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6 Dec

longleggedlady.comFirst off, a belated happy Thanksgiving.

I had every intention of blogging last weekend, because we drove up to Oregon to visit my in-laws (I have in-laws now!), but then we got there and I somehow forgot about blogging because I was too busy eating non-stop, cuddling with their dogs by the fireplace, and gossiping with my sister-in-law. I realize that traditionally, a wife isn’t supposed to like visiting her husband’s family, but I love it. Oh well, I have no problem eschewing tradition.

Another thing I love about visiting Derrick’s family is the drive. I hate the responsibility of owning cars, but I love renting them and going on road trips, especially through Northern California and Oregon. It’s so misty and green and beautiful. And Derrick is the best road trip partner, he never complains about my need to stop every 2 hours to pee. That’s like, half the reason I married him.

Since we had about 18 hours of road trip time, I had a list of things to listen to (aside from music). I can’t read/listen to anything without giving everyone I encounter my opinion on it, so here’s a rundown:

– The Serial podcast. It’s riveting. If you don’t know about it, go google it and get caught up immediately. I’m obsessed now.

– World War Z. It’s one of the best audiobooks on earth. I’ve read the book like 5 times (big fan of both zombies and re-reading things) and I still didn’t get bored listening to it.

– Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. We’re only about a third of the way in, and so far I think it’s… just okay. I was more or less liking everything up until the first sex scene, which writing-wise was a disaster, and plot-wise didn’t seem terribly believable, though I’m willing to give Ken the benefit of the doubt and assume it’ll make sense later.

longleggedlady.comBack to fashion for a minute, since that’s what this blog is supposedly about. I realized this fall that I’m actually a little disappointed about already having the perfect winter coat. I found this one last year, and I still love it, but it’s a little weird to get to “winter” (if you can fall mid-50 degree weather that) and not be on the hunt for outerwear. It’s like I’ve actually begun to build a lasting, adult wardrobe. Scary.
Luckily for me, I still don’t have the perfect leather moto jacket. So there are things left to aspire to.

longleggedlady.comlongleggedlady.comlongleggedlady.comAmerican Apparel top, thrifted Alexa Chung x Madewell coat, thrifted Charlotte Ronson skirt, Alexander Wang bag, Rachel Comey boots via thredUP

I don’t normally blog about food/cooking, but it’s winter and the sun is going down so early that I’ve been spending less time outside in fun clothes, and more time inside, wearing yoga pants and trying new recipes.

Recently, I discovered the magic of turmeric tea (thanks pinterest), and I’m hooked. I’ve been trying to find ways to cut back on caffeine, so instead of drinking coffee or black tea, I’ve switched to this. It’s warm and spicy and allegedly very healthy.

To make it, you just need ginger, a half teaspoon of turmeric, and a little cinnamon and cayenne pepper to taste. Put all those things in a mug, then heat up a cup of coconut milk, pour it in and stir. You can strain out the ginger, but I’m lazy and never bother. The internet recommends sweetening with honey, but I prefer it without. Et voila, the perfect non-caffinated winter drink.

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Time keeping.

8 Jun

that watch tho.  |  longleggedlady.comMeet my new most favorite accessory: this watch. I found it on Need Supply and mooned over it for a few weeks until they sold out. Luckily for me, Derrick snagged one early on and surprised me with it for my birthday. Whatta guy, right?

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5 Jan

crop  /  longleggedlady.comIt seems odd that a spandex crop top is such a wardrobe staple for me in my mid-twenties.  I figure as long as I’m wearing it with bottoms that come up to my belly button, it’s fine.  I think we can all agree that crop tops + low rise anything is a trend that should remain dead and buried.

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fall basics

17 Nov

Plaid Skirt  |  longleggedlady.comYou can’t really go wrong with a plaid pencil skirt in the fall, and particularly not this year, since the 90’s are back in full force.  I snagged this one on Threadflip, and it’s not great quality (as evidenced by the blatantly un-matched seams), but for the price it was totally worth it.  The high waist, snug fit, and just-below-the-knee length makes it feel sexier than your average pencil.  I’ll be keeping my eye out for an upgraded version eventually, but for now this is my go-to fall skirt.

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American Apparel sweater, skirt via Threadflip, Alexander Wang bag

how to choose clothing that won’t fall apart

2 Nov

Amatoria organic cotton maxi skirt, vintage scarfAmatoria organic cotton maxi skirtAmatoria organic cotton maxi skirtI have a new girl crush.  Her name is Monica Rojas.  I first “met” her through Instagram (read: stalked all her style posts for months), and eventually we exchanged emails and started chatting.  She has killer personal style, an extremely enviable wardrobe, and on top of that she makes clothing from organic, recycled, and upcycled materials.  Her line is available on Etsy, it’s called Amatoria Clothing, and I’m pretty much in love with it.

