outfit: death angel?

ootd all black 2018-03-14 at 7.31.10 PM

I wore this outfit to work today, except I also had on a black cardigan and was wearing black oxfords.  I changed into these sandals when I got home.  Patients rarely ever comment on my clothes at work, but this sweet 90 year old lady who I was called to see today because she was delirious and kept talking about wanting to die, took notice of my outfit.  When I met with her, she asked me very politely, “Excuse me but may I ask why are you wearing all black?  Are you my death angel?  Because if you are, please take me, I’m ready to go.”  I pulled up my dress to show her that I was wearing purple colored socks and therefore could not possibly be her death angel.  This made us both laugh.  Later, she kept referring to me as “hey lady with the purple socks”, lol.

purple socks ootdBut anyway, this is my first and only long dress in my wardrobe and I love it.   It’s the tencel stretch terry jumper dress from Eileen Fisher.  I tried on the grey version on a whim.  Really loved it and then decided to buy the black version for practicality.  The turtleneck part looks smart. And the large cut off arm holes let’s you change things up by wearing it over various types of fitted tops.  They look good with thin long sleeves and fitted tanks.  I’m wearing mine with a Spanx tank top that I usually wear when I don’t want to bother with wearing a bra but still want to be held in.  In this outfit, I feel like a character from the Adam’s Family.

This dress is one of those rare finds that look much better in real life and on average human bodies than on the tall super thin model. My good friend Joy (aka my dermatologist friend) recently bought the same dress or one very similar to it from EF, and I think she looks really good in it with a striped top!  You can see it over at her brand spankin’ new outfit instagram account, seejoywear.  I’m excited she decided to start posting her outfits because I’ve always admired her style, which always manages to be put together, modern, chic, but down to earth and relatable.

I will not follow outfit blogs/IG accounts where it looks like it took the person 10 hours to get dressed and do their hair and make up.  Ugh no thanks!

In other news, I’ve been procrastinating on my research projects these past few days and watching too much TV.  Is anyone else watching Queer Eye and/or the new season of Terrace House on Netflix?  Jonathan from Queer Eye is really growing on me.  And I love the decor in the new Terrace House.

[outfit:  new eileen fisher stretch tencel terry jumper dress, PACT long leggings, *kork ease wedges, HOPP studio oxfords, purple vietnam socks]


outfit: spring forward!

ootd 2018-03-13 at 6.29.33 PMI wore this crazy outfit to work today. I slept through my alarm, woke up late and was in a mad rush. Plus it was snowing unexpectedly, so that complicated matters. My thought process was: It’s snowing. Need leggings! OK, leggings on. Now I need pants that fit over leggings! Lemaire denim feel good over leggings. Ok I’ll wear that. Oh no, I can’t wear jeans to work! OK, let’s put on a long top to cover all the metallic hardware to hide the fact that I’m wearing jeans. Sweater dress! Puffer. Boots. Beanie. Snap OOTD photo. Run out the door!

By some public transportation miracle, I was only ten minutes late. I’m heading back home now. It’s suddenly clear and sunny outside, and I’m slightly overheating, lol.

On a positive note: the rest of the day was good and I’m enjoying the extra hour of day light.

[outfit: billy reid sweater dress, lemaire twist pant, apc armelle boots]

outfit: ottoman dress

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While in LA yesterday, I went to the Beverly Center (the mall in Beverly Hills) for the first time since I was like 15.  Retail must be dead, because that place was so empty (old video about dead malls here).  I maybe saw two other people walking around.  And because it’s Beverly Hills, it was one of those rare malls that still had good stores in it.  In total, I bought 5 new things for my work wardrobe.  I thought about doing a stereotypical eye-roll-inducing “mall haul” post even though that’s not what I ever do, but luckily for you,  I’m too exhausted from all the traveling and lack of sleep to do that right now.  I thought I’d start off by posting what I wore today instead. Continue reading “outfit: ottoman dress”

outfit: hem and haw (+ what I’m reading)

