Things fall apart


Last Thursday – Sweater: Everlane. Pants: Fantasy Linen. Shoes: Vivobarefoot Gobi.


Last Friday – Shirt: Yesstyle. Pants: Fantasy Linen. Jacket: Journal Standard. Shoes: Vivobarefoot Gobi.


Today – Shirt: Everlane. Pants: Grana. Shoes: Vivobarefoot Gobi. Purse: Coach.

Things have been an awkward mess lately and so am I.

Saturday the husband and I did some damage to the weed pit situation that is our flower beds. I took the electric hedge trimmers and gave the holly bushes out front a very bad buzz cut. I cut them back much lower than before, but that’s because I’m tired of them creeping up so much. I may work on removing them this week. The flower bed along the driveway was completely ripped up. Some of the plants we tore right out and others we trimmed back to tiny nubbins. It was nice getting a foot of space back on our already narrow driveway. The husband wants to tear out all the plants and put rocks down until we can afford to repave the whole driveway. It would be a lot of work, but at least we wouldn’t be fighting plants when we open the car doors next to the house.

Just now I heard a noise and our dumb cat, Bento, was so worked up from seeing a squirrel outside the window he body slammed into it and then bounced backwards. I saw him at the moment he wobbled to keep balance, but then fell on his butt down to the floor. He then jumped right back up on the window sill and is huffing and puffing, furious at the squirrel outside. He does this somewhat regularly. He forgets there’s a pane of glass in front of him and then slams himself into the window because his little kitty mind is too actively trying to chase the critters outside. I really wonder if he’s somehow given himself head damage from how many times he’s done that.



Sweater: Everlane. Pants: Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto. Shoes: Vivobarefoot Gobi. Jacket: EMS.

Although the office was rather uneventful, I was constantly busy after work. The husband is still sick so aside from my usual workout routine (weight lifting) today, I also made dinner, finished some laundry, went to the vet for cat food (prescription), and stopped by the grocery store for a few things. This is the first time, aside from dinner, that I’ve sat down since I got home.

It’s rainy and cool outside, which is kinda odd for this time of year. In general it’s been much cooler and everyone keeps talking about how we’re going to have a bad winter.

Outfits and illness


Saturday: Sweater and Pants: Everlane. Jacket: Journal Standard. Shoes: Vivobarefoot Gobi.

It was cold and rainy. The husband and I ventured out to run errands at a mall and later we went out to a fantastic sushi restaurant that’s a 4 minute drive from our house. We really need to go there more often. The jacket is “new” to me. It came in my Japanese package the other week, but I’ve not had a chance to wear it yet. I’d not heard of Journal Standard before, but apparently they are rather popular for clothing that is similar to 45rpm in style. The jacket is full 100% linen and is the softest linen I’ve ever felt. I would say it’s on par with my bedsheets, which are also full linen and I’ve been sleeping on those for over a year. The weight of this linen is incredibly heavy, so it makes the jacket feel more substantial.


Sunday: Top: Banana Republic. Skirt: Yohji Yamamoto. Shoes: Chinese Laundry.

Sunday I spent lounging around the house until I had to get dressed to go out for a friend’s wedding. I wanted to take photos at the house beforehand, but we were running late so the husband took these photos at the hotel. The skirt is the third item I have from Yohji-sama and it’s crushed velvet with some contrast edging in a sturdy cotton. This skirt can technically be worn as pants as well, but I just wore it as a skirt so the other “leg” go behind me. That leg also has the trim on it and not the main part of the skirt so it makes it slightly asymmetrical. Unlike the other items I have that are labeled Y’s, this one is just labeled Yohji Yamamoto on the inside. The shoes I’m wearing are the only heeled, fancy shoes I have. I think my Frye shoes are the same height. Luckily these shoes run a little big on me even though they are the size I normally wear, so the back didn’t irritate my ankle at all.


Tuesday: Shirt: Yesstyle. Jeans: Grana. Shoes: Lems.

I didn’t take a photo Monday because I didn’t get out of my pjs at all the entire day. The husband was sickly Sunday night and proceeded to get worse Monday. I was mildly hung over and it was hot out so neither of us did much other than lounge around. He binge watched Narcos and I binge played Animal Crossing New Leaf.

