Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall Wish List

Typical Oregon September, it's 87 degrees out with a post-apocalyptic wind lashing at my dried up plants. No matter - I'm ogling boots and coats!

There are trends-a-plenty featured in the fall mags and blogs ... most of which aren't super trendy. Yay! This will be a good fall to invest, unlike the fall when the hi-low skirt assaulted us.

Here's where I'm looking to plunk down some money:
1) Chunky-knit sweater - I'm from a ski town, so this kind of layer was, and remains, a staple. I'm loving the refined shapes and beautiful patterns that designers are showing.

This Helmut Lang sweater is my idea of perfect. Add a scarf and a slim jean ... don't take it off all winter!

2) Military inspired jacket - much like a denim jacket, this style is effortless and layer-able. It's the perfect topper for jeans and looks fresh with skirts and dresses, just add a chunky boot.

This style has a gorgeous drape and nice details in the rear-view too. (It's not so "grassy" green on the merchant site.) Elizabeth & James coat.

3) Plaid stuff - plaid is a big trend this year (I'd argue that it never went out of style) and it's great for print mixing and pairing with interesting textures. Plaid with polka dots? Yes please! I have a pair of plaid pants that I scored at a clothing exchange ... can't wait to trot them out soon!

Love the subtle color palette and easy drape of this Karaline top, available at Tumbleweed.

4) Just one more pair of boots ... I swear - or maybe two.

The zipper detail from the bottom of the heel to the top of the boot is incredible - find these at Halo.
I'll wear these with cozy tights and shorter skirts ... and that chunky sweater above! Vince.

5) Dresses - a good dress is hard to find. My philosophy is to snap 'em up when you find them - I'm always shopping for dresses! In the colder months, I look for styles that layer well with scarves and cardigans and for fabrics that won't cling to tights.

From one of my favorite dress makers, Isabel de Pedro. Find it at Physical Element.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Regime Change

All was going along fine with my anemic skin care regime. Sort of. My magnifying mirror is illuminating age spots and sun damage along with the errant chin hairs I'm chasing. The retinoid I'm using is a little harsh and leaves me scaly. I'm getting weird pimples. Enough.

A friend of mine from early improv days, Debbie Pierce, is a Rodan & Fields representative. Debbie is funny, smart, and discerning. She shares my skincare woes and found succor with the Rodan & Fields products.

(Full disclosure here (as is my way): Debbie has provided me with the Reverse collection of skincare. I'll be lending a hand in Debbie's closet soon. I'm not advertising for Debbie or the company. I'll give an unvarnished review of this product.)

You should totally go see the befores and afters at the Rodan & Fields site. AMAZING.

My new routine ...

I've never had a skin routine with so many steps. It's a challenge for me and the products: I'd better stick with it and the products had better deliver. (The product will only deliver if I stick with it ... that old song and dance!)

I'll be posting periodic updates on my Facebook page. And when the last drop of product is squeezed from its tube I'll share my very own before and after pictures.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Seriously Guys, Your Chest is Not a Shirt

When I'm in line at the food cart behind a shirtless dude (no matter how impressive the physique), I gag a little. I'm wearing a shirt, in fact, almost everyone is wearing a shirt, except for shirtless dude.

What compels a man to reject his shirt on a sunny day? To take clothes off without a pool, boat, beach, running group, hard labor, or Playgirl photographer anywhere nearby? Does he seek reciprocity from women?

If so, there's a movement afoot to make this a reality. Topfreedom is a thing. A quote from the Wiki page:
  • "In North America, the Topfree Equal Rights Association assists women who have been charged for being topless, while GoTopless organizes demonstrations to protest against the legal and public attitude to the inequality."
Bummer that women are charged for being topless and men aren't, huh?

Social inequality for women persists, persistently. 62% of single mothers are employed in the lowest paying jobs in the US, our reproductive rights are still in the hands of a mostly-male legislature, sex shaming and sex crimes continue to plague campuses, workplaces, homes and streets. We're up in arms about the racist comments of a gazillionaire white guy when half of the world population - of all races - is still struggling to get adequate pay, healthcare, and social equality. Mothers, sisters, daughters. Tragic.

