book clubs and new clothes

I’ve been a bad blogger, and just to make things worse, WordPress put together a nice little chart of my stats from 2011…at which point I realized I hadn’t updated since December 14th. Oops. Between pre-holiday prep and then actually enjoying myself away from the computer (and away from my closet), I didn’t have all that much to write about.

However, 2012 is a new year!  My 2012 blogging resolution is to become more engaged in various communities.  I sometimes take the time to post comments on other fashion and style blogs, and I like to think that my comments are interesting enough that they don’t come across as “oh, she’s just commenting to provide a link back to her own site”, but there is certainly room for improvement.  To start, I wanted to actually take part in “1book140”, rather than just reading the books.  I figured a good way to get involved was to share the love with everyone else!

1book140 is a book club run through Twitter.  Originated by Jeff Howe over at Atlantic Monthly, the premise is simple: He puts together a short-list of nominations, you vote, one book wins.  A reading schedule goes up at the beginning of the month and through various hashtags ranging from general to specific, you converse about the book chosen with fellow twitterers.  For those of you that like the idea of a book club but are afraid that if you started one with your friends it would turn into a monthly booze session, 1book140 is perfect.  Plus, you get to talk with people all over the damn place and read a book at the same time as a jillion others.

For more information about 1book140, Howe’s FAQ post is really helpful.  Since I don’t have school again until later in the month, I’m giving it another go this time around.  The best part is that Amazon is having a sale on the e-version of this month’s book, Longitude, will be on sale for $1.99 today (it’s usually a whopping $2.99).  It’s nonfiction, and is about the original crowd-source in trying to figure out a way to determine a ship’s longitude.  I love non-fiction novels, you may not, but it’s gotten great reviews.

Anyway, that’s my spiel for the day. While I don’t have any outfit posts ready from the holidays (although they’ll probably be up some point soon!), I did want to show off the fabulous clothes I got for Christmas.  I’m lucky that my family knows me well enough to get me clothes I’ll actually like! It was a very Tommy Hilfiger Christmas, which was exciting.  I got these two beauties, but with the weather getting chilly I’m feeling like climbing into nothing more than a sweater and pants when I get up in the morning, ugh.


I think one of my favorite things is the coat below.  Now I just wish it would get a little bit warmer so I can wear it!  I got a great scarf and mittens set that will match it really nicely, if I ever get to wear it when it’s cool enough that a hat and mittens are acceptable.  I have gotten to the point where I do most of my shopping at LOFT and Banana Republic, but I forget that Macy’s has such great stuff too.


backseat to birthdays

Why is it that when I get the itch to buy something for myself, I’m too busy budgeting for other things?  It sucks, it really does.  My shoes are coming today, every time the door to our office opens I hope that it’s the guys from the mailroom, delivering my Gilt Groupe-y goodness.  That should satisfy my shopping bug, yes?  I hope so.

I already mentioned that I’m trying to save money for summer activities, but really, I do plan on doing a lot of free things.  Trips to Governor’s Island, sitting on the “free” side of shows in Prospect Park (also known as on the side of the fence where you can’t actually see the performers).  I subscribe to Time Out New York, I know there’s a bunch of free and super-cheap things to do, and I plan on taking advantage of that.

However, everyone and their mother (literally) is having an occasion I need to buy presents for.  Excluding Mother’s Day, in which I purchased something that I need to be partially re-imbursed for from my sisters:

  1. Mother’s birthday – this week
  2. Father’s birthday – next week
  3. Sister’s graduation from college – next week
  4. Father’s Day – mid-June
  5. Beau’s birthday – mid-June
  6. Sister’s birthday – mid-June
  7. Best friend’s birthday – end-June
  8. Other sister’s birthday – mid-July
Why must everyone I know be a Gemini?  Or whatever sign they are considered at this point after the major zodiac shake-up.  I’m fine with not buying clothes, I obviously enjoy giving gifts.  But it’s really hard to shop when three of these people are getting two gifts within a month.  How am I supposed to be creative twice in as many weeks? For the same person?  

I know I should be grateful for the fact that I have a decent job in which I can purchase gifts for people, gifts that actually mean something.   I am grateful, I love my job.  And I’m sure that all of these people would be quick to say “don’t get me anything!” but who ever listens to that?  Honestly.
So my clothes shopping will be taking a backseat to these bashes.  And even though I’ve got my eye on this dress, and it’s currently on sale, and I can wear it both for fun and for work, I will be practicing the art of resistance.  Ugh, resist, Cindie, resist!
It’s so cute, and very me.  Ugh, this is hard.
(That’s what she said.)  Yes, I just did that.