23 weeks pregnant
6397 Silk shirt dress | small
ordered a while ago with credits at Shopbop – sold out
Clergerie Anjou Straw oxfords
Did anyone get anything they needed with the Shopbop code? I sucked it up and ordered a pair of Ingrid & Isabel maternity “active” leggings today out of desperation. My two pairs of high-waisted Alo leggings still work for Pure Barre (I’m still going 4-5x/week), sort of, but they’re not high enough to go all the way over my belly and I’m always tugging them up during class, which is really frustrating. I’m also walking Dagny early in the mornings lately now that it’s warmer and the skorts I LIVE IN during these summer walks don’t fit either. UGH.
I know this is temporary; I won’t be pregnant forever, but it’s amazing how much I depend on certain clothes being comfortable for all my activities each day. I’ve held on to all my size 4 James Perse tees for all these years, so I have tons of tees/tanks that fit, but no bottoms.
Dresses are great, obviously, and while this one by 6397 (this dress is available other places but at 3X the price it was at Shopbop – I think Shopbop mis-priced it, because 6397 is usually very expensive, but they never corrected it so…) is still really big, even in the small, it is SO COMFORTABLE. I’ve had it for a month or so, but only just now can wear it. It’s very “loud” and I made it louder by wearing my neon green shoes with it, but I loved the ensemble. I might as well embrace the “bigness” now, while I’m pregnant, because I would probably feel overwhelmed by it at my pre-pregnancy size. Go big or go home. Isn’t that what they say? 😉
Everlane………..Everlane, Everlane, Everlane. Sigh. THIS is virtue signaling, and I don’t use the term greenwashing lightly, but it may also be greenwashing. What bugs me the most about it is the virtue signaling though. I AM OVER IT. Why do we need a prize for doing the right/good thing? Why are we all so desperate to signal our virtue to others?
I appreciate the message from Everlane X NYT, but I’ll donate directly to the NYT subscription sponsorship thankyouverymuch. I don’t need a sweatshirt (with polyester in it, no less) to proclaim to the world, or at least north Texas, that I support the truth, and journalism.
Of course Everlane could have teamed up with the NYT to promote their subscription sponsorship program for classrooms, or just encouraged everyone to get a NYT subscription themselves, without ALSO TRYING TO SELL SHIT, but we as a culture need prizes and incentives, and yes, more stuff, as an incentive to help others, and make the world a better place. It’s my local public radio station’s pledge drive now and even that comes with mugs, t-shirts, and umbrellas so those of us who support the station can feel – look- just a little more smug while we listen. (I am a lifelong public radio listener and supporter BTW).
Everlane is a business, trying to make money, and they know what works. Non-profits need to raise money, public radio needs money, and they too, know how to incentivize people to give. I used to think that whatever works to raise more money for important causes was a net positive, but I’m not so sure anymore. The mugs, sweatshirts, etc. are feeding into the notion that we can buy into the movement – that we can consume our way to climate change action, or to advance any cause we believe in – an idea that now seems absurd to me. How does creating a new product (Everlane) and all the waste, etc., that entails really make a dent in climate change??
Meh. I’m also not shy about my frustration with Everlane the last few years. Their latest denim drop was a really off-putting honestly – the exclusiveness, the influencer hype, the urgency, felt so…gross. Although I’m ashamed to admit, I might have ordered a pair if I could fit into them right now – I was tempted. That’s why I quit Gilt, etc. many years ago, because I noticed myself buying something because I HAD TO RIGHT THAT SECOND OR IT WOULD SELL OUT, not because I really needed or even wanted it. Everlane is all about the waitlist and exclusivity now; they are wallowing in the hype those things create.
Watching: KILLING EVE!!! I binged on last season and miss that I can’t binge on it now that I’m watching it live, but I can’t get enough of those two. Also watching A Discovery of Witches, which I enjoy, but maybe mostly because I read the books and really loved them? The acting isn’t stellar…
Working on my quilt this weekend, getting ready for lots of company next week. My sister is coming in for work on Monday and then my in-laws for Passover. Then the week after Leo and I go to Santa Fe as a last “hurrah” solo vacation before the baby comes, and while I still feel REALLY good LOL.
What’s happening with you?
