Funvesting in Fall

by Leandra Medine
November 14, 2012
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It’s a good thing Merriam didn’t ask for my help with her dictionaries, etc.

 

I like to buy things. Feckless throw pillows, shoes, groceries, sweaters, hardware–you name it, I want it. This becomes troubling when I’m faced with high price tags as my funds remain stagnant. But it’s no feat I haven’t championed already and having acquired great skill for conceptualizing payment plans and quickly calculating cost per wear, it’s too bad my new skills have been put to so little work this season.

Yes, I’ve mastered a new sort of talent, this one in which I walk into a department store, thoroughly study its offerings and in fleeting seconds: unapologetically exit, empty handed.

Am I becoming more fiscally responsible? Probably not. Have I just simply lost interest? No, this isn’t about me. Rather, it seems like everything that’s currently on display for purchase has already been on display for purchase and seemed more lucrative in its initial format, sometimes even on a sale rack, holding on to the last breaths of its standing novelties.

Where be the innovation? Have we become creatures of habit?

Garments like ripped jeans, denim and plaid blouses, bras to layers over t-shirts and warm tonal sweaters will always find appropriate reason to break into our closets but I’ve found this season that investing in a few pieces to wear with the aforementioned jeans, t shirts and sweaters is far more reasonable than, well, starting over. Some loose examples below.

A pair of white sneakers. White in particular because dreary dark outfits could use the proverbial weight loss at ankle length. They’re great with a velvet suit. I’m just saying.

And while they don’t have to be Golden Goose, the hidden magic of this brand is actually not magic, it’s just a very strategically hidden wedge. One only the trained eye could locate. Passersby would never know you were standing two inches taller, legs slightly narrower and there is value in that.

Or short booties. Sneakers aren’t for everyone but we can agree that we’ve all, at some point, got to walk, and ideally, with ease. How about a short heeled boot, perfect to pair with cropped peg leg jeans and an over-sized sweater. These particular ones are plaid and therefore add an additional facet to a plot I wish were just a little bit thicker.

In matters of the outerwear: you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not (the only one.) I’m aware that New York will get cold and a wool blazer will not suffice but I also refuse to accept it. Awareness and acceptance are fundamentally different things. I just wonder if you’ll bring me soup when I contract unseasonal dressing related illness.

I want to tell you the motorcycle jacket is dead but it’s not. It’s really, really not. I’d suggest if you’re still looking to invest in one, sticking to a more traditional color like, say, black (or red) seems more appropriate in terms of longevity than looking to a more trendy neon, or metallic version. Added bonus: rotating between a moto-silhouette and any blazer of your choosing will make maintaining the same blue jeans and white t-shirt (or sweater) profoundly easier.

Finally, in matters of the accessories. I’ve got a theory that holding minaudieres will force us to remove the excess contents from our purses and only take around what’s necessary: cash, credit, phone, condom, passport. Passport? Yes, I explained this. You never know when you’ll have to get up and get out…such is the mystery–and serendipity–of life.

Take the lucite Reece Hudson hard-shell photographed to the right of my tuna and salmon burgers, (I almost burnt my apartment down with those hazards but that’s a story for another time titled, “I Suck at Wife-ing but Rock at Aimless Talking”) or the three tone Pierre Hardy flap clutch just above it. These two in particular have taught me that shit is not as important as my larger totes have suggested they are. There’s also a necklace slung over my ice box because, why not? Why don’t you?

In conclusion, Microsoft fell three percent yesterday and if you’re wondering about the state of my eyelids, the left one is more swollen than the right one, making vision particular awkward. I don’t know if you know this, but I have a lazy eye and when it acts up, shit gets weird.

Photos by Naybag Shon

REPLIES
  • lavieenliz

    We are all here for you…lol. I def have the same illness! We shall find a cure! Love all you got!

    http://lavieenliz.com

  • An act of style

    Hahaha love it <3

    //Juni

    actofstyle.com

  • caroline
  • Paulina

    You are so right, seeing the same things all over again! thanks for offerings some fresh items ;)
    ~Pau
    http://www.lilbitsofchic.com

  • bellebelle

    what the…

  • Camille

    That’s a very OCD you have there MR!

    • Camille

      fridge! a very OCD fridge!

