16 April 2019. Just in time for spring and summer, our pettipants and petticoats are perfect for wearing beneath sheer dresses, robes and tunics. Although the idea of a "petticoat" harkens back to old-fashioned modesty, these pieces are modern and simple.
The pettipants are made from a light-weight linen and have a slim elasticized waist. The leg is cut full and straight to the hem.
The petticoat is a light-weight linen half slip, with an a-line shape and on-seam splits at the hem for ease of movement.
Both pieces are a nice alternative to a full slip.
We think they make a beautiful gift for mother's day too!
2 April 2019. Kitchen cloths are a staple here at Shop Fog Linen. While we use them everyday without thinking too deeply about it, we thought it would be fun to share a bit about their back story.
Fog Linen Work founder, Yumiko Sekine originally designed the kitchen cloths to be used not just as dish towels, but as multi-taskers around the kitchen. From polishing glasses to wiping up cooking spills and drying hands, kitchen cloths do double duty.
Our kitchen cloths are 100% linen, made from flax grown, woven and sewn in Lithuania. We offer them in two different weights. While the regular weight is quick drying, and perfect for drying hands, silverware and glassware, the heavier weight (our "thick" kitchen cloth) will absorb more liquid for cleaning up big spills or an epic round of dish drying.
We also use them as cleaning and polishing cloths for kitchen counters and appliances, as well as for a variety of cooking tasks, from drying a handful of freshly washed herbs to taking the skin off toasted hazelnuts.
While our kitchen cloths start off with a stiff, freshly ironed texture, the linen becomes softer and more absorbent with each wash. We recommend that you machine wash them on a gentle cycle in cold water and let them air or line dry. We find if you give them a shake fresh out of the washing machine while damp, and a quick smooth with your hand, they will dry with minimal wrinkling. If you must put them in the dryer, tumble dry a on low setting, and know that they will shrink a bit, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. If you have the time and inclination, you can iron them on a medium to medium-high setting for a super smooth surface.
Let us know how you plan to use them in your kitchen!
20 March 2019. Looking for new ways to use citrus for spring beverages? We're currently inspired by limes. Here are a few ideas:
And if you're looking for something with a bit of a kick, try this one:
Once you've got your drinks made and the weather cooperates, let our trays give you a hand in bringing them outside to your guests. We're happy to have our green plaid tray with its' cheerful gingham green pattern back in stock in all three sizes. Three cheers for spring!
Visit here to see all our tray patterns.
12 March 2019. Color is a must this time of year. We're enjoying the longer days and sunnier skies, but there's still a nip in the air around these parts and we need a little boost of color to get us through until things are blossoming and blooming outside.
Happily, we've got some new patterns in the shop to share that will bring cheer to your kitchen, table, and closet.
Let us introduce you to:
Isabelle: a cheerful pink and white windowpane check that comes in tablecloths, placemats, aprons, pouches, and kitchen cloths.
Merissa: a lovely pink gingham that comes in trays, scarves, handkerchieves, and this beautiful shirt.
George: a handsome navy and white pinstripe stripe that comes in a variety of products, including aprons, tablecloths, placemats, coasters, and linen trays. There are a few George items in our apparel section as well.
Steph: a pretty navy and white check that comes in coasters, tablecloths, placemats, kitchen cloths, and linen trays. Steph also graces some of our clothing.
We hope you'll enjoy these new additions this spring!
5 March 2019. We're feeling it! Spring is just around the corner and we're ready to lighten things up a bit. This time of year, while we await the produce of spring, we're counting on handfuls of fresh herbs to brighten our cooking. Whether we're buying them at the grocery store or growing them on our windowsill, herbs like parsley, cilantro, mint, thyme, basil, and rosemary add great flavor to all types of cuisines.
Freshly chopped and added to salads, soups, pasta, eggs...we could go on and on, but you get the idea! Use a pinch or a handful, what ever suits your tastebuds, but you won't regret the extra effort it takes to chop up bunch and sprinkle away.
