Month: December 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.”Β  -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 …