Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Seasonal sartorial cry for help

Work outfit III

Work outfit II

Summer work outfit I

all by uboparentheses (me) on polyvore.

Here we are again.  Summer, or summer-y temperatures are here to stay, which couldn't make me happier. The only problem at this point is: what on earth am I going to wear? You see, summer clothing for me is quite a strategic affair. It gets so cold in the winter over here that I refuse to wear short-sleeved tops for a good 6 to 8 months of the year, since I get (perhaps psychologically) cold no matter how many sweaters I pile over them. Still, that leaves me with another 4 to 6 months that are not negligible. That's where it gets complicated. I work in a highly refrigerated place where being barefoot in shoes and wearing leg-baring garments is uncomfortable. In summer, it still gets warm enough in my part of the store to wear short sleeves, but here's added another level of difficulty: I have to wear dark or dark-ish colours at all times. And most of my summer clothes are pale.

All this to say, I have no idea what to wear. If you're ever in the Mile-End, you'll probably recognise me instantaneously as I'm the only over-dressed person roaming the streets with a shiny forehead and a big bag containing all my failing attempts at figuring out my sartorial problem, like sweaters, second pairs of shoes, and random socks and leggings threatening to escape.

I've been putting a lot (too much) of thought into what types of summer outfits I can warm up with leggings or tights, but I'm still on the lookout for dark but breezy tops and dresses. Dresses, preferably with elbow-length sleeves so they can do for the rest of the year. Yes, VERY complicated. If you see any nice ones you think might fit the bill, please let me know.

I put together some realistic outfits based on things I already own (well, for the most similar to things I already own), not forgetting the glasses I wear occasionally, the tote bag to stuff everything into, the pair of sandals for the walk to work, the apple I'll most likely be eating because I won't be done my breakfast, and my watch, as not to be late.

Phew! But all in all, Spring so far has been very enjoyable and eventful for me, what about you?

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Spaces, again

Carlota Santamaria for Apartamento (more here, I'd definitely live there!)
By Nike Felldin
Édouard Boubat, Sans titre, 1972, via shotgun season
By Clarisse Demory, from her blog Ensuite
by o l y on flickr
Well, friends, two days after my last post, I found an apartment! The best thing is, it's right behind the one I currently live in, and I'll be able to move in by foot. It's a bit of a fixer-upper, but it has a cosy kitchen, a small yard at the front and back, and I'll be able to have an office/studio space. Plus, rent is very reasonable for the size. What a deal!

In light of the move at the end of next month, I have been doing a lot of cleaning, so if such things might be of interest to you, you will probably see pretty great things appearing in my etsy shop over the next few weeks. Think leather shoes and boots, wool sweaters, silk blouses, and a few 1950s cotton dresses.

The above photos are a bit more apartment inspiration, since my new space is all I seem to think about right now. What I like about all the interiors presented is that they are realistic, and appear to be lived in. They're a bit messy, a bit cluttered, and overall very comfortable-looking. The kitchen in the last photo is my  favourite. It's the kind of space I would be able to spend hours in whether it be to eat, work, or hang out with friends.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Truman Capote's dream house






I'm moving in a month or two, and I'm pretty nervous since I still haven't found a new apartment. It is still fairly early, but I would rather get that trouble over with already. One thing that calms me down a little--and when I come to think of it, it technically shouldn't!--is to look at great spaces that could inspire me to do something comfortable with my new apartment. I'm really looking forward to moving into my first apartment without roommates, with only the boyfriend and the cat; the perspective of having a whole four and a half rooms to do whatever I want with is a bit scary, but also very thrilling.
Obviously I won't live in anything nearing Truman Capote's Hamptons country house above, but it has many comfortable elements I can try to reproduce, like the very high bookshelf and the assortment of old chairs and soft cushions.

All the photos are originally from Architectural Digest (1965 and 1976) via The Selvedge Yard, where you can read more about Capote's dream house.

P.S. I finally got around answering all comments!

Tuesday, 1 May 2012


Visibly, last month was finals month, and I gave up on all internet-related activity that wasn't mindless procrastination inducing. But hey, I'm done now, and I even managed to get pretty good grades!

Over the last month, I spent hours perusing through Rookie Mag's archives, clicking away the time I should have used to write essays. But this procrastination was not fruitless, and led me to discover a new podcast I have been listening to obsessively for the past week or so.

I have already shared with you my love for This American Life, and I was really happy to see that host Ira Glass is an occasional Rookie contributor. So when he recommended the podcast Radiolab, I didn't have a choice but to follow his suggestion.

Radiolab is hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, and it mixes personal stories, socio-historical facts, and science in a seemless, ear-appealing manner. I mean, my description might sound a little bland, but the featured stories are like great, strange stories told by a friend PLUS the scientific/psychological explanations tying up all the loose ends of those stories. Also, the way the sound is mixed makes for an unique audio experience.

I, very obviously, highly recommend you listen to it as well, starting with a few of my favourites:

-Crossroads (short)
On fantastic blues musician Robert Johnson, and the tale of his selling his soul to the devil

-Detective Stories
I think this episode might be my very favourite so far. For one, you all know I can't stay away from a good detective story.
This episode relates the stories of a thousand year-old pile of garbage and what is found in it, someone's lost correspondence, and Genghis Khan's genes.

-Death Mask (short)
On the relation between L'inconnue de la Seine and Ressusci Anne, the CPR dummy.

Until next time, which should be much sooner than last.