Lauren Manoogian crew neck alpaca sweater | size 2, purchased w/credits at Garmentory
Rachel Comey slim legion jeans | size 8
AllBirds wool loungers
Transcience Swing Bag (gift from the designer to review)
I mentioned that I have been adding alpaca sweaters rather than cashmere, or wool, to my wardrobe for a while, since it is seen as a more sustainable, animal-friendly option. Many of you asked for suggestions. Right now, I have a Zady alpaca sweater I’ve had for a few years (which is good, but I have never really liked how it fit on me all that much, so it might end up on slowre), this one by Lauren Manoogian, and another one by Han Starnes (seen here). I also have a blanket by Bare Knitwear.
I will do a full post on alpaca in the coming weeks and talk about all of these items in more detail, but in general, I am now an alpaca convert. It can be somewhat itchy at first, but I find that with wear and as it warms up against my body, it softens up and is lovely and comfortable. This Lauren Manoogian sweater particularly, has never been itchy, and is heavenly to wear. It’s a challenging style for me to wear for some reason, and I don’t like it much with these jeans. But this is what I threw on to wear. I do love the color very much.
My ES clyde culottes arrive today (they were a holiday gift from my mother)! I’m so excited, but also need to temper my expectations a bit because I’m afraid they won’t fit. That’s always a hazard of ordering from Elizabeth Suzann, but I’m happy to take the risk. If they’re just way too big on me, but otherwise I like them, I’ll change them out for a smaller size, but if I don’t like them at all, I would really love a pair of silk florence pants in another color – maybe rust? or moss? I know, who am I right now??
I’m going to talk more about this in another post, but I spent A LOT of money on clothes in 2017. More than I should have. And now, I don’t want more. Of course I have enough, I had enough even before adding new things. But there are some things I believe would enhance my wardrobe, and they are all from Elizabeth Suzann (clyde vest, Georgia midi dress, Florence pants, clyde jumpsuit). So, and this is preliminary – not set in stone – I have decided to add one ES item per quarter next year and nothing else. Like I said, more later.
I watched all of Alias Grace in two days and loved it. Just watch it.
Started on Broadchurch season 3, it’s good, but not as good as the first two seasons. Also watching the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which is so funny, and really fun to watch. Leo and I are still watching Vikings – I think it’s the men’s version of Outlander?? I don’t mind it much, but I can’t wait to get through it so we can catch up on The Americans and Halt & Catch Fire. We also watched the Big Sick and we both loved it so much. It was so funny, and so real – just really well done.
One of the AMA questions was about what blogs I read. Honestly, I’ve never really read many blogs, which is weird, because I love it when people read my blog lol, but I’ve gone through phases. Back in fashion blogging’s heyday I followed all the “big” blogs that everyone else did because I thought I was supposed to, and just to “keep up” with things, which was stupid. I purged them all from my reader and quit doing that, only sticking with blogs written by my “blogger friends” and people I really felt a connection with.
But some blogs I feel like I have to read, but don’t really enjoy have started to creep back into my reading habits, and like Michelle did a little while ago, I have purged them once and for all. Now, I am rebuilding my list with her blog, Dr It Girl, + all the blogs on her blogroll (on which I am so honored to be included), Accidental Icon and That’s Not My Age. I’m particularly enjoying Ethel Grace lately (you may know Talia, who comments here) and I spent hours this morning wandering through To universe with love, a blog I have read off and on, but had forgotten about.
I must acknowledge though, that I am missing more such blogs written by women my age (45). Any other suggestions?
Getting used to living with my jaw “wired” shut. It’s not really wired shut, it’s sort of like having braces on, and really really strong elastics keeping me from opening my mouth very wide. It’s funny how quickly you can get used to something so unnatural and uncomfortable! I feel best when I don’t talk very much, and it’s a particular hell to smile 🙂 I haven’t needed any pain relief at all since the first day or so, and otherwise, I feel fine, just hungry a little more often than usual.
I miss Pure Barre, but think it would be prudent to wait and start back at least until the elastics are off (three more weeks). I am going to start using the Peloton again today, but slowly ease back in. I am lucky to get 800-1000 calories a day, so my aim isn’t to burn calories, just to get some physical exercise, I miss it so much.
Soon I’ll start making soups for myself rather than rely on the boxed soups by Imagine (although they are very very good), and I’ll be trying different smoothies other than my old standby. I did make Golden Milk this week and thought it was heavenly. Glad to have it in the rotation.
Again, I cannot express how happy and grateful I am that my little jaw fracture was not something more serious. All things considered, it’s not so bad. I am dying to eat pizza. Or anything I can chew, really, but I couldn’t ask for a better place to recover, a better partner and friends to recover with, and a better time to do it. Now, it is getting rainy and very cold, so why would I want to be out and about anyway?
