This is a skirt. And way too much ranting on running shoes.

Wednesday: Rosen linen top, Rachel Comey Menace Pant, Eileen Fisher mules.

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We’ve been wanting to go back to the restaurant where we were married for a while. It’s hands-down the best food to be had in a 50 mile radius and the biggest reason why we chose it for our wedding. It’s also very pricey. We had a gift card from Z’s dad and wanted to use it before our next anniversary. We tried to go a couple weeks ago but it was booked up until 9 pm and that late of a dinner doesn’t work for us.

Since the hotel is right off the river, there’s a walking bridge 50 feet away from the building and we also go for a walk on it – or in our case, more like a post dinner waddle.

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I don’t have a photo for Thursday because it was my last PT session and I forgot to take a picture that morning. I also had a follow up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon this week. He said unless my ankle got worse or started to bother me, there was no need to have any more visits. If in the next couple of months anything goes wrong, I could get an MRI.

The general verdict is: I still need to spend many many MANY more months strengthening my leg. I have a list of exercises to do at home now for flexibility and strength. I’ve been given the ok to run, but to build up at a glacial pace so I don’t overdo it again. Also, I might never be rid of the bump, which is slightly frustrating because that means I may always have problems wearing regular shoes with a hard back. The only thing that could technically get rid of it is surgery, but that would put me at square one again and I don’t want that. It’s also possible that over time it will eventually go away. How long that takes is anyone’s guess.

Friday: Ann Demeulemeester top, Uniqlo linen pants, Adidas Boston 7 shoes.

Friday

So how’s that for a funky, DGAF-because-it’s-Friday look?

These are my new trainers. Did I need to buy ones that have Boston Marathon on them with the the Unicorn mascot (on the back)? No, but damnit, they are slick looking and I got them at a hell of a discount AND they actually feel really good. Earlier in the week I went out to three different shoe stores to look for new running trainers and hated everything I tried on. Nike shoes fit so weirdly nowadays I can’t find anything in their line that feels right, despite how nice they look. I’m more of a New Balance type because those were always so comfortable, decent looking and had the right amount of support and cushioning. But now a lot of their line has gone with this weird cushion insert thingie that’s like memory foam. I have a basic pair of NB cross trainers but my foot slides everywhere inside due to the slickness of the insert. They have a Cush runner, but it’s not nearly as good their older types of running shoes. I’m not too keen on the other kinds of runners they have these days either. I’m not a huge fan of Saucony and don’t think their running shoes are all that great. Brooks, while having a running lineage, are just too damn expensive for what you get. To me, they are just as ok as Asics, but with a bigger price tag and more wacky colors. Mizunos are good, but for some weird reason, I’ve never gotten the sizing right and when I think I do, they change the style of the shoe and I have to start all over again. The last pair of Mizunos I had were a full size over what I normally wear, but still felt small in the toe box.

I went home feeling a bit defeated that I spent two hours at 3 shops trying on I don’t know how many running shoes and came away with nothing. To feel better, I screen shopped the new Y-3 summer catalog that just came out and then it hit me: why the heck haven’t I looked at Adidas? Oh right, because trying to find Adidas around here is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. The market is so ┬áinsanely saturated with Nike and Reebok (*shudders*) that Adidas isn’t easy to get a hold of. I looked up their running shoe line and read several reviews. Of course, my eyes were immediately drawn to the colors of the 2018 Adizero Boston 7 and I found a coupon. I really don’t like buying running shoes online because I spend a lot of time going over the shoes before buying. When I was out at the stores, I walk up and down the aisles with different shoes on my feet. I even run standing in place and run up and down the aisles. I’m insanely picky about them because running in shoes that don’t work only ends in disaster. I’ve had plantar fasciitis in both feet, countless blisters, and nearly snapped my calf muscle. The right running shoes are very important.

Luckily, the Adidas worked out. They even come with a replacement set of shoe laces (or if you just want a different color – the extras are navy). I’ve only done a treadmill run in these so far, but they are so much better than the Sauconys I was running in. I’m a believer now in the Boost cushioning system. So much so that I’ve already bought another pair of Adidas, which should arrive tomorrow. The other pair – Adizero Tempo 9 – also has the Boost, but more than the Boston 7. That’s another thing about running – you can never ever have too many running shoes. In fact, having several to rotate through is a must in order to stave off injuries.

I’m not giving up on the other brands, but I may wait a bit until some of the styles change over before looking again. The two Adidas will hold me over for a little while, but I generally like to have 3-4 pairs of running shoes to rotate.

Sunday: Yohji Yamamoto skirt and Eileen Fisher mules.