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I usually show you guys what I wore to work during the week, but today I didn’t wear this outfit to work.  I put it on when I got home actually, after I picked up this shirt from the tailor/dry cleaners.  I got this Trademark top from TheRealReal for like $30 a few months back (the MSRP is probably around $300-400; they no longer manufacture clothes btw).  I had prior good experiences with Trademark and try to stick with brands that I know make high quality garments when shopping secondhand, because otherwise, it’s a real crap shoot.  But when I received this top in the mail, I was disappointed to find out it was shaped more like a tunic and bulged out in unflattering ways when I sat down.  There were still a lot of winning qualities about the garment though so I fussed over it for a while debating if I should return it or try to make it work.   Continue reading “outfit: hem and haw (+ what I’m reading)”

outfit: post-80’s main street USA

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This is what I wore today, but it could just as well have been taken in the 1990s, 2000s, or 2010s. Fashion hasn’t really changed much in the post 80’s era. In my teens and 20’s, I wanted my clothes to stand out and say something special.  That was probably the 1980’s era American optimism and my youthful naïveté still brewing at the time, which has since faded away, alongside the death of the American dream.  Fast forward to today. I’ve developed a sober appreciation for dressing just like everyone else.  That attitude though, has not taken the joy out of getting dressed for me.  It’s a quieter joy than it used to be, but there’s joy nonetheless.

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It was raining and muddy at the park today, where I took Freddy for his morning walk, so I decided to forego my usual oxfords and dusted off these crepe work boots for the occasion.  I covered the boots in wax a while back to protect them from water damage.  The wax dried and leaves a faint white dusty layer unevenly distributed in the crevices, which gives the boots the appearance of spending a lot of time on a construction site.  This is workwear chic done unintentionally.

I went to the cleaners to pick up my tailored shirt on Friday but the tailor said the seam work was more difficult than expected and she needed more time to work on it, which was OK with me.  She spent more than two hours tailoring this shirt and was not finished. I’m only paying her $35 for it.  That’s barely a living wage in the U.S.  It was another affirmation that I should be paying more for clothes.

How was your weekend?  On Friday, we stayed out late. Then I spent Saturday getting some much needed R&R. And today, Sunday, I’m working on a presentation that I have to give at work.  I have a number of presentations and research projects that I need to work on right now.  I’m starting to resent all these extra projects that I became involved in, which I don’t get paid extra for, and which dip into my free time.

And lastly, here’s a documentary about the anti-fashion movement that started in the 1990’s, as a reaction to the over the top optimism of the 1980’s.  I think you’ll find it interesting.

[outfit:  *lauren manoogian ribbed tee, *levi’s 501ct jeans, APC armelle boot, everlane long puffer; *=pre-owned]

outfit: very blah

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Quick outfit post here of what I wore to work today.  The outfit worked against me all day.  First off, it looks kind of blah.  It’s bland and uninteresting. The wide boat neck slipped toward the edge of my shoulders and revealed my bra strap; I found myself becoming self conscious and frequently re-adjusting my top.  Then during lunch I splattered tomato sauce all over it, and I didn’t want to dab it with water because it is already a bit sheer.  So I walked around with two red stains on my top all day. So overall this outfit was a dud. I almost didn’t post it, but I felt it was important to be real and show the not so great outfits too.

Anyway, tomorrow I’m going to certification course on treating opioid addiction with suboxone.  It starts very early in the morning, but I will hopefully get home early, while there is still daylight to snap an OOTD photo.  After the class, I’m planning on picking up a tunic top that I had tailored into a semi-crop top at the dry cleaners.  I hope it works out.. so stay tuned for that.

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And lastly, here’s what I submitted to this week’s caption contest in the New Yorker magazine.  Kind of lame, but ’twas the best I got, LOL.  Would love to hear any of your ideas for this caption contest.

