Reviews: Products I bought to solve problems and whether they worked or not

Well, that’s a long winded title, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do in todays post! So much of marketing exists to convince us we have a problem we can buy our way out of. Most of these claims are overstated. Some of them turn out to be kind of true. Here are some problems I’ve tried to address lately and reviews of the products that accompanied my crusade against them…

Problem: Dry cleaning bills.

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4 things I thought about buying during Everlane’s 2 day shipping sale

Everlane has free 2 day shipping today and as a Very Impatient Person I was pretty excited to see this news. Everlane shipping is just not Amazon Prime fast! And I have had some things on my wishlist for a while and that’s how I justified falling down a browsing rabbit hole. Here are four things I added to my cart today, plus the one I finally went with…

Three things I had in my cart are things I already own and just wanted to double up on:

Clean Silk Relaxed Shirt

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Ethical Work Clothes Try-Ons

I have a new job where I need to appear to be an adult. I have a new paycheck that opens a (small) gateway into buying nicer clothing items. And I have a wonderful Instagram community that has taught me through their everyday posts for the last two years that most clothing items are produced in ways that hurt the environment and the people making those items. So now, here I am, trying to adopt a “thift first, ethically produced second, fast fashion third” approach to buying clothes for my new job. I have purchased a few clothing items in the past month just for that purpose, so here are some mini reviews!

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A Professor and Grad Student Back to School Wishlist

The 2 week countdown is on over here for going back to college. I still get the new school year jitters and starting over at a new university has me feeling them big time this year! So, to distract myself, here is my back to school list for professors and grad students:

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Clothing Reviews: Taylor Tall for Ethical Business Wear

It’s back to school time for me which means it’s time to start thinking about actually getting dressed for work again. But it’s also 100 degrees here in Nevada so my motivation has been pretty low. As I was making my Fall clothing wishlist, I reached out to a new company I’ve connected with on Instagram, Taylor Tall, and asked them if they would be willing to gift me a couple items to review. These items came in this week…

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Mega roundup: Tall Clothing Brands and Ethical Brands that Come in Tall Sizes

I don’t talk about this much, but I’m pretty tall. 5’11.5″, to be exact. And believe me, when strangers come up to you and demand to know your height, you must be exact. Say 5’11” and short men who think they’re 5’11” yell “NO WAY! YOU HAVE TO BE AT LEAST 6’2″!” Say you’re 6 feet tall and people just don’t believe you (?? unsure why). But the unsolicited stranger comments I get for being tall and all the clothing items I’ve avoided due to insecurities…are problems for another day.

“Why are you doubting my height, random stranger?”

Today, I want to talk about clothing brands that are doing a good job making clothes for tall women! I am starting to look for more conscious/ethical/ecofriendly clothing to add to my own wardrobe–just taking a few steps while recognizing that these clothing are often out of my price range. I tried my best to include the lower-priced ethical fashion brands that I’ve been admiring that also happen to make tall sizes (ps if you’re thinking “what the heck is ethical fashion?” here’s a useful blog post). My friend Nat and I were talking about this on Instagram the other day and we worked together on this list. Here she is on Instagram if you wanna be in the tall club with us 🙂

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The 10 best of-the-moment purses I’ve seen on Amazon

Summer wedding season is here and I really need a new evening bag–I only own one clutch bag right now and it is maroon. While it has carried me through winter and fall weddings, I am ready for something brighter and more fun.

This search led me down an online browsing hole where I found out that Amazon actually has an awesome purse selection. Here are the 10 purses in my cart right now:

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Last minute graduation dresses

Oh, graduation is next week and I haven’t looked for any commencement dress ideas for graduate students. Which means…I don’t really have “the dress” for my own graduation. I am probably just going to wear an old favorite (which I was also supposed to take to get hemmed, oops), but if you’re on the hunt for a grad school appropriate graduation dress that you can get fast, here are some options…

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Help me pick an outfit: The dissertation defense outfit saga continues

Well, my dissertation is officially in the hands of my committee, with 3 weeks until I defend. I get the feeling I should be sipping a lot of white wine on patios for the next 3 weeks, but that is not where my head is at, and it feels really bad. I’ve been so focused on getting a job and finishing the dissertation all year and now that’s all just…done. Which means I now have a lot of time to worry about how I’ll do at said new job, which leads to me feeling bad I’m not doing a ton of unrealistically productive things (prepping new courses, watching every webinar ever on being a new faculty member, churning out publication submissions…).

In between all of those feels, though, I have found time to order and purchase 5 different defense outfits (all returnable, don’t worry…). Am I displacing all of my stress onto the Nordstrom Rack website? Maybe. Anyway. My order came in this week. Help me decide (so I don’t end up just repeating my comps defense outfit, above)?

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What should I wear to my dissertation or thesis defense?

Around early April, this question is basically hanging in the air in our grad office (okay, maybe I put it there). I’ve watched so many grad students come and go, write frantically, and, for 15-30 minutes, pace the hallway while their committee decides if they have passed their defense. And during that time, I’ve seen a whole lot of defense outfits. So, what to wear?

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