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Yep, this is a skirt. I recently got another order in from Rakuten – two YY shirts and this skirt. Even though the skirt says it’s a size 1, which is technically too small for me, this is one of those weird cases where the style of the item makes sizing all but impossible to figure out. The dimensions on the site for the skirt made it sound like it would fit me perfectly. When I got it I was incredibly confused. The skirt is very wide at the waist. I’d say it’s 36 inches and since I’m a size 28 waist that’s a lot of extra fabric. There is zero elastic. The only fasteners are one snap button and two pieces of string placed apart on the side. Whut? I spent an hour trying to figure out how to wear it as a skirt and it dawned on me that this is one of those truly avant-garde pieces. One is not supposed to wear it normally. More like – one gets to interpret how to wear this item correctly and no one way is or isn’t correct. It’s like my skirt/pants. It can be worn in half a dozen ways and no one – not even the designer – would really tell you what’s right or isn’t.

I bought this skirt because I loved the dress part of the YY suit I have so I got curious about wearing more skirts. I like the length of most YY skirts I’ve seen and believed this simple, lined linen skirt would be my gateway into wearing more. End result? Look at this fantastic, lightweight summer dress! I’m not wearing a bra and the only thing keeping me from flashing the world is one little bow and a snap button. Oh and I do kinda have to watch the top because the snap is actually a flap over. The upper part of the dress in the photo shows a line. I can actually put my whole hand through that. So bending over and letting that flap open too much might flash some boob as well. However, I’ve been wearing it all day today and love it so far as a dress. There is a bit of side boobage depending on how I move since there is no elastic up top and the width is greater than my bust size, but so far this is working out great. There’s also that big slit up the middle, which technically goes to the side when it’s worn as a skirt, but I’ve not had any issues with that either. The linen is blended with a little rayon so it’s super soft and lightweight and it doesn’t wrinkle like crazy. Being lined on the inside makes it very smooth and easy to drape as well. Despite the seemingly immensely easy ways this dress can go wrong and cause outfit malfunctions it’s super comfortable and I’ve not had to fuss with it at all. It’s really weird how I went for one thing and ended up with something else entirely that became a win in the end.

Today is Z’s birthday. We went to see Incredibles 2, which was much better than I thought it would be. The beginning of it started off with a very sexist slant that doesn’t entirely justify how it works itself out of that by calling out how well Mr Incredible and Elastagirl know each in their marriage, but overall it was an enjoyable watch.

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. ┬áIn 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!

A little run

I honestly did mean to post this week, but work has been all manner of WTF lately. One would think it would have been a great week because it was short due to the holiday, but in manufacturing it turns into, “HOLY SHIT WE ONLY HAVE FOUR DAYS TO GET X AMOUNT OF PRODUCT OUT!” On top of that, half of my day Thursday was spent taking a photographer from our marketing company around the whole building to do new company/website shots. So that entire afternoon was shot for me and I nearly cried when I looked at my email just before I left for the day.

I have a ton of things to talk about and to show, but I’ll have to break it all down into separate posts because I don’t want to make this one post The Longest Post Ever and I don’t have that kind of attention span to make it all that interesting.

Last Friday I left work midday so Z and I could head out on our mini vaca. We booked a house in the woods with a lake view almost 3 hours north of here. That area of PA has lots of waterfalls and lakes. We were the only car without a kayak and/or canoe on our vehicle driving up on the highway. The area was very pretty (and buggy) and we had a great long weekend getaway. I took a ton of photos of the waterfalls and hiking trails we went on. This post will just be photos for this week.

Friday night we ate dinner at a restaurant called the Waterwheel Cafe. It’s a cafe/ bar and the food was phenomenal. Because the mill itself is a historic site, there’s a self-guided tour people can take of the building.

Friday Mill

I bought some coffee from the cafe after dinner. I didn’t have any for the rental house. This photo was taken on the second floor of the mill tour. Z and I had the whole mill to ourselves because all other guests were in the bar watching the live band play.

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This is technically what I wore to work that Friday and only changed into the sleeveless shirt (above) after we got to our rental. This is the back deck of the rental and behind me is the lake between the trees. I was probably swatting away bugs in this photo.

Saturday

Saturday: This photo is post waterfall hiking tour and post swim in freshwater lake. I wore my bikini top instead of a bra because I knew I’d be sweating a lot from the hike and I knew we’d most likely go swimming later in the day.

Monday

Tuesday – Back to work.

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Wednesday: Rainy and dark all day. I was banging my head against the wall with work stuff and managers not paying attention/ doing their jobs. The blue band on the table is my PT workout band the therapist gave me. PT this week was also insane. I was really sore after Tuesday’s session.

