a $300 sweater for $3.99

The other day I went to Goodwill to drop a few things off and took a quick browse around. I went in the sweater section because I am missing an oversized navy cardigan that I’ve had for YEARS and love and which was also thrifted. (Where is it!?!) And there on the sweater rack I spotted a very soft looking black turtleneck. Hm, it feels like cashmere. *Checks tag* It’s 100% cashmere. *Checks label* It’s Equipment. *Checks entirety of sweater* Hm, it has a small, easily sewable hole in the armpit… They do discounts on damaged items, don’t they.

I got a black Equipment turtleneck cashmere sweater for $3.99. As noted, it’s not in perfect condition, and I think it must be stretched out because it says it’s an XS and I am not an XS. (I would assume I would be a medium in something like this — maybe it’s supposed to run oversize? — but I also don’t buy new Equipment sweaters…)

On the subway ride home I googled “Equipment cashmere turtleneck”. This thing would have cost around $300 new😱 (Not sure if that link goes to the exact one, but it’s at least very similar.)

I love finding something good in the thrift store, and it had been a while since I had one a really surprising one like this. I used to do a lot more thrifting back in Richmond and when I first moved to New York, because I had my Etsy shop. I’ve never thought thrifting in New York was that great, but I’m re-opening my mind and this was a good sign. I’ve been trying to be sure to buy more things secondhand (I’m very into browsing Poshmark right now), and this was just the encouragement I need to keep going.

P.S. I don’t have a photo of it ready and I wrote this a while ago and put off publishing because of that. But I always put things off all the time about everything, so I decided to just post this.

i tried to do a week of outfits, and, um, yeah…

i tried to do a week of outfits, and, um, yeah…

Well, this is… something.

First, let me say that the point of doing this in the first place was two-fold: One, I like keeping track of things to look back on. Two, I like looking at outfits other people wear and have particularly enjoyed a “week of outfits” format, so thought I’d do it myself.

Okay, maybe it’s three-fold. I also have fond memories of years ago, like, pre-fashion blog dominance, there being a site that I believe was called My Style Diary that was just mirror photos people posted of what they were wearing, so other people could see and be inspired by them. It had a real nice community feel. Susie Bubble was on it. Anyway, I like the simplicity of the whole mirror picture thing, too, especially because I don’t really like having my picture taken.

ANYWAY. What I ended up with because I just like to jump right into things without being prepared is five pictures in front of a mirror that needs to be cleaned with a bunch of junk in the background and shitty lighting. Why am I still posting it? I think because it reminds me of My Style Diary and Look Book and blogging way back when, when you didn’t have to be good at it, because good, in the sense it is now, wasn’t so much a thing. (Btw, people still use Lookbook, apparently. Should I be getting back on Lookbook???) Plus, clearly I already went to SO MUCH EFFORT.

sunday — i got dog poop in my bag

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Wore this for an emergency vet trip. Not even gonna talk about what it is cause the lighting is so bad. Bye!

monday — lighting strikes

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Wore this to a movie screening. Took the pic once it was dark out. Look like I’m evil. The coat is from J. Crew Factory and the fake Chloé boots are from Topshop, and don’t need to mention anything else because you can’t really see it due to taking the pic when it was dark out.

tuesday — lighting strikes 2

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Am feeling increasingly like there’s no point in saying where any of this is from. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

wednesday — got dressed before it was dark out

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A small victory. Also, a good hair day.

thursday — a rare skirt

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Wore this to a holiday party. This pose says, “Damn, I forgot I was supposed to do this.” (By the way, because this might actually be helpful, I got this skirt at Bershka. It’s not available on the U.S. site anymore, but they do have the same on in snake print in stock. I found it to run very small, but maybe that’s normal for Bershka? It was the first time I’d shopped there.)

Maybe I’ll do better next time? Maybe there will be a next time? I’ve at least learned to clean the mirror and take the photos when it’s light out. (Also need to learn to do my laundry, organize my dresser, and not look like I’m ready to fight someone.)

2018

2018

When I think back over the past year, there are a couple major things I think of that I did: left my full-time job to go freelance, went to London, got a dog. Those are all huge and amazing, but it took looking through the photos I took on my phone to realize that a lot of other fun stuff happened too, along with some quick little moments of joy, which tend to make up a lot of the things I photograph.

I thought, then, that it could be cool to go through month by month of 2018 and pull out one photo for each that shows something that happened or something I enjoyed and don’t want to forget. Some months were unbalanced (a lot more happened in June than January), but I decided to still try out this method.

