This is my entire closet in one photo. The only thing not shown is my underwear and sock drawer. If you’ve been a long time reader here, you’ll notice that not much has changed about my closet except I added a hanging closet organizer on the right to store my knitted sweaters the proper way (as opposed to using hangers). I found a good closet organizer at the Container Store with shelves that don’t bend (a minor thing about most hanging organizers that I find so annoying).
I’m lazy about folding and hanging up my clothes, but since I do wear pants many times before washing, I find that storing my pants by throwing them over the lower closet rod is the easiest way to arrange them. This keeps me from throwing my pants all over the floor like I used to.
In other news, I had a nice time this weekend with the BF and his mom. She brought over several eye glasses inherited from the BF’s grandpa who recently passed away. I thought they looked cool all lined up like this. There’s a bunch of hipsters out there rockin glasses just like these. Isn’t it interesting how some styles loop back in time. I love “old people” style. When I’m old I’ll already have been dressing my age for decades.
This got me thinking of what wardrobe items I might want to keep to pass on if I ever have kids.
And here’s yet another picture of my feet against filthy NYC pavement. I’m wearing my favorite socks, bought for 2 bucks in Vietnam. They’re made of thick wool that keep my feet warm in 40 ish degree weather. I love the aubergine color. It looks great with any outfit without being too bleak like an all black sock might be. I’m wearing Elizabeth Suzann clyde pants in cotton twill here. I sized down to a size 4-short, which is quite cropped, so my socks always show when I’m wearing them. I wish I had bought many more socks like these because this color and fabric are hard to find.
I’m in the process of updating my “blog roll”. I want to keep it up to date with blogs that I actually read. That’s something always evolving, as I seek out authenticity which seems to be a rare commodity these days. I’m much less interested in blogs that feel too consumerist, like “hey here’s this new thing; go buy it!”, and prefer blogs that are more about sharing ideas about personal style. We live in a corporate world and there’s nothing inherently wrong with ads/sponsorships and other people making money, but it’s just not something I’m going to seek out.
I still love Grechen’s blog even though there is a lot of consumerism there simply because it makes sense and still feels honest within the framework of her business slowr. Plus she is very relate-able. I consider mirror selfies, no professional photography, and no make-up looks relate-able and real. With her, I don’t get that yucky feeling that I’ve been tricked into reading a blog post when in reality it’s an advertisement.
I’ll often post what brand I’m wearing or review things but I want the main focus to be about sharing ideas and style, and share what that says about me, my values, etc rather than to encourage people to go out and buy specific things. Like for example, when I show a picture of my outfit like the one above, I don’t want you to feel like I’m promoting the idea you should go out and buy SAS sandals, rather I’d want you to be aware that the experience of wearing any wool socks with comfy sandals looks and feels good in cold weather, to me anyway. And that might inspire you to do the same radical/lame thing, with any brand sandal and any brand socks you may already own, but if you need to go out and buy one, that’s fine too if you so choose. And I can say that with 100% no conflicts of interest because I am in no way profiting from sharing this (not that there’s anything inherently wrong with that if I was).
The trade off with blogs with more ads and sponsorships is that they provide a much more diverse range of styles, novelty, thrills, and better photography, etc. I’m sure plenty of people might stop by this blog and say ‘wow this is so boring’ and move on, so I’m not saying that no ads/sponsorships is necessarily worse/better. It’s all in the eye of the beholder and about what you are looking for. I think maybe if I were younger and experimenting more with style, I might gravitate towards blogs that have a bigger turnover of outfits and ones that are constantly introducing me to new brands etc. What about you? How do you feel about this issue?
And lastly I met this amazing red panda in Central Park this weekend (there’s a zoo in the park!). He looked so happy, prancing around, playing gently with his two friends, walking swiftly up and down the tree branches. It was hard to capture a nice photo because he was constantly on the move, but he paused for a split second long enough for me to take this shot. Other than my dog Freddy, I’ve never met a more beautiful animal.
[outfit: sas relax sandals, vietnam socks, elizabeth suzann clyde pants, apc nepal parka]