Looking everywhere but the camera 


This is the same dress as in the last post. It seems that I’m going to get a lot of mileage out of this one. This is the way things should be. Asé.

The weather in Portland is bordering on disrespectfully hot right. Not to worry, it’ll be back to rain in a few days; equally disrespectful. Not one to waste a cloudless sky in the PNW, I wore my favorite shoes that give me blisters but I still insist on making work. They make everything look better.

And isn’t that what life is all about? Trade-offs, right? There are going to be things you have to endure because other things (often in direct conflict or opposition to what you want or is most comfortable) are more important. You can’t really have it all – it’s usually one thing or the other. It’s taken me a long time to learn this. I’m still learning it.

Clothes make for a great starting point to existential and philosophical musings.





Knowing the path vs. walking the path has been difficult for me. I realize now that this is because I’m not very good at being decisive. I read an interesting article on the importance of acknowledging trade-offs (trades-off?) in life and how that can force you into making actual decisions and maybe into some peace of mind. This dovetailed nicely with another video I watched earlier about budgeting and how deciding what you want really guides your focus and steps toward goal accomplishment (this is what I do with my free time, yes).




On Coats

Emerson Fry Coats

EMERSON FRY High Neck Shell and Ryan Coat

If the Pacific Northwest has taught me anything, it’s the value of a good coat. In my former life, when 60 degrees was considered cold and umbrellas were a thing, outerwear was for look only. Deep into my second winter here, function is really what I’m after (with a considerable portion of form).

I don’t have a ton of coats (read: long-ish, keeps me warm and/or dry, not made of leather) and half of them are made by Emerson Fry. I’ve mentioned the brand a few times before over the years and still consider them a favorite. Reasons? Their girl always looks great, quality is amazing, they produce their clothes in the US, and they have amazing sales. Case in point, I got both of these for around 70% off retail.

If you haven’t already, get on their mailing list. The patient will be rewarded with notifications from the online outlet store and end of season closeout deals.


Hello, November

EVERLANE sweater and blouse, CÉLINE belt, RAG & BONE jeans

October was kind of a terrible month (except for the couple of pretty things I bought to cope with life, but now my budget* is yelling at me, so that’s a wash). In the spirit of having November be better, I wrote a short list of things to do to save my sanity:

  • Actually exercise. This instead of watching other people exercise on TV and in Pinterest workouts.
  • Practice self care. No, really. Stop talking about it and do it. Make a list of things to do and do them.
  • Control what’s incoming. Log off the internet, turn off the ambient TV, start tackling the “to read” pile and listening to these podcasts that are actually interesting and helpful and uplifting. I recently started listening to The Friend Zone and I’m hooked.
  • Appreciate what is here. Stop thinking in the wrong direction (thanks Fran), worrying about the past and future, and really take in the moment and world around you right now; make an effort to deal with what it is instead of what it isn’t or what  you wish it were.



*I evangelize about the greatness that is You Need A Budget. There’s a 34 day free trial and a $6 discount if you purchase it using the links here. Prosper.