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Interesting reads –
Jenna Lyons in Net-a-Porter’s The Edit magazine says:
“I don’t wear black much – it doesn’t work well with color – but I’ll wear navy all day long”
Interesting – I never thought of it that way exactly, but it makes sense; navy does play better with color. And black tends to work best with gray & white, which is probably why I like it better.
Retirement of Things – I love this thought by Dr It Girl on “retiring” things that have served their purpose (very Marie Kondo!) vs getting rid of things because of bad decisions. Ideally, I think we’d all like to buy things that are so loved they wear out and have to be grudgingly retired, but as I talk about ALL THE TIME, it’s not that easy (and I try. hard.). Sometimes you don’t know what’s going to work until you get it, try it, and/or wear it for a while. Maybe it ends up being a closet hero, and maybe it ends up not working out for some reason or another. I’m not sure what the answer is, other than being as mindful as we can about what and why we buy, keeping in mind what we would do with the item if it doesn’t work out – can it be sold? given away? donated?
Speaking of donating, here’s a good piece on something I’ve mentioned before, but not nearly this in depth: that the items you donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., don’t always go to what/where you think they’re going. And in fact, fast fashion (in addition to creating environmental and working hazards) is destroying the second hand clothing industry.
I went outside my comfort zone a little and attended an Audubon Dallas meeting this week. I have been birding for many years, starting in high school, really love it, and I’m actually quite good at it. I’d like to get more involved, go on field trips, etc. and Audubon is a good way to do that. Anyway, I was the youngest person there by many, many years, which is okay, but I wonder if there are more “younger” birders out there (my nephew is also very good, that is a testament to my mother’s love of birding that both he and I are so interested) – and how can I find them??
The narrative in mainstream culture is that birding isn’t cool. People assume that birding occupies the intersection of a Venn diagram of circles for old people, nerds, and obsessives, a space otherwise occupied only by, maybe, like, competitive bridge players.
LOL. Well, I am a nerd and an obsessive…so…
But also, birding
is essentially an expression of a deep love for nature. Birders share a fascination with the natural world, a gratitude for being born a human being on a planet that’s not just the only one in the known universe to support life, but also manufactures binoculars.
Yes. And I enjoy the challenge of seeking out and finding new birds, and being able to identify them readily. Any other birders out there??
What I tried, bought & returned, and added to my wishlist –
Amour Vert pants – I got these in black, size medium. I tried them on and pretty immediately took them off and packed them up to send back. The rise was too short, interestingly, for the style of pant, and the waistband. ugh. The waistband is elastic, and THE ELASTIC IS NOT TACKED DOWN INSIDE the band, so it becomes a mess, twisting and moving around. I’ve had enough bad experience with waistbands like that to know better than to try and keep trying. I honestly don’t know why this is such a problem – why is it so hard to secure elastic inside waistbands if you’re using a wide band?? Anyway, I haven’t been overly impressed with what I’ve tried so far from Amour Vert, but I’ll keep on trying…
ATM striped skirt – I tried this on in a size medium and REALLY loved it. It’s true what Vildy said in a comment on my stripes post, stripes do help camouflage “imperfections” a bit and are quite slimming when worn on the bottom. I know that sounds counterintuitive to what we’ve always been told, but it’s true; I had a striped skirt from anthropologie that I wore a lot many years ago that was very slimming.
The Great striped shirt – I’m trying to find two striped shirts to try, one with a “bolder” stripe and one with a more narrow one, and see what I like best. I’ll get this Rag & Bone/JEAN one and this one, by The Great to compare.
Silver shoes: Freda Salvador mules & chelsea oxfords – the universe is so funny…after I mentioned that I wanted a pair of silver shoes, I got an email from Freda Salvador that their mules were now available in silver metallic. AH!! I love them SO MUCH, but am worried that they’ll come up too high on my foot for my liking (as the Everlane Babo did). I love a good mule though, and wear them a lot. I do also like the chelsea oxfords in silver, and they’d be a good sneaker replacement. Decisions, decisions…
Have you seen Goodwin? It’s a capsule “concept” of items exclusively produced by independent designers for Goodwin: Han Starnes, Ceri Hoover, Jamie & The Jones, Elizabeth Suzann & more all created pieces for the line. And I’m obsessed with the Elizabeth Suzann duster. I love the color, and the idea of wearing a long vest. I would probably get it and never wear it, so I won’t get it, but the idea is interesting, and it would add pockets to things that don’t have them already, and a great layer. AND, I think it’s available immediately, so a way to get instant Elizabeth Suzann gratification 😉
And finally, reader Cola sent me a note about Sabah’s Texas tour and their pop-up in Dallas on 9/20 (at the Belmont hotel, 5-8PM) and I am SO THERE. I keep looking at the shoes since I first posted about them, but of course am hesitant to buy without being able to try. They’ll also be in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston later on in the week if you’re elsewhere in Texas and interested in trying the shoes in person.