summertime blues

On July 7, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

While blue seems to be the favorite color of a significant fraction of the population, it’s one of those colors I often overlook when picking out clothes and accessories. I do like teal and turquoise, which is to say I like my blue with green in it.

When I notice holes like this in my wardrobe (there is also almost no red in my possession, I noticed recently) I like to think about them – about why there might be such an omission, and whether or not I’d like to remedy it. I do abstractly like ultramarine and cornflower blues, baby and powder blues…but there is a great difference between liking a color and wanting to wear it. It’s a decided personal stamp of approval, it seems, to wear (and so, often, to purchase, to have purchased) a color.

If there was ever a time I would want to sport a true blue, summer is it.

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This saturated cornflower blue t-shirt (I know, a t-shirt. So adventurous) is now the brightest blue on hand. The part of me that wants to wear some combination of white, cream, caramel, and cognac at all times thinks it’s a bit garish but I do like it. Fashion baby steps.

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J Crew tee, Joe’s skirt, Steve Madden sandals, vintage beaded clutch, Skagen watch, Vuarnet sunglasses, 10mm pearl studs from Pearls of Joy, pearl ring from Pearl Paradise, 6mm pearl necklace* from eBay, vintage amethyst bracelet. On the lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Favorite. On the nails: Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Wanna Have Fun polish (a really bright, pretty coral).

*I’ve been wanting a choker length pearl necklace in a small pearl size for a long time, basically because of the costumes in movies like Dangerous Liasons, Valmont, and anything set in 18th century France, in which they are often worn by young, unmarried women to great effect. I like how they ever so gently mold to the curvature of the throat, the 6mm size youthful and understated.

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the rain run

On July 5, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

It’s been pouring rain here in Cambridge.

But I don’t mind a bit of rain.

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Even a lot of rain…

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I don’t actually run with my hair down (that would be silly/disastrous) but doubtless you have been wondering, what does a sphinx’s hair look like when it is wet? You see how I am always thinking of you.

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Here it is freshly washed, with a bit of conditioner and oil in. This is the stage just before it goes into its habitual bun. I will leave it down now and then (to air dry – blow driers are impracticable) but it’s always something of a crapshoot, how things will turn out (especially good days live on in memory).

I’ve historically kept such a tight reign on my hair that I need to make a conscious effort to let it be, and embrace the chaos. It’s a good exercise, though. And after all, if it seems messy in a way I do not like (as opposed to strategically messy, within a range of what seems to me to be acceptably, stylishly messy), no one cares. I’m not even sure it’s an observable distinction for others. The inexorable familiarity with oneself seems always to be causing such discrepancies.

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I was decidedly damp by the end of this little documentation session.

Ever since I started playing tennis a few years ago I’ve come around to the virtues of proper activewear (as opposed to, say, retired pajamas). There are so many brands making good, fashion-conscious activewear now. Yet another arena in which one need not suspend one’s style to participate.

I’ve been on the lookout for a pair of bright sneakers (to encourage the wearing of said sneakers, and the activities when wearing) but haven’t found one I like yet. Isn’t it always the way. It is just one quest after another, this life.

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Climawear top, New Balance sports bra, Soffe shorts, Saucony sneakers, Adidas Duramo watch.

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Great running track: Cut Copy – Lights and Music

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just right

On July 4, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

I’ve mentally bookmarked this photo as a superb example of the loose, effortless look I want as my touchstone for summer style.

For style all around, really.

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The simple lines, solid colors (more or less solid, perhaps I would like it still more if the pants were a true solid), minimal palette, clean demarcation of separates, contrast of bared skin on top and legs entirely obscured, slick, low ponytail…

Just right.

This is Swedish blogger Kenza, with whom I wasn’t familiar before coming across this photo. On the radar now, though.

So difficult to find a tank top like this, that falls just so. I seem to try so many on (on the hunt for what we see here) only to be astonished at how unflattering the cut is.*

*When clothes do not look good on you, you should definitely blame the clothes. Or try a different size, potentially, but most clothes are cut horribly. It could be that it would suit a different body, there is some slight chance of that, but usually, in my experience, they are poorly made, and would not truly look good (I mean really good, I mean really FIT. I do not mean fine/OK/alright) on anyone. I hear too many people blaming their bodies. While a body can always be healthier in some way or another, it is the job of the clothing to look good on the body, not the job of the body to look good in the clothing.

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on the menu: hazelnut waffles

On July 2, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

I’ve been going to town with my waffle iron. This batch has some hazelnut syrup mixed in for a bit of nutty interest and half of the vegetable oil replaced with coconut oil. The best waffles yet.

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It took me months to break out the waffle iron (I was imagining it as prohibitively time consuming in my mind, the making of waffles) but now that it’s out, I’m on a roll. It doesn’t take long at all to make waffles! The format is ripe for experimentation. Next up: spelt flour.

There’s something obscurely satisfying about using a square waffle iron to make round waffles. Why did I not get the round waffle iron, you may wonder, which was after all quite a bit less expensive, and already round?

Well. I did not want it.

It’s no use trying to understand the labyrinthine workings of my peculiar heart.

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This plate is a lovely one from Royal Copenhagen.

Ah. I love breakfast.

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