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August 21, 2014

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Initial Thoughts on SF Fashion VS NYC Fashion

I wasn’t that wild about what I wore today. I squandered my morning, so by the time I started getting ready I didn’t have much time, and just kind of threw this together. I tried something else first but it was too heavy to wear. I put this outfit on but I liked it less and […]

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August 19, 2014

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Leather, Neoprene & Nerd Things

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Top – Tibi // Skirt – Clover Canyon // Sandals – Pedro Garcia // Bag – Madewell // Sunglasses – vintage Gucci (deadstock) via Fiat Lux // Watch – Michael Kors // Bracelet – vintage via Sweet & Spark // Turquoise Rings – all vintage, from New Orleans, Stone Pony, & Aggregate Supply

Today was a great day for a nerd like me. We had orientation sessions about archives and the library. I didn’t really know what archives were, but apparently they’re collections of first-hand sources that are NOT books: videos/footage, photographs, press clippings, marketing materials, etc. We looked at a bunch of things from the 60s and 70s and it was fascinating. Plus, the library has so many books on fashion it’s kind of unreal.

I still haven’t unpacked my full-length mirror so any outfit feels like a risk. I love this skirt but it rides up terribly as soon as I start walking. I should get rid of it, but I have a matching jacket so I don’t want to. That’s logical, right? Speaking of things I haven’t unpacked – my camera charger! I saw it in a box and didn’t realize I would need it so soon, and now I don’t know where it is. Oops!

August 18, 2014

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Orientation Day 1

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Dress – Gitman Brothers via Mill Mercantile // Shoes – Soludos x J.Crew // Sunglasses – Vintage Gucci via Fiat Lux // Watch – Michael Kors

Moving has been so crazy. I thought that signing a lease meant getting over the worst. Moving into my apartment triggered a dust allergy that really got out of hand. First, it affected my sleep. Then I straight-up couldn’t breathe at night without the air conditioner. Then I got a whopping nosebleed. I realized that I would just get sicker if I stayed, so I slept at a friend’s place for 3 nights while I waited for my place to get cleaned. During that time I came down with a fever!

But once things got better they rapidly got better: the fever only lasted a day, then someone came to clean the apartment and I was able to come back, then my mom came, movers came with my stuff, and it was great to have my mom around to help me unpack, run errands, and assemble furniture.

And today was the first day of orientation! It was great to meet my classmates and to start getting into that zone… the school zone.

Getting dressed for the next month or so will be… interesting. My wardrobe is optimized for San Francisco weather: dry and relatively cool – sometimes warm, but not hot. Certainly never humid. This dress is the one item of clothing I had that was a no-brainer. The rest will be a challenge!

August 6, 2014

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Empty Home Tour, Part 1 (Or, Rugstravaganza!)

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I made it to New York! It took me about a week to find a place, and another few days for all the paperwork to go through. I moved in on Saturday, and now I’m… camping out. Having no furniture (save a borrowed air mattress), no Internet (despite hours on the phone with Time Warner), and eating frozen dinners instead of cooking is kind of anti-climatic. But on the plus side, it’s giving me time to think obsess about what kind of space I want to create.

The floorplan is really open, so one thing I want to use to create different spaces is rugs. Plus it’s in my lease that I’m supposed to cover something like 80% of the hardwood floor with rugs. And of course I love textiles, so this is my chance to go nuts. I want to put a rug in the corner outside of the closet (and make the space into one extended closet), one underneath my bed, and possibly a third rug along the window, but that’s TBD.

Bedroom Rugs

I always thought I would go balls-to-the-wall floral on a rug, but…

I’ve already fallen for this gold zebra striped rug at Joss & Main (1)(different from rug pictured above). That poses a problem, because it seems pretty incompatible with my favorite florals at Anthropologie (2,3). But I love the zebra stripes more, especially for a closet area where there there will already be a ton of wild prints on my clothes.

It seems silly to buy a beautiful rug that will largely be hidden under my bed. This bordered rug from Anthropologie (4) is perfect for under a bed, but it’s super expensive. I like the lines of this rug from West Elm (5) and it would be a nice complement to the zebra stripes, but I’m thinking about keeping it even more simple with this one from Ikea (6).

I’ve been obsessing over the zebra rug for a few days and but I’m not quite ready to pull the trigger. There have to be more places besides Joss & Main, Anthropologie, Ikea and West Elm to look for a rug, right? Where else should I be looking?

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