We returned from SLC last night and of course, one of the first things I did was try on the new Elizabeth Suzann wool harper sweater that arrived while we were gone (they sent it to me to review for you). I LOVE it and wanted to keep wearing it, but it was in the upper 70’s yesterday in DFW so I got hot pretty quickly, although I would definitely consider the sweater a “lightweight” wool.
It is NOT ITCHY at all and woven very tightly so that I imagine it will pill less. The one size is very large around my waist/hips/etc., but perfect in the arms/shoulders. I decided to get the one size based on my experience with the one size minus in the linen harper tunic: I found the tunic’s neckline to be somewhat restrictive and the sleeves to be a little shorter than I’d like, so wanted to avoid that with the sweater.
Overall, I’m incredibly pleased with the sweater. I’ll do a more thorough review once I’ve worn it more (I plan on taking it with me to Atlanta next week for Thanksgiving to wear non-stop), but at first glance, I’m very impressed. The wool is from Imperial Ranch in Oregon, and the sweater is woven in Tennessee, so it’s 100% American made.
The only “issue” with the sweater is that it’s not easy to layer under a traditional coat style (it would work under a large cardigan or oversized coat better) because of the size and dropped shoulders, so it will have to be more of a top layer for days that aren’t quite so cold. I layered it over a turtleneck, and that works well, and it’s brilliant with an infinity scarf, or something wrapped around your neck, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider it a sweater for VERY cold weather. It will work for me, in Dallas, but it’s something to keep in mind if you live in a very cold climate, or want something you can wear in the dead of winter.
And did you see the new knits collection at Elizabeth Suzann? I love the pieces, but need another sweater like a hole in my head, and some of them are alpaca blends, which I’m no longer so sure about (itchy…but sustainable) for myself. This Billie Sweater dress tho……
What do you think about Everlane’s E2 “party” capsule collection? I love the pointed slide and the silver oxfords, and the ribbed tank dress looks like a good, interesting basic. I appreciate that this capsule has a “theme” as opposed to the last one, and the pieces look like they’re just more “special” tweaks of some of their regular collection.
Of course it’s Thanksgiving/Black Friday next week and there will be some good sales for those of you who are shopping. I will be posting about them here, and on Grechen’s Codes, so stay tuned!!
Wait, it’s Thanksgiving next week?! I don’t know why it seemed to sneak up on me this year, maybe because we were traveling this week? Anyway, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it’s all about family, and we’ll be spending it in Atlanta with LOTS OF FAMILY!! We’re driving over on Monday and coming back the following Saturday. I can’t wait 🙂
What are you doing for Thanksgiving?
See below for some pictures from my visit to Salt Lake City. If you follow me on instagram you already saw some, and will know that I walked 18 miles in two days. It was SO BEAUTIFUL on Tuesday, about 70 degrees, so I walked and walked…Then on Wednesday it was a lot cooler, but not raining early in the day, so I took off again to go visit the Tracy Aviary and see their Andean Condor. It snowed overnight and Thursday morning was beautiful with the snow piled up on the mountains, but we left rather early so I didn’t get a chance to walk around again. But I’m pretty sure I saw most of the city.
And yes, I did wear my new Patagonia coat. It was pretty warm most of the time there, but it was perfect for Wednesday evening and Thursday morning 🙂
If you’re doing the wardrobe audit (I’m doing mine this weekend), I’ll put up some more details for following along on Monday.
Here is a good basic primer on Cashmere from Racked.
Rent the Runway at Neiman Marcus? – this is very interesting, and a great idea I think – in theory anyway. We’ll see how it works out for them.
I’m re-reading the Dance of Anger, which I read not so seriously many years ago at the advice of a therapist. I’ve been dealing with a lot of anger issues lately, along with anxiety (ugh…) but this book is very enlightening and helpful (I’m taking it much more seriously this time). Interestingly, most of my anger is directed at myself, which in turn leads to my being angry at other people, and then of course at myself again…what a vicious circle. It’s time to break it.
View from Capitol Hill
In Memory Grove Park
The Andean Condor at Tracy Aviary
View from the hotel room Thursday morning