napkins/holiday entertaining

17 December 2019.  Every year we like to remind folks about using our napkins for holiday entertaining.  We love the mood they add to any winter gathering: a little elegance, but nothing too fussy.

Once we've got our table settings covered, we can start dreaming about what to serve. 

For a cozy evening with friends, nothing beats the simplicity of serving a hearty soup with fresh bread and a green salad.  Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves, has some great winter soup suggestions here.  

For a larger gathering or a cocktail party,  we have our eye on these recipes from one of our favorite food bloggers, Marcella DiLeonardo of Modest Marce.

Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Winter Night Cheeseboard

Roasted Beet Hummus

Cranberry Mule Cocktail/Mocktail 

Pro tip: Napkins make a wonderful host or hostess gift.

Here's wishing that all your gatherings will be filled with merriment and joy.


fall/winter self-care/ cozy evenings

11 December 2019.  The last few weeks, we've had a few people remark apologetically that they actually love winter.  Honestly, we couldn't agree more.  Of course we all love summer, but the darker, colder days bring with them a sense of comfort and calm, especially in the evenings. 

We've got a few items that lend themselves well to a winter's eve.  

Wool Linen Slipper: this 'one size' slipper is a clever re-purpose design created out of our wool/linen remnants. A super comfy and breathable room-shoe style slipper, these fit up to a women's size 8.   

Washed Waffle Blanket: not just for your bed, these linen blankets will be perfect for use in your living room on your sofa or favorite chair. Inspired by antique linen, the subtle waffle texture feels comforting against the skin.  Perfect to wrap up in.  In Natural and Grey

Spica Night Shirt: a wonderfully classic sleeping shirt for the cooler months. The Spica features shell button closure at the v-neck and side splits at hem for ease of movement. This, a cup of cocoa, and some fuzzy socks? You'll be all set.

Mia Bathrobe: a classic bathrobe constructed of FogLinen Work's washed waffle linen in natural. Featuring a shawl collar, separate belt, and deep pockets, it can easily be worn after bath or just lounging around. 

Once you're settled in, if you're looking for a good book to cozy up with, here are a few suggestions:

Inland by Téa Obreht 

The Yellow House by Sarah Broom

Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a perfectly imperfect life by Beth Kempton

The Golden Thread by Kassia St. Clair

If you have any favorite books or podcasts to add to the winter entertainment list, let us know.   Meanwhile, enjoy settling in for a long winter's night.  


simple seasonal decor

26 November 2019.  The shortest day of the year is fast approaching and with it, the ancient tradition of bringing the outdoors in.  Whether it's a simple branch hung with sparkly things or fresh greenery to brighten the dark corners on a December afternoon, we love a naturalistic approach to seasonal decor.  This year, Fog Linen Work has some warm, brassy accents to add to the mix.  They can be used to decorate a tree, branch or wreath, strung from a bit of twine and hung over a mantel or window, or added to a table place setting.  We also love them as a gift topper.  We hope they'll add some warmth to your season!

Brass Bird, and Cat Ornaments 

Brass Leaf Ornaments in 4 flavors: A, B, C and D

Brass Star Garland

Brass Leaf Garland

Brass Stars: medium and large

Here at Shop Fog Linen, we're wishing you all a warm and sparkly holiday season.   

 


winter wear

12 November 2019.  What to wear as the weather gets colder?  Here we tend to layer, layer, layer and this requires a bit of forethought and creativity when it comes to the daily question of what to wear. When we can have a few different types of weather packed into one day, we really count on our clothing to multi-task.  We need it to be warm, comfortable and hopefully make us feel great when we put it on each morning. This season, Fog Linen's winter collection has us reaching for pieces that fill all of these requirements.  

The Margot Tunic: Our new favorite. An easy tunic with pockets, a pointed collar and an a-line silhouette. Margot has a lovely little button detail at the collar.  In black on black herringbone.  We can't wait to wear this one over jeans and leggings or a longer skirt.  

