outfit: just a t-shirt (+ how I’m wearing a watch again+ some music vids)

atm t shirt review

I wore this outfit today.  I’m wearing that ATM slub t-shirt I bought two weeks ago.  Since then, I’ve worn it maybe 6 times! I love the delicate way it drapes.  Like all slub cottons, the fabric wavers between thick and thin.  That quality combined with the heathered flax color gives this t-shirt a subtle complexity (which of course no one is going to notice or care about but me, lol).  I like to fold up the edge and messily tuck it into my pants so that it drapes at the waist and has no hard edges.  The material is so delicate that it would probably wear down easily.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a few holes popped up eventually.  I’ll try to be gentle with washing.  Here’s a close up.

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In other news, I was inspired by Talia’s post about watches, and dug out my old Cluse watch today.  Longtime readers here will recall that I used to wear this watch all the time.  After the leather strap broke, I replaced it with a gold metallic strap.  That turned out to be a bad idea because it would occasionally tug at my little arm hairs (and btw, I am the least hairy person I know!).  I shaved my wrist today, and that seems to have solve 90% of the problem.  Regardless, I went ahead and ordered a leather strap because aside from the hair pulling problem, I think leather straps are overall much more comfortable and I’m more likely to wear my watch if it’s leather.  And when I wear my watch, I feel more effective at work and in life.  The added bonus is that I think watches, especially these large faced minimalist ones, look really nice with almost any outfit.

I scrolled through the HOPP studios instagram account today and saw a preview of their new wedge sandal with a built in toe ring.   I might consider buying a pair in the summer.  It would be nice to have a pair of comfortable low heeled sandals that I can wear to work.  But I’m anticipating a lot of expenses this summer, so I might not be able to.  We’ll see.  I’m also sad to see that their boots are going out of production.  They never had the black ones in my size.  Looks like I missed out.  Sad.

And now for some exciting new music I felt worth sharing.  Have you guys heard of the band Snail Mail?  I’ve been listening all week to their EP and getting really into it.  There’s increasingly more buzz around them.  I’ve been listening to Soccer Mommy too, another band with female vocals.  Both bands remind me of what it was like being a teenage girl in the 90’s.

Here’s the music video for Snail Mail’s song “Thinning”.  The lead singer is wearing a black mock neck in this one, which y’all know I have a soft spot for!

And here’s a morbid video by Soccer Mommy.

Were you a teenager in the 90s?  How did you dress back in those days?  How has your style changed since then?

[outfit: ATM school boy crew slub tee in flax, *black crane corduroy carpenter pants]


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

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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.

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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

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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]