Catching up

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Top: Everlane. Pants: Uniqulo. House Slippers: Muji.

I wasn’t certain if I was going out this day or not. I think this was last Thursday. I ended up staying home and doing more cleaning. I’m wearing a new shirt here, the square mock neck from Everlane. The cotton is very soft and the shirt is rather cropped, but not too bad. I like how open the sleeves are. It’ll be a decent layering piece in cooler weather. I also got the slim long-sleeve crew in black, but probably won’t wear that for a while since the weather is getting hot again, but that’ll be another decent layering piece.

Most blogs I follow have been talking about the Everlane jeans and they were a complete non-event for me. The styles and colors were highly predictable and boring. I’m not in the market for fitted jeans like that anymore, so I’ve zero interest in them. Also, I’m not overly impressed with their new Goweave easy pant. Take a look at the photo above. The pants I’m wearing here look nearly identical to the ones Everlane just put out. These are from Uniqlo and they hardly wrinkle at all and were a third of the cost for the Everlane pant. I took this photo after I’d been running around the house, crawling on the floor to pick up things and they don’t look overly wrinkled at all. They also have a hidden elastic waist and faux zipper panel that looks a little more polished than the Everlane ones, IMO.

I get a strange feeling that Everlane is just churning out stuff to churn it out anymore and by doing so I feel like they are turning into a pseudo-fast-fashion type of place as a result. Their catalog has grown enormous over the past two years. They aren’t a bad company at all, but I feel like they’ve gotten a bit too big for their britches and are now trying to compete more with the fast fashion industry instead of stand above it. I’d prefer to buy stuff from them over most fast fashion places, but anymore I’m just not impressed by their predictable styles. I feel like I’m browsing a Banana Republic or J Crew catalog, but without as many patterns.

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Shirt and pants: Fantasy Linen. Shoes: Lems Nine2five. Hat: old – from a shop in the Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite Nat’l Park.

This was Saturday and the hubs and I went to a nearby Ren Faire. I was sweating up a storm and I was wearing light clothes. The people in period costumes with metal (the knights) and leathers must’ve been stifling! I’m glad I wore loose, airy clothes. We both got some sun. Mine turned more into a tan and the husband is now peeling because he burned a bit. Looking at this photo – I feel like I’m looking at someone about to go work in a rice paddy.

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Shirt: Banana Republic. Pants: Uniqlo. Shoes: Lems Nine2five.

I wore this to an interview. Risky I know because the shirt is sleeveless, but the office was connected to a warehouse. It’s hard to tell what’s ok with “business casual” though for offices. Some think business casual is actually a suit without the jacket and others allow jeans. The interview went very well though. It’s promising that I’m getting interviews so soon.

The weather is heating up again – ugh. I’m ready for real autumn weather. I was very disheartened to see it might creep up to 90F for my birthday next week. I hate hot weather.

 

Grunge

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Tee: Grand Teton Nat’l Park. Flannel shirt: Uniqlo. Jeans: Grana. Shoes: Lems Nine2five.

I guess I was channeling my high school self with this sorta 90s grunge look. Two week old chipped nail varnish and all. I knew I was going to do a bit of much needed cleaning around the house, so I put on clothes I wouldn’t care if they got dirty or messed up.

While cleaning my new shoes arrived. I’d ordered Lems Nine2five shoes because while I like the Nisolo shoes, they aren’t going to cut it with my tendonitis. I may consider selling them. I did want to get a black casual oxford-ish shoe though and so I decided to try Lems.

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I’d actually bought these shoes in one of the brown colors around a year ago, but returned them. I ordered them in the recommended size for my foot (I’m a size 8 so that meant I got a size 40 according to their chart), but they were way too big. I wear a size 40 in the Primal 2 and they fit perfectly, but with the Nine2five my heels were slipping out and the ends made me feel like I was wearing brown clown shoes. I looked at the site and 40 was the lowest size they had at the time, so just returned them. This time, I decided to go with black and they have sizes as low as 35 on the site now. I bought a 39 (which correlates to a size 7-7.5) and they fit great now. I don’t feel like I’ve got on clown shoes and my heels don’t slip out. I really don’t get Lems sizing at all. They say their charts are different for Nine2fives/ Boulder as compared to Primal 2, but when I look at the size I should be wearing – it’s the same size for all of them? I knew that wouldn’t work, so I’m glad I went with the size below. If anyone is interested, I’d recommend getting your normal shoe size (according to their chart) for Primal 2 and then size down one for the other (leather) kinds.

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One of the shoes (left) may look funny in the pics because I am wearing my ankle brace for my tendonitis. I deliberately got Lems because I knew I could wear them comfortably with my brace on. They leather is soft and the shoes easily allow for extra room all around. They do provide a little more structure and less ground feel than Primal 2. I wore them while cleaning most of the afternoon and can tell I’ll be wearing them a lot. No break in time needed. Also, the black ones I think look a bit better in person than they do on the site (there they look really boring). I think they will work well for office attire as well. The only con to them is the short shoe laces. The laces also look rather bad and I might try to find nicer looking ones. I think it would help them look a little more office appropriate with better laces as well.

