summer treats on trays

14 July 2020.  Our summer plans this year are going to involve as many simple outdoor evenings as possible. Any night we can eat a meal outside, on our porch, on our stoop, in a nearby park, we're gonna do it.  When it's really hot and we don't feel like cooking, dinner can be cheese, bread, fruit, crackers, hard boiled eggs, sardines from a can, olives...you get the idea.  

So if we don't have to cook dinner, maybe we'll have a little energy to make dessert?  Especially if it's ice cream.

Here are a few ice cream recipes from the archives of Food and Wine Magazine that look so summery and delicious:

Ricotta Ice Cream with Honey and Almonds

Peach Buttermilk Ice Cream

Condensed-Milk Ice Cream with Black Sesame Polvoron

We love our linen coated trays for helping us carry food and drink to our outdoor meal spot.  We've just re-stocked some of our best selling patterns too.

Here's to taking it outside!


summer linen clothing and care

23 June 2020.  As soon as the temps start going up, we rely on our linen clothing more than ever to keep us cool.  Because linen is so great at regulating body temperature, we find it's the perfect thing to wear all summer.  While your favorite pieces are getting lots of wear, we'd like to remind you how to best care for linen clothing.  Treated right, it will last for years.  Here's what to do:

Linen can be hand-washed or machine washed.  If using a machine, it’s best to wash with like colors at temperatures no higher than 30 degrees C / 86 degrees F.  Drying on a line is always the best approach, but if you must use a drying machine, tumble dry on a low setting.  Never wash or dry linen with high heat. 

While we like our linen casually rumpled, here are some pro tips on getting a smoother look.

Remove your linen promptly from the washing machine.  Give it a gentle shake and smooth with your hand on a flat surface, re-shaping clothing as needed.  Then hang on a clothes line or on a hanger to air dry.  Drying flat on a towel on your bed or a table works too. 

Smoothing linen straight from the line or dryer with your hand will render its textures socially acceptable.  It’s really just a matter of what you are comfortable with.  If using an iron, a medium to medium-high setting will have you smooth in a jiffy. 

We hopes this helps you keep your linen clothing in tip-top shape all summer long.  

If you're looking for a few easy summer pieces, we're really loving the Pia and Mirela tops, the Macaria pants in navy and black, and the super easy Lucia jumpsuits in black and nuit.

You can see all of our summer clothing here.  


carry-all totes for safe summer trips

17 June 2020. We're not planning any big trips for this summer, but we are looking for local-ish places to explore safely.  A day trip within our home state to a socially  distanced destination or even just an afternoon drive is our speed right now.  We'll be packing up our favorite totes with essentials for the journey.  These days our packing list reads kind of like this:

face mask. choose from a variety of colors and patterns.

hand sanitizer. our favorite from our sister store, Pod.

snacks. more treats from Pod, perfect on your favorite cracker. 

picnic cloth or blanket. for your bed, your picnic or your next outing to the beach.

hat. the perfectly packable hat for summer. 

swedish fish. for the ride home.

Our Anne bag is perfect for a short trip, while our June tote fits much more.    

Shop all our bags and totes here.

Safe travels, folks!


outdoor time

7 June 2020.  Hello out there. We hope you are all taking care and staying well. We are listening, we are learning, we are taking each day as it comes.  We're hoping to be able to spend more time outdoors and in nature, and are looking for opportunities to be together with friends and loved ones, even though it may be in the socially distanced confines of our own yard, porch, balcony, or neighborhood park.

This season we're inspired to make our outdoor spaces as welcoming as possible with linen. Strong and durable, our linen likes to be taken outside for an al fresco meal as much as we do.  Tablecloths perk up outdoor tables and can double as picnic blankets, while napkins make meals outside feel special. We'll also rely on our linen covered trays to carry it all out. This season we're welcoming some new patterns to the mix. Jack, Mia and Emiley are joining us in kitchen cloths, napkins, placemats, tablecloths, coasters, trays and in our full apron.  

As with any new season, we're looking forward to celebrating with fresh ingredients. Here are a few recipes we want to eat outside.

Lentil Taquitos with Avocado Crema.  From the talented Jerelle Guy of Chocolate for Basil.

Balsamic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes. From one of our faves, Modest Marce.

Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Lemon Pasta. From the ever inspiring Smitten

Kitchen

Summer wouldn't be summer without peaches. This Peach Cobbler from Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes is perfect. Good for breakfast too, just saying.  

