outfit: the last generation on earth

splendid tank nisolo everlane

This outfit is plain and simple.  Not much to say here.

Through work, I’ve met a lot of people affected by the recent hurricanes and find myself more worried about climate change than ever before.  I was asked recently about a comment I made earlier about whether it’s ethical to have children in the wake of an impending environmental catastrophe… Continue reading →

outfit: slouch potato

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I’m a little out of my comfort zone here.  These are my very first pair of white pants!  Let’s hope I don’t spill coffee all over them.  As you might know, I’ve been stalking the slouchy chinos from Everlane for a while now and absolutely fell in love with them (to my surprise) when I tried them on in the Manhattan showroom.  Finally a pair of pants that look much better on a “real” body than on models. Continue reading →

A Few Good Links

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There is so much going on in the world right now.  Sometimes I just want to bury my head in the sand.  Just tell me when it’s all over.

I almost never talk about my work here, but the other day I was asked to see a woman for anxiety.  She was dying of cancer, had gone through a horrific bout of pneumonia and was on a ventilator.  Because of the ventilator, she could only communicate by writing.  The first thing I said to her was “with all that you’ve been through, the cancer, the chemo, the pneumonia and now the ventilator, it’s understandable that you’d feel anxious… but is there something making you feel particularly anxious right now?”  Her arms were weak; she could barely lift her pencil to the notepad.  Very slowly, in faint squiggly letters she spelled out:  T R U M P!  We both sort of just looked at each other.  I shook my head, sighed, and she knew I felt the same…

So with all this terrible stuff happening, I took extra care to share some enjoyable things with you this week:

This week, I read this beautiful short story in the New Yorker called “Likes” by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum.  It’s a modern story about a father who struggles to communicate with his teenage daughter as she is consumed in the world of social media, instagram, and “likes”.  After I read it, I immediately wanted to know what message the author wanted to convey with the story, and was happy to find they interviewed her about it here.

Have you listened to the Secular Buddhism podcast yet?  It’s my favorite podcast of all time.  I’ve learned so many valuable concepts from Noah Rasheta.  He has this wonderful ability to take abstract concepts, that no one is actually able to put into practice, ie. how to stay in the present moment, how to let go of anger, how to forgive, etc…  and turns them into simple practical actions that you can incorporate into your daily life.  If you are new to the podcast, listen to the first 5 episodes in order, then listen to this recent one about anger and hatred.  There’s another amazing episode on how to teach your kids mindfulness.  It involves turning meditation into a game!  How clever!

And lastly, the new Bjork music video is genius.  I’m just blown away by the artistic vision and technical execution of it all.  It’s created by artist Andy Huang, who was actually in my college class.  We took a couple painting classes together and worked on a post modern video project for art theory class during our senior year.  He seemed like a nice guy.  Very quiet and humble.  I always knew he’d make it big.

 

 

outfit: linen, oxfords, and socks

nisolo oliver oxfords elizabeth suzann eileen fisher outfit

Maybe I should sit down for all outfit posts?  I re-arranged furniture in my living room again this weekend (no surprise!).  After rearranging things like 10 times, I think finally, the layout is right.  The space feels open and airy.  Good feng shui all around.  My money tree is nice and happy in that corner soaking up sun.  In the all the rearranging though, I lost my white wall for outfit posts, so you’ll be seeing me with different backgrounds from now on.

I found a great deal on a pair of like-new oliver oxfords from Nisolo this week.  I was stalking these shoes for a while in preparation for fall/winter.  I thought a simple classic oxford that could be worn with socks for the fall and winter would be nice.  And had heard that Nisolo makes comfortable soles, which is surprising given how thin they look on the outside.  There’s quite a bit of cushion in the toe box and a strip of raised leather along the arch as well.

I ventured for a half size up, which makes the shoes a little roomy for thick socks in the winter time.  With regular socks, my narrow feet swim around in them a bit so I’ll have to put sticky arch inserts to fill them out.  I’ve been using these leather stick on arch inserts from Amazon.  They really stay put and don’t look ugly.

The rest of this outfit feels relaxed.  I’ve been pairing linen pants with linen tops a lot lately, mainly because its been hot and humid here in NY.  I think socks that are a shade lighter than the color of your shoes looks good.  I found these socks made out of re-used yarn at Muji.   They come in lots of different colors.  I like their socks because they have a 90 degree angle at the heel so there’s less fabric to bunch up at your ankles.  It’s a minor detail, but I love thoughtful little details like that in the design of clothes.

Anyone know what they want to dress up as for Halloween?  This year I think I’m going to go for something happy and cheerful.  The world is already a pretty scary place as it is.

[outfit:  eileen fisher linen top*, elizabeth suzann tilda pant in midweight linen, muji reused yarn socks, nisolo oliver oxfords*,  * = pre-owned]

outfit: for re-arranging furniture

SAS relax sandal

My board exam is in 9 days (*gulp*).  It’s been crazy busy for me.  On my study break today, I decided to move some furniture around (this is what I consider fun).  We didn’t have a sofa for a while after the bedbug nightmare and it was actually kinda nice having an almost empty living room. I enjoyed the echo and the ease of cleaning the floors, but eventually I felt we needed to get back to being “normal people” again and bought a much smaller midcentury modern sofa and Herman Miller style lounge chair with a matching coffee table.  It’s insane how cheap Herman Miller knock offs are online.  We got a new sofa, lounge chair, coffee table, and small dining table for under $600!  (I’m sure the manufacturing process is majorly unethical in some way, but there really aren’t that many affordable options).   Continue reading →

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 →