Year: 2013

Key Piece: Barbour Beadnell Jacket

“Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything – even mountains, rivers, plants and trees – should be your teacher.”  -Morihei Ueshiba Comfortable in our routines and serious little schedules, how often we forget to look at the wide world around us. I remember once reading that it takes hearing a true statement seventeen times to forget a false one. Similarly, habits repeated daily become such a natural part of our lives that they require hard work and pointed self-awareness to change. This fall I have worked on unlearning a few old shopping habits and helping better ones take root: Looking for more long-lasting goods, finding second-hand staples, and focusing on where, from what, and how the clothes I choose to buy are made. You may note some changes and new features around here – I hope you enjoy them. BARBOUR BEADNELL JACKET: Lots of options and sales at Nordstrom, Saks, Macy’s, and Bloomingdales. Occasionally pops up at The Real …

A Simpler Wardrobe: Fall + Winter

These are outfits I wore the first fall and winter after I set out to whittle down my wardrobe. Here’s what the following spring and summer looked like. What my style looked like before. How I got started. First lessons learned. Life in the Fall Nov 8, 2013 “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald Ever since I was little, when our teachers passed out All-About-Me! surveys my answer for favorite season was always the same: “Fall, when the leaves change.” In my Proust-filled high school years I instead called it “Autumn, when the leaves fall” (and boy, did I think that double entendre was clever) but it’s always been rooted to that same golden month in Georgia – when you start finally wearing your riding boots and pea coat, go driving in the mountains, build bonfires and s’mores, pick pumpkins, and sneak kisses on hay rides. Well, imagine sneaking kisses on hay rides. And even with college crossed off my bucket list, every year around this …

First Wardrobe Edit: A Complicated Guide For A Complicated Closet

Edit Your Closet Aug 7, 2013 2017 update: I’ve made big changes to the R&F guide to cleaning out your closet and building a better wardrobe. You can find the new version here!   Realizing I’ve spent most of this season in neutral colors, I took time to cull out pieces that have gone unworn for some time, and ended up with a embarrassingly large pile. Even though I’ve given away or donated around half my wardrobe annually, for the past few years, I’ve still been holding onto way too much that I don’t like, doesn’t fit, and doesn’t make sense any longer. I have also shopped more than I would like to admit in transitioning from college, to corporate, to working for a non-profit (office-wide “Tevas are not business casual” memo, anyone?). So this is my closet almost a year ago: More recently, [1] I have thought much more about what I like and buy, and why. [2] I have also tried to be more thoughtful of where my clothes come from, what they’re …

Documenting Style Through A Year Of Outfits

Mortar boards glided like confetti in the air and just like that, another product designer was minted. For commencement I’d decided to pair a sweet little cream dress — that had rested quietly in my closet in the eight years since my first high school dance — with a pair of second-hand shoes I’d worked forever to afford from an eBayer who went by distinctivecouture: Christian Louboutin Simple Pumps in jet black Napa leather. Throughout college I’d taken on all sorts of odd jobs, from freelance web and graphic design and photography to hosting yard sales and selling beat up bicycles on Craigslist. There was one brief stint as a dorm RA and another running a produce stand. After a summer renting innertubes in North Georgia and working in a pottery shop, I’d head back Atlanta for fall semester, logging onto Model Mayhem to search for modeling gigs for local designers’ lookbooks and fashion shows. My first job out of college wasn’t related to any of these endeavors, and neither was my wardrobe. My closet …