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I bought a few things from Everlane ever since hearing about them.  One concern I have about buying clothes online is the fit. The second thing is the quality of the material. Both things are hard to judge from your screen, so hopefully my review of these products will be helpful to some of you.

Everlane Tee
The ‘Perfect’ Tee ($15)

I have this in both the V and U-neck version.  I don’t agree with their nomenclature that it’s the ‘perfect’ tee.  The fit of both tees are a bit off for me. Maybe the trend now is to have a wider, boxy cut, but I don’t like it.  The material is great: soft and washes well.  But the fit is just too wide and awkward.  I also don’t like how the V-neck sits on my shoulders — it’s a little too wide.

The price of the tee ($15) is just on the higher end of what I usually spend on casual t-shirts, but the construction and material is worth it if the fit works for you.  I got the slate color, which is a grey-ish blue and works as a neutral.

 

Silk Blouse

The Silk Blouse ($80)

This is a great silk blouse for the price.  At the time I bought it, there was only a rounded collar version, but now there are pointed and mandarin collar versions.  The material feels like high-quality silk and drapes wonderfully.  I got the grey color, which is light enough to pass for white. If you want a true brighter white, I’d go with white, but for me, grey works.  I hand-wash this and it’s stood up to several wears.

I’m always tempted to get more of these in different colors.

 

Sweater

The Seed Stitch Sweater — Box Cut ($60)

The sweater is a blend of cotton and cashmere.  It’s light enough to serve as a transition piece from fall to winter.  Like their tee’s, they’re more of a wider cut, boxier cut.  When I first received the navy sweater in the mail, I thought about returning it because it seemed too wide and short for me, but it started to grow on me and I ended up keeping it.  It’s more of a casual fit and I can see myself layering a blouse under it for more warmth.

Belt

The Essential Belt ($40)

Everlane is over-ambitious with their naming. The ‘perfect’ tee.  The ‘essential’ belt.  I got a red one of these belts and while it’s nice, I wouldn’t call it ‘essential.’  The leather is more pliable and softer than I expected, which worries me because I don’t want it to get cracked or stretched out.  I also don’t like the buckle that much. It’s more of a fashion belt than a utilitarian belt, which I guess is fine if you’re into that, but I wouldn’t call it an essential.  I also don’t like that there’s no extra strap to keep the end of the belt tucked in.  So far, I’ve been loosely tucking the end into the belt part, or barely knotting it, but I’m paranoid that might crease or bend the belt too much.

 

Cashmere (forgot the price, but it was high)

I didn’t actually get a cashmere sweater, but Will did and it arrived in its own little Everlane-branded cloth bag. On first touch, the cashmere is soft and luxurious.  I wore it once and it was a lot warmer than I expected. He hasn’t worn it that much so not sure how it’ll stand up to the test of time.  If I remember correctly, it was about $200 or under.

I accidentally saw a few pictures in their lookbook for a women’s cashmere cardigan sweater, but it seems to have disappeared. I’m not sure if someone pushed an image before it was ready or what, but now I am eagerly awaiting that to be in the shop.

 

One thing I do have to give Everlane credit for is their design. Something about the site just makes me want to buy things.  I also like that they offer a limited amount of things, so one doesn’t feel overwhelmed when perusing their products.  Their shtick about cutting out the middleman is also nice, although now that they’ve moved their manufacturing to China, I wonder at what direction they’ll end up heading.  As long as the quality stays the same and their prices stay reasonable, they’ll keep my interest. I just wish their women’s cuts weren’t so wide and boxy!

* I’m not paid for this post, but if you’re new to Everlane and would like to buy from them, here’s a referral link to them. I end up getting $20 in credit if you sign up and purchase something from them with that link.

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I’m still no pro at breastfeeding, but a few things definitely made a difference. The first thing is a husband that was really supportive.  Supplementing with formula was not easy because Robin would get so frustrated about it and cry.  But Will kept doing it, which was a great help to me because it gave me a break from having to hold and feed the baby. Even now, when I want to take a long, relaxing bath, which is pretty much every night, he’s on milk duty, which means feeding her a bottle of pumped milk if she’s hungry.  Sure, it makes it difficult to build up a supply of frozen pumped milk, but I think it’s a nice time for them to bond and it gives me some time to myself.

The second thing is fenugreek. Even though the supplements say to take 1 pill 3 times a day, that’s too little fenugreek.  Everything I read online said to take enough pills that you smell like maple syrup. For me, that was something like 12-14 pills a day, spaced out.  I would take 4 pills in the morning, then 3 pills every couple of hours after that. I think that, more than any other supplement helped with supply.

The third thing is learning how to nurse on my side.  As Will says, this was a game-changer.  I no longer had to get up, cradle the baby, nurse her for more than half an hour and then try to get her to sleep every 2-3 hours at night.  I would sleep with the baby in the bed and if she woke up hungry, I would just lie on my side, her on her side facing me and she would nurse, while I could still rest and kind of drift off.  Most of the time, we’d both fall asleep.  While it’s not the most relaxing sleep and it does get uncomfortable and cramped, it’s still a lot better than having to get up several times each night and feeding her that way.  I think because the baby doesn’t end up fully awake, it’s easier for her to fall asleep. Unfortunately, it’s also sometimes hard for her to be awake enough to eat efficiently. There’s also the guilt factor of doing something that we’re told repeatedly not to do by doctors: sleep with the baby in the bed with us.

