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
Margaret 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
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
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
(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!