I am in Arizona for a little while for work. While the temperatures hardly compare to the blizzard like conditions in the North East America, the nights are pretty cold which I detest. Winter is my least productive time of the year – I sleep more, exercise less, dread my bike commutes, eat heavy food, drink too much tea, … On one cold day this January, I biked home from work miserable. And hit ‘buy’ on a black coat in anger. I would have bought fur on that day if someone sold it to me on the street. I am glad that the winter is ending. But the amount of hot tea I am drinking still warrants a cozy corner, a worn in scarf to wrap around and some great reading.

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* a beautiful dead ( mango ) leaf from mom’s farm

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FASHION: 

 

1. How to identify quality of cloth, a wealth of wisdom for Savile Row ! Please read ?

” My personal definition of great cloth would mean that the cloth would have to be 11 or 12 oz. in weight, meaning it would have enough ‘guts’ to drape well, be able to wear all year round (assuming no drastic climates) and it would have the ‘guts’ to last for years if not worn like a work horse. ”

2. Design is everything ! Even for ballet flats and sandals. Some side effects of bad design.

” Make sure your flats have plenty of arch support; avoid super-flat shoes with thin soles. Make sure your toes have plenty of breathing room when you try on a new pair of flats. Give up your beloved flip-flops for good, reaching instead for a great pair of supportive sandals.  ”

 

3REASON FOR BEING, Orazio Luciano & The Golden Age of Tailoring

” Most new clothing shouldn’t exist. It comes into the world promising something that everything you own already covers. Look through your closet and be reminded how little else you need. The sooner you extricate yourself from seasonal marketing games the happier you’ll be. There’s not a well-dressed man I know who doesn’t advocate fewer, better options. ”

 

4. Higher price == higher quality and standards ?

I am running out of options. Everything that seems to be produced seems to be made in sweatshops with high markups. I appreciate Everlane and Cuyana so much more as I read these.

 

5. A 3,500$ t-shirt ? ( history + raw materials + fashion )

” But I can tell you that living has never been cheaper. We live in a country awash in stuff – food, clothing, appliances, machines, cheap crap from China – but it’s never enough. $4 t-shirts? Please. We want five for $10, and even then, can we get them on sale? And yet, compared to a world where everything is made by hand – we’re talking barely 200 years ago – everything is cheap and plentiful, and we are appallingly ungrateful. ”

 

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* Door to Grandpa’s backyard

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LIFE :

1. The women in an empty room.

“My grandmother Leona died with nothing. I don’t mean she was a poor woman though; neither was she a materially wealthy woman but she was rich in love and generosity. Her spirit was beautiful and rich. Ridiculously rich in all she gave to others. She lived on very little and all her concern was for other people.”

 

2. Down with the wine snobbery. Is applicable to every other aspect of life.

“Here’s the truth about wine. You may be just like me and cars. Someone who wants to drink something fruity and fresh on a terrace in summer or rich and red with your steak at night. Who should care what you’re drinking? Only you should! Quaff away, slurp if you want. Hell use a straw and mix it with 7up for all I care. Are you smiling when you do it? Are your friends laughing with you? Great. You did it right.

 

3. A beautiful 2016 to-do list.

  1. Sleep under the stars
  2. Don’t complain about anything for a week
  3. …                                                                        “

 

4. Some new-old school golden rules of Etiquette

”     Paying for a Date

If you invited him/her, you should pick up the tab. It comes with the invitation. You don’t invite someone to spend their own money. If you’re broke, do something cheap like a coffee date or something free like a walk in the park.        ”

 

5. You can be a consumer or a creative, not both. My fav article among this list. 

” In every moment, you can choose to consume or create.

Of course, it’s a balance—life includes both. But there are certain types of consumption that do not allow creativity to build on it. ”

 

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* Grandma’s pride : the lotus tub in her garden

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NATURE :

1. Please lay off the salmon, tuna and shrimp. I signed up. 

We are over fishing and destroying the ocean’s echo system. Instead of feeling hopeless and helpless like I always always do when I read these articles, I can help.

 

2. Before you feel good about ‘donating’ after a round of declutter, read this

” The vast majority — 85 percent, or 12 million tons — of unused textiles are carted off directly to U.S. landfills each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s more than 7 percent of our national landfill waste. ”

 

3. Conspicuous Consumption at its heights – Cheetahs as pets

I love Nat Geo. And the power of photography. Thank you for making us fall in love with nature, exploring different cultures and bringing us awareness.

 

4. John Muir’s wisdom in quotes.

Not a season goes by where I don’t fall in love with this man, again.

 

5. Recycling is not immune to politics and its own carbon footprint. We should try to reduce than trust this pipeline ?

” The environmental benefits of recycling come chiefly from reducing the need to manufacture new products — less mining, drilling and logging. But that’s not so appealing to the workers in those industries and to the communities that have accepted the environmental trade-offs that come with those jobs. ”

 

Something very rewarding about blogging is the number of like minded individuals I can identify with. If you are like me who likes reading and learning from such articles, I do pin them to these two boards on Pinterest : Reading and Tao of Fashion. I know that image intense Pinterest is not the best way to keep track of reading material but I have an account and I have been bookmarking the articles for the past year on it. Happy Learning !