outfit: my inner grandma

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This outfit has been on high rotation lately.   It’s top to bottom comfort all the way.  I can’t say enough about the weight, softness and drape of this John Patrick tee.  And I love the relaxed feel of these loose fit chinos.

I recently invested in these “Relax sandals” from San Antonio Shoemakers (SAS).  They have a mini cult following based on all the reviews I read raving about these.  They are definitely more comfortable than Birks and a little more dressed up.  The monochromatic detail of the hardware and leather make all the difference in the design.  The edges along the straps have a discreet puffiness to them to prevent any uncomfortable rubbing.  All in all, it’s a well thought out design and the least ugly pair within the comfort sandal category I could find.   Continue reading →

outfit: texture + ad fatigue

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The thought of wearing white pants scares me.  I’ve never owned a pair.  These linen pants in the color “flax” are the closest thing I have to them.  The slight color variations in the fabric hide stains well.  I don’t live in fear of stains in these and don’t hesitate to sit on subway benches or walk on dirt paths in the park.  An outfit succeeds when it gets out of your way, allows you to move freely and go anywhere. Continue reading →

My non-toxic method for oil painting from start to finish.

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For a long time, I put aside oil painting because I don’t have a studio and I didn’t want to fill my small NYC apartment with toxic fumes.  It’s one thing, to be in a studio for a few hours inhaling the stuff; it’s another thing, to live and sleep with it every day.  Long-term effects of inhaling turpentine and mineral spirits include permanent brain damage, dementia, and psychosis.

Throughout my training, I was taught that solvents were necessary to prime surfaces, thin oil colors, wash brushes between colors, and varnish the finished painting.  Basically needed for every aspect of oil painting. I used to think solvents were an occupational hazard oil painters had to accept. Continue reading →

Links

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 →

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 →

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 →