Friday, December 06, 2013
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
My final lecture of the semester is today, and then there are papers and an exam to grade in the next two weeks. I'm looking forward to a few days off in between various other December deadlines. I'm lucky I only have to teach two courses next semester. I hope there will be job interviews, but I'm preparing for the worst.
I've been continuing to focus on relatively boring wardrobe-building for the past month. I bought a pair of Cole Haan Monroe penny loafers in October after many months of hesitation. Of course they're half a size too big after stretching out, for some reason I didn't anticipate this inevitability. I'm destined to live in Birkenstocks, I have terrible luck with real shoes! I also stumbled upon an Isabel Marant for H&M blouse, which has worked equally well for teaching and going out.
Last night I decided to order the shirt-tail mini in boulevard green from J.Crew. I haven't worn skirts on a regular basis in many years, but I'm hoping this one will be a dependable workhorse this season. J.Crew quality is so iffy, but I always wait for sales and additional discounts. I have no expectations of these pieces lasting more than a season or two.
I hope everyone had a restful Thanksgiving. Maybe it's because I haven't been online much these days, but I've been enjoying a slower pace of life. We buy groceries, draw pictures, clean, and fold laundry. I'm trying hard to be content with the current situation. If I stop to think about what may happen in the next few months, I fall apart. There's a character in A.S. Byatt's The Children Book who chooses to live lightly on the surface because the alternative is too troubling. In times like these, that's the best advice I can offer myself and those in a similar situation. For all of you on the market, here's hoping for interviews and campus visits...and contracts.
Friday, November 08, 2013
|Micaela Greg Cream Nile Cardigan|
|Micaela Greg Grey Diagonals Cardigan|
|Ilana Kohn Green Spades Mara Dress|
A rough few weeks spent over-worked and sick. It's stress and everything piling up with deadlines, grading, and mid-semester exhaustion. These Micaela Greg's knits are mesmerizing and soothing with their complex patterns.
Monday, October 28, 2013
|Micaela Greg Fragment leggings at Myth + Symbol|
I'm the kind of person who buys sweater leggings in fairisle patterns while in the Christmas mood only to return them three days later. I have several issues with wearing patterned bottoms, especially leggings that are in a thick knit, and one of them is that they often resemble sleepwear. However, these Fragment leggings by Micaela Greg look like they might be suited to both work and play. I can see them pairing nicely with an oversized pullover post-holiday feasting as well as with a silk or linen tunic for office hours.
Monday, October 21, 2013
|Studio Nicholson Ines Coat|
|Steven Alan Delphine Coat|
|Steven Alan floral print Martine top|
|J. Crew Silk Ruffle Top in Beanstalk Stripe|
I'm at the point where I need to donate a few of my coats, but I'm not sure I need to replace any. If I knew I were spending the next 5 - 10 years in a cold climate, I would love something in a rich color as well as a snuggly soft coat like Steven Alan's Delphine. I've found myself grabbing for my Etoile Isabel Marant Baki more and more these days because it's so soft and unstructured.
I've also been experiencing a mall-induced fashion crisis. So many photo floral prints at the mall, but I'm not sure it's really my kind of look. However, I did pick up this J.Crew silk top with a floral stripe pattern that has worked well as a teaching top. The Steven Alan Martine floral print seems like another nice variation on the theme, but I can't decide if I really need more than one of this type.
Monday, October 07, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
apiece apart marina draped pants and lauren manoogian's wedge cardigan at mille.
it's always fun to do a bit of imaginary shopping on payday before the realities of the month ahead hit. i love early fall weather, but it's been heartbreaking to see the moth damage on my knit collection. i'm still holding onto a few pieces for sentimental reasons, but i had to throw out nearly half. sadness.