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Going way out west to El Paso and New Mexico was a beautiful experience getting to know our new home. The geography is so mind-blowing as these natural treasures were a mere 6 hours from Dallas! Thinking of another exploratory trip this summer…
Out taking a break to go way out west this week. Met the Salt Flat desert and fell in love with it… No wonder deserts continue to inspire the best minds.
Photo by me.
For years I refused to succumb to the modern American uniform of ‘sweats.’ Even when I started going to yoga years ago, I can be found in the most basic of shorts and hole-y Ts. There was no way I would pay good money to look like I worked out– even when I actually did. Well, fast forward to a few years later, ‘sweats’ don’t look like traditional activewear anymore. There’s been a genuine fusion of sportswear technology and fashion, and sometimes those lines blur. In fact, the sportswear and fashion designer collaborations, like Puma x Hussein Chalayan, Adidas x Stella McCartney (and a myriad of others), Nike x Undercover Gyakusou (here and here), bring real activewear functionality with beauty.
In real life, my pilates and yoga usually run smack in-between school runs, meetings, and errands– there’s no time to change into regular clothes, so its of prime importance that my activewear don’t always look like I’m off to play tennis or something. And geek that I am, I really appreciate the practical technology in these new fabrics. They keep you warm or cool, compressed (Still don’t know what that means), without adding bulk, the cut, pattern, construction and colors are really ingenious.
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So, when I received my new bag, I was slightly neutral about it. However, a week later, I have come to appreciate its craftsmanship (thanks, Margiela), and odd gray/blue color. I feared because it had no closure, everything would just fly out, but amazingly that hasn’t happened (hopefully, never will). It’ll transition beautifully into the coming seasons, I think!
It’s been said necessity is the mother of invention– in this case, needing a larger bag to accommodate my oversized new wallet, got me moving faster. After many side by side comparisons, and multiple text conversations with friends regarding all pros and cons, I’ve settled with this MM6 Maison Martin Margiela suede tote. Aside from breaking my handbag monotony, I do like that it’s roomy, and adding a book or iPad inside will not make it look like its disfigured and pregnant. Both pieces has that minimal, practical design and they go well with each other. Can’t believe I am able to scratch off two things from my 5-Piece French Wardrobe already!
This year’s list:
1. A nice handbag… Black basic shoulder bag. OK not black, but grey is a good compromise, and more interesting at the moment. 2. A nice wallet… Mine is looking like it has a lot of wear.
3. A coat… I don’t own one, and Dallas has been cold!
4. A grey scarf— I think this might be a basic.
5. Another pair of brogues… I seem to wear them more often lately.
5a. (In case #4 is a basic) A pair of sandals like those Birkenstocks I have been eyeing.
Have you ever been in a rut? Just buying an iteration of something you already own? That’s how I am with handbags. So, I only buy one handbag per year… I’m not a handbag person, so my level of care is really pure practicality. I only switch bags for dressy occasions! The last few years though, I have been into a satchel shape… The one with a top handle and longer detachable strap. I got one in every size and color and now, I need to break out of that. Smaller bags can’t really work since I have a new, giant wallet. Tote bags or shoppers are something that I don’t think I’ve ever taken as an option- weird, right? Looking at these streetstyle ladies, they are making me more comfortable with the idea. As part of my 5-piece Wardrobe Plan, a new handbag is on the list, and a tote it shall be!
Images via Caroline’s Mode.
Part of my 5-Piece Wardrobe Plan this year is a nice wallet. In this case, I might have grossly overlooked the measurements, as I received a
clutch bag, pretty much. Yes, it does have the appropriate pockets (a lot!) for bills and cards, but it is a bag impersonating as a wallet. To put it in context, its the size of the iPad Mini. So, now I might need to get a new bag sooner to accommodate this, or keep looking… It is very beautiful though, nicely made and crafted well.
