The Method

sweater from a thrift shop / RAG & BONE jeans / MODE COLLECTIVE shoes

Something old, something new, something “thrifted,” and… selfie because I can’t be bothered with proper outfit documentation. Love me anyway? What I lack in photography I make up with meaningless banter about clothes!

For instance, all three of the above “somethings” could apply to these shoes. Patience, usually the most effective weapon against complete irresponsibility, paid off once again when I found these lovely triple strap stunners for $40 – down from their original retail at $250 some seasons ago.

*insert squee*

Now, the story here usually goes that I was looking for a particular thing for forever, stalking it for months/years and then I finally find it. Not so this time. I learned of these perusing the blog Harper & Harley a few weeks ago and they stuck in my craw; beautiful lines, nice heel, probably really painful to actually wear. I was intrigued. As always, intrigue soon led to fixation, so I poked around the internet until I found them on eBay (there are a few more still listed if anyone else is interested). Since I’m trying to make better decisions and not let impulsiveness rule me, I let them sit for a couple of weeks while debating the merits of ownership. Below, a sampling of my inner monologue:

“Ooh, made in Spain by artisans! That sounds much better than a sweatshop.”

“Yeah, but they’re going to hurt.”

“These are going to look amazing with jeans. And a big sweater on top? Or a t-shirt? Those faux Jesse Kamm sailor pants I made from those pants from Buffalo Exchange? ALL OF THE THINGS.”

“You see how thin those straps are? BRUH. SAUSAGE. TOES.”

“Her feet don’t look that pained.”

“She’s sitting in nearly all the photos where she has on these shoes.”



“They’re $40.”

“I mean….you could just get them and if they hurt, resell them.”

“Yes. Yes I could.”

“And you have been wearing the same pair of “event shoes” since like…2012.”


“F- it. Just buy the shoes.”

I mean, it isn’t so much a conversation as a string of thoughts that consider separate arguments, but never mind all that.

The point is I copped them and they don’t hurt as much as anticipated. And they do look amazing with jeans and a big sweater. And it’s always worth waiting a few weeks, months, or years to buy something because you’ll usually be able to find it at a reasonable price and you’ll be able to better gauge whether or not something is an impulse buy or something you truly want to have. A little distance can do wonders for your wallet and general clutter levels.

Ok that was three points, but you get what I mean.







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.