Friday, November 28, 2014

can't get warm enough pullover/vest


ever since winter weather arrived, i can't seem to get warm enough. i need more layers of clothing than i seem to have ever needed before (in winter weather). when i am reclining on my sofa reading or watching tv, in addition to wearing heavy wool socks and covering myself with a wool blanket, i have to tuck my wool-encased feet under a heating pad set at high -- something that i haven't had to do for many, many years. and i have pulled out my hand/wrist warmers to wear when i am reading, writing or "inputting data" on any of my "devices" (you know, my laptop, tablet or smart phone). why does winter weather seem so different this year than in years past (that i can remember)?

i am wearing the alpen top, delphi scarf and tokyo hat by kaliyana. i am also wearing a dress, a pullover/vest and trousers by grizas via kaliyana. my cardigan is by lauren vidal via kaliyana. i am wearing the noon boot (box collection) by trippen.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

dotty about spots hat



the hat and arm tubes are the latest additions (to the outfit not my wardrobe). otherwise, i have already worn this outfit (at least twice) since i acquired the new bits of it (dress and pullover) in september. the jacket was a bit on the light (not warm enough) side for what turned out to be quite a chilly day.* i will try to fix that on the next outing of this outfit.

*i can so see a down-filled version of this jacket (hint, hint -- "they" say nothing happens if you don't try).

i am wearing the alpen top, the positano skirt, the aha jacket, the tokyo hat, the delphi scarf and arm tubes by kaliyana. i am also wearing a dress and pullover by grizas via kaliyana. my boots are the rider boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Monday, November 24, 2014

feeling a bit elfish (but whatever) sweater vest



i am wearing trousers, a sweater vest and a coat by grizas via kaliyana. i am also wearing the alpen top, delphi scarf and tokyo hat by kaliyana. my boots are the noon boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

it just snuck up on me sweater dress


maybe it was because i had been preoccupied with one particular thing since the beginning of september that i didn't notice how winter weather had been slowly creeping up on me. all i know is, one day, i woke up and there it was: sweater weather. hat weather. fireplace weather. huddling under woollen throws while watching tv weather. double wool blankets on the bed weather. and maybe it was because i was still preoccupied with that one particular thing that i had been preoccupied with since the beginning of september that when i did wake up that one day and discovered that winter weather had arrived that it had no impact on me. i wasn't happy. i wasn't sad. i was nothing. i just put on the sweater and hat and continued on my way. (p.s. thanks to the kaliyana stylist(s) for the outfit. given my zombie state of moving through the days (and nights), i am not sure that i would have known which sweater and hat to put on.)

i am wearing a skirt, the delphi scarf, the tokyo hat and the left bank jacket by kaliyana. my sweater dress is rundholz black label. i am wearing the onion boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Friday, November 21, 2014

promises boots




sometimes i make promises to myself. promises of acquiring one thing or another if i just get through that one difficult situation or the next few difficult days or the next anxiety filled week. the hope is that the promise will be enticing enough to keep me calm, cool and collected (and, most importantly, breathing) throughout a trying time. my most recent promise: a new pair of trippens. or maybe half of that new (melow) wardrobe that i want.

i am wearing the alpen top, the l/s honolulu dress, the forever jacket, the delphi scarf and the aha jacket by kaliyana. my boots are the rider boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

from now on i will take one moment at a time tunic



i am wearing the alpen top, the studio tunic, the modena top and the cool pant by kaliyana. my boots are the noon boot (box collection) by trippen.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

i never would have guessed coat


i never would have guessed that canvas was so windproof. this fall, i bought a coat and a jacket made of heavy cotton canvas. both have proven to be very effective at keeping the cold autumn wind away from me.

i am wearing the alpen top, the modena dress, the milan skirt, the delphi scarf and the phoenix coat by kaliyana. my boots are the rider boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

slang dress


the other day, for the first time, i heard the expression/phrase "friday junior". i quickly learned that it meant "thursday". how long has thursday been referred to as friday junior? when i looked up the expression/phrase "friday junior" in the urban dictionary on the interwebs, i learned a new expression/phrase: "hump day", meaning "wednesday". now, for a long time, i have been referring to wednesday as "the hump". but all the time that i have been doing so, i had no idea that "hump day" was official slang. it never ceases to amaze me how truly out of touch i am at times.

