December 30, 2011

It's not a cape. It's a cloak.

If you had run into me yesterday in the outside world, where it was overcast and cool but not cold, then this is what you would have seen. Not the bloggiest of blogger outfits, but that's kind of my point. It's just what I wore.

There were tan leopard print socks as well as tiny polka dots on my shirt. The shoes (vintage Robert Clergerie) are my winter counterpart to my ultimate summer mesh top slightly platformy loafer. And the leather bag is something I've owned for years but just sort of rediscovered. I think that I wasn't ready for it at the time of purchase, but have grown into it. A very satisfying feeling. More on said bag to follow.

So right, me. Heading out into the world, yet again, in clothes.

The cloak is a Christmas gift. It is vintage Scottish 3 ply cashmere. I didn't know what that meant. But apparently it's the thickest weave of cashmere which is most durable and won't pill.

This thing feels pretty amazing on, like an adult baby blanket that passes for outerwear. I'm very happy to welcome it into my closet and into my life. I imagine it will serve me quite well.

December 21, 2011

Recommended Holiday Viewing

This is top to bottom classic 90s television, Nirvana appearance included. I'm a fan of RuPaul's entire (adult) life's work and philosophy of spreading love, so I had to watch this. And it's pretty amazing. This has been about as deep into the Christmas spirit as I've managed to get this year...

December 11, 2011

Object of Desire: Dries Van Noten Ankle Boots

I have a neurotic story, but I'll save it for the end. For now, just look:

I fell in love with these boots, and I had to have them. The hunt for a non-lace-up black ankle boot led me down some predictable paths. I have an etsy account filled with "favorited" 90s chunky heel chelsea boots and the like. But then I found these in a San Francisco shoe store just down the block from my home (with online store and international shipping), Gimme Shoes.

At first glance they didn't stand out to me, as my eye was drawn to ubiquitous Acne boot styles and more elaborate Dries shoes. On a second perusal of the shop, I asked to try them on, even though I wasn't fully sold on the look of them, sitting there on the shelf. But once I had them on my feet I knew we had a problem. Because they are perfect in every way and I can wear them with everything and I like the shininess and the crackle leather, the slim fit and the height of the heel and how they are almost like a 90s shoe but not clunky or with boxy shaped toe. How they are sleek but wearable and dressy but not overly so and they are really comfortable and easy to walk in, plus the little tread on the heel, what a cute touch, and if you think about it they looks like a classic Dries pump on the bottom with an extra sock-like leather piece that creates a boot, but not in a corny Marc Jacobs or Miu Miu way (that glitter boot that looks like a pump with a glitter sock is fucking heinous and so were those MJ sock-boot things). I digress. Um, what else? Oh, the stitched sole that extends from the shoe so that they will last a long time, since walking is my primary mode of transportation. Just need to cover the leather sole with an extra sole layer for heavy city wear and all will be right in my shoe game this fall.

I would also like to state for the record that the plants aren't staged. I'm just extremely lazy and sunlight comes through the window to the left. We really need to get those into a planter. They have been there, on the corner of the dining room table, for weeks.

December 5, 2011

Bum Equipment

You might have noticed a slow down in posts. My life is a bit hectic, and I'm no fool when it comes to prioritizing. Blogging takes the back seat when it's crunch time for work that either pays me or might very well pay me in the near future. Plus, sickness. Plus, gluttony holiday.

Still, I'm here now. Here to show you what clothing looks like in the life of a woman who works part time to pay the bills so she can work on her actual goals of writing and such in the other amount of remaining time.

This lifestyle I find myself in requires maximum comfort, while this city I find myself in requires knitwear. Thus, my fall-winter look goes more or less as follows: I wear a lot of pullover sweaters with cozy pants. Either the sweater or the pants can be a print or a color, but so far I have not managed to be top-to-bottom print/color. (Working on that!)

For example, I have these brightly colored printed pants in a thick natural fabric that keeps my lower half climate controlled. On top, I have one cozy as fuck 100% cashmere sweater (a mens one by Adam Kimmel).

I found the pants on etsy last spring (see also), and I just picked up the cashmere sweater at Crossroads in the Castro (priced at $27, but I just traded in some old stuff for a total cost of $0).

Alternately, I have been in love with this bright aqua blue wool/poly sweater (it's J. Press for UO, hence the standard cut and bright color combined with cheap materials). I also got this secondhand on trade at the Buffalo Exchange in Haight-Ashbury (which is 90% filled with crap -- and yet I've bought two awesome things there in the last 3-4 months). 

Lastly, please let me self-indulgently talk to you again about this black wool coat. I love it! It remains perfect. I wear it constantly. Remember how I got it for $9 at a thrift store in L.A.? This is the stuff my dreams are made of.