Boots with crepe soles are good for the winter.

apc armelle

I road tested these crepe sole boots on the snow/ice covered sidewalks of NYC today.  I felt very steady on my feet.  And love the sort of simple Americana-work-wear aesthetic of the design.  God bless Jean Touitou for designing a chic women’s ankle boot with a sensible wide toe box.  I normally wear a US size 9, but always size up with APC shoes to a size 40.  The leather is thick and soft and sewed directly into the the leather mid sole with a tan colored thread.  This tiny detail is key.  If the thread were a bright white, it would look tacky and would have ruined the entire boot.  The crepe (a cheap crude rubber material) is cemented in layers to form the sole and heels.  Eventually the rubber will wear down but according to Reddit, crepe soles can be easily replaced as long as there’s a midsole that’s still intact.  I’m very happy to keep this one boot while getting rid of all my other (three) boots.

[outfit:  levi’s 501ct jeans, APC armelle ankle boot]

p.s. I just started using the Joby Gorillapod flexible camera stand today and it really made taking outfit photos a lot easier, since it hardly takes up any space, I can just leave my canon DSLR camera out with the settings in place to take quick high quality pictures.  I’m hoping this will translate into more OOTD posts.  Stay tuned!

how to wear a top knot (on your bag!)

baggu crossbody brown

It took me about 6 months to finally decide to buy this cross body bag from Baggu;  I finally bought it when it was on sale for 20% off on black friday.   I almost never carry my laptop around with me so I didn’t need a larger bag than this.  For years I used my APC half moon bag primarily, but because my job now requires me to carry around a bag and I’m constantly digging around my bag for a pen, index cards to write notes, or to check my pager, the half moon bag with its stiff zipper became impractical.  For a while I used a vintage coach mini bag but that quickly deteriorated.  I learned my lesson:  I’m never buying vintage leather ever again.  I chose this baggu bag because it was the smallest size that was still big enough to be functional; it’s easy to open and close; there’s no frills; and the leather feels thick and buttery soft; I also love the thin round strap that tie easily into a top knot to create a cute short length.  I took a leap away from the usual black leather I’m prone to and went for brown.  I’ve been leaning toward light colors, tan, oatmeal, and browns as much as possible.  I think it reflects my desire to go back to California and be among the dry desert landscapes again. Continue reading “how to wear a top knot (on your bag!)”

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: the last generation on earth”

outfit: slouch potato

everlane nisolo apc margiela 2017-10-15 at 2.38.48 PM

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 “outfit: slouch potato”

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: for re-arranging furniture”