Today I’m tired and didn’t put much effort into my outfit. The husband is even worse today. He’s got a low grade fever now so he called out of work. I think because I was such a slug yesterday I didn’t sleep well and wasn’t prepared to go back to work today.

Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto


Shirt: 45rpm. Pants: Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto. Shoes: Vivobarefoot Gobi.

“You look cute today” was the first thing my husband said when I came home from work. This made me incredibly happy because I felt good wearing this outfit. It was raining all day and the temperature is about 30 degrees cooler than usual for this time of year, so I felt like wearing warmer clothes and boots.

Both of these items are new and from the packages I received last week. I’m incredibly happy to have clothes from 45rpm. I always admired their indigo dyed collections and the quality really shows, even in something as simple as this long sleeve shirt. The cotton is thick and feels substantial. I love the three line stitches at the collar, sleeves and bottom. The top part has a button I can undo if I wanted to, but I prefer the keyhole look. I will have to undo it to get the shirt off though. It is indigo dyed and there’s a tag in the shirt that mentions how the color may change over time with several washings and to only wash it with like colors. I washed it when I got it in cold water with other navy and dark blue clothes I had.

The pants I was afraid of buying, but so glad I decided to do it. I got them from the ROSEN store, which is run by Gracia Ventus. I’ve been a follower of her blog for a while and really excited to see how her store has grown so much over the years. She specializes in avant-garde clothing and has even branched out into her own designs, which I’m loving quite a bit. There were another pair of Yohji pants in her store I’d been wanting, but waited too long and someone else got them before me. So I looked at the ones next on my list from her store that I liked and noticed they were listed as XS. I’ve never worn Japanese clothes so I wasn’t sure where I fell in with their system. Generally I think I’m a size 1 in tops and maybe dresses, but then a size 2 in pants and skirts based on the measurements. I was conflicted about an XS because I think that equates to a US size 2, but could also be 0 – neither of which would work for me. I emailed her asking about the pants and she assured me I could fit them, but I might have to really extend the side buckles (or maybe not even use them at all). She even sent me a detailed photo of the buckle in question so I could get a better idea of what I’d be working with. I decided to pull the trigger on them and bought the pants plus a Yohji skirt (I’m going to wear to a wedding this weekend).

I am glad I wrote to her and bought the pants. They fit even better than the skirt and I thought the skirt would be the easy item out of the two. I can actually use the buckles on both sides – just. There is a tiny bit of the tab at the end and I’m ok with that. They fit as snug on my waist as the Everlane E2 pants. I’ve got just a teensy bit of wiggle room, but they aren’t too tight, even after eating. I love the big, draping pleats up front, the baggy legs, and how they taper down at the ankles. So very 80s. They do hike up a little when I sit, but I’m not bothered by it.


I ironed these a little the same night I ironed the Ys shirt I talked about yesterday. You really do notice a lot of things about the design of clothing when you iron them. The ends of the pants have the teeniest curve in them where the stitches meet on the inside seam and both legs are perfect stitched that way. Those tiny details make me sigh and give me all the more reason to love these clothes.


These boots are barefoot style, meaning they roll up and flex easily and feel almost like moccasins. That’s how much ground feel I get with them. I wore them religiously last winter. There’s shearling on the inside to make them warm. I won’t say they are perfectly warm (regardless of what the company says) because my feet did get cold when I was tromping through snow last winter in them, but with wool socks or walking around a lot my feet were fine. I do have a small brace on my left ankle to give that leg more stability as I deal with tendonitis, so the boot on that foot looks a little weird and so will other shoes I’ll be wearing while using the brace.

I wore these boots on Sunday for a hiking trip I took with some friends and even though I felt the rocks under my feet I was still perfectly comfortable in them. I may be wearing these a lot again this year as well. They seem to be a go-to for me.

PSA – Newbies to barefoot shoes beware: you have to build up a tolerance for this sort of thing to be able to hike much in this style of shoe. I’ve been wearing barefoot styles for a few years now so my feet aren’t as sore, nor are my joints or back after walking/hiking for a few hours in them. I like wearing these styles of shoes despite the limited amount of styles available in them. I rather have comfortable feet than painful feet in tight shoes.