[outfit:  *eileen fisher linen top, *vince cotton trousers, hopp studio oxfords;*=pre-owned]

outfit: sweat shorts (I was referred to a money coach + no-sew mending)

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I used paypal earnings from selling some clothes on Poshmark to buy these pre-owned (new with tags) James Perse sweat shorts (MSRP = $165 vs. price I paid = $35).  These shorts had been in my “likes” folder for quite some time.  It’s something I would consider buying new as well, which helped me figure out whether I wanted it because it was discounted or if I really wanted it for what it is.  In the end, I decided yes I really wanted it for what it is, because I could see myself wearing them a lot, and especially because I don’t already own anything similar.  The Paypal credit and the 80% off retail price tag helped seal the deal too, of course.

At home, my legs like to breathe, and while frolicking around the apartment sans pants is totally acceptable, a lot of times a little bottom coverage is necessary, like when I’m stir frying something in the kitchen and need to avoid oil splatter or when I’m doing chores and need pockets to carry my phone around with me because I’m in the middle of a super long text conversation with a friend.  Anyway, I like these shorts a lot.  They have become the first thing I change into when I get home from work.  They are very soft and I love the functionality of the 3 pockets.  The length is nice, but the opening is a bit narrow so if you have medium to large thighs, these might feel too constricting in that area.  For reference, I’m wearing a JP size 1 here, and normally I’m a size 27-28 in pants.

Too bad JP doesn’t offer detailed size charts for every garment.  I don’t understand why retailers don’t post these measurements. Seems like it would be cost-saving to go that extra mile to prevent avoidable returns.  It would also help customers overcome the fear of buying something online.

I’m doing pretty good with my spending in the month of February.  So far I’ve only used credits/paypal earnings for new additions, so I don’t really count that as real spending, but of course it is.

Today I had my final session with my personal finance coach (provided free of cost by my employer) and she referred me to a “money coach” / retirement specialist with another agency (also provided free of cost by my employer) for further guidance about financial matters beyond budgeting and saving.  I made sure to check that there is a fiduciary relationship between adviser and client with no sales component to their business before signing up.  I’ve felt very confused about retirement/investments and the question of disability insurance.  There’s so many conflicts of interest, and an entire blood sucking industry out there that preys on naive physicians, so I’m looking forward to hearing from an expert with no financial incentives to sell me on one thing or another.  I’ll write more on this in another post.

A couple days ago, I found this hole in my favorite (only) ribbed tee!  But thank god I had some tear mender glue laying around and was able to glue the hole shut.  The whole process took less than 2 minutes.  Easy peasy.

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I can’t sew very well, and honestly don’t have the patience for it, and although I would love to learn how, and went so far as to look up the best sewing machine and finding local sewing classes in my area, I decided against it in the end; I don’t have room for another hobby in my life at this point.  Do you sew?  Do you own a sewing machine?  If yes, how often do you use it?

[outfit:  *cuyana scoop silk tank, *james perse brushed fleece shorts; *=pre-owned]

outfit: comfy-core + (Everlane long puffer review)

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Thank god for 3-day weekends!  I am relishing this day off.  I wasn’t sure what to wear today and decided to dig a little deeper into my closet for something I haven’t worn in a long time.  I decided on this very old long sleeve shirt from Target.  I think I’ve had it since the beginning of med school so it’s about 8 or 9? years old.  It’s front panel is made up a polyester blend and is sewn on in a quilted pattern.  To be honest it feels very cheap (and it was!), and it’s probably something I would not buy again today,  but I think it looks nice and it fills a small gap in my wardrobe repertoire, so I’ve held onto it for all these years.  You’ve probably seen me wear these Lemaire twist seam pants a few times already, but I cannot gush enough about how comfortable they feel, seriously.  These are hands down my most comfortable pair of pants.  The denim is buttery soft and the cut hugs but does not constrict in anyway.  They are expensive, but if you ever catch it on sale or find them secondhand, I would highly recommend going for it (and then tailoring them to your height because Lemaire pants tend to run very long).

