#1: Something New

Ever since moving last November, my closet situation has been kind of an invisible disaster. Pre-move, after decluttering and ferrying bags of discards to Value Village, I thought I had a solid, edited wardrobe that I'd be happy to live with for a while. Nothing in, nothing out. Now forward to post-move and I’m adjusting... Continue Reading →

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Check-in #3 (May)

On Shopping How the world has changed in the last few months. When I wrote my previous check-in back in February, I was still in that “anticipating-the-year-ahead” mode and this novel disease emerging out of Wuhan was barely on the radar here in North America. Fast forward to today and we’re more than two months... Continue Reading →

#36 The Forgotten Navy Button Down

There are certain items in my wardrobe that had been worn heavily, even obsessively at some point, but were then inadvertently left untouched for long periods of time, seasonal changes notwithstanding. The forgotten pieces that when you finally notice them, hanging all sad in the back of the closet, it's like stumbling upon a message from... Continue Reading →

#35 The Abstract Expressionist Skirt

The Secondhand Printed Vintage Skirt is an item that has led to much turmoil and internal conflict in my life. It is, at the same time, one of my favourite types of clothing and the bane of my keeping an edited, well-worn wardrobe. Over the past decade or so, I have acquired and passed on... Continue Reading →

#34 The Sleek Turtleneck

This turtleneck from COS was a sneaky, “no-buy” breaking purchase during last year’s Black Friday sales that briefly put me into a vortex of guilt before I learned to stop worrying and love my new wardrobe addition. It all started when I saw the release of Wardrobe NYC’s Tailored collection, specifically their merino version of the... Continue Reading →

Some Style: Uniforms

The quest to “find one’s personal style” seems to be regarded as one of those elusive, mythical journeys that one must undertake in order to finally define their unique set of sartorial preferences, break from the chains of seasonal trends, and become fashionably enlightened forever. Furthermore, in this style-actualized nirvana, having a “uniform” is the... Continue Reading →

#33 The Camping Pants

These incredible, lightweight nylon joggers came into my life two days before my first “real” camping trip last summer. Yes, there was the overnight cabin trip in elementary school, where my face swelled up like a chipmunk due to bug bites and where an exploratory little mouse in the girls' dorm caused tears and hysteria.... Continue Reading →

#32 The Party-in-a-Shirt

While I gravitate towards a more minimalist vs. maximalist approach to dressing, like a seagull to foil, I can’t help being attracted to a good retro print. This geometric-patterned silk shirt is another flea market find that I was immediately drawn to and have been obsessed with ever since. Vintage pieces in funky, delightful patterns... Continue Reading →

#31 The Trendy High Waisted Jeans

As with many people stuck at home, suddenly with a lot more spare time on their hands, I've been engaging in a variety of domestic activities, including: conceiving a sourdough monster starter, trying to repot my houseplants without killing them, and swapping out the winter clothes from my drawers for lighter attire. One of the... Continue Reading →

#30 The Holy Grail Silk Shirt

This secondhand button down I purchased last spring is one of my favourite pieces of clothing at the moment. Made of midnight-coloured vintage silk, it's been on my mind ever since I saw the Oscar-nominated documentary Honeyland earlier this year. The film follows a woman who makes her livelihood as a traditional beekeeper in a... Continue Reading →

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