  • Reptilia

    LOVE these short booties!!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  • monkeyshines

    wonderful pieces!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • Bonnie Clyde
  • http://www.facebook.com/moni.araoz Moni Araoz

    cute fridge shot!!!

    http://www.moneasywardrobe.com

  • Chloe

    You can never suck at wife-ing, seeing as you never get boring! I wish you were my bff so I wouldn’t need to take refuge to your blog to escape from depression, and all those things. And then maybe we could share shoes and gyro pitas :)

  • Feelgoodlookcute

    I love that biker jacket!

    http://feelgoodlookcute.blogspot.com

  • messwhocandress

    oh my god obsessed with sneaks

    http://www.messwhocandress.com

  • Carola Disiot

    love sneackers in first photo! so comfortable!

    http://www.pursesinthekitchen.com/

  • Lace and Chiffon blog

    The booties!

  • yvonne ★

    Like your photos here! Your 5D seems to suit you.
    Ah I need a DSLR!!!

    http://velvet-mousse.blogspot.co.at/

  • SWEET PETROLEUM

    I love the clutch in your fridge!

  • s

    i love your reference to john lennon! and i completely agree about sseeing the same things as last fall.. so frusrating!

    xx

    http://spoonfulofdiamonds.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/EmmaLouiseeexo Emma Louise Westbrook

    I absolutely love those MCQ boots!
    http://www.feathersandfringing.blogspot.com

  • http://www.informedstyle.com/ Devon

    If your version of wife-ing involves leaving Pierre Hardy accessories in the freezer…then you are more than welcome to practice said wife-ing skills at my place. I can do all the cooking, you can stock the fridge with delectable leather goods and jewellery. Deal?

    Devon
    http://www.informedstyle.com

  • vittoria gallacci

    Need a pair of sneakers like yours and YOUR leather jacket.

    Vittoria

    http://vittoriafiveinthemorning.blogspot.it/

  • http://twitter.com/SophieLewis423 Sophie Lewis

    Obsessed with those sneakers! I love this post! Had such a bad day and coming home to read this made me laugh and forget other worries and focus on the more important things like buying white shoes and more bags:) Thank you for being amazing.

    http://scattergirll.blogspot.com

  • Rose

    I love that wool blazer! I wish I could wear wool blazers and my leather jacket all throughout winter here in Toronto, but similarly to NY reasons – I can’t.

    swagnstyle.blogspot.ca

  • http://twitter.com/HotchoSunshine HotChocolateSunshine

    love the shoes and the leather jacket.

  • http://twitter.com/alliavargas alli andrade

    you have Richard Avedon`s book!! so jealous

  • Lionel

    I opened MY fridge, and all I found was pork leftovers and three frozen tomatoes…

    Where are the clutches? Is your fridge a genie?

    http://thetrendytrooper.blogspot.fr/

  • athousandhappythoughts

    love the fridge display :D could have never thought of that:D

    http://athousandhappythoughts.blogspot.com

  • Lu

    Can anybody ID the wool blazer?! I went to shopbop to no avail…

    • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma H

      Believe the blazer is Dries.

      • Leandra Medine

        It is! Shopbop link was to a similar version on there. Not sure the Dries is avail online.

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma H

    Hi Leandra,
    Do you know of a similar-looking sneaker that is of a slightly less prestigious price range?

    • Leandra Medine

      Adidas Original have pretty rad ones!

      • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma H

        Oh that’s true! The ‘Samba’ or ‘gazelle’ in white could be a cousin to the Golden Goose ones for sure. Thanks!

  • Amalie Espeland

    i love this!! that shot with your accessories in the freezer is preeetttyy awesome.
    and i second the question below! the blazer people, WHERE? xx

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucy.pratt Lucy Pratt

    Those are the cutest boots…..but I recently got my first pair if proper sneaks (Fila high tops) and they have nearly left my feet!

  • w.i.n.n.i.e

    puffer vest over said blazer – keeps the core warm, lets you rock the blazer until hell freezes over, mucho manrepelling points. ’nuff said.

  • http://twitter.com/fbcreations fbcreations

    thank you L for another spiffing post. will be adding Golden Goose to Santa’s list (fiercely believe he will come this year). never worn so many sneakers since I was hit by the “TheManRepeller” syndrome.

  • emilia

    I would most certainly bring you soup for your unseasonal dressing related illness

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Linda

    i had no idea the golden goose sneakers had a small hidden wedge! probably since I never tried one on yet because the price tag just scared me :P good to know tho! and those booties. so cute. I want some plaid pants like that *heart eyes* and i seriously wish moto jackets will never die. i just love them. time to invest in a red one when im able to! :) hope your lazy eye gets better~

    http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/

  • thechicndamned

    Ever since Marant sneaker took over the world, my mum has been bugging me to find her a more “sedate” version of the wedged sneakers. Those golden goose finds have just saved my sanity!

    x karen
    http://www.thechicndamned.blogspot.com

  • Zoe

    tbh the highlight of my day was spent on man repeller & i am 100% ok with that.

    but…. writing in my own blog was pretty sweet (like sugar!!!) as well. zlfashion.blogspot.com

  • Theresa

    Beautiful blazer and booties! Love that last shot! Hilarious!

