outfit: on repeat

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On repeat, here again, I’m wearing the same wool-cashmere turtleneck over Clyde pants.  I wore this outfit to pick up some tacos for lunch.  There was no need to carry a bag; my wallet, phone, and keys fit easily in these big pockets.  It was a nice walk today; the streets were bustling with lots of smiling faces; the Cuban guys were out singing & playing bongo drums at the street corner again–always a welcomed sign winter is over, like the town troubadour in Gilmore girls, except with open bottles of tequila and more rhythm. Continue reading →

outfit: ’tis the season for socks and sandals

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Fall is upon us people!  Every fall, I desperately look for ways to keep wearing sandals long after every sane person in New York has  transitioned to boots.  Last year I got some judgmental looks and overheard New Yorkers outright teasing me for wearing wool socks with Birkenstocks in public (sometimes I just don’t care how I look ok).

This year, I decided to fem it up a little bit with cutesy socks (maybe that will be more socially acceptable?). I think girly seasonal socks  look great peeking out of ankle booties or with 70’s style wedge sandals, with an otherwise simple outfit.

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outfit: nautical summer uniform

culotte outfit

For the longest time, I thought culottes could only look good on models and tall people but realized there’s actually a huge range of shapes and fabric weights when it comes to culottes and it’s all about finding the right one for you.  I got this two piece set from Madewell this summer and really love it.  It has kept me comfortable and breezy during this long summer heatwave.  It’s got such an interesting character to it–part tomboy nautical, part cute African school girl.

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outfit: brown nostalgia II

everlane sweater heather ash corduroy skirt kork ease

Again, here’s my throwback AE corduroy skirt from high school circa 1999.  Love the buttoned back pockets and minor details of this skirt like the lavender lining along the zipper that peeps out sometimes.  To keep it grown up I paired it with this modest classic cotton sweater from Everlane.  Maybe this is boring, but I for one like seeing bloggers wear the same items in different ways; it helps me understand how their style works for them. Continue reading →

outfit:  salt of the earth

sienna pants

There is something so naturally beautiful about solid basic earth tones in womenswear.  These colors draw from pigments found naturally in the earth’s foundation- umber, sienna, ochre, and greys -in all shades.  When I was decluttering my wardrobe, the clothes that got sorted into the donation pile were there because they hadn’t been worn in over a year.  It was a pile full of loud synthetic colors, reds, fluorescence, and neons, which by themselves are pretty but I don’t think they speak to my sensibilities enough to get worn often, a realization that will hopefully inform my wardrobe planning and help me reduce wasteful spending in the future.  Here I’m wearing one of my foundational pieces:  sienna colored skinnies from Madewell. Continue reading →

outfit: simple safari v2.0

safari outfit 2

Last weekend, I spent a lot of time outdoors in this outfit.  It’s version 2 of my ‘safari’ outfit (the original you can see here).  The tribal pattern in this French Connection shirt is sort of fun (it has a fancy gold zipper on the back).  Also want to mention that it’s been a couple weeks since I received these classic wedge sandals from kork ease and I’ve been so happy with this purchase.  After standing/walking in them all day for 3 days at a recent music festival, I can truly attest to their comfort.  If my Birks are a 10 in comfort level, this is an 8, and probably tennis shoes would fall somewhere in between.  I wonder if Kork Ease realizes that APC has essentially ripped off their original design? …hm.  This APC half moon bag was perfectly made for a safari too, it was  actually designed to accommodate the width of a Poland Spring water bottle which is really paying off in this summer heat!

[oufit: French Connection print top, Zara utility shorts, Kork Ease Myrna sandals, APC half moon bag, Madewell oversize hepcat sunglasses]