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Ankle brace on non-rolled up jean leg. The brace makes shoes look a little fat.

Unnecessary

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Shirt: Banana Republic. Skirt: Yesstyle. House slippers: Muji.

I lost my job last week. I wasn’t sure if I would mention it here or not, but suddenly I’m finding it extremely difficult to want to do these photos, let alone even bother with a blog anymore.

It came as a shock to me and while I still like my old boss, he sucks at managing his company. My position was completely axed because he needs the money for another more necessary full time position. It is definitely one he’s needed for a while and it’s good that he’s finally getting his head on straight to do that, but I can’t help but be incredibly bitter that it’s at my expense.

I don’t hate him or anyone else there for what’s happened. I simply know for a fact that I could’ve been better utilized at that company and their failure (and partially mine) to make me more valuable lies on them. I did ask to do more there, but I was always told that it shouldn’t interfere with my duties. I wanted to do more work like what they were doing and I was allowed to learn about it plenty, but I was never really allowed or taken seriously about actively contributing.

What’s most frustrating right now is the fact that over the past several years I was given bonuses and rewards and always told WE NEED YOU by the management. Even in my last review 6 months ago I was told I was needed and necessary to helping the company running smoothly. Now, suddenly, that’s not the case. It is more crushing for me mentally and emotionally than anything else. All of a sudden I’m not needed and I’m not necessary. I know it was hard on my boss to let me go, but it doesn’t dismiss the fucking crushing depression I’m feeling now. In essence, I feel betrayed.

I will be continuing with this blog, but posts may be a bit sporadic while I deal with this.

Things fall apart

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

Friday

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

Monday

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.

Busy

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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

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.

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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

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.

Just today

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Shirt: Everlane. Pants: Brass Clothing. Shoes: Allbirds.

“Your outfit looks really good today.” An intern said this to me while getting coffee in the kitchen. At first, my inner snark wanted to reply, just today? but I decided to shrug it off and said, “I just threw it on this morning.”  She said whenever she threw on clothes in the morning she never looks half as put together as I do. I just smiled at the compliment.

Later on I came across articles on different sites about how people can have multiple selves when it comes to fashion. Each day is different so we present a different side of ourselves and that’s reflected in how we dress. A person can be coherent with their wardrobe (uniforms or same structure styles in outfits) or near schizophrenic, exhibiting a variety of styles and silhouettes. I used to think I wanted to be a uniform type of person, but now I’m not so sure. But this got me thinking about the intern’s comment. She didn’t mean it negatively in any way I’m sure, but rather, something about my outfit today  resonated with her.

My outfits yesterday and today are generally the same. I’m wearing a striped shirt and black pants with slip-on shoes. However, the styles of the clothing differ. Today’s shirt is a button-down and the stripes are vertical instead of horizontal. Although not entirely fitted, the shirt is also more structured than yesterday’s. The pants today are form-fitting and closer to the norm for most black pants women wear. The pants yesterday were structural, but in a slightly more formal fashion and they were large in the legs, which is not normally seen. I almost wore my TOMS again, but changed to the Allbirds because I felt wearing the TOMS would be too boring. Honestly, I prefer yesterday’s look to today’s.

I talked to the husband about my tendonitis woes and how either I can wear the moon boot again, or see how well this brace works out. I also might get a different brace for wearing to bed. He suggested I just wear this one and so I thought about how I could do so comfortably. Yesterday I wore my soft brace without any socks and realized it was far too itchy. The company recommends wearing socks under the brace and I’m guessing comfort is a big reason for that. However, it would irritate me to sleep with just one foot covered in a sock and I generally don’t like wearing socks to bed.

What I needed was a sock-let type of thing. I don’t have many long socks, but my husband has half a drawer full and he’s still got some that have never been worn even though he got them 3 years ago. I asked to have a pair of his socks and I wouldn’t be able to return them because I needed to cut them. He gave me a pair and I cut off the very ends so the socks fit on the areas I need them to while wearing the brace. Also, since the socks were long, I could fold them over the brace, which would make it more comfortable to wear at night (I’m a side sleeper).

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This is the sock-let experiment result. The top part of the sock is completely folded over the velcro bits of the brace so I have sock covering the inside and outside scratchy parts.

I didn’t sleep as well last night as normal because I was aware of the brace most of the night, but I think I could get used to it. What surprised me was how comfortable I was today while wearing this. The ponte pants were stretchy enough to fit over the brace and even cover up the sock parts so it didn’t look weird. I highly doubt anyone even noticed I was wearing a brace.

I’d read that wearing a brace at night to keep the foot from flexing too much would help in addition to wearing a brace during the day, so I’m trying this out for a while. And by a while, I mean probably a few months. I did notice yesterday that my bump, which wasn’t huge to begin with, is already decreasing in size.

I. Will. Beat. This. Mother. Fucking. Tendonitis.