What were you up to this weekend?  On Saturday we went to a matinee showing of the new PT Anderson film starring Daniel Day Lewis, The Phantom Thread.  It’s supposedly Daniel Day Lewis’s last film before he enters retirement and like most of his movies, it was really good!  Watch the trailor here.  It’s a dark unconventional love story about a master dress designer played by Day Lewis and “his muse”.  The characters are complex and the story unfolds in a refreshingly subtle manner.  Highly highly recommend.  (addendum:  The movie was really amusing to me also because Daniel Day Lewis looks strikingly similar to my psychoanalyst (I was in analysis a couple years ago).. his hair, demeanor, voice.. all of it, except for the attitude. Day Lewis’s character is anal and downright mean. My analyst on the other hand, had a kind, gentle attitude.)

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In other news, I slacked a lot on work outs during the week.  Mainly because I got a keratin treatment to tame my wild hair and it required no washing for 3 days.  I really like the way my hair feels now.  It still has it’s texture and volume, but is like 50% smoother.  I went to Salon Riz in NYC because its the only salon that seemed to offer a light version of keratin treatments.  And the price ($200) seemed reasonable compared to the usual 400 dollar price tag in NYC.  To my surprise I was lucky enough to get the owner Mike to do my hair.  He’s an adorable scruffy Lebanese guy who had so much warmth and character.  The salon itself is very warm and home-like, and feels high end without any of your usual NYC pretention and snobbery.  Highly recommend that place if you are in the area.  But anyway over the weekend I started Barre3 back up again, and while balancing on one leg for one of the poses, I tweaked my left knee, and now every time there’s impact on that knee, it hurts.  I hope this isn’t the start of a bad knee.  Fingers crossed.  I’m going to focus on more upper body this week to let it heal.

OK, so back to this outfit.  Before I left the house to walk Freddy, I threw on my new replacement puffer and a pair of I-Don’t-Give-A-Fuck-socks-and-Birks.  It was warm enough today to keep the puffer open like this, which is my favorite way to wear it.

So as you may know, Everlane sent me a replacement long winter puffer after I emailed them about the button breaking apart on my old (first generation) long puffer.  The new puffer comes with a few upgrades that I’m enjoying now.  For the price, I think it’s a really good value actually, but it’s not without its flaws.  Here are all the ways the new version out performs the old puffer:

  • The hood is larger — The hood is larger and more resistant to being knocked down by wind.  There’s also an interior drawstring that can be tightened around the neck.
  • More pockets — The old version had two exterior pockets and one zip interior pocket (that got stuck often!).  The new version has 4 large exterior pockets and one buttoned interior pocket.  The pocket placement though is a bit awkward.  The side pockets are a bit too high to use as hand warmers.  The flap pockets are at a better height for hand warming but its vertical orientation and non lined interior make them not the best for hand warming.  I’m finding myself using the flap pockets for hand warming anyway because the height is right.
  • Warmer — The new version is much warmer.  I start overheating within a couple minutes of coming indoors.  Above 37 degrees outside, and I’ll have to wear it unzipped to stay at a comfortable temperature.
  • Better zipper — the newer versions have a double zipper, that can be unzipped from the bottom which allows you to create more wiggle room for your legs or reach into your pant pockets if you need to.  The old version always got caught on the loose fabric around the zipper but the new version has the fabric stitched down to avoid getting caught in the zipper.  Nonetheless, the zipper is NOT smooth going all the way and seems to get stuck on something invisible around the pocket area.  It usually unsticks with some tugging. This might be a defect that is unique to the particular coat that I received though.  I do like that the zipper is a matte black.  In my not so humble opinion, I think glossy metallic hardware on puffers can look kind of tacky, especially the kind with atrocious branding all over (*ahem, Michael Kors).
  • Puffy-er — The new version is bulkier.  I wished I had sized down to an XS for this reason.  There is an option to cinch it at the waist with an interior string, but I prefer not to.  I like a straighter silhouette.  Straight looks modern I think. And whenever I see puffer jackets with a super cinched in waist it gives me the impression that there is too much concern over appearing skinny, and that just screams of a conventional desperation for thinness, when for god’s sake, it’s a puffer, so who cares!

