wardrobe radar: basic flats

everlane day flat

This week, I realized I need a good basic flat.  I’m currently selling the two pairs I already have because they don’t fit right or feel too fancy for everyday wear.  I’ve been stalking the Martiniano’s for a while but couldn’t quite swallow the price tag especially for a shoe type that I know I’ll destroy in under a year.  Everlane’s new day flats look promising.  I’m waiting for others to review it before I decide to invest.  I’m curious how substantial the soles are? can they fit thin orthotics? Are they structured or malleable like a glove?  And how do they feel in warm weather?

PS. I like how everlane is trending away from the orthopedic-ly unfriendly pointy toes!

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outfit: hardworking basics

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Here’s another outfit with my hardworking staples.  Getting dressed feels so much easier these days.  I wore this casual outfit to work, except for the sandals.  I’m liking sweaters with extra long arms that can be folded or used to keep the hands warm.  These trousers from j. crew have been going strong for 5 years now.  They are a size 2!  I think I’m actually a size 6, for reference.  If I ever need to replace them I’m going to search for it secondhand.  Quality mainstream clothes make good secondhand purchases because they are easy to find and you know what to expect.   Continue reading →

wardrobe: the simplest bra

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I hate bras.  Don’t you?  But for some of us, support is necessary.  And saggage happens more quickly than you think.  Coopers ligaments lose their elasticity pretty quickly without a bra.  Anyway…

I’ve been a big fan of bralettes lately.  I think bralettes have gained in popularity because women don’t want to be bothered anymore with the fuss of underwire and padding.  We just want to be comfortable.  I’ve been through a few bralettes and my favorite so far  is also the simplest:   the pansy bralette. Continue reading →

outfit: workday (+ Everlane ponte pant review)

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In a previous post, I talked about my disappointment with Everlane’s Ponte Pants.  Here’s my proper review of them.  Let’s start with the good.  They do feel comfortable and strike a nice balance between leggings and trousers.  With a tunic or dress, it’s modest enough for work.  And it’s long and conforming enough to keep you warm in the winter.  In theory, these were the perfect pants.   Continue reading →

Lessons from a leaner closet

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Like a lot of other people, I felt like I learned a lot about myself in the process of paring down.  When forced to make tough decisions on what stays or goes, I learned about what was most important to me.  Since my focus here has been on personal style, I wanted to share some of the things I learned in that department.

My favorite and most worn clothes were surprisingly from a broad range of retailers, from cheap fast fashion stores like H&M to designers like Trade-Mark.  Although I try to shop more consciously at ethical brands as much as possible now, for moral reasons, I don’t mind at all holding onto high rotation, fast fashion clothing that I already have and I like mixing it all up.   Continue reading →

Why I stopped wearing patterns

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As I pruned my wardrobe down to the clothes I wore most often and then reflected on why I wore some things more than others, I realized I had gotten rid of almost all my clothes with patterns.  Patterns are exciting when first purchased but after a few wears, I tend to get sick of looking at them.  And because they stand out in people’s memory, I feel that I can’t wear the same patterned clothing over and over again.

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outfit: work pants

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Thought I should post another outfit with the Elizabeth Suzann work pants that I got for my birthday.  These pants have really turned out to be a good investment.  The pockets are huge without giving you a (tacky) cargo pants type of look.  And they seem to go well with everything in my wardrobe.  My only complaint is that pet hair tends to stick to the fabric but that’s not a big deal for me.  The top is from TradeMark, a minimalist label with excellent craftsmanship.  I was drawn to the socialist vibe of this shirt and its understated pale yellow color, to add just a little warmth to my otherwise grayscale wardrobe. Continue reading →

outfit: nautical summer uniform

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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: slow pants

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The blogger at StyleBee introduced me to these amazing Elizabeth Suzannwork pants” that I asked for on my birthday.  These pants are really great!  I’m so glad they fit well because the process was truly slow.  Each pair of pants are made to order by hand in the USA.  Mine took 8 weeks for them to sew up and ship.  It came with a handwritten letter and wrapped in the most beautiful marble wrapping paper I’ve ever seen.  All seams on these pants are sewn with intent to last a lifetime and the fabrics are selected to get better with age.  I love that it is high waisted enough to wear with crop tops but fitted enough to drape longer shirts over the belly area.   Continue reading →

blog: in the works

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I haven’t been writing as consistently as I would like to because my schedule has been pretty jam packed lately (despite my efforts to do less ~!).  Over the weekend, I stumbled across a few like-minded blogs (here and here – I just love finding new blogs with great content!) and felt inspired to write more!  So I thought I’d share some ideas I had in the works for the future of this blog:

  • sharing my capsule beauty kit
  • editing a style wishlist – I’m not sure why, but I’m interested in other bloggers’ wishlists and enjoy reading about how they ultimately decide to buy or not buy something.
  • sharing my ‘style story’ – a survey that looks into how your life story influences what you wear.  Very interesting idea!
  • taking better photos – I’ve been learning to do more with my DSLR.  Still a work in progress though.. with time.
  • taking you on a tour of my apartment – We did a lot of re-arranging and can’t wait to show you!
  • more outfit posts, of course! including some new athleisure – loungewear items I just got.

Stay tuned.  Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for me down below.  Thanks!