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Things are going to look a little different around here, but I hope you'll come along anyway. Writing over at fairdare and in this space has allowed me to stretch my creativity and to notice the beauty in everyday, simple choices. It's strengthened my values and held me accountable for my actions. My hope has grown in so many ways. It would bring me great joy to imagine that it might have done the same for you in any small way.
Fairdare focuses on putting others first in regards to our clothing decisions. It's true that I like fashion and view dressing as a means of creative expression. I love that we can express love through our clothing choices as well!
Putting others first, for me, is an expression of my faith. This faith is the driving force behind not only my clothing choices, but also my food choices, and choices regarding how we choose to live.
So while I liked the space created over at fairdare to focus on a single issue, I found that dividing my focus between two spaces was crippling my creativity. I added two instagram accounts to the mix and was soon feeling torn between where each and every idea fit best. So I'm circling the wagons and bringing the whole shebang back under one tent. (Total cliche dump there.) :)
We'll still be exploring simple living, fair choices and working toward zero-waste. We'll also explore the fairdare, fair fashion, inspiring fair wearers, and all the other tools and inspiration meant for the space at fairdare.
It's sad to say goodbye to jane+jo+julia, but I think "fairdare" accurately embodies this all-encompassing drive to live fairly in a world of valuable people and limited resources. We're going to move things over there. (In all honesty, I paid for the fairdare domain and feel it will be more secure going forward.) It will take me a little while to get all the archives over there, but they will trickle in. :)
I appreciate each and every visit to this space. I truly apologize for the inconvenience, but I do hope the switch will be good for you too.
So I hope to see you over at fairdare, and I hope you'll join the conversation!!!
p.s. You can subscribe to fairdare via email by using the subscribe box on that site. I believe it is now possible to subscribe to fairdare via bloglovin' and other feeds as well. Please continue to let me know about any ways that I can make this transition easier for you!
i've fought a mental battle over the years about taking vitamins. on one hand i think that we should be able to get all the vitamins we need from our diets... vitamins are expensive... and i don't want to get lazy about eating a variety of healthy foods, because i am depending on vitamin supplements. on the other hand, i realize that i may need some help actually reaching my daily requirements.
we don't eat meat at home, so i'm mindful of the holes we need to fill. i want to be aware of getting enough vitamin b12, iron, and zinc. we do eat dairy, but i want to keep my bones strong so am aware of calcium intake as well.
i've also recently read a bit of woman code. i took the quick test on the author's website, and it predicted that i have a magnesium deficiency. i'd also been told about taking magnesium for the heart palpitations that i experience. i've been taking fish oil (sporadically) for a couple years for that as well, but finding second reason to believe i may be deficient in magnesium motivated me to take action.
so with my vitamin b12, iron, zinc, vitamin d, and vitamin c covered in a multivitamin... my magnesium + calcium supplemented... and fish oil accounted for... i now have four pills to take. i'm determined to take those vitamins every day, and have been proud of my consistency over the past three weeks. the problem is that in the past few days, i've realized that i've gotten so used to taking my vitamins that i can't always remember doing it.
oh, habits. it feels a little dorky, but i've succumbed to the pill organizer. i looked for a non-plastic option, but didn't find one. i'll hope this one lasts. now i can keep track and be sure not to double dose.
I've read over and over that when we find a piece that fits + flatters, we should buy it in multiples.
The other day I found a piece that I quite liked. It fit quite nicely. The color fits into my wardrobe perfectly. I tried it on with various bottoms + layers already in my closet... and it is quite versatile. It's a keeper. And even with all my writing about less and enough... do you know what my pressing thought was? I wonder if there is another one on the website... maybe in a different color.
Who do you think I write these posts for? Right, me.
The one piece is brilliant. Another would just be redundant. I find that buying more than one of an item often just makes me get tired of both pieces twice as quickly. Wearing a piece until it can be worn no more should be the goal, and when a piece is of good quality... that doesn't happen for quite a while... and usually not before I'm ready to move on to a new style or color anyway.
One is enough.
one day last week i made two dresses... but i only had one to show for it in the end.
i had pretty much finished my (first) dress, when i realized that i would never wear it. the idea was a good one (in my opinion)... a calf length, short sleeved dress with slits at the sides. this gorgeous fabric that i bought last autumn in nashville was waiting for the perfect project... and i thought i'd envisioned it. when i slid that dress on, however, i just knew that i wouln't actually want to wear it that often.
it's like shopping. i find what i think is a lovely piece, but when i try it on something is not right and i pass on the purchase. sewing doesn't afford the same walk away opportunity.
i've sewn pieces i love,,, but i've probably sewn a lot more pieces that i would have walked away from in the fitting room. the problem is that i've already consumed the materials.
i struggle with the notion that sewing and knitting offer the "perfect" custom clothing option. it does allow customization, quality assurance, and fitting options... but it can also create waste if the finished project is not worn. yes, i can use the waste for other projects, but what if i don't want or need a quilt (that involves purchasing batting) made out of my failed shirt fabric? what if i don't want or need another bread bag or child's skirt or any number of other projects that i could make out of the waste?
i can donate the finished project and cross my fingers that someone else will take it home and love wearing it.
i don't have the answers. i like to create. i like coming up with ideas and bringing them to life. i like when my creations become beloved parts of my wardrobe. they don't always become beloved parts of my wardrobe.
this time, i was able to pick apart the first dress... cut out a second dress,,, sew it up... and like it. i'm not so sure that a couple of my other recent sewing projects will have the same successful end to their stories.
i can consume less... as always. i can do my best. it's just hard sometimes to sort this all out.
