Enter the season of crap lighting for OOTDs.

daylight gone

Vince turtleneck – Everlane shirt – Won Hundred pant – Coach boots

I really hate Daylight Savings. I’d rather have more light at the end of the day than the beginning. I’ve never entirely understood the point of daylight savings in general. It’s always been annoying.

I got out my photography light with the diffuser umbrella and I think I have decent enough lighting now. It’s only going to get worse as the season goes on so I figured it would be best to try and figure out a good lighting routine now. I feel like last year I was all over the place with lighting on my photos. This isn’t great, but it’s the best I can do for now.

 

Warm spell

warm spell

Vince linen top – Won Hundred pant – Jil Sander shoes

We’ve had a warm spell over the past few days, which I’ve appreciated quite a bit. I’m still not ready to wear wool socks again for 4 months.

The trees look amazing right now and it’s very odd that most of them still have their leaves. Normally we’re wading in leaves in the front yard by now.

 

Layering

beige

Knock Knock Linen top – Land’s End cardigan – Won Hundred Pant – Frye Carly Chukkas

The weather turned and it is now properly chilly out. I am needing more layers for inside the office and out. I was comfortable enough in this outfit and the chukkas helped keep my ankles warm.

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These gorgeous Clergerie boots will also keep my ankles warm and I am extremely tempted by them. As long as the ankles are covered, I’m good.

Near the limit

It’s hot. I hate.

Friday: Ann Demeulemeester top, Pas de Calais pant, Lems shoes.

Friday

Monday: Yesstyle linen top, Won Hundred pant, Jil Sander shoes.

monday

Tuesday: Rosen linen top, YY skirt, Dries Van Noten shoes.

tuesday

I think I’m nearing the point at which I’m comfortable with the size of my wardrobe. I have a few other items I want to get but then I might consider a clothing ban. I didn’t say shopping ban, but a clothing one because I don’t think I need much more. Items I still want to get:

  • Dress shirts for conferences/ client meetings – because this is going to be a thing I have to do now for my job and I need to be prepared.
  • Still on the hunt for black oxfords.
  • New pair of pumps for conferences/formal events…. maybe. I can make do with the wedges I have but wearing them all day isn’t ideal.
  • Sweater to replace one I am donating. I know which one I want as well, it’s just a matter of when I buy it.
  • YY shirt (used, available at Rakuten) that’s been on my wishlist for ages and I don’t know why I haven’t gotten it yet.
  • Rosen Hakama pant – because I’ve been obsessing about those as well for a long time and I should just bite the bullet. They will be my token super wide leg pant.

Over this past weekend I looked through pages and pages of tops on TRR. I “liked” several of them and then when I went back to look at what I liked, I noticed a weird trend:

  • I like baroque, but don’t want to wear it. I’m totally attracted to big, ruffly sleeves at the cuffs and/or shoulders, lots of buttons that would be a total pain in the ass to button/unbutton and lots of darting – everywhere – front, back, sleeves… ALL the darting to create a fitted silhouette. The likelihood of me buying stuff like that and wearing it is next to nil. Note: elastic ruffled cuffs are still fugly to me.
  • I find Tory Burch boring as all hell. There’s a ton of her tops on TRR.
  • Hobo/peasant style tops repulse me for some reason and this probably goes into why I don’t like Tory Burch clothes. There’s a plethora of that style made by her.
  • I love all the wild color combinations of Diane Von Furstenberg and Missoni, but I would never wear them. Also, DVF has a thing for making wrap shirts that look really nice, but make me wonder how practical they are for wearing in the office.
  • I do like V neck shirts, but can’t wear them that low in the office.
  • I still gravitate to grey. I will always love grey.
  • MY KINGDOM FOR A DEEP FOREST GREEN SHIRT. Why are they all that boring, muted olive/army green??!
  • There are a LOT of silk shirts on TRR, but are any of them good quality? I am loathe to buy a silk shirt because I keep thinking of the Everlane one I had that was kinda crap to begin with due to being so thin.
  • I do not like red or yellow. I am slightly attracted to red in a pattern, but as a whole, it doesn’t do anything for me. I’m also attracted to browns, but then feel weird when I wear them so I usually stay away from those as well.

