outfit: pastels (+ my google arts&culture doppelganger)

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Here’s a quick OOTD photo of me in pastel linens; something I can only wear indoors right now because of the extreme cold.  I’m dressed for my future fantasy life in sunny California.  I looked up the definition of pastels, and wikipedia described it as a group of colors that are “milky”, “desaturated”, “washed out”, and “near neutral”.  Something about pastels have always felt nostalgic to me.  Not all pastels are created equal though.  I prefer the extremely washed out, near white kind.  This is as far as I’ll go to adding non-neutral colors into my wardrobe.

Have you all looked up your fine art doppelganger on the google arts and culture app yet?  I’m not on instagram or any other social media so I generally have no clue, but NPR says it’s gone viral.  Anyway, most of you have never seen my face but google seems to think I look like this child, lol.  The eyebrows are on point.


[outfit:  *eileen fisher linen top, elizabeth suzann tilda midweight linen pants, very old american apparel corduroy jacket, SAS relaxed sandals, baggu crossbody]

outfit: kumbaya, spinster art teacher

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M from WFHW said the linen gauze Harper tunic by Elizabeth Suzann made her look like a “spinster art teacher”, while highly recommending it, lol, so of course, I had to follow suit and buy one too!  I’d actually been stalking the Harper for about a year already.  It’s been so long, that wearing it finally, felt kind of surreal.  Anyway, I feel very fortunate to finally have it and think I will cherish it for many years to come.

I wore it to work today with the Ranger pants.  The big pocket came in handy for holding my pen and index cards.  I usually jot notes down on an index card for each patient that I see.  Then at the end of the day after I’ve documented my notes electronically, the cards get shredded.  The weight of my phone didn’t feel comfortable in the pocket; it pulled and made the shirt awkwardly lop sided. So I held my phone in my hand all day which is fine because I’m almost always reading something on it as I walk around.

By the end of the day, I felt so relieved that it was finally the weekend!  Thank god for Martin Luther King, seriously, for all that he’s done for civil rights, and for this much needed 3-day weekend.  I think it’s really great that my institution gives us the day off for MLK.  We don’t get many holidays off, so it really means that our hospital honors MLK and what he stood for, I’m proud to say.  But anyway, on my way out, I stopped by the hospital gift shop to pick up a hallmark card that I’m going to send to my cousin (that’s what you see in my pocket).

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When I got home, I changed out of the Ranger pants, my HOPP shoes, and into my old Tilda linen pants by Elizabeth Suzann and these trusty old Birks.  I don’t wear the Tildas much in the fall/winter, but wanted to see if they’d pair well with the Harper.  The lightness and texture make them a match made in heaven.  The Tildas don’t have pockets so its nice that the Harper can make up for that.  The most surprising thing about the Harper was how slimming it felt on.  It’s a very boxy top, but for some reason I feel like it lengthens my silhouette.

This outfit feels very “kumbaya”.  It reminds me of my experience taking a 5 day immersion course in “AEDP” therapy.  A couple years ago, I was part of a radical group of mostly women therapists learning a new experiential, emotion focused type of therapy at Columbia.  It focused on helping patients heal by tapping into their “core self” and forming new secure attachments through genuine connection.  There was a lot of wisdom, powerful transformative experiences, tears, and kumbaya moments in that room for 5 days.  I also remember seeing a lot of linens pants, long flowy white dresses, un dyed gray hair, and gem stones.  It was wonderful.  I think that experience has a lot to do with the way I dress today.

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[outfit:  elizabeth suzann harper linen gauze tunic, size OS-minus; jesse kamm ranger pants size 6; elizabeth suzann midweight linen Tilda pants, HOPP essential oxfords, Arizona Birkenstocks, vintage framed eyeglasses from Fabulous Fanny’s]

outfit: draped and twisted

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Does anybody else love Lemaire’s work?  His clothes are both beautiful and sensible.  I’ve been following his twisted seam pants throughout the seasons.  I feel so lucky to finally own a pair.

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The denim is thick and buttery soft.  It’s the most comfortable denim I’ve ever owned.  They would fit a range of body types and sizes well I think.  No one part of the pants feel at all constricting (I can’t say that is true about the Kamm pants which look amazing but are not forgiving of any extra flab you might have).  I love how they taper out like a wide leg and then ever so slightly taper back in.  It’s such a modern shape.  They run long.  I had to chop 3 inches off the length.  They look good long too if you’re looking for something that covers the ankle.

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I’ve finally road tested these HOPP oxfords and have to say I’m really impressed with the comfort.  They have fairly thick rubber soles which is important for walking through the dirty sludge, salt covered sidewalks in NYC (you can still see the salt stains in my photos here). I find myself walking even faster than I normally do in them (after 9 years in NYC, I walk pretty damn fast).

What do you guys think about me never showing my face?  Sometimes I really wish I could show myself but my profession requires that I don’t (I’m a psychiatrist).  I always assumed my readers would implicitly understand that but maybe not, so I figure it’s  worth explicitly saying here just in case.  It’s not that I’m shy or think I’m ugly.  I simply can’t do it.  I figure it’s not that big a deal anyway.  It’s about the clothes and my thoughts, not my face.  Although I can understand the value and desire in seeing the person behind the blog.

[outfit:  *eileen fisher faded lime linen top (the candle matches my top!), lemaire twisted denim, HOPP essential oxfords, thirdlove lounge bra]

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.

outfit: Frodo-chic in Black Crane carpenter pants.

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Just got my Black Crane carpenter pants back from the tailor today.  Had the hem taken up by 2 inches.  I went a bit out of my comfort zone with this silhouette, but after a few adjustments in the way I think about shape, I think I like it.  I remember feeling very weird about the Elizabeth Suzann Clyde pants initially too but once I accepted an unconventional and bigger shape around the hips, I was hooked.  Initially these carpenter pants felt very much like Hammer pants, but now that the hem is taken up, they feel very Frodo Baggins, which is a huge upgrade in my book.

I’m kinda loving this effortless hobbit look right now.  The thigh width on these pants are huge, but the fabric, color, and texture elevate it enough so that they don’t look like sweat pants in real life.  I could probably get away with wearing this at work if I wear the right shoes.  The designers at Black Crane intended their clothing to be a reflection of their Japanese heritage, to be minimal, edgy, feel easy while being wearable to work.

My only complaint is that these are made of cotton and rayon.  I wished Black Crane would stick with all natural fibers.  The fabric blend has a dry hand feel, and feels more like cotton than rayon.  It’s very billowy, breathable, and forgiving of weight fluctuations, but will also make you look ten pounds heavier, which is a tradeoff made for comfort. Who cares about looking skinny anymore anyways.  I’m tired of that oppression. I’m wearing a size small, and could probably have sized down to an extra small.

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I think these big ass pants will pair well with oversized linen tops for a big on top and big on bottom statement outfit.  I’ve never really thought about “drape” when it comes to pants, but I’m already imagining all the different ways I can get these pants to drape by layering them with tops of varying widths and lengths.

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Of course with the bitter cold conditions right now, I can only where this outfit around the house.  Is anyone else dreading the “cyclone bomb” tomorrow?

I’ll experiment with wearing my American Apparel winter leggings underneath and pairing them with my work oxfords with exposed wool socks for an altogether over the top hobbit winter outfit.

Edit:  Bonus home tour of the designers’ beautiful home in Los Angles. This is my dream home.  My god.  Such great taste.

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


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!)”

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

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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.”