Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

There are small things you can be thankful for and there are major things. Right now I am in the mood to be thankful for the little things:

-Having a pool in the house when it’s 115⁰F hot.
-A peaceful and beautiful neighborhood where all you need is conveniently close by.
-Seeing two months of colorful foliage after 15 years of living in places with no autumn.
-Finally learning to order the perfect pumpkin spice latte: soy milk, extra syrup, extra pumpkin spice!
-Finding an old friend in a new city where you know no one else.
-An apartment with a convenient store on the ground floor when it’s 22⁰F outside.
-A cup of hot chocolate with a shot of coffee liquor when it’s snowing.
-A knit hat which is fleece lined. Also a down coat and furry fleece lined mittens!
-Great stores which offer a wide range of little things and distract you on lonely weekends.
- Barnes & Noble bookstore! It’s like seeing a good friend everywhere you go. May the company be always prosperous!
-The ability to go back home and recharge (and to have that safe haven in my life).

On a serious note, I am thankful for all the resources and fall-backs in my life, not that I used them much but for the security and the assurance, the knowledge that they are there for me if I ever need them. To be able to take risks more daringly and to face challenges in comfort. That is one blessing I am thoroughly grateful for this year.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter hiatus

Sorry for the lack of posts! These past couple of weeks with the cold weather and constant snow, there haven’t been any exciting (or even slightly interesting) outfit. What I am wearing normally is a type of uniform consistent of a pair of winter pants with  a pair of fleece lined legging layered underneath, two pair of winter socks, a cotton top, a merino wool turtle neck layered over it, a cashmere or merino wool sweater layer over that one, a wool jacket over them, and finally a down coat over everything. I found knit hats with ear flaps which are lined with fleece and I wear them daily. Over the hat, I usually put an ear warmer/headband and then pull the hood of my down coat over them all. I am also constantly wearing a double layer scarf with a dense knit. I wear a pair of fleece gloves and over those I wear a pair of fluffy fury mittens which are also lined with fleece.
Do I look ridiculous? I guess so! Do I care when the alternative is freezing in 17⁰F weather (wind makes it feel like 3-0⁰F)? No, absolutely not!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Plaid and chevrons

This fall I've become obsessed with plaids. Another obsession of mine is my zigzag print Missoni scarf. On these cold gray and depressing days, the only thing that helps me keep going is my favorite little things.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"You Are Here"

World, say hello to my "You Are Here" sweater. I'd resisted the lure of quote sweaters until now, but this one somehow spoke to me!!! It reminded me to be present and mindful. I listened... and bought it!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bordeaux and orange

A turtleneck tunic can feel like a security blanket even when you are in an AC-heated mall. Thanks to my friend for driving us there and back, I could dress a bit lighter than the weather required. It was a fun day of window shopping and chit chat...I didn't know how much I'd missed shopping with a friend.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

To escape

It was a game day for UMich and a tense one at that. People started with cheers and shouting at 8:00 AM with a frat house mud wrestling right next door. Noise, crowds and drunk undergrads... to scape it all, I went to Anthropologie for some window shopping, had lunch at Panera and spent a couple of hours in Barnes and Nobles browsing books and magazines. But the racket was going strong till way past midnight!

Saturday, November 1, 2014


It was a cold day which led to a frozen night and we saw our first snow on Halloween. Consequently I stayed home and enjoyed a bag of Godiva truffles, a glass of wine and "The nightmare before Christmas" under a cozy fluffy blanket.

Friday, October 31, 2014

A touch of red

The best way to chase away Friday humdrums is with a nice warm red scarf. Head to toe black needs that little touch of red. To make it better, put on a bright red lipstick too!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Knit tunic

On a freezing day, nothing is better than a soft knit tunic with a turtleneck. You can feel like wearing a blanket, all warm and cozy. It also helps if you can work from a comfortable coach in the library instead of a cold desk in the lab.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Getting your wishes

Have you noticed when you get your wishes, they are not like you imagined them to be? For example, every fall and winter in California, I was wishing for a real cold and cloudy weather so I can wear my extensive collection of colorful coats without making a spectacle of myself. This year, I am in a real cold climate with cloudy skies and chilling wind and I feel.... miserable! Also out of my 12 coats, I only have 4 of the least exciting ones with me. Yeah, yeah, convenient packing and showing the least dirt and going with every outfit sounds good in theory, but in reality? You get bored with dull colors soon specially when the sky is gray constantly.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Basic white