Lately, we've been loving the combo of cilantro and mint, chopped together and added on top of a bowl of soup. Or mixed into a fresh salad with oranges, feta cheese and green olives.
Then there's our favorite winter pesto, substituting fresh flat leaf Italian parsley and walnuts for basil and pine nuts. Great on pasta, slathered on toast or crackers, or atop scrambled or fried eggs, this one's is a winner.
If you're looking for more inspiration on using herbs in your cooking you can try Samin Nosrat's wonderful cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat or Yottam Ottolenghi's inspiring Jerusalem.
If you want to try growing fresh herbs indoors, check out this article from Gardener's Supply for some good tips.
16 February 2019. It may be too early to say spring is around the corner, but our spring clothing line has arrived, with beautiful pieces that have us dreaming about sunny skies and warm breezes.
This year's fresh color palette includes blues ranging from robin's egg to deep raisin, a creamy ivory with just a hint of rosy blush, an elegant chalky white with a bit of gray, and gingham patterns in a lovely bright pink and an elegant black check.
We're counting on the Mara and Robin Coats to keep us warm in unpredictable spring weather, along with the ever faithful Roserie and Tuz scarves to protect us from chilly spring breezes.
The elegant Naomi dress with its simple flowing lines and self belt, is a great dress for bridging the seasonal gap, while the Doris dress with its peter pan collar is just plain adorable.
Both the Marcia and Annis top sport a lovely check pattern in pink and black respectively.
Once more, we love the fact that most pants, skirts, and dresses are now designed with on seam pockets, our favorite practical detail. We hope you love it too.
31 January 2019. As many of you know, we share a little retail space with our sister biz Pod. Our shops will be closed to walk-in traffic February 3 through March 4. It will be business-as-usual online and all of your orders will ship during this time. We can always be reached via email.
17 January 2019. Anyone else ready for a reset this January? Here at Shop Fog Linen, we're looking for ways to make a clean start to 2019 by refreshing what's on our table. This 7 day reset from Anna Jones, a cook and author based in Britain, looks like the perfect place to start. Anna's healthy plant based recipes sound nourishing and comforting to both body and soul.
While we're freshening up the food on our table, we're also freshening up our tabletops with the Jenn linen tablecloth. Jenn's clean lines and simple windowpane pattern will refresh your space in an instant.
Here's to new beginnings!
10 January 2019. Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! The start of the year always feels like a clean slate, a chance to try new things and refresh our spirit.
In the past, we've made long lists of resolutions, some easier to keep than others. This year we're going to skip the resolutions and focus on simple things that make us happy.
Here's our list of "non-resolutions":
Invite friends to dinner more often
Make time in the day to read or listen to something enjoyable
Cook a new recipe from a favorite cookbook
Get in touch with a friend or relative just to say hello
Light some candles
Drink more water
Good luck on your own resolutions or lack thereof! In the meantime, we are wishing you all a happy, peaceful and healthy new year.
19 December 2018. As the winter solstice approaches we are thinking of ways to to make our days feel bright and fresh despite the cold and fewer hours of daylight. Our favorite pick-me-up for this time of year is citrus. Lemon, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, we love them all!
This ginger grapefruit curd recipe from Heidi Swanson hits all the right notes for us. It's great spread on toast or alongside a buttery piece of shortbread. Or just eaten right off the spoon! Making a batch to gift to friends and family is a wonderfully easy holiday treat. And don't forget to save a bit for yourself.
We're wishing you all a warm and sparkly holiday and a happy new year. We are so thankful for all your support throughout 2018 and look forward to seeing you in the new year. XO
*Warehouse Holiday Hours: Mon-Sat 11a-6p, Sun 12-5 through December 24th.
*Our Online Shop and Warehouse will be closed December 25-January 1. Orders placed during this time will be shipped on January 2, 2019.