Indie Yarn & Stitch Markers

Above: Hello Stella yarn from La Mercerie, and the cutest fish-shaped stitch markers.

What a week – Monday seriously feels like a month ago. Here are some random Friday thoughts:

Small business appreciation: 

More and more businesses are making tough decisions, such as Boba Guys and their uncertainty about post-COVID reopenings. Trying to do our part in supporting where we can, through take-out or gift cards. On the bright side, we’re saving on commute spend – which is perfect for putting back into local businesses where we can.

Getting back into the workout groove: 

Luckily, there are many free, online options in this digital age. I signed up for Peloton’s extended 90-day app trial and plan to check out the 20-min classes Barry’s Bootcamp has been posting on IGTV. 

We already have all the basic equipment (more on that here and here), so I really have no excuse to slack off

Supercharging hobbies:

My knitting productivity has gone through the roof – I started on this Vanilla Is the New Black sock pattern and am on track to finish one of the socks by tomorrow.

On that note: Brit+co is offering their classes free through 3/31 with code SELFCARE. I’m eyeing this watercolor class package and this line drawing bundle.

Virtually connecting with friends:

Thanks to Zoom & Google Hangouts, we’ve already had multiple virtual happy hours with friends – and more scheduled for next week. There’s really nothing that prevented us from doing this before, and I hope these continue even in a post-’Rona world!

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Currently Shopping: Local & Small

Above: Image from Unsplash

With the recent “shelter in place” order in the San Francisco Bay Area, many local small businesses deemed “non-essential” have taken a huge hit. And even outside of SF, many independent shops have temporarily closed and sent employees home to practice #socialdistancing and hopefully stay healthy. While we can’t save these businesses single-handedly, here are a few things we’ve done to help support where we can.

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REVIEW: Everlane Authentic Stretch Skinny Jeans

Everlane Authentic Stretch Skinny Jeans Review

Everlane’s denim line is not new – they launched their first pair of jeans a little over two years ago. I decided to finally give it a try when I was in need of replacing a pair of (you guessed it) black skinny jeans. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I’ve previously been disappointed with jeans from similarly wallet-friendly brands like UNIQLO. 

I stopped by the Everlane store to try on a few different styles and sizes, ultimately deciding on the Authentic Stretch High Rise Skinny. While they didn’t have every color and size in store, I was able to get a good sense of fit before purchasing online. Now that I’ve worn them for a few months, I wanted to review them here for those who are interested in Everlane denim.

Though I wrote this review a month ago, I never got around to posting. I figured this is good timing as a distraction, and with Everlane’s current $50 denim sale!

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Adjusting to Working from Home

Above: Photo by BRUNO CERVERA

I have a confession: I love working in an office environment. At least, in a generally well-balanced, lively office environment. Our company has WFH Fridays, which is a nice perk – however, I still come into the office on Fridays because I find myself most productive in an office. With the COVID-19 situation, many companies in the San Francisco bay area changed to remote work this week, ours included. While the current timeline is two weeks, we’re really not sure how long we’ll need to continue WFH – so it was time to finally make my space “work-ready” with the following steps. 

EDIT: As of today, March 16th, six counties in the Bay Area have officially issued a “shelter in place” mandate through April 7th. So, we’ll be WFH for a while.

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