Have both Killing Eve & Discovery of Witches recording – I too LOVED the book series and am hoping the show is ok. We’ve been recording & watching Riviera with Julia Stiles & Lena Olin. Really good!! Also still finishing up most recent season of Victoria. (we don’t stream any shows/movies, or have HBO/SHO so we just record whatever is on regular tv/satellite and watch so we can FF commercials….) I feel like we’re the only people who’ve never watched Game of Thrones or Sopranos or whatever the big new fancy show is, but c’est la vie. Eventually it should come out on dvd if we’re really interested….
Reading Daisy Jones and the Six. Had been reading all the hype, found it at my library ebooks and it’s a fun quick read. I should have it finished today or tomorrow, can’t remember what’s up next…
Last weekend I got the patio cushion slipcovers/pillowcases done, it’s supposed to rain here all weekend long so I think we’re finally going to reupholster our headboard. We built it ~15 yrs ago and I bought new fabric 3 yrs ago, one of the lights we installed sconces in the center so we each have a reading light) died and we found replacements at IKEA in southern California when we were there on vacation in February, so it seems like it’s time 😉 (our closest IKEA is 3 hrs away so we don’t get there very often….)
And I still need to clean the closet….
Shared a lot of your feelings on the Everlane NYT thing. I can’t stand the “save the environment by buying a branded t-shirt” thing. It completely goes against the heart of the idea that we should consume more carefully.
Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 says
OMGosh. The Everlane denim drop made me so angry. It wasn’t that long ago that you and your readers were complaining about the scarcity hype of the ES + AC collaboration, but this is worse on so many levels because there’s no reason it had to be handled as an exclusive BUY RIGHT NOW OR YOU’LL MISS IT event. I also would like to have bought/tried the jeans, but now I’m almost relieved I couldn’t (the email was buried by my spam filter such that I didn’t realize I’d gotten it at all until I ran an Everlane search the following day when I learned I’d missed out entirely).
I hate the Everlane sweatshirt and what it represents. (I also grimaced at the 100% Human stuff – good message but weird delivery.) But, I will admit that I love my NPR/local public radio swag fiercely. And the umbrellas our local botanical garden offers members. (They are beautiful and enormous.)
Watching: Trading Spaces! I am so glad it’s back.
Reading: Parenting Advice book and trying to start Americanah, but keep convincing myself I need to finish the nonfic first. Also: gave up FB for Lent (for another nine days) and so reading blogs. Third time abstaining from Facebook, first time I am not looking forward to logging back in.
Oh sh*t! You had to mention the closet, Kelly….now I’m feeling like I have to tackle mine, too. Grechen, is that virtue signaling? 😉
You have got to have the chicest maternity wardrobe I’ve ever seen. Seriously!
You are so right on the money about Everlane. I was fine reading about climate change…until I got to the hawking of the sweatshirt, which will undoubtedly be worn one season and then tossed. My pet peeve is companies selling something to “do good” instead of just doing good. I’ve noticed that some of my favorite orgs are allowing me to opt out of the free gift, which I like.
I LOVED “Killing Eve” and can’t wait to dig into the new season. Also, I’m really into “Catastrophe”right now and find it hilarious. I recommended it to my daughter and SIL and she said, “Mom, did you suggest we watch that because it reminds you of us?” :-0 (Their first kid was pre-marriage, and no, that wasn’t why.)
Leah Wise says
Pretty much any consumer good centered around climate change is blegh and counterintuitive. I agree with you on that. That being said, I bought a pollinators shirt that donates proceeds to conservation charities AND an opossum illustrated tote from the local Wildlife Rescue this week, so I’m obviously influenced by this kind of charity structure. But I also donate monthly to the Xerces Society and the ACLU without getting goody bags out of it, so maybe I’m doing ok.
🙂 I keep mentioning it because it keeps popping up on my to-do list because I haven’t done it yet. No virtue over here! 😉 I’m trying to psyche myself up to do it. I have a lot of smaller size clothing I need to be realistic about…..
I am also a public radio supporter and I really appreciate that my local station doesn’t automatically send you the swag. You can easily opt out. I try to refuse as much of that “free” shit as I can (though I fully admit I’m not perfect).
Haven’t had a lot of time for watching but am all in for Game of Thrones!
Totally teasing you, Kelly! I think you’re great! 🙂
I’ve been putting off my own closet-declutter for so long now that my things are developing cobwebs. It’s self-recrimination. Ugh…
Chania Allen says
The whole influencer thing is getting me pissed off. It’s the new “clique” you never belonged to in school, only thank God i’m too old to consider these “teacup kids” my peers. As soon as I saw the Everlane exclusive pant offer I looked elsewhere. I don’t need to join a club to buy jeans.