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This Week I Love …

… these great reminders about beauty, scarcity, and comparison.

 

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By Jackie Diedam, available on mugs and phone cases and more!

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Source unknown besides Pinterest. Can’t read the tiny writing, and Google Images is no help.

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Everlane. And there’s a lot to love.

A blogger and fashionista darling for several years running, this brand proves that sustainability needn’t be stodgy. The fact that trendsetters support this brand may seem secondary, but I see it as a huge part of Everlane’s impact: Right now fast fashion is prevalent, trendy, and supported by mainstream media. When a brand that practices production transparency and highlights its carefully run factories ALSO keeps its pricing accessible and gets worn by tastemakers, it can become an essential intro to conscious consumption for those who might not otherwise focus on eco-consciousness.

And the stuff is pretty darned gorgeous, too. Take a peek:

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Luxe Double-knit Sweater Dress – $160

This black dress is lined in ivory and features a high-low hem and ribbed neck. It’s a loose, relaxed fit that’s perfect for leggings or skinnies and 95% Merino wool for wintry coziness. Also comes in grey/ivory. Sizes XS – L.

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Cotton V – $15

See that? Maybe five bucks more than you’d pay at Target or Old Navy, and this tee is made and milled in Los Angeles from 100% cotton heather. Comes in this navy as well as true black, muted black, sky blue, heather gray, and white in sizes XXS – L. This is a pretty lightweight knit, but Everlane has fabulous heavyweight long-sleeved tees in two stripes. and a ponte tee in XS- XL.

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Silk Pocket – $65

I loooooove the clean lines of this minimalist silk blouse, and that rich, versatile gray. The fabric is a washed crepe-de-chine that shows a subtle lustre on darker colors, and the blouse would typically retail for $200+. This style also comes in navy, white, red clay, tan, mint, light gray, and blush in sizes XS – L. Everlane does loads of lovely silk blouses – this collared habotai long-sleeve comes in four colors.

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Slouchy Wide-leg Pant – $88

That’s less than you’d pay for a comparable dress pant at Banana or J.Crew. Although the style seems to be unlined, it’s 95% wool with a hit of spandex so drapes beautifully even without a lining. A higher rise style with a 30” inseam and 2″ blind-stitched hem to allow for easy lengthening. Also comes in navy in sizes 0 -14.

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Modern Loafer – $170

Yep, the company does shoes. A small group of updated classics created in Italy from locally sourced leather, including this ladylike loafer in gray, burgundy, black, olive, navy, or camel. Blair of Atlantic-Pacific is a fan of this style. In U.S. sizes 5 – 11. Also love their take on the Chelsea boot.

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Tunic Sweatshirt – $35

A great price for a cool top in an unusual shape. This tunic is made from French terry and is perfect for anyone living in a mild climate who wants wintry-feeling clothes that aren’t stiflingly warm. Also comes in black, tan, gray marled, navy marled, and light gray marled in sizes XS – L.

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Chunky Wool Cardigan Coat – $165

This 100% Merino coatigan has a coocon shape and Shaker stitch fabrication. I love it paired with a same-length dress as shown here, but it’d also look sharp with a slouchy tee and skinnies or a tunic, leggings, and boots. Also in black or ivory in sizes XS – L.

Everlane produces relatively small runs of each style so certain items can run out quickly. Sign up for waitlists for new items to make sure you get yours. I hope to see this brand branching out into speciality sizes eventually since their current sizing stops at size large and runs small, but if you can fit the clothes it’s a pretty solid choice for sustainability and style alike.

(P.S. A few of my favorite eco-conscious lines that include plus sizes are locally made Hackwith Design, Canadian line Diane Kennedy, and Synergy Organic.)

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jessica smith tv

Jessica Smith TV.

Although I have frequent meetings and commitments out of the house, I have found working from home to be even more sedentary than working at an office. I don’t hustle around to other peoples’ cubes or meet colleagues for lunch across campus. I just sit. And write. And sit some more. While writing. So since the day I became self-employed, I’ve made sure to carve out some time for exercise each day. My preference is to take a brisk walk around my neighborhood while listening to podcasts or books.

HOWEVER. My personal temperature threshold is -10, and last winter passed that mark many, many times. So I started looking around for workout videos I could do in my living room on days when it was so cold outside that my eyelashes froze together. I tried a couple of the store-bought DVD systems and found them to be pretty dull as ongoing fitness tools, and a bit too focused on “getting thin and sexy” or “losing weight fast!” for my taste. Which led me to YouTube. Which led me to Jessica Smith.

Smith has an extremely popular channel with dozens of videos – all of them free – at a variety of skill levels and covering the gamut of fitness topics. She posts a new video each week, including full 30-minute workout routines, shorter workouts for those in a hurry, and a few single-exercise demo videos. She’s developed a walking/weight loss program that she sells on DVD, but never hits her YouTube subscribers with the hard sell. Her channel is a robust and valuable resource.

But the real reason I love Jessica Smith? She never harps on getting thin or losing weight as the obvious end-goals, she clearly enjoys making these videos, and she is meticulous about offering modifications for anyone who needs them. She jokes and encourages and talks you through every movement patiently and carefully. She emphasizes the importance of stretching and talks frequently about avoiding new injuries and accommodating existing ones. Her videos are clear and easy to follow, but pretty low-fi – they’re all filmed at her house, which is probably an intentional choice meant to illustrate that anyone can work out at home in a room with some clear space. And the white French bulldog in her banner is Peanut, her dog, who wanders in and out of most videos. Or just sleeps on her mat the entire time. If you’re a sucker for animals like I am, this is a delightful bonus.

On her website and channel, Smith says, “Our goal is to help you find movement that you enjoy (and actually want to keep doing) so you’ll never have to ‘work’ out another day in your life! You won’t find any crazy exercises, revealing outfits or negative energy here; just common sense fitness, advice and support from a friend and certified fitness professional (and her French bulldog).” Some of her video titles focus on weight loss, sculpting, and other concepts that circle around thinness – likely for SEO reasons – but her banter and narration are always neutral or even body-image-friendly. I’ve never heard her harp on the importance of a bikini body, describe anything as a quick/easy route to getting thin, or say anything that set off beauty-standard alarm bells.

I’ve actually kept up with the videos through the year, adding them to my daily walks and exploring a variety of routines and topics to keep the boredom at bay. When my back is acting up I choose from her knee- and back-friendly workout playlist. When I’m in a rush, I choose a 10- or 15-minute targeted workout. If you can’t afford a gym or can’t motivate yourself to go, if fitness classes make you self-conscious, or if you only have a few minutes a day to yourself, peek at Jessica Smith TV and see if you can find a video or two that suit your needs.

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