GOLDSIGN Virtual high-rise jeans | made in the US
SPLENDID crew neck t-shirt | made in the US, link goes to scoop neck version
INHABIT NY cashmere sweater | very old…
EVERLANE chunky knit cardigan
RAG & BONE ASTON boots
PROENZA SCHOULER PS1 satchel | purchased with credits earned from Forzieri
So. I wore similar “colors” in my outfit yesterday, and we’re all still here. Hooray! *rolls eyes* – yes, I knew we would be, I knew the world wouldn’t come to an end if I wore variations of olive green in TWO pieces in my outfit today, but still. I can’t say it wasn’t a struggle to pull it off. I’m sure no one even noticed…and frankly, once I left the house, I didn’t either.
Am I cured? I don’t know…I’ll have to keep pushing myself, but this is a good first step, I think.
I’m really really pleased with the PS1, it’s just as practical as I thought it would be, with all it’s pockets, but I don’t understand the shoulder strap. It’s very narrow and not very long. Also, the buckle sits right at my shoulder, which could become uncomfortable without so many layers on. I don’t understand why they didn’t add a slightly wider strap, and even allow it to be adjustable a bit longer. I will probably switch the strap that comes with it to my black, wider strap that goes on my Jas M.B bag for comfort, and if I’m going to be carrying it for any length of time at all. But…really…I wish bag designers paid more attention to the strap. It’s pretty important in my opinion.
The Everlane sweater has become my “coat” lately (it’s back in stock in the women’s version, gray, size large), I’m really pleased with it. It was 30 degrees yesterday and I was (mostly) warm enough with a t-shirt, cashmere and this cardigan on top. It’s really thick and cozy, so it’s perfect for cold weather. It wouldn’t do for anything below 30, but then again, if it’s that cold, I’m not leaving the house…
This weekend, I plan on tackling a few areas of my life/home that need tidying, starting with more clothes and shoes. And ending with papers and books. I’m going to write a review of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up next Thursday and want to report on my experiences with it…I hope you’ll chime in with some of your own too, if you’ve read the book and tried her methods. I’m excited. But also terrified, as Christine and I commiserated in the comments on yesterday’s post.
What are your plans this weekend? who has read Mari Kondo’s book?
I read it over the holidays while visiting family and was captivated. However I had checked it out of the library on my Kindle and my loan ended soon after I got home. I’m on the wait list again but thinking of shelling out and paying for it!
Grechen Reiter says
it’s definitely worth paying for, i bought it and i don’t usually buy books, preferring to check them out from the library on my kindle, like you. but my library didn’t have it.
anyway, a trick i found to keeping library books longer on your kindle – turn off your wifi. i actually have mine turned off all the time, but discovered that this let me keep really long books until i could finish them, as long as i didn’t want any new ones…
I read Marie Kondo’s book but I didn’t really like it. I found her writing sort of grating for some reason, and although I could relate somewhat to her love of tidying, many of the things that she advised were not new to me because I have been de-cluttering and organizing for so long already. The takeaway about only keeping things that “spark joy” was something I heard prior to reading the book, and while I think it’s a good way to think about what things add value to your life, it’s just a different way of addressing something that has been in common parlance for ages. In the late 19th century William Morris famously said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be beautiful, or believe to be beautiful.”
Ack that should say “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be USEFUL, or believe to be beautiful.” Sorry for the typo!
I love this outfit with the PS1; the turtleneck just ever-so-slightly echoes the color of the bag. Nice!
No plans other than to stay warm ( it’s supposed to be zero degrees tomorrow morning and then snow all weekend!). Maybe I can finish working on my closet and post some ebay stuff!
The Shakers said it first, I believe:
“Don’t make something unless it is both made necessary and useful;
but if it is both necessary and useful,
don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.”
Grechen Reiter says
i’m going to write more about this later, but i do sort of agree – her ideas aren’t new, necessarily, but i guess what i found most “useful” was her attitude towards our things – that we should appreciate them, thank them, and then let them go after they’ve served their purpose. it sort of cemented for me that idea i’d had about that myself. and i felt a kindred spirit in her.
she’s a little hardcore with regard to a lot of things, and i adapted her method to fit my own ideas, but overall, her book inspired me to move forward in a way that i couldn’t, or didn’t want to, or didn’t recognize before.
Thank you! They were kindred spirits, I’m sure, with the Arts and Crafts movement being invested in utility in beautiful design. 🙂