All the same

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

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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.

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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!

Linen shirt

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It’s casual Friday and I wore my new linen shirt and YY pants. I think I gave up on the idea of just wearing jeans on Fridays and just wear whatever I want whenever I want any day of the week now at work.

I did iron this shirt last night, but linen, so it’s very wrinkled now and that’s ok.

I ordered this from Knock Knock Linen on Etsy. I’ve had the shop in my favorites shopping list for a while now but never knew what to get. I decided an easy button down would be best and this is technically a “mens style” button down shirt. I am wearing a small, but it does look big on me. They have standardized measurements to choose from for their clothing, but one could very easily give exact measurements for a more personal fit. I think this is a little bigger than their standard size but I do like the bagginess of the shirt. I ordered the color Natural Flax in mid-weight linen. This feels just as substantial as my PdE pants. The linen is thick and soft and drapes wonderfully. The collar and cuffs have double buttons and the buttons themselves are very pretty as well. The linen of this shirt is not woven as finely as my PdE pants so there are a few bumps and tiny stray tufts here and there, but those add a nice bit of charm. The stitching is well done. This shirt bought as-is has a breast pocket but I asked them to make it without and they said it was no problem.

The only problem was the wait time. The description said 3-4 weeks. I ordered this shirt on March 10th and got it two days ago. After 5 and a half weeks I msged them to find out when it would ship and was informed they were behind schedule and would expedite the shipping by Fedex. The lack of communication on their part to tell me it was running late was a little annoying, but the shirt is very nice so I’m not too upset about it. Total cost for this with shipping was $136. Was it worth it? Right now I do think so.

I should mention one odd thing and that’s the shirt yoke seems like it was made to show more in the back than sit on top of the shoulders. I noticed that when I was ironing the shirt, but it hasn’t bothered me at all while wearing it.

Having another thick linen shirt makes me wonder if ES linen is thick and substantial like this KKL linen or my PdE linen. Can someone take a close-up photo and show me? I really want to see the texture of ES linen closely. In general, I’ve never really liked the look of ES tops because they seem too much like sacks with armholes. They also look very cropped and I don’t like the idea of my mid section showing when I raise my arms. I like that I can customize whatever size I want with KKL. Granted, the wait time is similar to ES right now, but having my shirt custom made means a bit more to me value-wise for that wait time. I’ve read more than once people waiting a long time for ES clothes just to be disappointed with the fit. KKL does have the hippie/peasant look going on, especially when you see the harem pants and their color scheme, but knowing they are willing to customize so much means a lot.