It has been years, maybe from my high school years that I last wore a white turtleneck. I saw this one in store on Sunday and I couldn't resist buying it. Of course I have to wear it the next day. It encourages me to wear my neglected skirt!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blue and gray

When I started out mid-day, it was gloomy and gray, hence my outfit. But in an hour, the sun started shining and my mood improved. I even took a long walk to take the most advantage of the beautiful sunshine.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The comfort of navy

Navy is my power color but also acts as a calming color when I need it. Like this Saturday afternoon which I spend in a coffee shop and went food shopping. Too tired too even read a book, I mostly people-watched, a fantastic past time specially if you live in the middle of a university campus.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pull on plaids

I didn't notice how many plaid pieces I was wearing until I got to work. They go together rather well though and I am happy with the mix. I guess that's all that's matter.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Red to the rescue

From the time I bought this t-dress a couple of years ago, I'd wondered if I could layer a red shirt underneath. Well, I wonder no more! It is possible but not very comfortable. A positive point for this outfit however was the uplifting color, poppy red. Despite the cold and gray of the day, I was feeling happy.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The problem with skirts

I love skirts, I adore them really. However, I don't wear them that often... or at all if I want to be honest! Why is that? Is it the effort of finding a suitable top every time? Is it the trouble of matching hemlines and shoes? Is it the confined waistband? Whatever the problem, I donated most of my skirts before leaving AZ and  brought only two skirts with me to Michigan. Being here for almost two months, this is the first time I am wearing this skirt. The conclusion? I need to stop buying skirts (no matter how pretty they are or how feminine I feel when wearing them) because in reality of my day to day life, I don't wear them often enough to justify the price or the room they take in my closet!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gray and Down

No, you are not mistaken. That's a down coat! The temp was around 35 most of the day and the wind had a freezing chilly bite to it. Although some people looked at me kind of weird, I was warm. That's all tha's matter!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Black and white view

On my birthday I am usually nostalgic, depressed and critical of my past. Having a black and white and judgmental view of my life does not make the best past time but...sometimes you have to do a little evaluation.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin bar

I met my friend for a little pre-birthday chit chat and chilling. This cafe had a nice range of gluten free pastries and I was able to enjoy a pumpkin bar. It was the best! A pity that the cafe is more than a half hour bus ride from my house, otherwise I could have gone there for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The day at the museum

I had high hopes for my visit to Museum of Natural History, needless to say; it didn't measure up. It took less than two hours to visit all four floors and I tried to go as slowly as I could, reading every plaque and notification. My outfit was comfortably warm though, that's the highlight!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Vintage lilac and wine

Vintage lilac is the name of color for this soft sweater and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. It is a great piece for layering, thin, stretchy and deliciously warm. Also looks great layered under this boxy floral top.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Black polka

I was very happy when I found this black polka dot shirt, just what I needed. It is pure cotton and can be layered easily. Also it's thin enough that I can take it with me when I'm going back to warmer (more pleasant) climates. How forward thinking of me!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Colors of comfort

Better to say layers for comfort. Here in cold, I  keep thinking in terms of layers. There is a science to it:  1- the basic layer, color coordinated by maroon, navy and splashes of purple (I include the navy sweater in this layer since the button down is too thin and needs reinforcement) . 2- middle layer: the scarf and a tan cardigan (not pictured here) for sitting at my desk. 3- the outer layer: tan trench coat, gold bag, taupe boots and multi color scarf that can still go over everything.

Wardrobe Obsessions: Missoni Scarves

You may have noticed my little collection of Missoni scarves. Specially here in MI, I relay on them often and they keep popping up in most of my outfits. To say I love these scarves is a bit of understatement. I've been obsessed with them for the past few years. Normally I won't have looked twice at most Missoni scarves, feeling that the sharp horizontal zigzags and tired colors have become a little cliche. But three or four years ago I saw this beautiful one with vertical spiral patterns and soft colors (the one on the left) in Anthropologie and I fell in love. I paid full price for it and haven't regretted my purchase for even one second. After that I kept my eyes out for unusual patterns and found these other beauties. Their color mix makes them suitable for most of my coats and jackets. In addition to being chic and stylish items, they are distinctive and dramatic enough that I can keep the rest of my outfit pretty basic and neutral. Didn't I say I am obsessed with these scarves?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pop of color

I am getting tried of wearing the same items over and over again, or maybe it is because my outfits relay heavily on the same neutrals, navy, gray, tan and black. Whatever it was I needed that little pop of happy fluorescent yellow to cheer me up.