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September 24th, 2015


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04:47 pm - Stupidly Wanting Things, Post #61
(Allergies, exhaustion, work. We move on.)

I have been consumed with stupidly wanting a thing -- well, a jacket -- for the past two days.

It is an awesome jacket, to be sure, with cool military styling, neat buttons, and a cut I really like. However, I've finished my shopping for the new season [I swear!], and the budget doesn't allow for it. Also, I don't need it. But I WANT IT.

However, I also saw online that the jacket was cropped, and the dimensions given were just an inch too short of what I can reasonably pull off. So the jacket I stupidly want will not be coming to live with me. That's a rational decision. A smart decision.

But I WANT IT.

To counteract stupid wanting, a few links:

*Oh, Stephen Colbert, I love you. Stephen Colbert does a bit about personal lifestyle brands and decides to start one of his own. Because everyone needs a parmesan-absinthe-scented candle. :)
(Let's be real, though. The mock-ad is hilarious, but he's cute as hell.)

*Shini Park, who DOES sort of do lifestyle branding, has a fun "digitorial" in which she wears cool jeans. I love the photos, and happily, do NOT want the jeans. Win-win!

*Grey Fox features a couple of photos from Scottish menswear designer Johnstons of Elgin. I call your attention to the second photo in particular, and while I will not make an explicit parallel to the theme of this post, I leave you to draw your own conclusions. :)

Cheers! May you want good and not stupid things, if you must want anything at all!

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From:tx_cronopio
Date:September 24th, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I see you deliberately did not include a link to the jacket. You know us well, don't you? You know that we would TALK YOU INTO IT.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 24th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Ha, yes, well, this isn't my first time at this rodeo.

:)
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From:anne_d
Date:September 24th, 2015 11:28 pm (UTC)
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"the jacket was cropped, and the dimensions given were just an inch too short of what I can reasonably pull off"


It won't fit properly. This is not the jacket you are looking for. Move along... Keep in mind the features that work, and look for those in the proper fit. [takes off mom-hat]

Edited at 2015-09-24 11:28 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:September 24th, 2015 11:30 pm (UTC)
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You are absolutely right. :)
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From:gwynnega
Date:September 24th, 2015 09:11 pm (UTC)
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I also wanted to see a photo of The Jacket. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:September 24th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Just take my word for it that it's cool. :)
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From:heron_pose
Date:September 24th, 2015 09:13 pm (UTC)
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I totally would try to talk you into the jacket.

Meanwhile those looooooooooooooooooooooooong jeans would just flap around behind me by about 2.5 feet, so, no worries.

Covetton. Want. Yep.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 24th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
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In the comments to Shini Park's post, someone asks her about the uber-long flares and how her legs look so long, to which she replies, "Yeah. Hooker heels," and then talks about her real-life option would be to hack several inches off the bottom of the jeans. Real talk. :)

Colbert's "Covetton" was so on-point. (I have to say, though, that Reese Witherspoon's Draper James stuff is also expensive because she is trying to support Southern workers and pay a living wage. Still, all that money for 4 napkins? Yikes.)

Hugs hugs!
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From:paratti
Date:September 24th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Carpe Jacket:)
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From:laurawise
Date:September 24th, 2015 11:11 pm (UTC)
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I have to save my money for London! :)

[hugs]
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From:mamculuna
Date:September 24th, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Colbert is truly cute--didn't quite realize it when he was "Colbert." I love his silliness, too (like prancing and twirling--can't imagine anyone else being able to do that). And those guys in kilts, yes.

I'm beginning to want an ark...
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From:laurawise
Date:September 24th, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Colbert is silly in the very best ways. :)

Stay dry if you can, and hopefully the rain will move away from y'all soon!
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From:stateless82
Date:September 24th, 2015 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Every time I see a pair of pants as long as those jeans on Park & Cube I can hear my mother's opinion on dragging, torn, hems and I know I could never wear them.

Right now I don't want possible things, just a little more time in the day so I could finish stuff. Or a forcefield that would keep people from trying to chat when I'm swamped.

I also kind of want a brownie.

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From:laurawise
Date:September 24th, 2015 11:30 pm (UTC)
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I would give you time if I could! Hope you get a chance to breathe soonest.

[hugs hugs] [and a brownie]
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From:stateless82
Date:September 25th, 2015 03:00 am (UTC)
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I made brownies, cut them small, and ate one corner piece.
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From:anne_d
Date:September 24th, 2015 11:22 pm (UTC)
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[hugs] and hopes that the perfect jacket finds you when the budget allows.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 24th, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Hugs and a better end of your week, A!
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From:janus_74
Date:September 25th, 2015 02:03 pm (UTC)
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I would have tried to talk you into the jacket as well :)

The second Grey Fox photo is yummy.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 26th, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Off-Topic, but --

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Hope you have an awesome year ahead. :)

Hugs!
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From:janus_74
Date:September 28th, 2015 12:31 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:claudia_yvr
Date:September 26th, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
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Do you know anyone who sews? Or is there a good tailor in your area? If yes, they could make a jacket to your specs and usually don't even need to use a pattern. (My mother, a former HS teacher who taught English and Home Ec, is like this. She is crazy talented and I really should take her up on her offer to teach me sewing.) Getting a custom piece made is often less expensive that something off the rack. Best of all, the fabric can be put through the washer and dryer before it's cut so you won't need to worry about shrinkage later.

Whenever I really, really, really want something but it's not in the budget, I make cutbacks in other areas -- inviting friends over for dinner instead of eating out, using the library or scribd instead of buying books, etc.

All that aside, kudos for sticking to your budget! Many of my friends are in debt and are constantly stressed about money, but I'd rather live debt-free even if it means sometimes not giving into my every whim. Most of the time, it's not even a sacrifice plus I think it builds character ;-)

Look after yourself, don't let work and allergies get you down!

::hugs, hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:September 27th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
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I have a great tailor for alterations -- I bought a boxy blue jacket on massive sale this summer, for instance, and he did a great job of altering it to fit -- but he doesn't make women's clothing.

I really should get back to the library, it's true. Yay you for that! :)

Hugs and a lovely day for you!

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