Dressing For The Weather

Have you ever had to scrap your planned outfit because of a sudden change in the weather? As I was changing for work this morning, there was a massive storm cloud on the horizon, so I had to put together an entirely new outfit. First I had to change into these jeans instead of wide-leg pants (so I could put rain pants over them), and these shoes instead of loafers because they’re patent leather and therefore waterproof, and because I’d changed my pants and my shoes, I had to change my top too, and by that time I was running late, so I threw on a T-shirt and blazer and a brooch, for some interest (it’s another of my souvenirs from Russia) and called it a day.

Sometimes, when I just throw things together like that, it works, but this was one of the times when I wasn’t entirely happy with the end result. But hey, with a storm on the way, it was the best I could do.


Time Won’t Go Slowly

It’s been a while since I used a song for my post title… Anyway, here’s my last work-from-home outfit – it’s what I call my “pre-laundry day outfit”, meaning I would wear all the things that I’ve worn just once or twice so I can have a full load for the washing machine the next day, which is why it looks so random.

I tried to make the outfit more interesting by adding the snail brooch, which also reflected my mindset when I wore this, back in April – it felt like time was crawling (hence the snail brooch) or had stopped altogether. But of course, it didn’t (hence the post title). Time moves on. It’ll be a while before things can be normalized, but they are looking up. I hope everybody who is still in quarantine is doing well. Stay safe and hang in there!


New Favorite Color Combo

Last week I mentioned that navy + pink is one of the color combos I reach for very often, and here is another one that is quickly becoming a favorite – gray & yellow (preferably golden, mustardy yellow. I look terrible in any other shade.) This is still one of my leftover work-from-home outfits, hence its simplicity, but the golden dots of my sweatshirt match my pants so perfectly that I think it adds enough interest to the outfit.


Staying Sane

Today I saw a friend of mine post on FB a quote saying “It’s OK to not be at your most productive during a fucking global pandemic”, and I have to say, that is such a relief to hear. Seriously, every other thing on the Internet is like “How to use your isolation time to learn a new skill/language/finish that craft project”, and I’m like, Bitch, I may be at home but I’m still working three jobs, who’s got the time? But yes, I do see the wisdom in doing something else to get your mind off all the stress, so here’s what I’ve been doing to stay sane during isolation:

– Watch all the things. I try to stick to relaxing, heartwarming things that don’t require too much brainpower though. So far I’ve been rewatching “The Great British Bake-Off” (because it’s like antidepressant and anti-anxiety meds in TV form) and checking out “Poldark” (it’s OK so far, the drama is light enough to be entertaining without stressing me out, plus Aidan Turner is great eye candy.) The new Emma looks really pretty, but the actors who play Mr. Knightley and Frank Churchill look so utterly wrong for their parts (they look like footpads Also, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol has been putting up weekly live shows and songwriting sessions on his Instagram (love that man), so I have those to look forward to.

– Go outside. I’m lucky that we have a big garden, so I try to work outside or at least spend a little time outside playing with the dogs whenever I can.

– Travel from my couch. I’m incredibly lucky that I got to travel to Russia and return safely home before all hell broke loose, so to satisfy my wanderlust, I’m looking back at my past travels and planning my next trips.

– Paint. Or rather, doodle. I don’t have time to get back to painting properly, but I’ve been painting simple watercolor scenes with my niece using Youtube tutorials to keep myself from getting too rusty.

– Clean out and reorganize my closet. I followed the methods in this video, which is really straightforward and helpful.

– Play dress up. I’m keeping a list of new pairings/silhouettes that I may try now, just for the fun of it, or save for later, when I’m back to work. In the meantime, I also try to elevate my “work from home” clothes – like this outfit. The top and pants are just as soft and relaxing as pajamas, but they look more work-appropriate, and the shoes and the brooch (it’s one of the amber brooches I got from Russia) made the whole thing much more put-together.


Wearing White After Labor Day

Out of all the fashion “rules” I’ve heard of, “don’t wear white after Labor Day” is the most idiotic. Not just because it’s elitist bullshit, but also because it makes no sense – for example, if you wear white in March 2020, as I am here, you can say that it’s after Labor Day of 2019, but it’s actually before Labor Day of 2020. So which is it, fashion police? Am I breaking the rule? I know, I know, the actual rule is that you wear white after Memorial Day and before Labor Day, but what about other countries that don’t have those days that clearly mark the beginning and the end of summer? See, it’s just a rule begging to be broken.

P/S: These pants are actually fleece-lined (I brought them for my Russia trip) so I can only wear them in the winter, white or not.