I mentioned a while back that I started taking magnesium glycinate supplements for mild insomnia, stress, and infrequent heart arrhythmias….
Well, I thought I was taking 400mg per day (my target dose) for a couple weeks. I didn’t notice much difference except a slight improvement on my sleep but not much else. Yesterday I read the instructions on the bottle a bit closer, and realized I was actually only taking 200mg! Oops. I decided to do a little more research, and some sources recommend taking upwards of 600mg per day for people who are under chronic stress (because cortisol depletes magnesium). So I decided to increase my dose, and wow, today I feel significantly better, eg. I felt generally more relaxed and focused than I was previously. The effect is subtle but it’s significant enough to be worth continuing. Magnesium is a nutrient found in food, but apparently centuries of farming have stripped it from our farm soil, so it doesn’t matter how many veggies you consume, you are likely not getting enough. Anyway, just thought I’d share something that might be helpful to someone else out there.
OK, back to getting dressed. I changed into this outfit after work today, threw on a coat and went out to Happy Hour.
Last night, I visited the Eileen Fisher sale page and found a few things deeply discounted that just 4 months ago, I had tried on in the store, actually bought at full price, and returned later. I did this back when my things were in storage and I needed clothes to start my new job. After some thought, I realized the purchases were impulsive, driven by anxiety of starting a new job. I snapped out of it and returned everything the next week. But I did love the clothes, and a part of me was sad to return them. So I was happy to see these items 70% off.
I repurchased everything except for a blazer. I have one blazer, and that’s enough. I have to really look in the mirror and reflect on myself if I were to ever consider purchasing another blazer. I am not a blazer person and moments when I think I am one is a sure sign of some insecurity lurking around the corner.
But anyway, I’ve learned that EF has consistently good sales, so it pays to wait. It also pays to try on their stuff in person on the first go. Sometimes I feel lame for wearing Eileen Fisher, and yes a lot of their stuff is matronly, but I find that if you are selective about things, you can create a really versatile work wardrobe, and feel good about its ethical manufacturing. I like the feeling when I enter their stores too. I’m not overwhelmed and I don’t get the sensory overload the way I do with most other stores.
I’ve also recently sold or donated about 6 pairs of shoes. A few of them were worn out from over-use (my SAS shoes, Everlane day flats), and a few others were shoes I never ended up wearing (Allbirds, and my Nike tennis shoes). In the process I resurrected a pair of flats that were unworn for over a year and actually wore them daily in the past week. In general I think that if an item is unworn for over a year, it’s very unlikely I’ll ever wear it again, but that’s not always the case.
Now I’m in need of a pair of flats more than ever. I’m kind of in love with the Mansur Gavriel ballerina flats because they are similar to the Martiniano’s but has more structure to them. Too bad they are all sold out!
I’ll be posting a few more additions to my wardrobe in upcoming weeks and a tour of our “den”, so stay tuned!
p.s. I laughed out loud to this post by Haley over at Man Repeller about the “Upper East Side mom puffer coat”.