The fourth thing is something I’m still struggling with, which is: just enjoy the nursing.  It helps to have Netflix and good stuff to watch while I nurse. It also helps to have some books on the Kindle to read. I’m getting better with just sitting and nursing, but sometimes I still feel antsy. I think about the pile of dishes in the kitchen. I think of the errands I need to do. I think of the diapers that need to be stuffed, and so on.  Sitting on the couch and nursing to me just feels like so much unproductive time.  Before having a baby, I thought that sitting on the couch watching Netflix and reading would be awesome. But it does get boring.

Women weren’t kidding when they said breastfeeding has a learning curve. It amazes me that our species has survived for this long when it’s so difficult to just nurture our young. I guess back in the day, when everyone was breastfed, there was better support and information floating around.

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I visited Colonia Taco Lounge for lunch and was met with a disappointment: the cauliflower taco I was intent on ordering was out!  Luckily, there were still plenty of tacos to choose from on the board and I was still pretty happy with my three choices.

Colonial Taco Lounge

Campion: This taco was ridiculously good. Crispy bacon, crumbly, rich cheese, and creamy, ripe avocado.  The slices of green onion were a surprise and added a great accent to the taco by cutting down on the richness.

 

Colonial Taco Lounge

Doraditos: Potato and cheese taco that’s fried till crisp, then topped with lightly-dressed lettuce, a cream sauce, and more cheese. What’s not to like about this one? It comes from the kitchen hot and crispy so be careful not to burn your mouth on it.

 

Colonial Taco LoungeChayote: A spicy stew of chayote, tomatoes, corn, and onions.  This taco had quite a kick.  By default, it’s vegetarian, but cheese can be left off for vegans.

I convinced Will to go with me the next day to try some more tacos and scored this second time. Cauliflower tacos!

 

Colonia taco lounge

Cauliflower: These are a great vegetarian (not vegan because the batter has butter!) alternative to the fish taco.  Strangely, this was served on a flour tortilla instead of a corn one.  The batter was crispy while the cauliflower inside still had a firm and satisfying texture.  The cream sauce and corn brought this to a whole other level.

 

Colonia taco lounge

Lengua/tongue: This was tender and spicy.  It was good but didn’t stand out from the other tongue tacos I’ve had.

 

I had high hopes for Colonia Taco Lounge and it did not disappoint. The corn tortillas are flavorful. The taco fillings are satisfying. The michelada is thirst-quenching with the right amount of kick. The only thing I don’t like about this place is it’s too far from my house.

 

Colonia Taco Lounge

13030 E. Valley Blvd
La Puente, CA 91746

(626) 363-4691

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Vegetable pastry with cauliflower, tomatoes, onions, and olives.

Inspired by a delicious vegetable tart I had at Proof a few weeks ago, I made my own version.  I’m not too good in the pastry department, other than baking bread, so I used frozen puff pastry from the store, which turned out great.

Ingredients:

  • frozen puff pastry
  • 1 onion
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • a handful of ripe tomatoes
  • a handful of kalamata olives
  • thyme
  • garlic
  • olive oil, salt, and pepper

Steps for savory vegetable tart:

  1. Set frozen puff pastry out to thaw and preheat oven
  2. Slice the onions and brown them on the stove
  3. While the onions are browning, wash and chop the rest of the vegetables into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Sautee the cauliflower with some garlic and thyme. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Roll out the puff pastry and pre-bake for about 5 minutes.
  6. While it’s pre-baking, pit and chop the olives.
  7. Take puff pastry out of the oven and spread the browned onions on top. Then the tomatoes and then the cauliflower. Sprinkle on the chopped olives.
  8. Drizzle a little olive oil onto the tart and pop it back into the oven to bake until golden.

 

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Before having a newborn, I was in denial about breastfeeding.  Almost everyone who has breastfed their newborn more than a few weeks have told me that it’s tough, but I was still naive enough to think that it wouldn’t be so hard.  It’s what women have been doing for thousands of years before the invention of formula, so how hard could it be?  Oh how wrong I was.  I now am a believer when women say breastfeeding is tough.

I wanted to share my experience with breastfeeding and say that it does get better!  The first couple of weeks was pretty tough and I know I was complaining a lot to my friends about it, but thankfully they were great and the ones who did successfully breastfeed were wonderful at cheering me on and convincing me to stick with it.  Although I’m definitely in the pro-breastfeeding camp, I completely understand why some women need to use formula.

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Late Summer Veggie Garden

Things have been a little hectic here, so the garden hasn’t been getting that much attention other than automated watering.  I walked outside today to check the damage and was met with lots of overgrown tomato plants.  When these seedlings were first put in, I was hoping they would become giant and bountiful like the pictures I see in magazines. I think they’re getting there.

Late Summer Veggie GardenLate Summer Veggie Garden

Lots of tomatoes, but not many that are red yet. The Japanese cucumbers seem to finally be taking off while our zucchini plant is tapering down.

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This is how I’m currently surviving vaginapocalypse.  I don’t know why people go on and on about the pain of actual labor.  That’s a breeze compared to the recovery period afterward.  I’d rather have another labor than have to deal with a long recovery period.  Here are some things that are helping:

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