CURATED CLOSET

cu·rate/ˈkyo͝orit/

from Latin: cura meaning "care": Verb:
Select, organize, and look after tangible items in (a collection or exhibition).

Birkenstocks

Ever since the lovely Garance Dore posted this entry on her blog- http://www.garancedore.fr/en/2012/11/14/birkenstock/  I’ve been trying to work up the courage to pull my Birkenstock sandals out of the very back of my closet. 

I love shoes so much that I don’t really even consider comfort when deciding whether or not to buy a certain pair. It’s not as if I wear high-heels everyday (or anything remotely close) but I don’t have too many pairs of shoes that are overly comfortable. In fact I often joke that my feet have hurt since 2001. However, inspired by Garance, then supported by The Sartorialist and Vogue Paris,  I decided to go for it. To go along with the Birks, I did my best Ashley Olson impression and paired them with black, cropped skinny jeans and a slouchy black sweater. Maybe not my most on trend outfit, but after a long day, instead of limping home as I usually do, I actually still felt quite peppy!

Sweater- Forever 21
Jeans- Zara
Bag- Dockers
My grandmother and great-aunt spending a day at the beach circa 1941

My grandmother and great-aunt spending a day at the beach circa 1941

Stealing Clothes

Last fall I attempted to read G.K Chesterton’s The Outline of Sanity (attempt is the key word here because I only made through about three chapters before abandoning it for some lighter reading).  However the bit I did read stuck with me and has since made me look at my personal economics quite differently. Written shortly before the Great Depression, The Outline of Sanity discusses property, business and manufacturing. These first few chapters discussed the difference between ‘capitalism’ and ‘proletarianism’. Chesterton makes the strong assertion that unless an individual or economy is actually operating with some ‘capital’ they can’t necessarily be considered a capitalist. Operating within a free market system without possessing capital becomes proletarianism. Thinking about this delineation within the context of the last several years one can see the dangers of not having reserves and living at or beyond one’s means. 

 

With this in mind I have been making an effort to change the way I had been handling my finances. This fresh perspective has had a bit of a devastating affect on my wardrobe. Fashion is a hard hobby to maintain when you’re watching your spending, it’s incredibly easy to find items you desperately need every few days. In my attempt to become more frugal I’ve found myself having to get creative in order to not become completely bored and frustrated with my clothes. Much to his chagrin, I’ve resorted to stealing my husband’s clothes. Despite the pain of not having crisp, new things I do enjoy the look and styling of men’s shirts and sweaters.image

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Shirt- JCrew (men’s)

Jeans- Levi’s 

Shoes- Gap

Boots!

I may have an slight obsession with boots. This infatuation is entirely separate from my love of shoes in general. Now I’m not talking about the high-heeled, squeeze-your- foot-into -them boots. The boots that have my heart are the kind that could carry you through an adventure. Good leather, sturdy sole. The kind that look even better after a few adventures. I adore the sound of a solid heel on pavement. There is something about boots that is so timeless and grounding. Maybe this love comes from the oh so American part of me as cowboy boots and the like have their roots deep in the soil that sprouted the American dream. These type of boots seem to me to exemplify an intrepid and stalwart spirit. 

New Glasses
I still remember my first pair of glasses. They were gold, wire-framed and I hated them. I was nine and I cried bitterly when the eye doctor took me out to the waiting room and told my mother that I would in fact, need glasses.
Since that fateful day, I’ve had a lot of bad glasses (one of them bejeweled) but more than just the frames themselves I’ve always found it a challenge to wear glasses without looking too much like the awkward nerd I am. However, the past few years have been good for us visually challenged folks (thank you Jenna Lyons!) with glasses becoming ever so much cooler.
These Warby Parker ‘Colton’ frames are by far my favorite to date. Both economical and chic, they are the first glasses I’ve felt truly myself.
** This Hemingway book was a used bookstore find this past weekend. Hemingway is a great love of mine and this biography is making me adore him all the more

New Glasses

I still remember my first pair of glasses. They were gold, wire-framed and I hated them. I was nine and I cried bitterly when the eye doctor took me out to the waiting room and told my mother that I would in fact, need glasses.

Since that fateful day, I’ve had a lot of bad glasses (one of them bejeweled) but more than just the frames themselves I’ve always found it a challenge to wear glasses without looking too much like the awkward nerd I am. However, the past few years have been good for us visually challenged folks (thank you Jenna Lyons!) with glasses becoming ever so much cooler.

These Warby Parker ‘Colton’ frames are by far my favorite to date. Both economical and chic, they are the first glasses I’ve felt truly myself.

** This Hemingway book was a used bookstore find this past weekend. Hemingway is a great love of mine and this biography is making me adore him all the more

Sunday morning…

Sunday morning…

My (Newly) Curated Closet

I was fortunate enough to come into a dream closet a couple of months ago. Finally able to have a space not just to stack, hang and shove things- but a space that feels uniquely mine. I feel a bit like Marie Antoinette, having a place to leisurely dress and plan outfits. It’s luxuriously wonderful. (I may also watch movies and routinely eat breakfast in this space as well…) 

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Favorite things in my closet:

Shadow box of paper doll clothes I designed as a child- a gift from my mother a couple years ago and a map of Paris that I painted last summer (love looking at Paris everyday but clearly I have no future as a cartographer)

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My new Vanessa Mooney shoes! Sadly the last of the shoes she will be making
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Needle book- adorable purchase years ago, I’m not much of a seamstress but I have been know to hem a pair of pants on the fly!

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I have very inventive friends! My dear friend came up with the amazing idea too repurpose an old sweater by cutting off the sleeves to make adorable leg warmers. 

I have very inventive friends! My dear friend came up with the amazing idea too repurpose an old sweater by cutting off the sleeves to make adorable leg warmers. 

About town in a new pair of Dolfie shoes!

Holiday Season Dressing

Love this time of year. If only because wearing tulle and sequins becomes completely acceptable…

Shirt- Gap (from their ‘Audrey Hepburn’ collection years ago)

Skirt- Target (very old)

Shoes- Zara