outfit: keepin’ it simple.

ootd 2018-03-20 at 7.46.46 PM

This is what I wore to work today.  It’s been pretty cold lately (feels like 30 degrees). I’m wearing leggings under these pants, which is pushing it because they barely fit around the waist as is.  The cold forces me to wear socks. This really cramps my style, ha.  My feet want to breathe.  I can’t wait til it’s sandal weather once again.  Can you believe today is the first day of Spring?  Sure doesn’t feel like it.  We are going to have snow tomorrow in NYC.  So it looks like I will have to keep waiting.

PACT ended up accepting my request to return the “waterfall” cardigan in the previous post.  It was a hassle free interaction with their online form.  I went on the hunt for a replacement and settled on a simple cashmere cardigan by Marni (bought secondhand, of course).

I scrolled through so, so many crap cardigans online to finally find a good one. It’s amazing how terribly designed 99% of cardigans are out there.  So many of them look good on the front, but the back is ruined by a silk panel, color block, or lace embellishment. Why???!  Cardigans should be simple, understated, versatile, light, and comfortable.  Go nuts with your top, but keep it simple with the cardigans.  After all, it’s the garment we wear over and over again, with many different outfits throughout the work week.

Anyway, enough of me ranting. I will be working from home tomorrow and will have the rare luxury of wearing whatever the hell I want for a change.  So stay tuned and so glad you stopped by.

[outfit: ATM cashmere blend top, Jesse Kamm ranger pants, HOPP studios oxfords]

 

outfit: too much drape

ootd2018-03-19 at 10.21.51 PM

This is what I wore today and quite frankly, I hate it.  This is the new cardigan I bought from PACT in my effort to build up my office wardrobe.  There is seriously too much drape.   It’s about one foot too long in the front.  The silhouette is so, so bad.  Maybe it would look better if I was taller. I really wanted to like it and in my effort to like it, I took off the tags and gave it a shot.  Not sure if PACT will let me return/exchange it at this point, but I’ll try.  On a positive note, I bought a couple pairs of leggings from the same company and really liked the smooth but dry hand texture of their leggings and if they allow me to exchange this cardigan, I will order two more leggings.

It was an extra insane day at work today. I worked about 11 hours straight, without any breaks, and was constantly interrupted by other people who needed my help.  Feeling a little burnt out right now but plan to get to work early tomorrow to get a head start on things.  Hope your Monday was better than mine.  I’m hoping for some better outfits later this week.  Stay tuned!

[outfit: PACT eco wrap cardigan, *eileen fisher linen top, everlane slim wool pants, hopp studios oxfords]

outfit: sweat shorts (I was referred to a money coach + no-sew mending)

ootd shirt repair 2018-02-19 at 11.58.48 PM

I used paypal earnings from selling some clothes on Poshmark to buy these pre-owned (new with tags) James Perse sweat shorts (MSRP = $165 vs. price I paid = $35).  These shorts had been in my “likes” folder for quite some time.  It’s something I would consider buying new as well, which helped me figure out whether I wanted it because it was discounted or if I really wanted it for what it is.  In the end, I decided yes I really wanted it for what it is, because I could see myself wearing them a lot, and especially because I don’t already own anything similar.  The Paypal credit and the 80% off retail price tag helped seal the deal too, of course.

At home, my legs like to breathe, and while frolicking around the apartment sans pants is totally acceptable, a lot of times a little bottom coverage is necessary, like when I’m stir frying something in the kitchen and need to avoid oil splatter or when I’m doing chores and need pockets to carry my phone around with me because I’m in the middle of a super long text conversation with a friend.  Anyway, I like these shorts a lot.  They have become the first thing I change into when I get home from work.  They are very soft and I love the functionality of the 3 pockets.  The length is nice, but the opening is a bit narrow so if you have medium to large thighs, these might feel too constricting in that area.  For reference, I’m wearing a JP size 1 here, and normally I’m a size 27-28 in pants.

Too bad JP doesn’t offer detailed size charts for every garment.  I don’t understand why retailers don’t post these measurements. Seems like it would be cost-saving to go that extra mile to prevent avoidable returns.  It would also help customers overcome the fear of buying something online.

I’m doing pretty good with my spending in the month of February.  So far I’ve only used credits/paypal earnings for new additions, so I don’t really count that as real spending, but of course it is.

Today I had my final session with my personal finance coach (provided free of cost by my employer) and she referred me to a “money coach” / retirement specialist with another agency (also provided free of cost by my employer) for further guidance about financial matters beyond budgeting and saving.  I made sure to check that there is a fiduciary relationship between adviser and client with no sales component to their business before signing up.  I’ve felt very confused about retirement/investments and the question of disability insurance.  There’s so many conflicts of interest, and an entire blood sucking industry out there that preys on naive physicians, so I’m looking forward to hearing from an expert with no financial incentives to sell me on one thing or another.  I’ll write more on this in another post.

A couple days ago, I found this hole in my favorite (only) ribbed tee!  But thank god I had some tear mender glue laying around and was able to glue the hole shut.  The whole process took less than 2 minutes.  Easy peasy.

ootd shirt repair 2018-02-19 at 11.58.23 PM

before

ootd shirt repair 2018-02-19 at 11.58.38 PM

after

I can’t sew very well, and honestly don’t have the patience for it, and although I would love to learn how, and went so far as to look up the best sewing machine and finding local sewing classes in my area, I decided against it in the end; I don’t have room for another hobby in my life at this point.  Do you sew?  Do you own a sewing machine?  If yes, how often do you use it?

[outfit:  *cuyana scoop silk tank, *james perse brushed fleece shorts; *=pre-owned]

outfit: sent home from work wardrobe

ootd 1-18-18 2018-01-17 at 9.42.50 PM

I was sent home from occupational health today for flu like symptoms.  Whatever plague disease I have has caused my ear drums to bulge, my throat to turn red, mouth to break out in sores, and my lungs were not clear to auscultation (TMI? sorry).  It all sounds a lot worse than I feel though.  The NP gave me a handful of pseudoephedine and an albuterol inhaler.  I’m waiting for the flu test results now, but if they come back positive I’m banned from work until Tuesday.  There was a system wide email sent out advising everyone to wear masks at the hospital.  It’s pretty bad I guess.  I’m grateful for occupational health being so available to us, so I didn’t have to wait for hours in the ER.  Plus hospital staff get free medications, so they just handed them to me without a prescription or a trip to the pharmacy.  It is a rarely used, but nice perk.

Back to talking about what I’m wearing.  These are the Black Crane carpenter pants in corduroy cream I got from poshmark yesterday.  They feel substantially different from my other carpenter pants in navy, which have a flannel like feel to them.  The corduroy versions are more structured.  My navy ones are a size small and look very baggy.  These are a size XS and look a lot less baggy.  They are snug to get around the hips (my ectomorph hips are 36″ for reference) but once they pass the hips, they sit nicely at the waist.  It’s been so long since I’ve worn corduroy.  What I don’t like is how easily lint sticks to it and how easily it retains wrinkles.  I had to iron these out before wearing it here.  I probably won’t be wearing these pants much until the spring time.  They might be too warm for summer.  So they might be more suitable for lounging around at home which is what I’m doing most of the time anyway.

This post made me think about the idea of working from home going forward.  Telepsychiatry is a growing field and given my homebody introverted tendencies, I should give it more serious consideration.  There are a couple of bloggers I follow that work from home, and that idea always appealed to me.  Maybe in a couple of years.  We’ll see.

[outfit:  *organic by john patrick tee, *black crane carpenter pants xs, arizona birkenstocks; *=pre-owned]