Archive for September, 2010

Six Items or Less, Day 19: Skirting the issue.

September 26, 2010

I had to cave yesterday and today and WEAR THE SKIRT. Don’t worry, Susan, I shaved my legs :)

As soon as I put it on, I remembered why I’d been postponing wearing it: There’s a partially ripped seam around the pocket. Not a huge deal — a needle, a bit of thread and a few minutes will do the trick — but it’s a more urgent issue when you have only two other bottom pieces to rely on. Looks like it’s back to jeans for the remainder of the challenge — or at least until I get navy blue thread.

I feel weird about wearing skirts in New York City anyway. For one thing, it’s getting colder, and for another, call me old-fashioned, I’m always worried about modesty when going up the stairs in the subway station :)

Finally acquired some quarters, so I’m going to take care of the laundry that’s been a thorn in my side for the past week or so tonight. Photos coming again soon…

(Photo courtesy of lacklusterco)


Six Items or Less, Day 18: CRISIS.

September 25, 2010

I had a close call yesterday morning.

All week, I’ve been wearing either my Log Lady blouse or my green Lacoste polo on top, so yesterday, I thought I’d ring in the weekend right and give my blue J. Crew popover some much-needed play. TGIF and all that, right?

Well, it wasn’t in my closet or my dresser. After a couple of minutes, I found it. Crumpled in a ball. In the bottom of my laundry bag. With a toothpaste smudge on the front of it.

At that moment, I was faced with a conundrum that, in most instances, could have been easily solved by simply finding something else to wear, but in this case, left me with three equally unattractive choices. Do I wear…

1. A wrinkled, visibly soiled shirt that’s been fermenting in a pile of other dirty clothes for a week?

2. A green Lacoste polo that I just wore the day before  (and also needs to be washed)?

3. A polyester/rayon blend blouse that I love dearly but provides little to no ventilation in this muggy transition from summer to fall (and yep, you guessed it, needs to be cleaned)?

I actually spent a few minutes hemming and hawing, half-dressed, trying to decide what to do. For me, one of the most appealing aspects of Six Items or Less was that it seemed to reduce the amount of time normally wasted on trying to decide to what to wear. Except for this time around, in which my limited choices were making me waste more time than usual.

I finally settled on #2 (just wearing what I wore the day before), but I almost caved and decided to grab something else. PHEW.

In other news, it’s 18 days in, and I’ve managed to still adhere to the “or Less” part of Six Items or Less — I still haven’t worn my skirt, so my count’s officially at five items. Preeeeeeeeeetty impressed with myself.

(Photo courtesy of Accessory Addiction)

Six Items or Less, Day 15: The Halfway Point.

September 23, 2010

It’s Day 16 of my Six Items or Less challenge, and I’m currently LIVE BLOGGING from my apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. What you see here, my friends, is my look from yesterday — the Crystal Castles look — the exact halfway point between the beginning and the end of my decision to wear six and ONLY six items of clothing for the month of September.

I know that you — not unlike the countless millions of other Acorn Archive readers — have probably been wondering how its writer has been holding up. You’ve probably been sitting there at your respective office desk, kitchen sink or steering wheel, unable to concentrate on the more urgent tasks at hand, silently asking questions like, “Which two, exactly, of her six items is she going to pair today?  Is she going to buck her pants-only regimen and finally introduce the much-awaited skirt into the mix? Or is she going to blow all of our minds and find a way to wear not only two pieces a day but, I dare say, three?”

Well, to answer all of the above questions in one fell swoop: It’s super boring. I’m doing little to no laundry;  it takes about five minutes to get ready every day; no, I’m NOT ready to shave my legs and therefore have NOT worn the skirt yet; and the only thing I’m convinced of is my need to embrace accessories like jewelry. Jewels in my crown, y’all. You know what I’m sayin’?

Six Items or Less, Day 8.

September 15, 2010

One of the benefits of not taking pictures the first five days of this challenge is that I get to recycle looks that I’ve already worn. Behold yesterday’s look: the Pen on a Necklace/Freak on a Leash. Harkening to times when bright Lacoste polos, navy blue cable knit sweaters and faux gold pen necklaces a la Joanie Holloway ruled supreme (in retrospect, I don’t know when that would have been, but… okay), this is the only way to greet the rapidly approaching autumn in New York (minus Winona Ryder and Richard Gere) as far as I’m concerned. I wore two of my six pieces — the Lacoste polo and my Levis — as well as:

  • A pen on a necklace, courtesy of my long-time gentleman caller
  • A navy blue cable knit sweater. I’m confused; do sweaters qualify as “outerwear” and therefore not count towards the official Six Items or Less? Let’s pray to God that they don’t; otherwise, I’m screwed.
  • Navy blue Keds from DSW in Union Square.

There was a time in my life when I tried to act like I don’t love navy blue. That time is officially over. Now, all I’m trying to do is get used to wearing socks again. It’s a lot more difficult than I thought it would be, but it’s totally necessary considering I actually said “Brrrr” tonight.

In other news, the step stool I ordered from Amazon finally arrived today; now my roommates and I can finally put things in the storage cubbies above our closets. Huzzah!

Six Items or Less, Day 7.

September 13, 2010

I’m reading a new book. Betcha can’t guess what! (Photography and art direction cred to Tori, again)

Last night, Tori pointed out that I had only worn five of my six pieces thus far, therefore living up to the “or less” part of this Six Items dealio.

