outfit: the same thing every day (+ January expenditures)

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“Feels like” temperature today: 12 degrees F 🙄

There’s 6 more weeks til winter is over.  During the winter in NYC I wear the same outfit every day.  So sorry guys, not much variety here.ootd 2018-02-02 at 3.40.49 PM

The fabric on these Kamm pants feel dry and crisp.  It’s structured and hangs away from the body, leaving enough room for freezing cold miniature tornadoes to engulf your legs and turn them into icicles.  To prevent that from happening, I’ve been pairing these with my synthetic workout leggings. The shiny surface of work out leggings don’t cling to pants as much, so I do prefer them as a base-layer with pants that are a little on the tight side.

Here I am with my HOPP studio oxfords again.  I have a couple other options for shoes, but have not worn anything else on my feet since I got them.  They are seriously comfortable.  This past week though, I noticed an ache at my heel on the left side that I think is being caused from improper alignment of my foot.  I’ve been told the ligaments in my feet are weak, so I’m going to try using an ACE wrap to give it more support and slow down any further deterioration.  Ah, the joys of aging.

Anyway, I’m excited for the month of February because things at work will be a little more flexible so hopefully I’ll be able to share more OOTD photos with you guys here.

I finally did my personal finance homework today and tallied up all my expenses in January and made a bar graph of discretionary spending in each category.  This graph does not include regularly occurring bills for rent, utilities, loan payments, my subway card, etc.

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I spent $400 on clothes in January, but I didn’t actually buy a lot of clothes.  The one purchase that drove up that dollar amount was the HOPP studio oxfords, which cost $245 with taxes and shipping.  For the quality and the fact that I’ve worn these shoes every day, I think the purchase was a good one.  The rest of the $400 was spent on inexpensive workout clothes and underwear.  Because I’m working out more, I end up taking showers every day, and needing more bras, athletic wear, and underwear to go with that change in lifestyle.  I see it as a one time investment that I’ll probably need to maintain about once a year.

In any case $400 feels like a moderate amount to have spent, so in the month of February I’m going to be a little more conscious of my spending in that category.  I think another area where I could cut back a lot on is home supplies.  I probably went a little overboard with the scented candles and other random amazon purchases this month.  Areas where I did really well on were in the “fun” and “beauty” categories.  I bought a pair of concert tickets to see Men I Trust in March; this went into the fun category.  The tickets were only $26 for both me and the BF.  I’ve been to a million live concerts in my lifetime and the best ones are always lesser known indie acts (rather than the mainstream trash you tend to hear on the radio).  These bands tend to play at small venues that are dirt cheap to get into.  Usually the ambience and sound quality is a million times better than anything you might find at an arena or stadium type show.

No big plans this weekend.  I’m going to file my taxes.  I better get to it soon before the identity thefts beat me to it.

Anyway, thank God it’s Friday!!  I hope you all stay warm and cozy on your days off.  And thanks for visiting me here.  I always love reading your comments and feedback. Stay tuned for more updates from me later this weekend.

[outfit:  xmas gifted beanie, pre-owned everlane wool-cashmere sweater, kamm ranger pants size 6, gold toe socks, HOPP studio essential oxfords, old everlane winter puffer, baggu crossbody]

They’re here! HOPP essential oxfords (+ bonus bomb cyclone hobbit outfit)

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When I got home today, a lovely little package was waiting for me.  The HOPP shoes arrived!  These are, hands down, the best shoes ever, seriously!  There are so many little details about it that I love.  As you probably already know because I’ve talked about it here so many times already:  they’re designed by Eree Kim (Opening Ceremony) but manufactured by SAS, an American company that makes orthopedic shoes for diabetics and old people, so I expected them to be almost as comfortable as my SAS shoes, but they are actually MORE comfortable than my “ugly” orthopedic SAS shoes.

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I think this is because the soles are made of substantial rubber and have this segmented type design that makes them feel sturdy but flexible.  The nubuck is very soft and the shoe is shaped in a way that gives you room right where you need it and slims down where your foot slims down.  So not bulky at all.  Finally, a shoe that respects a woman’s foot!   Can you believe these are a size 9.5?  For some reason SAS shoes make big feet look small and these do too.  You should order a half size up. I’m usually a size 9, and 9.5 fit perfectly with room for thick socks.

Here’s the outfit I wore today in the “BOMB CYCLONE”.  Please excuse the crappy picture (I was in a mad rush).

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[outfit:  old uniqlo oversize knit top, black crane carpenter pants, old everlane long puffer, AA winter leggings (underneath), AA mens speckled dress socks, ariat ladies extreme H2O insulated zip paddock boots]

Everyone else got a snow day, but I walked the dog in Central Park, took public transportation to and from work, and survived!  The icy snow tornados were like nails to the face.  But my old winter wardrobe investments paid off.  I stayed pretty warm all things considered.  I’m wearing my AA winter leggings under these carpenter pants and wore my high tech Ariat waterproof winter boots.

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I felt like an astronaut in these boots.  I thought about selling them, but after today, I think I’ll keep them.  They fill a niche that my crepe sole boots can’t.  Even after I move to California I may need them if I ever travel to a place like Alaska.  I can’t imagine finding a more functional boot for extreme weather than these.  I did a lot of research when purchasing them.  The technology keeps your foot very warm, seal out the snow from soaking your socks, and they protect your ankles from twisting in the event of a fall.  For some reason my alignment gets corrected in them too; I sit straighter and walk taller while wearing these.  I highly recommend them if you need something for a harsh climate, work on a farm, ride horses in the winter, or need to trek through snow.

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

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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! 🥂