Last post of 2017: A few good links + recent wardrobe additions.

Hopp essential oxfords

2017 flew by, didn’t it?  Actually for me, I’m grateful to say that this year felt a little bit slower than previous years.


I keep a bookmarks folder in my google chrome with random links I stumble across that I want to share with you guys and whenever I reach at least 3 links, I’ll put out a post like this one.

This year I missed out on the MOMA Is Fashion Modern? show, but probably better is this video tour of the exhibit by MOMA’s curator Paola Antonelli here.  You must also check out all the videos in MOMA’s series Fashion as Design, here.  The video on Levi’s vintage denim and on the lifecycle of clothes were my favorites.

I’ve been interested in learning more about skincare ingredients lately and found a youtube channel by dermatologist Dr. Dray.  I especially like this video where she kind of goes undercover into CVS and teaches you how to shop smart for skincare products.  In addition to sunscreen, she’s a big proponent of niacinamide and ceramides, but feels topical vitamin C is probably not worth the hype.

And finally you all know how much I’ve been obsessing over the HOPP studio shoes ever since I heard about them a few months ago.  After agonizing over if and what I should buy, I went with the super practical essential oxfords in black nubuck (pictured above).  There’s an executive level professional at my job who wears a pair of HOPP shoes at work.  When I look at her, I think “modern power woman”.  This marketing video / testimonial about the essential oxfords sealed the deal for me:

I agree with what she says about the “sexy” look as feeling very cheesy.  It’s so refreshing to hear this!


In addition to the HOPP shoes, I added a few more things to my wardrobe:  the carpenter pants by Black Crane and a pair of Lemaire twisted pants.  Right out of the box I fell in love with them but they are getting tailored right now so I won’t be able to post a proper review until after Wednesday.  I also bought a lounge bra from ThirdLoveto wear around the house and for low impact work outs.  My Patagonia heavy duty sports bra is a bit too constricting (great for running) but as my dermatologist friend Joy (hi Joy!) confirmed, it was making my chest break out with folliculitis from all the compression and sweat build up.  A while back I ordered the Elizabeth Suzann Harper tunic but it’s taken ES a long time to make it, but that’s OK.  According to ES, all the employees got 10 paid days off this week (and that’s good!), so the Harper will have to wait til 2018.  Looking forward to it so much!  I’d been stalking that piece for over a year already!

This New Year’s Eve we’ve decided to stay cozy at home.  Going out for NYE in NYC is always such a hassle and disappointment.  Today I’ve been busy making smoothies, cooking, and will probably split a bottle of wine with the BF later while we watch the ball drop.  This year has been a good year for this blog.  I’ve been able to post more because I try to stick to writing ‘organically’, in a non-fussy way, about my interests in getting dressed, clothes, design, and other random things.  It’s a lot of fun.  Please, if you don’t already have a blog, and share similar interests, please create one so I can follow you!  👩🏻‍💻

Happy New Year! 🥂

7 thoughts on “Last post of 2017: A few good links + recent wardrobe additions.

  1. Hi Michelle! *wave*
    I love the direction your blog has taken the last few months. The organic, stream-of-consciousness blogging is awesome and you’ve taught me so many cool things. Here’s to another great year of blogging!
    Joy (the dermatologist)

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  2. I went to that MOMA exhibit, and no worries, it wasn’t all that. I liked seeing the original Birkin and the Levi’s, but it seemed like there was a lot of filler products.

    I like to use Beautypedia for beauty reviews, and understanding ingredients. Whenever I’m in a store, about to buy a product, I always check out reviews on Beautypedia first!

    I also appreciate the organic blog post style! Wish I could do that myself, but I love to over-explain 🙂

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    1. I’m glad I didn’t make the trek out to see it in person then. I hadn’t used beautypedia before.. I will definitely check it out. And btw, I like your over-explaining =). You have valuable information to share and I think, a blog with a personal finance bent, you must be very detailed, instructional, and thought out. For what I’m doing which is more of a casual wardrobe/lifestyle diary, the stream of consciousness style feels natural and sufficient.. and the most sustainable way I can keep up with posting while working full time in a completely different field.

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    2. ^^ Agreed – the exhibit would have been better if it were a smaller, more thoughtfully-concentrated collection (plus it was crowded when we visited, so the video is definitely more enjoyable).

      Happy New Year!

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