A Most Unnatural Pair of Pants

  Many years ago, I had a pair of comfortable black pants — from Ann Taylor, I think — that I discovered were indestructible. Made of entirely synthetic fibers, the pants could not be stained, shrunken, faded, or stretched out. A colleague and I dubbed them “the plastic pants” and delighted in all the ways … Read moreA Most Unnatural Pair of Pants

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The Best Jacket

  Perhaps if we try to think about dressing for work at home in a more positive mindset, we’ll feel better about it.   Pan-dressing: The Power and the Glory!   I feel better already. You can see in these photos that the back of the jacket is a little longer than the front. I … Read moreThe Best Jacket

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Light Metal

  In preparation for a new president and administration, I’ve been reviewing the Obama years with nostalgia. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a definitive art-book on Mrs. Obama’s style — but I have contented myself with a large volume of Pete Souza’s photographs and Michael Smith’s book on decorating the White House.   Sweater: … Read moreLight Metal

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You’re Never Fully Dressed Without An Ascot

  I told you that I have been wearing real pants with a set waistband . . . and that’s true. That’s what I’m going to show you. But I haven’t been wearing worky pants — i.e., wool trousers. Is that ok? Here is what I wore for work on December 23rd, my last day … Read moreYou’re Never Fully Dressed Without An Ascot

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A Topographic Brooch

  Reflecting on the last eight months, I have to admit that as much as I have been missing normal life, I may be particularly well-disposed for months of remote work. I’m an introvert, I live with two fluffy lap cats, and I have a large collection of strange, statement necklaces and brooches perfect for … Read moreA Topographic Brooch

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Zoom Hero

  Hello, hello!   I’ve been missing you terribly, but somehow unable to open my laptop and start typing. The combined forces of election anxiety and pandemic despair annexed the small part of my brain reserved for creative efforts and my heart didn’t have the power to compensate. I realize that one could fairly say, … Read moreZoom Hero

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The Woman in White Is Not Done

  This post shows two core lessons of The Directrice in practice. No fears! A little Oxyclean removed all of the evidence.   Moving the cat was the right call. But I don’t have limitless space, so I only deal in crushable hats. This one is partially satisfying my fixation.   Dress: Love Binetti; Hat: … Read moreThe Woman in White Is Not Done

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Hideo-Marvelous Shoes to Fill

  At the start of the summer, I had one pair of sandals in the apartment (an oversight in packing seasonal shoes for storage last year) and was too lazy to go down to the basement and bring the summer shoes up.* That collection includes some really fun sandals including these, and these, and these. … Read moreHideo-Marvelous Shoes to Fill

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An Extra Lift + Deep, Dark Secret

  I needed a little lift the other day, so I put on a special top.   Top: Comme de Garcons from The RealReal; Pants: Banana Republic; Shoes and Belt: JCrew   * I have been asking The Photographer, “Is you ready?” ever since. Was I ready in 2018? You bet! The Red Sox won … Read moreAn Extra Lift + Deep, Dark Secret

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Let’s Zoom!

  To those of you who responded to my last post, thank you for answering my question. We have a deal! I’ll keep posting, you’ll keep reading, and all of us understand that this blog is just a harmless way of connecting and amusing one another for a few minutes each day. We all deserve … Read moreLet’s Zoom!

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