Puffers can be really expensive, so if you are in need of a high quality, no non-sense puffer, that is extremely warm, and don’t want to spend a lot of money, I would recommend this one.  I think for the price, it’s going to be hard to find better quality, but if you can spend more, you could probably find better options.

[outfit:  very old Target quilted long sleeve, Lemaire twist pant, Levi’s socks, Arizona Birkenstocks, Everlane long puffer]

outfit: dynamic pleats

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I wore this outfit to work today. It was about 51 degrees F. It’s my second time wearing this pre-owned Jil Sander’s pleated skirt.  It’s a heavy weight knit material with an intricate ribbed / pleated structure.  The design is really smart.  I don’t know how one even dreams up structure like this and then executes it so finely.  But leave it up to a German minimalist fashion designer to do it.  When I walk, the pleats and triangle shapes bounce up and down, making this otherwise pared down gray skirt, dynamic and interesting. But when I stand still, it lays almost completely flat.  It feels like a sweater and pulls on to your waist like one too.  I was very close to re-selling it though, because at the time I received it a few months ago, I didn’t have true black leggings and shoes that I felt paired nicely with the skirt, but now with my new leggings and HOPP oxfords, I can put together modest preppy outfits with a big range of tops.  Something told me this skirt was special enough to hold onto even though I went 3 months without wearing it.  My closet just needed some additional adjustments to make it work.

In other news:  Everlane sent me a replacement puffer coat today.  I’ll post a proper review of it soon.  Need to road test it first.  Stay tuned!

[outfit:  *everlane ribbed wool/cashmere turtleneck, *jil sander skirt, in touch made in usa organic cotton leggings, hopp studio oxfords, baggu crossbody; *=pre-owned]

outfit: complimented

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Today, a woman at work said to me “I really like the way you dress.”  And I jokingly replied “Oh like kind of frumpy?”  We both laughed.  I’ve always dressed a little different from the general population.  My sisters used to tease me about how I dressed like a homeless person, lol.  But anyway, I think this woman who complimented me today was being genuine and I felt good knowing someone else out there appreciates a non-traditional way of dressing.  It’s not like my outfits are loud or flamboyant but there are eccentric aspects to my clothes, like that giant pocket and those brown socks. I didn’t wear these shoes to work, BTW.  I changed out of them and into my oxfords before heading out the door.  A while back another one of my co-workers asked me where I bought my clothes.  She commented on how I always looked appropriate for work but that my clothes stood out to her.  I gave her some suggestions on where to buy clothes but a couple weeks later, she told me she still couldn’t find anything she liked.  My guess is that although she could appreciate what I was wearing, she didn’t actually see herself wearing the same stuff.  So much of our style choices is not based on what we think looks nice on others, but more about what makes us feel like our true selves.  So do you want to buy that blazer because that’s how you think you should dress?  Or do you want it because that speaks to who you really are?  I ask myself similar questions about so many aspects of life.  Do you want kids because that’s what you think you should be doing or does that speak to who you really are?  Do you want to buy a house because that’s what you think you should be doing, or is owning a home speak to what you really want?  Usually what gives me the answer is being hyperaware of that little pit in my stomach, that little twinge of regret, when I imagine doing something I don’t truly want to do.

[outfit:  elizabeth suzann linen gauze harper tunic, elizabeth suzann twill clyde work pants (old), gold toe socks, pre-owned kork ease wedge sandals]

outfit: a pop of orange

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Quick rainy day outfit post here.  It was pouring rain when we finally got out of bed this dreary Sunday morning.  Both me and Freddy are donning neon orange rain gear. You might remember how the dry cleaners totally fucked up this coat by bleaching the sleeves.  I covered up the bleach spots with green marker but now I kind of regret doing that.  It’s my wabi sabi mindset making me regret that decision. There was something naturally imperfect about the appearance of those bleach stains.  I should have just left it alone.  It’s like that feeling some one gets when they are on the Antique’s Road Show and the appraiser tells them that the value of their item would have been 10x more if they hadn’t cleaned it up.  Oh well, not that big of a deal.  Moving on.

