Meet awesome Alice, our Fremont Customer of the Month!! Isn't she 
wonderful in these pictures? And that's not all, we also got a 
chance to chat with her a little bit about her style and her love 
for Adorn!

img_1749Margaret O’Leary Sweater // Elk Fine Knit Hood Poncho // Citizens of Humanity Rocket Jeans // Trask Madison Waterproof Boot // The Salt Empire Necklace

ADORN: Have you always lived in Portland? If not, where do you call
home and what brought you here?

ALICE: I’m originally from Ohio and moved to Oregon in 2005 for work. 
I teach social work and sociology at the University of Portland. 
My teaching and research focuses on policy issues and community 
organizing around social justice and the rights of marginalized 
groups. I geek out over policy issues, and I’m always looking for 
ways to get involved and get my students involved in local and state

ADORN: How do you like to spend your personal time?

ALICE: In my time away from work, I love to cook.  I read food blogs 
and cookbooks looking for inspiration, and I’m always experimenting 
with new recipes and ingredients.  These days my food bio would have
to include lemon, garlic, rosemary, figs, kabocha squash, coffee, 
butter, and anything chocolate.

ADORN: What are some professional and/or personal pursuits that you 
are passionate about?

ALICE: I enjoy cycling, running, wandering around the Oregon coast 
and hiking in the Gorge with my better half.  Last year in October 
we got married on a sunny but blustery Sunday at Beacon Rock, and 
this year we’re going to celebrate our first anniversary by hiking 
Hamilton Mountain.

ADORN: How would your BFF describe you?

ALICE: My friends would describe me as a generous, self-deprecating,
latte addict who seeks—and usually finds—humor in everyday things.


Bella Dahl Drape Front Shirt // 7 For All Mankind Skinny Cord // Antelope Ankle Boots

ADORN: How did you first hear about Adorn?

ALICE: I first learned about Adorn from my friend Vail Fletcher, 
who was wearing her cozy high-waisted M. Rena leggings. I decided I 
had to have a pair, and that led me into the Fremont store.

ADORN: What do you love the most about Adorn?

ALICE: For most of my life I have dreaded clothes shopping, and my 
approach was quick and dirty: Get in and get out, focus on fit, but 
don’t worry about the details or if something “almost” works. I’m 
trying to be more intentional these days and select only items I 
really love and feel great. As a test, I will ask myself, “Does it 
work as is? Would I be excited to wear this tomorrow?” Buying 
fewer pieces and only choosing items I really love has worked well 
for me and streamlined my closet.

Adorn has transformed my relationship to clothes and shopping.  
First, the stores are extremely well curated. From clothing to 
jewelry to shoes and accessories, I never walk in without trying on 
multiple items that work and that make me feel confident and well 
put together.

Beyond the styles, what sets Adorn apart are the people: Brittany 
and Jess at Fremont are so good at knowing their customers and 
putting together items that make us look and feel fabulous. It 
happens to me every time, but I’ve also observed their magic with 
other customers. Jen reminds us correctly that it’s all about 
“fit and fabric.” And at both stores, I am always greeted warmly.  
From the first time I walked in, I felt welcome and like there is no 
other place for me to be in that moment.

Thanks to these ladies, in the last year I’ve been inspired to try 
new things—a plaid, sleeveless Bella Dahl shirt dress or Prairie 
Underground shift—or, in this photo shoot, the 3J Margo Western 
tunic with amazing embroidery on the back.

Feeling confident in your clothes makes you more effective at 
whatever you do. Being a professor involves getting up in front of 
people regularly to present, facilitate discussions, and share my 
work publicly in a variety of settings. I never want to worry about 
whether something I’m wearing distracts from what I’m saying. I 
always feel confident in the items and outfits I’ve purchased at 
Adorn, and that is worth a lot.


Hard Tail Crop Front Tunic // Yumi Long Ribbed Cardigan //

ADORN: What is the last piece you bought at Adorn?

ALICE: The last piece and my current favorite is the Elk cape. To 
quote Brittany, “You will feel regal when you put it on.” She is 
I love my Tart Collections Veronicka Jacket. It looks professional 
but not boring, and it feels like a sweatshirt.

ADORN: A trend you are loving for this Season?

I love the variety of shirt dresses and tunics, like the HardTail 
high-low tunic. It covers your bum and is slimming and comfy all 
at once.
(Brittany and Jess—is this even a trend? I am so uninformed when it 
comes to fashion/style, this is HILARIOUS!)


3J Workshop Tunic // Baggu Purse // Leggings

ADORN: If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, 
what would it look like?

ALICE: Jeans, a cozy sweater or turtleneck (see Curator cowl neck), 
waterproof boots or clogs.

ADORN: 3 must-have items on any vacation?

ALICE: A big, lightweight cotton scarf. I’ve used this as a wrap, a 
headscarf to protect my face from the sun in Italy, and I even used 
it as sheet when I was in Nicaragua. 
On my last vacation one of the most useful things was a Lilla P 
lightweight ¾ sleeve cotton slub cardigan. I wore it 90 percent of 
the days—over tanks, dresses, tees. 
Running shoes to walk, hike, run, and chase my sweet husband up a 
mountain if I have the chance.


Just Female Skirt // Dr. Scholl’s Booties


Elk Poncho // The Salt Empire Jewelry // Citizen of humanity Jeans // Trask Waterproof Boots

Thanks Alice for your time and especially for such an extensive 
interview! It was nice to get to know you better and we look forward 
to seeing you again in the store!