When I first starting talking with Monica about Amatoria, she mentioned that she’s been learning to sew the “right way,” i.e. in a way that ensures a garment will look nice and last long term.  As a girl with limited closet space, quality clothing is important to me.  While I’m pretty good at selecting clothing styles that I’ll want to wear for years, but I’m not always so good at knowing which pieces will actually last for years.  So I asked Monica to give me some tips, and she delivered.

Here’s what she had to say:

1. Fabric

Inspect the fabric whether the garment be cotton, gauze, silk, linen, wool, twill, polyester, velvet, and so on. Natural Fabrics are more expensive.  The fabric should hold its shape fairly well if you grab a handful of it, bunch it together, then let it loose.

Fabric should be cut and sewn on the grain. If you have ever had a garment that kept twisting, it’s because it was not cut on the grain. I recently had a customer return a pair of designer jeans because they kept twisting around her leg. When laid down, the jeans looked fine, but on the  body, the fabric wanted to lay the way it was woven.

Patterns and stripes should match all over the garment.  Not run against each other.  Plaid is the most difficult to work with, to get the pattern to match.  I have a dress by H&M that I have only worn once, because I realized that the stripes in the fabric did not match in the front.  It drives me crazy!  I may be tearing it apart soon.

2. Seams and Hems

The edge of seams and hems of a high-quality garment are always sewn straight.  They are also “finished”.  They should only be left “raw” if it’s on purpose to achieve a certain look.  Other fabrics should have either surging (like you see on t-shirts) or pinking.  This prevents the seams from unraveling. Seams and hems should also be pressed so they lie flat.

If a garment has a hem that’s at least two inches wide, that’s another indication you are buying the best clothing available. Wide hems allow the clothing to be easily altered.  A good garment should have a 5/8 of an inch seam allowance (except for knits which usually have surging).

Grab the fabric at the seams with both hands. Gently pull it. If the thread in the seams pulls apart a bit, they’re not sewn properly. The seams should be reinforced and the thread should hold securely. Stitching should be small and tight (you can sew much faster by using a larger stitch, but obviously this means less stitching and a weaker seam).  The quality of thread is hard to tell by sight, but silk thread is stronger and more expensive.

3. Fasteners

Any buttons, hooks, et cetera, on the dress, skirt, suit, blouse, slacks, et cetera, should be sewn on securely. Check the garment for loose buttons and other fasteners. The button holes in a high-quality garment are often bound with thread for durability. Zippers should also move freely up and down without hesitation. YKK zippers have a good reputation, but it also depends on how the garment was made to prevent the zipper from getting caught.  We had to RTV a few different garments from Elizabeth and James because the seams were sewn so that they would catch on the zipper.

4. Trim

Any trim that a high-quality piece of clothing has should be sewn on securely. Gently pull on the trim at different places to test it.  If something has embellishments, it should come with spare beads/sequins, so that it can be repaired.

5. Linings

No matter what type of fabric the linings in suits, blazer, and jackets are made of, the material should be dense and opaque. If the lining was properly sewn into the garment, it will not be tight. Instead, it will hang with a bit of give so it doesn’t rip or tear.

It takes a long time to put lining into a garment, because you basically have to make two garments and then sew them together. Any piece with lining has more work-hours into it than one without. It will lay better on the body, and look better when layering. Any high-waist skirt that you want to tuck things into should have lining, otherwise it will show the wrinkles of your shirt (unless it’s thick like denim).

This skirt I’m wearing in the pictures above is my first Amatoria piece, and it’s dreamy.  The material is an organic cotton, and it’s so soft and flowy that I just want to live in it forever.  I wore it to brunch today, and a French woman named Gigi complimented me on it (in my experience, compliments from French men mean nothing, but compliments from French women mean everything).

For style inspiration, I highly recommend following Amatoria Clothing on Instagram, and check out her Facebook page as well for a 30% discount on your first order 😉

Amatoria organic cotton maxi skirt, vintage scarf, American Apparel top, Need Supply sandals

mexico photo diary pt. 2

12 May


The last few days of vacation were great, we went to more beaches, ate more seafood and wandered around the marina.  Normally I’m not one for beach vacations, but after the last year and a half in San Francisco I can actually appreciate an entire week of nothing but sunshine and quiet.

Oh, and we met a lion cub named Alex.

Karina Grimaldi maxi dress, French Connection sandals via Threadflip, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, American Apparel bikini