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September 21st, 2014

(Mushroom, onion, and bacon omelette) I am such a creature of a habit that nothing makes me happier than a well-established routine. A GOOD well-established routine, I should say, as it takes me months and sometimes years to finagle a bit of my life into a fitting pattern, the repetition of which never bores me [...]

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The Morality of Health

August 13th, 2014

There was much of outpouring of grief regarding Robin Williams’ suicide; there was also much (needed) talk about how people with depression are stigmatized, and how suicide is not a failure but the very tragic outcome of a serious illness. I am glad this conversation is happening, but I cringe every time when someone says [...]

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Best Day Ever

November 1st, 2013

I wrote a bit about The Line recently — and how impressed I was with their selection and philosophy. So imagine my thrill when I got an invite to visit their brick-and-mortar counterpart, The Apartment! Of course I immediately booked tickets to NYC and called Genevieve to plan additional activities. Last Saturday, we went — [...]

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On Simplicity

October 22nd, 2013

(Celine FW 2013 runway. Image via Lately, many of the fashion blogs I read have been pushing the whole minimalism thing. Not just in clothing cuts, where the runways indeed having tended toward the spare and the monochrome and the beautifully sculptural, as Phoebe Philo, Jil Sander, and Stella McCartney reached farther and deeper [...]

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The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance

October 20th, 2013

And at long last, I am ready to announce the lineup for my next anthology — it’s in the mammoth Book series, and I am pleased as punch to have a chance to work for such a prominent series. As the title suggests, the stories are Victorian in sensibility, and all feature romance in all [...]

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On summer, The Virgin Suicides, with some outfit pics.

August 20th, 2013

And just like that, the summer is almost over. I have watched The Virgin Suicides twice last week, because this just happens to be that kind of summer – hot and lolling, indulgent and haunting. It’s an interesting movie; at first, it seems male-gazey as all get out, but this is only if you buy [...]

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Van Hongo, 2013 collections

June 22nd, 2013

It’s that time of year again — Izumi Hongo of Van Hongo has created two wonderful collections this year, and I’m reviewing both. All photos are courtesy of Izumi, and the complete lookbooks can be found on Van Hongo’s website. My previous reviews of her work can be found here, here, and here. Spring/Summer’s Atelier [...]

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The return of fashion blogging — Indie designers edition, with outfit pics

June 16th, 2013

As I mentioned many times, my clothes shopping has evolved toward more indie designers, with some more mainstream pieces mixed in. While I haven’t entirely nixed the fast fashion, it is a very small portion of my wardrobe, mostly confined to the silhouettes I want to try but am not yet ready to fully commit [...]

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Suzy Menkes and the Art of Sartorial Othering

March 16th, 2013

So if you follow the fashion blogosphere at all, you probably noticed the splash made by a recent Suzy Menkes article, “The Circus of Fashion“. Go on, read it — it’s controversy-generating, to say the least. Many fashion bloggers have responded, from The Man Repeller‘s Leandra Medine to Natalie Joos of Tales of Endearment. And [...]

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One More Thing About Eating Disorders

January 26th, 2013

I recently read a couple of articles about anorexia, and they got me thinking about the positioning of eating disorders in the society. First, there is this, from a couple of years ago: tl;dr version is that JK Rowling saved the young actress who plays Luna Lovegood from anorexia by writing to her. Quick disclaimer: [...]

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