So, does a man take his shirt off on a hot day to flaunt his social superiority? Gosh, who knows. Maybe on some reptilian level. Frankly, I think a man's internal convo goes like this: "It's hot, I'm going to take my shirt off."

Regardless of why a man ditches his shirt on a hot day, I deem it ICKY. It's a don't.

So here's a tip for the guys. Grab a cold drink, wear a tank top (if you must), or get yourself to a pool/beach/boat/waterhole. Your mothers, sisters, and daughters thank you in advance.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Seriously, Leggings Are Not Pants

I indulged in some commercial air-travel of late. As usual, the experience didn't disappoint in the people-watching department.

It's a miasma of humanity at the airport. The veteran traveler with a tidy carry-on, buckwheat neck pillow, and appropriately small toiletries. Strictly-business-travelers with all manner of electronic ephemera and a determined, get-there-on-time-dammit attitude. Families with bursting-to-full bags of all shapes and sizes with children risking life and limb on the people movers. It's a good show.

What's not good is the clothing choices by my fellow travelers. (I've ranted about this before!) It is absolutely possible to be comfortable and presentable. On my flight home there were no less than ten female travelers wearing leggings. Leggings as pants.

Technically, leggings could be considered pants because they occupy space on the lower half of the body. Here's why they aren't pants: they're footless tights. Neither the fabric nor the construction of leggings flatter the pelvic area. It may look like your leggings are thick enough to conceal your cute printed panties (and your anatomy) ... but bend over and that fabric stretches to show everything.

Leggings are not pants, even on the most toned backside.
Excellent reference material here.

And if those images aren't convincing enough. Try Googling "Leggings Are Not Pants." You will get almost 49 million related links. That's right, 49 million.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Shoes - Women's Edition

Spring dressing can be complex. While it looks warm enough to trot out a sundress and sandals, it's actually freakin' cold out there. Hypothermia sets in fast with a peep-toe. Winter's black boots and autumnal colored oxfords look drab and heavy next to Spring's light colors and wispy layers. What's a girl to do?

First thing: check your closet. Reacquaint yourself with shoes you haven't seen in a while and get rid of anything that looks tired or out-of-date.

Dust off those metallic flats, brightly colored pumps, and espadrilles that have some miles left in 'em - these are all totally current and wearable. Toss out square-toed anything (it's all about round or pointy right now), hopelessly worn shoes (no matter how much you love 'em), and espadrilles that are unraveling.

This quick chore will free up both closet and brain space for future purchases. Deep breath, now shop.

Light colored shoes in traditional silhouettes are excellent additions to a Spring wardrobe ... and though these are "trendy," they aren't likely to go out of style anytime soon. They're just too darned useful.

A tidy bootie in buff/sand/palamino is an instant update - this is from Piperlime. (I am also obsessed with this one from Rag & Bone.)

This is SO cute with super-feminine dresses. Nordstrom.
Here's a new look for an old favorite - a lady-like skater sneaker! Love the texture here. Vince at Piperlime.

Often it comes down to knuckling under and replacing the shoes you've loved to death. Every spring I replenish flip-flops (Old Navy are my go-to), Chuck Taylors, and a low espadrille. There, lurking in the shadows, are my worn favorites that I'll ... just ... stretch ... one .... more .... season.

Alas, no. They're goners. Here are some just-right replacements.

Black flats. Essential and often worn 'til their bitter end. Upgrade now, before your favorite pair dies. Chloe flats.
Metallic flats are a spring/summer must, and are even spring-y-er/summer-y-er with cut-outs. Shorts, dresses, cropped pants ... everything goes with these. (That's why I wear mine out so fast.)
A chunky, 70's inspired wedge is an instant leg-lengthen-er and super-versatile ... at any height!

Stay tuned ... next I'll tackle Spring shoes for men. (And no, I won't be writing about cleats.)