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I technically had on my company pullover shirt all day but I didn’t want it photographed and I was being lazy. I wore my black sleeveless on underneath it all day and only took it off when I went to PT, which was brutal again and had me sweating up a storm.

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Friday: My custom Rosen linen shirt arrived in the mail (along with a Yohji Yamamoto 3-piece suit I bought a few days after buying the shirt *ahem*). Both items fit wonderfully and confused the hell out of Z. Even my boss said Friday, “What is going on with that shirt? It’s got two collars!” Apparently my boss gets very confused when I wear jeans. I found out it’s because he’s used to seeing me wear weird clothes so when I wear something “normal” like jeans he’s thrown off. I’d like to say I don’t quite get it but I just laughed it off.

Anyway, the shirt is amazing and comfortable. I love the color, which is gray, but with a slight beigey-mauve tone to it. It’s very lightweight, but has the perfect weight to it for warmth in an air conditioned office. I am very glad I got this custom sized. I had the shoulders, sleeves, and general width brought in, but it’s still nicely loose on me. This might be my perfect summer office shirt. And truth be told, I’m wearing it again right now.

I wore my Nisolo Oliver oxfords this week (Wednesday) and realized I really should have bought them in a size 8.5 instead of 8. I am regularly a size 8, but I guess the fit of these shoes is best for wearing them without socks, which I don’t like. I also think the style isn’t overly flattering on me because the only time I have skinny looking ankles is when I’m laying down. My legs always swell when I’m sitting/standing and I get the slight cankle look no matter what. The style of the oxfords would look better on someone who has tiny ankles. Plus, whenever I wear them, the lump comes back on the back of my tendon. It’s because the backs dig in a little and even though it doesn’t bother my right leg, I am annoyed at how it does affect my left. I’m not sure if I should try taking them to a cobbler to have them stretched out or if I should just sell them. Any thoughts, friends?

Friday I wore my trusty old Frye oxfords. They have much higher of a heel but they are very comfortable. I’ve had them for several years and they are nicely broken in. I should take them to a cobbler as well for cleaning and to be fixed up a bit. I want them to last. Even though these raise my leg and shorten the tendon, which does causes my foot to be more plantar flexion (pointing down), I did not get a lump at all wearing them.

And now to the title of this post: I actually went for a run today. For me, that’s freaking BIG ASS AMAZING, OMG, SERIOUSLY, WHAT- I CAN DO THIS AGAIN, AMAZING news. I started out by going for a walk, thinking I’d just take the long route like I used to and haven’t done in two years. Halfway through, where the land evens out for a long section (our neighborhood is slightly hilly) I decided to run just a little and probably ended up running 3/4 of a mile. Zero calf/ tendon pain. The only discomfort I had was in front of my ankle. I forget if it’s a tendon or muscle (I think it’s muscle) but basically it near atrophied while I was in the boot for so long and so stretching it out has been a huge focus during PT. I have several stretches I need to do multiple times a day for it and while it is very gradually getting better, it’s going to take a long time before it’s back to normal. That area did cause me some trouble during the run but not flat out pain. I simply need to keep up with the strengthening/ stretching exercises.

My run was super hot because it’s insanely humid out today. I was drenched in sweat when I got home – something else I also miss about running – and Z immediately gave me the stink eye, “You went running, didn’t you! You need to be careful! Ask your PT therapist if you should be running first!” Yes, dear.

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Tuesday

Today during lunch I sat outside with coworkers at the picnic table on the front lawn. I was sitting in the sun and moved to be in the shade after I ate. I could feel the back of my neck burning and my shoulders were starting to turn red. A coworker said that’s what I get for dressing like Cat Woman on a 90 degree day. It cracked me up she used that as a reference for my all black outfit. I was actually comfortable because this outfit is very light weight, but I could tell I would burn if I stayed in the direct sunlight for too long.

I left work early to go see the specialist about my ankle. He said my tendon seems in great shape and prescribed PT for 6 weeks. If my ankle wasn’t better after that, then he’d prescribe an MRI to see what’s going on. I’ve already scheduled my first appointment for next week since they were booked this week. My calf muscle is very tight from being in the boot for so long and he believes doing more stretching and strengthening will help my tendon.

I really want to be able to run again.

Quiet time

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This was Friday’s lackluster outfit. I was comfortable, but very slouchy.

Things aren’t going as well with my ankle as I’d like. I’m getting too anxious to do too much too fast and need to slow it down a bit. This is extremely depressing for me.

Also, work is really stressful lately. I know it’ll work out, but I’ll be dealing with a very upset client for a while until everything gets sorted.

All of this is to say I may not be posting much because I’m feeling the need to really hunker down with myself and stop feeling so loud. I’ll still take outfit photos, but may just do a weekly roundup.

Hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend.