Long weekend, one outfit

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Acne Studios sweater – Grana jeans – Adidas shoes

I have worn this outfit in some manner for three of the four days I’ve had off over the long holiday weekend. I had on my Allbirds shoes with the sweater and jeans for Thanksgiving when I was at the in-laws house. I wore the same again on Friday for going to see Thom Yorke in concert in the city. Saturday I wore an old Everlane sweatshirt because we did house cleaning, but the sweater came out again on Sunday for a walk in the park. Z asked if I’m going to live in this sweater all winter. I think this is proof that’s a given.

Thursday and Friday I did exercise so I only wore the outfit half the day. Sleep in, breakfast, lounge and then change into workout gear and drag myself to the basement. Afterwards a shower and throw on the outfit for whatever I had going on.  Fun fact: Z can wear this sweater too. I had him try it on and it fits him perfectly.

Saturday night we had severe heavy rain for six solid hours. If it was colder it would’ve been one hell of a snow storm. The temperature warmed up a bit due to the rains and Sunday everyone had the same idea we did – get outside while we still can enjoy it. The weather was in the mid 50s. The park we went to has part of a river that runs through it but due to the rains the park was split in half by the overflow that prevented people from taking the upper hill trails. There were only two trails that weren’t under water or cut off from the bridge flooding so the walkways were packed. Surprisingly, lots of people were out playing disc golf. The fairways for those were soupy with mud.

trailfieldgreen sweater

There were plenty of other things I wanted to get done during the long weekend, but I’m not complaining nor bothered by not having completed them. Sometimes taking a proper break is necessary and not doing anything is a good thing.

I did buy a couple things online on Black Friday, but most of them were things I generally would’ve bought regardless of what day it was. I just happened to get them for a little cheaper this time.

 

 

Fake Friday

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Everlane sweater – Grana Jeans – Frye Carly Chukkas

The necklace above was the first gift Z gave me when we started dating. I don’t remember what it was for, but I know he got it from an online store of a friend of mine at the time. I’m not sure what this says about him or me, but my boss said it looked like it could be used as a weapon. I think this confirms he’s terrified of me to some degree. (I always call him out on not getting stuff done and waiting until the last minute.)

I’ve been upping my exercise a bit. I guess I should say I’m changing it up as well. I need to address a few issues with the tendonitis in both my legs, but other than that I’m feeling a bit better now that I’m focusing more on getting back into shape. There is something very uplifting about feeling stronger – even if it means feeling the DOMS in my  ams and lats from doing so many chin-ups and push-ups lately.

Wool coat

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Yohji Yamamoto wool coat

The one item from my recent TRR  shopping I kept is this coat. I’d gotten rid of my old black wool coat several years ago. It wasn’t until last year that I really missed having a heavy-but-not-snow-storm-worthy wool coat. The tailoring of this coat once again reminded me of why Yohji-sama is a master with design. Even though the double breasted front looks like I have all six buttons done up (or actually three to be buttoned), the coat curves in a slight way so that the bottom two buttons create an optical illusion. Only the top two (on the right in the photo) are actually buttoned. I freaking love this detail. I also love the cuffed sleeves that are stitched back. Plus, the back of the coat has a slit that goes up to my hips. This makes moving in this coat incredibly easy, especially getting in and out out of the car. The sides of the coat create protective panels when I walk as a result. I’m able to take wider steps and still be warm partially down my legs since the sides of the coat move more with me. I can button up the coat all the way to the top, but I don’t really need to. The back of the coat neck is designed in a way that gives me the neck protection I need and has a lift to it. The shoulders are a little tight, but that’s caused me to stand up straighter more than anything else. I’m not held down by it or feel uncomfortable, mostly because the back slit allows the coat to move up more if I’m seated. For as structured as this coat looks, it’s amazingly easy to move around in and I have a feeling that was the intent.

Ok, have I described enough how much of an engineering feat of incredible design this coat is now? Will. Keep. Forever.

under coat

Vince turtleneck – Banana Republic cardigan – Y’s pant – Jil Sander shoes

Ok, back to regular programming with the outfit I wore under the coat. I shocked the hell out of my boss today because I was wearing something with color. For some reason this very old and faded cardigan had just enough color to really pop out with this outfit and he kept talking about it. It’s kinda weird how he notes these things. I’m not sure how much of it is him judging me or if he’s really just weird like that.

Short Week

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Christophe Sauvat sweater – Y’s pant – Frye Carly shoes

Monday – or in the case of last week – Fake Wednesday. In any case, it’s nice to have a short week.

I don’t really remember much from that Monday. I know I was comfortable in this outfit and I’ve worn it before. I think I tucked in the sweater and it looks good tucked or not.

After ordering several things from TRR – a last push of shopping before I officially start the ban in 2019 – I ended up returning most of the items. I’d not returned stuff to TRR before and while I understand their return policy, $11.95 is a bit steep. I can send it regular post and only be charged what the postage actually is, which may be cheaper. Note to self (not that I’ll be buying anything anytime soon): Try to never have to return anything to TRR.

Over the weekend I went to DSW to look at snow shoes. I tried on ALL the shoes. I left with none of them.

Waterproof

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Acne Studios sweater – Yohji Yamamoto suit pant – Frye Carly Chukkas

I am so glad I waterproofed these suede shoes. Granted, they aren’t the warmest, but waterproofing them has helped immensely. While walking in to work, post snow storm with lots of snowy, slushy puddles everywhere  – I thought I stepped on a solid spot only to see my shoe be nearly submerged halfway up my foot. However, because of the waterproof spray I put on them, the water bounced right off and I stepped indoors puddle-foot-free and dry. Yay!

I plan on waterproofing the rest of my leather shoes this weekend. I have spray-on and cream style. It’s been a while since I cleaned a few of my leather shoes anyway so maintenance is necessary.

I really love this sweater. I know, Totally Random Comment, but it’s true. Z and I went out to dinner at our favorite restaurant (where we were married) and Z joked that even he could wear this sweater. And he totally could and his more form-fitted sweater might fit me better than this one, but damnit I love this big, fluffy, slightly itchy lambswool sweater, which also repels water rather well.

Comfy (ugly?) shoes

wool shoes

Express top – Limi Feu sweater – Rachel Comey Menace Pant – Allbirds

While Allbirds are comfortable, I think they fall into the fugly shoe category after one wear. Toe dimples of any and every sort will show up on these shows and they do not flatter any look at all. I thought I was being creative by having a lighter colored shoe with this outfit, but ultimately it just looks weird – simply because of the fugly shoe factor.

Over cashmere

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Banana Republic cashmere sweater – Sacai Luck wool pant – Jil Sander shoes

Remember this pant from last winter? They are incredibly warm and I like how they are mostly lined (down to the knee). It’s time to break them out again.

I was gifted this sweater for Christmas and while it is nice, I’m really not a fan of cashmere in general. I don’t like fabric that’s fussy for washing. Even though 90% of my clothes should be dry cleaned, I throw them in the wash on delicate and hang or flat dry. I’ve always been able to make my clothes work out for me after washing, despite most of their finicky instructions and fabrics. However, cashmere never works out. I delicate wash cold, flat dry and it still shrivels on me and I have to stretch it out. The sleeves of this sweater are annoying now. They cling on to me and while I understand the style in general is meant to be form-fitting the sleeves are too tight. I hate seeing the elbow dimples on this sweater when I take it off.

I’m also very annoyed with how common cashmere sweaters are now. Everlane only seems to have cashmere or their “luxe wool” aka super thin merino that tears easily and also shrinks easily even with cold wash. When I look on TRR, it’s mostly cashmere as well. I can’t count how many times I’ve found a nice looking sweater but then wrinkled my nose and closed out the browsing window because I found out it’s cashmere. I much prefer wool blends.

Starting the layering game

warmth layer

Acne Studios sweater – Yohji Yamamoto suit dress – old Nordstrom Rack leggings – Nisolo shoes

I’m starting the how-can-I-create-a-nice-look-and-keep-warm layering game. I have to say I’m rather proud of myself for this one. This dress really is easy to layer. The only thing I’d change are my leggings. These are soft, spongey leggings that are fleece lined and they ended up giving me lots of static so the bottom of the dress stuck to my legs most of the day.

Also, be prepared to see this sweater A LOT.

My exercise routine is getting better. My reps have increased on my chin-ups much faster than anticipated. I remembered reading a while back that while muscle memory fades fairly fast, muscle mass actually stays around for much longer and can take upwards of a year to go away – assuming I stop all exercising for that year and go full-on slug mode. So the muscle mass retention has worked in my favor and now the muscle memory is kicking in because I’m not dying of DOMS as much. I’m also creeping up on my max barbell squat weight fairly quickly, which also makes me happy. I like the feeling of picking up something that weighs ten pounds with one hand and having it feel like it’s a feather.

Hitting the work self-destruct button

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Banana Republic top – Uniqlo pant – Frye Carly Chukkas – handmade (by me) lace scarf

Work has been utterly bat-shit insane lately. It’s all to do with a client that is not mine, but is affecting product for my clients, which is annoying to me. It’s been an all-hands-on-deck situation, but it really shouldn’t be considering how big our company is now. That is the part that pisses me off. Once smaller client derails everything when it should only be a tiny blip on the radar compared to the rest.

I’d like to say that is my work rant for the week, but I have a feeling another one is coming very soon.

Did the Thing

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Everlane sweater – Yohji Yamamoto skirt – Frye Carly Chukkas

This is the outfit I wore when I voted. I know, I’m a week late to the party on this. I have my photos staggered over a week in advance, which helps me keep posts each day. I take a weeks’ worth of photos and then set up my next round of posts. It’s the only way I’d keep up with this blog right now. I know I don’t write much on my posts these days and that’s because sometimes I look at these photos and think: wait, what was I doing then… Most days really are nothing much to mention.

However, voting day was something different. I decided to vote before work, so I went out in the rain and drove to the nearby high school, which is my designated place. There were guys standing outside handing out flyers promoting a total fucking asshole whose signs I’ve seen all over my neighborhood. Even in my half asleep state I heard said asshole’s name and walked past the flyer people, saying “no thanks.” I don’t need another piece of paper – another piece of trash – another fucking promotional item for a piece of shit I can’t stand.

After voting I saw the same woman sitting at a table that I saw during district elections. She volunteers each time. I think she’s been in cancer remission and each time she’s there she has an enormous dog with her. I walked over to say hello and once again she complimented my haircut. She has short hair as well and this time I gave her the name of the salon I go to. I think last time I spoke to her the salonist I had at the time left her work and I stopped going there. I was happy to give her a name and a place this time. Anyway, the woman insisted I take a sticker, which I normally don’t. I know many are all about showing off that they voted because it is important and while I definitely believe it is important I’ve never been one to draw attention to myself in that way so usually I declined the stickers. However, by the end of our conversation I ended up taking a sticker.

When I got to work I had my jacket on and then sat at my desk for a while so most people didn’t notice my sticker until later and then asked me, surprised “when did you vote?” Some people even smiled and were glad to see I voted and said they were going right after work.

Z works with political canvasing groups all the time at his job. It is his job. It’s their entire platform. They work with non-profits, charities, political canvasing groups, etc…. Unlike most, instead of using paper, the company he works for allows clients to lease tablets and phones and they lease out the software as well so the clients get results instantly. Z had been working nonstop for nearly two weeks just before elections. I noticed he was coming home later than usual and as soon as he got home, he’d immediately go upstairs, get on his computer and keep working. He’d have his phone next to him at all times and even have to stop during dinner to help a client with something or another. ALL the campaigns were going on at the same time and his clients were begging him for devices to send out for canvasing. They were wiped out completely and spent 5 hours on a Sunday solely fixing broken tablets to get anything and everything they could out to the clients. One client asked the day before elections for anything and Z said nope. He almost sent him a photo of the completely empty shelves in their storage room where all the devices are usually stored.

And now, even though elections are over, he’s still coming home late because all the campaigns for the nation-wide homeless count are starting up. Last year they only had a few locations. This year they are getting 10-15. “Sales people need to chill!” Z lamented one night during dinner because he was tired after having late afternoon calls with west coast clients.

It’ll be nice when this year is over. All the crazy campaigning will be done with, my mom’s sentencing will decide our next steps, and hopefully we can get a break from everything soon.