The sun became a thing again

top made by me / CITIZENS OF HUMANITY jeans / COMMON PROJECTS sandals / THE ROW sunglasses

It’s hot outside and I am thrilled. Time to revisit the list for spring/summer closet preparations that I put together and completely forgot about…

// Dye my light colored high-waist jeans to a medium blue…maybe

I did no do this…mostly because I fell out of love with skinny jeans. It’s too hot and my legs are bigger than they were a few months ago. Shouts out to squats and prowler runs.

// Get supplies to properly clean and waterproof my shoes

Still haven’t done this either. Terrible.

// Reassess the closet contents

This is a constant thing. Lots of things sold and given away and I’m feeling good about the current state of things. I still haven’t worn the loafers.

// Mend/tailor anything that needs mending/tailoring

Yes and no. All the major items are taken care of, but there are some necklaces that I need professional help with.

// Buy a couple of nice, long-wearing spring/summer tops

I finally bought the Elizabeth Suzann Maxine top I mentioned earlier and am impatiently awaiting its arrival. In the meantime, I made the shirt I’m wearing above with a $2.25 fabric remnant (directions are here if you are so inclined!). Summer shirt issues (possibly) resolved!

Side note: if any of you are pressed for a particular ES piece and aren’t too keen about the current 8-10 week lead time, I’d suggest checking out this Instagram page.  You might get lucky (I DID!)

// Find a pair of good jeans

YES. FOUND. WEARING IN PHOTO ABOVE. And I can’t get enough of them. I had the waist taken in (best $15 I’ve spent in a while) and they’re perfect. I want them in a darker wash, too.

If any of you are interested in this style, size down. I’m usually a 28 and had to get a 26 in these…thicker thighs and all. Still not sure how that happened, but I’m rolling with it.

 

 

Moody Blues

THE ROW sunnies /THEYSKEN’S THEORY tank / CITIZENS OF HUMANITY jeans / Chucks

Greetings from Page, Arizona. I’m here on a work trip to send a chicken sandwich to space. True story.

The last two years have been fraught with a lot of personal growth (read: really shitty things happening). The good thing is I think I’ve finally landed in a place where I can manage myself and my emotions without wanting to jump out of a window or hole up for several days. It’s a nice time. It’s definitely a journey, but I’m learning to better appreciate the stops along the way.

 

The Leather Sneaker

I have to admit that there are quite few brands with ethics I applaud and products I’d probably never buy. Silhouettes are important to me and I find that quite a few responsible brands don’t make ones that I particularly like.

Nisolo is one of those brands. I learned of it through Andrea and watched its popularity grow among the conscious consumerism set. While I am all for the mission of paying partner suppliers above and beyond fair trade wages and responsible production methods, I could not find anything that suited my tastes until recently.

With the launch of the Elayna sneaker, I now have something I can hope to own; and they don’t look so precious that I can’t actually wear them…unlike a certain pair of loafers that are still sitting pretty in their packaging. Vachetta leather ages beautifully over time and it’s a great, atypical option for a sneaker. Right up my alley.

I’m only plotting on them for now, but  I’d be remiss to not mention that Nisolo gives us both $25 off when you use this link. Each one, reach one.

 

The Rain Coat

Stutterheim Stockholm Long

It would take two years, three months, and four days before I finally accepted that I live in Portland. On that day, I bought a proper rain coat. Because I am who I am (as in, I pretend to not be trendy, but am completely trendy when it comes to utilitarian things that look sexy), I got a Stutterheim. They’re popular here and with good reason; it’s June 15 and this photo was taken today…

If you’re in the market for a fancy, utilitarian rain coat that looks sexy, and are also like me and don’t want to pay full price for it, I recommend Stutterheim’s sample sale section. I’m wearing an XS. It’s unlined, but keeps you plenty warm when it’s nasty out.