Too old for concert trenches

Yesterday I took a day off work so Z and I could spend it together to hang out. He bought tickets for Radiohead a while back and we decided to make it a day in the city and then head to the stadium at the end. We had a nice brunch and went to a museum showing an exhibit about gaming history and had all sorts of consoles for people to interact with. After a quick dinner at a pub down the street from the museum we went to to the stadium, waited in line for an hour and secured a decent spot about 30 feet from the stage for the night.

The show itself was great. Radiohead mostly played Kid A, In Rainbows, A Moon Shaped Pool, and OK Computer songs – most of which were the more low-key kind. There was a nice mellow tone throughout the show, which was an interesting change for me. I’ve seen them 5 times and this was the most chilled out setlist I’ve seen them play. I’m glad I got to see it.

However, I realized I’m getting old enough to really dislike everything that comes with getting floor tickets for a stadium show. Being surrounded by pot smokers, getting bumped into a million times during the show by that guy/girl who flails like a fish out of water, aka “dancing”, and being engulfed by the general smell of a specific contingent of concert goers who have next to no idea what the word hygiene means. Every once in a while I’d get a blast of refreshing, cool AC air, but then I’d cringe because Eau d’Hipster-Who-Hasn’t-Bathed-In-A-Week would shortly follow. Waiting in line to get in, standing your ground in the GA area and then dealing with all that mess mentioned above for so many years of shows has worn me down. I know that some people love it and will live it to the end or as long as they can stand, but I think this may be my last one.

Monday: Knock Knock Linen shirt, Won Hundred pant, Frye shoes.

Monday

Tuesday: Rosen linen shirt, Uniqlo pant, Jil Sander shoes.

tuesday

Wednesday: (skipped/forgot to take photo while on my day off).
Thursday: Yesstyle linen top, YY pant, Frye shoes.

thursday

I was exhausted today so I wanted to wear an outfit I’m super comfortable in, hence this repeat. I wear this combo a lot and it just works for me.

We got home around 12:30 and I crashed in bed at 1 am. I’m so spoiled by my routine that going to bed this late wrecks me anymore.

Weekend staple

Thursday outfit and all the silly things I keep in my study: Everlane top, Won Hundred pant, Lems shoes.

thursday

Z took this photo and wanted to get Yuki in the shot. The photo shows more my collection of manga and animal crossing figurines than anything else.

Friday: Grana tank, Banana Republic denim shirt, Y’s pant, Adidas shoes.

friday

While I don’t always wear jeans on “casual Friday” or dress casually in the way many do for the office, I always make sure to wear comfy shoes whenever I can.

Sunday: Yosemite tee, Uniqlo linen pant.

post hike

This is a post-hike photo. Z wanted to go out to a park so we went to one of our stand-bys and it was crowded. However, we tend to meander off into the woods on the less taken trails – or rather trails that no one uses anymore and are so overgrown and full of mud no one in their right mind would bother hiking them anymore. Yep, that’s how we roll. We both came back with muddy shoes and pants.

Weekend usual: cotton top from Yesstyle and Ys pant.weekend

I wore this outfit all day Saturday and put it on again after I showered when we got home from our hike. Who knew lightweight wool pants would become my summer staple. I seriously love these and want to wear them all the time.

I’ve spent several hours catching up on Accidental Icon posts and finally remembered to add it in my regular blog list. I really like the weekend links she posts.  And I’ve decided I want everything from Margaret Howell’s Autumn ’18 collection.