January

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Got this shelf that I thought was going to fit perfectly in the nook in my kitchen only to realize I hadn’t accounted for the floorboards. This ended with me lugging back bricks from Home Depot to support it. (See, told ya I didn’t have anything too exciting for January, but this shelf is still standing and full of things now, and does fit nearly perfectly in that space. The bricks are barely noticeable.)

February

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Turned 29 and got this breakfast while spending a nice morning alone (probably watching DVR’d reality TV): iced green tea and bagel with lox.

March

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Got this Alexander Wang Lia bag that I promise I really, really love the design of and had for a long time and the fact that it is named after me was only a little bit of a boost.

April

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Saw these pretty trees in Central Park.

May

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Covered Meghan and Harry’s wedding for work while having tea and mini scones.

June

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Went to Miami with Michael right after my last day at my job. The beach was really disappointing, because there was seaweed everywhere and it was sweltering (also because I get my expectations up too high for things…), but this nice setup happened at Freehand.

July

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Spent July 4 at Rockaway Beach.

August

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Visited my parents and got stoked about how many condiments were on the table at this diner.

September

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Went apple picking for my friend’s bday (and got hit in the back of the head with a swinging door and thought it was causing two different body issues for a couple weeks after — sorry, don’t have pics of that part!!!)

October

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Went to London for a couple days and got pretty touristy, but not touristy enough because there wasn’t even enough time! (That is a Buckingham Palace bag. It has a stuffed animal corgi in it.)

November

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Got Clyde!!! After years of talking about getting a dog we did it!!! Now I am constantly either saying things like “Hi Cutie! Hi Clydey Clue!” or “Oh my god are you kidding me what are you doing whyyyy????”

December

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Well, I celebrated Christmas in New York for the first time since moving here seven years ago and I could post a picture of that. But, since I’m limiting it to one, I would like to remember this tea Advent calendar that, honestly, was life changing. Opening a tiny door every morning and getting an immediately useful present out really does something for you.

Now, I need to start taking some 2019 pictures, because so far I have one of Clyde eating his bland diet I had to cook for him, one of his poop I had to take for the vet (see: bland diet), and a couple of beauty products I threw away. It’s only up from here!!!

 

 

 

RIP

RIP

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I just recently had to get rid of two of my favorite pairs of shoes, both of which were around four or five years old. (I think.)

My H&M leopard boots were, for me, the best example of leopard print really going with everything. I wore ’em with plain stuff. I wore ’em with stripes. Recently, I wore them with camo and was like, yes, this works, too. There were so many times I put these on and thought, “I really feel like myself right now,” which is the best feeling to have when you get dressed. So, what happened? They really stretched out — the elastic and the shoe material itself — to where they stopped being comfortable to walk around. I’ve been looking around on Poshmark a lot for new (well, used) leopard boots, but now I think my standards are too high because I loved these so much. (I also really like these ones, so I’ve been doing some eBaying/Tradesying/The Real Realing, as well.)

Second, we have my checkerboard Vans, which were my first pair of checkerboard Vans, but almost certainly not the last. These were a revelation in that, like the leopard boots, they also, surprisingly, went with anything. I wore them hard. Before they met their bitter end, they already had rips in them and the soles were worn down, but in that state they’d become my go-to dog walking/running to the deli shoes. But alas, I stepped in dog poop the other day that really embedded itself in there, and the effort that would have to have gone into un-pooping them wouldn’t be worth it for shoes that were already in the condition you can see above.

RIP, leopard boots and checkerboard Vans. You served me so, so well.

2019 goals

2019 goals

I have a few goals I’ve been thinking about for this year. They’re all pretty straightforward and none of them are things that I don’t already do, just things that I want to be better about doing and do more.

Blog More

This one is going great so far! Really, though, going along with this I want to be more confident about blogging. Obviously, with my goal being to blog more, this particular go round with a blog hasn’t been a big a part of my life so far, but I don’t really talk about it in “real life” because it feels… separate? I don’t know… I think it’ll all work itself out, but basically I just wanna do what I want on here, more often, and not worry too much about it.

Meditate More

I paid for the Headspace app several months ago and have not used it enough to justify that. But I do really like it, so I want to make it a more consistent part of my life.

Wear SPF Consistently

I’ve heard this is good for you, but, like, idk who knows?!?!

