This post is my 250th! Is it fair to say that 250 posts is a body of work? An oeuvre? I think so. Perhaps this is a good time to spring for a Pop Quiz, to see what teachings have been distilled from all these photos and words.
HeRE iS thE PoP qUiZ. “Just do your best,” says The Directrice’s mother.
Note: Answers to these questions reflect the Directrice’s world order, which is not always aligned with objective reality.
Now on to routine business!
I love an ivory sweater in the winter. Ivory looks great with grey or black pants and jeans.
A simple sweater will do the trick, but I had to have this colossal turtleneck.
The sweater is enveloping me.
There is something of a nun’s habit in this sweater, isn’t there?
While doing a little research into the vocabulary of religious garments, I found a couple of websites specializing in vestments. Even they were having “Black Friday” sales. This cracked me up.
Have a terrific weekend!
Sweater: J.W.Anderson; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: Tory Burch Twiggie Mismatched Low-heel Pump; Bag: Barbara Bui School’s Out Bag
23 thoughts on “Creature of Habit”
Tell me how to keep whites white, please!
Hi Susan — One of my earliest posts — The Virtues of White Blouses — goes into agonizing detail and a number of readers have offered their own suggestions. One reader (Jessica) suggested using mineral salt deodorant to avoid yellow under-arm stains in the first place. I still need to try this.
But what about all the khaki and white pants? I demand a recount.
Also, I have been known to remove my white blazer entirely as I prepare, eat, and meticulously wipe down my work area after coffee and lunch and all non-white snacks (pro-tip: banana and almonds is a stain-free snack). Worth it.
You raise an excellent point re the khaki and white pants, Jennifer. I look over these posts (and my closet) and have to laugh at how many pairs of grey and black wool pants I have. I think there is a bug in the quiz because I only scored 9 out of 10 and I am the ultimate authority on my own bizarre opinions, aren’t I? (Addendum: The Photographer tells me he fixed the bug before the post went up.)
I scored 8 out of 10, and like Jennifer, demand a recount concerning pants.
I’m still pleased with myself and even more pleased that you thought to include a quiz in your post. That was fun!
Have you considered writing about your beauty-related routines and interests? I’m interested and bet I’m not alone.
My beauty routine wouldn’t fill a mouse’s tea cup, Rebekah — but I will put together a post describing it this month. I am running low on ideas!
I’m also open to posts about mice and their teacups.
I got 9 out of 10! Thought pants could be any solid color. You’ve taught us well Directrice!
7 out of 10 — but I think I decided to throw in my own views on white blouses and a couple of other things!
P.S. Second the interest in beauty routines
I scored 8 out of 10 and understand about the pants.
Fun quiz! 7 out of 10, couldn’t help going with my own views on white blouses (which I considered a trick question) & bustiers.
I followed The Directrice’s views on black and grey pants to score more highly (do we ever stop trying to ace tests?), but I strongly disagree on that one, and second those who pointed out the Directrice’s own advocacy of white and khaki pants. (Plus I wear summer pants in bright solid colors and prints; I live in NY and need a break from black).
Hello Lynne — I should take this moment to tell everyone that I like colored pants and admire patterned pants (which one of my colleagues calls “fancy pants.” I just don’t think I have the moxie to pull them off!
yeah! 8 of 10, and it might have been better if I hadn’t indulged my interest in game theory. The cowl neck looks lovely on you. Congratulations on 250 posts and thank you for inspiring and entertaining us!
I have to agree that the post on “hard” pants lends support to the argument that the pants answer is questionable.
As an educator, I love a quiz! Good job Directrice!
I would have gotten a perfect 10, but I don’t believe you can keep a white shirt white. Plus, I really wanted to know what one hand clapping sounds like.
I scored 10/10. Clearly, I have been paying attention!! Your blog is so enjoyable!!
Yay, 10/10 here too. Looking forward to the next 250!
You won’t believe this: today was laundry day, and I did a load whites with mild chlorine bleach which included a beloved white cotton turtleneck. The stains did not come out. I was about to toss it when I decided to soak it for a half hour in a pail with detergent and LOTS of chlorine bleach. What did I have to lose? Then I put It back into the washing machine, then the dryer, and opened your blog! (Of course this was not a white BLOUSE – most of which cannot handle chlorine.) So I just pulled it out of the dryer, and, voila! Saved
Khaki is not grey or black! Neither are ivory pants, which I think you’ve worn. And I insist white shirts cannot be kept perfectly white, no matter what bleach-salt trickery-pokery you try. In fact, I’d say the second law of thermodynamics applies for white clothing more than anything else in the universe. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the quiz, thank you!
Trickery-pokery is making me laugh, Alexa. And you are right on all counts. The quiz is cruel!