This week on Everything is Fine

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We’ve got such a good, fun new episode for you, with the peerless Andrea Linett, who doesn’t need an introduction to many of you, but for the rest of you: Andrea was the founding creative director of Lucky, and the single person I absolutely could not have done the magazine without, and since then she’s plied her trade at Michael Kors and eBay, among other places, and written a couple of books. We’re talking about style and getting dressed, and why so much fashion at the moment is so weird, and lots of other stuff too. And over on our Patreon, we’ve got a bonus mini-episode in which Andrea talks all things Sassy—including a very amusing Joey Ramone story. Listen in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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27 Thoughts on This week on Everything is Fine
    Alice
    28 Jun 2021
    12:02pm

    I didn’t feel particularly welcome in this episode, but when I listen or read something packaged as advice I assume the person giving the info has strong opinions. Would I enjoy spending more time with Andrea? Probably not. But I can separate some of her stronger opinions from my life as not relevant. It was tough to hear the “show up at kid-pickup looking great” conversation – I have to say, I run the other way when I see those moms. Overall, it felt a little “ignore what people think, unless it’s what I think.” Not my favorite episode, but that’s okay, they won’t all be for me.

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    Liz
    28 Jun 2021
    1:05pm

    I enjoyed the episode. I didn’t feel Andrea was shaming anyone and answered style questions involving different types of bodies. And she really supports H & M and Mango which are very accessible. I appreciate the friendship between the three women and felt the advice was great even though I am not exactly like any of them. Thank you!

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    DeDe
    28 Jun 2021
    1:06pm

    So I’m gonna chime in here and say I LOVED this episode. It felt very life-affirming to me what with the tube top thing and the swim dress thing and the H&M thing and the easy ways to update your wardrobe without spending any money at all thing. Was there stuff I couldn’t relate to or personally disgreed with? Sure. But overall I felt the tone was fun and supportive and not at all snobby. I mean just because someone can afford to go to St. Barth’s (LOL, did I spell that right? I’m so clueless) doesn’t mean they’re an asshole, especially when they’re down with women letting their imperfect, non-model-y bodies hang alllllllllll the way out like it ain’t no thang. Can’t wait for another Andrea episode.

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      Eloise
      28 Jun 2021
      3:25pm

      SAME!

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        kimbersam
        28 Jun 2021
        7:07pm

        I’ve not listened to EIF for a while because I am at war with Apple’s Podcast App. Now that I’ve settled on an alternative player, I am catching up. Anywhoo, Andrea was great, as always.

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    JenM
    29 Jun 2021
    5:20pm

    Thanks for a great episode. I have to say I found Andrea’s advice useful. I love a woman with opinions! More please! I found a terrific cotton shirt dress on Mango, made a pile for the tailor, tried on the rubber Birks (not for me but I bet they’re great on others), made a note to try overalls with button downs (though I’m probably too short for this look even with tailoring), and am now wondering if those Gucci loafers should be the 50th bday present I save for. Thanks, Andrea. How lucky you 3 are to be friends for so long. I cherish my longtime friendships through all the seasons.

    Funny thing about school pick-up/drop-off: when my boys were in preschool they actually noticed one day when I was looking kinda off my game and said “where did the mommy with pink lips and pony tail go?” It was hilarious. I said “Boys, sometimes you just want to wear outside pajamas with a hat and that’s OK.” And it was of course. I don’t think anybody really cares as long as you are kind and interested in others. And that IS the vibe I got from Andrea–kindness. Keep in mind my game is pretty low-key & country most days. The pink lips are chapstick or burts bees, nothing fancy, and the pony tail isn’t always super clean, but it usually does make me feel more awake/with it. I was shocked they even noticed. I will say though if the clothes fairies dropped off Hermes red lipstick and a fabulous bag I’d wear it all everywhere and with glee! Why not???

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      Mamavalveeta03
      1 Jul 2021
      12:42am

      That’s such a cute story – Kids DO notice! And Andrea is wonderful.

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    Liz
    29 Jun 2021
    9:12pm

    I loved this episode and just have to defend one type of shorts that look great on some guys: the denim cut off. My dad was a biker, and my favorite outfits of his were his worn out mid-thigh Levi’s cut offs (homemade, of course) which he always wore with a faded motorcycle tee or plain navy cotton tee, brown boat shoes, and a big bushy beard and ponytail. That was basically his summer outfit from his 20s-40s, and I always thought he looked so cool and also like an adult male 🙂

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    Just.Your.Avg.Jane
    28 Jun 2021
    10:57am

    I usually enjoy your podcast and try to listen to it every Monday, upon the drop. However, this week,
    I really couldn’t relate to that woman, despite being a white woman over 40’s myself. She came off very stuck up. Not all of us can afford to stay at the Hamptons, itching to shop. Some of us did not buy new things because – if you have a limited budget – usually kids grow and need stuff to fit their changing bodies – whereas ours don’t. Please be more understanding and not so judgmental.

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      Liz
      29 Jun 2021
      9:22pm

      Eh, I can only afford about 5% of the items on this site but didn’t feel judged by that comment. Of course tons of moms truly can’t afford these things, but we also all know those moms who act like martyrs as a way of passing judgment on moms they find frivolous. Since Andrea’s the kind of mom who goes to St Barth’s and wears Gucci, I just assumed those were the moms her remarks were directed toward. I’m guessing most of the moms at her kids’ school aren’t hurting for money.