Normally, this would have been a victory; however, my reluctance to wear the sixth piece — my light blue Steven Alan dress (the one that the navy blue rope belt in my previous entry came from) — may or may not have been rooted in the fact that right now, it’s not fitting so great. Two words: Oprah arms. Seriously. It’s like trying to fit sausages into casings that are too small.

Pssssssych. But for real.

So I did something that I’m not positive is legal in The World of Six Items or Less: I swapped one as-yet-unworn piece out for another; in this case, the Steven Alan dress for the polyester/rayon blend “blouse” I bought as part of my Log Lady costume. Today, I wore it with another of my six pieces — the Levis — as well as my:

  • Vintage Justin boots (again)
  • Montgomery Ward sweater (again; also part of my Log Lady costume)
  • Other pair of glasses (round, yellow Christian Diors from the mid-’70s to mid-’80s)
  • J. Crew leather belt
  • Czech coin earrings, hand-selected by Tori before scurrying off to work (while I was still half-asleep) from her personal collection

Together, this look is what I like to call “Grump Chic,” because the combination of polyester/rayon, mohair and mugginess doesn’t do a whole lot in terms of breathability, and I was sweating most of the day.

I have two necklaces (one of which I wore yesterday, the other of which is currently M.I.A. in my room) and only one pair of earrings to my name, so borrowing a pair to complete this look was crucial. Even though I feel a little ashamed that I have so few baubles to call my own, I feel like borrowing from a friend (especially one with good taste and in such close proximity) is more in keeping with the Six Items or Less ethos, which I think has something to do with consuming less and in turn relying on others more.

Kudos again to Tori for doing that which I could not do for myself, i.e. take a full-length picture of myself in decent lighting using an iPhone.

Six Items or Less, Day 6

September 12, 2010

As promised, here’s a photo of today’s look for my Six Items or Less challenge. After seeing this picture, I wanted to call this look, “So That’s Why Models Pose at an Angle.” Instead, I just made a mental reminder to keep up my running routine and never face completely forward for a photo ever again.

This look — which I like to affectionately refer to as the “Margaret Lanterman Goes Sailing” look — incorporates two of the six pieces mentioned in my previous entry, the blue J. Crew popover and my Gap jeans from high school, as well as…

  • Vintage two-tone (oxblood and tan) Justin boots with fringe (there’s a technical name for this, and I cannot for the life of me remember what it is; can you?). I bought these — rather, my mom bought them for me — at the Brooklyn Flea this past spring. They were $65. I saw the exact same pair TODAY at another, lesser flea market near my house for $125. Muahahahahahaha.
  • This necklace from my friend and cohort, Allison, of So It’s Gray. She likes to take bits of metal and beads and make them into amazing, beautiful, wearable things. More on her jewelry-related escapades coming soon.
  • A vintage Montgomery Ward mohair blend sweater, complete with metal zipper, which I purchased for $3 at a thrift store in Little Rock, Arkansas for my Log Lady costume, previously mentioned here.
  • A navy blue rope belt from another one of my six pieces, the Steven Alan dress.

I will always and forever think of this sweater as The Log Lady sweater because of the circumstances in which it was purchased and initially worn. However, this look was missing other crucial elements of The Log Lady’s uniform — glasses, long skirt, a log — so I decided it was Log Lady Lite. You know, something that ol’ Margie might wear when she wanted to kick back, relax, put the log away for a few hours and get lost in something — in this case, something that involves a blue rope belt and is therefore nautical in nature — that doesn’t remind her of how much her town is going down the crapper.

Photo cred goes to my good friend, current roommate and sponsee, Tori, who in no way endorses wearing six or fewer pieces of clothing per day, much less an entire month.

Well, I guess it’s Fashion Week or something.

September 11, 2010

In honor of the occasion, I’m taking this opportunity to share some of my own thoughts on fashion and how it relates to my newest personal challenge, Six Items or Less, which is now five days under way and pretty much exactly what it sounds like: Choose six items (or less) of clothing and wear only those six items (or less) for 30 days.

I read this article about a month ago; shortly thereafter, I found this. I honestly don’t know if I’m ready to take the extreme measures required to give up all but 100 of my worldly possessions, as mentioned in the first article. But I think that whittling down my wardrobe as suggested by the folks who started  Six Items or Less is a good way for me to move in that direction and do a lot of important things all at once: Conquer my drive to acquire/consume things, force myself to be creative in limiting circumstances, free up some closet space, save money doing laundry and, of course, have fun.

I started the challenge on Sept. 7, 2010. These are the pieces I settled on:

  • Bright green short sleeve Lacoste polo
  • Light blue J. Crew popover
  • Navy blue J. Crew skirt with pockets
  • A pair of Levis that I inherited from a friend
  • A really, really, really old pair of other Gap jeans from high school
  • Light blue Steven Alan dress (in case things get fancy)

(And in case you were too lazy to click the link and read the rules, the Six Items do not include undergarments, socks, shoes, accessories, pajamas, workout clothes or outerwear.)

I have to be honest and say that five days into the challenge, I haven’t experienced any feelings of great personal sacrifice. This might have something to do with the fact that I’ve been wearing the same six pieces of clothing for the past several months anyway, which might have something to do with the fact that I’m extremely lazy and generally lack any disposable income. As much as I love to read fashion blogs, go shopping and spend hours drawing clothes that I wish I had but will most likely never be able to find or afford, I really only stick to wearing a few pieces that are near and dear to my heart. The only time something gets bumped out of the rotation is if I give it away or damage it beyond repairs.

In other words? So far, so good. Pictures coming soon…