Wednesday, December 24, 2008

packing for paris

pipsqueak chapeau linen dress
tse say wool cardigan
mm6 leggings

mm6 dress
jcrew sweater
thigh-high legwarmers

dries van noten top
theory wool cardigan
apc wool skirt
leg warmers

mayle galina wool jacket


barbour bedale jacket in sage with warm lining
virginia johnson camel wool shawl

so it's going to be about as cold in paris as it is here in new england. i've been sifting through my closet, trying to figure out what will be both comfortable and warm. i'm also packing my new jeans and my frye boots. i'm not sure my mayle jacket will be warm enough, but i'll bring it just in case. i'm thinking layers are my best option, but if it's really cold, i'll probably just wear my jeans, a cardigan, and leggings as long underwear. not very stylish, but oh well.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

new items in laws of general economy blog

lots of lovely new things posted in the clothing blog. since most of them were quite expensive, i am asking for more than the shipping costs alone (but no more than 10-20% of what i originally paid). i am feeling super guilty about how much money i've spent over the years on clothing. the economy stinks and we're all feeling the bank account pinch. i'm sure we all have clothing in our closets that we don't wear but hate the idea of 'losing' money on in ebay. my solution is to meditate for a long time on why i bought the item, why it hasn't worked out for me, and then try to let go of the annoyance about how much money i spent on it. if someone else can love and wear it, then that makes me feel a little better. these new pieces of clothing are things that i could probably sell on ebay, but for insultingly low prices. therefore, i'm posting them on the blog first. if there are no takers, maybe i'll meditate a while longer before deciding whether or not ebay should take a cut of the 'profits.' if anyone else wants to join in on the fun (i.e. clearing out the closet), email me...

two blogs inspiring me to do better:
stephanie and her amazing imaginary outfits. why buy when you can make believe?
editor and her disciplined and thoughtful approach to structuring a wardrobe.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

running out of options

clu shirt dress
ingrid and isabel leggings
rachel comey belt

the belt is a little too tight, so i'm not sure i'll be able to wear it for much longer. maybe something from jcrew is in order. the dress is short in front to begin with, so soon it will be scandalously short. the leggings are the only thing i feel comfortable wearing nowadays. i broke down last night and ordered a pair of maternity jeans, (GOOGLE15 for 15%). and just this morning i realized that i could drive up to portsmouth and try them on in order to avoid exchanging them by mail if they don't fit.

i've had a good run these past 30 weeks, but now i'm starting to feel the wardrobe pinch. at least i'm done with teaching so i no longer need to look super presentable, but it's depressing to think that even my t-shirts aren't long enough anymore.

isabel marant sale

lena clued me in to this dress, and if there were other sizes besides 0 left, i would buy it.

ooh, look! isabel marant on sale at creatures of comfort. i would pounce, but you know, paris is just around the corner, and i hear that things are already being marked down there.

creatures of comfort blog


Monday, December 15, 2008

holiday window shopping

because it fits (and i love it in black). mayle mirabelle dress, $695 (white version at la garconne).

because we're going to paris. repetto ideal ballerine in carbone, now $175 at zoe.

because they look so comfortable. ante humus boot by argila, now $328 at kick pleat.

because the length is perfect and the elbow patches are so useful. acne shorty wool cardigan, $302 at creatures of comfort. $289 plus 30% off (HOLIDAYTIME) at tobi.

because i can't get enough of striped cashmere sweaters. apc, now $210 at creatures of comfort.

what i'm actually spending my money on. makie wool fleece hat, vest, and pixie pants, on sale at nonchalant mom.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

wiksten holiday collection

jenny is updating her shop with a new holiday collection some time around noon (CST) tomorrow. unfortunately i'll have to miss it because my parents are arriving for the weekend to help jumpstart the nesting (i've been delinquent, i'm afraid).

i know i'll be able to wear my regular clothing soon enough, but my patience wears thin when i see such lovely new skirts.

baby shower

last saturday a dear friend hosted a baby shower at her home. i wore my new mayle Eniko dress, which i ordered from the shop a few weeks ago when they were having their sale. it just barely fits, but i'm glad it made it to the shower. more photos on future*perfect....

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

new steven alan shirt

although i can't model the whitman shirt because the belly is getting in the way, i have a feeling this will be one of my favorite postpartum tops thanks to its forgiving shape.

i forgot to mention that there's a 10% code (SAVE10) until dec. 14. lots of shirts, dresses, and outerwear are on sale already.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

steven alan window shopping

it's a pity i really really don't need another coat!
steven alan galley coat, $349 from $585.

and if i were to pack my suitcase with lovely steven alan pieces, this is what it would look like.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

moicun online store sale

i think we're going to the sale on sunday in brooklyn, but as lena just mentioned, pieces have already been marked down 50% online. i would buy a dress, but--well, i need to get presents for everyone else first...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

the things i do for my cats

i know, the economy is going to hell and we have some major expenses to deal with, but 25% off the new hepper pod bed in herringbone (removable reversible liner, hooray!) was incentive enough to buy something that i had been planning on getting for quite a while.

right now our house is filled with 6 cardboard boxes in which turtle and hector take turns sleeping. i don't have the heart to toss them just yet, but they're turning our apartment into a junkyard. hopefully this pod bed will be so enticing that they won't feel the need to hop into the crib come february. oh, i'm probably being delusional, but at least the apartment will look nicer.