Also, seems related, I am doing a dry January, which I’m really excited about. It’s just to have a reset in my habits.

what i bought for fall

what i bought for fall

Going off of what I wrote last time, I wanted to talk about the things that I did purchase over the past couple of months. Going into this (and inspired by TThe Anna Edit videos on capsule wardrobing), I made a list of items that I was interested in, all of which I knew I would use regularly and would keep for a while. (But not in that “poofy free tutu skirt keep-for-a-while” way that I talked about in the other post.) Here’s what my list looked like:

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As for where I wanted to get these, I knew that some of them I would probably end up getting new because of trendiness or specificity (checked blazer, “nice black blouse/top”) and some that I wanted to buy secondhand because of them being more generic (“sort of oversized navy sweatshirt”) or specific in another way (like the navy wool coat, the style of which I wanted I could find easier by doing it secondhand and a wool coat is cheaper used).

The items with the checks next to them are the ones I’ve purchased; the ones without, I’ve decided not to buy unless I can get them secondhand. There have also been a couple things I’ve gotten in recent months that are not listed: a pair of black Gap jeans that were on sale because I wear black jeans constantly and a pair of mine were falling apart, and also this Madewell camo jacket just because I LOVE it. I’m wearing it all the time and love that it’s cotton.)

Here are the things from the list I did get:

Checked Blazer — Gap

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If you’re interested in this, I found that it runs kind of big (and I have fairly broad shoulders). Worked out for me, though, because the only size they had left in store was one that I originally thought would definitely be too small for me.

Gray Sweater — Gap

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Navy Dotted Dress — Well, I got one at Uniqlo, which you’ll have to take my word for because it is no longer available and also I can’t find a photo of it anywhere online. Weird.

Pleather Jacket — New Look (from Rainbow. I don’t think the one below from ASOS is the exact one, but it’s very similar)

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I had one of these previously, wore it for a few years, and it disintegrated. (OK, disintegrated might be a little extreme, but it was doing that peel-y thing.)

Black Top — Zara

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Navy Coat — Tradesy

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Other than the coat (because it’s not quite cold enough yet), I’ve worn all of these already and can see how they’ll easily continue to come in handy. As for the other items on the list, I probably wouldn’t get a jean jacket at this point because it’s too cold, but that’ll be a good thing to thrift in the spring if I’m still interested. I was really into this leopard Topshop bag but was on the fence about buying it new, so that’s how that ended up on there. (Also, ughhh, I just found out through doing this that it’s on sale on the Nordstrom site…) I would still be interested in a leopard bag, as well as still interested in the sweatshirt, if I find it secondhand. Brown ankle boots are probably a no-go (these are the ones that inspired that list item), but I did just buy a used pair of red boots off Poshmark that didn’t arrive yet.

I’ve definitely had an easier time getting dressed recently — not just because of the new things, but because of there being less. It’s not even that I was wearing all of it (or that there was really that much) so it’s not like I had to actively decide not to wear so many things, but I think it’s just easier on the brain to not see many options. I don’t want this to come off like I’m going to stick to a certain schedule with buying any new stuff (I don’t have a schedule… at least not yet… for starters) or that I’m an expert on anything, including by not limited to being more green with shopping. I really just want to be doing more thrifting and being sure to fully think things out when I do buy new things. I want to share some pics of these items in action (prooobably with mirror pictures because I am me and not a fancy lady) and also some stuff about shopping secondhand online, so hopefully that’ll be coming up. (I say hopefully like it’s not totally in my control… I know how I can get with posting.)

a wardrobe clear out

a wardrobe clear out

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I hang on to things. Old free T-shirts, jeans that don’t fit, a giant tutu skirt (!!!). But about a month and a half ago, I decided to get rid of a lot of the… bulk. Of course, I still kept those printed T-shirts that mark things like that diner I worked in, that high school dance competition, and a couple vintage ones I took from my mom. (The ones I don’t wear regularly are now in a storage box under my couch.) But I did just donate a lot of stuff that I stopped wearing and wasn’t attached to.

I’m not someone who ever shopped a ton, but I did buy things and hold on to them. And I am someone who tended to buy things impulsively when I thought it was a good deal. This usually came in the form of wandering into H&M, seeing something on sale, and going, “Oh, I could wear that.” Then, I held onto these random purchases that I wasn’t wearing any longer and they ended up taking up space. No longer!

 

In recent years I’ve become more aware of the types of clothes and shoes I’ll actually wear (my early twenties thing of buying heels that I thought I’d go out in has long ceased), so getting rid of all the extra was kind of a natural next step.

I’m not saying I’m a full-on capsule wardrobe person now, but it is nice to have less to sort through, and I did feel that after getting rid of so much, I could stand to add in some things that were well thought out and would be used a lot. This started getting long after I started writing about what that process was like in another post. For now, I just wanted to kind of summarize things and note that I plan to: A. Shop for new things less often and more purposefully, B. thrift/buy secondhand more! (I feel like it’s free rein there, really), C. post more about this sort of thing on the blog. The biggest reason I want to be more conscious is because of the environment and I want that to come through in my posts, as well, so there is more in this area to come. (Soon. Hopefully.)

things i am currently putting on my face

things i am currently putting on my face

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I thought I’d write out my skincare routine, because I like reading about other people’s (or watching videos about them on YouTube). That’s also a big reason for why I do any blog posts: I like reading about these things from other bloggers, so maybe people will like reading about them from me.