"We like to buy well-made clothes and wear them often.
esby is designed in Austin and produced in Los Angeles and Dallas." ~esby apparel
I love the easy shapes and uncomplicated lines of esby's autumn collection. These are some of my favorite pieces from the collection, and I can imagine being comfortable and ready for any occasion in any of these pieces.
photos via esby's autumn 2016 lookbook.
i bought the fen pattern by amber + jaime at fancy tiger crafts a few months ago. i'd wondered if i might be able to make the dress work for julia. the neck opening seems a bit wide, but i thought i could make it smaller. i haven't tried it for her yet, but when i saw this rust colored linen, i decided to make myself a fen top. it might have had a little something to do with karen's fens and jaime's use of the linen which made it look a totally different color from the purchase page. i decided to love the linen whatever the color turned out to be, so i ordered it with a little less than my usual amount of waffling.
while the color doesn't look to me like either of the pictures, it is my new favorite. i cut out the size i measured in the fen, but made the neck opening smaller. after i had it put together... but before sewing the hem... i decided to make the hi-low effect a bit less pronounced. i also added pockets.
this was a very simple + quick sew... and the results make me smile. the combination of just the right weight linen and the cut of the pattern make for a top that is just what i want to wear right now. this top goes well with high waisted jeans. it can be worn over a pact tank top to confidently bridge the potential gap with other pants. probably my favorite way to wear it is over my black ali golden jumpsuit. i also think it would be super cute over a calf skimming slip dress.
fen, i think i like you.
georgia o'keeffe was my first favorite artist... and so remains. i admired her use of bold color, uncluttered canvases, and simple shapes right from the start. i remember the first time that i saw one of her enormous canvases in real life. we were walking down the stairs in the chicago art institute and the larger than life flowers stopped me in my tracks. i couldn't believe i was looking at a real georgia o'keeffe painting... and it was over the stairway!
on our first trip to new mexico, mr. tribe and i fell in love with the rusty hills, clear blue sky, scrubby bushes, and adobe houses. the colors just seemed so intense and clear. the light was different. my understanding of georgia's love for new mexico was complete. years later we would make our home in new mexico. exploring abiquiu's white rock formations and seeing an exhibit of georgia's work alongside andy warhol's in the little georgia o'keeffe museum will always stay with me.
lately, i've been mesmerized by peeks inside georgia's homes via georgia o'keeffe and her houses and georgia o'keeffe at ghost ranch. it is hard to believe that these pictures were taken sixty years ago. the furniture comes straight out of design within reach, and it made me smile to see a chemex on her table in 1960. subtle shifts occur in her homes over the years... black furniture receives white denim slipcovers... alexander girard pillows add a touch of color (i didn't realize until now that he lived in new mexico himself)... and fireplaces are added to bring warmth.
i can't exactly put my finger on why these books captivated my attention so absolutely, but i do know they speak to all of my current sensibilities of simplicity, beauty, and comfort.
both of these books came from our library... so grateful for it!
I look forward to new collections coming out each season. I can't wait to see the new pieces, new colors, new silhouettes. I love putting together make-believe collections of dream simple wardrobes. I like thinking that it would be permissible to buy a piece or two at the beginning of a new season.
When I looked at my warm weather clothing at the beginning of the season, I came up with all kinds of holes and "needs" that I thought would require shopping. I even did some shopping... and ended up returning all of it. It took actually wearing what I already had to know that I didn't need any more pairs of shorts, because I liked wearing my jumpsuits better anyway. It took wearing what I already had to realize that I didn't really want to wear dresses much this season. It took wearing the pieces I already had to learn that I already had enough. I couldn't have known any of those things before the season began. I wouldn't have made the right decisions right at the beginning of the season.
When I looked ahead, I thought I'd need a few new tops, another jumpsuit, and a pair of shorts. I ended up buying that jumpsuit (and another one too), but I also sold one I already had. I ended up finding a top that I love, but I also let one go that never even got worn. (I'm planning on making that one into a top for my daughter.) My original shopping list ended up not being quite right.
My goal is to value farmers and the environment by not taking more than my share... and not discarding carelessly. My goal is to value garment workers by paying attention to supply chains. Both of these goals depend on first being mindful of "enough"... and I can only truly gauge "enough" by truly putting it to the test. So, I've learned to be inspired by new collections and to notice really special pieces... but to wait until the season is in full swing to buy. If that special piece still feels special when I know I can truly use it... then I know that that purchase is a good decision.