Some things on my radar + thoughts about “shopping”.

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I keep a running list of things that peak my interest in a folder on my google chrome browser. Thought I’d share them with you here.

You might recall how much I talked about my ugly but comfortable SAS shoes? Well I just read about SAS making a line of minimalist comfort shoes, called HOPP, from the former Opening Ceremony designer, that are actually not ugly. The mules and boots look amaze and are supposed to be very comfortable.  I’m not in the market for new shoes right now but when I am, these will be top on my list. Continue reading “Some things on my radar + thoughts about “shopping”.”

an updated closet tour + other stuff.

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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.

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Post-normcore, anti-basic minimalism.

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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.

outfit: & peonies

My boyfriend accidentally bought me these two imported peonies at $15 a pop (he thought they were $7! lol).  Over 3 days, they bloomed from dense brilliant pinks buds to these big fluffy white flowers.  They are so beautiful!  Can’t take my eyes off of them.

Here’s the outfit I wore today on my day off.  I feel at peace in it.  These second-hand Levi’s 501ct has stretched out a bit, so I’m going to wash and dry them in hopes they shrink.  The colors are nicely balanced here and the whole outfit feels in harmony with who I am and what I’m doing.

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all shoes go to heaven

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I’m transitioning to spring weather shoes this week.  A start of a new season is a great time to assess the condition of your clothes & shoes and throw away / recycle things that are no longer wearable.  If you’ve been a long-time reader here, you will recall that I wore these shoes almost every day in the spring and summer months.  The rubber soles have worn down and the cork lining has crumbled off with water damage, and dare I say it, there’s mold!?  (Maybe it’s just dirt?)  The leather uppers have stretched so much that my feet slip and slide.  And the straps have split ends. It’s shameful how long I continued to wear these. 😂 Continue reading “all shoes go to heaven”

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: on repeat”

outfit: matchy matchy

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Today I’m wearing a replacement for my old Zara utility shorts that went into retirement after it burst open at the butt.  This is a very similar pair of shorts with a few upgrades:  back pockets and front pockets that look like back pockets, a beautiful metallic button, a modest length, and structured denim that keeps its shape.  I loved my old shorts but one downside was how it got baggy and lost its shape by the end of the day.  Faded olive greens fit right in with my wardrobe; they pair well with oatmeal and other neutrals.   Continue reading “outfit: matchy matchy”

Links

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Here are a few links that captured my attention this week:

1.  Congratulations to Rosie on her TED talk on failure and vulnerability.  She talks about how creative work makes you vulnerable and relates an ability to tolerate vulnerability to perseverance and success.  I resonated with how hard it can be to get negative feedback on creative work.  I got flashbacks of my university painting critique.  Every person’s work before mine sparked lively discussion.  When it was my turn, there was dead silence.  It was awful, soul crushing.  It ended well though because weeks later the dean of the art school stole my painting and had it exhibited at the state capitol building. It can feel vulnerable writing here too.  I’m not a “writer”, I just happen to write (mediocrely), and in order to keep doing it, I had to develop a tolerance for negative judgment. Continue reading “Links”

outfit: loose associations

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Here’s a quick outfit post with a top from Kowtow that was meant to replace my retired, beloved, tattered and torn French Connection top (see below).  By the time I recycled it, it had been worn on at least a biweekly basis for 7 years!  It had about 10 holes in it (I know, shameful!).  My BF bluntly told me it had to go.  He was right.  I don’t get why I liked this top so much.  Technically, it’s ugly.  But I thought it was interesting.  I’m not into prints usually, but something about a bold black print, that isn’t full of motifs, and isn’t symmetrical, I found intriguing.  I liked how it seemed to tell an abstract story and felt sort of like a Rorschach test.  And of course, I’m always a sucker for a loose cotton boxy top that looks good tucked and untucked. Continue reading “outfit: loose associations”