life Weekend

5 on a Friday: Fashion-Adjacent

December 2, 2022

1- We had neighborhood book club last night! I am still trying to get it off the ground, but last night was really nice – I think we had about 7 come and had some great book-related (and book-unrelated) discussion. EVERY TIME I have an event like this I get really negative around 6 pm about the prospect of doing something social in the evening, and yet I am always so happy once it gets going and afterwards.

(Though I can basically handle no more than 1 weekday evening engagement per week, max. Maybe per 2 weeks . . .)

2- Podcast Ep Rec #1: Edit Your Life: “My Clothing Rental Experiment“. Fascinating! I’m not going to pivot to clothing rentals for everyday wear any time soon but I think I finally understand the appeal.

3- Podcast Ep Rec #2: Good Inside: “Reclaim the Holidays for You”. Loved the guest (Priya Parker) in particular. I loved the discussion of invitations as setting the scene/explaining the purpose of an event, and ways to set boundaries around events themselves (as hosts OR invitees).

4- I AM GETTING A HEAD SHOT TAKEN. The photo that comes up with my blog comment icon on certain blogs is from 2012. As much as it would be awesome to still appear 32, it is getting more ridiculous by the day. I found an inexpensive mobile head shot company and they will be coming to take my picture so I can have something legitimate to provide when requested. (I guess I could have had Josh just go town on portrait mode but I think maybe this will be even a step up from that.)

5- Birthday season is about to commence – G’s 5th bday party is this weekend at a local gymnastics place, and Josh’s bday is next week, and G’s actual birthday after that. (And Laura‘s is coming up too!). I am very excited to give Josh his gift. I have NOT shopped for G yet! Annabel’s Hanukkah list (designed in Canva of course) includes fashion items (“baggy jeans” — I believe these were her example). I took note of all my teen patient’s outfits today and yes, baggy jeans (and baby tees circa 1997) do appear to be in . . . so I guess she’s on the pulse.

(PS: I remember when I was growing up my parents seemed to think we all dressed terribly . . . but I actually think a lot of the tweens and teens of today look pretty cool! I wonder why that is . . .)


  • Reply Suzanne December 2, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Oh yes, the return of baggy jeans and baby tees! I (thought I) rocked that stuff back in the 90s, but as an adult who would prefer to keep her midriff under wraps thankyouverymuch, I find fashion quite trying lately!

    That’s a lot of birthdays!

    And the neighborhood book club sounds really intriguing. Are you the person who started it? Where does everyone meet? How do you choose books? Do you have a tutorial about how to start one?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm

      oh yeah I’m definitely not going to actually wear that myself. lol.

      I just made a WhatsApp thread and asked interested people on our neighborhood WhatsApp thread (this was key – that it exists) to join! Then I hosted the first one 🙂 We usually discuss which book to read next at the end of the session. I put out some snacks 🙂 It’s actually pretty low key but fun!

  • Reply Brooke December 2, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    Your comment about bookclub makes me think of Laura’s Before Breakfast podcast called Plan It In, Do It Anyway (episode 43). It resonated so hard with me. It’s a 5min episode. Highly recommend

  • Reply Amy December 2, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    Re: fashion — I also thought 90s fashion was really fun the first time around, but then 00s and 10s fashion was kind of objectively horrible (low rise jeans that dragged on the ground?? followed by the stranglehold of skinny jeans that had to be vacuum-sealed to your body??). I think fashion is finally fun again, even if I’m not a super on-trend dresser myself. It’s certainly easier to dress in a way that flatters your body and still be on-trend now than it was 20 years ago. I have 2 nieces in their early 20s and I love seeing what they come up with — they always look put together.

  • Reply Amanda December 2, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    #4 – If you are happy with your new headshop, please share the company (photographer) you found! I researched photographers earlier this year and put “update head shot” on hold because $$$.

  • Reply Michelle December 3, 2022 at 6:27 am

    Came here to say A really has her life together – fashion queen designing wishlists in Canva. Love it!

  • Reply Lee December 3, 2022 at 9:28 am

    It’s totally because what’s popular now was popular when we were teens! I definitely had pants like that in the 90s.

  • Reply Natasha December 3, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    One of my goals a few years ago was to do have a professional headshot done. I had put it off for years and . . . it was easy once I buckled down and got it done. I found someone off my neighborhood app who did it for a reasonable price (I don’t remember maybe $100) and just put on a blouse, blazer, and pearls and got it done. I tend to put off things like that and then wonder why, it took maybe an hour of my time including finding a photographer and scheduling the shoot, dressing, and meeting up to get the photos taken.

  • Reply Rachel December 3, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    It’s so interesting to read that you don’t do social things on weeknights. I realised recently that I was struggling to get my morning routine in place and then actually wondered how people like you manage a morning routine so well… I have max three evening weekday social engagements a week and even though they end by 9:30pm I find if all three happen on the same week I cannot get up early in the morning too! I wish more people were up for early morning social engagements, it sounds like your new running buddies are a good combo or social and sport.

    Also interesting to hear you find Saturday mornings easier for a long run – the one day I basically never do anything social is a Friday night so it only makes sense that Saturday morning could be a longer run/sport for me too. My husband and I always swap Sunday sports but I think I’ll try Saturday instead. So obvious and yet… not?

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