Monday, October 18, 2021

Cape Season

After a few days of cooler weather, I got excited and busted out my cape. I totally jumped the gun because it turned out to be a beautiful, warm, sunny day and I was baking in this thing but I regret nothing. I’ll just pop it back into the closet for a few weeks and hopefully by then we’ll be properly into fall weather and I can get fully and comfortably into my cape.
leggings: Old Navy / cape: BB Dakota / boots: Aldo 

Feature: I am very excited to read this!

Friday, October 1, 2021

All the Frills: The Earring Collection

Turns out I’ve apparently been collected climber earrings these past few months … maybe I have a problem?
Weekend Reading: 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Key Necklace

I totally forgot to remove my work key from around my neck for these photos. Oops. Owing to the pandemic of it all, my office is open but we remain closed to the public aside from a few narrow windows of time so the door to the office is largely closed and locked, meaning that I have to have my key handy at pretty much all times. Hence my new “necklace.” My co-workers and I come into said office on a revolving basis (wearing masks when needed and always keeping lots of space between us (all of us being fully vaccinated helps too)) and work the rest of the time at home. It's a strange schedule...
dress: Donna Karen / sandals: Steve Madden / actual necklace: Stella and Dot / cardigan: Simons

Feature: I took Eleanor to see the Indigenous Peoples’ Experience recently and it was amazing!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Easing Into Fall

As summer starts to gradually turn into fall, the mornings have been chilly but the afternoons sunny and warm. Now that I’m actually leaving my house again and working in my office (where my five co-workers and I all sit in a giant room with cubicles, spaced out like 10 feet apart), this dress is a great way to navigate those daily temperature changes. It’s long-sleeved so a bit warmer for the cooler mornings but a lightweight material and still a dress, so nice for the hotter afternoons. Look at me, problem solving with my clothes and all…
dress: The Bay / sandals: Steve Madden 

Feature: I just finished Love in Color by Bolu Babalola and, wow, wow, wow.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

I'm Ready For Summer to End

Still beating the heat, in my own disturbing, faux leather leggings, way…

Thankfully it's cooled down a little since I did these photos, which is good news for me because I'm back to working daily in my physical office instead of being home all day with my air conditioner cranked.
 
leggings: Hue / top: Express / sandals: Steve Madden / bag: Zara / Necklace: V&A 

Monday, August 9, 2021

Heat Wave

We've experienced a series of horrific heat waves over the summer and it's been nearly intolerable on many days. As far as I’m concerned, anything over about +25 is a hellscape so I do not at all tolerate 31+ temperatures. That said, I stuck with my black clothes – my privileged ass has A/C at home and, seeing as how I’m still working from home, I was able to make the black keep working for me.
pants: RW and Co / shoes: Aldo / bag: Zara / shirt: Amazon / necklace: Stella and Dot 

Feature: Ribbon skirts are meaningful, beautiful, and have a fascinating history.

Friday, July 23, 2021

All the Frills: The Marble Shelf

Not content with adding some new d├ęcor pieces to our bedrooms, I recently did a little reordering of things in my main living area and creating a little display of my growing statuette and “marble” bust collection. I’m very pleased with the results – this remains my favourite little space in my house.


Weekend Reading:

Monday, July 12, 2021

The Weather Is Always My Greatest Foe

Well, it was lovely and warm and summery here (before the recent heat wave struck). And then the rain started. So my plans to wear a cute dress now needed to involve boots and a coat. Sigh. In more exciting news, looks like I might be heading back into my office by mid-August! It’s honestly going to be beyond weird to not be working from home and I will definitely need a bit of time to adjust but I’m excited!
dress: BB Dakota / necklace: Target / jacket: Vince Camuto / boots: Looks Like Summer 

Feature: This is amazing online market that showcases BIPOC creators.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The Oddity of It All

There’s something that still feels fundamentally strange to me about the fact that every morning I dress as though I were going to the office, sit through a couple of morning Zoom meetings in my work wear, and usually find myself in sweats by around 11 am each day. And yet, here we are.
leggings: Amazon (I seriously found the most amazingly comfortable and well-fitting leggings on Amazon) / shirt: Old Navy / blazer: Wilfred / shoes: Aldo / purse: Zara / necklace: Kate Hewko 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Is It Summer?

Why yes, this is about as summery as I get…seriously, I don’t give up my all black looks in the summer but a linen maxi dress with side slits definitely helps to offset the heat a bit.
dress: Donna Karen / blazer: Philosophy / necklace: Swarovski / shoes: Spring 


Feature: This site’s resources on the history of BIPOC fashion are amazingly fascinating.

Friday, June 11, 2021

All the Frills: Art Addition

In addition to sprucing up Eleanor’s room recently, I also got a new print for the master bedroom (I’ve also always been captivated by Picasso’s Guernica). I think it’s a nice opposing wall to the gallery wall set up I have over the bed. Sort of evens the room out…

Weekend Reading:
 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Poncho Addict

I may or may not be a bit of a poncho addict – I think it grew out of my fascination with capes (a poncho is, in many ways, a bit easier to wear as my arm movement isn’t restricted, although that’s never stopped me from a cape). At this point, in all seriousness, my closet is filled with an alarming number of caftans, ponchos, and capes. I’m just going to lean into that…
leggings: Hue / poncho: Fraas / necklace: Nordstrom Rack 

Feature: Some amazing Canadian BIPOC-owned brands.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Weather Has Foiled Me Again

When I took these photos it was finally nice enough, after a stretch of rainy days, wind, and lower than usual temperatures, for me to pack away my winter coats and transition to lighter weight jackets for my morning run to drop off Eleanor at her day home (you know, the only reason I have for leaving the house). Don't worry, it snowed (snowed!) since then, so there's that bubble burst. But, I also recently got my first dose of vaccine so I am 100% riding that high even if the weather confounds me.
coat: Bagatelle / leggings: Amazon / shirt: Reitmans / shoes: Spring 

Feature: So I’m way behind on things but I finally watched Netflix’s Disclosure and it was phenomenal – I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Just a Ball of Stress

Work these days has been punishing for me – no other good way to describe it than punishing. There are a bunch of legislative changes in the offing where I live that have the potential to have huge ramifications on the structure and daily operations of my organization and result in massive headaches and potential loss of revenue. Not only is that incredibly stressful but the worst part is we don’t know exactly the full scope of the changes (which means the impacts could range from next to nothing to a total overhaul of how we do almost everything) or exactly when the regulations will be released and take effect. So basically I wake up every morning with a sense of impending dread, which then follows me around for the day, and accompanies me to bed. And this situation has been going on for almost a year now – so I’m getting very close to my breaking point! I really need to increase my meditation frequency so I don’t completely lose it. Well, at least I look relatively calm on the outside?
dress: Simons / shoes: Old Navy / necklace: birthday gift 

Feature: You know I love Bravo and this was an amazing piece in relation to its programming.

Friday, April 30, 2021

All the Frills: Eleanor's Bedroom Refresh

Eleanor has graduated to a big kid bed so I used the purchase of this new furniture to give her room a little refresh (I’m particularly proud of her silver star curtains and my little flowerpot and ostrich feather concoction. And I was able to get some photos before she demanded that we get her Paw Patrol bedding and put that on...

Weekend Reading:

  • Okay, I’ve been to hundreds of yard sales in the New Haven area. How come this never happened to me? 

  • This is an amazing set of reflections on the amazingly talented and barrier-breaking Misty Copeland

  • I mean, of course the US tax code is riddled with racial inequities

  • This interview with a realtor who has a very strange property to sell is quite amusing. 

  • This is an amazing photography project that charts women’s friendships over an extended period.