Rachel Comey jeans | extra 20% off sale at Beklina 20holiday2018a
Madewell turtleneck bodysuit | 25% off at Madewell with code SHOPALLDAY
James Perse cashmere coat (several years old) | Free shipping with code GRCHNHOLIDAY18 – ends today!
Dansko clogs | Spend $250, get $50 at Nordstrom
This morning, I feel like a human being, not a blogger. I’m happy not to be posting about all the cyber monday sales today; I’m so glad I’m not in that place anymore where I “have” to do that. I’m very thankful to have been able to shift away from trying to make a full-time income as a blogger towards slowre. And I am SO SO SO grateful that Leo is such a supportive partner; I would not have been able to do it without him.
For the most part, I resisted all the sale emails (I didn’t buy anything from Shopbop or James Perse…gasp) because I don’t need anything. I did place an order at Integrity Botanicals using their 15% off code for Josh Rosebrook’s hydrating accelerator (which I’ve been using for a while and LOVE), some Ursa Major travel wipes, and this lip color I’m wearing right now, Vapour Velvet Lip gloss in Fearless (I LOVE Integrity Botanicals for the 3 free samples with every order). I also ordered two more bodysuits from Madewell because I love this one so much: the wrap bodysuit in black, and the striped crewneck bodysuit (both in Medium).
Has anyone purchased anything from the James Perse sale? Or Shopbop? Anything else? What were you looking for that you found for a great deal?
I spent last week enjoying time with family. It was hard, emotionally, at times, but mostly extremely fulfilling. I cried like a baby leaving my mom’s house to come home – it seems to get harder every time. My cousin brought his yorkie so we all gushed over him (the dog, haha) and mostly just enjoyed sitting around talking, eating and playing games.
I am re-energized to start back working again, but I need to be cautious getting back into social media and “shopping.” When I wasn’t looking at emails or instagram, I felt like a normal person LOL. I wasn’t tempted to buy things I don’t need and I never once felt FOMO. It was wonderful.
How was your week last week? I hope it was relaxing and you were able to spend some time doing exactly what you wanted to do.
Oh, and in case you don’t get the emails, I’m offering 10% off and free shipping at slowre today with code “thanks.” Thanks 🙂
Leah Wise says
Sigh. I’m feeling a new conviction after several days with extended family that I need to get out of the monetized blog business. I applied for a full time job (with benefits!) today. My current work situation makes it impossible to live the life I’m really interested in living.
Grechen Reiter says
congratulations for taking such a big step!
i hope you get the job if that’s something you really want 🙂
My Thanksgiving plans were cancelled on Wednesday (mom’s town water supply drained so we opted NOT to visit when they don’t have showers or toilets or….) So I had a lovely lazy long weekend with just my spouse & cat. Our Thanksgiving was a duck roasted over an open fire. It was lovely! We put up a christmas tree (I’m no longer Christian but I love a Christmas tree, so, what can I say….) Husband ordered a Black Friday vacuum. I ordered some candles. (thank goodness, not ALL the candles I put in my cart, but still – sometime next week I’ll have a “horde”) I’m sorry your weekend was bittersweet (in the leaving…) but glad you enjoyed the rest!
Love love these jeans on you! Speaking of pants, did you see the Jesse Kamm drama on IG last week? I mention it as there was much discussion in the comments on one of her posts about accessibility of her clothing in terms of sizing and price. I thought you may be interested as you have a few pairs of her pants and also due to your own blog content. I often wonder myself too on what part of pricing on many lines is truly the cost of sustainability vs. current trends.
I haven’t gone to the mall on a Black Friday for a decade now. Also bought nothing at JP or Shopbop although both were tempting. However, me and my bf did go to the mall this weekend to return full priced items I had bought earlier that I changed my mind on from Macy’s (Eileen Fisher), Anthro and Lululemon. I didn’t need any of it and none of it looked particularly great on me so back it went. I did end up with a few heat tech undergarments from Uniqlo from the Alexander Wang collab and also bought an Eileen Fisher puffer vest on presale. I’m on the fence about the vest although it is very flattering on me. It is a lighter color than I’m used to (it’s the recycled vest in “icing” which is like a cross between a cream and a very light blush). It looked great with my all black outfit I had on when I tried it on (leggings, scuba fabric hoodie and running shoes). I also need some thin socks to wear under my booties so should at least log on today for socks.
