What I wore
(I posted most of these on Instagram this week, just not here)
6397 black Shorty Jeans | bought these from La Garconne on sale, they’re 100% cotton and size 28
Zady Alpaca sweater | gift from Zady to review
Golden Goose superstar sneakers | secondhand from The Real Real
Added Everlane cashmere crew | replacement for cropped cashmere crew, courtesy of Everlane
What I watched
Well, I jumped on the bandwagon and watched Minimalism, the documentary, on Netflix this week. I enjoyed it. Although I still wholeheartedly reject the notion that many minimalists smugly push that you *must* be a minimalist to be happy and have a fulfilling life. It’s inspiring, absolutely, but whenever I watch or read anything about minimalism, I’m more often than not left feeling guilty and inadequate because I’ve tried & failed to be a minimalist. And honestly, why do all minimalists make it sound/look so EASY? They mention in passing how difficult it was, but don’t ever go into depth. It’s not easy trying to minimize at such an extreme level. Especially if you’re in a relationship.
I recommend it if you’re interested in minimalism at all, it’s well done. I would just caution against getting too caught up in minimalism as a panacea for everything. Just as having more “stuff” isn’t the answer to our problems, neither is having less “stuff” – “stuff” isn’t the issue, it’s ourselves and our internal dialogue and struggles. I realize that finally. Less stuff is better for me, I feel more “free” and comfortable, but it hasn’t made my life all rainbows and unicorns either.
What I read
I read The Bird Box after quitting Salvage the Bones. Then I started Dark Matter, and quit that. I liked The Wayward Pines books by Blake Crouch, but this one is just too predictable. Now I’m reading How Proust Can Change Your Life. I’ve never quit so many books in a row in my life…I think I’m just easily bored lately?
One interesting side effect of both the minimalism documentary and the The Bird Box (it’s about a “post-apocalyptic” world in which everyone survives by keeping their eyes closed outside) I read is that I woke up the morning after worried about what I would do if/when we had a zombie apocalypse/plague/nuclear war and I somehow survived and no power, how would I read now that I’ve gotten rid of all my books and keep everything on my kindle? A serious problem. I joke, sort of, but it was slightly anxiety-producing. But I thought it was really funny that’s one of the first things I thought of. Not how will I eat, or SURVIVE, how will I somehow have some normalcy and get some pleasure out of whatever life there is left. You may remember I “kondo’d” all of my books quite some time ago, only keeping a few that had very special meaning. I’ve added some back in, but have thus far avoided buying physical books as much as I used to.
Until yesterday. In a comment Catherine mentioned The New Garconne – so I ordered it. I’m looking forward to reading/looking at it. Although it makes me wonder, is my style starting to lean that way? More gamine? moderne? masculine-as-feminine? It appears that way. I am drawn towards loose, comfortable, easy styles, and flat shoes LOL…
I’ve been working on my married without children post all week and it’s slow-going/emotional. I think I’m going to just sit down and write stream of consciousness over the weekend, and see what comes out. This week has been rather busy still anyway, since my step-son is still here. ah, the irony !! 🙂
I’ll also do more on my daily routine, and will be working on sustainable shopping on a “budget” of $100-$200/month. Any other ideas for topics you’d like me to write about?
OH!!! I did buy the Clyde jumpsuit from the Elizabeth Suzann sample sale this week – black, size medium. I feel very lucky to have been able to checkout, I tried to also get the keaton duster, but it sold out in my cart before I could reach checkout. Did anyone get anything? I think I’ll do a swap post if there’s enough interest for people who need to swap sizes, and then of course, there’s always SLOWRE for consignment…
Have a great weekend!!