For the past several years there’s been a shift towards a more seasonless approach to getting dressed. This is useful since it creates a more cohesive wardrobe that doesn’t need to be switched out each season, but it also means that I see some really strange combinations like open-toed shoes with winter coats, crop tops and long wool pants, and shorts with tights out on the streets.
Normally I would file a sleeveless turtleneck into this category until I bought the Prevost turtleneck from Kit and Ace two years ago. It turned out to be surprisingly versatile, especially with the slim fit and merino wool material. It’s also a nice way to dress conservatively while not wearing a sack and is also a great layering piece since it doesn’t add any bulk.
So if you’re wondering how to wear this top outside of the ten days of spring and fall we get here on the east coast, here are three ways I’m planning on wearing it this year.
Have I mentioned how much I love putting these lists together? Sometimes they are fluffy and fun, and sometimes they’re a little more serious and make me realize just how much I’ve actually accomplished over the past few months.
As winter is coming to a close, here’s a quick update on my fall/winter five-piece French wardrobe! You can take a look at the original post here. Here are the four items I purchased this season.
A small announcement: the Italian and I are getting married in April.
I’ve been pretty low-key about this whole “getting married” process for a few reasons. I’m absolutely ecstatic to be marrying my partner and best friend, but I’m immensely uncomfortable around the whole wedding complex and the expectation that I become the traditional blushing bride.
This past month I’ve been reading a lot of graphic novels. At this point, most people in my life know that graphic novels are a fail-safe gift for me. I love reading on my kindle, but graphic novels just don’t feel the same in a digital format. Also considering how fast I read through them, I have a little trouble justifying the price to myself and all the good ones have a months-long wait list at my local library.
So for Christmas, I received Sandman, Hawkeye, and Private Eye, which I of course promptly devoured on the train back to New York.
I was incredibly proud to attend the Women’s March on Washington yesterday. The energy and optimism were just incredible. Hopefully, we got our message across to the current government that we’ll be watching and they better not screw this up.
A few people brought up the concern that this would be a one-off protest and that after this event people wouldn’t feel as motivated to continue the often boring and difficult work of actually effecting change. Considering how many people have been sending me resources and opportunities for getting involved since the election, I doubt that will be the case.
So if you want to keep the momentum going, want to get involved either through time or donations, or just don’t know where to start, I’ve put together a repo with a list of all the resources that have been sent my way for getting involved. Obviously, PRs are more than welcome and if you’re not a Github user feel free to leave more resources in the comments, or reach out to me directly and I’ll add them to the list.
And remember, you don’t have to do everything, you just have to do something!
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from curating a smaller wardrobe, besides the usual “quality over quantity”, is to buy clothing that fits my actual lifestyle. While this is often understood as “buy for the climate/career/body shape that you have now”, I also interpret it as buying clothing that reflects how you spend your time.
Too often we put a priority on our out and about clothes, and yet I know that I spend about half my day in either loungewear or gym gear since I’m a bit of a gym rat. I’ve always had athletic hobbies and it’s a huge part of my social life. Between weight-lifting, yoga, field hockey, dance, and running, I participate in some sort of physical activity about four to five times a week. Sometimes I feel like I’m in my workout gear almost as much as my actual wardrobe!
January is a beautiful blank page of a month. I know it’s cliché, but I really do think that the start of a new year and birthdays are perfect milestones for pausing and re-evaluating our choices, habits, and goals.
I sometimes get the question of how I balance so many hobbies and side projects without going insane.
Yes, I can absolutely hear a few of my friends laughing at that question right now :). You say crazy, I say type-A. Tom-ay-to, tom-ah-to. But overall I would say that I love diving into new projects and learning new skills, and I usually manage to keep quite a few balls in the air with some semblance of grace.
In order to keep on top of everything I live and die by my calendar, but I also keep a spreadsheet that I call my “habit tracker”. This simple tool has been incredibly helpful for making sure that I spend some time during the week with each of my projects and hobbies, even though they aren’t explicitly penciled into my calendar.