Also, I made a very expensive shoe purchase and am anxiously awaiting my precious to arrive. Unlike clothes, I tend to have a longer running relationship with shoes. I wear them down and they have holes and stains and tears and all manner of scars on them by the time they are retired. The slippers in the above photo are a perfect example. There’s three holes in them right now but I can’t be bothered to buy new ones because I haven’t found any others I like yet. So when it comes to buying shoes, I don’t feel so bad splurging because if I like them enough I know they will be The Ones I wear until death. I’m still wearing the Lems shoes that are cracking because the leather is cheap. They are comfortable and an easy black shoe to wear so while they aren’t doing my outfits any favors I still wear them. Chalk it up to laziness in a way, but until I find the right replacements I keep almost hate-wearing my old shoes. I’m leaning more towards quality now in shoes versus easy wear, especially since I have an ankle condition to consider. I can wear my Frye shoes and they don’t bother my ankle at all so it is possible for me to wear good shoes that look nice and not be worried about my ankle getting all lumpy by the end of the day.

Jeans annoy me.

Wednesday: 45 rpm top, Won Hundred pants, Jil Sander shoes. Bento came running and flopped in the sun spot while I was setting up for this photo. He was afraid I’d close the curtains and block out his sun spot.

wednesday

The blue in the shoes (warm toned, kinda purple-ish) clashed with the blue in my shirt (cool toned). Oh well. It was amusing to me at the least.

Today there is no photo because I’m wearing a company polo shirt and Grana jeans with my Adidas runners. We had yet another outdoor company shindig and even though I wasn’t planning on running around much, I ended up doing ALL THE THINGS last minute in preparation.

I wore jeans because I couldn’t think of anything else to wear with the company top, which is a super bright blue and not something I normally wear. But now the day is over and I’m at home I’m noticing just how annoyed I am at wearing jeans. It’s not that they don’t fit right, I just don’t feel half as comfortable in them as I do all the other pants in my collection. I need jeans that fit more like baggy pants because the hip hugging in them makes the waist slide down a little and then they feel awkward. It’s kinda amazing how it’s taken me this long to realize just how much I fuss with jeans when I used to wear them religiously. Nowadays I can’t stand jeans and will avoid them at all costs unless I’m cleaning or doing yard work. I am glad I wore them today because I was running around for the company event and getting them very dirty, which seems to be a theme now with jeans for me. They are worn for getting dirty.

I keep thinking about shoes because my shoe collection is greatly lacking. I only have a few I rotate out and while they work (sorta), I really do need some that are a bit more polished and definitely before the cold weather hits.

One last thing about the joy of enjoying clothes: Gretchen said it all perfectly here. I love wearing clothes and buying clothes and I do think about clothes a lot as well. I don’t feel bad about it and I won’t be made to feel guilty for how I spend my money. I’m getting over the idea of wearing work clothes only at work because I love wearing most of them any time now. The only problem with wearing them at home though is I have to do a thorough lint-rolling to get off all the cat hair before putting them away.

All the same

Tuesday: Yohji Yamamoto top, Won Hundred pants, Eileen Fisher mules.

thursday

This is the last of the new-to-me three YY items I’ve bought recently. Nothing overly ground breaking. A simple cotton short sleeve mock neck top. Not only am I starting to embrace more white in my wardrobe (at least for summer anyway…), I’m really enjoying buying second hand items like these. I could’ve easily gotten something similar that’s brand new and easily cost 1/3 of the price I paid for this top. However, it’s the quality that makes this worthwhile. This cotton is like the black tank and my turtleneck. I love it.

The greatest difficulty this week has been dressing for two kinds of weather, daily: Office and Summer. The office is freezing and I occasionally have to go outside to thaw out from the AC chill. So far, this summer has been stifling hot with so much humidity it’s hard to breathe outside. So I’m frozen indoors and turn into a puddle outside.

Thursday: Everlane top, Issey Miyake pants, Eileen Fisher mules.

Friday

Friday: 45rpm top, Grana jeans, Jil Sander shoes.

friday

Looking at this outfit, no one would know it was 90F outside. That’s how bad the AC chill in the office has me covering up. It’s ridiculous.

Saturday: Knock Knock Linen top, Grana jeans, Adidas shoes.