The Makena Dress: In our James plaid pattern, the Makena Dress has a gathered detail across the chest and on seam pockets. This one is so great for winter!  

The Nellie Top. A smock style pullover with a single patch pocket and 3/4 length sleeves. Perfect for winter layering. In denim navy.

The Kristen Kurta. A tunic dress with front patch pockets. Perfect to wear with tights or over pants.  A comfortable and versatile winter option. In denim navy and denim blue

The Jessica Dress: Long and lovely, the Jessica dress has room for layering tights and tops underneath for extra warmth. We love the beautiful flow this dress has when worn.  Add a great pair of boots and you've got the perfect look for winter. In herringbone.  

The Traci Overalls: These are just so amazing for layering.  A fun and forgiving take on the classic overalls. Plenty of room at the neckline and arms for layering underneath. There are on-seam pockets at the sides and the legs are wide through to the hem.  In denim navy and denim blue.  

You can see our full clothing collection here.

Please do reach out to us if you have any questions about size and fit before placing your order.  We're here to help!  


on fall, soup, and napkins

10 November 2019.  This table setting encapsulates everything we're feeling about fall at the moment. Simple, nourishing, warming...that's just what we want.  

We did a little looking around to find a soup that captures all those feels and this white bean soup with tomatoes and kale from our friend Erin at Reading My Tea Leaves hits all the right notes. It looks easy to put together without too much fuss and lends itself to making adjustments depending on what you've got on hand.  

So, soup's covered. Now how about the napkins? This fall we've got some new linen napkin color ways that feel so right for an autumn table. James is pictured above, and Emma and Stanley are also new to the mix. You can see all of our napkin patterns here.

We love using linen napkins for a few reasons. First, they wear well and feel nice to the touch, becoming softer with each wash. Second, they're re-usable, and as they're made from linen where the whole plant is used in the process, there's no waste in production. We really appreciate the sustainability factor.  

And although we tend to take using napkins a bit for granted, here are two interesting perspectives on napkins throughout the ages.

From Atlas Obscura, a look at the history of napkins.

From The Salt, the lost art of elaborate napkin folding.


brass for entertaining and gifting

25 October 2019.  Just in time for holiday entertaining we have some new brass in the house that will add some warmth to your table and your home.  They all make lovely gifts for hosts, hostesses, friends and family as well.  

Our new brass cup is suitable for beverages in the kitchen and dining room or as a handy storage cup in the bedroom and bathroom.  

If you're looking for an elegant way to scoop your coffee in the morning, look no further than this brass coffee scoop.  We think this would make an excellent gift for the coffee lover in your life.

The brass knife makes a lovely addition to your serving ware.  Use it as a cheese or butter knife or as a spreader for any condiment or jam.  This makes a very nice hostess gift.

And we love this brass muddler which will class up any cocktail game. 

Please let us know if any items in your order need gift wrapping.  We are happy to wrap each gift in simple white paper, add a pretty Fog Linen sticker and tie on some ribbon.  We'll even add a handwritten note on one of our seasonal postcards if you like.   

For more brass items, please visit our Et Cetera Etc. section.


spice world

10 October 2019.  We're so ready for fall cooking.  As soon as it starts cooling down outside, we're dreaming of all the stews, braises, and one-pot meals that add comfort to shorter days and darker evenings.  And while we're always drawn to old favorites, this season has us wanting some new flavors too.

We want to try everything in the latest cookbook At Home from Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich of London's Honey & Co., where Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors are at the heart of their simple and accessible recipes.  Each recipe looks homey and delicious, perfect for a cozy dinner at home or a festive meal with friends and family.  Just to whet your appetite, here are a few sample recipe titles:

Potato and feta fritters
Baked artichokes with lemony ricotta dip
Spinach egg and filo pie
Tahini cake with lemon and white chocolate

Are you hungry yet?

