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Dr. It Girl Peonies and Birks

Here’s some things I read this week worth checking out:

1. Micro-blogging the next big thing for advertisers? via the private life of a girl.  I don’t believe it too.

2. Is that big sofa really necessary? — This article written in the 80’s is so relevant today!  We got rid of our sofa and don’t plan on replacing it anytime soon.  It’s a long story so I’ll write more on this later. Continue reading →

outfit: functionality

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I’m having a hard time deciding whether to keep this NF ski jacket or not.  I bought it about 6 years ago at the REI store for a ski trip.  Used it once.  Later I zipped off the outer shell and used the interior quilted jacket as a lightweight jacket for medium cold days.  The outer shell has been stored under my bed, unworn, for years.   I rediscovered it when I was cleaning under the bed.  I took these pictures with the intention to sell this jacket, but now I’m starting to feel attached to it.  All its little details– vents, hooks, hidden pockets, detachable hood– would make it great for cold weather hiking trips upstate.  This is the only non-neutral color in my wardrobe and my perfectionist mind is like: get rid of it! it doesn’t fit in!  But I think the loud color actually works well for the occasions this would be worn (even if that’s rare).  On the other hand,  it is kind of ugly and I’m not a fan of wearing big logos.  And the reality is I rarely go hiking and it seems silly to keep this for those rare occasions. There’s a tan colored Patagonia jacket, I bought at a rock bottom price secondhand, coming in the mail soon.  I bought it for ordinary rainy spring days in the city.  I needed a small rainproof jacket for mild temperatures.   I don’t like carrying around umbrellas because in New York they often work against you.  If the tan jacket can replace this and look better, I will put this pink monstrosity up for sale. Continue reading →

outfit: & peonies

My boyfriend accidentally bought me these two imported peonies at $15 a pop (he thought they were $7! lol).  Over 3 days, they bloomed from dense brilliant pinks buds to these big fluffy white flowers.  They are so beautiful!  Can’t take my eyes off of them.

Here’s the outfit I wore today on my day off.  I feel at peace in it.  These second-hand Levi’s 501ct has stretched out a bit, so I’m going to wash and dry them in hopes they shrink.  The colors are nicely balanced here and the whole outfit feels in harmony with who I am and what I’m doing.

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wardrobe radar: basic flats

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This week, I realized I need a good basic flat.  I’m currently selling the two pairs I already have because they don’t fit right or feel too fancy for everyday wear.  I’ve been stalking the Martiniano’s for a while but couldn’t quite swallow the price tag especially for a shoe type that I know I’ll destroy in under a year.  Everlane’s new day flats look promising.  I’m waiting for others to review it before I decide to invest.  I’m curious how substantial the soles are? can they fit thin orthotics? Are they structured or malleable like a glove?  And how do they feel in warm weather?

PS. I like how everlane is trending away from the orthopedic-ly unfriendly pointy toes!

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all shoes go to heaven

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I’m transitioning to spring weather shoes this week.  A start of a new season is a great time to assess the condition of your clothes & shoes and throw away / recycle things that are no longer wearable.  If you’ve been a long-time reader here, you will recall that I wore these shoes almost every day in the spring and summer months.  The rubber soles have worn down and the cork lining has crumbled off with water damage, and dare I say it, there’s mold!?  (Maybe it’s just dirt?)  The leather uppers have stretched so much that my feet slip and slide.  And the straps have split ends. It’s shameful how long I continued to wear these. 😂 Continue reading →

outfit: on repeat

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On repeat, here again, I’m wearing the same wool-cashmere turtleneck over Clyde pants.  I wore this outfit to pick up some tacos for lunch.  There was no need to carry a bag; my wallet, phone, and keys fit easily in these big pockets.  It was a nice walk today; the streets were bustling with lots of smiling faces; the Cuban guys were out singing & playing bongo drums at the street corner again–always a welcomed sign winter is over, like the town troubadour in Gilmore girls, except with open bottles of tequila and more rhythm. Continue reading →

outfit: matchy matchy

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Today I’m wearing a replacement for my old Zara utility shorts that went into retirement after it burst open at the butt.  This is a very similar pair of shorts with a few upgrades:  back pockets and front pockets that look like back pockets, a beautiful metallic button, a modest length, and structured denim that keeps its shape.  I loved my old shorts but one downside was how it got baggy and lost its shape by the end of the day.  Faded olive greens fit right in with my wardrobe; they pair well with oatmeal and other neutrals.   Continue reading →

