outfit: twist and tuck

black crane carpenter eileen fisher linen

Quick lo-fi outfit post here.  The sun had already come down when I took this photo today.  Later I’d change into my HOPP shoes to go out with the BF to the bar across the street.  I received this pre-owned Eileen Fisher linen top in the mail today.  I am constantly stalking EF linens in the secondhand market.  This is my 4th top of that type and I have not been disappointed yet.  Even at a size small, it’s huge.  I’m embracing the top to bottom baggy look lately.  Was able to get all the extra fabric to tuck in all sorts of ways and spontaneously discovered the twist and tuck method that you see here.  It creates such a beautiful drape.  I’m so comfortable in this.  It makes me feel at home.

[outfit:  eileen fisher linen top*, black crane carpenter pants, SAS relaxed sandals]

Last post of 2017: A few good links + recent wardrobe additions.

Hopp essential oxfords

2017 flew by, didn’t it?  Actually for me, I’m grateful to say that this year felt a little bit slower than previous years.


I keep a bookmarks folder in my google chrome with random links I stumble across that I want to share with you guys and whenever I reach at least 3 links, I’ll put out a post like this one.

This year I missed out on the MOMA Is Fashion Modern? show, but probably better is this video tour of the exhibit by MOMA’s curator Paola Antonelli here.  You must also check out all the videos in MOMA’s series Fashion as Design, here.  The video on Levi’s vintage denim and on the lifecycle of clothes were my favorites.

I’ve been interested in learning more about skincare ingredients lately and found a youtube channel by dermatologist Dr. Dray.  I especially like this video where she kind of goes undercover into CVS and teaches you how to shop smart for skincare products.  In addition to sunscreen, she’s a big proponent of niacinamide and ceramides, but feels topical vitamin C is probably not worth the hype.

And finally you all know how much I’ve been obsessing over the HOPP studio shoes ever since I heard about them a few months ago.  After agonizing over if and what I should buy, I went with the super practical essential oxfords in black nubuck (pictured above).  There’s an executive level professional at my job who wears a pair of HOPP shoes at work.  When I look at her, I think “modern power woman”.  This marketing video / testimonial about the essential oxfords sealed the deal for me:

I agree with what she says about the “sexy” look as feeling very cheesy.  It’s so refreshing to hear this!


In addition to the HOPP shoes, I added a few more things to my wardrobe:  the carpenter pants by Black Crane and a pair of Lemaire twisted pants.  Right out of the box I fell in love with them but they are getting tailored right now so I won’t be able to post a proper review until after Wednesday.  I also bought a lounge bra from ThirdLoveto wear around the house and for low impact work outs.  My Patagonia heavy duty sports bra is a bit too constricting (great for running) but as my dermatologist friend Joy (hi Joy!) confirmed, it was making my chest break out with folliculitis from all the compression and sweat build up.  A while back I ordered the Elizabeth Suzann Harper tunic but it’s taken ES a long time to make it, but that’s OK.  According to ES, all the employees got 10 paid days off this week (and that’s good!), so the Harper will have to wait til 2018.  Looking forward to it so much!  I’d been stalking that piece for over a year already!

This New Year’s Eve we’ve decided to stay cozy at home.  Going out for NYE in NYC is always such a hassle and disappointment.  Today I’ve been busy making smoothies, cooking, and will probably split a bottle of wine with the BF later while we watch the ball drop.  This year has been a good year for this blog.  I’ve been able to post more because I try to stick to writing ‘organically’, in a non-fussy way, about my interests in getting dressed, clothes, design, and other random things.  It’s a lot of fun.  Please, if you don’t already have a blog, and share similar interests, please create one so I can follow you!  👩🏻‍💻

Happy New Year! 🥂

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!

mega post: Everlane’s first permanent IRL store + every anti-trend aesthetic + what I’m currently doing/eating/wearing.

line outside everlane store NYC

Just look at this massive line outside the first ever permanent Everlane store in NYC!  It filled a whole city block.  I really wanted to go inside but someone in the front of the line told me she waited 45 minutes.  I don’t have the patience for that!  I’ll try coming back when it’s less crazy and report back to you guys.

I went down a rabbit hole reading about anti-trend aesthetics yesterday.  It felt like I was reading a manifesto in some ways.  I think a lot of blogs (like mine) are talking more about “basics”, “classics”, and “essentials” but when you take a closer look there are subgenres within that with slightly different ethos and functionality.  Continue reading “mega post: Everlane’s first permanent IRL store + every anti-trend aesthetic + what I’m currently doing/eating/wearing.”

Post-normcore, anti-basic minimalism.

thai mattress

Did I ever mention my love for Jean Touitou (the founder of A.P.C.)?  Everything this man says about his penchant for wardrobe basics is outrageously genius.

He’s been out promoting his new book Transmission published on the 30th anniversary of the fashion label.  I can’t wait to read it, but I’m holding out for used copies to become available.  This recent New Yorker article on the topic validates my excitement for, and enormous amount of time and effort spent, over seemingly boring-ass clothes.

Have you read this other New Yorker article on Everlane?  I never really paid attention to how the brand creates clothes for specific “use cases”, but can see that now, and in my eyes the whole utilitarian factor is a plus.  Fashion should be stripped of fashion.  Our over saturated stressed out millennial minds can’t really bear any more.

And finally, just a few sensible household things I purchased recently:

  1. This electric sweater de-piller with a beautiful minimalist aesthetic of course.
  2. The simplest cold brew coffee maker in a classic mason jar, to make a week’s worth of coffee without the fuss of filters or cords.  Although it’s marketed for cold brew, I use it for hot brews without any issues.
  3. And a dozen 8 oz. wide mouth mason jars, which is the perfect size for so many uses around the home:  cocktails, food prep, coffee, tea, snacks, beauty supplies, or simply use it as an extra measuring cup.
  4. A thai floor mattress made out of 100% natural materials (pictured above).  Bought to replace my old barely functioning air mattress.  Just roll it up and put it away when not in use.  When you’re ready to dump it, you can bury the thing in your backyard as compost.