I almost sold the jeans I’m wearing here. They are APC japanese denim that I bought new about 4 years ago.  I find myself reaching for them less often lately, mainly because they sit kind of low on my waist, and I don’t like the feeling of anything constricting me low on the waist.  But I did notice a tiny little hole developing over the left knee, and that little hole will turn into gold one day! That little hole and the prospect of it turning into a big distressed tear convinced me I should hold onto it longterm.  When I wear my New Balance shoes, I like to add a little pop of color with my socks.  Here I’m wearing a salmon colored ribbed sock I bought from Uniqlo a long time ago.

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Here’s what I submitted to the New Yorker caption contest this week.  I’m not very good at coming up with clever captions, but it’s fun trying.

I’ve been busy with work related reading and really enjoy spending my breaks checking in on the style blogs I follow, but I always feel like there isn’t enough posting going on out there.  Every once in a while I go on a search for new blogs, but it is so hard to find ones that are NOT obnoxious.  There are a ton of style blogs, but almost all of them are filled to the brim with sponsored content, unrealistic images of perfection, or super high end / unattainable clothes.  It’s really frustrating.  Where are all the ‘real’ bloggers?!

[outfit:  apc nepal coat, apc japanese denim, uniqlo salmon socks, new balance 999s]

outfit: RIP my dearly beloved linen top

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Wah! While getting dressed this morning, I discovered a big hole in my favorite linen top.  The fabric disintegrated where my right arm rubs against the side of my body.  I’m not surprised given how frequently I wear this top.  I bought it pre-owned about one year ago.  It’s been an every day staple in my closet since. I wore it on it’s own in the summer and under sweaters in the winter.  Sad to see it go, but it lived a good life.  I hate the idea of wasting precious linen fabric though… trying to think of ways to repurpose the material.  Any ideas?

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I kept my color palette light today.  I was initially hesitant about pairing a cool toned white with a warm toned white, but after snapping this OOTD photo, I think it actually looks OK.

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So I emailed Everlane to complain about the button on my winter puffer falling apart and they very graciously offered to replace it with the newer version. They are letting me keep my old puffer until the new one comes in after I told them that I only had one winter jacket and couldn’t go a single day without one.  Once the new one comes in, I’ll send back the old one.  I guess they want to inspect it.  Overall I liked the old puffer.  The design is good, but aside from the button falling off, I didn’t like how the loose fabric around the zipper would get jammed into the zipper.  This happened a few times and resulted in me crawling out of my zipped up puffer to take it off.  Then I had to yank at the fabric to free up the zipper.  This never tore the fabric but it caused me to be very slow and cautious whenever zipping up which became a daily annoyance. It looks like the new version has the fabric stitched down flat around the zipper to prevent this from happening.  My old puffer was the first generation winter puffer made by Everlane, and it seems like the newer versions have a lot of upgrades, like a larger hood, fleeced lined pockets, better insulation, etc… so I’m looking forward to being able to compare them.

When I logged onto the Everlane website to make the complaint, I found out I had $125 in store credit that I had forgotten about! I hadn’t logged in for many weeks. I combed the entire website looking for something to buy with that credit, but honestly I didn’t want anything.  I did want a more functional wallet though, and spent a lot of time debating over the zip up square wallet.  It isn’t exactly what I want, especially since the black one was sold out, but it’s good enough, so I went ahead and bought the silver colored one with store credit.  Silver is a little crazy for me.  But we’ll see…  I’ll let ya’ll know what I think when it comes in.  Stay tuned!

[outfit:  old zara knit sweater (5+ years old), pre-owned black crane corduroy carpenter pants, arizona birkenstocks]

outfit: high waters


My 5th grader self would have made fun of me for wearing such cropped pants with socks.  “Haha, she’s wearing high waters!”  But I’ve become accustomed to this look.  It is a tad dorky, but I do this so I can still make good use of my summer trousers in the winter.  I think if I were staying in NYC any longer, I’d invest in more ankle covering pants, but given it will be my last winter, I’m not going to waste my money on that.

