This is for posterity

Work, personified this week:

Wesley whimpering = me.

Also, why is dealing with clients akin to that scared feeling of having a tooth pulled in the frightening manner of putting a string around it and waiting in anxiety for someone across the room to slam the door?

Thursday: Knock Knock linen top, YY skirt, Frye shoes.

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I’ve been so much about shoes lately and yet all I want to wear are these Frye ones because they are the most comfortable. They are also the most beat up.

Friday: Grana tank top, Everlane button down, Rachel Comey Lure pant, Jil Sander shoes.

friday

I ended up leaving work early because something upset my stomach. I had felt off the night before and when I woke up I was nauseous and only got worse throughout the day. I’m not sure what it was, but hopefully I’m over it now. I ended buying take-out from a Japanese place for dinner since I was craving udon noodle soup. It did not disappoint although I was terrified the clams in the soup might set me off. Luckily they didn’t, but I didn’t eat them. Do food allergies only work if you directly eat the item in question? I thought that since they were cooking in the broth the soup base itself might be questionable then. The terror of it making my condition worse didn’t stop me from enjoying the soup though. Have I mentioned Stubborn is my middle name?

yuki and bento

Yuki and Bento. When I was taking photos off my camera I saw these and realized Z had taken some random photos again. I can see why he took it though – this is a rare moment where they both are in the same space and not fighting. They generally tolerate each other and only in dire situations (aka winter) will they curl up together to sleep, but even that is limited. Normally, Bento chases Yuki and she screams bloody murder. There have been several instances of Z and I walking into a room after hearing a commotion and seeing them rolling across the floor in a mass of hissing and screaming claws and limbs.

Archana‘s post about house plants rekindled a little flame I’ve had going in me since we’ve moved into this house. When I lived in Oklahoma I always had lots of house plants. The weather is much warmer there and cold seasons don’t last too long. My running joke about that state was there are two seasons: summer and January. I used to be the Plant Mom and friends who had plants that were dying always gave them to me to care for. However, that’s changed since I’ve been living on the east coast where there are still only two seasons: rain-forest-humid-with-a-side-of-sun and Antarctica. The summers here are ten times more humid that I ever expected they would be and then the winters are so dry Bento is trained to wince when we pet him between November and March (Yuki freaks out from the static and runs away). This house does get a decent amount of light, but the drastic temperature changes make keeping house plants extremely difficult. But I do miss having lots of plants like I used to and will try to make more of an effort to keep them alive.

 

Give me all the long skirts

Once again I’m sorta brain dead (from work of course) and don’t really have much to say.  I have a couple new items I’ve bought and I’m ready for my hair appointment NOW even though it’s next week.

Last Friday: Yesstyle linen top, Grana jeans, Jil Sander shoes.

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Monday: Ann Demeulemeeser top, Uniqlo pant, Dries Van Noten shoes.

The shoes are new and I got them from TRR on final sale. I fell in love with the ombre look of them and had been stalking them for a while. As soon as I got them I panicked because I thought they’d be too small, but they fit a bit better than expected. The toe box area is fine but the mid section and heel were tight. So I ordered some shoe stretchers and they helped tremendously. I’m completely amazed at how much more comfortable the shoes are now. I don’t know what kind of leather they are, but they do wrinkle up quite a bit. I’m not bothered by that and figure with time it’ll add some charm to them.

mondayDries Van Noten shoes

Tuesday: Everlane top, YY pant, Lems shoes.

This outfit was very comfortable and I thought I looked rather good in it – with the exception of the shoes. I was stretching out my other shoes more and it was raining all day so I didn’t want to wear my EF mules. The photo I don’t think is doing this outfit any justice at all. Also, Yuki looks a little mental.

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Wednesday: old black top, Yohji Yamamoto skirt, Dries Van Noten shoes.

I’m still astonished I got this skirt for $33 on TRR. I looked it over several times when it arrived, thinking it surely had to be a fake, but no, it’s the real deal. The token wool fabric, which is exactly like the pant in the photo above, the flawless stitching, the tags fully intact… Holy crap, did I really just get a YY item for only $33? This was another final sale item and I was apprehensive about it because it’s a size 3, which is technically “big” but I’ve found I need to size up in the more fitted clothes he makes. This is a perfect example of the designer size not meaning fuck-all. What it boils down to is knowing your own size backwards and forwards in inches and centimeters. The sizing in inches was indicated so I decided to take a gamble on it and it fits perfectly.