    Theresa
    http://bomamma.blogspot.com

  • Gabrielle Pedriani

    I seriously don’t get the chocolate in the freezer thing. There’s no better way to suck the flavor out of chocolate than to eat it frozen solid.

    Also, that plaid pair is my destiny.

  • Catherine and Greer

    I live in Australia, and when my favourite blogger (you) continually champions the many greatnesses of layering, I’m hard to pressed to find an opportunity to actually layer. I will tell you now Leandra, 30 degrees (celcius) is not fun when you’re in some sick trousers, a tee, another cooler tee, a jacket, possibly a vest, maybe even a skirt (yes trousers have already been mentioned, the skirt is in addition not in the place of), a watch or two, shoes and layers and layers of stunning but ungodly neck adornment.

    And then I read this. Repelling IS possible, when you go back to the roots. When you go back to the staples, the “funvestments”, if you will. All it takes is some plaid booties and you are one step closer to repelling level:protege.

    Besides, I have to keep reminding myself that to pull of successful, repelling layering it takes not just skill and style, but practice. I won’t be a level:Leandra repeller tomorrow, but I will scare off a frigid street walker or two with my red moto jacket.

    Catchya,
    Catherine and Greer
    http://girl-hunting.blogspot.com.au

  • isabelle

    i like blazer!

  • Catherine and Greer

    kudos by far the best presentation of clothing ive ever seen, may I say you are quite into those salmon burgers!

    guilty self promotion!! http://girl-hunting.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/the-8th-plaid.html

  • Catherine and Greer

    kudos by far the best presentation of clothing ive ever seen, may I say you are quite into those salmon burgers!

    guilty self promotion!! http://girl-hunting.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/the-8th-plaid.html just two gals wanting a bit of tender loving from the public

  • Catherine and Greer

    kudos by far the best presentation of clothing ive ever seen, may I say you are quite into those salmon burgers!

    guilty self promotion!! http://girl-hunting.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/the-8th-plaid.html just two gals wanting a bit of tender loving from the public xx

  • JULIANAALMEIDAPR

    Nice!!!!

    I’m posting looks from L.A. and accessories:

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

  • allthatstyles

    love this post and you blog overall!
    great short booties!!

    claire
    x
    http://allthatstyles.blogspot.com

  • Belén Cavas Hernández

    LOVE THAT SNEAKERS!!! ***

    new post in my blog. Granada.

    http://iwanttobeavoguette.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/happy-weekend-with-friends.html

  • Pépa Xavier

    ahaha love the accessories in the fridge!

  • Girissima.com

    I’m so sureeee you gonna love those http://bit.ly/TM0sgQ <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/liz.mikerchan Liz Mikerchan

    The picture from the fridge is genious!

  • when we wander

    Thank you for simplifying the necessities that we should all have in our closet! Being bombarded with all the trends can be overwhelming – simplifying it all to a few key pieces makes life less stressful and wallets more happy!

  • IXL

    love those boots. who are they by?

  • LauraAndStyle

    great article!!

    Check out these quick 30 second outfits of the day, shoe collection and fall lookbook!!

    http://www.youtube.com/LauraAndStyle

    &

    http://www.lauraandstyle.blogspot.com

  • valerie

    loving the leather jackets!

    thethirdcouture.com

  • Nelya

    Haha.. i love you. You can make anyone, i mean anyone, enjoy reading these posts. And it’s even better that has fashion involved. It’s a two in one kind of deal. xNel
    thegoldenringer.blogspot.com

  • Becky

    haha, you take passport everywhere! I’d like to wear my sterling silver ring, because it was passed from my grandmother, I believe it has magic power.haha, strange habbit for me.

  • Monica

    You’re f*ing awesome! I LOVE your blog! I’m a shopaholic and I am also “investing” in key pieces since nothing seems to catch my eye (except that hooded cape I saw in Nordstrom the other day). I’m still looking for a smaller everyday purse since my current one is big enough to be used as a diaper bag. It wouldn’t be such a bad thing except for the fact that I am sans child. If you have any other suggestions for a small everyday bag, it would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks for being so honest and entertaining.

  • Brittany Geller

    Those shoes are amazing!!

    http://www.brittslips.tumblr.com

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