I’m wearing a new pair of organic cotton leggings (that replaced my worn out American Apparel winter leggings) underneath these pants and faded dark brown wool/cotton socks underneath.  This kept me pretty warm today in 29 degree F snowy weather.  When wearing light colored pants, I like to avoid black socks.  Black socks and light pants look too harsh and contrast-y.  I tend to go with faded dark colors for socks or a subtle heathered pattern.

A few posts back, I mentioned my dire underwear situation.  Since then I’ve added 7 more pairs of organic cotton underwear to my collection.  I feel much less stressed out now when it gets closer to laundry day and my supply starts to run low.  My emergency panties is just that, now only for emergencies, rather than a regular thing I dip into.  I bought them from a company on amazon called Hesta that’s based out of LA.  They make a good standard basic panty.  Just simple quality panties with good seams, and no frills.

Other than the leggings and panties, I don’t have much to update you guys on my wardrobe.  I haven’t had a strong desire to buy any new clothes lately.  Not even the new Elizabeth Suzann items anymore.  I got really excited about them initially but those feelings faded quite a bit.  So maybe I’ll buy more ES when things warm up but not anytime soon.

Actually I do have a little update.  One of the metal buttons on my old Everlane winter puffer fell off on its own.  There was no tugging or damage that I inflicted on it.  I actually never use the buttons.  I usually just zip up my jacket and keep the buttons unbuttoned.  But suddenly a button fell to the ground.  On closer inspection the metal buttons are made of two pieces that are then cauterized together.  It’s slightly annoying that the button fell off without any stressed put on it, but it’s hardly noticeable so I’m not going to try and replace it or fix it which would be near impossible anyway.  But this does not give me confidence in the quality of Everlane’s winter puffers and I would not recommend anyone invest in one from now on.

Recall how I did a 60 minute workout on Monday to make up for 3 days of laziness.  Well, bad idea!  I still feel very sore, especially around my shoulders, neck, and upper abs.  I know this is supposed to be a good feeling, but sore shoulders make me feel like I’m anxious or stressed even when I’m not.  And my abs hurt if I yawn or sneeze.  It’s very strange.  Again, I’m new to this whole working out thing (as of January 1st).  The day after the 60 min workout, I didn’t exercise because of the soreness.  I’m not sure if you’re supposed to push through the soreness or take a rest, but mentally I wanted to rest.  Yesterday I did a 30 minute work out and it felt good and went by really fast in comparison.  I think doing the 60 min workout gave me perspective on the 30 minutes ones so I’ll be more inclined to just get the 30 minute ones done in the future.

I’m still not losing any more weight but I’m kind of over that goal.  And I haven’t lost any inches either.  But it is easier for me to do planks and hold downward dog poses now so I know that I’m getting physically stronger.  I’m glad that working out is becoming more of a habit for me, something I never thought possible.  I’ll probably live a few years longer as a result.

Other updates.  I’ve been battling winter dryness these past few weeks.  My lips and ears were really chapped to the point of cracking and bleeding.  I’d also wake up with a parched throat and feel desperate for water in the mornings, which is annoying because that delays my coffee consumption.  But anyway, I’m doing much better now because of two things I’ve added to my routine:  1) I’m turning on the diffuser at my bedside every night.  It really works!  On nights where I forget to use it, I wake up with a dry throat.  On nights I do use it, my mucous membranes are nice and moist (“MMM” for those of you in medicine).  I haven’t used any essential oils with it, but I’m glad that is an option for me if I wanted to in the future.  A humidifier would do the trick even better, but they are all ugly and bulky and I didn’t think I needed something so powerful.  2) I started using the cerave healing ointment on my lips.  Within the first day of using this my cracked lips healed up significantly.  And it didn’t heal up when I used standard Chapstick or a very expensive Korean lip balm that I received as a gift for Christmas.

[outfit:  street vendor scarf, *apiece apart boat neck cotton top, *vince trousers, hopp studios essential oxfords, baggu crossbody; *=pre-owned; base-layer:  thirdlove 24/7 bra, hesta organic cotton panties, In Touch organic cotton leggings (made in USA)]