Published: May 31, 2016 • Editorial / Our muse

Erin Boyle

CITY: Brooklyn, NY

OCCUPATION: Writer and Blogger at Reading My Tea Leaves.

FREE TIME: Chasing sunshine; using my kid as an excuse to sing off-key on the sidewalk (and skip).

WEEKEND PLANS: A long walk dictated entirely by the flowering trees opening up around the neighborhood. After six springs in Brooklyn I know where to find all of my favorites in the neighborhood.

DREAM: Little plot of land. Rickety old house, all shored up. Daffodils in the spring. Veggies in the summer. Dirt under my nails all year long.

TUNES: I love listening to albums all the way through. This week it was Emmylou Harris, Luxury Liner when I wanted to sing along. Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road when I needed to feel badass. Fleetwood Mac Rumors when I needed to shake up my mood. (And lots and lots of the song 'My Shot' from the musical Hamilton because my 22-month-old is obsessed.)

READS: I’ve been terrible about finishing books since I had a baby nearly two years ago, but I consider it a small triumph if I make it through a New Yorker article before bed.

EATS: It’s springtime and so I’m in a full-on revolt against the heavy foods I crave all winter and all I want lately are pea shoots and fluffy ricotta and lemon on everything.

ES FAVORITES: The Georgia Dress is a dress to live in, work in, and play in. Since I’m generally mixing up all three of those things, it’s perfect for me. It’s so easy to wear and it looks as natural with a pair of heels as it does with a pair of sandals and smear of toddler grime. Like the dress’s little cousin, the Georgia Tee is so comfortable and sweet but it can still look sophisticated when it needs to. I love it with the Clyde Pants, but it’s equally pretty on top of a dress or with a pair of skinny jeans.

Erin wears the Georgia Tee in Ivory Linen, the Georgia Dress in Navy Linen, the Clyde Pant in Natural Cotton Twill, and the Tilda Pant in Navy Linen.

Follow along with Erin and her work online:

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Photographed by Stephania Stanley for Elizabeth Suzann.

I have been looking forward to this muse feature from the moment I reached out to Erin about participating. She is the author of one of my favorite blogs (and of the incredible book Simple Matters!) and has been a customer of Elizabeth Suzann for some time. She first wrote about us on her site in 2014, discussing one of our velvet dresses from that year's holiday collection. Her raw connection with clothing, her honesty and authenticity were so detectable in her writing. It was the first time I remember reading what someone had written about our clothing and feeling "Wow - she really gets what we do." 

Watching Erin's site and family grow over the past several years has been so inspiring to me. She wholeheartedly and fully lives the life we believe in, and embodies the principles we subscribe to. Earlier this year, she wrote this in a post on curating a minimalist wardrobe:

"I’m not a clothes horse, or a fashionista, or fabulously stylish. I want to feel good in my clothes, absolutely. I want to feel beautiful and comfortable every day. (Small request, no?) I also want getting dressed to be a simple affair. I want to wake up in the morning and open my drawer or my closet and be able to select, in a matter of minutes, something to wear for the day. There’s no such thing as effortless but I do enjoy keeping a wardrobe that requires less effort. This is my particular wish."

That is why we do what we do, and women like Erin (and you!) are who we do it for. So it is with great honor that we feature her as one of our muses, for she is quite literally that to me. The simple, essential, meaningful, and rich way she lives her life is encouraging and energizing to me, and it is so rewarding to see how she is incorporating our pieces into her daily routine. 

I highly encourage taking some time to explore Erin's site. You can check out her incredible Brooklyn apartment (the way she has maximized a small space will blow your mind), find lots of simple and wholesome food and drink recipes, and follow along with her sweet family and her experience in parenting. She has created such great content centered around many areas of life, but her writing on style and the art of dressing is particularly insightful and uplifting. She provides resources for shopping sustainably, ethically, and responsibly - even for hard to find items, like undergarments and shoes. She also writes frequently on the philosophy of minimalism, and I find myself revisiting her posts when I need to recenter my thoughts or rein in my wandering senses. Thank you so much for sharing a peek into your world with us, Erin!

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