(excuse the all lower case… my shift key is still stuck, but i should be getting my new thinkpad tomorrow!)
wow, i just realized i’m wearing nearly all pre-owned clothes today.
i went out the door to work with this exact outfit on. no coat required. i overheated while power walking the dog at the park in the morning and didn’t think i’d need a coat on my way to work. the truth is it did get a little chilly but nothing unbearable. i’m glad i wore two layers up top. i like the way mandarin collared shirts look when they are left unbuttoned. but when it got cold later in the day, i was able to button up the shirt for added warmth. i’m back to wearing real socks with my boots again. i figured out that if i wear thick socks, my feet are held in place and don’t slide forward as they did with average thickness socks. i can walk all day in these hopp comfort boots and my feet feel fine. they are nearly sold out, but SAS makes some nice minimalist style boots that are probably equally as comfortable. i can’t say the same is true for my no. 6 store clogs, which cause my feet to ache after a few hours of wear, and which by the way, caused me to fall down the stairs the first day i bought them. i had also heard of other people twisting their ankles in their high heeled clogs. beware!
i’m reading a new book called the sum of small things: a theory about the aspirational class by elizabeth currid-halkett. she talks about the consumer habits of the new cultural elite and how cultural capital and consumer choices with more subtle signifiers of status are what separates the classes today. the book put to words what i’ve observed among my own social group. really i bet anyone who reads this blog can see themselves in this book. much of the book is focused on the consumer habits of women in today’s world. she mentions essie ballet slippers nail polish, barre class, artisanal coffee, organic produce, TOMS shoes, and much more as replacing former, more ostentatious signifiers of wealth, ie. the birken bag, which probably in this day and age, most women would feel ashamed to own. but anyway, if you have any interest in “ethical fashion”, or “conscious consumerism”, then i’m sure this book, which is not directly about those topics per se, would be of interest to you. i’m about half way through the book and it’s frustrating that the author has not formulated an opinion yet on what feels like a long list of semi-neutral observations about contemporary class differences. i hope she eventually gets there. but still so interesting nonetheless! i’ll keep ya updated as i get through the rest of it.
i finished reading the year of less by cait flanders and actually really enjoyed it. it was a light, fast read, and at no point did it feel too preachy. its a great book to get inspiration from. i don’t think i would ever adopt a no shopping ban but it was interesting to read about her experience with one.
and for more stuff i’m enjoying, i wanted to give you guys an update on my discbound notebook. i really like it and use it everyday at work to take notes. i like being able to re-arrange the pages and replace them with refills. i converted my calendar back to paper with these pretty monthly pages that i found on etsy, although they seem to be sold out of these prints. seems like everything i’m buying is selling out lately!
since i’m already using the notebook for work, adding a few pages for my calendar was easy. i haven’t used a paper calendar in years, but i find that i am better able to keep track of my schedule when i have to write things down by hand. i’ve had issues with my iphone not saving my events onto the cloud consistently, which has caused me to miss important meetings, so this solves that problem. but more importantly, it reminds me of my planner when i was in elementary through high school, and it looks so pretty!
[outfit: *lemaire/uniqlo shirt, *james perse tee, *jil sander skirt, PACT leggings, HOPP zip up boots, *cluse watch, *dagne dover midi tote]