Entireworld recycled cotton tee (gift from Entireworld) | large – I REALLY REALLY love this tee
Eileen Fisher Organic cotton stretch jeans | I can only find them in stock at Eileen Fisher, in size 0 or 12P 🙁
I’m wearing the size 4
Birkenstock Arizona sandals
I am so happy with all of my recent purchases, and now, I am finished for a while. I do feel like I am entering uncharted territory here though, adding so many colors and prints to my wardrobe! Most of my clothes are still black and grey, but now I have some pieces that don’t necessarily “go” with everything else and I will have to be more thoughtful about styling them. And also about not adding too many other things to “go” with the new things. Ah…the vicious cycle of consumerism. I am obviously still not immune.
I’m excited about this development though. I feel like I’m having more fun with my clothes and accessories lately. These prints and colors make me smile (and I always need to smile more). I love my mustard Nili Lotan pants, my AC x ES Plum marlena dress, and I’m really excited about getting the secondhand pair of clay cotton canvas Andy trousers today 🙂
Oh, and I did order the new Everlane form bag in green yesterday with some credits I had leftover. I am very intrigued by the style, and REALLY love the deep green color (which I think will go nicely with my houndstooth skirt, as well as clay and mustard pants). I am telling myself that anyway; you know I’m new at mixing colors LOL.
(I’m still rather soured on Everlane’s clothing – for me anyway – but I see they are making a small effort towards more sustainability and revamping their silk offerings by manufacturing in an LEED certified facility and Bluesign certified dyehouse.)
Anyway, I am writing an “essay” about this – my shift away from so much black towards more color and patterns. I wonder if my recent decision to laugh, smile, and enjoy life more influenced my recent clothing purchases, or the other way around. I’m actually inclined to think the two are going hand-in-hand rather than one coming before the other. Nevertheless, I’m quite pleased with the outcome.
Finally, has anyone bought anything worth sharing from Eileen Fisher recently? I’m interested in some things, as I mentioned last week, and I think this washable wool cardigan (I mean…it’s more of a blazer…) is beautiful and reminds me of ES’s rust color, but haven’t bit the bullet on anything yet. Honestly I don’t need anything else this year for fall/winter except a coat. After living in north Texas for several years now, I have finally come to terms with the fact that I need a coat. It gets very cold here. I LOVE this alpaca coat, but I’m not quite ready for navy plaid. Yet.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I usually read 2-3 or more books at a time. I usually have one “real” non-fiction book (usually about Buddhism) by my chair in the den area to read randomly, and then I have a fiction and a couple other non-fiction books going on my Kindle at any given time.
Right now I’m also reading No One Tells You This, a memoir of being single, 40’s and childless. I am enjoying it and will probably have a lot more to say about it later.
I’m also reading Rules of Civility, which I am REALLY enjoying. On deck I have A Gentleman in Moscow, also by Amor Towles.
Some slowre new arrivals tomorrow – I have some summer-y linen items that just came in that I want to get up before everyone stops buying for warm weather!
Cathy Tilton says
I got some Eileen Fisher shoes from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that I am sooooooo in love with! I got the Hutton Ankle Strap shoe in Platinum Suede and I feel like I made an awesome choice. They are shiny/sparkly without being overwhelming. Plus, the color is just neutral enough to work with everything in my closet. They are not super fancy (which works well since I have a pretty casual wardrobe), but they are just fancy enough to elevate an everyday look. They are on my blog if you want to check them out – we could be shoe twinsies!!!
Grechen Reiter says
oh! love those cathy. i really like EF shoes, but i’ve bought and returned a couple of pairs because they just never fit right. i had the right size, there was just always something “off” about them.
What is it with Amor Towles these days? (Did a Gentleman in Moscow just get released in paperback? Did he win an award recently?) He keeps coming up in random conversations, with very different groups of people.
I quite liked the Rules of Civility, and got A Gentleman in Moscow in hardback right after it came out, which I otherwise never do, because I was excited since liked his other book and have a strong interest in Russian stuff. And then… oh dear, I HATED it, and could not finish it, which is something I also almost never do. I always slog through until the end. The only other book I’ve had such a similar reaction to was Wolf Hall. I had really high hopes for A Gentleman in Moscow– I’ve read a lot on Russian/Soviet history of that period, and I’ve read a lot of other novels either written or set during the period– and that book just irritated me to no end. I remember actually sitting in my bed, and yelling at the book (something unprintable), and tossing it dramatically away. It read to me like a very bad impersonation of a Stefan Zweig novel set in a twee version of the post-Revolutionary Russia.
Oh lord, please don’t let Wes Anderson option the rights.
Anyway, I’ll be curious if, after liking the Rules of Civility, you also like A Gentleman in Moscow.
Grechen Reiter says
oh. i could not get through wolf hall either! same with the TV series!!! why??? it’s right up my alley…
now i’m very glad i’m reading rules of civility first! and now am interested to see what i think of gentleman in moscow. you have me intrigued… 🙂
i used to slog through things i wasn’t really enjoying too, but no more. i quit reading an anne tyler book and celeste ng i think because, ugh.
i heard of the book from the what should i read next podcast that i heard about on forever35 – not sure they have a big enough reach to create that much buzz, but maybe???
For me, sticking to a very neutral color palette has been sort of playing it safe and being complacent. Not in a bad way—just not in way that said “I’ve arrived and am comfortable being noticed”. I recently added some color and pattern to my wardrobe (bought a floral (gasp!) equipment top in earthy tones and put it on and did a happy dance because it actually looked good!). I’ll always love gray…adding color and pattern is a great way to add a little spring in my step. And, I’m not going to sweat said items blending seamlessly…it’s ok if they are my special, happy clothes! Loving you in all the color, btw; and I think the colors you’ve chosen really do play well with existing items in your closet.
As for EF, interested in
about as fall as I get in Florida! Fear the neck might choke me though!
I found A Gentleman in Moscow delightful, hope you like it.
Grechen Reiter says
oh! i do love that jumpsuit, but i haven’t really loved her viscose jersey pieces lately, and i would be afraid of the neck being too restrictive too…but let us know if you do get it 🙂 it looks lovely.
Interesting – I haven’t wanted to read a Gentleman in Moscow but I did love Wolf Hall (as well as Mantel’s other stuff) so maybe I should try? 😉 I stopped finishing books I didn’t enjoy a few years back – what a relief! I’m a big reader, have always loved it, don’t go anywhere without a book, yadda yadda yadda. But there’s no gold star for finishing a book you hate as an adult, so WHY was I forcing myself to do it? Even those books EVERYONE else loves. Like Donna Tartt? 😉 I just finished The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis (had already read The Address and liked) and 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret from library and am loading up my Kindle in preparation for vacation at the end of the month….
Rules of Civility sounds intriguing! I’ve requested it from the library. Trying hard to curb my spending. 🙂
Oooooh, I love that EF Alpaca coat… So beautiful!!! But it’s over $1000 Canadian, which is hard for me to justify! Wah! My daughter recently went through our coat closet and counted how many coats and outer-wear jackets I have. It was embarrassing and eye opening! Granted, we live in a four season climate and our winters are like, 8 months long, but still!!!!
Those sound really good, Cathy! I’ll check them out – thanks!
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Definitely interested if you have more to say about the No One Tells You This book. I haven’t read it, but just added it to my Amazon cart. It’s a subject I’ve recently been discussing amongst my friends IRL.