As you can see, my late summer break that I took in September turned into a full blown blogging sabbatical. Oops! I’ve had a bit of difficulty getting back into the swing of blogging the past couple of months for a few reasons and decided I’d quickly catch you up on what’s been going down and what I’ve been thinking. Buckle your seatbelt since this is a bit long.
First, I just feel like such a busy bee between my part-time job, my volunteer work, my German lessons, managing our household, traveling and maintaining some semblance of a social life. I’m trying to remember how on earth I used to make time for blogging before. Granted, September to November were busier than expected since I was on the planning committee for a large-scale, multi-day local charity event and was the coordinator for 100s of volunteers when the event took place in early November. Now that the event is over and I’m done
herding cats managing volunteers, I do have a bit more free time and hope to get back into the swing of writing again.
Also, if I can just be honest for a sec, I have been feeling generally meh and disillusioned with the fashion industry. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you probably know about my Thoughtful Shopping Series which involves exploring where and how my clothes are made before I make a purchase. I’ve been reading the book Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion and some other articles which have exposed some of the ugliness of the fashion industry and it just makes me sad. I obsessively check tags now when I’m out browsing through shops and it gets my knickers in a big bunch that the majority of things (and I’m talking pricey things here people…not $2 shirts) are made in China, India etc. and the quality just doesn’t seem that fantastic. That’s not to say that EVERYTHING made in those areas is produced cheaply under poor labor conditions but it would take a fair amount of research on my part before I would be comfortable buying something that is made in those locations.
Long story short, shopping hasn’t been too fun for me in the past few months. I’m craving unique, well-crafted pieces that are made in areas with good production track records (like the U.S. or Western Europe). Of course, tall retailers like MARGE Clothing will always be a great option for investment pieces. My ideal scenario would be to find an amazing tailor that I have good chemistry with so that he/she can custom make pieces for me. Another dream would be to become a regular customer of a local fair trade shop, although there’s always the tricky business of finding “non-tall” items that properly fit my long frame. I am happy to report that I may have found a solution a couple of days ago when I stumbled upon a local fair trade shop with the most beautiful pieces from a variety of “eco” brands AND two 20-somethings sitting in the shop with a sewing machine and patterns making clothes for their own brand. They said they do not make made-to-measure nothing but of course can do alterations to make pieces fit better. I can’t wait to explore the selection at this shop more!
I’m sure eventually I’ll find my groove with my “thoughtful shopping” but until then I’m just sitting tight and not shopping much at all. In the meantime, I’m happy to just be content with what is already in my closet. Having said that, I have been a bit shoppy the past few weeks and bought another pair of made-in-Italy boots from Aquatalia. These boots are currently 40% off at Nordstrom and go up to a size 13 in some colors! They are super comfy and also weatherproof!
I also had a super fun girls’ weekend in Switzerland with Karen from Tall Wife and scored two tops from I Love Tall in Zurich and found a gorgeous, soft-as-a-baby’s-bum cashmere pashmina from Pink Maharani while in Geneva. More on those purchases in later posts but here’s a sneak peek.
One more reason I’m having difficulty getting my blogging mojo going is that it is SO DANGED HARD to rustle up good photos of myself without hiring a professional photographer. Can I just get an amen on this topic from all of my fellow bloggers out there?! The husband and I don’t really have good photo taking chemistry and I haven’t been able to find a local photographer that doesn’t cost a bundle. So…I’m not really sure what to do about this yet. You may just be stuck with my super snazzy tripod living room pics and impromptu travel outfit pics for now. Hope you don’t mind!
So…in case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to, now you know. Moving on to a more light-hearted topic, I absolutely adore cold weather fashion. Give me scarves and boots and tights and coats over sandals and sundresses any day. I couldn’t pass up the chance to show you some of my favorite looks from the past few months.
J.Crew Tall Majesty Peacoat and Aquatalia Waterproof Suede Boots – A wool peacoat is a staple in any tall girls’ closet. I bought this coat in 2012 and it’s still going strong, as are the boots which I’ve had for a whopping 6 years. I recently wore both while gallivanting around Switzerland and Paris.
Banana Republic Trench Coat and LTS Chelsea Boots – Why do trench coats make me feel so classy? I just love how I feel in this coat and was happy to wear it on our Thanksgiving getaway to Provence! This is another item that I’ve had for eons. I’m still wearing my Chelsea boots from Long Tall Sally (c/o) a ton too. I never thought I could be so enamored of such seemingly “non-feminine” boots.
Long Tall Sally Tweed Riding Jacket – I’ve been getting some good wear out of my LTS tweed riding jacket. It’s definitely the heaviest of my blazers as it’s made out of a thick fabric and is fully lined. I highly recommend investing in a heavy blazer for cooler weather since wearing it is a nice break from bulky coats and jackets! I wore this blazer recently while exploring the colorful Provencal town of Rousillion along with my LTS lace top, LTS Chelsea boots and thrifted J.Crew tall jeans.
Well now you know what I’ve been up to. I hope you all are having a great holiday season so far!