My Most Worn Shoes

March 3, 2015 in LOOKBOOK

I just started my taxes yesterday. Tax season always makes me a little more money conscious. On top of it being tax season, I just bought a new (used, of course) car. The combination of these two things is making me hesitate before each and every purchase. Especially non-necessities. For instance, I really want to make a few new (winter-y? spring-y?) additions to my closet to help get myself through these dreary months (because it doesn’t get nice here until around… When? May? Ugh.). I’ve worn and re-worn my winter items so often. But new clothing purchases are just so hard to justify! Even with gift card money. Bah.

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This anti-spending mentality makes me even more determined to only buy and keep items that I love. I’m starting a substantial closet cleanout right now to make some room and money for potential new additions this spring (I’m only allowed to spend as much as I make selling for the next year… all of my other funds are already accounted for!). When I think about what in my wardrobe gets the most use, a few things come to mind. We can start at the bottom, I suppose (and do a post on the other stuff later!). So shoes. I get a ton of use out of all of my Elsie pumps. I wear these at least 50% of the time. The suede versions are stunning and hold up surprisingly well. My leftover gift card money might eventually have to go to the rose blossom color. But the leather version is also great. At first I thought these would be less comfy than the suede, but I was wrong! They’re perfect. I regret not getting the misty green when they were on sale for just over $100 a few weeks back (I was still in the winter-colors-only mentality, I think). Because I can’t handle heels every day (although sometimes I try), I have a few pairs of super comfy go-to flats as well. AGL is still my favorite brand for flats. Nothing beats their basic ballerina flats. Oh my gosh comfortable. If I ever have any extra money (or find some on eBay), I’m going to snatch up their pointy toe version, which looks a bit more streamlined. My other favorite flats recently (also pointy toed!) are Vince’s Nina flat (got mine for 70% off, now 45-50% off) and J. Crew’s Harper Cutout flat. Both are beautiful and comfy, although the Nina Flat did require some break in time. I think I might grab some pointy toe mules when warmer weather hits (either this tassel version or a woven version like these).

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How about you? What are your most worn (and likely most comfortable) shoes? Have you tried the ones I mentioned? If so, what have your experiences been with them?

Minimize Dry Cleaning Costs

February 15, 2015 in closet essentials

The Midwest was teased with some warm weather recently. I optimistically thought that winter might be on its way out early this year. I was definitely completely wrong. We’re back to a high of 3 degrees over here. No nice heatwaves in site. Since I apparently won’t be packing away my winter wardrobe anytime soon, I figured I share a bit about how I care for my winter apparel.

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Winter wear consists of lots of wool varieties, which is great for warmth, less great for maintenance. I’m 100% for investing in quality fabrics, especially for winter clothes. When I first started accumulating these items I had a bit of a dilemma over how to clean them and how often to clean them. After much trial and error, I’ve come up with this. I steam my clothes (this is the best steamer for the price) after every wear. This takes out wrinkles and minor smells. If the item looks and smells good after steaming, it goes back into the closet after a mist of a fabric spray and a pass of a super sticky lint roller and fabric shaver, if necessary. If the item has a lingering issue such as a stain or smell, it goes in the dry cleaning pile (I’ve been meaning to try the wool wash, silk wash and stain bar, but haven’t found the time). I find that for most items, I can get at least 5+ wears out of them before having to dry clean them.

How do you take care of your winter items?

Alert and Oriented

February 10, 2015 in LOOKBOOK

Geeezzz, where is time going? We often ask patients what date it is to determine if they’re oriented. I always check the date before I ask the patient as I like to appear oriented myself, and more often than not I find myself thinking something like… ‘it’s already February??’ This past block of nights was especially bad. I guess working lots and sleeping little will do that to you (I had some pretty bad daytime insomnia).

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Although it kind of stinks to feel like time is passing by so quickly, its a decent consolation prize that its winter time that’s passing! It hasn’t even been too bad of a winter, but I’m still ready for it to be over.  I really really want to be able to open my windows again… I may just be thinking this right now because as I type my cat is taking the smelliest cat poop I’ve ever encountered. My gosh its awful. Regardless. I’m looking forward to other stuff too! In season fruits, tan skin, sandals, water sports, non-salty cars…

So, what’s up for spring fashion? I have no idea. I have my eye on this chambray blazer, for one. If it fits (crossing fingers), it’ll be the perfect blazer to wear at work with a simple top and some business casual trousers and heels. Speaking of heels, I might need to get another pair of Elsie pumps. Gosh I love them. I wore the hounds-tooth pair today and got complements all day (so so nice for my first scrub-free day back)!! I like this crackle pair they just released, but I think they might be a little too dirt-prone. I’ll probably end up with the rose blossom pair instead to give a little pop of color to my usual black and gray work ensembles.

Other than somehow coming across those few items, I’ve done very very little online retail browsing recently. Its probably a good thing, right? I always feel a little more guilty about spending during tax season when I actually have to witness the amount I’ve spent on frivolous stuff! But I suppose this frivolous stuff is oftentimes making me at least superficially happy. I’d say that’s probably worth it (at least most of the time)!