 

saturday

After the Friday night thunderstorms, the weather chilled out and Saturday was gorgeous. I’d hurt my back somehow exercising and was cursing myself for doing so because Saturday would’ve been perfect for doing much needed yard work. Instead, we drove out to our favorite orchard and bought several pints of blueberries and apricots. We always get lots of blueberries and freeze half of them so we have some to eat throughout the winter.

Afterwards, we went to a nice restaurant for lunch and then headed to the Bowman nature preserve. It’s a gated area people pay a fee to get into, but it’s got lots of hiking trails and has lots of information on local wildflowers and plants. They sell local plants they grow in the area and have a full visitor center with an education center and mini natural history museum. The hiking trails are short, but really nice and being in a completely forested area makes hiking there much more comfortable in the summer.

We hadn’t planned on going here, but I’m glad we did and our Saturday spent outside was more enjoyable this way than weeding than the yard.

Burned

Saturday I went to work and checked on a couple guys who were working on prototypes for me over the weekend. I figured that if the parts are going to be late, then I’d rather know what’s going on with them than be surprised Monday morning. By Monday only one part was done, so we shipped it and finished the others today. Luckily, my client is ok with it all. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted.

Sunday I spent almost all day working in the yard. We have huge holly bushes out front that attract a lot of bees in early spring. I really don’t like how big they are, but don’t want to pay to have them taken out entirely. So I trimmed them down almost to the ground, weeded one of the two flower bed areas with the bushes, and put down mulch. It’s ok if they come back and if they do, I’ll be sure to keep them trimmed and short. I also want to put a couple other plants around them. I’m hoping to weed the other area soon-ish. Our front yard looks a bit weird now with only one side mulched and nicely weeded while the other side looks like a disaster area. I wore a sleeveless shirt Sunday and was in direct sunlight most of the day. Despite putting on a little sunscreen in the morning… you get the idea. I burned the shit out of the back of my arms and shoulders.

Monday outfit: Knock Knock Linen shirt and Won Hundred pants and Lems shoes. I needed a soft top for my burnt arms and back. This worked out well.

Monday

I went to the orthopedic doc today for a follow up. Recovery is slow going, but it’s going. I only have two PT sessions left. Because they are so expensive, I won’t get a script renewal for them. Not that I don’t like going, but paying $100/week is racking up my credit card bill fast. The guy I work with is great and he’s given me a lot of ideas on things I can do at home to improve. It’s been interesting how my Physical Therapy has been more like having a Personal Trainer. I’m wrecked by the time my hour is done. My hips are sore, my knees wobbly, and I look like I just ran a marathon, aka a sweaty disheveled mess. Due to all the strength training I do during my sessions I’ve pretty much cut out all home exercising with the exception of walking/running.  In fact, I got some new trainers today and I’d like to go for a run, but that might really be pushing it after PT….

Tuesday: linen top and Yohji Yamamoto pants and Eileen Fisher mules. I needed something easy again. I’m really feeling sore now from my burn.

These YY pants are one of the best clothing purchases I’ve ever made. I’m glad it’s not as hot today so I could wear them. They are solid wool, although the weave makes them tolerable to wear in slightly warm weather. The high today is 80 and I’ve been perfectly fine in them. I love how these pants balloon out at the hips and taper in. I get some high-water looking action when I sit and I like that too. I love the deep side pockets and the high waist with the notch in the back that you can’t see at all in the photos. These were the very first YY item I bought and have brought me down the rabbit hole. I’ve bought so much more YY since then and have more on the way. I’m also really glad I’ve been buying used items. Even though they are still pricey for being used, I’m ok with that if they are in good condition. I can’t afford full price, but I think it’s a bit better to buy these items used than just buying new for the sake of having something new from a designer. Isn’t it also a testament to the talent of the designer to make clothes that are timeless regardless of when they were made? I think these pants are from the early 90s but I’m not sure. In any case, these are forever pants.

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Look at how red the back of my ears are! I had no idea they looked that red!