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I love the length. There is a slit in the front that comes up almost to my knees. It is a little tight for walking, but not annoyingly so. In fact, I was rather glad the skirt was making me walk slower on my breaks today. I was kinda worried the flaps on the waist would look clownish, but I think they are the best detail of all now. There is some fraying at the seams on the flaps, but they don’t look so distorted to make the skirt seem dumpy or overly used. I can easily see myself wearing this skirt with tights and a big sweater in cooler weather.

YY has turned me into a skirt fan. I’ve never really liked skirts before and I still shy away from any skirt that’s knee length or above. I have my eyes on a wool CdG skirt that is big and fluffy and looks perfect for layering in winter weather. I’ve noticed that YY skirts are more fitted for straight styled silhouettes and Morticia Addams-esque in their design, which I love. Most CdG skirts are bulbous and fluffy looking. I didn’t think I’d like that, but I’m willing to experiment with that kind of silhouette simply because they look comfortable.

Blink

After a meeting today, my boss mentioned October was barely two months away. This realization hit me hard because by then I’ll have gone to my first conference and my birthday pass. There have been so many times this year where I’ve thought, “Oh I’ve got time” and then Boom – a month passes and I barely register it at all because I’ve been busy. Time is flying by incredibly fast with this job and if I blink I end up missing something – like a week – before noticing it was important or having the time to acknowledge it.

I won’t say I want to slow things down due to the simple fact that I can’t. If anything, this summer has been “slow” and we are now starting to ramp up for “busy season”.  I’ve been given another client and taken on new duties related to marketing for the company.   My “slow” time hasn’t necessarily been all that relaxing, but it’s not been breaking my back yet either.

In non-work related things I’m jumping back into my workout routine again. I started on Monday and I’m a sore mess now. It’s kinda amazing how not doing certain exercises after a short amount of time can affect muscle memory and pain tolerance levels. It’s a reminder to me that I need to keep it up. My ankle is doing better, very gradually. I still do my exercises and stretches for it and so far I’ve not had any issues running.

Now, as I mentioned in a previous post, I’m all about upping my shoe game. The “precious” shoes I mentioned were delivered, but they ended up being too small. So despite them being beautiful and perfect and exactly what I wanted, I had to return them because I couldn’t justify spending that ridiculous amount of money for shoes that I knew I would struggle with and not want to wear. The really bad side was they were literally the only size left so I couldn’t even exchange for a larger if I wanted. I have another pair of shoes on the way and have my eyes on a few more.

And now for the fun fact time: I make homemade ice cream. Several years ago I made All The Ice Cream Flavors (sort of – at least the ones I wanted) and then working a lot sort of dried up all motivation. I recently started up again and found making the custard for the ice creams very therapeutic because it was a simple task but I still had to keep a certain amount of focus on it – like not letting the eggs get scrambled from being too hot. So far this summer I’ve made blueberry, dark chocolate, dark chocolate with peanut butter swirl, chestnut honey (my favorite!) and peach. The fruit ones I’ve not been too keen on because they ended up more icy than I’d have liked. I’m ALL about making the honey one again. Chestnut honey isn’t as sweet and has a sort of earthy flavor to it, which is totally up my alley. I want to try making a jasmine tea with honey ice cream next. It’s a good thing I ramped up the exercise because I’ll need it from eating all this ice cream.

Here are the outfits so far this week:

Monday: YY top and suit dress, Eileen Fisher shoes. It was damn hot and wearing this dress made the day much more bearable. Someone in the office said they liked my apron.

monday

Tuesday: Rosen top, Issey Miyake pant, Frye shoes. It always amused me when I get the “once over” from fellow coworkers. I’ve noticed with one of them that I get it a lot. It’s like each day she grades my outfit – not in a bad way because she doesn’t say anything, but it’s obvious she takes note of it. I’m not bothered by it because I’m usually too busy, but on the days I see her I see it happen.

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Wednesday: YY top and pant, Eileen Fisher shoes. I did bring a cardigan but didn’t need it. I was warm enough in the office (after adjusting the AC the day before) that I’m more comfortable now in sleeveless or short sleeve shirts.

wednesday

Today during a break we talked about the death of malls. There’s one ten minutes from my house that was considered “the nice one” for a long time, but over the past five years so many shops have closed up it looks rather depressing now. Also, Macy’s Backstage reminds me of a really bad wannabe Nordstrom Rack. Maybe it’s more on par with Stein Mart?

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.

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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.

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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.