outfit: crisp heavy weight cotton

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There’s no fabric I grab more than crisp heavy weight cottons.  I like its nice dry hand feel.  And the way the heavy weight creates an off the body structured silhouette, while still being thin enough to tuck in.  I’m a big fan of letting the buttons and pockets of jeans show, and learned that to do that, it’s better to buy jeans that are forgiving around the waist for a good, 360 degrees, all-around tuck in.   Continue reading →

a brutal clean-out + an Everlane dud

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My closet saw several more senior members go into retirement this week.  Just when I thought I had whittled  it down to the bare minimum, stylish drunk friends tell you that a few ugly pieces has got to go (love that!).  To be honest, I hated these things.  They lingered because I actually wore them to death.  I’m talking 5, 6, 10 years of regular wear.  I’m talking so many cycles through the dryer that the once long sleeves are now 3/4 sleeves.  I’ve evolved and outgrown these things.  Also I’ve learned, I can’t do crop tops anymore.  Just can’t.  Too old.  What a relief!  Getting honest feedback about my wardrobe reaffirmed my doubts about things that were hard to let go.  And when I disagreed–that automatic reaction–reaffirmed my love for certain “ugly” things.  I’m guessing you have something “ugly” in your closet that only you like? And the only person you’re wearing it for is yourself.  That’s OK.  More than OK.  That’s great!

And speaking of ugly… anyone else see Everlane’s new modern babo shoes in green?  I’m trying hard to imagine these looking good, but I keep picturing elves.

dead malls + environmental hopelessness

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Malls are dead.

All across America, malls are dying. And there are people out there finding inspiration in the decay. Just check out Dan Bell’s low budget films and Vaporwave, an internet art movement. They’re using dead mall imagery to express a sense of hopelessness about the things we can’t control, like being poor, having no jobs, the false promises of capitalism, and so on. Continue reading →

outfit: loose-fit at work

WON HUNDREDHere’s another quick outfit post.  You can’t go wrong with black and navy; they’re perfect colors to put on repeat, and nobody will ever notice.  I’m keeping it simple here with a slouchy button up and cropped trousers.  I’ll only wear loose fitted button ups.  Never again will I wear a fitted one.

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my bare bones beauty routine

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I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it:  I think most beauty routines out in the blogosphere are stupid; most are unnecessarily complicated and offer marginal benefit over simply washing & moisturizing.  I have fairly “good” skin, at least I’ve been told I do. Every once in a while, a few blemishes pop up, and you have to be very close in bright light to see any fine lines; it’s no big deal.  I’ve tried a lot of beauty products in my life and quit almost all of them, now that I’m older and wiser.  Continue reading →

The value of one hour to think about one thing.

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Sixty minutes, two times a day, 5 days per week = 10 HOURS.  That’s the amount of time I spend commuting each week.  I try to make the most out of that time.  As of late, I phased out listening to my usual politics podcasts because, well, it was getting toxic.  Then I discovered the value of choosing to think about one thing for one hour during my commute. I’ve been using this time to think creatively. I start by selecting from a mental menu of options to think about.   Continue reading →

outfit: hardworking basics

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Here’s another outfit with my hardworking staples.  Getting dressed feels so much easier these days.  I wore this casual outfit to work, except for the sandals.  I’m liking sweaters with extra long arms that can be folded or used to keep the hands warm.  These trousers from j. crew have been going strong for 5 years now.  They are a size 2!  I think I’m actually a size 6, for reference.  If I ever need to replace them I’m going to search for it secondhand.  Quality mainstream clothes make good secondhand purchases because they are easy to find and you know what to expect.   Continue reading →

How I found contentment with my wardrobe.

img_3965For the first time in my life, I feel content with my wardrobe; I’m finally satisfied with what I have.  This is strange and new.  No more anxiety about what to add next.  No urge to shop.  I’m still interested in design and still enjoy looking at clothes, but I don’t feel that urgency to buy something. Continue reading →

apt tour: the bedroom sofa is where I do my work

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According to my reader’s poll, a lot of you guys wanted to see my apartment, so here goes.  It’s daunting to photograph my whole apartment in one day, so I’m going to break it down and start a series of posts on small areas.  I’ll try to keep it authentic (that means no staging).

Let me start by saying, I love interior design.  My favorite past time is re-arranging furniture and coming up with new ideas on how to repurpose things.  My BF and I have lived in this apartment for about 4 years.  It’s come a long way on a small budget.  We live in a 750 sq ft railroad style apartment in an old run down four story walk up in NYC.  It’s size and layout has posed a lot of challenges, but I think we’ve been able to make it work.

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outfit: structured & striped

 

breton.pngI feel so comfortable in this outfit.  Today, I’m wearing a structured cotton dress with breton stripes from Muji (bought secondhand).  The heavy weight of the fabric gives it a good flow and drape.  I’m not conscious of my body with this on.  I like the way it pairs with my chinos.  My style is growing up a bit.  In the past, I would only wear chinos to work, but lately, I’ve been finding more ways to wear them.  I’m growing tired of leggings and skinny jeans all the time.

I’ve been busy reading and working on a couple presentations today.  Last weekend, I got started on my new oil painting project and so far I’ve been successful at creating a completely non toxic work environment.  Things are going good.  I’m planning on taking some pictures of various places in my apartment soon to show you guys.  So stay tuned!

Unrelated, but I’m starting to hear people talk about minimalism in real life now and all because of the documentary on Netflix.  I’m excited that people are drinking the Kool Aid!  I watched it back when it cost $20 on vimeo.  It’s pretty good.  I also read their book Everything That Remains, which is their best book in my opinion.  I like their secular focus and down to earthness.

[outfit:  Muji breton dress, Cluse watch, Cos cotton chinos, Kork Ease greer wedges]

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