Not that I don’t get a little sad and scared every once in awhile. I am very concerned about keeping my teeth/gums clean and relatively healthy during all of this. My oral surgeon told me to use a baby toothbrush and brush with a 1:1 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water, and then I swish for a minute a few times a day. I do that, but I cannot even get the brush to reach everywhere! So I am nervous for infection, and that the end of it all, my teeth may anyway be out of whack, even if my jaw fracture is healed, and I may need to have my wisdom teeth out after all. But that is for later.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas if you celebrate, and a lovely Monday if you don’t 🙂
Thanks for the blog mentions Grechen! I also enjoy To Universe with Love—she has strong opinions sometimes but always seems open to hearing other people’s opinions too, and comes off as unfiltered and “genuine” (in quotes bc it gets overused!). I’ve found myself shifting away from blogs with a LOT of sponsored/gifted content and more towards blogs doing their own thing, and that are more about lifestyle or environmentalism overall rather than a laser focus on clothes. Already enjoying Dr. It Girl, and look forward to exploring the others!
I recently discovered Michelle’s updated blog roll as well, and I am loving exploring some new blogs. I appreciate this community and that there is communication between bloggers of similar mindsets.
It has been harder recently to find new blogs with compelling content, as opposed to the commercialized ones buried in affiliate links with professional photographers.
Thanks for featuring some alapaca sweaters! And the shout out! Also late to the soup game but I’ve made this one twice now and it is so good! Just puree everything 🙂
Looking forward to reading Accidental Icon, she looks fab.
Ok, so that sweater looks divine…and you wear it well! I’m watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, too. I’m loving the costumes (even though I couldn’t bear being in such form fitting garments). There is something so refreshing about seeing people so well dressed and put together; I never cease to be amazed by what some people choose to wear in public. To each his own, I guess.
Glad you are on the mend. Have a great weekend. ?
also such a fan of to universe with love. it’s a blog you can really curl up with and feel as if you’re reading a magazine.
i, too, get tired of all the sponsored posts i see around, as well as the same clothes (J+J especially – not that there’s anything wrong with them) on every blogger. it kinda feels like everyone is walking around in the same outfits if they are “ethical” shoppers.
you , grechen, always manage to maintain a realness – even when you do have sponsors- that is hard to find elsewhere. thanks for continuing to be authentic!
Grechen Reiter says
oh, i am obsessed with her mother’s dressing gowns, or whatever they’re called – the long beautiful robes she wears at breakfast and in the evenings. i remember my mother wearing a house dress at home all the time, and i do so (i wear a linen caftan, or any other linen dress i have) as well. mine are not very fancy, but i’ve never been one to wear old clothes or whatever at home, as i’ve mentioned here before, i have a somewhat separate “HOME” wardrobe 😉
thank you !!
Grechen Reiter says
oh, that soup sounds delicious, will try it soon 🙂
Thank you for the link to the blogroll on Dr It Girl – I bookmark blogs in a folder in Chrome, and open them all in tabs when I feel like reading something, but I’m not sure what. I’ve been rotating out ones that feel too “commercialized” and my folder has grown slim. Glad to have some fresh content to read!
This post makes me feel giddy with joy! Thanks for the mention. It’s hard to find “real” style blogs to read these days. But I do love reading the ones that I find even when their styles differ from mine. Too often people stop posting and fall off the radar. I wish all the people who comment would start their own blogs so I can have more to read =). It’s a nice break from reading the news.
Made this soup last week and it’s amazing! I just used my immersion blender to make it smoother – I don’t love chunky potato soups, really. (I don’t actually like white potato much but LOVE sweet potato!) The pasta is optional, and while I used pork chorizo, I think that something like trader joe’s soyrizo would work nicely. And possibly fit better in the straw right now 😉 I like this pretty thick but obviously that’s a problem for you right now – just add more stock to thin out to the right consistency for you.
I love the sweater! It looks so soft. Have you worn it with black pants? I think it would look really great.
I can’t keep up with all of the blogs I’m reading. I think I need to “just say no”! I could be happy just following you and Kim France. But them I catch wind of a new one that sounds interesting. No new 40 and overs as far as I know. Maybe I’ll have to start one after all! 😉
I loved Alias Grace! Binge-watched it in two days (So does that truly count as a “binge”?) I’m with you on Broadchurch…the first two seasons were SO good. Also, I don’t love Vikings, but we watch it anyway. Have you watched Hinterland? We loved that one. I ended up watching Ozark because of your recommendation, and I really liked it – it surprised me!
I hope that your healing is quick, healthy and pain-free.
Looking forward to your alpaca picks!
Sorry for being late to the party. Was out of town. But thank you for including me in the list. And thank you for all the inspiration.
I struggle to find the blogs that hit the right note with me. I don’t want to be in touch with fast fashion in terms of manufacturing or as excess consumption. That rules out most content on the internet. I am supposed to be working a lot more hours, so its fine that I have lesser distractions. But I really do wish for more reading materials. I definitely missed out on the golden age of blogging – where people wrote to connect/share vs sell. Am always late for the important parties.
Thank you for the kind words.
( Please feel free to intervene and put me in my place when I grow the horns ) .
Thank you for the kind words.