Last week was busy with work. Thanksgiving was two dinners (my family & then my bf’s family). I also worked on Friday as well as on Sunday. I’m hoping to have more time to relax around New Years.
Grechen Reiter says
thanks tania! yes, i did see all the JK drama on instagram and honestly it’s a big reason i’m staying off it now – i was really soured by it. (i don’t have any jesse kamm pants, i just tried a pair that came through for slowre) i have tons of thoughts on the whole situation, but am never sure i’d do a great job at articulating them so i haven’t tried to write them down LOL
first, i will say that i understood jesse’s initial concern about madewell using her trademark in their search campaigns, that is technically “allowed” but it’s not very ethical, and they were probably doing it. but no, she didn’t invent the wide-leg pant, she just popularized it amongst a certain “set” of influencers and took off from there.
the rest of it i thought was honestly quite bullying. just not my style, and it rubbed me the wrong way entirely. i get that JK’s pants don’t fit the majority of women, myself included, but there are tons of other independent designers who make things that DO fit, and I’ll give my money to them, not giving jesse kamm a second thought. end of story. for me anyway. *shrugs*
LOVE Vapour Organics! Their “Tryst” lippie is my daily go-to, and I’ve been using the “Simmer” coloured bronzer since last spring. Just a light swipe across the bridge of my nose and cheeks seems to neutralize any redness. It’s very subtle, not too shimmery and only a smidge darker than my skintone, and I finally get what people mean by a “glowy” look. It’s really good. Most days I just do tinted sunscreen and Vapour bronzer, and sometimes it’s enough to achieve that “effortlessly put-together” feeling. 🙂
I think I got confused & was thinking about your different Comey pants lol. Since I wrote to you I read up on Jesse Kamm and she lives her life in a minimalist/handmade way and keeps her staffing lean intentionally to leave time for her family. Although I can understand how people jumped all over her post about calling out Madewell without better “receipts”than a google search I don’t think she should bear the brunt of everyone’s frustration over the lack of sizes in the fashion industry or her pricing. She is not a big business intentionally and she also does wholesale too vs. just direct to consumer and made to order so scaling her line wouldn’t necessarily be the same risk/process as say, a brand like ES. It felt like bullying to me too. Not all the comments of course but definitely quite more than a few. While we can and should speak with our shopping dollars I don’t think we should expect every line, especially small independent lines, to serve everyone. Talking about how it is important for the industry to change its norms to include extended size ranges and diversity in models doesn’t equate to me that it is ok to shame an independent designer or designers for not scaling. Also the sustainable capsule crowd wear many of the same items and while part of that is due to the appeal/ethos of the brands themselves there is still a strong drive to buy into current trends. Replacing ones wardrobe with popular (& current) sustainable clothing pieces that range from $200 to $500 has its good points and it supports those designers to drive that business model but it is still shopping, fashion and consumerism. I compare myself to my mother who wears some of her same clothing that she did 40 years ago! That keeps my own ego and judgement in check. I may wear mainly handmade sustainable pieces now but my mother still swims at home in a poly halter top that she is wearing in a pic with me when I was 4 in 1972. So that keeps me from feeling holier than thou about my sartorial choices.
Grechen Reiter says
haha. yes, it’s all the rachel comey 🙂
also, agree with everything you said.
i’m trying to put down in words my thoughts on size inclusivity, and include the excellent article by Robin Givhan i read the other day…
Grechen Reiter says
oh! thanks for the feedback on the bronzer. i might try it. i just LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the lip gloss stuff! it’s so soft and the color is noticeable, while still being subtle. if that makes sense LOL