Link 114: Breaking in Your Birkenstocks

I bought a pair of Birkenstocks this summer, immediately wore them on a beach date that involved a lot of walking,* and ended up with brutal blisters so deep they left scars. I didn’t even know that a painful breaking-in period was common for Birks; this piece from Racked makes me feel better about my suffering.

 

*We went out to Iona Beach and walked along the spit to a secluded spot–very lovely but windy enough to fill our wine glasses with sand. At one point, a nude man wearing a backpack walked by, and somehow, he was the most naked person I have ever seen. Maybe it was the contrast created by the full-clothed woman walking beside him; maybe it was his backpack; maybe it was the glowing summer evening sun. Whatever it was, that dude was N-A-K-E-D.

Links 96 to 112: So Many Things

So many rando links lurking in the drafts folder, so many open tabs… Let’s tidy that up, shall we?

96. Kara Walker’s latest artist statement made me cry. It is a STATEMENT. (via Jez)

97. David Wong Louie on (not) eating after cancer. Heartbreaking.

98. Tracing an amnesiac’s identity in the digital era.

99. Luvvie talks about her experience on the NYT’s best seller list.

100. A subject near and dear to my heart.

101. I’ve never watched Bachelor in Paradise, but I have been following the scandal all summer long. “Why are you watching this?” is a great question, but what I really want to know is what has happened to the producer who made the initial complaint. You know that person doesn’t have a career in tv anymore, despite doing the right thing.

102. I’m still trying to figure out eyeliner. I read this “review” [advertorial, lol] and immediately ordered the brush (from Nail Polish Canada, actually–ships free!) because I’m a bit of a sucker. I suppose it’s helpful for wings, but no good for smudging into your lashline, which is what I’m trying to do. So: not a total waste of money but not the answer to my liner woes. I think part of my problem is that the Tarte liner I’m using is quite dry…?

103. I’m not going to make this–I just don’t need another blanket–but, damn, I want it.

104. But I might make this? I may have suitable fabric… if I don’t try making a Fen top. Depends on the yardage I have on hand.

105. At one point over the winter I was thinking about sewing with sequins. I chickened out (wised up?) but if I ever do tackle sequins, this looks like the advice to follow.

106. If I don’t rent forever, these tiles are going in my house.

And … I do want to write about my own particular clothing philosophy–at some point. In the meantime, some links on wardrobe planning and the meaning of clothes.

107. Karen Templar asks her readers about wardrobe planning.

108. On uniform dressing.

109. Also from Racked: less serious but if you feel like conceptualizing? (And yes, I did mean to share that in May. But no reason you can’t make this kind of statement for autumn or winter.)

110. If I were going to break away from my denim-and-handknits winter wardrobe, I’d go for something like this, I think.

111. I feel a certain push and pull when it comes to dressing in a feminine manner (eyeliner, right?)… I definitely identify with this piece, even though I don’t do full-on femme.

112. And one more Racked link, because Tracey Robey and because there are all kinds of ways clothes can be powerful.

Retail Therapy

My therapist gave me permission to shop (yes, she’s the best), so I have been doing my best to stem the tide of shattering grief by buying things. I suppose it’s working, considering I’m not crying my face off right now?

Here’s what I bought:

stuff

Two black tees. I’m taking a little vacation from that denim-shirts-as-performance-art thing I’ve been doing for a while now, and have decided that my summer look is going to be a tight t-shirt tucked into a denim skirt. I wasn’t planning on all black tees–one is linen, the other is a cotton/ modal blend–but so far haven’t seen a v-neck in the right grey. V-necks don’t seem to be in at the moment?

Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock yarn in Lady Grey. I’m normally not a fan of superwash yarns due to the texture, but this stuff is lovely–really nice feel, soft halo, gorgeous colour. I’m also not normally a sock knitter, so this will end up as a scarf. I’m even hand-winding the ball, just to maximize the textural pleasures.

Papa Recipe Bombee Ginseng Red Honey Oil sheet mask. No idea if I’ll like this mask or not, but I’ve heard good things about Papa Recipe, so my hopes are high(ish).

Missha Shower Towel. This promises “Best Quality & High Life” on the package, and you know I love the high life. I use an epilator, which requires an on-point exfoliation game. I’m hoping this scratchy thing–it has the texture of a pot-scrubber–will do the trick.

