i had a sick day so i made a collage. it's the things i wear pretty much every single day in case you ever thought i wonder what a non-fashion blogger wears. i find it transitions brilliantly from day to oh-shit-i-forgot-i'm-going-to-danji-with-mike-my-friend-from-high-school night. or when chi emergency needs a date to the solange concert that night. i mean sometimes it makes that transition more easily than others. the backpack doesn't clearly say employed 23-and-three-quarters-year-old, but i take that risk because other bag formats give me hurties in the arms.

1. mustard yellow sweater: i'm always cold, it's comfy, it camouflages mustard stains.
2. warby parker prestons: they fit my round face, they say hey baybay i like new music and i live in brooklyn.
3. jo malone vanilla & anise: i'm not old enough for a flowery perfume.
4. fjallraven kanken backpack in forrest green: it is the perfect size for a cute little lunchie and my lipgloss and a book. and my tide stick and an extra sweater and my glasses. and sometimes a chocolate bar.
5. clark's heath harrier boots: i was supremely suckered into buying these by the most evil shoe salesman of all time but now i wear them every day so i guess he wasn't that evil.
6. red socks: i have rando red socks in my sock drawer, i have no idea where they came from, but they look mighty fun sticking out of my ankle boots.
7. black jeans: no one that i see on a daily basis knows that i wear one of two pairs of pants every single day. they are my favorite clothing items right now. 


p.s. i'm really proud of this because i just remembered that my freshman year college roommate dressed as me for halloween and it consisted not of a green backpack but of a disney princesses backpack. also: juicy couture and a big headband and a cowbell, obviously. i think i've come a long way. maybe. i don't know. 


last week i shot a few stylish people on the street for brooklyn exposed in preparation for brooklyn fashion weekend which is {i think??} next week. as you may know, style does not run in my family or in my closet or anywhere in the vicinity of me because why spend money on shoes when you can spend it on matcha green tea powder and black sesame seeds? so this photo series was a bit of a challenge... 


this is me.

that's not entirely true.

this is me when i've had time to think about makeup* and spend an embarrassing amount of energy curling my hair. and i'm wearing my new glasses and my current favorite sweater. {part of this event is called convincing mum to let me get a perm and that purchasing these glasses was not an irresponsible idea because look at how happy these material things are making me.}

so in other words, this is me on a really good day conducting a social experiment called "trying to understand how there are people in the world who post photos on the internet of themselves every day without getting sheepish."

*while i have my fashion blogger pants on right now, and since no shame november is right around the corner, i will take this opportunity to tell you that i am newly in love with what is on my lips in the above photo: clinique's almost lipstick in flirty honey. i am obsessed. so go to the mall and buy stuff.

and to balance out this out-of-character bit on hair and makeup, i will now direct you back to my comfort zone of contemporary vocal music: roomful of teeth. their entire album is streaming for the week. listen, it is shocking. 


gnarly buttons.

for my birthday getup, i doctored up this american apparel dress with
buttons that i found at my new favorite place on the east side,
tender buttons. the shop sells just about every single kind of button
that you didn't think existed. it makes me have more faith that a
mustard shop can survive. four of the buttons that i got for my dress
are from the 1950s and they illustrate "sing a song of sixpence," and
the fifth button is a gold one made in france that is pierrot lunaire!
i am so smitten with my finds. all on one dress, you'll find my loves
of pie, rhymes, princesses, birds, song, and atonal sad clown creeps!
p.s. i am not responsible for the title of this post. i wish i were
because i very much enjoy the sound of these words together.
gnarly buttons is the title of john adams' piece for clarinet and 
chamber ensemble. if you do not know it, i recommend you get to know it. 
here, james plays it. clean shaven and all.