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I’m a huge YouTube nerd, and a lot of the vloggers I follow always do a “[previous month] favorites” post where they talk about the things they loved in the previous month. And now that we’re into the first month of December, I figured “why not do the same. exact. thing?” Sorry, not sorry. Let’s get into it!

Black Hightop Sneakers

While I’m not the biggest fan of Fabletics, I have to admit that I was pretty excited to see they’re getting into the sneaker game. And since I forgot to skip last month and was automatically charged… I got a new pair of black sneaks that I’m obsessed with. They look great with yoga pants, which makes up 80% of my wardrobe.

Cocoon Cardigans

I just got one of these suckers from the Loft and I’ve been wearing it on the reg. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the exact one I bought online, but being swallowed up by any giant blanket sweater is ideal for winter.

Moone Boy

I’m obsessed with all things BBC, and I discovered this show by Chris O’Dowd while going down the British rabbit hole. It’s one of the most charming sitcoms I’ve seen. It’s based on Chris O’Dowd’s childhood in Ireland, and he plays the main character’s imaginary friend. It’s just so adorable.

The Working Woman’s Handbook: Ideas, Insights, and Inspiration for a Successful Creative Career

This book is really easy to digest and leaves me feeling ready to take on the world. I haven’t finished it yet, but once I do, I will definitely share my favorite bits. I’m sure it’ll be one of those books that I find myself referencing all the time.

Equal Exchange Love Buzz Ground (1×10 Oz)

I’m just going to give it to you straight. We were out of coffee, I didn’t want to leave the apartment, I ordered this coffee off Amazon, and I’m digging it.

Style

November 20, 2017

My Hermit Uniform

I regret to inform you, dear readers, that I’ve become a sort of hermit. It’s not entirely on purpose. It’s a combination of laziness, cold weather, and a need to buy gas that have kept me holed up in my apartment for the past 4 or 5 days. Luckily, I live within walking distance to Target and Harris Teeter, so I’ve made more than a few trips over there, but don’t get me wrong: that doesn’t influence my outfit for the day.

I’ve been rotating between two sweatshirts I got from Target in a moment of retail therapy. They might be a couple of the softest things I’ve ever owned. Let’s ignore the fact that I had a high school moment and bought the “Good Vibes Only” one and focus on this pink Joy Lab one I bought. I want everything Joy Lab right now, especially since I’m all about that athleisure game. So not only is the sweatshirt super soft, it’s my favorite shade of millennial pink, and has slits up the sides to keep it all breezy.

If you haven’t judged me yet, get ready to judge me hard. I treated myself to a Lululemon visit and found these leggings (on sale, thank you) that are my favorite pants of the moment. They’re high-waisted and the 7/8th length, which for a shorty like me, means they fit me just right.

 

 

 

And finally, I got these moccasins last year, but you can’t go wrong with a sheepskin-lined pair of moccs with soles. The soles are key, so I can wear them to Target and still feel like an adult. Also, you don’t need to wear socks with them, because they keep your feet at like 101°. Is it weird that I hate wearing socks?

I can feel the worry and concern for my well-being radiating through the computer screen, but don’t worry, I do take the clothes off once in awhile to wash them. I’m a hermit, not a slob.

I love watching YouTube videos about capsule wardrobes. It’s bordering on obsession, but I love seeing the 30 key pieces that girls decide will be their go-to items for 3 months. I’ve been toying with the idea myself for awhile, but I’m not sure I have the energy to plan out an entire wardrobe. The amount of planning that goes into this is a bit insane, so I’d rather do the no shopping bit and wear the same pieces over and over while the rest goes into storage.

So, I’m going to do this outfit by outfit, because that’s what makes the most sense to me – starting with my work-from-home uniform.

When I’m working from home, I want to focus as much as possible on being productive (ha..ha… that’s what I tell myself), so spending time choosing an outfit to wear around my house (or to Starbucks) is bananas. This is why I wear basically the same clothes on these days.

Starting with these Levi’s overalls. The idea of wearing overalls started me on this whole “uniform” journey, and finding a pair that was fitted but also allowed me to sit down was quite a feat. Fair warning, these run small, and occasionally I need to unbutton them a little, but I’ve been stretching them out.

I found these boots at Target super cheap, and I’ve been wearing them everyday. I have a pair of TOM’s combat boots that I wore on the reg, but then the toe busted open… I need to try to get them repaired. In the meanwhile, these are my faves.

I also can’t go anywhere in the fall without a big scarf – pink is my favorite color at the moment, sorry not sorry – and a long necklace. But that’s only if I venture into the outside world.

I just got this striped, sweatery type mock neck top from Anthro, and I’m all about it. The weight is perfect for fall, and I have a problem with stripes.

But on warmer days, a basic black tee will do the job and Everlane is the best tee I’ve tried by FAR. They fit like a dream, somewhere between a boyfriend fit and a slim fit (go up a size), and you can’t go wrong for $15. So do it, you won’t regret it.

Ok, I’m tired of talking to myself. Time to get some work done.

The favorite part of my morning is the ritual of making coffee. Yes, I’m trying to avoid a mid-morning caffeine headache, but also I love coffee. And there’s something relaxing about brewing a cup.

There are two ways of making coffee in this household. When we first moved in, we splurged on a Nespresso. The hubby and I are espresso NERDS, and I’ll be honest, the Nespresso makes an amazing shot. And in the realm of espresso machines, the Nespresso is a bargain, but it’s by no means smart spending. In fact, over time, we’ve stopped using it for two reasons. 1. You can only get coffee pods for the machine by ordering online or by visiting your local Bloomingdale’s. And now that I no longer work in DC, I never step foot in a Bloomingdale’s. 2. To get enough coffee for a month, we would usually spend about $50 on pods. Which brings me the next method of coffee making…

Pour over. Also known as quite possibly the cheapest way to make coffee. We have no more room in our studio apartment for appliances, so buying a normal coffee machine was out of the question. I think I found my pour over coffee funnel at World Market for like $4. Sure you can only make one cup at a time, but that’s all I’m ever doing anyway. And so you have to buy a box of coffee filters, once every like 3 months? Big deal. I can buy coffee any time I run out, and I even get to “splurge” on the good $!2 bag.

So hip, right?

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