I spent Saturday cleaning up the patio and balcony, vacuuming up all the dust, debris, leaves, and dead critters lying about. My potted herb garden was looking pretty sad. I decided finally to just give up on it for something new. The dying parsley and chives were replaced with a couple new shrubby plants, seen in this photo. I used a spray bottle to clean off the dust on my pearl ivy plant and moved it into the shade after noticing the leaves looked a bit burnt from being in direct sunlight. I bought this little wooden bench to display the plants that require full sun in this sunny corner of the balcony. They look much happier being off the ground.
And magically, the mammy croton plant (in the orange planter) is coming back to life. It had lost all of its leaves due to over watering. After moving it outside, letting the soil dry out, watering sparingly and waiting for 6 months, suddenly many tiny leaves sprouted all along the length of the two bare stems. I wasn’t sure if it would ever come back to be honest, but held out and I’m glad I did because the curly finger shaped leaves are so unique and pretty. Here’s an example of what the leaves will look like up close when fully grown.
I’m going to be posting less often probably for the remainder of this fall until my subspecialty board exams are done. A lot of changes are happening at work too. New hires are starting and although that should theoretically lighten the work load for me, it will require me to adjust to delegating and supervising, all things I’m not used to. This year has been full of so many life changes and challenges. I have a feeling though that life will begin to settle back down come winter and I’ll be able to post more outfits again for those who care. I’ll try to stay positive until then.
This is my entire closet in one photo. The only thing not shown is my underwear and sock drawer. If you’ve been a long time reader here, you’ll notice that not much has changed about my closet except I added a hanging closet organizer on the right to store my knitted sweaters the proper way (as opposed to using hangers). I found a good closet organizer at the Container Store with shelves that don’t bend (a minor thing about most hanging organizers that I find so annoying).
I’m lazy about folding and hanging up my clothes, but since I do wear pants many times before washing, I find that storing my pants by throwing them over the lower closet rod is the easiest way to arrange them. This keeps me from throwing my pants all over the floor like I used to.
In other news, I had a nice time this weekend with the BF and his mom. She brought over several eye glasses inherited from the BF’s grandpa who recently passed away. I thought they looked cool all lined up like this. There’s a bunch of hipsters out there rockin glasses just like these. Isn’t it interesting how some styles loop back in time. I love “old people” style. When I’m old I’ll already have been dressing my age for decades.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Deep down, I’m really (shamefully) domestic and sometimes I come up with good ideas that are my own worth sharing. So here are some quick tips for staying tidy that you probably haven’t heard of before: