark and hopeless time.

This is starting to get really melodramatic, so let me just cut to the chase and say that I am beginning to feel like my old self again, bit by bit, and as long as I have had fingers to type with and access to the internet, I have been blogging in some way or another. I couldn’t stay away for too long. As much as I tried to keep the style content going on Instagram, the truth is that I am a very long-winded person who needs a long-form platform to express myself. I’m not a “content creator” or an influencer. I’m a blogger, and yammering on about my feelings is my true specialty.

So, I’m glad to be back. A heartfelt thank you to all my readers who kindly reached out to me when I was gone. Your messages mean more to me than you could possibly know.

Now that we’ve recapped the current dumpster-fire state of the world at large and talked about the rickety shamble that is my personal life, I’d like to zero in on the ethical fashion world for a minute. Last I wrote, Everlane was only at the beginning of their union-busting BS, and I had hope that they would turn it around. Well, as more and more accusations of racism in the workplace were made public (primarily from IG account, and Everlane’s refusal to acknowledge or engage with those criticisms became more and more uncomfortable, my decision to officially stop working with them was cemented. I don’t accept new gifted product, I don’t generate new affiliate links, and I don’t tag or mention them in my IG posts. That said, the great majority of my clothing is from Everlane and I’m not trying to restart my wardrobe from scratch, so you’ll still see it around. I won’t be identifying, labeling, or linking to specific items, and I’ll try to link to similar items from better brands when I can. I’m leaving up all my currently posted links and reviews, because that’s work I’ve already done and I would like to continue getting paid for it. I still shop for Everlane clothes secondhand, but I don’t make purchases directly from them anymore.

I loved Everlane for a long time, but I’m choosing to believe Black individuals, not corporate PR departments, and take my support elsewhere. I don’t think Everlane is the worst company in the world by a long shot, but when you claim to be ethical and “radically transparent” while at the same time covering up union busting and blatant racism and discrimination in the workplace, you don’t make the “ethical” cut anymore.

The other big piece of ethical fashion news (hardly news at this point, but I haven’t written about it yet) is that Elizabeth Suzann, one of my all time favorite brands, and truly, the brand that most inspired my journey toward a more mindful and ethical wardrobe in the first place, is no more. It was a devastating blow to the ethical fashion community, especially because it really put on display how a company that tried in every possible way to do right by its workers during a pandemic couldn’t survive it. Sadly, the final “Clothing is Political” campaign is no longer available on the Elizabeth Suzann website, but I’d like to at least link you to two specific creators and educators who were featured in that campaign, Aja Barber and Emi Ito. Please do yourself a favor and follow them both.

Not a whole heck of a lot to report on my own wardrobe at the moment. I’ve got some stuff to review that I hope you’ll like, but for the most part, I’m dressing for comfort over style these days and rarely photographing it. (How many times do you want to see the same black leggings and fleece jacket on my IG feed, honestly?) I’m not going to promise any sort of regular blogging schedule, but I will be here more than I have been in the last six months. Thanks in advance for following along.

15 thoughts on “State of the Goblin Shark: Back to the Blob

  1. Good to read you again and thank you so much about the status quo update with regard to sustainable fashion. Its a bit depressing, but anyway good to know. Take care and keep swimming! Greetings from Germany 😘


  2. Good to read from you again! And I’m glad to hear you’re doing better. I guess a lot of us went through some tough times in the last six, seven months. With recent news, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.


  3. YAY, glad you are back and (relatively) well (I mean, that’s the best we can say for everyone these days, right?) .

    I don’t do Instagram so I’m thrilled to have whatever content you choose to post here.


  4. Yay! Glad you are back and as well as any of us can be in these times.
    I don’t do Instagram, so I’m very happy you’re writing blog content again. One thing I’d love to see (if you are looking for ideas) is remixed outfits from what you have in your closet. I’m really, really missing in-person thrifting and am trying to get more inventive with what I have (even though I don’t go anywhere–just as a creative outlet.)


  5. So glad you’re back! Honestly, I’m one of those people who can kind of take or leave Instagram–I much prefer reading blog posts and other long-form content. (Does that make me an internet dinosaur?) Anyway, well wishes to you and hope to read more from you soon!


  6. Yay, you’re back! The other day I was looking through a bunch of photos that I had saved and I came across one of you in a very happy looking green top. It made me smile, remembering that you were into rock climbing too. Have you been able to do much climbing again? I’m glad to hear that things are improving for you!


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