No shopping for me this week…and I’m wearing just the easiest things I can.
But did you see the exclusives that just launched at Garmentory*? I don’t know, I’m finding some of it rather “blah,” and know the shapes would look horrible on my body. I think I might be over the styling too – I appreciate “ugly” fashion, as you will see below, but piling all-of-the-oversized-things on one on top of the other is completely unappealing to me. I do love this lilac Lauren Winter blazer, but case in point, I can’t get an idea of how it would look as part of a “normal” outfit, or something I would wear. I can’t even tell enough about the shape the way it’s styled…
And this hat!!! Loving the lavender/lilac/light purples now…
I also love all the ALR pieces (organic cotton, naturally dyed), but this tank especially.
What is Ugly? The opposite of beautiful? Having qualities we’re not “supposed” to like? My outfits have been called ugly. Maybe this outfit is “ugly”?
“Nothing is so boring as something beautiful,” the designer Dries Van Noten said in a 2012 interview. “I prefer ugly things, I prefer things which are surprising.” via Quartz
I don’t really like the word “ugly,” it’s so … ugly. I in fact don’t think “normcore” fashion is ugly – I try not to define anything as ugly, because it’s all rather subjective anyway, but I do concede that a lot of fashion nowadays is NOT traditionally pretty, or beautiful. It’s interesting.
And I love it. I love flats. I love slouchy jeans. I love to hide my body in huge dresses, or show it off in slim ones. I love black. I love the unexpected. I love “surprising.” I love things that others don’t.
Diamonds are out…apparently more and more men/women are choosing moissanite – a manufactured “diamond” – for their engagement rings. My husband was way ahead of the curve on this one; my engagement ring is moissanite. I didn’t really have any input in my engagement ring, but we had discussed diamonds at some point, and neither of us were interested in spending a lot of money on a diamond, but most of all, I did NOT want any stone that could have been mined under questionable circumstances. I did not want a blood diamond.
Sunscreen – Alden’s piece is a really great analysis of mineral vs. “chemical” sunscreens. I’ve been using Josh Rosebrook’s tinted moisturizer with SPF for a couple of years, and I’m really happy with how that has worked for my face, but recently wanted something not tinted, and started using the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 sunscreen* that was rated highly in Consumer Reports.
While I felt like the Josh Rosebrook worked well and felt good on my face, but now, I need something a little cheaper, and something I can use when I don’t want any color on my face, or if I want to use my RMS un-cover up for a little MORE coverage. Anyway, I’ve been really happy with the La Roche-Posay and will probably continue to repurchase and use it.
Honestly, my primary “sunscreen” is a hat and clothing, although I do always wear a little sunscreen anyway, but I am concerned about applying chemicals to my body to keep out something that is natural – the sun. I know…I know…sun damage, etc., but I’ve read enough that I’m not 100% convinced that skin cancer rates are what they are because of sun, and not because of environmental toxins and what we put on our skin. Anyway…thoughts…
Ethical men’s fashion – Think they’re aren’t enough ethical fashion resources for women who don’t look like Everlane models? Try looking for ethical MEN’S fashion. I’ve tried to find things for my husband that first, meet his price requirements (he refuses to spend much money on clothes), and second, fit him. He’s not super tall, and has very muscular legs and arms, with a belly, so he can’t wear all the slim cuts that are so pervasive in men’s fashion now (so interesting women’s fashion is having an oversized moment, and men’s, the opposite).
Also, I need recomendations. Has anyone read or know of any very good books (preferably biographies) about Frida Kahlo and/or Georgia O’Keefe? I went to see the Mexican art exhibit at the DMA yesterday and was fascinated by Frida Kahlo’s works on display. Of course, I know nothing about her at all, besides what she looks like.
And I know nothing of Georgia O’Keefe either, although now a bit more with all the writing about the exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum highlighting her style, and how it shaped her public persona. She had art teacher style DOWN. 😉
We are leaving in the morning for our vacation to Atlanta. I can’t wait to see my sister (no results yet) and my family, and spend some time at the lake. I don’t have any posts planned for next week, but I doubt I’ll be able to stay away for long. James Perse will be adding new sale items on Sunday, so I’ll probably post about that on Monday, AND, of course, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts (early access) on the 13th. We should discuss that too.
*when you use my referral link to sign up for an account at Garmentory you’ll receive a $20 account credit
**I received the sunscreen directly from the company to review as part of my partnership with Amazon Fashion & Luxury Beauty.