It’s too dark for outfit photos…
I haven’t been able to take any good outfit photos because by the time I get home from work, it’s completely dark outside. I will have to resort to weekend outfits for the time being or until I can get home from work at a decent hour.
In lieu of OOTD posts, I’ll just ramble on about clothes and what else is new.
I was scrolling through some music reviews and found this one picture of Helena Deland wearing a knit sweater with a big hole in it. It caught my eye immediately. A lot of hole-y sweaters and T shirts are a marker of high fashion these days, but this hole looked like a true hole, one created by hungry moth worms. It made me happy to see some thing worn and imperfect glorified this way. I wish it’d be more socially acceptable to wear hole-y garments.
Switching topics: I bought one thing during Black Friday weekend: a programmable coffee maker (The Cuisinart Pour Over coffee maker). I’m on my 4th day of using it and already it has made a huge difference in my QOL. My mornings are way more relaxing than they used to be. Now I wake up to coffee already made. Plus the sound of the dripping serves as an extra alarm clock. I much prefer the sound of coffee brewing than the annoying sound of my alarm clock.
I used to struggle to get going in the morning, rush to the cafe, and then stumble back to the garage to drive to work. With the amount of money I was spending on coffee every morning in this neighborhood ($3.60), the machine should pay for itself in 2-3 months. I did a ton of research on coffee makers and settled on this one.
I think the Cuisinart is a Goldilocks coffee maker. It looks nice, makes very good coffee, meets the temperature requirements of the specialty coffee associations, is programmable, convenient, easy to wash and does not require paper filters, and doesn’t cost a fortune compared to the gold standard Moccamaster. I can’t believe I’ve gone this long w/o a programmable coffee maker. It’s life changing! I’m appreciating the little things in life.
Switching topics again: I’ve been thinking of buying another pair of ES Clyde pants. I’ve worn my current pair every week for ~2 years now. This week I even wore them twice. Even my other pants with big pockets don’t compare in ease and functionality. At work, I’m training students who are taking their psychiatry rotation and I wonder if they are judging me for wearing the same clothes all the time, lol. Yes kids, this is what you have to look forward to when you make the big bucks, lol. But those lucky ones without student loans will be all right.
But honestly, after paying for moving expenses, vacation, and other loans, I feel like I can’t afford a pair of Clydes right now. I can justify the purchase if I sell away some of my unused clothing. I’m thinking of putting my Eileen Fisher system tank dress and Elizabeth Suzann Harper tunic up for sale. I could probably get around $200 for them and use that money toward paying for the Clydes. I wish they would bring back the cotton twill. I get that cotton canvas is more durable, but much prefer twill because it gets so soft over time and looks better aesthetically. Other than the Clydes, I’m not really interested in any of the other clothes from ES lately.
Switching topics for a final time: In the last few weeks, I thought about shutting down this blog, completely independently of how other bloggers that I follow have expressed wanting to stop theirs. Is there something in the air? As you are all aware, I do this solely as a hobby. It’s a place where I can talk about clothes because literally I have no one else to talk to about these topics, and besides, I don’t really wish to talk about this stuff in real life with anyone anyway. Being anonymous is a requirement for my field (not everyone will agree with me on this); it also allows me to share more of myself than maybe I would otherwise. It also means I will never be “blog famous” or gain a huge following. And that’s not the point or goal anyway. It also doesn’t help that I’m fiercely opposed to being on instagram or any other social media platform, and even if I was, it might not make much of a difference. Who knows. I guess if you are making money off blogging, you can at least point to that as being “the point”. I’ve been super stressed during this time of transition, pressed for time and energy, and sometimes wondered what’s the point of blogging? But then I realize that I still enjoy it and love hearing from you guys. Not making any money off the blog is also a blessing. It gives me freedom and is the very reason why it remains fun. That, I’m grateful for. I’m also still surprised and grateful that people have stayed interested in coming back to visit me here.
So for now, I’m going to continue writing and don’t have any plans on stopping any time soon. Thanks for sticking with me!