Shop all our table linens here.

Need help in the kitchen?  Shop all our kitchen cloths and aprons here.


second drop summer clothing 2020

15 June 2020. Summertime, summertime, summ, summ, summertime. Yep, we love you summer, and nothing is better than summer clothes. We've just received our second shipment of summer clothing with some real favorites. Let us introduce you...

Irene Dress: We're just such fans of dresses in the summer. The Irene dress has a loose fit with elbow length sleeves and patch pockets at the hip. An easy one to slip on and go about your day in comfort and style. In Lapis and Albatre. 

Paquita Dress: The little details on this dress are gorgeous. A short sleeve, with delicate gathers at the cuff, a sweet round neckline, and a gathered waist with side pockets make this dress a special one. In Jane Plaid, Black and Noisette.

Julian Dress: A simple sleeveless shift dress with a gathered neckline that gives the body of the dress a beautiful drape. In Morocco Red and Marin Blue.   

Macaria Pants: With a super dropped crotch, these elastic waist pants will be super comfortable too. In Black and Nuit.  

Mirela Top: Short sleeved simplicity. Boxy and cropped, an easy shape to wear all summer. In White, Praline, and Ben.  

Maria Apron Dress: Overall style bib top, with a fuller skirt, perfect for layering a tee or tank underneath. This one comes in Linen Denim and George.  Very cute in our opinion.  

Lucia Jumpsuit: Just pure fun! Loose, comfy, forgiving. Short sleeves, a rounded crew neckline and full through the body. In Nuit and Black. 

We've got lots of other great summer styles in store here. Take a peek!

As always, please reach out with sizing questions if you have them. You can contact us here


mom's day

28 April 2020. This year, Mother's Day feels different in so many ways and we'd like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the moms of the world for everything they do.  We literally wouldn't be here without you.  

We've put together a small grouping of items for Mother's Day that we thought your mom might appreciate.  From tote bags, to necklaces, to scarves, socks pouches and lounge wear from Shop Fog Linen and a selection of Los Poblanos soaps, lavender salves and fragrances from our sister store, Pod.  We love these things and we think your mom will too!

You can see the whole collection by searching "mom" on our website or by looking here.

Fun Fact: We can combine your Shop Fog Linen and Pod orders into one shipment. Post check-out, send us an email to let us know you’d like this option.

Happy Mother's Day and stay safe and healthy out there!  

COVID-19 UPDATE: In light of the evolving health crisis, we will continue online operations with our warehouse following the recommendations from the CDC to ensure a clean, sanitized environment for our staff and our goods. We will be limiting our shipping days to Tuesdays and Fridays. If you live locally, we'd be happy to arrange a pick-up. (this is now a delivery option at check out) Stay healthy friends. We'll keep you posted as things develop here. 


first drop summer 2020 clothing

14 April 2020.  Can it be that summer is actually on its way? Our first drop of early summer clothing has arrived and we can't help but feel a bit of hope. Even if it's not super warm yet and we continue to safely distance, that won't stop us from dreaming up what we want to wear as the temps rise. Here's a little selection of what we've got:

Carissa Dress: This one's adorable with short sleeves, a flowing skirt and a drawstring waist that gives you as much definition (or as little) as you want. We think it would be great for layering long sleeves either over or under if the weather is a bit cool. In Turquoise, Black, and Jane Plaid.  

Adalina Dress: This season's uniform in our opinion! Sleeveless, in an easy pullover style, this one invites layering in early summer and respite from hot weather as temperatures warm up. In Black and Steph Plaid.  

Emelina Dress: A lovely tunic dress with patch pockets on the front and a mandarin style collar with pearl buttons. This dress can go from casual to elegant at the drop of a hat. In Blue Dur and Black Houndstooth.

Catarina Jumpsuit: A shortsleeved jumpsuit with a round collar, cropped length, and patch pockets at the front, this is an easy all-in-one outfit for summer. In Black and Acier.  

Eliana Pants: Maybe the only pants you'll need this summer! Simple, with a comfortable dropped crotch and elasticized waist.  The Eliana pants come in Acier, Albatre, Nuit and Black. Could you ask for anything more?  

Adora Top: A button down collared shirt with full short sleeves that hit just above the elbow. This versatile shirt can to be worn with the buttons down the front or the back. Your choice! In Rose and Ardoise.  