The thing with my skincare routine, though, is that if I’m comparing myself to other people of the interwebs, it feels like one or both of those words should be in scare quotes (“skincare routine”). More accurate would be to call it Things I Am Currently Putting On My Face (*edits title*). I don’t use a ton of products on my face, but I do have a few things going now that I’m liking.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

This I started using a couple months ago after hearing about it on Emma Hill’s YouTube channel. (And I just checked and she was talking about a different one from La Roche-Posay… oops.) Toleriane is La Roche-Posay’s product line for sensitive skin, and I like that this one is also good for dry skin. It doesn’t feel like it strips my skin or leaves it dry. Previous to this I was using the Aveeno Moisturizing Face Bar, which I do still like, but I’m liking this better and think it’s gentler. Plus, it’s oil-free.

 

Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel

I’ve written before about how much I love this as a toner, and nothing’s changed. It’s so refreshing, it smells so good, it makes my skin smoother, it leaves my face feeling really clean. It’s great.

Lumene Valo Glow Boost

I first got this at a very odd event: a viewing party for Nick Viall’s Bachelor season finale held at the Finnish consulate. This was in the gift bag and I didn’t try it for a long time after I got it, but once I did, I was into it. Unfortunately, that one fell on the floor and the eyedropper shattered inside the bottle, so I had to buy a new one. I use a couple drops of this about three times a week.

St. Ives Green Tea Scrub

This is another one that I only use about three times a week, and usually not at the same time that I’m going to be using the Lumene Valo. This has salicylic acid helps prevent breakouts and also makes my face feel really smooth.

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Trader Joe’s Oil-Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer

Now onto moisturizer, which is an area that I am not totally happy with right now. It’s been a journey, and one that started with my decision to try to find a moisturizer with physical SPF. I had been using this Neutrogena one during the day and the non-SPF version at night, but when I decided to start searching for mineral SPF that kicked off a whole trying-other-moisturizers thing. Anyway… now I’m using this Trader Joe’s moisturizer I’d hear good things about. I like it good enough for now, but think I’ll probably try something else once this is gone. Also, no, it doesn’t have SPF, which leads us to…

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

I was so happy when I found this physical sunblock for your face, made by Aveeno, and supposedly “ultra-calming.” I really want to like this and I have been using it, but I just feel like my face gets so sweaty! Granted, it’s often 90 degrees out lately and humid, so maybe no physical sunblock is going to not make me sweat more? This whole sunblock thing has been a journey and it’s one that continues and that will at some point be it’s own blog post. I will say, this one does blend in well without the white cast, so might be worth checking out if that’s been an issue for you.

And that’s it! If anyone has suggestions for physical SPF for your face that doesn’t make you sweat and actually blends in, please let me know!

bathroom update

bathroom update

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Ahhhh! It’s been a month since I posted. I didn’t mean for that to happen. I wrote a post about the state of the bathroom at the time we moved in nine months ago (how?!), along with some ideas I had for it. And, apparently, I was very optimistic about how much I would actually do, including painting the whole thin. Well… that did not happen.

Also, the bathroom did change between when I posted those original pics and when I updated things yesterday. I got rid of that random stuff that was left here when we moved in, and it became more comfortable for us, but the biggest change is that we just had a clear shower curtain until now. I became a passionate clear shower curtain proponent at our previous apartment because the window was in the shower, so I felt like it kept the space more light and open to just use the liner.

Now, though, I’ve changed, basically because… banana leaves!! (Also the window isn’t in the shower, so I stopped being stubborn.)

Here is a look at how the bathroom looked up until yesterday:

And now:

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I added this shower curtain I got on Amazon, and The Two Fridas have made their way from the kitchen. (Is it a page from a calendar in a frame meant for a record… maybe.)

The white curtain is the Ritva from Ikea. I’m not totally sold on it for the bathroom, because I think it might be too thick. I bought two packs of these since I plan to use them in the bedroom too, so if I decide to get something lighter weight — still plain white — for the bathroom, I can just return the unopened pack. I do like the texture a lot, just looking at the before pic, that thin curtain did have a nicer flow to it and felt like it took up less space.

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As you can tell, our bathroom is pretty small. Took this pic by reaching my arm as high as I could into the air in the corner.

That’s it for now!