Atelier Cologne in Figuier Ardent. This perfume blends fig leaf from Provence, bergamot from Calabria, and tonka bean from Brazil. Fuck knows what a goddamn tonka bean is (this? [actually this is kind of interesting]) but this perfume is a favourite of mine–green and fresh, yet sultry at the same time. It is gorgeous and interesting. (I do not know how to talk about smells.) This is actually a re-purchase; my first 7.5mL travel spray lasted about a year and a half (I rotate between 4 or 5 different scents). I do think the full size is worth it, but in the context of this weekend’s shopping-for-happiness thing, I decided that 100mL would not make me happer than 7.5 mL, so here we are.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Black. Using that handy Wayne Goss technique, I’ve been using a black eyeshadow to line my eyes, and generally managing to not make a total hash of it. But the shadow does not stay put–especially if I’ve been dancing and getting sweaty–so I’m hoping to use the Goss technique with this Tarte liner for smudge-free fun times. The Tarte liner was recommended by Tamara at the Robson Sephora, and she seemed like a trusty little gal. Also I love the gold lid–so shiny!

Link 85: On 1D Drag

I really (really!) don’t listen to One Direction, and don’t listen to any of the boys’ solo efforts, either. (I made it about a minute into “Sign of the Times” before turning it off.) However… there is something very entertaining–very compelling–about 1D fans, and their relationship with the band.

This piece from Racked about fans dressing like the band is a super interesting read. A “respect for the femme” is perhaps what I find so enjoyable about following the boys’ celebrity, even if I have no use for their music.

Links 83 and 84: A Couple Of Funnies from Elle

I did read some serious/ seriously good stuff this week (ie. that slavery article, plus this and this, all devastating in their own way. I’m slightly surprised that Tizon’s essay was mentioned in this piece by Jia Tolentino because I think it’s a form of memoir that’s vastly different from the kind of schlock that xoJane used to trade in [and I don’t think The Toast shut down because of a shifting landscape of personal essay writing, but because of Nicole and Mallory’s shifting goals and needs]; however, if Tolentino hadn’t written her piece then we wouldn’t have this bit of genius, so there’s that). (Also, Karen Templer’s wardrobe planning is envy-inducing and oh so inspiring.) Anyways…

I was left rather hollowed-out feeling by Tizon’s writing and the story of his untimely passing, but Elle served up a couple of good palate-cleanser-y pieces, and now I’m thinking I should be checking Elle.com out on a more regular basis? Maybe? This piece on ultra-long hair extensions was just exactly what I would want out of an article on ultra-long hair extensions (plus I am really digging her outfit!) and this piece on the problem with calling it a “romphim” is so right and very funny. I will 100% forever read everything about dudes in rompers because honestly they are sort of cute and people should just wear what they wanna wear but all of the *controversy* is highly entertaining. It’s this week’s Fyre Festival, no?

Link 50: Cracking the Code of a Prada Sweater

Personally, I loathe the Prada sweater in question–I can appreciate it, but it is utterly not my thing–but Julia Farwell-Clay’s dive into its construction on MDK is such a good read. At first I was’t seeing it, but then when I saw her final multi-colour swatch, I totally went “oh.”

It is a neat looking pattern, and choosing to just knot the yarn ends looks so freeing… Maybe in a cowl or hat, with a more subtle colour pattern…?

Links 27 through 32: On Many Things

Link 27: Surprise fireplace! I have been reading Manhattan Nest for 3ish years now, and Daniel’s posts never disappoint. I can’t imagine what it would be like to demo your kitchen and find a freaking fireplace. So cool.

Link 28: My Karen Templer fangirling is unending. I had planned to have thoughts on Slow Fashion October, but this week I had to throw some money at Old Navy (*sigh*) to get kitted out for the resort vacation I’m going on next week, and I haven’t quite worked through the guilt yet.

Link 29: Personally I would say this goat has nothing to teach us. We can only watch the goat, and know we are looking at something familiar.

Link 30: If I didn’t already have my vacation knitting planned (I’m bringing my Improv #2 sweater), this would make for a fun beach project.

Links 31 and 32: I don’t feel qualified to really comment on either of these last links, but it was interesting to read these two pieces on the Watts neighbourhood in Los Angeles one after the other. Can the area’s long-standing issues be alleviated by some form of benevolent capitalism (if there even is such a thing)?

The People’s Cheeseburger (Eater)

A Journey into the Mind of Watts by Thomas Pynchon, 1966

Also, here’s Frank Zappa inspired by the Watts riots/Rebellion:

Link 25: Pure Dad

While I think a “pocket-size Roland Barthes bursting with critique and paradox” would be a glorious thing, this piece from Michael Chabon taking his son to Paris fashion week is definitely not about that. But it is a dad being such a dad over his kiddo in the most epic dad way, and it is pure dad. So much love and understanding jumping off the page! Read it and enjoy some feels.