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    Kate
    28 Jun 2021
    11:12am

    Now I know what I’m doing tonight to distract myself from this infernal heat wave! So excited for another Andrea episode.

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    Kim France
    28 Jun 2021
    11:16am

    I understand how you might have found the tone to be off, and I’m sorry to have disappointed you. But our hope was that there was also an element of service and inspiration in the episode—we very intentionally tried to make it about affordable clothes.

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    Mimi A.
    30 Jun 2021
    11:07am

    I could have listened to this episode go on all day. I also love opinionated, stylish women who aren’t afraid to just say no to shorts, the half tuck or whatever. Some of the listeners who were turned off or didn’t connect with the discussion may be women who don’t care as much about clothes – and no judgment here if they don’t. Like Andrea, I’m pretty obsessed. Who knows why I wake up in the morning thinking, “Sailor pants! I must have navy sailor pants!” But I expect that anyone who’s a member of that tribe of hunters and gatherers understands and can appreciate Andrea, her passion and preferences. She did deliver much solid advice – if you’re craving something trendy, get it cheap. Combine high and low. Etc.

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    Ann
    28 Jun 2021
    9:52pm

    I loved it too. It’s so great hearing the voices behind the posts! I wish I had your style. It’s a struggle for me to dress I don’t know why?!?! I thought I would find my “look” by now. With all the great advice, maybe I’ll get there someday. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    y.k.
    28 Jun 2021
    9:28pm

    i enjoyed the podcast – i have a jewelry problem too, way more than a clothing problem, so I’m pleased to be in the same camp w/ Andrea. i like her style, classic worn in pieces w/ unique mix of & high & low jewelry ( i like her hippie streak) – and, she looks comfortable.

    gotta go reassess my front twist tank top now…

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    DeDe
    28 Jun 2021
    1:21pm

    Oh PS, Jenn! You HAVE to go to a Dodgers game! I’ve never been to the stadium myself but seriously, you guys have such a great one – the view is fantastic, the vibe seems pretty chill, the music is fun, and I imagine the food’s great, too. Not to mention the team’s one of the best in baseball. You totally don’t need to be a jock to enjoy it! Throw on a tube top and some shorts and go, and then take a selfie and send it to your mom.

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      Jennifer Romolini
      28 Jun 2021
      11:00pm

      this is making me want to go! (also: lol sending my mom a shorts selfie)

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        kimbersam
        29 Jun 2021
        11:13am

        For a spell, I dated a guy w/ Dodger’s season tickets. I have literally zero interest in baseball, but the atmosphere was lovely, the seats were impressive and the folks sitting around us were nice. It’s worth going at least once.

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      MaryAlice
      30 Jun 2021
      1:57am

      You guys are so funny. I have Dodger season tickets. Please don’t wear a tube top, you’ll look like a tourist. Comfy T shirt, shorts & sneakers and you’ll be fine. The food is not great, but go to Philippe’s before the game and bring it in (they allow you to bring in outside food). It’s the most beautiful stadium in baseball, nothing like a summer night at Dodger Stadium.

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    cw
    28 Jun 2021
    6:04pm

    I do not own any iteration of these, but I’m told they’re pretty fabulous. Originally made to help people get into wetsuits, but since the podcast did have a brief discussion of swimsuits I thought I’d pass along the info…https://slipins.com Love JennR’s story about the edible and grocery shopping. I would’ve been tossing bags of Fritos and boxes of popcicles into that shopping cart with joy and fervor had I been along.

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    Suju
    28 Jun 2021
    8:13pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed the podcast and love that Andrea is opinionated. A fun listen!

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    Mary
    29 Jun 2021
    8:28am

    I REALLY enjoyed this podcast! I want and crave actual fashion advice. Fashion experts are often quoted as saying something along the lines of “The most fashionable item a woman can wear is self-confidence.” Terrified of offending, they offer up safe but useless advice – in my opinion.

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    Christine
    29 Jun 2021
    9:11am

    I absolutely loved this episode (I’ve been a huge fan of Andra for years) and appreciated her candor and opinions. That’s what I’d prefer, instead of listening to just general, basic advice. More episodes with Andrea, please!

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      Sabine
      29 Jun 2021
      9:32am

      Agree! Absolutely refreshing to hear someone with an opinion that wasn’t qualified to pacify everyone. Like, gasp, mags if the days gone by and I am here for it!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    1 Jul 2021
    12:52am

    I’m a big Andrea fan and loved her advice, which I found practical and quite democratic. If Andrea wasn’t willing to state her strong opinions about clothes, I doubt she would’ve been the founding Creative Director of Lucky! My approach as a listener is “Take what I can use and leave the rest behind.” More Andrea!

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      Tanya Reader
      5 Jul 2021
      2:23pm

      Agreed–more Andrea! I’ll listen to her advice any time. Even if I don’t agree with it, I enjoy listening to her reasoning because she HAS thought it all through.

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    Karin
    29 Jun 2021
    1:35pm

    I wasn’t a fan of this episode. The guest didn’t seem to offer much real advice. Maybe I’ve just read too many fashion magazines and there’s nothing new under the sun…

    I did enjoy Jenn a lot, and the contrast made me appreciate how many GOOD episodes you’ve had!

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