Sunday, September 9, 2012

I'm old and bitter

I try not to write too much about other people's blogs on here because I don't want to sound like a jealous/weird/stalker-y bizzo. But the things I read are on my mind a lot, and stay with me, so it comes out from time to time.

I haven't checked in on Style Rookie in a long time, which it turns out is OK because she hasn't posted in a while. But mostly I stopped reading it because I was feeling an insane, weird form of jealous nostalgia that got me thinking about when I was in junior high and high school.

You see, children, back then there were no Internets. There were just zines, which I basically didn't find out about until it was too late, and Sassy magazine. These were my guideposts to what might somehow be cool. Oh, and older siblings (like my sister). That was huge too.

Now, I'm not saying that being born at the wrong time is all that stood between me and stardom; that I could have been another Tavi Gevinson. Because I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have, even if I had all the advantages in the universe.

But I am a little bitter at how easy it is to be cool in the age of the Internet. I am a little jealous at kids who grow up being able to connect with this whole community of other people who are into all the weird, silly, amazing, distinctive stuff they're into; who can share images and ideas and song lyrics and self-portraits with more than just their BFFs.

I can imagine my 14-year-old self cultivating hundreds of pinboards, or relishing in a daily-outfits blog to showcase the stuff my schoolmates scoffed at. 

I keep thinking of the two photo albums I had when I was in high school. One was pictures of me and my friends; particularly, I used to make my friends take pictures of me when I was wearing what I thought were particularly awesome outfits. (The two-different-colors-of-Doc-Martens, purple tights, plaid overalls and pigtails day comes to mind.) Then there was another album, which I filled with clippings from fashion magazines. No one other than me, really, ever saw that second album. And even as I was doing it, I wasn't sure what it was for. I just wanted to save these images, to remember them, to somehow stake my claim on them and make them part of my life. And it was the only way I knew how to do that.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A week of invisible outfits

Real life has really been kicking my butt lately. A combination of work problems and a sick baby (just a cold, nothing serious) have made the concept of "free time" something of a fantasy.

This is a long-winded way of saying I didn't take any daily outfit photos this week. But I have been thinking about coats.

I posted on Facebook last week that I'm really not all that into fall - which is true. To be honest, the onset of fall weather just fills me with trepidation. Shorter days, cooler nights, turning leaves and the first frost just kind of scare me and make me feel like everything is dying/decaying. But I digress.

I read a lot of people getting excited for "sweater weather," and I can't really relate. For one thing, my over-air-conditioned office makes year-round sweaters practically a necessity. For another, I have a real love/hate relationship with sweaters. I adore wool and cashmere sweaters, but am too lazy to keep them properly cleaned. And when I do wear them, I tend to overheat and sweat and feel uncomfortable.

But what I can get excited about for fall are coats. You see, I have something of a coat problem. I have kind of a lot of coats, and I find them really hard to get rid of. Up until a few years ago, I was still wearing an old vintage pea coat that my sister had bought in London in 1990. And I'm still clinging to a J. Crew pea coat that I got several years ago whose lining and pockets are completely shredded.

The coat I'm looking forward to wearing this fall is a turquoise and black plaid capelet. I don't have a picture of it, but the proportions are similar to this little number, only with a wide collar:

So amid the stress of the past week(s) and my not-so-positive feelings about fall, I've been clinging to this as one thing I have to look forward to about the coming season. What do you look forward to about fall?

p.s. Some great new fall items are up in the shop - check them out:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Daily outfits: Aug. 27-31, sort of

Whew, what a brutal week. I'm just going to warn you right now that I look totally shell-shocked in most of these photos because, well, I am. We're going through a really difficult software conversion at work, and it pretty much destroyed me.

Monday, Aug. 27

Day shift after a night shift. I really tried to make an effort to look at least semi-professional, but it was a struggle. I did at least wear a belt to combat the problem I have with these khakis falling off.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

My major achievement for the day was resisting the urge to match my belt to my shoes. Mission accomplished.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

This outfit did not work out quite as I had hoped. I have had this blazer for like 9 months now and still can't really make it work with the rest of my wardrobe. Not to mention someone at work complimented me on my "Pat Boone shoes."

And while I would swear in the name of all that is holy that I took a photo on Thursday, my camera would disagree. So, poop.

Friday, Aug. 31

Another lackluster casual Friday. This will get better in the fall, when I can wear my standard casual Friday ensemble of jeans, boots, blazer, sweater and scarf. I bought this tunic/dress/thinger thinking it would be really great, but I have to say I'm not loving it. I should just get rid of it so I don't feel obligated to wear it anymore.

Now that my hell week is over, I'm pleased to say that I've added several new items to my Etsy shop, including a number of sale items. Please check it out!