links: earl grey oatmeal, obi belts, coffee, pioneer boots, the language of aroma, Dostoyevsky

On January 17, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

1. Going to try making this earl grey oatmeal with cardamom cream this weekend. (I do have a thing for cardamom)

2. Often style tips strike me as somewhere between obvious and condescending, if not wildly incompatible with individuality, but these are quite rational.

3. I want one or possibly several of these suede obi belts. Trying to decide which colors. The rust, the mint? The black definitely.

4. Found interesting this intro to tea tasting language, applicable also to fragrance, wine, beer, chocolate, coffee…anything you can smell really. Useful to have these scent categories in your head.

5. Trying to decide between a Chemex and a Clever Coffee Dripper. Maybe will try both. Have been wanting to experiment with a pour over method, particularly if it means getting this adorable gooseneck kettle.

6. I liked these two wintry Dostoyevsky short stories berfrois posted just before Christmas.

7. Nigerian menswear brand Taryor Gabriels is doing sleek, beautifully structured suits with playful details. It’s impossible to guess how I might dress if I were a man—one of those hopelessly tangled hypotheticals—but maybe like this. I hope like this. Really I may dress like this anyhow. (link  from messynessychic via GeekOutsider)


8. OK, Doc Martens Triumph 1914 boots (with vintage-feel floral print lining) vs. Steve Madden Troopa boots. Both have that turn of the century pioneer silhouette I so often like.


1622453-p-4xTough call, right? Thoughts? Still debating.

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on the street: the white shirt

On November 12, 2013 by theseventhsphinx


Making a mental note that white is especially vibrant on an overcast day.

on the street: hipster lite

On October 29, 2013 by theseventhsphinx


Hipster, like feminist, is a term with many variations of meaning. I use it here with an emphasis on the incorporation of unconventional or ‘edgy’/conspicuous elements, the use of color and individual accents. I think a look like this shows how visible just dipping one’s toe in the hipster waters can be. Color, distinct glasses, hair just slightly shorter on the sides and longer on the top than the norm, tattoos. It’s relaxed, even unkempt here and there, but there is just enough of a sense of purposefulness to make it a bit interesting. And it’s not too interesting (not too styled, though that can be a cool look too)…just OK, nice, comfortable.

I like that balance of clothes looking put-together (not necessarily polished but chosen purposefully) as well as made for living in.

on the street: the skateboard

On October 6, 2013 by theseventhsphinx



What a great accessory.

I am often baffled by the bizarre figures that are to be found on the undersides of skateboards…but can see how it looks vaguely cool, especially when it seems personalized or done by hand. Why waste an opportunity for decoration/expression?

[Although what this might be expressing I cannot begin to guess. And one might waste such an opportunity in favor of simplicity or structural purity…but still.]

It’s certainly colorful and distracting, which is the aspect I like.


on the street: elbow patches

On October 5, 2013 by theseventhsphinx



I like a contrasting elbow patch.  A lot.

A lot a lot.

How great for the patch to have in so many cases emancipated itself entirely from its original purpose of correcting or preventing injury to the garment, and made its way to the realm of the purely decorative. So much so that now I sometimes see bright or loudly patterned patches (especially neat on a somber base), and they can be the star of the show.