What I Learned from Having a Custom Skirt Made

If you have been reading this blog for a while you know that I can be pretty picky (that might be a bit of an understatement) and that I know what I like. My closet is no exception and I have some very specific items on my wish list.

I’ve been looking for a royal blue circle skirt for a while now. It would be that inky Yves Klein blue, have a subtle circle skirt shape without pleats that falls right below the knee. It would be made of gabardine wool and lined. It would have an invisible zipper, a thin waistband that hit at my natural waist, and of course, pockets are always a plus.

Over the years I had bought a lot of “close enough” versions of this skirt, but they were always kind of disappointing. Too short, too cheap-looking, too full, too something. After a few years of this I decided to just bite the bullet and make the skirt I had in my head myself.

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Five Piece French Wardrobe: Update #7

Can I still call this a fall/winter update even if it’s now April? Sorry guys, looks like the past few months got away from me… However better late than never, and apologies that most of these are already sold out! 

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I’ve stopped writing in-depth wardrobe planning posts (but definitely let me know if you miss them, and you can always check out my past posts here) but I still wanted to give a quick update on my fall/winter FPFW. I’m still casually participating in the five-piece wardrobe, since it fits seamlessly into my usual shopping style. So here are the five pieces I bought for the fall/winter season:

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Reader Question: capsule wardrobe for going out

I recently received a question from a reader about creating a capsule wardrobe that I thought would be helpful for others:

“I am studying medicine and even though it is a time consuming career, every now and then (ok, kind of often) I go out clubbing with my friends. But as a student I’m kind of broke and I struggle to pay transportation, drinks and buy night-out appropriate attire… So I wanted to know some tips on how to achieve a sort of “capsule wardrobe for clubbing”. I mean, it sounds kind of impossible, but maybe having some pieces that you could mix and match to create different night looks… Well, I’d totally appreciate the advice.”

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10 Do’s and Dont’s for Tech Interviewers

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Some big news: I’m moving to Bitly!

I’ve had an amazing two years at NBCUniversal, and while I’ll miss working with all the talented people over at NBC, it was time for some new challenges and a change of scenery.

I’m not going to lie, it was really nice this time around to have the luxury of job hunting while I already had a job. And by luxury I mean that I didn’t need to settle for just anything that would pay a living wage and I could afford to be a little pickier. Unfortunately, it also meant that I was basically working two jobs for a while: my day job and then finding a new job.

Since I wasn’t in a rush this time, I also had a chance to see just how truly horrendous the technical interview process can be. I’m sure that a lot of these are true for other industries, but I only have experience in tech, so this is my viewpoint.

There are so many guidelines and lists of do’s and dont’s out there for job hunters. So for the love of god, can we get a few for the people who are actually interviewing us? Since I couldn’t seem to find any for interviewers, here’s my list, courtesy of actual real-life experiences I’ve had over the past months.

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New for the Sake of New : an argument for older solutions

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We have been doing a lot of traveling recently, which has involved a lot of staying at other peoples’ homes and getting an intimate look at their lifestyles.

It’s so easy to forget that what I consider “normal” is very different from someone else’s “normal”. My favorite moment was definitely a woman who was horrified that I carried my groceries home by myself. I honestly don’t think much of carrying thirty pounds of groceries ten blocks home since that’s just normal to me. However, for someone who has always had a car that probably sounded like torture :)

I forget that my friends and immediate family live a pretty nomadic and light lifestyle, partially from choice, partially because of circumstances out of our control. The families that we were staying with were definitely at the opposite end of the spectrum. After having a few weeks with every creature comfort at my disposal (I’m not going to lie, it was an enjoyable experience for a few days), it was nice to return home with the knowledge that I have definitely chosen the right lifestyle for me.

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One Simple Trick for Optimizing Images

One of the biggest reasons why a web page loads slowly is because of images (the other is video, but let’s not get into that…). Big, beautiful images make absolutely stunning website designs, but they can really kill your performance stats when you try to download large image files over a slow connection.

Obviously there are ways to get around using image assets, such as font-icons, CSS3 shapes, and SVG sprites. But if nothing but a jpeg will do, there are still a few ways to reduce the file size.

One way is to simply reduce the image quality. Of course, we want to hit that sweet spot between reducing the file size yet still having a crisp image. One of my coworkers reminded me of a great trick that’s a little non-intuitive but is dead-simple, so I thought I’d share it.

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20 of my Favorite Science Fiction Books

I am an absolutely voracious reader and have been since I was little. At the moment I have the (dubious) pleasure of an hour long commute both ways, so I spend a lot of time reading. While I’ll give any book a chance, if I’m not into the story after a few chapters, I’ll just put it down. I never quite understood the people who feel like they need to finish every book they start, reading is supposed to be fun!

Anyway, while I’ll read just about anything, my favorite genre is definitely science fiction. I’ve had a few people new to the genre ask me for recommendations and usually I just point them to this list. I always make a point to check out the new releases for the year, but these are the books that I consider “classic” science fiction and that I wind up reading again and again.

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