So the winter weather has been really remarkable here in Dallas, what with spring-like temperatures one day and a Polar Vortex the next. I have been on the hunt for a coat for some time now, and one very chilly 21F day, cursing the 21 mph wind, I made a quick stop at a local thrift store, hoping against hope to find a pristine vintage fur coat. The Fashion Gods must have been smiling at me, when this 70s double-breasted rabbit coat (above, right) was shining in a rack of drab. In a rare case of luck, that same week, my Ebay find, an 80s vintage silver fox (above, left) came just in time for a few days of snow and ice. You can bet neither has really left my body, as I am pretty obsessed with them. I remember back in the early 2000s seeing my fave Olsen twin caught by the papz running around in her white fur obsession– clearly, there’s a reason she’s my favorite. #sharedobession
Short Girl Trick: Straight-Leg Jeans
Since I received these gorgeous Acne Hex ‘Pure’ jeans (here and here) the other day, I’ve been obsessed with the wash. Purchasing it was kind of an accident, as I neglected to read in the description, that they were ‘straight leg.’ As you may have read, there is a rumbling straight-leg trend coming up, and I for one, was not getting on. Like everything else, if I can’t figure it out, I research it, by pouring over every image I can find online. Nothing gave the connection between these pretty images online, and the way it actually fit on me: poorly. At a 32” inseam, these jeans just pooled around my ankles like one of those wrinkly dogs, they needed to be cuffed enormously before my ankle could be revealed. It was many kinds of awful. Granted these were not the straight-legged jeans of yore– these had a skinny fit all the way to the thighs, and starts straitening out at the knees.
So this morning, I FINALLY figured out a solution: trim 2” off.
Crazy how two little inches made a world of difference! There wasn’t any extra fabric pooling weirdly around my ankles, just a gentle slouch over my shoes. And cuffing, took one fell swoop to cuteness. Whaaatttt!!! In the end, its how clothing fits that makes us look good.
first photo: GaranceDore.fr; second photo: TheOutnet; other images: mine.
Ok, there seems to be a brewing trend of the straight leg style in jeans. I’m not really sure if I want to participate, to be honest, even though I’m huge jeans lover. Straight leg jeans look good worn with anything with heels - that’s just a fact- just like the photo above. Long lengths, unless hemmed or if you have incredibly high heels tend to drag and get stepped on- that’s just a fact. And a dirty hem is just one of my pet peeves. Which is why, the invention of the skinny jean is such a god-send for me. I even cuff or hem my dress pants. How about you, are you into the straight leg?
Image via stylebykling.com
When it comes to beauty products, few things have become very important to me in the last few years, and its that they need to be: cruelty-free, Paraben- free, and has no associations with groups that I don’t necessarily agree with. It seems to be a tall order, but its gotten a lot easier to find products that fulfill all of these qualifications.
Here’s my current winter face cleanse + moisturise routine:
Laneige Water Sleeping Pack - I’ve been using this for years… it’s super light weight and cool to the skin, so winter and summer, 2x a week, its perfect to give you extra hydration.
Supergoop! Save Face Serum SPF 30+ - All- year long, I wear sunscreen, and this season, this is my favorite. Its also lightweight, but it has moisturiser, antiaging, and a pretty high everyday SPF. Also, dries fast enough that you can put on make-up almost right away.
The Face Shop Body Oil Lotion- Most of the best skin products usually get their start in Asian markets (BB Creams and CC creams, anyone?), that’s because we really put an emphasis on maintaining our skin. The ‘oil lotion’ thing is just getting its start here in the US, but luckily, this Korean beauty store has been stocked already, and it won’t break the bank! The oil lotion is such a god-send for winter dry skin… its a dry oil, and combined with creamy lotion, slather it on, and see the difference right away.
Laneige Perfect Renew Essence EX - For everyday moisture, day and night, this is the perfect solution. Its firming moisturising serum, and light enough to go under make-up during the day.
100% Pure Lavender Honey Facial Cleansing Foam - It was really hard to find a face wash that didn’t strip your skin, on top of the list I had to have in order to use it, but this one is perfect. You can actually feel that your skin doesn’t get tight and stripped as your washing, and it can actually scrub make-up off too!
If you’d like to have a clean beauty routine as well, I suggest the free apps, Think Dirty and Buycott. Think Dirty actually lists all the ingredients in the products after scanning its bar code, and you’ll faint from all the sh•t that you’ve been putting on your face. Buycott, isn’t only for beauty, but also for practically anything at the grocery! It gives you the product’s family tree and if its supporting organizations that you might not agree with.
A great start to a new year!
Here it is: my new bike! I’ve been on it non-stop since I’ve picked it up last weekend. I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a bike since I was six years old, and I had to stop myself from buying too many accessories for it! Although the mornings have been cool here in Dallas (the wind adds another degree), I keep wondering how folks in the Netherlands or other countries with a strong bike culture get on, biking in snow or rain or wind! It’s quite strange too, even though I have been biking at a young age, I actually don’t know quite a lot about it, like gears, locking it properly, riding in windy conditions, etc. But I think, everyone can agree that its environmentally better and good for your health anyway. I think riding a bike is one of those rare things from childhood, that actually brings back good memories and make people smile– at least, it is for me.