i am wearing the alpen top, the ono dress, the tunnel skirt, the delphi scarf and the left bank jacket by kaliyana. my boots are the rider boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

who am i top


sometimes i wonder whether the me i present to the outside world* is really me. if it isn't really me, if it is some version of me that i manufacture thinking she will be more acceptable to one or another segment of the outside world, am i being true to me? am i somehow undermining the true me? maybe clothes are important to me because they are the one constant among the various versions of me that i might manufacture and who i think is the true me. no matter who i am, my style (once i have settled on it) is one and the same.

*the "outside world" is the world outside my home.

i am wearing the alpen top, the l/s honolulu dress, the forever jacket and the sarouel pant by kaliyana. my  boots are the boss boot  (box collection) by trippen.

Friday, November 14, 2014

a dress by many names dress


recently, i went to see wicked ... for the third time. the second time that i saw wicked was about two years ago. oddly, on my third occasion seeing wicked, i was able to recall exactly what i wore on that second time seeing wicked. i don't always remember what i wear at particular times, but sometimes i do. sometimes they are happy recollections. other times, they are cringe-when-i-remember recollections. i once told a male boss of mine (while discussing the upcoming nuptials of his daughter) that i might find it difficult to have a traditional wedding, with the traditional white wedding dress, because i would be unable to settle on the dress. upon seeing his puzzled expression, i explained further. given all the mistakes i make with everyday clothes, the odds would be pretty good that i would make a mistake with the wedding dress (which would be so beyond what i am used to shopping for). if that occurred, i would forever have to live with having been married in a dress that was just wrong. not to mention having to look at pictures of myself in that just wrong dress. no, i just couldn't do it. i did not want a cringe-when-i-remember-it recollection of my wedding. his response to this explanation was ... probably predictable. "It's just a dress," he said. Years later, reflecting on this conversation, I thought, "How strange. I can easily commit to an individual. But committing to "the dress", well, that I still find a challenge." (p.s. i still like what i wore to see wicked the second time.)

i am wearing the alpen top, the ono dress, the tunnel skirt and the delphi scarf by kaliyana. my boots are the rider boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

let's get comfortable dress


i am wearing the alpen top, the modena dress, the milan skirt and the delphi scarf by kaliyana. my boots are the rider boot (closed collection) by trippen. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

a black, black day top



there are situations that i have to face that i know (or suspect) will be unpleasant. i give more thought to what i will wear when facing those situations than i give to what i will wear at any other time. why? because i feel i have to allow for the possibility that i will associate the clothes that i wear with the feeling of unpleasantness (should it manifest itself) and that i will never want to wear the clothes again for fear of triggering a memory of the situation and its unpleasantness. so the clothes have to be disposable ones. sometimes, i will choose old clothes that i no longer care for to wear to face an unpleasant (or potentially unpleasant) situation. other times, i will actually buy new clothes that are inexpensive to wear to face an unpleasant (or potentially unpleasant) situation -- h & m serves me well for this purpose. i am happy when the situation that i have to face that i suspect will be unpleasant turns out not to be so unpleasant and i come to love the clothes that i wore to face the situation (maybe there is some association going on there). i am unhappy when unpleasantness is unexpected, i don't prepare for it and i come to hate previously liked clothes.

i am wearing the alpen top, the pelican top, the ball skirt, the long tight pant and the aha jacket by kaliyana. my boots are the onion boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

whenever i wear dots i think of morse code dress, top and leggings



when i change my style, the last thing to fall into place is outerwear. i think that i am entering my third year of sporting a lagenlook-inspired-by-japanese-minimalist-fashion style. i started working on the outerwear part of my look last year. this year, i really want to nail it down.

i am wearing the alpen top, the l/s honolulu dress, the pelican top, the aha jacket and the long tight pant by kaliyana. my boots are the onion boot (closed collection) by trippen.