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 →

outfit: 32, form sandals, and a tiny bag

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I turned 32 this past weekend.  Aging sucks for many reasons, but one thing I do like about getting older, besides more wisdom and all that deep meaningful stuff that comes along with it, is actually how my wardrobe (and those of you I follow) has grown up too, in a way that’s more aware than any other generation before ours.  I used to think it was cool to dress in a way that was edgy and different.  Now, I really don’t care about that as a virtue.  And I’m much more focused on what makes me feel good even if that means I’m wearing the same thing everyone else is wearing.   Continue reading →

outfit: by default

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This outfit is either very child-like or old lady like; I can’t tell.  The much anticipated  Tilda pants by Elizabeth Suzann finally arrived and they are to die for.  This combo has become my default outfit– an outfit that begs to be worn day after day after day; the outfit I reach for first after a cycle of laundry is done.

Initially I had my heart set on the cotton canvas version but they looked like huge clown pants on me.  Sort of reminiscent of MC Hammer.  Nothing like what was intended and modeled on the website.  When I sent pictures to Liz and her staff, they validated my concerns and told me about their plans to re-work the design.

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outfit: oatmeal again

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Here I am in oatmeal again.  I have two pairs of shorts now and have been wearing this 2nd pair almost daily.  They’re from Everlane; for reference they are a size 4 (they run big and fit more like a size 6).  I like the high smooth waistline and oversized leg opening.  They feel like an updated pair of “mom” shorts (I’m not a mom but sometimes I like to look like one).  The pockets are deep and can hold my iPhone 6+.  With certain tops, I like to fold the hem up; they stay put and the pockets do not show when rolled up. Continue reading →

outfit: my light spring (rain) jacket

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It’s warm in New York.  When this happens, don’t get too excited.  Brace for rain!  Remember that pink monstrosity of a rain jacket I wore a few outfit posts ago?  It’s up for sale now.  Meet its replacement.  I took a bit of a gamble on this Patagonia “fisherman” jacket, and it paid off.  I love it!  It’s both small and oversize at the same time and has that tomboyishness that I love.  The length is what makes this jacket work.  Maybe fishermen need their jackets to be short? Continue reading →

outfit: shades of black

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Many mornings I get dressed in a mad hurry and realize all of a sudden I’m wearing all black.  I second guess myself always, (“hmm, I look like I’m going to a funeral…  maybe I should put on something else?”).  But then I remember this is New York and it’s normal to wear all black almost all of the time.  NY Mag even wrote a little piece on the history of wearing all black in NYC.

I’m trying hard to wear lighter colors and experimented with light tan chinos recently.  I love the look of top-to-bottom creams and light tans, but sadly I spilled coffee all over my pants the other day and it couldn’t be salvaged.  I snagged these J. Crew cafe capri pants secondhand online for $10 (retail $98).  I’m wearing a size 2 for reference (I usually wear a size 27-28 so J. Crew definitely rounds down on sizing).  In general, I don’t shop at J. Crew anymore, but I already own a pair of royal blue cafe capris and they’ve lasted over 5 years and I love the way they fit and feel.  I didn’t want to take a risk on ordering pants from another brand.  For me, pants are the hardest to get the fit right.  My waist to hip ratio is oddly close to 1.

It was easy to find these pants online because everyone shops at J. Crew and this cut was brought back season to season.  My light tan chinos were replaced with this black one.  Why black?  NYC is a dirty place and I need to be able to hide stains so I can wear the same thing over and over again each week.  I’m still trying to wear lighter colors on the lower half of my body though (I’m still awaiting my ES Tilda pants in a light tan color; let’s hope I don’t spill coffee all over those!).

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What about you?  What are your thoughts on the all black look?

[outfit:  everlane texture tank (xs), j. crew cafe capri, stuart weitzman flats, cluse watch]

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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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 →

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 →