Links

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Here are a few links that captured my attention this week:

1.  Congratulations to Rosie on her TED talk on failure and vulnerability.  She talks about how creative work makes you vulnerable and relates an ability to tolerate vulnerability to perseverance and success.  I resonated with how hard it can be to get negative feedback on creative work.  I got flashbacks of my university painting critique.  Every person’s work before mine sparked lively discussion.  When it was my turn, there was dead silence.  It was awful, soul crushing.  It ended well though because weeks later the dean of the art school stole my painting and had it exhibited at the state capitol building. It can feel vulnerable writing here too.  I’m not a “writer”, I just happen to write (mediocrely), and in order to keep doing it, I had to develop a tolerance for negative judgment. Continue reading →

The strange way leather is made.

apc gigi bootsIn a previous post, I had mentioned the horrific things that are happening at Bangladeshi leather tanneries.  I really had no idea how bad things were until I saw this segment on PBS.  It got me wondering: what does “proper” leather tanning look like?  I found this youtube video about how leather is made in the USA.  Even leather made “safely” in America is strange!  Frankly, it’s gross.  Manufacturing waste from the leather tanning process, in forms of dried up connective tissue and gray globs of fatty slime, is bought by cheap dog food companies to use as filler (yuck, I’m so glad we feed Freddy real meat and good dry food).  I’m not vegan or anti-leather, although I do admire those who do choose to be.  I do own a few cherished leather items: my APC gigi boots, half moon bag, watch, wallet, and loafers.  But after seeing this, I’m starting to evolve in this area, and will opt to purchase leather secondhand when I’m in need of replacements.  Or go “pleather” or “vegan leather”– both names don’t sit right with me.  There’s lots of snarky connotations in those terms.  What about removing the term leather altogether and replacing it with the name of the actual material.  As it terns out there’s a huge range of vegan leather and some are actually really bad for the environment and yet they all go under the same name. Continue reading →

outfit: good wrinkles

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In this outfit post, I’m wearing my very first Eileen Fisher top (bought secondhand for $13, similar).  It’s the only 100% linen item in my wardrobe and ever since I put it on this morning, I haven’t wanted to take it off even to change into my pajamas.  I like the way it feels, softly textured, light, airy, but not exposed.  I like the wrinkles; they add a little footprint showing how your day was spent.  I like it’s slight sheerness to layer over dark bras for a tiny bit of attitude peaking through.  The ES clydes have been on high rotation as usual.  Somehow the way these pants balloon out at the hips and thighs help balance out my top heaviness.  I’m slowly prepping for Spring weather, eagerly awaiting the the ES cotton canvas Tilda pants which are being made right now and probably won’t arrive until the end of April or May, just in time for bare-ankle-weather.  Can’t wait.    Continue reading →

outfit: loose associations

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Here’s a quick outfit post with a top from Kowtow that was meant to replace my retired, beloved, tattered and torn French Connection top (see below).  By the time I recycled it, it had been worn on at least a biweekly basis for 7 years!  It had about 10 holes in it (I know, shameful!).  My BF bluntly told me it had to go.  He was right.  I don’t get why I liked this top so much.  Technically, it’s ugly.  But I thought it was interesting.  I’m not into prints usually, but something about a bold black print, that isn’t full of motifs, and isn’t symmetrical, I found intriguing.  I liked how it seemed to tell an abstract story and felt sort of like a Rorschach test.  And of course, I’m always a sucker for a loose cotton boxy top that looks good tucked and untucked. Continue reading →