outfit: front tuck – back tuck (+ a tour of the den)

ATM sweatshirt | TRADEMARK jeans | Vince Sandals

The weather was beautiful today. It was warm and sunny this morning. In the early afternoon, it rained lightly for a few minutes while the sun was still out. I picked up some flowers for mother’s day, ran some errands, and was delightfully surprised to see a couple friends who came over for a quick hello. I’m feeling grateful for this very normal-nice day. That’s exactly what I needed after an extremely abnormal and intense work week. I haven’t yet taken my transcendental meditation class yet, but I feel like I need it more than ever and hope it helps because life is not getting any easier.

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MLK day special: OOTD + apartment tour part 3 + Freddy’s DNA ancestry test results!

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Happy MLK day everyone!  I spent my day off doing what I love to do most:  stay at home.  I walked the dog, picked up some groceries, cooked, and finished up Fire and Fury, snapped some OOTD photos, and snuck in some pics of the BF’s home office space.

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I’ve been wearing these carpenter pants a lot lately and today wore them a little lower on my waist than usual.  I wore these out with leggings underneath and then on its own when I was at home.  I even mopped the floors with these pants on.  I wanted to experiment with wearing a baggy top with it and took out my 7 year old uniqlo knit oversized top and layered it over this tank top.

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So much drape.  I love it.  Then I got all fancy and took out my old AA corduroy jacket and layered that on top, which made the whole silhouette even baggy-er.

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Now moving on to part 3 of the apartment tour.  The BF occupies the room adjacent to the living room.  He has a lot of electronics and musical equipment which has been challenging to work around in our small apartment.  Historically the room has been an irritating mess with cords and knick knacks all over the place, but finally after almost 6 years of living here we decided to invest in some cabinets and soft baskets to contain everything.  The BF has been tinkering around with his setup and I think he did a nice job of making his very complex setup look very neat and clean.

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Here’s the view of the space from the living room.  We moved the carpet into the office space because I prefer to use a bare floor for Barre3 work outs in the living room.  Plus Freddy loves to play with his dolls while lounging on the rug next to the BF  while he is on the computer.

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The BF bought this standing desk from Ikea.  He got the cabinet from Ikea too.  I advised him to stick with all white to make his space look more streamlined.  The desk has a lever that allows you to crank the height up and down. Underneath the carpet, there is an orthopedic mat that makes it more comfortable to stand.  He beefed up the desk by adding a keyboard tray and attached a monitor stand that allows him to rotate the screen vertically.  He also added some plastic hooks to store things like his headphones on the side of the cabinet.  He’s got a microphone and a sound machine hooked up to his computer as well.  Everything connects to the TV in the living room and the Korg piano across the room.

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This thing has weighted keys and can play hundreds of different instruments.  He also has an electric and acoustic guitar, but those are stored under our bed for now.  The rest of what you see here is a basket of toys for Freddy, a wall basket that stores my TI-83 calculator from high school and some mail.  And an ottoman that we use to store millions of extra cords, with our xbox rock band guitars.  We are in our 30’s but we still play like children.  When we’re in our 80’s we’ll probably still be playing video games.


And now for the grand finale!  My dog Freddy’s DNA ancestry test results came back.  We were eagerly awaiting the results for about 3 weeks now.  I gifted the DNA test kit to the BF for Christmas.  When we adopted Freddy, the shelter told us he was half border collie and half australian cattle dog.  He looks like an australian cattle dog except a little taller and thinner.  He has a really kind and gentle temperament.  He’s able to communicate like a human and learns very quickly. We always felt very lucky to have him.  And we always attributed this good qualities to his border collie roots, but it turns out he’s not border collie at all!

He’s 25% Australian cattle dog, 12.5% Staffordshire terrier, 12.5% Chow Chow (!!??!), and 50% “mixed breed”.  We met his mother at the shelter and she looked like a border collie.  Now we’re starting to wonder if she was really his mother or if the test is messed up in some way?  I was a little attached to the idea that he was part Border Collie, and I’m mourning that, but it’s OK.  It’s good that he is very mixed.  More genetic diversity usually translates into better health and that’s what’s important.  Has anyone else done the DNA test?  Any surprises?

[outfit:  cuyana silk tank, uniqlo knit oversize top, black crane carpenter pants, everlane crossover slides, american apparel corduroy jacket, baggu crossbody bag]

outfit: this is what I wear everyday but now with clogs (+ a mini apartment tour!)

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The title of this post says it all.  I’ve worn this linen shell top from Eileen Fisher and these Levi’s jeans together countless times.  Probably once weekly for at least a year.  Both were under $30, so the cost per wear is probably something less than 50 cents! Pretty good if you ask me.  Continue reading “outfit: this is what I wear everyday but now with clogs (+ a mini apartment tour!)”

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


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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