Ilana Top: This short sleeved shirt has a cropped boxy fit and a front chest pocket. We love the notched collar. Great for days when you don't want to tuck anything in. In Ivoire and Kateryn.  

There's so much more on our website too. Please have a look here!

As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions regarding sizing.  We try to include as many measurements as possible in all of our product descriptions, but if you have further questions you can reach us here: info[at]shop-foglinen[dot]com

COVID-19 UPDATE: In light of the evolving health crisis, we will continue online operations with our warehouse following the recommendations from the CDC to ensure a clean, sanitized environment for our staff and our goods. We will be limiting our shipping days to Tuesdays and Fridays. If you live locally, we'd be happy to arrange a delivery. Stay healthy friends. We'll keep you posted as things develop here. 


bread and kitchen cloths

7 April 2020. In the span of a few short months, our lives have changed forever. While we absorb this change, we're taking great comfort in our kitchens. As we get creative with pantry staples we have on hand, we've been simmering lots of beans, making fried rice out of refrigerator leftovers and making (and eating) a lot of bread with those packets of yeast that have been sitting around waiting for a rainy day. Guess what? That day is here.

In the midst of our kitchen messes, we've become even more thankful for our beloved kitchen cloths. Although we agree they're very pretty, they are not afraid of hard work. In two weights, regular and thick, our cloths are up to your kitchen challenges. Made from 100% linen that's grown, woven and sewn in Lithuania, our cloths are on hand to help with a variety of kitchen tasks from wiping up spills and drying dishes, to keeping rising dough covered on our countertops.
  
We love seeing how one of our favorite food bloggers, Marcella DiLonardo, AKA Modest Marce, is using our Jenn kitchen cloth as she makes challah bread. With the April holidays coming up, we've bookmarked two of her bread recipes to try out: her chocolate and almond swirl bread and her cinnamon roll challah. And if there are any leftovers (although we can't imagine how) her recipe for challah bread pudding sounds divine.  You'll be able to find these recipes and more in her book, Bake the Seasons. It's a keeper for sure. 

Here's wishing you health and peace from our kitchen to yours.

home comforts

COVID-19 UPDATE: Dear Friends, in light of the evolving health crisis, we will be closing our storefront ( the one we share with Pod) in Cambridge, MA, until further notice. All online operations will continue with our warehouse following the recommendations from the CDC to ensure a clean, sanitized environment for our staff and our goods. If you live locally, we'd be happy to arrange a delivery. Stay healthy friends. We'll keep you posted as things develop here. 

12 March 2020. Sometimes we all need a little comfort. This could take the form of something comfortable or comforting. We'll take either option right now! Because we feel most at home with linen, we'd like to recommend a few things that bring comfort to our daily lives.

The Oise Pant: loose fit, drawstring waist, perfect for a day at home. This season we're offering the Oise pant in George, black and albatre

Washed waffle blankets: the softest linen, which only becomes softer with each wash, this blanket is such a nice weight for spring and summer. We find its texture especially comforting when we are curled up on the couch.  In natural and grey.  

Linen slippers: in chocolate herringbone, natural, and graphite, these slippers are nice for padding around the house with or without socks.

Eye mask: for helping you get some shut-eye, our classic eye mask is tailored in linen. Light-weight with a comfortable, adjustable velcro strap. A double layer of linen keeps light out.

Aside from taking comfort in layering ourselves in linen, we take great comfort in food and cooking for friends and family.  When we saw this spicy baked pasta recipe from Alison Roman, we knew it was one we'd want to share.  We're going to try it over the weekend.  Let us know if you give it a go!

We'll also be seeking comfort at home doing puzzles, having a good read, watching something great from our couch, and dreaming of fun plans for better times ahead. We hope these suggestions will bring some comfort to you as well. 


share your shelfie

3 March 2020.  Our brass shelves are perfect for your next shelfie! We love how useful these shelves are at home. We like them in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, any room really. And we'd love to see how they look in your home. Actually, we'd love to see how any Fog Linen products look in your home, so we're having a little Instagram giveaway: one of our brass shelves to a lucky winner. 

Here's how to participate:

Visit us on Instagram @shopfoglinen:

1) Tag a friend below in the comments on our 3/3 shelfie post.

2) Post a picture to Instagram between 3/3-3/8 tagging your favorite Fog Linen product in its natural habitat...in your kitchen/bathroom/bedroom, on a table, on yourself...anywhere it likes to live. One winner will be selected at random and announced next week!  

Cameras ready? Let's go!