Our brick and mortar sister store, Pod is carrying the book this fall, so if you're in the neighborhood, come check it out!  Or you can order it on-line here.  

So, with flavorful recipes in mind, our mango wood spoons are here to help you cook and serve.  See our full selection in the Et Cetera section. 

P.S. The mango wood server in both small and large is a staff favorite for scooping and serving rice and grains.  


winter clothing collection 2019

3 October 2019.  Just in time for colder weather, the first shipment of Winter clothing has arrived.  Featuring beautiful linen denim, these versatile pieces are going to become our winter staples.  We do love a uniform around here!  

Here's what's so special about linen denim: it's a tightly woven fabric of 100% soft, but thick, denim colored linen thread, which offers warmth and flexibility, and unlike cotton denim, holds its color after washing. A navy linen denim and a blue linen denim is being offered this season.  On an environmental side note, the production of linen uses the whole flax plant without any leftover waste.  We like that.  

Here's a selection of some favorites so far.  

The Kristen Kurta.  A tunic dress with front patch pockets.  Perfect to wear with tights or over pants.  A comfortable and versatile winter option. In denim navy and denim blue.  

The Allison Pant.  Pull-on pants with an elastic waist.  Slim fit.  We just might wear these every day.  And not just in the winter time.  

The Sara Balloon Pant.  Such a great pair of pants.  Loose fitting with lots of swingy attitude.  

The Erica Jacket.  A true work-style jacket.  With an A-line shape that hits mid thigh, Erica features a notched collar and patch pockets.  

The Herena Coat. A longer duster style jacket with a pointed collar and patch pockets.  Super duper cute.  

The Nellie Top. A smock style pullover with a single patch pocket and 3/4 length sleeves.  Perfect for winter layering.

A selection of linen/wool items will land in late October, but in the meantime, you can view all current winter pieces here.

If you have any questions regarding sizing and fit, please do reach out to us here.


2020 Calendar Cloths

12 September 2019.  Every year, a box arrives at the shop that looks perfectly normal, cardboard and scuffed from travel. But this box is different from all other boxes. It's full of calendar cloths, the once-yearly, limited edition cloths that arrive to a waiting list and our collective bated breath. Though the kitchen cloth is the workhorse of the kitchen, the calendar cloth can live as a casual wall hanging, clipped to a piece of twine or pinned to the wall throughout the year. Each cloth features an artist's unique design that conjures a mood or sentiment to usher in the new year. This year, we welcome the work of two artists: Isabelle Boinot and Mayumi Kuchihiro.  With illustrations ranging from flowers and herbs, to cheeses to simple cookie recipes, they offer us a snapshot into the simplicity of day to day life, reminding us to live well and mind the passing of each day. At the end of the year, the calendar cloth can continue to hang on the wall or it can have a Cinderella moment, changing back to a workaday cloth.

Image: Fromage by Isabelle Boinot.  


jumpsuit

2 September 2019.  We wanted to share a bit about the history of the jumpsuit, a clothing staple for workers everywhere. Jumpsuit, boilersuit, coverall...whatever you choose to call it, this item of clothing is having a moment. And we're totally on board!  Originally designed as practical and comfortable workwear, the first jumpsuits were used during the industrial revolution in factories and on the railroads. Made of heavy canvas or denim, they protected clothing from workplace hazards. Loose fitting with over sized pockets for holding tools, they would eventually become popular with manual laborers all over the world.

During the 20th century, designers like Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel popularized jumpsuits for women and as more women joined the workforce during World War II, coveralls became a symbol of gender equality, worn most famously by the character of Rosie the Riveter.

Popular in the 1970's and obscure by the 1990's, jumpsuits have made a comeback in recent years to take their place in the modern wardrobe as a simple, comfortable and fashionable staple.  

We're excited to have a few in our Fall 2019 clothing collection.  We love the Giulietta Jumpsuit for its easy wearability and sense of fun.  It's available in Black, Navy, and George.