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.

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.

Working out in winter.

 

before

Yohji Yamamoto shirt – Girlfriend Collective leggings – Dries Van Noten shoes

We’ve had some really cold weather lately so even though it’s technically not winter – it feels like it. In fact, we’ve already had snow (last week). When it’s cold, it’s always harder to motivate myself to exercise. Most of my work clothes are easily warm and comfortable enough for me to wear into the evening until I take my nightly shower before bed. However, I am trying to keep up my workout routine for my sanity (it really helps on the emotional front) and I developed a “trick” last winter and am doing it again to keep myself in check. On most days I will wear some part of my workout outfit under my work outfit. In today’s case, I literally only had to take off the Yohji shirt (I had the Everlane one on underneath for warmth and I wore my workout bra all day – most of mine are comfortable enough for that) and change my shoes. Like so…

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I’ll admit – some days this doesn’t work and even though I’m all geared up I simply can’t muster up the strength to force myself down one flight of stairs to the cold basement to work out. *Insert single, tiny violin solo for First World Problems and emo whining here* Most days it does work though and lately because I know it’s helping me emotionally, I’m all in.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving for those in the US. We are going low-key this year and doing basic get together at the in-laws.

Forgetting days

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Yesstyle linen top – Yohji Yamamoto pant – Land’s End cardigan – Frye Carly Chukkas

I forgot I took my camera to work and had to adjust the white balance for taking photos in the shop. When I got home I hadn’t put my setting back so the lighting for this photo isn’t the best.

I wasn’t feeling all that great and needed to wear safe outfits, so I went with an old standby and threw on the cardigan for extra warmth. I then realized I kinda wanted another cardigan to wear at work and remembered last year how I didn’t always like how this one went with outfits I wore. This doesn’t look bad, but I think a cooler toned cardigan would’ve looked nicer.

Sometimes the work week and weekends move by so fast I forget what happened when.

Starting the layering game

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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.

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.

Little steps

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Yohji Yamamoto shirt and skirt – Limi Feu sweater – Nisolo shoes

This skirt forces me to make little steps and today that’s a good thing. It’s got the right structure to keep me in work mode and I found myself taking time to think more about the work I was doing.

I also tore up my shopping list for after work. I really didn’t need anything on it.

Being still

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Yohji Yamamoto sweater – Grana tank top – Uniqlo pant – Fog Linen house slippers

I’m posting this weekend photo simply because Michelle’s comment about this sweater being special and only for lounging around proved to be exactly true. I’ve been fighting off the plague making the office rounds and for the past week I’ve had a slightly sore throat. I’ll start off the day fine, but within a couple hours my throat starts up and then some days I’ll get a few body chills or aches, but nothing too bad to incapacitate me or make me want to leave work. Over the weekend I started to feel worse and stayed in this room – my study – all day drinking lots of hot tea and playing easy, mindless video games. This sweater definitely helped make me aware of not needing to move too much and force me to be still so I can recover. It’s also extremely warm for being so lightweight.

Ruckenfigur

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Banana Republic cashmere sweater – Yohji Yamamoto skirt – Frye Carly Chukkas

Rückenfigur: A figure seen from behind used as a compositional device in art.

I was thinking today about how we always show the front of our outfits, but what about the back? Since most details for clothes tend to be on the front facing side of them, the back tends to be plain and unadorned and ignored. I noticed the back of my outfit in the bathroom at work and thought maybe something simple like this looks best.

Still sore, but not going to exercise today. I need to take a break. My legs almost gave out on me a few times in the office today.

Attack of the DOMS

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Journal Standard Jacket – Yohji Yamamoto shirt – Limi Feu sweater – Y-3 leggings – Dries Van Noten shoes

I am extremely sore from starting up my weight training routine. Part of me loves that feeling, but part of me also hates it. I’m a little too sore now for it to be enjoyable in that I’m getting stronger! sort of way.

This outfit is the closest I’ve ever been to wearing a dress in the past…. 3 years? Granted, the leggings helped. I have a few Y3 items and realized their sizing is really weird. These leggings are an XS and still are baggy and big on me. Apparently they do make XXS, but those were sold out. This outfit is definitely something different for me. Even though traditionally it’s out of my comfort zone, I felt really comfortable wearing it and know that I may wear it again. The sweater is so incredibly warm I was almost hot part of the day.