Friday, November 28, 2008

satine black friday sale

i'm actually trying to get some writing done today, so no outlet malls or anything like that for me. but satine is having a 50% off sale. if you're a diehard tsumori chisato fan, there are tons of pieces on sale.

don't forget bird, too. i don't even have the energy to post my favorites, but let's just say i really want that a.p.c. yellow peacoat. sigh.

rachel comey dress-$190 (xs and m)

zero by maria cornejo cashmere 'new shell' cardigan-$325 (xs and m)

rachel comey cut-out moccasin boot-$162 (7.5, 8, 8.5, 10, 11)

mayle aiko cardigan-$227 (small)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

going to brooklyn next weekend?

lena just let me know that many of my favorite artists and designers are having a sale next sunday. my baby shower is the day beforehand, but i think i can handle a drive down to brooklyn just for this.

mociun clothing at 50% off? port2port calendars? sian keegan's adorable stuffed animals? i really cannot resist....

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

martin clothes on sale

several pieces are now on sale (apparently shipping is free, too). i love my straight leg denim, and the petal top would be fun to wear next spring.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

barbour bedale jacket

collar up, collar down

i guess my new englander transformation is finally complete (or it will be once i buy l.l.bean boots). in a fit of frustration yesterday (my ben sherman parka zipper broke), i went down to newbury street to try on barbour wax cotton jackets.

naturally, i left the store 30 minutes later $450 poorer. i wanted something that was waterproof, relatively windproof, and could accommodate a zip-in warm liner. the women's jackets do not work with the liners, so even though the fit is slimmer, i decided to go with a unisex design. i tried on the beaufort, which is about 33 inches long, but found that the cut was too bulky around the shoulders and back. i also didn't care for the internal velcro sleeve cuffs. apparently it comes in a slimmer cut, but i didn't see it at this particular shop.

i bought the bedale in sage (very dark green, almost black in some lighting conditions), which is shorter (about 31 inches) but fits more snugly in the back shoulders, has a sweater sleeve cuff and side vents (key for bicycling). i also purchased a quilted zip-in liner, but passed on an attachable hood because i felt like i was spending too much money. when i arrived home, i immediately searched online to see if i could buy the same thing for less. and of course, i did.

the details:
size 34 (US women's equivalent 4, but it fit me (4-6) perfectly with room to spare in the waist (also key!). a 36 fits just as well, but i wanted a slimmer silhouette.

bedale jacket in sage, list price $345
quilted fleece liner, list price $105
hood (not purchased), list price $45
total: $458

ordered from Gifts for Fishing (UK site, free shipping to US, tax and duties if applicable will be refunded):
bedale jacket in sage, $265
warm pile lining, $ 75 (list price $95)
hood, $34
total: $374

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

bundling up

1. new le bouton studio broad shirt
2. jcrew cardigan
3. opening ceremony coat

The first cold day of the season (high of 40 degrees), so now begins the tricky task of dressing for the freezing outdoors and stuffy interiors. even this coat will have to be bypassed for warmer (full-sleeved) parkas in a month or so....

Update: the broad shirt is still available, but no longer in the striped grey and white silk fabric featured on Lisa's site. anyway, it's much more fun to pick out your own fabric from all the lovely swatches that she'll send you!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

steven alan knitted button hat

tanja wanted to see better photos of my steven alan cashmere button hat. i'm not good enough at knitting to make something similar, but i hope these images help.

i would love to figure out how to crochet something similar to my other steven alan aviator cap because they no longer offer it. someday it will fall apart and i'll be very very sad.

clothing swap blog!

laws of general economy is now online.

anyone can view the blog, but if you'd like to participate by posting clothing, accessories, etc., that you would like to give away, please email me so i can add you as a 'blog author.' if you only have one or two things that you'd like to post, i can upload them for you.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

a.p.c. madras fall-winter 08 tunic dress

i'm not actually planning on wearing this today but i thought i should post a photo of it. the fit is pretty loose, but not too tent-like. the shoulders seemed a bit narrow at first, but after wearing it on the plane last weekend, it seems to have stretched out a tiny bit so it's more comfortable. i was worried the ombre would be too trendy, but honestly, i like it so much that i don't really care...

Sunday, November 09, 2008

more on the thea dress

just got back from houston. i don't know how people can travel for business every month, i always get so frazzled when i have to travel....all that waiting at airports and killing time in dreary hotels....

anyway, la garconne posted better images of the thea, and other mayle holiday pieces, and all i can say is that i'm even more in love with this collection.

but the sleeves are shorter than the lookbook version, and i can't decide whether this is a good thing or not. i was a little partial to the longer length for some reason.

oh, and the madras pieces came last week, but i returned the plaid top because it's too boxy and short in the torso. i was worried the gradient dress would be too shapeless, but it fits me pretty well. i'll post photos today or tomorrow, once i recover.